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Woodstock
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Glen
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Natchez
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Sandwich
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Bar Harbor
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Lafayette
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Harrison
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Mount Pleasant
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Southern Comfort on Two Wheels
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McCammon

Woodstock

The White Dove Rockotel
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148 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498; 845.306.5419

This inn is one cool little joint nestled in the super hip town of Woodstock. A drive down the main street of this historical village, where the most epic music festival of all time took place just up the road at Max Yasgur’s farm, still sends out a vibe that whispers peace, love and music.

After carefully browsing through several properties available in Woodstock, I chose The White Dove Rockotel based on the all-around character of this accommodation. All the rooms were very tastefully decorated in themes of famous bands/entertainers from the famous “Woodstock” of 1969. I booked the “Garden Room” which celebrated Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

All rooms are stocked with turn-tables and vintage vinyl, so after unpacking the bike, taking a bubble bath in an antique clawfoot tub (using the White Dove Rockotel’s stocked signature soap), ordering a New York-style pizza for delivery and getting settled, I morphed from Fashionista into D.J.

The experience was groovy and as full of “love, peace and happiness” as you could get, and the fantastically quirky rooms at The White Dove Rockotel made the experience of staying in this epic town totally over the top.

The rooms are also equipped with iPads which act as Concierge during your stay, directing you to great area restaurants and services, as well as a direct line to the innkeepers in case you need their assistance. Motorcycle parking is easy and convenient.

Unique. Hip. Stocked. I highly recommend a visit to Woodstock and a stay at The White Dove Rockotel to materialize the spirit of the “Aquarian Exposition” of 1969 which changed the history of Rock and Roll forever.

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The White Dove Rockotel

Glen

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The Bernerhof Inn
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342 US Route 302, Glen, NH 03838; 603.383.4200

Great place! This historic property has fantastic amenities, and the owner, Steve, just happens to be a motorcyclist. Win, win! Stemmed from his deep love of motorcycling, Steve has added many fine conveniences to make his fellow 2-wheel travelers feel especially comfortable.

I adored the large jacuzzi tub in my room, and as a special bonus from Steve (due to my frustration on the mixup on reservations – my fault, totally), the ice bucket he delivered to my room also contained a little bottle of whiskey to relieve my anxiety. There’s nothing like a relaxing bubble bath and stiff drink at the end of a long day of riding!

Additionally, The Bernerhof Inn has many cozy public chilling areas, including the Black Bear Pub (libations, and dinner service Thursday-Saturday), fireplace den, computer nooks (complete with Apple computers) and a great wrap-around porch. Steve also has several motorcycling guides and maps to browse through during your stay. The included delicious breakfast was cooked to order and served restaurant-style.

And The Bernerhof Inn is just a few miles away from fantastic shopping for motorcycle products at White Horse Gear in neighboring North Conway, NH!

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The Bernerhof Inn

Natchez

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221 Linton Avenue, Natchez, MS 39120; 601.653.9292
Website: starlingsrest.com

Natchez, Mississippi which sits right along the mighty Mississippi is a fantastic place to visit and explore. When I visit Natchez in October 2015, Starling’s Rest is the B&B I chose for my stay there. It was situated in a charming neighborhood full of stately Antebellum homes decorated with flowering bushes and colossal oak trees draped in Spanish Moss. This very lovely inn was the easiest on my wallet, yet ended up being a big winner in my accommodations book. Motorcycle parking was the only challenge I faced at the Starling’s Rest, as the parking area behind the house includes negotiating two narrow, sharp turns and then up a steep driveway to a flat spot. It might be better to find a nice spot on the much flatter street beside Starling’s Rest. Once I was safely parked for the night and my saddlebags were unloaded, I entered into this fantastic historic home and was delighted with the gorgeous antique furniture in every room and lovely artwork that adorned the walls.

