Category Archives: Trip Reports

Question: Why Do Hotels Place The Toilet Paper Holder Here?

Toilet Paper HolderOver winter break, we spent a night at the Kimpton Palomar in Philadelphia. While checking in, we used the Kimpton Secret Password!

We enjoyed our stay, but it reminded me of a question I’ve had while away from home.

Why do hotels often place the toilet paper holder in such hard to reach places? Continue reading Question: Why Do Hotels Place The Toilet Paper Holder Here?

Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia

Kimpton PalomarThe Michael W Travels family makes it a point to visit Philadelphia at least once per year. At around two hours drive from home, the city makes for a quick and fun getaway.

On previous visits, we’ve stayed at the Kimpton Monaco and a Fairfield Inn & Suites that reminded us of a Kimpton.

We’ve wanted to check out the Kimpton Palomar for quite some time and finally stayed there recently. Continue reading Hotel Review: Kimpton Palomar Philadelphia

Find Out What We Got For Saying The Kimpton Secret Password

Kimpton Secret PasswordA couple of days back we spent a night at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. I’ve wanted to check out this property for quite some time so I was definitely excited for the visit.

Before checking in, I told Lucas the new Kimpton Secret Password and told him not to forget it. He took this job very seriously, even asking Kim to make a note of it in her phone!

(For those of you not too familiar with the Kimpton Secret Password, here’s a short explanation: The brand has a secret password in the winter and summer which gets announced on social media. When you say the secret password at check-in, you’ll get a surprise. What you get varies from property to property.) Continue reading Find Out What We Got For Saying The Kimpton Secret Password

A Stop On The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail: Tony & Ruth’s Steaks

Anthony BourdainSince the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail officially debuted, I’ve been trying to visit the restaurants on the list.

To date, we’ve been to:

During Winter Break 2020 we were pretty limited as to where we could travel due to the pandemic. We didn’t want to quarantine once getting back to NY, so this limited us to some places close to home. Continue reading A Stop On The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail: Tony & Ruth’s Steaks

Ridiculous Street Signs: Carry Out Your Fecal Matter- Kittery Point, ME

fecal matter2020 hasn’t been a good year for travel or really anything else thanks to COVID-19.

We usually take a month-long summer trip to international destinations. However, this year we settled for a few road trips including a trip to Maine for a couple of weeks.

During our visit, we stopped at Fort McClary State Historic Site. Continue reading Ridiculous Street Signs: Carry Out Your Fecal Matter- Kittery Point, ME

Food Quest: We Tried 12 Whoopie Pies In Maine During Our 10 Day Trip!

whoopie piesBack in August, the Michael W Travels family took a 10-day road trip around Maine.

While it wasn’t the international trip we’re accustomed to, we had a great time during this outdoorsy, food-focused adventure!

When thinking of popular foods in Maine, two come to mind, lobster rolls and whoopie pies! (Find out about 15 lobster rolls we tried during our visit.) Continue reading Food Quest: We Tried 12 Whoopie Pies In Maine During Our 10 Day Trip!

Ridiculous Street Signs #28: No Dog Toilet- Haarlem, The Netherlands

It’s been quite a while since I last stepped foot on a plane. The last flights I took were with my 8-year old son Lucas to The Netherlands back in February.

During the trip we stayed in Amsterdam. We also took day trips to Haarlem and Utrecht.

At the end of our visit to Haarlem, we visited the De Adriann Windmill. Continue reading Ridiculous Street Signs #28: No Dog Toilet- Haarlem, The Netherlands

A Visit To The International Cryptozoology Museum- Portland, ME

cryptozoologyOver the summer, we took a road trip to Maine where we tried 15 lobster rolls during our 10 day trip!

Besides eating lots of lobster rolls, we also visited quite a few lighthouses, ate lots of whoopie pies and visited Acadia National Park.

Museums weren’t high on our list of places to visit but there was one that stood out. With some spare time while in Portland, we decided to stop by the International Cryptozoology Museum! Continue reading A Visit To The International Cryptozoology Museum- Portland, ME

A Visit To The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, PA

Lititz PADuring a recent trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country we spent a night on a train at the Red Caboose Motel in Ronks, PA.

The area offers some fun things to do with kids like visiting a farm, taking a ride on a steam train and a theme park called Dutch Wonderland.

While looking into something fun to do with our kids, I had an idea to visit somewhere fun I had visited in Lititz PA as a kid and again years later. Continue reading A Visit To The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, PA

Finding Pizza Excellence at Ollie’s In Upstate NY

pizzaAs many of you probably know, food is a big part of our travels and pizza is my favorite food…

When I first heard of Ollie’s, a new pizzeria opening in upstate NY, I immediately put it on my list of places that I wanted to check out. The space looked incredible and we figured that the pizza would be excellent considering one of the partners was Frank Pinello of Best Pizza and The Pizza Show. Continue reading Finding Pizza Excellence at Ollie’s In Upstate NY