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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.

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

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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!

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.

Ten Musical Reasons to Like Halloween Plus Some Travel Trivia

Posted: October 24th, 2013 by

mask No. 10 Head to the sunshine state, more so to Miami, Florida to soak up the sun by day and then by night dress up like your favorite zombie and head over to the Massive Ideas Masquerade. For family fun, the Miami Zoo can’t be beat for its free range where animals are grouped together based on their geographic territory and exhibits are entirely cageless. Afterwards try a Cuban sandwich at La Carreta, the original Cuban kitchen.
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Chillin’ in the Bayou City- Fun and affordable ways to beat the heat in Houston, Texas

Posted: July 14th, 2011 by

Folks in Houston, Texas know that summer temperatures hover in the mid 90’s and often exceed 100 degrees. However, there are scores of activities, which allow you to enjoy summer from a cool point of view!  Here a just a few suggestions:

NASA Johnson Space Center Tram Tour

  • NASA Johnson Space Center– Take a tram tour, a behind-the-scenes journey through NASA’s Johnson Space Center, you may visit the Historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the current Mission Control Center. Before returning to Space Center Houston, you can visit the “all new” Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park. Occasionally, the tour may visit other facilities, such as the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. You may even get to see astronauts training for upcoming missions.

  Museum of Fine Arts Houston– MFAH features summer activities for kids and adults Every Sunday and Thursday this summer, families can enjoy an expanded line-up of activities at the MFAH including the Art Detectives program Gallery Investigations; Creation Stations; the storybook program A Book and A Look; and self-guided activities such as Family Packs.

 Houston Museum of Natural Science, located on the edge of Hermann Park, one of the nation’s most-heavily attended museums-is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham IMAX® Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group.

 
 Reliant Park Complex– Check out the many events scheduled at the Reliant Park Complex. From the world’s first domed stadium to the world’s first retractable roof, air-conditioned, natural grass football stadium, Reliant Park has established itself as the premier sports, entertainment and convention complex in the country.  From NFL football to Disney on Ice, to live concerts there is something for eveyone.  Check out the calander of events.
Kayak Tours – For a truly unique way to see the city,  how about a Kayak Tour of the Buffalo Bayou?  Buffalo Bayou Shuttle Service  is just one of the tour operators offering guided kayak tours.   They will point out beautiful sights as well as obstacles to navigate through. They will fill you in on the History of the Bayou and how it relates to Houston. From the Civil War to Present Day, there is a lot of history on the Buffalo Bayou.
 If you are looking for a good Night’s Sleep while in Houston, check  for  quality affordable acommodations in 28 locations throughout the Houston area.

On the Road to “Sweet Home Alabama” . . .

Posted: May 13th, 2011 by

 

Hot air balloons like these are seen at the Alabama Jubilee in Decatur - Flickr image by ericlbc

Imagine discovering a treasure trove of ideas for a fun weekend, or a mini-vacation, an extended leisure trip or even an educational adventure, at no cost to you.  Just stop by any Alabama Welcome/Visitor Center and you’ll find rack after rack, on every wall and in every nook and cranny, filled with maps, guides, special event calendars, photo journals, booklets, pamphlets, discount coupons, and so on to help you on your merry way through Alabama, the Beautiful!

US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville -- Flickr image by bryce_edwards

Check this out:

Madison County features the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville Botanical Garden and Huntsville Museum of Art, which offers something for everyone, from youngsters to folks well into their retirement age . . . or you could check out the Official Visitors Guide to nearby Decatur where you can sail away at the Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic held over Memorial Day weekend – for more information log onto www.NorthAlabama.org

    • Pick up your Alabama 2011 motorcycle map and log on to www.Motorsycle-Maps.us – an Internet site highlighting  motorcycle roadways and more
    • Visitor – The must have guide to the Alabama Gulf Coast features an annual calendar of events plus special a Mardi Gras calendar; fact is, you won’t to miss the 7th Annual LuLu Palooza, taking place in Gulf Shores Homeport Marina on May 30th
    • Visit www.yearofalabamamusic.com for a complete listing of venues, attractions and festivals, like the Johnny Shines Blues Festival in Tuscaloosa on August 27t

