I took a quick business trip last month to Austin, Texas. The trip was so short that I had absolutely no time for playing tourist. However, I stayed at a beautiful historic hotel: the Driskill. (I figured that I needed to see something of historic interest while I was in Austin!).
The Driskill was built in 1886 and is listed as one of the Historic Hotels of America. You may read a bit about the history here: http://www.driskillhotel.com/about-texas-hotel.php. An historic time line may be found at: http://www.driskillhotel.com/historic-hotels-timeline.php
The hotel was beautiful and the service was spectacular. The rate for a basic room, after taking advantage of one of their special offers, was comparable to other hotels in the area. There are special price offers at their website: http://www.driskillhotel.com/special-offers.php
The only downside of staying at the Driskill was the road construction taking place downtown. The construction made navigating the downtown area a bit challenging. That inconvenience aside, I would recommend an overnight stay at the Driskill.
If you travel with your pets, as we do, you would appreciate a resource to identify nearby veterinary services in case of an emergency. I found this great website providing a way to search for accredited veterinarian hospitals on your travel route.
I hope it is helpful!
I took a fast, but fun, trip to Northeast Colorado on business almost two weeks ago. I stayed in Greeley. I had a little time to explore--not nearly enough. Greeley has some wonderful attractions: The Centennial Village (you can take a virtual tour here: http://www.greeleygov.com/Museums/centennialvillage.aspx), the Greeley Freight Station Museum (http://www.gfsm.org/), and a fun little drive-in with great food: JB's.
I traveled to Illinois in June. It was a quick business trip. But, I did have an opportunity to meet the great staff of the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition: Bonnie Heimbach (Executive Director) and two of her staff (Mary Jo and Sue). You may stop in and visit them at 200 South State Street; Belvidere, Illinois 61008.
If you're traveling the Lincoln Highway in Illinois this summer, be sure to download their trip itinerary: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/docs/itineraries/IllinoisLHCoalitionItinerary.pdf
and visit their website: http://www.drivelincolnhighway.com/
It looked good. Previous readers were built for mostly text-heavy publications (newspapers, etc.). The image quality on the IPad, however, looked very good. No formatting problems to speak of. So, for those of you with an IPad, the digital edition of American Road is available! Preview the digital edition here: http://americanroadmagazine.com/previewmag.html
The Spring 2010 issue is sold out. Only a few autographed copies remain. You may still find copies at bookstores & newsstands (see a partial list at: http://americanroadmagazine.com/docs/bookstore.pdf). You may also find copies at independent outlets including: Cozy Dog, Munger Moss, Arizona Route 66 Museum, Afton Station, and the Mother Road Museum.
We've been working on the upcoming Spring issue so I haven't had a moment to share that we received a letter from our platoon contact. I'm pleased to report that the platoon received the gift boxes and enjoyed receiving the care packages.
We wanted to share some of the great letters that we were able to included in the packages. Special thanks for the help of the two elementary school classes (Mrs. Amy Quick's second & third grade class - Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary in Chesterfield, Mich., and Mrs. Zaiglin’s first grade class - Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary in Chesterfield, Mich., who made this possible.
Entities and individuals that participated in this effort include:
American Road advertisers
Anonymous donations from some of of our active American Road magazine on-line forum members
Pat & Jennifer Bremer
Mary Ellen Filbey
Joe & Cheri Miller
Steven Rastigue, DDS
Tom and Pat Repp
Mrs. Amy Quick's second & third grade class - Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary in Chesterfield, MI
Mrs. Zaiglin’s first grade class - Joseph M. Carkenord Elementary in Chesterfield, MI
Staff at American Road magazine
Thanks again to everyone for helping make this possible!
I recently had the opportunity to drive a section of the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in Minnesota. I enjoyed the small stretch of the Byway that I drove (near Fergus Falls, MN). Attractions along the way:
The World's Largest Otter:
The quaint town of Fergus Falls:
I would have liked to spend a few more days just exploring Fergus Falls and enjoying breakfast every morning at the Viking!
Unfortunately, weather wasn't cooperating with me during the trip—a big snow storm blew in from the West—so my outdoor photos are snow covered.
Greetings everyone! I just learned that the following store in New York is carrying American Road:
15 W 37th Street
New York NY 10018
I started thinking about different ideas for this coming Thanksgiving. Something fun and different. I thought I'd share what I found - just in case it might interest some other people. I will work to post at least two ideas per week until Thanksgiving. Feel free to share ideas in your comments.
Thanksgiving Marketplace. Rugby, Tennessee. November, 27, 2009. Phone: 888-214-3400
Hark back to the 1880s Rugby Christmas. Visit beautifully decorated candle and lamp lit buildings; enjoy music and actors portraying early Rugby colonists; join in carol singing with hot wassail.
Wow, it's been a busy month. I traveled to Atlanta for the Southeast Tourism Society conference. Had a quick, but, beautiful trip, to York, Pennsylvania, and had a great four day road trip (doing research for an upcoming article for the magazine) in Michigan and Ohio.
The leaves on the trees were turning in PA, MI, and Ohio. The weather was crisp, and it was a great time for a road trip!
You'll find copies of American Road magazine at newsstands and many fine book stores (on-sale date is Sept 22) including:
Barnes and Noble
You'll also find copies of American Road magazine available at fine outlets along America's back roads, including:
Afton Station, Afton, Okla.
Arizona Route 66 Assn Gift Shop, Kingman, Ariz.
Cozy Dog Drive In, Ill., Springfield, Ill.
Munger Moss Motel, Lebanon, Mo.
National Route 66 Museum, Elk City, Okla.
Route 66 Mother Road Museum, Barstow, Calif.
Great news! Sara (our Marketing Manager and Advertising Associate) had her baby last Tuesday - a girl. Less than 7 pounds. Sara's husband called that day and said that mom and baby are doing well. So, join us in welcoming a new American roadie to the world!