Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa: TheRealPlaces Featured Hotel of the Day – June 20, 2016

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey offers online reservations for 37 hotels in Atlantic City, including Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The casino-hotels of Atlantic City have hit some very hard times in recent years (thanks to the addition of gambling in several nearby states), but the Borgata continues to thrive. It’s been the “cool” hotel in town since opening in 2003. The 4.5-star hotel is located at 1 Borgata Way, which is unfortunately a long way from The Boardwalk.
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Top 10 Courtyard by Marriott Hotels in Georgia: June 13, 2016

There are 33 Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Georgia. Listed below are our the Top 10 in the state, according to evaluation of service, amenities, value and customer satisfaction.

#1: Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Buford Mall of Georgia

1405 Mall of Georgia Boulevard – Buford
Nearby Places To Visit:
The Mall of Georgia (0.7 miles)

#2: Courtyard by Marriott Albany

3019 Kensington Ct – Albany
Nearby Places To Visit:
Albany Museum of Art (2.5 miles)

#3: Courtyard by Marriott Athens Downtown

166 North Finley Street – Athens
Nearby Places To Visit:
Taylor-Grady House (0.4 miles)
Church Waddel Brumby House (0.5 miles)
Georgia Museum of Art (0.7 miles)

#4: Courtyard by Marriott Valdosta

1564 Baytree Road – Valdosta
Nearby Places To Visit:
The Complex (1.9 miles)
Lowdens Cnty Historical Museum (2.4 miles)

#5: Courtyard Atlanta Conyers

1337 Old Covington Highway SE – Conyers

#6: Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Norcross-Interstate 85

6235 Mcdonough Dr – Norcross
Nearby Places To Visit:
North Atlanta Trade Center (1.9 miles)

#7: Courtyard by Marriott Dalton

785 College Drive – Dalton
Nearby Places To Visit:
Artistic Civic Theatre (2.1 miles)
Georgia Gold Casino (4.5 miles)

#8: Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech

1132 Techwood Dr – Atlanta
Nearby Places To Visit:
High Museum of Art (0.5 miles)
Woodruff Arts Ctr (0.5 miles)
Center For Puppetry Arts (0.5 miles)

#9: Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

3332 Peachtree Rd NE – Atlanta
Nearby Places To Visit:
Atlanta Artists Ctr (0.8 miles)
Atlanta History Ctr (1.0 miles)
Mystical Arts of Tibet (1.3 miles)

#10: Courtyard Atlanta Downtown

133 Carnegie Way Nw – Atlanta
Nearby Places To Visit:
Vsa Arts of Georgia (0.2 miles)
Childrens Museum of Atlanta (0.2 miles)
Atlanta International Museum (0.3 miles)

2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR has announced the 2017 schedule of races months earlier than usual. NASCAR fans can use early notice to get a jump on their travel plans for 2017. We’ve listed the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule below – follow the racetrack links for information about the closest hotels.

We posted the Nascar Cup Series and Xfinity Series schedules recently.

2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Feb. 24: Daytona International Speedway

March 4: Atlanta Motor Speedway

April 1: Martinsville Speedway

May 12: Kansas Speedway

May 19: Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 2: Dover International Speedway

June 9: Texas Motor Speedway

June 17: Gateway Motorsports Park

June 23: Iowa Speedway

July 6: Kentucky Speedway

July 19: Eldora Speedway

July 29: Pocono Raceway

Aug. 12: Michigan International Speedway

Aug. 16: Bristol Motor Speedway

Aug. 27: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Sept. 15: Chicagoland Speedway

Sept. 23: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Sept. 30: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Oct. 14: Talladega SuperSpeedway

Oct. 28: Martinsville Speedway

Nov. 3: Texas Motor Speedway

Nov. 10: Phoenix International Raceway

Nov. 17: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Hampton Inn & Suites-Downtown-Tutwiler: TheRealPlaces Featured Hotel of the Day – June 8, 2016

Hampton Inn & Suites-Downtown-Tutwiler in Birmingham, Alabama
Near Birmingham Museum of Art offers online reservations for 81 hotels in Birmingham, including Hampton Inn & Suites-Downtown-Tutwiler. This 3-star Hampton Inn hotel is located at 2021 Park Place, across the street from Linn Park. The Birmingham Museum of Art, Boutwell Auditorium, and Jefferson County Courthouse also border the park and are a very short walk from the Hampton Inn. The hotel site is a National Historical Landmark – The Tutwiler originally started welcoming guests way back in 1914.
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Top Amusement Parks

We recently checked out TripAdvisor’s list of top amusement parks. There’s something for everyone; coaster-filled parks for thrill seekers, water parks for fun on hot days, animal parks, themed parks, parks for youngsters, and more.