 

    • Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, AL - Flickr image by southerntabitha

 Don’t wait til’ Oktoberfest to visit Cullman, a city filled with adventure, history, nature and faith . . . where the Ave Maria Grotto, a 4-acre site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has more than 125 miniature replicas of famous churches, shrines and buildings from around the world thanks to Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine Monk, who was born in Bavaria in 1878.  Brother Zoettl arrived at the Saint Bernard Abbey at the age of 14, and in 1958, at the age of 80, built his last minitature model, the Basilica at Lourdes.  Visiting the Ave Maria Grotto is like taking a trip around the world, in minature . . .

  • There simply is not enough room to list all of the great places Alabama has to offer, so we’ll finish our blog with the Hank Williams Trail, beginning in Mount Olive and Georgiana, then travel up US Highway 31, “the highway Hank traveled” to Montgomery, where Hank is in his final resting place at Oakwood Cemetery

Look for “Historic Alabama” an A to Z guide to Landmarks and Events at an Alabama Welcome/Visitor Center or log on to www.alabama.travel to request your copy. Even arm-chair tourists will enjoy reading about Boaz to Eufala to Hayneville to Loachapoka to Nauvoo to Pickensville to Sylacauga, and Wetumpka.

PACK YOUR BAGS … IT’S A ROAD TRIP TO SPARTA!

Posted: March 15th, 2011 by

A typical Spartan? Statue of King Leonidas at Sparta, Greece - Wikimedia Commons

Did you think we meant Sparta, Greece? 

There are a total of 28 towns named Sparta in the U.S., plus one in Canada and two in South America.  Although Sparta, Greece would provide the most historic significance, our travels are taking us to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, and to the town of Sparta, North Carolina, about six miles to the famed Blue Ridge Parkway.

Don’t overlook places you’ve never heard of as they could be that diamond in the rough, like the sleepy little town of Sparta, tucked away in the midst of the Smoky Mountains, near its State Park and many other beautiful tourist areas: nature at its best. 

View from the east ridge off Blue Ridge Parkway, near Sparta looking toward Pilot Mountain - Flickr photo by billkrisjacob

Folks around Alleghany County say that Nature created Sparta, and if you visited their chamber of commerce site you’ll find their claim to be true.  http://www.sparta-nc.com/

Looking Glass Falls - Flickr photo by Alaskan Dude

Along with the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains you’ll find artisans galore, weaving their magic spells in the form of pottery, quilting, painting, photography, woodcrafts and the revival of traditional music of the hills. 

There’s something to do and see around every bend of the road:

  • Take in a music venue

Alleghany Historic Museum, Silver Dollar Music Park, Alleghany Jubilee or Blue Ridge Music Center

  • Cast your rod, swing your club, shoot the rapids or small game

Check out local trout and fishing farms, let the balls fly at Olde Beau or New River Golf clubs, thrill at an exhilarating ride in a canoe, or aim for the bulls eye, and nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina atop a gentle steed as you meander through the beauty of the mountains.  

  • Tour the local museums or art galleries

Alleghany Arts and Crafts, Blue Ridge Gallery of Fine Arts, and many more

  • Sip in the sites and fine wine at local wineries

Chateau Laurinda, Grapestompers, Thistle Meadow Winery

  • Upcoming special events include

Alleghany Jubilee (every Tuesday and Saturday evening)

Lawn Mower Racing in May, June and August – NASCAR of a different scale

Lions Club Rodeo July 1 and 2

Mountain Heritage Festival in September

GENTLEMEN (and LADIES) START YOUR ENGINES!

Posted: February 8th, 2011 by

NASCAR and the U.S. Navy teamed up for charity - photo ca 2002

NASCAR fans will all agree the Daytona 500 launches a year of NASCAR excitement, so its no surprise that Daytona [Beach], Florida gets a big boost in tourism during the month of February.  And, what better time to travel to their southern sandy shores, when the cold winds, and often times, snow, are chilling the air in the northern climes.

