Greetings from National Lampoon’s Vacation! More specifically, the Room 209 of the Carlson Inn in Chesapeake, VA. The Deal Kids are watching Neverland Pirates and enjoying a “room service” (courtesy of Deal Dad heading to the lobby) waffle. In other words, we are on a road trip!
I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the “best for less”, which I often define as the little luxuries and extras like How to save $200 at a luxury hotel. But every once in a while, I get the itch for playing the alphabet game with road signs, visiting the original Mr. Peanut (in Suffolk, VA, if you’re curious), and (gasp!) having grits for dinner at Cracker Barrel.
My point is, enjoying the “good life” can take many forms, and not all of them involve the Ritz. Yesterday the Deal Kids had fried shrimp on the James River at the exact spot, we learned later, Blackbeard the Pirate’s head had been placed on a pike. That’s a memory I guarantee they’ll keep, no matter the price of the getaway!
And, of course, I’ll be here to help you save on these kinds of trips as well as the luxury ones. Did I mention we’re staying at this hotel for free thanks to Carlson Hotels?