Here are some of the parks that made the list:

Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Part of Universal Orlando Resort, this theme park includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and other rides and entertainment based on Universal Studio productions.

Discovery Cove – Lots of reviewers call this Seaworld operated theme park a great value. Food and drinks are included with the entry fee.  You also get admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica waterpark. Reviewers like the variety of things to do, including the dolphin swim and snorkeling with tropical fish.

Magic Kingdom – A list of top amusement parks wouldn’t be complete without the Magic Kingdom. See reviews.

Universal Studios Hollywood – This Los Angeles theme park is extremely popular. Reviewers comment that things get crowded, but everyone still seems to have a good time.

Disneyland Park – The original still thrills visitors.

Cedar Point Amusement Park – This park is known for its roller coasters – 17 on them!

Busch Gardens Tampa – A mix of rides, animal exhibits, and entertainment make this a popular park.

Dollywood – Dolly Parton’s amusement park at the foot of the Smokey Mountains features roller coasters, water rides, and lots of entertainment.

Six Flags Magic Mountain – Los Angeles area park known for roller coasters and thrill rides.

Silver Dollar City – This Branson theme park has rides but also lots of shopping and entertainment.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg – “Old Country” themed amusement park with rides and entertainment.  Many reviewers comment on how beautiful the park is.

Santa’s Village – This Christmas-themed park has rides and a water park. Visiting Santa’s Village is tradition for many New England families.

Hershey Park – Big amusement park with thrill rides, water park, and zoo.

Storybook Land – This park is particularly nice for families with young children. In operation since 1955.

See the list at

Top 10 Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hotels in Texas: May 31, 2016

There are 14 Sheraton Hotels and Resorts hotels in Texas. Listed below are our the Top 10 in the state, according to evaluation of service, amenities, value and customer satisfaction.

#1: Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel

1701 Commerce St – Fort Worth
Nearby Places To Visit:
Fort Worth Convention Center (0.3 miles)
Aviation Heritage Museum (0.5 miles)
Downtown Fort Worth (0.6 miles)

#2: Sheraton Dallas Hotel

400 Olive St – Dallas
Nearby Places To Visit:
Cathedral Dallas (0.3 miles)
Crow Collection of Asian Art (0.3 miles)
Dallas Museum of Art (0.4 miles)

#3: Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

701 E 11th Street – Austin
Nearby Places To Visit:
Women’s Symphony League-Austin (0.1 miles)
Pro Arts Administrative Office (0.2 miles)
Texas Music Museum (0.3 miles)

#4: Sheraton Suites Market Center Dallas

2101 N Stemmons Fwy – Dallas
Nearby Places To Visit:
Sammons Center For the Arts (0.6 miles)
American Airlines Center (1.1 miles)
Altermann Galleries (1.3 miles)

#5: Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio

205 E Houston St – San Antonio
Nearby Places To Visit:
Arts-San Antonio (0.0 miles)
San Antonio Symphony (0.0 miles)
Majestic Theater (0.0 miles)

#6: Sheraton Stonebriar Hotel

5444 State Highway 121 – Frisco
Nearby Places To Visit:
Dr Pepper Ballpark (1.3 miles)
Stonebriar Ice Arena (2.4 miles)

#7: Sheraton Arlington Hotel

1500 Convention Center Dr – Arlington
Nearby Places To Visit:
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (0.5 miles)
Six Flags Over Texas (0.6 miles)
AT&T Stadium (1.0 miles)

#8: Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria

4801 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy – Dallas
Nearby Places To Visit:
Dallas Children’s Museum (1.1 miles)
Preston Art Ctr (1.8 miles)
Dallas Holocaust Memorial Ctr (3.5 miles)