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The Starling’s Rest had a distinct “welcome home” feeling. It didn’t hurt that the kitchen, which was open to guests, had a beer cooler stocked full of an amazing assortment of craft brews. After a long day’s ride, that sight was an oasis, for sure. My room was also stocked with a large, plentiful snack basket that had an empty Mason jar in the center. The Starling’s Rest owner operates on an “honor system,” and asks guests to put a fair price on items consumed and leave money in the jar accordingly. Great psychology there. My favorite part about this convenience – once the motorcycle was parked, there was no need to travel back out for a snack or beverage run.

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The bedroom and bathroom were very sizable and comfortable, and after a fun night exploring this fabulous historic town, I enjoyed a beautiful night’s sleep. The next morning was a very casual, Continental-type breakfast, which suited me just fine as there were many items available. Most importantly, the coffee was delicious! And, you just can’t beat the price here for all you get. Starling’s Rest Bed and Breakfast is highly recommended! 💋

Sandwich

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1750 Inn at Sandwich Center
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118 Tupper Road, Sandwich, MA 02563; 508.888.6958

The lovely village of Sandwich in the Cape Cod region of Massachusettes was first settled by Europeans in 1637 and is the oldest town on Cape Cod. Historical sights are plentiful in this village, and a fantastic place to stay directly in the heart of it all is the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center.

This superb bed and breakfast is nestled in a quaint neighborhood and within walking distance to many fabulous restaurants, shops and museums. The rooms are exquisitely decorated and immaculately clean, yet maintain the charm of an era gone by. The innkeepers, Jan and Charlie, made my two-night stay extremely relaxing and full of good food and wine. Jan’s breakfast epicurean creations were fabulous, and Charlie’s knowledge and penchant for great wines (which he has set out every night for the pleasure of their guests) made the evenings at this lovely inn absolutely divine.

Motorcycle parking was convenient, and Jan and Charlie made sure we had the best spots on the property. Cape Cod, in its own right, was a must-visit destination, and combined with a stay at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, it was purely divine!

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1750 Inn at Sandwich Center

Bar Harbor

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10 Summer Street, Bar Harbor, Maine; 207.288.5091

As a kid who was born and raised primarily in Utah (the state with overly breathtaking scenery of its own), I have always longingly peered at photos of coastal Maine, especially Bar Harbor, with a yearning to visit this magical place. During the Summer of 2016 my childhood wish came true, and not only did I finally get to visit my dreamland of Bar Harbor, but I also arrived riding a motorcycle. My soul was immediately delivered to its happiest place.

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And I chose a wonderful place, through much research, to lay my head at night – the Black Friar Inn. The essence of this lovely European-style inn culminated into three things – cleanliness, comfort, and Character – that’s character with a capital “C.” The innkeeper, “Friar Tom,” ran a very well-orchestrated operation, but kept the atmosphere cheerful and relaxed throughout the inn, tavern and restaurant. Motorcycle parking was easy and safe, as the Black Friar Inn is located off the beaten path in a neighborhood setting. As I mentioned “European-style inn,” all rooms are on the two floors above the main floor which houses the restaurant and tavern, and the hallways and stairways are fairly narrow. That added to the character of the inn for me.

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My 3rd floor quaint room was super clean and comfy, and I enjoyed two really good nights’ rest there. I loved being able to open the windows in my room and breathe in the fresh ocean air. I’m so used to summers in the Southeast where humidity and mosquitos keep our windows closed much of the year. Another great feature of the Black Friar Inn is the location – most everything in the village of Bar Harbor is within an easy walking distance – restaurants, taverns, museums, shopping, groceries, tours, etc. But, if you’re not in the mood to leave the inn or prefer to dine in, you’ve got a fabulous restaurant and tavern all right there.

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Breakfasts, which are included in your room rate, are located in the downstairs restaurant and are absolutely fabulous. The menu has a vast amount of choices for breakfast, but my recommendation during blueberry season is their signature Maine Blueberry Pancakes, harvested from blueberries just up the mountain. AMAZING!

