Finding places to stay is by far the hardest part of planning this trip. Since a good part of our trip is about enjoying the scenery, the place we stay is very important. Whenever we go on vacation, we always rent either a cabin, cottage or house. We tend to enjoy the cabins inside and out and the hiking and exploring around them just as much as what the towns they are located in have to offer. Hotels really aren't our thing, especially with 2 dogs. Unless of course we have to make a quick stop to stay overnight. Which, for this trip we definitely will have to do a couple of times. For that I always rely on Super 8 Motels. For us they are perfect. They are all over the place and most importantly I can always count on them allowing our dogs.
The goal for this trip was to drive 1 day, then stop and stay a couple of nights in a new location, then repeat until we made our way from Las Vegas to Michigan. Then on the way back do the same thing, but take a different route without straying to far off the path. Ideally, we would like to drive no more than 12 hours per day. The longest we ever went with the dogs was 13 hours and that was more than enough. Now this is where the challenge begins. If we just drove 12 hours then stopped that would've been easy. However, we really wanted to make sure where we stopped had everything that we needed and wanted.
This is what we are looking for in a place to stay:
• Wooded or rural area
• Not to far off the original route or highway
• Must be a cabin/cottage or house
• Private to Semi Private. No subdivisions
• Takes pets
• Takes no longer than 1 day or less than 12 hours to get to
• Within our travel budget
The next challenge we had is our older dog Averi. She is a german shepherd mix and just about to turn 14 years old. Although she is still in good shape, with her age comes some challenges. In particular, climbing stairs is just not an option anymore. So we almost had to look for cabins that were handicap accessible. Which is very difficult...
The Travelers List:
• No or less than 3 stairs into the cabin
• Limited tile floors
• Bedroom on first level
• Deck to sunbath on
• Chipmunks, squirrels or rabbits to obsess over
• Washer and Dryer
• Cable Television
• Full Kitchen
• Wooded or Rural Area
• Internet (if possible, if not will use our MIFI)
• While in Michigan - close enough to both of our families that live in 2 different locations
Whew... what a list! See, what I mean? This is going to be challenging. Not only do we have to find one cabin that fits this list, we will have to find 5 - 6 of them for the entire trip! Wish us luck!