Park or drive on the white sands of Daytona Beach Shores - Flickr photo by gamiziuk

Although the Daytona 500 is a major highlight of tourism attractions in Daytona Beach, there are many reasons you might want to trek to the white sandy beaches along Florida’s east coast.

  • Driving your automobile ‘on the beach’

 

  • Attend at least one race at the Daytona International Speedway; there are a dozen events throughout the year, with the Daytona 500 being the most celebrated

 

  • Are you hungry? There are many restaurants that serve great seafood and most any cuisine you have a craving for.  Check out this website for Daytona Beach restaurants: http://daytona.beach.diningguide.com/

 

  • Historic White Hall, located on the campus of Bethune-Cookman College

    Visit a museum or other historic site; there are plenty, and some quite unique, like the Mary McLeod Bethune Home and White Hall, both national historic landmarks located on the campus of the Bethune-Cookman College, and the 1903 S.H. Kress Building

 

  • Play a few rounds of golf; with numerous championship golf courses you’re bound to find a favorite –http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/florida/daytonabeach/

 

  • Try your luck at catching a big one off the Sunglow Fishing Pier or just catch a few rays on the white sandy beach . . .

 

A typical sunrise along the shores of Daytona Beach, Florida's fun coast

  • Cotton candy anyone?  You won’t want to miss the Boardwalk Amusement Park and Pier for shopping, eating and a fun place for the whole family.

 

  • Spend the night in one of many small motels along the beach or on the Intercoastal Water Way where you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep

Dog Days of Summer

Posted: August 18th, 2010 by

Dog days of summer . . . . . "Houndog" Flickr photo by jitze

There appears to be a lot of myths about the ‘dog days’ of summer, but the most relevant one is that it refers to anything that is slow, lazy or languishing, which makes sense because when it’s this hot no one wants to do anything, although if your tempted to brave 85+ degree temperatures, here are some ideas to cool off.

An old fashioned movie theater still showing movies in Doylestown, PA. Flickr photo by Gail548

Go to a movie matinee.  Not only will you sit in the comfort of a darkened air-conditioned room, you’ll also be entertained at the same time.  And, don’t forget the popcorn; plenty of butter, please.

Better yet, why not splash around in one of those fun for the whole family water parks popping up all over the place.  Many county recreation departments have built water parks as part of their overall recreation program, and there are plenty of private coporations that have built water parks with lots of features like ocean-like waves, tubes and body slides.  Although some water parks might be a feature at a hotel or resort, most offer day passes so you don’t necessarily have to check in to splash around.

Splish and Splash Water Park at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in South Korea - Flickr photo by familymwr

For instance, if you went to the Americana Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara Falls (Ontario), Canada, you could purchase a 4-hour day pass (plenty of time to get pruned fingers and toes) and splash around in their Waves Indoor Waterpark, or if your a member of the military, then you might enjoy the Splish and Splash Water Park at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in South Korea.

Water Mountain at Denver's Elitch Gardens - Flickr photo by ishrona

How about a water mountain – found in the waterpark, a key attraction at Elitch Garden Amusement Park in Denver, Colorado . . . . and, although not a typical water park, Millenium Park in Chicago, Illinois offers a fun way to cool off.

Here are some cool names associated with waterparks:  Rain Fortress, Ocean Commotion Wavepool, Lazy River, Mountain Screamer, Southern Pipeline, Water Trampoline, Geyser Fountain, the Big Splash, Flowrider Surfing, Tidal Wave, Frantic Atlantic, Splashtacular Place, Mon Tsunami wave pool, Soak Zone, Lake Harmony, Thunder Run Tube Slide, Boogie Bear Surf, Vortex and Spin Cycle, Master Blaster, Rio Rapids, Splash Attack and so on.  I’m getting the ‘chills’ just thinking about all these wet cool places . . .

Millenium Park Fun in the Water (Chicago) - Flickr photo by metaxin

Want help in locating some great watering holes?  Visit this site for a map that will point you to a cooling off place near you.

http://themeparks.about.com/cs/waterparks/l/blwaterparksst.htm