“Perfect” would be the best way to describe our day yesterday! We did absolutely nothing but lay on the beach. Low humidity, clouds mixed with sun and a gentle cooling breeze off the Atlantic…. Neither one of us realized how little fun we had in Traverse City this summer. Katy worked too much and I had Mom’s health issues along with us selling two houses to deal with.
We both commented on that being the longest time we can remember sitting at the beach in our lifetime. Katy jumped in, but the yukkies bother me. Seaweed and stuff and the Portuguese Man of War warning sign did not instill great confidence in me. I did manage to fry my tiny little tummy a bright ruby red color. I’d call it medium rare, just pink on the inside, but flame red on the outer edges.
Breakfast this morning at the Fairmont was a low cost affair. Katy had the cold continental breakfast. I indulged in the full fare deal. It came to a paltry $55 with mandatory $15 service charge. I haven’t seen the hotel bill yet, but was told by another guest that they slap a $20 room cleaning bill on each day. They forgot today and I’ll be sure to remind them of that at checkout.
It has been relaxing and worthwhile. I’m glad we came and now ready to move on again.
Our next stop is Hilton Head Island and a new home purchase. At the end of the month we are off to the Pacific Coast Highway and the Padres game and then we’re back to San Francisco for the plane pull at Fleet Week with United Airlines and the Blue Angels. It is turning out to be a beautiful fall for us!
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49