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Friday, January 11, 2013

Military Lodging at Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam

Where can you stay for $55 a night in Hawaii? On a military base of course!

I met up with my husband on his last military tdy, which just happened to be Hawaii. (Yes, I always show up on the really good tdy's!) He was staying on Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickam on the Pearl side. You could easily walk over to the Pearl Harbor Memorial from here.

The room had one bed, a chair and a desk. The bathroom had a shower only. The bed was great. I have never actually sleep on a bed at a military lodge that was any good until this trip.
Joint base Pearl Harbor - Hickam lodging
Wifi was available and free.
Joint base Pearl Harbor - Hickam lodging
The rooms have a Keurig B145 OfficePRO Brewing System and they provide tons of coffee pods for it. There was a little fridge and a microwave too.
Joint base Pearl Harbor - Hickam lodging
Also, within walking distance was a full shoppette, McDonalds, Subway, Taco Del Mar, tennis courts, and the brand new gym.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hope Lake Lodge in Cortland, NY

Hope Lake Lodge is a hotel and waterpark, located in Cortland, NY (not far from the NY Jets training camp) offers the perfect place for a family retreat.

Hope Lake Lodge is not only an award winning beautiful hotel, it's also the home of Cascades Indoor Waterpark. The entire area around Hope Lake Lodge is a recreation area. In the summer they offer zip lining, ropes courses, hiking, fishing, and all kinds of other fun activities. In the winter they offer skiing, tubing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more. On top of all that the rooms and suites are huge. Here is a picture tour of our suite at Hope Lake Lodge.
Hope Lake Lodge, Greek Peak Resort, Cascade Indoor Water Park, Cortland, NY
Not shown in this living room photo is a full size coach that folds into a bed.
Hope Lake Lodge, Greek Peak Resort, Cascade Indoor Water Park, Cortland, NY
You can not see the ski storage area from this picture, but along the wall facing the dining table is a ski storage nook.
Hope Lake Lodge, Greek Peak Resort, Cascade Indoor Water Park, Cortland, NY

Hope Lake Lodge, Greek Peak Resort, Cascade Indoor Water Park, Cortland, NY

Hope Lake Lodge, Greek Peak Resort, Cascade Indoor Water Park, Cortland, NY

Hope Lake Lodge, Greek Peak Resort, Cascade Indoor Water Park, Cortland, NY
It was nice having the sink area separate from the shower area. It made getting ready quicker.
Hope Lake Lodge, Greek Peak Resort, Cascade Indoor Water Park, Cortland, NY
I loved the fitness room. They provided towels and water. There were 2 or 3 tv's in the room.
Hope Lake Lodge, Greek Peak Resort, Cascade Indoor Water Park, Cortland, NY

Hope Lake Lodge, Greek Peak Resort, Cascade Indoor Water Park, Cortland, NY
Cortland, NY is part of the Finger Lakes not far from Ithaca, NY.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

10 Family Friendly activities in Seattle, Washington

Space Needle
Space Needle
Seattle, Washington is a great place to travel with kids. We had a truly wonderful time in Seattle.

We stayed near the water and new art park at Homewood suites. It is part of the Hilton brand. Our room was huge and it was a suite. The only downside that we were on the side of the building that was close to a night club that stayed open really late and we could hear it. To minimize our costs we got a City Pass and they had a 10% military discount.  Every where we went in Seattle seemed to offer a military discount.

Space Needle - The entire area around the space needle is fun. We of course went up to the top. The view was beautiful even though it was cloudy.  The Space Needle has a military discount and we accepts City Pass.

Seattle Aquarium - I like this aquarium a lot. It is small but they utilize their space well. We have been several times, but have not been lucky enough to catch the salmon going through the ladder.

Woodlawn Park Zoo - This zoo is a must. Zoos in the Pacific northwest are a must. Unlike most zoos in our country, the ones in the northwest are in a league of their own. They are incredibly sprawled out and you will be doing a lot of walking. It is worth the walk, because the zoo is beautiful and they have tons of animals.

Pacific Science Center - We had a great time here. There were loads of activities for our children to do even though they were small when we went. There are all kinds of different areas including dinosaurs and butterflies.

Childrens musuem - We have yet to go here but I know that it is near the Space Needle and I have heard good things about it.

Argosy Cruises - Seattle Harbor Tour - This is an activity that we would not have normally done, but since it was included in our city pass we couldn't pass it up. It was not a very long harbor cruise but it was relaxing and we got some amazing pictures and heard all about the city.

The Museum of Flight - By far the best airplane museum I've been to. Depending on how much your family members enjoy planes is how much time you need to plan for this museum. My husband is a pilot and we were there all day. It is a large museum that has an extensive collection of planes. They utilize their space well and it takes a lot of time to see everything. Their restaurant was excellent.

Experience Music Project - Okay, I am not real into music so I was not very impressed with this museum. They could do so much with it, but haven't. My husband however loves music and was also not super impressed. You can get a combined pass that lets you into the Experience Music Project and the Science Fiction Museum.

Science Fiction Museum - Random! This is a weird museum but it is included in your Experience Music Project admission. I actually liked it better then the music museum, but it is really an odd museum.

Pike's Place Market - There is nothing more iconic about Seattle then Pike's Place Market. There you can watch the guys throw fish and visit the 1st Starbucks! You can shop for almost anything at Pike's Place Market. I still have some dried flowers I bought there 6 years ago. Plan to eat here for at least one meal. We always have to hit Sister's Cafe, they make the best sandwiches!

Visit Seattle's "Space Needle" and 5 other attractions for just $69.00 at CityPASS.com - $121.20 value! ORDER NOW
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