My day of departure from this northeastern “Eden” was wistful, but I know Bar Harbor will be on many an itinerary in my future…and each time, I know the Black Friar Inn will be there to welcome me and make me feel like I’ve come home…home to a place that truly stirs my soul! 💋

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Lafayette

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T’Frere’s House Bed & Breakfast
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1905 Verot School Road, Lafayette, LA 70508; 337.984.9347

On a Southern road trip tour in October 2015, after riding miles through picturesque bayous loaded with Cypress trees draped full of Spanish Moss and then past a vast number of ancient, towering plantation homes, I arrived at T’Frere’s House Bed & Breakfast where I had a room booked for the night to explore this Cajun wonderland. The location of T’Frere’s House is situated around residential neighborhoods; it is not within walking distance of the historic town of Lafayette, restaurants or taverns. However, Uber service is available in Lafayette, which is very budget-friendly and reliable in this area.

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On site motorcycle parking is safe, easy and plentiful. After checking in to my cozy cottage room, the “Fais Do Do,” (located in a cedar building near the historic main house) and enjoying a complimentary glass of wine with a sampling of “Boudin” balls, I readied myself for the evening, called my Uber, and headed out for some Cajun fun.

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The next morning over a delicious, gourmet breakfast in the main house, I enjoyed lively conversations with a table full of European vacationers as we shared our individual experiences of Lafayette from the previous evening. I was also able to chat with the three young Acadian ladies who oversaw the duties around T’Frere’s House Bed & Breakfast. They were great in answering my plethora of cultural questions I had following my wonderful night dining and then dancing at a Cajun dance hall. T’Frere’s House was a quaint, historic accommodation full of Cajun character and Lafayette charm, and I would definitely recommend a stay here! 💋

Harrison

Hotel Seville

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302 North Main Street, Harrison, AR 72601; 870.741.2321

Located in historic downtown Harrison, Arkansas and in the midst of the Ozarks, the historic accommodations of the 1929 Hotel Seville are absolutely charming and easy on the wallet. The rooms are a little small, but extremely comfortable and clean, and the entire property is chock-full of historic character. I’ve stayed here on two separate trips thus far, and will go back again and again. They serve a nice Continental Breakfast in the mornings, and also have a full-service restaurant and tavern (closed Sundays) on the first floor that serves delicious food and libations for lunch and dinner. One of the best features is that Hotel Seville LOVES motorcyclists! The garage parking has several spots reserved for motorcycles only, and they also have a motorcycle wash station. This is a great place not to miss! 💋

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Mount Pleasant

Old Village Post House Inn

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101 Pitt Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464; 843.388.8935

The Old Village Post House website describes their property as “a neighborhood tavern and inn nestled in Mt. Pleasant’s historic Old Village. In feel and decor, it’s as comfortable as your best friend’s home.” They have hit the bullseye on that statement! I stayed at this property to gather material for a story in the BMW Owners News magazine (July 2016). The general manager, Katie Hajjar, was overly accommodating and made sure my stay was completely impeccable. I stayed in the Maverick Suite, 3rd floor – WOW, what a gorgeous and comfortable set-up! I enjoyed a separate living area for sprawling out, and consequently, ended up being an inspirational setting in which to get some writing done.

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The bedroom was just as amazing and spacious…I got the best night’s sleep I have had in months.

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And, I’m a huge pushover for accommodations that offer up cool, little details. The Old Village Post House is one of those places. After a day of riding in the hot sun, Katie made sure the ice bucket in my room was full along with two bottles of water for this thirsty traveler. And just steps outside my door was an espresso/coffee machine with all the necessary accoutrements offered up.

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I also dined at the Old Village Post House restaurant, which was on the first floor, and was treated like royalty…be sure to check out that review below! This property is top-notch, and a great destination for the long-distance motorcyclist as well as all travelers in search of a superb experience. (Be sure to mention you saw this review on the Fashionista’s website for a discount!) 💋


Old Village Post House Inn Restaurant

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101 Pitt Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464; 843.388.8935

My stay at the Old Village Post House Inn was absolutely fantastic, but pairing that experience with dinner at the downstairs restaurant put this property on my top five list! I was greeted by a very pleasant and classy team of restaurant staff. From the hostess to my waiter to the chef, my customer service experience was outstanding! THIS “welcome” was on my table…

