Star Princess Alaska Cruise – Cabin L242

Balcony Suite, Star PrincessIn May 2018 we did a wonderful 7-day Star Princess Alaskan cruise through the Inside Passage. This was part of a self-drive trip through Alaska and several USA National Parks and after much research, we decided that a one-way cruise from Whittier (Alaska) to Vancouver (Canada) through the Inside Passage was the best way to travel this leg of the trip.

We are usually independent travellers and were a bit hesitant about taking a cruise, however we were very pleasantly surprised!


By |2018-11-09T17:09:58+11:00May 26th, 2018|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Alaska|0 Comments

McKinley Chalet Resort, near Denali National Park, Alaska

McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali, AlaskaMcKinley Chalet Resort has an excellent location – just a couple of minutes from the entrance to Denali National Park. On arrival, McKinley Chalet Resort is impressive. The large timber and stone chalet-style building houses the lobby, shops, restaurant and coffee shop with accommodation in separate buildings overlooking the mountains.

Although there is a crowd in the lobby, we have a quick and easy check in.

The rooms are located in two-storey timber buildings over quite a large area, on land sloping down to the river at the back of the main building – with a backdrop of snow covered mountains. We are in T Block – an attractive, rustic looking timber building in immaculate condition. Our room is on the first floor.

The room is a pleasant surprise – we have a warm and cosy living room, bathroom and bedroom, and a pretty view through the trees to the river and mountains.

Photos of McKinley Chalet Resort


By |2019-06-03T16:54:15+10:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Alaska|0 Comments

Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska

Lands End Resort, HomerLand’s End Resort has a wonderful location – at the tip of The Spit in Homer.

We booked into Room 206, on the first floor, up one flight of stairs (no lift) and in the original hotel building (built in 1958). We booked one of the cheapest rooms (Port City Room) – without a view. Rooms on the other side of the hallway have sensational views of the water and snow-capped mountains.

Photos of Land’s End Resort


By |2019-06-03T16:56:46+10:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Alaska|0 Comments

Comfort Inn Downtown, Ship Creek Anchorage, Alaska

Comfort Inn Downtown AnchorageThe Comfort Inn Downtown, Ship Creek, is a good value hotel in Anchorage – an expensive town for accommodation.

We receive a friendly welcome when checking in and are allocated Room 227 one floor up from reception. It is a large room with 2 queen beds and good sized bathroom overlooking the railway line and the street towards downtown Anchorage.


By |2019-06-03T17:01:37+10:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Alaska|0 Comments

USA – New England Fall & Boston to NYC Road Trip – October 2016

The following is a summary of a trip to see the Fall colours between New York City and Stowe, then returning to New York City via Boston, Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport (Rhode Island) and the Hamptons. We recommend a much slower pace to take in all there is to see – and perhaps leave out Bridport and Montreal to concentrate on New England.

Our overnight stops were NYC at the beginning of the trip then Hancock, Stowe, Bridport, Montreal, North Conway, Boston, Edgartown, Newport, Montauk and NYC at the end of the trip.

Photos of New England Fall – October 2016 

Photos of Boston to New York City – October/November 2016


By |2019-06-03T14:11:50+10:00November 10th, 2016|Categories: USA, New England Fall Foliage Trip, USA|0 Comments

Cambria Hotel Chelsea, New York City

Cambria Hotel Chelsea New York CityWe chose to stay at the Cambria Hotel Chelsea based on price and location. We were not disappointed and can highly recommend a stay at the Cambria.

The Cambria is a new hotel (built in 2015) and is fresh, clean and modern. Our room was a Deluxe King Guestroom – 1302 on the 13th floor, at the back of the building away from the street, so nice and quiet.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:47+10:00November 6th, 2016|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, New York City|0 Comments

Montauk Manor, Montauk, Long Island, NY

Montauk Manor, Long Island, NYMontauk Manor is an historic condominium resort hotel located on a hilltop in the small community of Montauk on the eastern tip of Long Island (on the south shore or South Fork). There are 140 apartments available – from studios to 3 bedrooms. Apartments are individually owned so each is decorated differently.

We can’t help but be impressed by the grand Tudor Revival building as we drive up the sweeping drive to check in. We receive a friendly welcome at Reception and book into Apartment 412 – a 2-bedroom apartment, with one bedroom actually in a loft.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:47+10:00November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Hamptons|0 Comments

Newport Bay Club & Hotel, Newport

Newport Bay Club and HotelThe Newport Bay Club & Hotel has an excellent location at the corner of Thames Street and America’s Cup Boulevard – just a few minutes walk to the restaurants and shops of the Newport Harbour area (Bowens Wharf and Bannisters Wharf). It is also a short walk to the shopping area of Brick Market Place, and a 10-minute walk to the Tourist Office – where most tours depart from (the bus station is also part of the Tourist Office building).

The hotel is in an historic building – The Perry Mill – a cotton mill built in 1835 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

We have Room 307 on the 3rd floor (lift access) – a one-bedroom suite with queen bedroom, bathroom and a spacious living room plus kitchenette. The suite has big windows with shutters and beautiful timber beams across the ceiling.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:47+10:00November 1st, 2016|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Newport|0 Comments

Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, USA

Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown,The Harbor View Hotel is an historic hotel in a beautiful setting in Edgartown – with views of the harbour, Edgartown Lighthouse and Chappaquiddick Island. It is conveniently located a short stroll to the shops and restaurants of Edgartown.

Arriving at the hotel we were very impressed. The lobby is beautifully furnished in a casually elegant coastal style. There is a wrap-around veranda at the front of the hotel with pretty green rocking chairs – a perfect spot to enjoy the view.

Reception is off to one side of the lobby and we had a quick and easy check in – Room 924 in the Governor Mayhew Wing of the hotel.


By |2018-08-27T15:40:47+10:00October 30th, 2016|Categories: Accommodation Reviews, Marthas Vineyard|0 Comments
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