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Visit Our New Location – Scottish Inns & Suites, Texarkana, AR

Posted: October 3rd, 2017 by

Scottish Inns & Suites Texarkana AR

 

The Hotel is conveniently located on Highway 71, just seconds off Interstate 30, and minutes away from Texarkana Regional Airport.

The Hotel is also near many local sites, activities and attractions:

  • Holiday Springs Water Park
  • Hobo Jungle Park
  • Broad Street Park
  • Spring Lake Park
  • Razorback Stadium
  • Four States Auto Museum
  • Lindsey Railroad Museum
  • P. J. Ahearn Home
  • Arkansas Convention Center
  • Texarkana convention Center

 

Guests will find all the essentials for A Good Night’s Sleep after a busy day. The spacious and comfy Guest Rooms are equipped with Cable TV with HBO, microwave, fridge and coffee maker. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Hotel.

A complimentary Continental Breakfast is available every morning and Guests can also relax in the outdoor Pool.

Guest Laundry facilities are available on site and the Front Desk is staffed 24/7 for any enquiries or assistance.

There are also plenty of well-known restaurants to eat nearby, including Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse. If a quick bite to eat is all you need, then Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Whataburger and Chick-fil-A are not far away.

At Scottish Inns Hotels, whether traveling on business or pleasure, we want you to relax and feel right at home. We are committed to offering you the amenities that you need for a wonderful stay. For a good night’s sleep® our affordable rates will let you focus on the things that matter, whether it is your family vacation or your business meetings.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook Page for regular Travel Tips and information.

Book your next stay in Texarkana AR at the Scottish Inns & Suites

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6 Great Apps for Traveling

Posted: May 31st, 2016 by

6 great apps for traveling

Traveling in unfamiliar places can be frustrating

Where’s the cheapest gas, the best food, free WiFi?

Load these FREE apps and the answers will be at your fingertips


gasbuddy

Don’t leave home without this FREE App!

Gas prices can vary enormously by up to 20 cents a gallon or more.

The Gasbuddy App will find the cheapest gas price in the USA or Canada by city/zip or postal code.

Plus there’s a chance of winning $100 of gas every day!

Earn points for reporting gas prices and earn awards for posting gas prices

 


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This FREE App is a visual guide to good food and where to find it.

Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend dishes and see what foodspotters, friends and experts recommend wherever you go.

Unlike other restaurant apps, the Foodspotting App is about dishes, not just restaurants, you can find whatever you’re craving, from Dumplings and Dosas to Cronuts and Ramen Burgers.

 


Foursquare

Never feel like a stranger when traveling once you download this FREE App.

Foursquare is your ultimate city guide, in your pocket.

Find the best places to eat, drink, shop, or visit — in any city in the world.

Access over 60 million short reviews from local experts.

You can also save places you want to go, so you never forget

 


touchnoteOnce Upon A Time, people sent postcards. This FREE App makes it so easy.

The Touchnote App allows you to use your photos to create and send REAL personalised postcards – the easiest way to share memories, and make someone’s day!

There is a small postal charge, but you can handle it all from your phone. So no more looking for a place to buy stamps.

You can even include a micro-sized Google Map of your whereabouts.

And you can also share your postcards on Facebook.


BonjournalCreating a Travel Journal with photos is simpler than you thought possible.

Bonjournal is a FREE App that is a simple way to record and share your travel adventures.

The app helps you easily collect all the beautiful moments, stories and pictures from your journey into a single narrative.

Making entries each day means no homework when your trip is over!

 


wifi finderThe FREE WIFi Finder App will help you find FREE WiFi hotspots in more than 50 countries around the world:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United_States, Vietnam.

And you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to find the nearest hotspot — all the hotspots are stored locally on your device.


The Greatest Adventure Lies Ahead

J.R.R. Tolkien

Using these 6 great apps for traveling, means you can focus more on your Great Adventure,

rather than spending time looking for places to eat, visit, shop or fill the car up.

And you can make Grandma’s day by sending a postcard!

Don’t forget to sign up for an Inncentive Card and get a Good Night’s Sleep for Less

All these Apps are Free and available for iphones and Androids.


Travel Tips for Packing

Posted: April 29th, 2016 by

 

 

Travel tips for packingYou’ve researched, you’ve planned and you’ve booked

Now you’re counting down the days till you set off.Just the packing left to do.

How well this stage goes will depend on what sort of packer you are.