The food was absolutely exceptional. They have a regular menu as well as their evening specialties. I chose my starting cocktail off of their special menu – the Peach Mule – delicious and refreshing! Through the suggestion of my amazing waiter, Jordan, I tried the Fried Green Tomatoes (with pimento cheese, remoulade and watercress) which were also on the evening’s special menu. What a heavenly appetizer! And then for my main entree, I ordered the Sea Scallops from the regular menu which came with cauliflower custard, pea tendrils and parsley butter…OMG! It’s hard to cook a scallop to perfection, but this chef nailed it. Paired with a delicious Cabernet, this meal was ambrosial. I now have a new grading scale for scallop entrees, with this meal being the measuring stick.

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The chef was overly accommodating and sent out two different, complimentary tastings to try. One was a traditional Southern Chow-Chow (sweet and tangy relish) and the other a sampling of “Jimmy Red Grits.” These grits are delicious, and also have a story – a traditional native American corn, these heirloom grits from James Island were near extinction (once stolen by bootleggers) and are now making their way back on the tables of a handful of fine dining restaurants in the Lowcounty area. I felt grateful to have tried something so rare. My entire experience at this property was one I will always treasure and talk about. The Fashionista HIGHLY recommends a visit to the Old Village Post House Inn!!! You will not be disappointed! 💋

Southern Comfort on Two Wheels

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(Originally published in BMW Owners News Magazine – December 2015. This is the full story, without edits from the magazine.)

Reflecting on my life and the way I move about this world, my mind wanders to my favorite poem, Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” The most meaningful line to me which truly speaks volumes about my heart is – “…I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” I’m not sure I’ve done much the “normal” way. I tend to choose odd and unique ways to flit and float through this life. Case in point – “The Fashionista Has an Iron Butt.” Not everyday that a glamour queen who adores high fashion also loves, and I mean LOVES, to ride extreme long-distances on a motorcycle.

With that in mind, it should be no surprise that following a BMW rally in the Ozarks this past October, I planned to take the long way home in a fairly unique kind of way. First let me say that I respect and appreciate the ways of the typical BMW rider: riding hundreds of miles throughout the day, stopping for quaint roadside meals and maybe a snapshot or two of the breathtaking scenery, and then either camping or looking for a motel to grab a good night’s sleep – the cheaper the better, which also affords great bragging rights at the next BMW gathering. One of my favorite guy friends recently asked me, “What’s the cheapest thing on a BMW motorcycle?” Before I could figure it out, he blurted out, “The person sitting on it!” Funny stuff, and probably close to the truth in most cases.

I guess I wasn’t too surprised that I saw a lot of wrinkled brows and squinty eyes when I shared my travel plans with friends about my trip home. First of all, I planned to ride solo, as my husband was due back at his office, and I felt the burning need to continue the adventure “for journalistic purposes.” Secondly, I had reserved Bed & Breakfasts for my accommodations at every stopping point. Oh, the looks I got about that detail. One comment: “Wow! I’ll bet that’s going to break the bank!” Imagine the shock when I revealed that I got every place for the same price or lower than the standard “chain” accommodation in that particular town. Did I mention I never do anything the “normal” way? Besides being a glamour queen, I’m also a budget travel queen who is able to scout out ridiculously inexpensive prices for some pretty suave places to lay my head down at night. I’ve been doing it for years, and it’s really working out well in my new world of long-distance motorcycling.

As it turned out, my solo status was not to meant to be. While we were rallying in the Ozarks and I was having a fabulous time in the twistys thinning out my “chicken strips,” my hometown in South Carolina was flooding due to recording-breaking rains. All roads leading into our county were closed, so my trusty sidekick (the husband) tagged along with me. Although our motorcycle travel styles differ, sometimes greatly, he agreed to be a team player and let me lead the way, literally and figuratively.

