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Delta Montreal Race Weekend

Had a recent weekend in Montreal for the Formula One races. I purchased a package from Octane Travel Solutions for the Formula One race. The hotel that we chose was the Delta Montreal.

Delta Montreal is located right inside the city of Montreal, there is very little parking around the hotel. Delta offers underground parking for its guests at a daily cost as well as valet parking with a bit more of a daily cost. I parked myself for the weekend, and as part of the package we got an unlimited use pass to the local transit. There is a couple of Metro stops with in walking distance of the hotel.

Our room was a two queen bed room with a balcony on the fifth floor. The wall mounted television had a good selection of local programing, giving us something to do during our down times. A coffee maker was included in the room as well as an iron and ironing board. The bathroom had a hair dryer and a collection of toiletries for guest usage.

My friend arrived a few hours before I had and did the check-in for us, all I had to do was check at the front desk for my room key, took less than a minute for me to get the key and off to the room I went. After a nice shower we headed out to find a good place for dinner. Checked with the concierge to get some ideas. We had a hankering for Italian, got directions and off we went. We did find the restaurant, unfortunately there was a really long wait time. We found this to be the case everywhere we checked. After a couple of hours of walking around and not finding any satisfaction we decided to head back to the hotel and see if their restaurant was still open. Luckily the hotels restaurant was still open and no wait time.

I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and my friend had the sirloin burger. Both orders came with fresh cut French fries. The pulled pork sandwich came on a pretzel roll, something I had never tried. I enjoyed the sandwich, the BBQ sauce on the pork was a bit sweet with just the right amount of tang for my tastes. My friend was enamored by the hamburger and said it may have been the best burger he has ever had. This set a trend for us for the entire weekend, we had dinner at the hotels restaurant each night. Saturday night I had the chicken club sandwich with came with an order of fries. Sunday was the steak and fries. Each meal was well worth the price.

The room was a 2 Queen bed room with a balcony. The room was comfortable for the two of us, I did not feel cramped. The bed was clean and comfortable. The room darkening blinds did a great job at keeping out the city lights and the morning sun as well. Unfortunately, the room was not very sound proof. We were on the fifth floor, and we got plenty of sound coming up from the streets below. We even heard the cars racing in the overnight.

I was aware of the hotel offering breakfast, I chose not to partake and rather slept in late. Housekeeping did a great job of tending our room while we were out enjoying our adventures each day, returning after the days fun we found the room cleaned, beds made up and any toiletries that we had used refilled. The only odd thing I noticed and was a bit surprised by, the glasses in the room had not been replaced and were found exactly where we had left them in the morning before leaving.

I found the staff of the hotel to be very friendly and helpful whenever I was looking for assistance. The common areas of the hotel were clean, and I found the whole atmosphere to be comfortable.

Checking out was a simple procedure, we went to the front desk, turned in our keys and we were on our prospective ways, I to the hotel garage and my car, my friend to a taxi and made way to the airport.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2018 in Hotel Review, Travel, Weekend Trips

 

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Montreal Formula One Weekend.

June, and another weekend trip has come and gone. This month had me doing a few different and out of my comfort zone types of things.

I took a trip to Montreal Canada for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Formula One race. I stayed at the Delta Montreal, a Marriot property. I roomed with an internet friend, who is from Calgary Canada, my outside my comfort zone item, I have never roomed with anyone outside my family.

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Fridays work day ended early as we had a customer cancel for the week. I had five and a half hour drive ahead of me, barring any traffic issues. It was a nice, clear day, giving me a comfortable drive. The roads where mostly traffic free. I made a couple of stretching stops along the way. The first spot where I hit any kind of traffic or backup was at the border. It took me a little over forty five minutes to get through the border. Not a big deal, I had my passport ready, answered a few questions to the border guard and I was on my way through the last stint of my drive.

The biggest traffic I hit came just outside of Montreal, crossing the big bridge going into the city. Traffic was due to a lot of road construction going on the bridge and cost me a good half hour of just putting along.

