When I told my family 13 years ago that I wanted to pursue the travel industry, the big joke was “but you hate to fly?” After a scary incident traveling to Spain in 1991, I swore I would never get on a plane again.
All that changed after my trip to Cambodia in 2002 where we adopted our youngest daughter, Nyah. Originally, I had no intention of making the trip to Cambodia myself because of my fear of flying. However, due to a moratorium on adoptions in Cambodia, I had to make the trip over to try and navigate through the red tape to get her home.
While in Cambodia, I had an epiphany that if I had let my fear of flying overcome me, I would have never experienced my daughter’s birth country. During that time, I knew that my fears were keeping me from something that I had loved doing at one time, which was traveling, experiencing new worlds, and creating memories.
So thus my world of travel began. I gained most of my knowledge working for a host travel agency from the “ground up” learning to work with travel suppliers, tour operators, and visiting destinations. During these 7 years, it prepared me to open up a storefront travel agency in Medina, Red Travel. Here our clients will experience champagne appointments, watch videos and have fun planning their vacation in a tropical type atmosphere. Our strong brand of love of travel, a passionate client focus and a desire to create a WOW vacation experience resonates in the community and with our clients. That is the Red Travel Advantage.
I get asked quite often what is my favorite destination or type of travel. Of course I love destinations like Caribbean and Europe. But I have to say that personally my favorite “type of travel” is River Cruising. Now don’t confuse this with large ocean cruising vessels. Imagine smaller more intimate ships cruising down famous rivers like the Seine or Danube where the staff knows everyone’s name and one cruises through the country instead of around it. Constant scenery and new experiences will fill your itinerary every single day. We currently work with some fabulous River Cruise companies, including Avalon where their suites are the most unique in the industry. River Cruising is less then one would think as the rate includes so much in the day-to-day itinerary. We get great promotions and sometimes even free or heavily reduced airfare. Contact us at 844-RED-TRAV to schedule your consultation to learn more about the Red Travel Advantage!
A Great Getaway and Event Location
Summer travel this year will probably not include destinations that require purchasing of airfare. Airlines have already pushed through two price increases this year, and it’s only March, when leisure travel is slow. It’s a sign of things to come. “You’ll see gradual increases and then a much bigger jump in April and May when people start shopping for the summer travel season,” says Rick Seaney, CEO of travel website FareCompare.com. About 75 percent of leisure travel is not essential,” says George Hobica of the travel website airfarewatchdog.com. “I think you’ll see more people stay at home, or they’ll drive to closer locations.”
Just three hours away in Southwest Michigan is the award winning Chicago Pike Inn & Spa. This unique historical getaway offers Victorian furnishings and décor with many modern conveniences such as air conditioning, wireless internet, cable television and DVD players. Delicious meals prepared by Nancy and served in the well appointed formal dining room gives you the sense of luxury in a comfortable homelike setting. The beautiful rural area also offers many attractions from golfing to antiquing.
History of the Inn
Morris G. Clarke built his home at 215 East Chicago Street in 1903. Mr. Clarke hired a Chicago Architect, Ashbury Buckley, who had designed many of the homes in Mackinac Island in the late 1800’s. Mr. Clarke, who was a Coldwater merchant, built a Colonial Reform style, with massive Greek Revival columns. When the Clarke mansion was fi nished, it had cost him a
total of $15,000.00. In 1936 after Mr. and Mrs. Clarke deceased, sons Charles and Edwin sold the property to a family that turned it into a rooming house.
Harold and Jane Schultz bought the Clarke home in the fall of 1988, and completely restored it to the splendor you see today. On June 20, 1989, the beautiful Clarke mansion was opened as a Bed & Breakfast, known as the Chicago Pike Inn. The six guest rooms in the main house have all been furnished with antiques and each one has a special elegance. The two suites in the Carriage House were built in 1995 and have in-room jacuzzis.
In 2005 Nancy Krajny purchased the Inn and renamed it Chicago Pike Inn & Spa, now including an on sight beauty salon and massage room. The Inn & Spa is great for a quaint anniversary or birthday, showers or bridal party getaway, with special spa packages available.
Ideal Destination Wedding Location
The Inn is a perfect setting for an indoor or outdoor wedding. Nancy can take care of all the details. The Inn’s layout and ambiance is perfect for the ceremony as well as the reception. For that added touch, she also can provide a horse and carriage.
A three hour drive from Cleveland makes the Chicago Pike Inn & Spa a convenient getaway destination for any family reunion, girls weekend retreat, birthday or anniversary getaways.
Check out www.chicagopikeinn.com for more details.