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First stop, historic Natchez, Mississippi which sits right along the mighty Mississippi. As we crossed the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge over “Ol’ Man River,” I felt very satisfied that I had picked a great place to explore on the first stop of my Southern tour. Starling’s Rest is the B&B I had chosen for my stay there, and it was situated in a charming neighborhood full of stately Antebellum homes decorated with flowering bushes and colossal oak trees draped in Spanish Moss. Consequently, this inn was the least expensive of the four B&Bs I had booked for my journey, yet ended up being the winner for me. Motorcycle parking was the only challenge I faced at the Starling’s Rest. The parking area behind the house was accessible after negotiating two narrow, sharp turns and then up a steep driveway to a flat spot. I had to really concentrate on my slow-speed maneuvering so as not to send my beloved ’94 R1100 RS rolling down the concrete hill with me in tow. Once safely parked for the night and the saddlebags were unloaded, we entered into this fantastic historic home which was very tastefully decorated with gorgeous antiques and lovely artwork adorning the walls. The Starling’s Rest had a distinct “welcome home” feeling. It didn’t hurt that the kitchen, which was open to guests, had a beer cooler stocked full of an amazing assortment of craft brews. After a long day’s ride, that sight was an oasis, for sure. Our room was also stocked with a large, plentiful snack basket that had an empty Mason jar in the center. The Starling’s Rest owner operated on an “honor system,” and asked guests to put a fair price on items consumed and leave money in the jar accordingly. Great psychology there. My favorite part about this convenience – once the motorcycles were parked, there was no need to take them back out for a snack or beverage run.

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The evening in Natchez consisted of a hot shower followed by a sassy outfit, a gorgeous sunset over the river while strolling along the historic Spanish Promenade which skirts the edge of the Natchez Bluff, a tasty meal at The Camp on the riverfront, and then a surly good-time at Under-the-Hill Saloon. It is rumored that Mark Twain once lived above the saloon for a short time. We parked our iron butts, paradoxically on a church pew, against the wall in the saloon and enjoyed a beverage while watching the bevy of characters, mostly locals, socialize and dance to the fairly descent bar band that was playing that night. The highlight of my evening was when a man entered into the saloon with a small, wire-haired mutt named “Jack.” Clearly a true professional, Jack jumped up into a barstool and proceeded to drink his favorite libation – a cool glass of water put there by the thorough bartender who knew what this thirsty, four-legged local desired. It didn’t take long before Jack and I were taking selfies together. It was a fantastic evening, and all within walking distance of our B&B where our motorcycles were safely parked.

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LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA
After a late morning padding around the streets of Natchez and taking in more history, we departed and rode through the back roads of Cajun country and into Lafayette, Louisiana where I had another B&B reserved for the night. After riding through picturesque bayous loaded with Cypress trees draped full of Spanish Moss and then past a vast number of ancient, towering plantation homes, we arrived at T’Frere’s Bed & Breakfast. I must admit, as we pulled into the parking lot of the B&B, I was fairly disappointed at the location. The only thing around was residential neighborhoods – no historic town, no restaurants, no taverns close by. I had planned in all destinations to park the bikes for the night and stay on foot. Okay, Plan B. After checking in to our cozy cottage room, the “Fais Do Do,” and enjoying a glass of complimentary wine, followed by a hot shower and the necessary fashion accoutrements, I got the trusty iPhone out and had an Uber pulling up in five minutes.

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With my hopes a little dashed from the absence of a lovely historic walk to dinner, I remained hopeful that the evening’s meal and entertainment were going to be a hit…and I wasn’t at all disappointed. This night was the best cultural part of my Southern tour. Lafayette, Louisiana, was founded in 1821 by Jean Mouton, a French-speaking man of Acadian descent, and is the heart of Cajun country. I was determined to submerge myself deep into the bayou in order to get a true sense of all things Acadiana. First, the food – I previously scouted out a highly rated Cajun restaurant, Bon Temps Grill, which specializes in “Swamp Edge” cuisine. It was amazing. I sampled Andouille sausage and the famous “Boudin.” Very tasty. Although the panneed frog legs looked interesting, as well as the crawfish pot pie, I opted for the grilled chili butter shrimp over a bed of sage sweet potato mash, with a side of super spicy red potatoes. I’ll say it again – amazing.

