Last month my in-laws took my daughter with them to visit some relatives in North Florida. My son stayed with us at home for the weekend. Well, momma didn’t raise no fool! He figured out pretty quickly that he got left behind and started complaining that it’s not fair.
We were already planning to do something fun with him but I was shocked when my husband said that maybe we could take him to a hotel for just 1 night. Why not? We have hotel points coming out of our ears, so we may as well use them. Speaking of, did anyone get any confirmation emails for IHG “Priceless surprises” promo? It’s been over a month for me and nothing. Looks like IHG is just being IHG, as usual.
Anyway, I wanted a place nearby, so we settled on Holiday Inn Express Bradenton West It runs at 20,000 IHG points per night (or $140 during that particular weekend) and includes breakfast. I won’t post a review because to be honest, there isn’t much reason to stay here unless the hotel ends up on PointBreaks list. It’s not on the beach and the area is a bit dingy.
But since it was Christmas time, other nearby hotels were not available on points, so we took what we could get, considering it was a last-minute thing. And the place did have a huge heated pool my son absolutely loved. But this is what I loved:
We took him to Bradenton beach where he could dig in the sand. It was too cold to swim, though we did see some brave souls splashing in the waves. Probably Germans. When my daughter got home, my son ran up to her and started bragging about his weekend. He said it was better than hers! It looks like we are using hotel points to promote sibling rivalry.
Have a nice weekend, y’all! How about doing your own impromptu local getaway with the help of hotel points?
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.