Pigeon Forge The Old Mill Dinner

I had read good things about the Old Mill for dinner and knew we had to try it.  For tourist places that do not take reservations we try to arrive a bit earlier than normal for dinner.  I hate to wait an hour so if I have to arrive at 5:20 to eat at a decent time so be it.

A round 5pm I said to husband I know its early but we should head out to dinner soon.  We crossed the very busy 321 at a crosswalk because that road was crazy busy!  Going one block from 321 put us on the very quiet River Road and a nice trail along the river.  People were fishing and wading in the water.

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Super 8 Pigeon Forge

We recently spent a week in Tennessee this June.  To try to keep our trip lower cost I used hotel points for many of the nights we were on the road.  The Super 8 Pigeon Forge on Emert had good reviews and is in a good location.

If you have never been to Pigeon Forge I would describe to people as the Wisconsin Dells on steroids.  OMG!  Miles of mini golf, go carts, dinner shows and entertainment.  While there is a cheap/free (depending) trolley system this area is really not that walk able as things are spread out vs Gatlinburg.  I do not like to drive all over, I would rather walk to dinner so I was pleased to see our hotel was within two blocks of the Old Mill Restaurant.

If you do not walk to drive anywhere or really walk the hotel is behind Wendy’s, Arby’s, Ihop, Pizza Hut, Baskin Robbins, etc.  I would recommend you make the short walk to  The Mill and so did the sweet lady who checked us in.

The Super 8 has exterior hall ways and four floors with an elevator.  I had the option of booking a standard king room or a king room with a jacuzzi tub and fireplace.  No thinking needed there, I want the tub!

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Our fourth floor room was very spacious.  It offered a sofa pullout bed near the door.

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A Day of Giving

Today May 16th is designated as a day of giving.  Mercy House Global has teamed up with several organizations who work together to give women a brighter future.

“She Is Priceless” is a campaign to make a difference in the lives of oppressed women.

A pearl is a healed wound.  An oyster protects itself from irritation and suffering and the result is a priceless pearl.  The women we support have endured unthinkable suffering in their lives and often feel forgotten.  We are joining together to remind the world that every woman matters.

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You can find out more and donate here: http://sheispriceless.org/?utm_source=Pure%20Charity%20Donors&utm_campaign=1529bfe74a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fbf6cf6ce2-1529bfe74a-164978473

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She is Priceless – May 16th 2017

“Because women around the world–including you–are priceless.”  – Mercy House Global.

More information here about tomorrows global giving day:   http://mercyhouseglobal.org/she-is-priceless-a-global-giving-initiative/


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Hilton Honors Go More Get More

Hilton Honors is offering a double points spring/ summer promotion for 2017.

Earn Double Points on every stay at 4,900 hotels when you sign up
and complete a stay from May 1 through August 31, 2017.

Have Diamond Status? You will earn Triple Points on every stay from May 1 through August 31, 2017.

Register here: https://www.hiltonhonors.com/en_US/HHCM/20170425_15194/landing



Offer valid May 1, 2017, through August 31, 2017 (“Promotion Period”) at any hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio excluding Hampton by Hilton Hotels in Mainland China. Hilton Honors™ members must first register at HiltonHonors.com/BonusPromotion prior to completing a stay within the Promotion Period. Registered Hilton Honors members will earn Double Points per stay during the Promotion Period, or Triple Points per stay during the promotion period as a Diamond member. The Double Points or Triple Points bonus will be based on tier at time of checkout. Registered Hilton Honors members will only receive Bonus Points for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. There is no limit to the total amount of Bonus Points that may be earned during the Promotion Period with this offer. However, there are restrictions on the amount of Base Points that can be earned on a single stay at certain brands. See Hilton Honors Terms & Conditions for more details. Bonus Points earned on Base Points do not count toward tier qualification. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for Points to appear in your Hilton Honors account.

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Walt Disney World Free Dining 2017

Once again Walt Disney World is offering Free Dining in 2017.

Book Through
July 7, 2017

Valid Travel Datesxmas 6

  • August 21 through September 30, 2017
  • November 14 through November 20, 2017
  • November 25 through November 27, 2017
  • December 8 through December 23, 2017

Package Includes

  • Room
  • Theme park ticket(s) with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option
  • Dining Plan (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages; Disney Dining Plan with Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages)

Important Details

  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use.
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.
  • Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Ticket Requirements

  • Minimum 2-day Magic Your Way ticket with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option

You can book here or contact your travel agent:  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/resort-stay-dine-package/details/

You can also call Disney at (407) 939-5277 to book your package.

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Cedar Point Coaster Campout 2017

Cedar Point is offering a Coaster Campout benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of America. Your donation of $200 includes park admission for May 13 and 14th for 4 people. That also includes exclusive ride time, evening dinner and breakfast with your campsite.



