Spooky Ghost Towns To Explore

We all have  a bit of curiosity / interest in Haunted Houses. Some of us more than others… yep, thats me…. and if you are anything like us, you will want to go and visit all of them anyway. But how about whole towns? Thats right, the ENTIRE town! From the UK to Taiwan to California to Pennsylvania, if you search, you will find. Some of these places are burdened with a tragic history, making it look eerie along with a haunting feeling or even paranormal activity.  Some places are overgrown over years of abandonment, others are well kept. There are thousands of places to explore, all over the world!

So here’s a small sample of the spooky abandoned Towns we came across in an Article: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/09/29/seven-ghost-towns-theyre-abandoned

And since its October and Halloween is just a few weeks away, I hope you enjoy reading this small tidbit! BOO!



Comfort Inn Fountain Hills, AZ


Welcome to our Comfort Inn, a Fountain Hills, Arizona hotel near the Mayo Clinic
The Comfort Inn® hotel is conveniently located just four miles from the Mayo Clinic Medical Center and 10 miles from the Mayo Clinic Hospital. We provide free shuttle service to both of these facilities and other nearby points of interest. Our Fountain Hills, AZ hotel is also close to the city of Scottsdale, beautiful Saguaro Lake, the Fort McDowell Casino and Fort McDowell Adventures, offering Wild West family fun with horseback riding, wagon rides, wienie roasts and much more.

Within minutes of our hotel you will find additional popular attractions such as:

TPC Scottsdale golf course, home of the annual FBR Open PGA tournament
WestWorld equestrian center, home of the annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Hohokam Stadium, spring training home of the MLB Chicago Cubs
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event and auction
Arizona’s Salt River, perfect for relaxing while tubing downstream
Take advantage of the beautiful Arizona weather at one of several nearby golf courses, including Desert Canyon Golf Club, SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, FireRock Country Club and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. Ask about our golf packages at these fine courses.

For world-class shopping and dining, nearby Kierland Commons features dozens of upscale shops, unique boutiques and a great variety of eateries and entertainment venues. For your convenience, a 24-hour Denny’s restaurant is located adjacent to our hotel.

The Comfort Inn hotel in Fountain Hills, AZ provides first-class customer service and many value-added amenities like:

Free deluxe continental breakfast
Free wireless high-speed Internet access
Free weekday USA Today
Outdoor pool & hot tub
Business center with fax & copy services

Affordable Weekend Getaways in the South, USA

The economy is leading travelers in the USA to take shorter, yet more frequent vacations. There are many places to plan a cheap weekend getaway in the South region of the United Stated. Here are our top ten recommended spots for fun and affordable short vacations in the South.

1) Dallas, Texas

2) Atlanta, Georgia

3) Captiva/Sanibel Island, Florida

4) Louisville, Kentucky

5) Delaware’s Brandywine Valley

6) Charlotte, North Carolina

7) Little Rock, Arkansas

8) Memphis, Tennessee

9) Washington, D.C.

10) Charleston, South Carolina

Top 10 Eco-Friendly Travel Landmarks in the USA

Interested in Eco-Friendly Travel? Here are some of the top green tourist destinations in the USA, courtesy of “Travel – Leisure Magazine”. These landmarks were chosen because they implement a variety of eco-friendly strategies, such as photovoltaic panels, green roofs and wind turbines.

1. San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences, which has a living roof with plantings that attract birds and butterflies.

2. Nationals Park, Washington, which has a green roof and a site that’s friendly to pedestrians, bikers and subway riders.

3. The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns Restaurant, Pocantico Hills, N.Y., a historic farm and gourmet restaurant that aims to teach people about food.

4. The 5.4.7 Arts Center, Greensburg, Kan., a new energy-efficient attraction in a town that was devastated by a tornado.

5. New York City’s High Line, a park being created on an abandoned elevated rail line in Manhattan.

6. World Birding Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Mission, Texas, a green building amid the park’s nine protected habitats on the Mexican border.

7. The Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure, which the magazine says is the first garage certified as environmentally efficient by the U.S: Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design program.

8. Sears Tower, Chicago, which the magazine says is exploring how it can become more energy efficient.

9. Cavallo Point, The Lodge at the Golden Gate, a luxury lodge complex on a former military site at Fort Baker, Calif., along the coast.

10. The Cor Tower in Miami’s Design District, described by the magazine as “glamorous” and “chic” yet environmentally conscious.

Get a Break on Rising Hotel Prices this Fall

Get a break on rising hotel prices this fall – courtesy of airline cutbacks and high gasoline prices. Airlines’ service cuts and rising fuel costs are dampening travel demand to many destinations. Some hotels are offering deep discounts to temper rate increases and attract vacationers. This is a reversal of the trend in recent years, which saw rapidly increasing and record room rates.

U.S. hotel room rates are still forecasted to rise modestly this year. That is partly because of continued strong demand in urban markets and the weak U.S. dollar, which has been attracting more travelers from overseas. Average room rates are expected to rise about 2 percent this year. But this is in stark contrast with what €™s been going on in resort areas. Resort properties across the U.S. last month saw a half-percentage point decrease in daily rates from a year earlier, the first decline since 2003. Occupancy rates are lower also.

Bargain hunters traveling to popular vacation spots in Florida, Arizona or Hawaii should have good luck finding deals over the next few months, since leisure-travel destinations are expected to see flight-capacity cuts, and airfare increases. Some hotels are cutting rates and throwing in extras (like a fourth night, or meals, free). Other are deferring their typical annual rate increases for the first time in years.

In places like San Diego, an influx of new hotels is partly to blame for falling room rates, as are rising gas prices and weak housing markets in nearby cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas.

In the coming months, major airlines will be announcing a number of flight cuts, leaving some hotels and vacation destination’s worrying. In Orlando, the local visitors bureau has formed a task force called Air Team Orlando that will meet with the airlines, partly to lobby against declines.

The travel slump has caused demand for flights to ease. The Air Transport Association of America predicts a 6 percent decline in travel on U.S. airlines this Labor Day Weekend, the first drop since 2002.

So, if you €™re looking for travel deals and opportunities, keep an eye on resort-type properties. These will likely be the first to drop their rates in response to the economy and travel trend changes.