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With a belly full of “swamp” fare, we Uber-ed over to Randol’s for some live Cajun music. Wow, what a treat! I experienced the true “joie de vivre” of the Cajun lifestyle there. Wooden benches lined the perimeter of the dancehall, and even on a Tuesday night, the band was in full swing, complete with steel guitar, drums, fiddle and accordion. We watched the dancers do Cajun jigs, two-steps, waltzes and jitterbugs. At one point while I was sipping on my locally brewed longneck, an older gentleman waltzed over and asked me to dance. I froze, but then accepted knowing that in order to truly “get” the culture, you have to immerse yourself into it. My husband opted to stay on the bench and be my photographer. The dance steps were super easy, and I smiled BIG through two long songs with a dance floor full of Acadians – and one thrilled BMW rider. We Uber-ed back to the B&B, and I knew I had just “Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez” (let the good times roll) in true Cajun style.

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The next morning over breakfast with a table full of European vacationers, we reminisced about our individual experiences in Lafayette the previous evening. I was also able to chat with the three young Acadian ladies who oversaw the duties around T’Frere’s Bed & Breakfast. They were great in answering my plethora of cultural questions I had following our wonderful night. We said our “au revoirs” and pulled out on the motorcycles heading for a visit to Lake Pontchartrain before landing in our next Southern destination.

MOBILE, ALABAMA
Following a stop in the small, but lavish town of Madisonville, Louisiana on the north bank of Lake Pontchartrain for a superb lunch of soft-shelled crab at the Waterstreet Bistro, we blazed through backroads across two borders into Mobile, Alabama.

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We put our kickstands down for the night at our next accommodation, the Fort Conde Inn, and I was delighted by the historical setting and the four-diamond rating at this property and all the little extras that came with the price of a night. A bottle of wine, glasses and opener, as well as fluffy robes awaited our arrival in our posh little room. I must say it was amazing to exit out of my bulky riding suit, peel off the sweaty under layers and take a refreshing bubble bath while sipping on chilled wine. On this leg of the journey, the accommodation far outweighed the location.

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After donning the evening’s attire and realizing the walk to Dauphin Street (where the majority of restaurants and taverns were located) meant traveling through a few shady areas of the city, I had an Uber whisk us to dinner. We enjoyed small plates and beverages at a couple of locations along Dauphin Street…nothing special, but an enjoyable evening. Once we covered the entire length of the street, we Uber-ed back to Fort Conde Inn to relax in the finery that surrounded us. I went back for another long bubble bath before turning in for a great night’s sleep. Upon arising, we were served a superb 3-course gourmet breakfast in a majestic dining room with crystal chandeliers and antiques galore. I realized that in this case, the city was mostly uninspiring to me, but the B&B experience truly made up for it. Knowing this day was going to be the biggest mileage day of the trip home, we quickly packed up and hit the slab.

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DARIEN, GEORGIA
For years traveling south on I-95, I have seen the exit signs to Darien, Georgia. I never knew until I did some research that Darien was actually a small town off the beaten path worth a visit. This last stop of my Southern tour turned out to be a huge surprise. Darien, about 50 miles south of Savannah and founded in 1736, has had a very eventful history over the years, honestly too much to write here, but worthy of a Google search. Today, it is a fishing village full of character and historical properties to explore. We arrived at our B&B, Open Gates Bed & Breakfast, just as the sun set. A call from the innkeepers earlier in the day let us know that we would be the only guests staying with them and that we could choose any of the five rooms in their circa 1876 home. Located in an historic square, as well as within an easy walking distance to the waterfront area where there were several restaurants and a lot to explore, this B&B served as another great all-around experience on my motorcycling trek of the South.

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After a stroll waterfront and a delicious seafood meal, we enjoyed a night cap in the comfortable living room of Open Gates with some really great jazz music playing in the background. Following a dreamy sleep, we arose to the smell of fresh coffee brewing and breakfast being prepared. Our innkeeper and accomplished gourmet chef, Zach, prepared his award-winning “Sweet Stuffed Crepe Cigars” along with bacon, sausage, fruit and sweet breads. Certainly a meal fit for royalty – even if they rode in on BMW motorcycles. I wanted to explore the village after breakfast, so Zach extended our checkout time and allowed me to casually explore the fishing village and historical areas on foot for much of the morning into the afternoon. When I felt satisfied that I had seen everything, we packed the bikes and departed for the 275 mile trip home – at 1:00 PM. Did I mention that I don’t do much of anything the “normal” way?

