Friday, October 28, 2011

Historic Places for a Spooktacular visit

Texas is perceived as a State with modern buildings but surprisingly, there are many haunted places that draw travelers for Halloween. The Menger Hotel, San Antonio is one of the best known and old hotels in the state of Texas. It’s located adjacent to the Alamo. The hotel opened in 1859, just 23 years after the bloody battle at the Alamo and the famous cry of the Alamo has been heard, - “Don’t forget the Alamo” The brave settlers were brutally killed by the attacking Mexican forces. The Alamo is an impressive building still standing in the center of the city. You can earn Stash Points to redeem them for free nights.
When you step into the Victorian lobby of the Menger Hotel, you feel as if you have been transported to a time of frontier history and expect Davy Crockett to walk by.
The beach Hotel Galvez & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, invites guests to embark on enthralling ghost hunts during the month of October. The hotel has had Royalty,Presidents and famous guests like Howard Hughes, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. I love to visit this hotel in both summer and winter because the pool is heated and long walks along the beach are invigorating, though I cant help thinking about the 8,000 people that died at the waterfront following the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. This “haunted” Texas hotel apparently has a lady spirit roaming the large luxury hallways of the 5th floor of the hotel. You can request the haunted room, it’s room 505, where she committed suicide. Even though I don’t believe in ghosts, I made sure that I was not allocated that room! You can never be too safe.
Another hotel from that era is The Luxury Collection hotel in San luxery collectionDiego is the The U.S. Grant. President Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s son named this hotel after his adventurous father. I love the hotel but I don’t like that this hotel does not conform to the brand in that it does not have many bath tubs and they don’t participate in the new Elite SPG Triple Up promotion, to earn triple Starpoints on stays including a Thursday or Sunday night till December 18, 2011.
Got Kids? You can have a Ghoulish Time When You Stay at Fairfield Inn and Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village, and attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The Lake Buena Vista hotel is a good place to stay because they have a shuttle so you don’t have to rent a car or park far from Disney’s Magic Kingdom. There are many events for kids big and small from 7 p.m. through midnight, including:
  • Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade at 8:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular at 9:30 p.m.
  • Trick-or-treating throughout Magic Kingdom at numerous treat locations is safer that going to strangers homes.
  • Characters dressed up in costumes for Halloween
  • Access to Magic Kingdom® attractions and events
The Fairfield is situated by top attractions, this Lake Buena Vista, Orlando hotel is near Disney World® Resort, Universal Studios, SeaWorld® and Orlando Premium Outlets offering designer shopping. Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast, then purchase your attraction tickets in the lobby or call 1-407-939-1289 to order tickets. I have also enjoyed staying at the Courtyard hotel, next door to the Fairfield in the Marriott Village but Courtyard's don’t have the free breakfast and are slightly more expensive than the Fairfield.
marriott rewardsORLANDO, Fla. has many great hotels, My favorite luxury hotel is the JW Marriott because it has a wonderful Spa. Visit SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular and enjoy special events for little ones, including: Guests also can create Halloween and sea-themed arts and crafts at any of the fun workshops and spooky stations.


  1. We had the best Halloween week on the Riverwalk Lots of good Mex restaurants. Pres Roosevelt stayed at The Menger Hotel, San Antonio and so did I. How COOL is that?

  2. the SPG triple up promotion has a long list of Non-Participating Properties all over the world from AUSTRALIA to China and all brands from
    Four Points by Sheraton to Lux collection, so don't feel that the San Diego hotel was an exception!

  3. I paid 109 dollars on /expedia for Sheraton the villas have a breakfast bar in the room and a fully equipped kitchen.

  4. I liked it so much and very interesting, too! Thanks for sharing the experience.Wonderful post, really great tips and advice:)
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