Saturday, May 13

  • 9:00AM – 6:00PM, Check-in at the Cedar Point Resort Admission Gate – Near the Cedar Point Shores Parking Lot (for credentials and tickets)
  • 6:00PM – 7:30PM, Come and get it! Dinner served at Lakeside Pavilion
  • 10:00 PM, Gear load-in at Resorts admission gate
  • 10:30PM – 12:00AM, ERT on Maverick / s’mores at Round Up

Sunday, May 14

  • 12:00AM – 7:00AM, Sleepy time
  • 7:00AM, Wake up! Gear load-out
  • 7:30AM – 9:00 AM, Grab & go breakfast at Coasters Drive-In
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM, ERT on Millennium Force & Valravn
  • 9:00AM – 10:00AM, Enjoy Early Entry

How big a tent and how many people can each campsite accommodate? Each campsite can accommodate up to a 12′ x 12′ tent with up to 4 people.

May I bring my own cooler? No coolers or alcohol are allowed.

More information or to purchase visit here: https://www.cedarpoint.com/play/events/coaster-campout#

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April 19, 2017 Daily Getaways Universal Hollywood Front of the Line with One Day Admission Deal

Daily deals are available for one day only.  This is a spring promotion offered by the U.S. Travel Association.  The upcoming deal for Universal Hollywood might be a good deal for anyone looking to visit for a day.

Universal Studios Hollywood Front of Line w/1-Day Admission

  • Available: April 19th, at 1:00 PM ET
  • Price: $139
  • Estimated Value: $200
  • 250 Available

What You Receive: One (1) Front of Line with one-day admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood in California (blackout dates and restrictions apply)Dates of Travel: Through April 30, 2018; excluding blackout dates (See Terms & Conditions).Max. Quantity per Purchase: Nine (9) tickets.

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4/13/2017 Daily Getaways Busch Gardens and Sea World Tickets.

If you have never heard of Daily Getaways they are daily deals offered over a couple of weeks each year during the spring by the US Travel Association.  Some daily deals are great and some are not of any interest to me.  If you are planning on visiting Busch Gardens or Sea World you might be very interested in today’s deal.



Busch Gardens:

  • Available: Today at 1:00 PM ET
  • Price: $45
  • Estimated Value: $103
  • 1393 Available


What You Receive: One (1) single-day admission ticket via email.Dates of Travel: Anytime before May 19, 2018.Max. Quantity per Purchase: Six (6).

Families of all ages can connect with new experiences and each other at Busch Gardens. Experience a combination of thrilling coasters, naturally beautiful and immersive environments, and up-close animal encounters.

Each eTicket(s) purchased is valid for:

  • One (1) single-day admission for an adult or child to your choice of either Busch Gardens, Florida or Busch Gardens, Virginia.
  • Expires May 19, 2018.
  • Valid only during regular operating hours.
  • eTicket(s) will be sent via email within 5-7 business days of purchase. Print your eTicket(s) and proceed to the front gate entrance for admission.
  • Not valid for separate-ticketed events, such as Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town.

For further details, please refer to the “Redemption” and “Terms & Conditions” tabs.

Purchase here at 1pm Eastern time: https://dailygetaways.ustravel.org/OfferDetails.aspx?pid=20fa23e0-f5ab-4cbd-bf51-02593af3238b


Sea World:

  • Available: Today at 1:00 PM ET
  • Price: $50
  • Estimated Value: $100
  • 2362 Available
  • Description

What You Receive: One (1) single-day admission ticket via email. Dates of Travel: Anytime before May 19, 2018.Max. Quantity per Purchase: Six (6).

SeaWorld® offers unique and inspiring entertainment for families of all ages. Experience immersive animal interactions, awe-inspiring shows, and thrilling rides that let you feel the force and power of the sea.

Each eTicket purchased is valid for:

  • One (1) single-day admission for an adult or child to your choice of either:

SeaWorld® Orlando,
SeaWorld® San Diego or
SeaWorld® San Antonio.

  • Expires May 19, 2018.
  • eTicket(s) will be sent via email within 5-7 business days of purchase. Print your eTicket(s) and proceed to the front gate entrance for admission.


If you are interested here is the link to purchase Sea World tickets at 1pm Eastern: https://dailygetaways.ustravel.org/OfferDetails.aspx?pid=2342247b-1892-4881-ac3f-b2e213f15482

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Use the Club Carlson App for a Bonus 3,000 Points

I did two things today to save myself money and to earn more points.  I checked the price on a reservation I had made weeks ago for an upcoming long weekend.  The price was lower by ten dollars.  I will 99% of the time only book a refundable rate so I was able to cancel and re-book the same room for the lower price.

And I had seen that Club Carlson is running a promotion that give you an extra 3,000 points if you book your room through the app through the end of 2017. So I re-booked my room through the app to earn the extra 3,000 points.

Earn 3,000 Bonus Gold Points® when you complete a stay booked via the Club CarlsonSM mobile app*. One quick download and you’ll have benefits at your fingertips:

  • Get instant access to over 1,000 Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide
  • Save time with mobile Express Booking
  • Manage your reservations on-the-go
  • Track and redeem points
  • Access your digital Club Carlson member card


More information here on the bonus promotion with Club Carlson: https://www.clubcarlson.com/offers/8667119

Usually I save between 10-20 dollars on a re-book that only takes me a couple of minutes to check.  What is the most you have saved on a hotel re-book?

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