Read on for some tips you may have forgotten or just not seen.



#1 Organize your case and instantly compress your clothes

Travel_organize your case and compress your clothes at the same timeIf fitting everything in your case is a major challenge, then maybe you have not discovered or tried packing cubes.

Several companies make them and you can buy them from various stores.

I tried them for a recent 10 day trip to Europe and I easily fitted all my clothes into a carry on size case.

Not sure how they could possibly save space or if you could fit all your clothes in?

Watch this cute short video and perhaps you’ll be converted too!

 


 

#2 Packing a suit in a small suitcase? No problem!

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Think it can’t be done?

I packed my husband’s suit in a small suitcase for a recent trip abroad along with all his other clothes.

He was very skeptical and unconvinced, and I was worried that it might not go as planned, but thankfully it worked perfectly!

No creases or wrinkles after several days travelling.

Watch this video to see an expert do it

 

 

 


 

#3 Rolling, Folding or Bundling?

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Are you a Folder and like the ‘neatness look’ to your case when you are done?

Perhaps you are a Roller – rolling every piece of clothing and confident you will use up every available space in your case.

Or maybe you are a Bundler –watch this video and decide if this is more your style of packing

 

 

 

 


 

However you like to pack, remember the wise words of Leslie Wilmott, a packing expert:

‘It’s a suitcase, not a closet”

Happy Packing!

April Showers and Flowers

Posted: April 14th, 2016 by

The month of April is everything we are looking for after the winter.

Glorious bursts of colors as flowers gently open to the warm rays of the sun.

Travelling can be dull and boring, so brighten the experience by checking out nearby Botanical Gardens



 

Nashville, TN

Cheekwood

 

Cheekwood Botanical Garden, not too far from the Scottish Inns Hotel located at 426 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210

Ranked #9 in USA Today 10 Best Botanical Gardens and features 55 acres divided into a dozen themed areas including a Japanese Garden, an herb garden, two perennial gardens, a color garden, water garden, seasons garden and an award-winning wildflower garden. Sounds relaxing and peaceful, so different to the Interstate that you may be travelling on.

 

Pine Mountain GA

Travelling south of Atlanta along the I85 means you can take a break wandering around the Callaway Gardens.  The Callaway Azalea Bowl looks wonderful this time of the year.

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This 40-acre garden is home to more than 3,000 native and hybrid azaleas, which explode into a colorful palette of pinks, reds, lavenders and whites each Spring. Additional plantings include 2,000 trees and shrubs that provide an array of foliage and blooms throughout the year. With wide walking paths that criss-cross the hillside gardens, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl is a delightful spot for a leisurely stroll in any season. A gazebo overlooking Falls Creek Lake is an ideal resting spot from which to drink in the picture-postcard beauty.

Glencoe IL

Visiting Chicago IL and need a break? Then take time out and visit the Chicago Botanic Garden. 385 acres with 26 gardens and 4 natural areas that include Japanese gardens and an English walled garden. This beautiful site is ranked #8 in USA Today 10 Best Botanical Gardens and is well worth a visit. Just a few minutes drive from the Red Carpet Inn located at 3207 Buckley Rd. N Chicago, IL 60064

 

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There’s even a tram to take you on a tour if you want a rest from walking. The tram ride is 2.3 miles and runs  through the Japanese Garden, the McDonald Woods and alongside the Garden’s 81 acres of water.

Happy Travelling!

November – The Thankful Month

Posted: November 25th, 2015 by

Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Birthdays, these are all days that are familiar November opportunities for Americans to be Thankful. But November is a special month in many other countries too.

Diwali – India’s Festival of Lights that symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, took place in November this year.

Accross the pond, in the UK, November 5th is always a huge celebration with bonfires and fireworks to remember the failure of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the King of England back in 1605.

Veterans Day,celebrated in many countries and originally designated to remember the end of the First World War, now honors all those who have sacrificed and fought for the freedom we enjoy today.

 

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And of course, Thanksgiving with it’s pilgrim origins, is traditionally a time for families to get together and create wonderful memories.

 

 

 

 

 

With families now scattered far and wide, travel is inevitable at this time of the year. So here’s 5 Tips that may help to make your journey back home a bit less stressful.

1)Remember to pack ‘patience’ It is estimated that 46.3 million Americans will be travelling 50 miles or more this holiday and they all want to get there quickly. So treat everyone the way you would like to be treated and remember to smile – it’s holiday time!

