I needed to get away from my children. There, I said it! Over the last few months, the fights, the whining… it all started to get to me. I was going Mrs. Bear on my kids on a regular basis. I love my family, but I needed a break alone with my husband.
As I’ve mentioned in my earlier post, we had a getaway planned in Fort Myers which is 90 minutes from our home. Unfortunately, due to my husband’s busy schedule, I had to cancel it and instead book a one-night stay at Holiday Inn Express in Lake Placid, Fl. It’s an easy 40 minute drive from where we live.
Well, that getaway almost didn’t happen. Right before we got ready to leave, my husband received a phone call about a major IT disaster at the bank. He had to stay and work on it remotely, but there was no progress after several hours. I seriously thought about just checking in over the phone and calling it a day. It was too late to cancel without penalty, plus, I was working on IHG promotion.
My husband insisted that we go and he would work from hotel room if needed. Since this property is close to our town, he could drive back if absolutely necessary. Plus, there were other guys handling the situation. Needless to say, this getaway didn’t start out as planned. Come to think of it, they never do.
This hotel is actually very nice and looks like it was recently built. At a cost of 10,000 IHG points per night, it’s quite a bargain too. I think it would make a good stopping point on your way to Key West if you are driving through Florida. Unfortunately, rooms bookable on points will only fit 2, but we were upgraded to a suite (fits 4) due to IHG Platinum status that comes with co-branded credit card.
I was told that suites don’t overlook the lake, so I asked the check-in guy to downgrade us to a regular room. He cheerfully complied.
Here it is: boring, perfectly comfortable and very clean.
An obligatory photo of a toilet.
You could only see the lake from a distance, but it was a pleasant view nonetheless.
In spite of rocky start, this getaway was absolutely perfect. We got to watch some movies, relax in a hot tub (more like warm tub) and just talk. I didn’t realize how little we talk at home, something those of you with kids probably can relate to. The drama at work has resolved itself before we even got to hotel, so I was glad I didn’t cancel.
In the morning we helped ourselves to mediocre HIE breakfast. I know, I know, I sound totally spoiled. I’m picky when it comes to hotel breakfast food. But it was very nice not to have to drive anywhere, plus, they had a bench right outside the dining area. We sat there drinking our coffee and enjoyed foggy view of the lake. There were some bunnies playing in the grass. It almost felt like being in a cosy bed-and-breakfast.
After checking out from hotel, we drove up to the lake and sat at a picnic table watching the boats. Maldives? We don’t need no stinking Maldives!
Afterwards, we went to Olive Garden for lunch. No need for pictures. You can go to their website, dishes look identical in every restaurant. I told you this trip was super boring.
I’m sure you’ve heard about newly released IHG PointBreaks list where all properties cost only 5,000 points per night. It’s the best promotion in the hobby, and I would like to encourage you to put together a boring getaway with your spouse. Even if nothing on the list is within driving distance, I’m sure there is a property near you that costs 10,000 to 15,000 IHG points per night.
So what if it’s a Holiday Inn Express or Candlewood Suites? We had a nice relaxing time and enjoyed peace and quiet, which was the whole point of the trip. If you don’t already have it, I strongly recommend you look into Chase IHG credit card.
Sure, most of their properties are boring. But at times, boring can be perfect.
Leana is the 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.