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My motorcycle is currently on its center-stand in the garage waiting for a new set of “chicken strips,” and my life is back to the day-to-day routine. As the days become shorter, I often find my thoughts wandering back to my Southern excursion and all that I experienced on that journey. I fondly linger in the moments and memories made, and it makes me celebrate my long-distance “style” of doing things differently even more…I realize that being unconventional and extraordinary is what leads me down the roads less traveled where I see, smell, hear, taste and feel much, much more – and that has made all the difference, indeed! 💋

McCammon

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206 Center Street  McCammon, ID 83250; (208)254-4340; www.theharknesshotel.com

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“Historic Luxury” is the description this hotel’s website uses to describe the property…and they are not lying! The Harkness Hotel is over-the-top fabulous!!!

Nestled into the quaint little town of McCammon, Idaho, less than 200 miles from Yellowstone National Park and just under 150 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah, this glamorous hotel seems so out of place, yet so perfectly placed for an amazing remote getaway.

The hotel is located off of I-15 (Exit 47) and honestly was far and beyond the description I found on Trip Advisor…in such an amazing way. When we pulled up at almost midnight due to unexpected delays on our motorcycle journey across Yellowstone National Park, I was happy to see that the property was, indeed, very historic and also in a quiet, small town. There was parking all around the building, and I never felt worried about my motorcycle being damaged or stolen overnight.

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The rates (at least until the masses catch on to this fabulous property) are phenomenally low for the luxury you receive! I paid much more on my motorcycle trip out West for 2-star hotels than this 4- star, possibly 5-star, property. Very reasonable and so glamorous! (Now, a warning to those who cannot or do not like to climb an easy set of stairs – at this point there are no elevators, and the Harkness Hotel’s guest rooms are all upstairs. Please note though, they do have plans in the future for accessible accommodations.)

So upon a late arrival, we were greeted by the property owner who was somewhat quiet, but very warm and welcoming. He showed us the way to our room, “The Ebony,” which was done in black, white and grey tones, and had a dazzling chandelier hanging in the bedroom area. The room was spacious with its 11 foot ceiling and the surroundings just immaculate. There was a charming little sitting area complete with a small micro fridge and mini-microwave, and the bathroom was rectangular but spacious, complete with gorgeous historic tiling, a roomy glass enclosed shower and an amazing view of the mountains surrounding this sweet little town.

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So, coming off of a BMW MOA International Rally, making our way down Beartooth Pass and then through Yellowstone National Park and continuing throughout the gorgeous Idaho mountain areas, the Hotel Harkness was like landing in heaven! Glamorous, historic, clean and classy – I’m not sure that another hotel property can ever come close to to what the Harkness Hotel has to give.

I spent some time with the owner after a good night’s sleep, and he is an amazzzzzzzing designer and artist. A young husband and father of two little girls, this absolute genius has taken an historic building in his home town and turned it into an accommodation worthy of big city sparkle. He has a natural eye for the spectacular, and I feel there will be much more fabuloso coming from his amazing vision. Once he realized I appreciated his vibe, he took me on the most amazing tour of the breathtaking suites and other rooms he has created in his hotel, as well as a tour of the rugged spaces he envisions as being restaurant, wine cellar and spa areas…Whoa, whoa, whoa!!!Copper-Main-1000-x-667-living Indigo-Bedroom-1000x667 Pearl-suite-kitchen-001_1575x1050 plum-bathroom Ruby-kitchen-living1 the-gold

All I can say at this point is that if you travel through the states of Idaho or Utah, please please PLEASE consider a stop at The Harkness Hotel…it is absolutely AMAZING. And, hey….I even bought the T-shirt! It’s that good! 💋

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