2) Don’t be a Gas Guzzler – love this hack from Michael Whelchel: Use cruise control when possible to minimize fuel usage. More importantly, find a large vehicle that’s driving the same speed as you and follow at a safe but close distance. The vehicle in front will block the wind and allow you to draft down the highway in fuel-efficient bliss.

 

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3) Pack a snack – Water, fuit, veggies, protein bars, etc. Stock up from the supermarket with your favorite things or maybe make some yourself. Try these 15 HomemadeTravel Snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated

4) Don’t forget your chargers for your devices. Investing in a portable battery may save a lot of potential frustration.

 

 

 

 

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5) Staying with family after a long trip may not be such a good idea after all. A nearby hotel that provides a Good Night’s Sleep for less might make all the difference to your visit.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving wherever you may be and may you always have plenty to be thankful for.

Mad as a March Hare – March Comes in Like a Lion – March Madness

Posted: March 5th, 2014 by

More than likely you have heard of one or more of these phrases as we say goodbye to those wintery days and look forward to Spring.

hareIn the case of Mad as a March hare, it may be a reference to the erratic behavior of animals (or humans) in the month of March . . . what about March, coming in like a Lion and out like a Lamb . . . well, the Rev. Dr. David Q. Hall describes why “March winds are well known” in his blog, The Rev. Dr.s Musings on Nature, Life and Belief.

bbp 1The phrase March Madness actually pertained to the European Hare’s breeding season, but a more current (20th Century) reference is about Basketball. Fact is, March Madness became a nickname for the NCAA Basketball tournaments, which take place in the month of March. The tie in to tourism is simply that the tournaments take place in a variety of cities each March (and often go into early April), thus attracting a great number of basketball fans, supporters, etc. who not only fill sport venue bleachers and seats, but as is the case with out-of-town visitors, require overnight lodging, the requisite number of meals and an assortment of purchases; all which help to beef up the economical windfall for the lucky hosting city(s).

Photo shows Orville Wright in flight

Photo shows Orville Wright in flight

Tourism would be greatly affected today had it not been for the Wright Brothers and the first airplane flight on December 17, 1903 and although it took place in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they hailed from Dayton, Ohio, called the birthplace of aviation, and the first stop for the ‘First Four’ at UD Arena in Dayton (March 18-19). Not only will basketball fans be treated to a heart-pounding, foot-stomping start to 2014’s March Madness, but there’s more to Dayton than just the hoops, like the world’s largest and oldest aviation museum, “National Museum of the U.S. Air Force” and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park.
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90 Years of Nostalgia: The Rand McNally Road Trip

Posted: February 13th, 2014 by

The initiation of the Interstate Highway system in 1956 has resulted in scenic roadways as this - Flickr image by Rob Harrinton

The initiation of the Interstate Highway system in 1956 has resulted in scenic roadways as this – Flickr image by Rob Harrinton

I just got my new Rand McNally Road Atlas. To be more specific; the 2014 90th Anniversary edition, chock full of nostalgic ‘looking back’ over the past 90 years edition. I don’t know a lot of folks that are 90 years old, so being able to read about what happened over the past 90 years, as referenced in this memorable publication is definitely a great way to travel down memory lane.

The Florida Overseas Highway was but a dream at one time . . . Flickr Image

The Florida Overseas Highway was but a dream at one time . . . Flickr Image

I think what struck a ‘travel’ cord more than anything else [for me] was when President Eisenhower initiated building the Interstate Highway system in the US in 1956. After all, this really opened up the opportunity for people from all walks of life to truly tour America. Although I am not a fan of super highways, it does provide a quick way to get to the by-ways that take you to those out of the way scenic places.
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The Birdwatcher In Us!

Posted: January 28th, 2014 by

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"The deceptively cute Gray Jay is one of the most intrepid birds in North America, living in northern forests year-round and rearing chicks in the dark of winter."  www.allaboutbirds.org

“The deceptively cute Gray Jay is one of the most intrepid birds in North America, living in northern forests year-round and rearing chicks in the dark of winter.” www.allaboutbirds.org

Let’s face it, there’s a little birdwatcher in all of us. Stop and think for a moment; do you remember when you looked skyward and wondered where that flock of geese was flying to as they headed southward? How about the time you saw birds of a feather swoop from one set of tree tops to another; or watched the antics of a Blue Jay taking possession of its space, or a Mother bird feed her young amid their gaping beaks, twitters and peeps. Yes, you were bird watching!

