From the Grand Canyon to Vegas

We were supposed to stay 3 nights at the Grand Canyon: one night in a lodge in the national park and 2 nights at Red Feather Lodge just south of the park in Tusayan.

We stayed in a comfortable yet basic room in Grand Canyon National Park.
We stayed in a comfortable yet basic room in Grand Canyon National Park.

We did stay in the park at Maswik Lodge which was incredibly convenient for taking an early morning mule trek.

The sign at Red Feather Lodge in Tusayan.
The sign at Red Feather Lodge in Tusayan.

However when we tried to check into the Red Feather they never heard of us. I’m not sure I actually made reservations.

The scenery in Arizona is ever-changing.
The scenery in Arizona is ever-changing.

Since we had already decided to limit our stay to one night and had made reservations for AirBnb accommodations for the following night we headed toward Las Vegas without a place to stay.

Lake Mead from our AirBnB house.
Lake Mead from our AirBnB house.

Charlie suggested I get in touch with our hosts for the following night who said they could take us for later that day as well.

Our bed was turned down when we arrived.
Our bed was turned down when we arrived.

We stayed with a charming couple 35 minutes outside of Las Vegas in one of the loveliest AirBnb rooms we’ve ever stayed in overlooking Lake Mead in Nevada.

Bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and cereal made for a hearty breakfast.
Bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and cereal made for a hearty breakfast.

We had a great breakfast two mornings in a row with a myriad of amenities that made for a perfect stay.

What one thing must you have when traveling?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

11 thoughts on “From the Grand Canyon to Vegas”

  1. I am a very easy traveller, having travelled extensively with husband and five children I think one learns to cope in just about any situation! A good cup of coffee in the morning is about my only “must have”!!! Enjoy your trip

    1. I am a coffee snob and rarely drink brewed coffee so, while traveling in the US, we almost always stop in the morning for cappuccino doppio. Jo

  2. Yes, the good cup of coffee is essential! I had wonderful breakfasts at the Doubletree by Hilton – Biltmore in Asheville, NC in the spring this year. They had a breakfast buffet each morning in a small room with a walled patio outside. They had in-house stone ground grits that were wonderful, delicious sausage and other choices that changed each morning. It was a wonderful way to start the day.

    1. I’ve been on it way too much but it’s holding out. The worst part is Charlie must take 200 photos a day and I need to be in them without a “phony smile”. I hate having my picture taken. Jo

  3. you are a trooper! your airbnb looks wonderful! glad that worked out. it is not a good feeling to show up at a hotel desk and have them look at you confused and saying they have no record of you. been there done that!

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