Vacation Tidbits

by Katy on September 3, 2010 · 6 comments

I am still on vacation, but am staying at a hotel with internet access, so I thought I’d check back in with y’all.

We stayed our first two nights in a rustic old “A” frame cabin on a lake that I kind of wish that I could move into. Sure, the shower was completely inaccessible when the bathroom door was open and there was no oven, but it was perfect nonetheless. The upper floor had two queen size beds, so the kids were able to chill out in their own space. And there was a downstairs bedroom for the grownups, so we could have our own space to chillax.

There were pedal boats to rent, (I negotiated a deal) and the location was beyond pristine.

I think we’ll go back next year.

We are now in an overpriced chain motel at the beach that I thought would be a end of vacation treat. (Of course, we’re all absolutely pining for the rustic cabin.) However, I was able to negotiate $20 off the price due to a funky smell that apparently only I am able to smell. Luckily, there’s a swimming pool and we’re only here until the morning. (After we fill up on their “hot breakfast.”)

Our plan is to slowly meander through the sites on our way home. At which point I’ll start blogging again.

See ya’ later!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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Kristen@TheFrugalGirl September 4, 2010 at 3:02 am

Enjoy the rest of your trip, Katy!


Molly On Money September 4, 2010 at 6:30 am

Are smells something that only us Mom’s of a certain age can smell? It drives me crazy! When we stay in a hotel my husband and the kids start placing bets on how many rooms we will move to until I’m satisfied that it doesn’t smell!


Katy September 4, 2010 at 8:45 am

Oh, it’s probably too late to recommend Karla’s Smokehouse, just at the north end of Rockaway Beach, on the east side of the street. Unbelievably wonderful smoked fish. And Karla herself is terrific too. She’s been threatening to retire for the 15 years I’ve been going there, but maybe one day soon it will happen. 🙁


Katy September 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

My husband and I used to always stay in Rockaway, and we loved what was then called, “Karla’s Krabs and Quiche.” Glad to hear she’s still around. Quite a character if I remember correctly.



Katy September 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm

My husband said he didn’t smell anything bad at first, but said he smelled it when he woke up this morning. He likened it to:

“Fat smelly guy.”

Glad it wasn’t all in my head. 😉



Diane September 5, 2010 at 8:14 am

I travel a lot on business. I freely admit there’s a special magic in a fine hotel. With corporate cutbacks though, we’re more Holiday Inn than Intercontinental these days (thank goodness the points transfer). I notice the smell of a room immediately. The reason your husband didn’t notice it right away is that it’s always more concentrated in the mattress and pillows. You just have a more refined sense of smell.


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