Mountain Desert Island, Maine - a year-round birding paradise - Wikimedia Commons

Mountain Desert Island, Maine – a year-round birding paradise – Wikimedia Commons

I’ve never actually considered myself a birdwatcher per se, but I do remember quite a few years ago, while touring the Florida Everglades, encountering a group of tourists who were actually on a bird watching tour. They disembarked quietly from their tour bus in single file with binoculars in hand. At first, I couldn’t help wonder what they were doing, but then it was evident as they dispersed and quickly raised their binoculars toward the tree tops. I could barely hear their whispers, but imagined they were pointing out one bird or another. You could see the fascination and quiet excitement on their faces. I watched three or four congregate near some Palmetto’s as they peered around the prickly green pointed Palmetto, and in hushed tones speak of some great feathered find.
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The Dream Continues . . .

Posted: January 19th, 2014 by

Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington DC

Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington DC

2013 was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech, a milestone marked by many remembrances and memorials. As we approach this January 20th, set aside to honor MLK, we are reminded once again that we should never give up on our dreams, which are as varied as the people who dream them.

Tower of old Jamestown Church, ca 1639, shown in  1854 image, Wikimedia comons

Tower of old Jamestown Church, ca 1639, shown in 1854 image, Wikimedia comons

. . . including dreams that go back as far as 1607, when the English (some 100+ men and boys plus 39 crew members) established Jamestown as the first settlement of the Virginia Colony, traveling across the ocean to fulfill their dream of religious freedom and a better quality of life. Today Jamestown, and nearby Williamsburg, are a testament to these early settlers’ fortitude, and what once was their first home reminds us of America’s early history, which have also become popular tourist attractions, drawing people from all walks of life.

1870, Crouffit's Great Transcontinental Tourist's Guide, Wikimedia Commons

1870, Crouffit’s Great Transcontinental Tourist’s Guide, Wikimedia Commons

May 10, 1869 marked another milestone in American History, where the dream of the first Transcontinental Railroad was finally realized thereby enabling Americans to travel virtually from one coast to the other overland, connecting with the existing Eastern U.S. rail network at Council Bluffs, Iowa. The dream may have actually begun with Asa Whitney, the widely-traveled cousin of Eli Whitney (inventor of the cotton gin) who said, “[It] would bring all our immensely wide-spread population together as one vast city; the moral and social effects of which must harmonize all together as one family; with but one interest – the general good of all.” Others, like Dr. Hartwell Carver kept the dream alive, with an article published in 1832, where Carver advocated the building of a transcontinental railroad from Lake Michigan to Oregon.

Although the initial building of a transcontinental railroad was very much for commercial purposes, as it evolved it is also provided a means for tourism.
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I Now Know What Sea Legs Mean . . .

Posted: January 10th, 2014 by

Sunrise in Cozumel, Mexico, from the bow of the Breeze

Sunrise in Cozumel, Mexico, from the bow of the Breeze


You probably guessed: I just recently went on a week-long cruise which I can easily describe as a dream vacation. You know, where the skies were pretty much sunny, the air was warm and a calliope of chatter (in about a dozen languages) and laughter filled the air wherever we were… the sights were fantastic, the food was hmmmm very good, and there was plenty to see and do.

swans 2As memories go though, there were three or four standouts. First, there were the towels mimicking various sea creatures. Yes, I did say towels! You see, each evening, when we came back to our cabin after the sumptuous evening meal, we were greeted by a clean room and a towel sea creature sitting atop the bed. As I remember correctly, we had a frog, a penguin, a sea turtle, a stingray and I presume a pelican. There was also two swans kissing, representing a heart, to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.
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This simple gesture, provided by our daily housekeeper, who cleaned our room, not once, but twice a day, was actually something unexpected but eagerly anticipated after the first evening’s surprise. Although I am sure the overall cost of the cruise includes what some might think nonsensical; I on the other hand thought it to be a thoughtful and genuine state of hospitality, something often lacking in any vacation, be it on land or sea. By the way, the towel brigade was in full swing the morning of our final full day at sea when the pool deck had an array of towel-sea creatures sitting atop lounge chairs, much like I imagined soldiers would look, all bedecked in white uniforms, guarding their charges of blue.
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