#9: Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel

3000 North Loop West Frwy – Houston
Nearby Places To Visit:
Delmar Stadium (0.5 miles)
Dyer Stadium (0.5 miles)
Southwest Museum Svc (2.8 miles)

#10: Sheraton Suites Houston Near The Galleria

2400 West Loop S – Houston
Nearby Places To Visit:
Luna de 527 Galleries (0.2 miles)
The Galleria (0.3 miles)
Houston Early Music (1.0 miles)

W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills: TheRealPlaces Featured Hotel of the Day – May 30, 2016

W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California
Near Hammer Museum offers online reservations for 160 hotels in Los Angeles, including W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills. This 4-star W Hotels hotel is on Hilgard Avenue, at the southeast corner of the UCLA campus.
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2016 MLB All-Star Game

baseballThe 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game takes place July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. There are five days of fun scheduled around the game.

The MLB All-Star FanFest takes place in the San Diego Convention Center July 8 – July 12.  Over 40 legends of baseball as scheduled to attend FanFest, where they’ll sign free autographs and participate in Q&A sessions.

The All-Star Futures Game is played on Sunday at Petco Par, followed by the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.  The Futures Game is an opportunity to see top minor league players, and the softball game features Hall of Famers and celebrities in a fun exhibition game.

The Home Run Derby happens on Monday at Petco Park. Some of the best sluggers in Major League Baseball compete to see who can hit the most balls out of the park.

The All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 12th at Petco Park.

All-Star Game Hotels: Petco Park is located in downtown San Diego and there are plenty of hotels nearby.  The San Diego Convention Center, where the FanFest will be held, is in the same part of town as Petco Park. The Omni San Diego and Hard Rock Hotel San Diego are located between the two venues, making them perfect places to stay for the All-Star events.

See our map of hotels closest to Petco Park.

Visit the All-Star Game website for details about the game and other events.

First Events at Minnesota’s New US Bank Stadium

US Bank StadiumUS Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings is nearing completion just in time for the upcoming NFL football season and several pre-season events.

An open house is scheduled for the weekend of July 23 & 24. The open house will provide visitors with a sneak peak of the main concourse, club space, and other interior locations. The open house is a free event but does require tickets, which will be available through Ticketmaster.

Soccer – The first event scheduled for the new stadium is a Premier League soccer match between AC Milan and Chelsea FC, August 3rd.

Luke Bryan Concert – Country music star Luke Bryan brings his Kill the Lights tour to US Bank Stadium August 19th.

Metalica – Heavy metal band Metalica performs at US Bank Stadium August 20th.

The Minnesota Vikings will take the field at their new stadium for the first time at a pre-season match-up against the San Diego Chargers is scheduled for August 28th.

The Vikings’ first regular season game at home will be September 18th against the Green Bay Packers.

Tours of the new stadium will be available beginning August 24th. Tour tickets will go on sale beginning May 26th. Tours include a behind the scenes look at the well-appointed clubs and suites, the press box, and the Minnesota Vikings Locker Room.

Hotels: The new US Bank Stadium is located in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis, on the same site as the former Metrodome Stadium.  There are many downtown hotels located within a mile or less walk to the stadium.  The Aloft Minneapolis is the closest, located between the stadium and the river. Other hotels are located in the central downtown area and include the Hilton Minneapolis, W Minneapolis, Best Western Plus Normandy Inn, The Hotel Minneapolis, and The Grand Hotel Minneapolis.

Map of hotels near US Bank Stadium.

2016 NCAA Women’s Softball World Series

The 2016 NCAA Women’s College World Series will take place June 1 – 8 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City.

Track each team’s progress toward the World Series: NCAA softball bracket

Tickets are on sale now and include both standard the “fan experience” versions. The fan experience tickets come with extra perks, such as entry to an exclusive air conditioned tented area with live tv broadcast.

Hotels: There are plenty of hotels near the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.  The most convenient are located the area around the intersection of Interstate 44 and Interstate 235. You’ll find many national chains there, including Best Western Plus, Travelodge, Wyndham, Sleep Inn, Courtyard by Mariott, and Hyatt Place.

Additional hotels are located in nearby downtown Oklahoma City.  Stay near the city’s Bricktown neighborhood and you’ll be close to dining, shops, and lively nightlife. Downtown options include the Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown, and Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Oklahoma.

Map of hotels near the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.