Corvette Road Trip
Traveling America's Roads in America's Sports Car

christopher_placeMost of us have traveled with and without reservations and both ways can bring surprises. Years ago, we would hit the road and find a place to stay when we felt like stopping. Today, I try to have reservations for all of our stops unless it is an unplanned emergency.

Everyone has their preference for where to stay and for us, clean and quiet are the two most important qualities for any motel, hotel, inn or B&B. Traveling in a Corvette add, safe parking and if possible, a hose where you can get some of the road grime off the car.

c6_christopher_place_porticoWe have a preference for B&Bs and small Inns. I have altered my plans based on the location of an inn. My goto source for great places is the Select Registry. You can find them here. Over the years, we have stayed in over 25 of their properties. Never have we been disappointed.

The internet is of course, a great resource to find lodging. Often just searching for the town, city or area you will be in will bring up a number of choices. There are a number of sites like Trip Advisor, Yelp and BedandBreakfast.com that are aggregator sites.


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town_inn_fishkillThere are certainly times when a bed and a hot shower are all that is needed. When we are in transit, that is going from one major point on our trip to another, we usually find someplace clean, quiet and cheap. One such stopping place for us is the Towne Inn of Fishkill, Fishkill, NY. I’ve stayed there a number of times and it’s always clean and neat. Not luxurious, but it’s priced right.

One advantage to small places like the Town Inn is the personal service. When I call for a reservation, the desk clerk remembers me as the guy with the black Corvette. I stopped on night on my way to Carlisle. When I checked in he pulled out a set of keys and asked if maybe I left them the last time I stayed. They were a spare set I left in the room about 4 months earlier.

super8motel_01A number of my road trip friends like specific motel chains. Although chains are mostly franchises and there is a wide range of architecture, amenities, prices and service, they find they can trust certain chains and feel comfortable always booking into to a Marriot, a Super 8, a Wyndham or any of the hundred or so nationwide chains. Also, many of the chains have frequent guest programs and you can quickly find yourself with a free nights stay.