Arriving at the Delta, I parked in the underground garage of the hotel, and there is where my car sat for the weekend. The package that we got included unlimited usage of the transit system. Along with the transit pass our package included a room with two beds, two sets of weekend tickets to the race, two copies of the race program, two lanyards, a calendar which I gave to my friend and few smaller items. I thought the whole package was a great deal.

My friend arrived before me, got us checked in and got the room comfortable. When I got there, it was about dinner time, a quick shower, a check with the concierge for a local restaurant, we decided on Italian, and out the door we went. In this early part of the evening the city was alive, crowds of people just streaming along everywhere. Because it was a race weekend in the city there were all sorts of events going on about the city. Unfortunately, because it was such a busy night, the restaurant we went to was way to busy, with a long wait time. After walking around for a little over an hour and finding the same thing everywhere, we decided to go back to the hotel and check the on premise restaurant, and if it was too busy we planned on ordering room service.

It was around 9:30 when we got back to the hotel. We found the restaurant still open and rather quiet, we were seated immediately. After ordering beverages and our dinner, I got a pulled pork sandwich and my friend ordered the burger. The order took a bit longer to arrive than we had expected. The pulled pork sandwich was alright, came with an order of fresh cut French fries. My friend said the burger was the best he had ever had, and is still talking about how good it was. This started a trend for the weekend for us, we ended up eating in the hotel restaurant for the entire weekend.

Saturday we spent the day walking around old Montreal, admiring the architecture, browsing souvenir shops and enjoying the local foods. I had not had eaten poutine before and had planned on trying some whilst I was in Montreal. We found a nice little restaurant that served poutine, and another local favorite, Montreal Smoked meat sandwiches. Had an enjoyable day walking around and talking with my friend.

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Saturday brought us to the race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. We had awesome seats, right across from the pit lane. It was fun being able to watch the cars come in for their pit stops. The race started out with a bang, a lap one. A big incident on the first corner that took out the local driver, Lance Stroll. It was kinda sad to see this happen.

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After the first lap, the race was not to very exciting, but it was still fun to be at the race. I was glad to see Sebastian Vettel win the race, putting him in the lead for the season. After the race we walked around the track, more for avoiding the crowds headed to the subway than any other reason.

Back to the hotel for a relaxing evening, talking about the day with another friend of ours that was planning on attending with us but somethings happened that made him cancel his trip with us.

After a good nights sleep we got our selves ready for our respective trips home. I was driving and my friend was flying home to Calgary. After a little over six hours of driving I arrived home, safely.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2018 in Travel, Weekend Trips

 

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Bookends Adult Superstore Enfield Connecticut

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I find adult stores fun to shop in, I like to talk about the fun I have with like minded people and I am entertained by some of the oddities that are for sale.

A visit to Bookends in Enfield was an enjoyable stop. I was in the market for a stroking toy for me and was hoping to find a small, discreate one, as I was on a weekend trip and wanted it for some hotel play.

The store is split up into two halves, a big DVD section in the back, where you are not allowed to bring anything from the front half back there, a good idea for some one shopping for both a movie and a toy, get the movie first. Me, I was just looking for a toy, but did give the movie section a bit of a browse just in case I saw something that interested me.

Back to the front of the store. There is a section filled with bachelorette party supplies, as well a some other novelty items. Magazines are in abundance here, I did browse through them a bit, hoping to fine a copy of Hustler Humor or some other funny magazines, not so much luck there.

Lubricants are next in order, a good selection of lubes are available here, including water based, silicon based and some natural selections as well. Flavored lubes and massage oils rounded out the rack.

I was not having any luck finding what I was looking for, so I got some help from one of the attendants. She was very knowledgeable about the products I was interested in, but informed me that the store does not carry what the any of the specific items I was interested in purchasing. She did how ever give me some options that were close to what I was looking for that the store did carry. After some questions and answers and a bit of fun conversation, I purchased one of the items the young lady had suggested to me. I will say that I may have been disappointed in not getting what I was looking for, the item I did purchase was just as much fun.

I felt very comfortable in Bookends, the store is well lite and very clean. If you are looking for a little something something for some adult pleasure, this is a good place to check out.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2018 in Shopping, Travel, Weekend Trips

 

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TGI Fridays Enfield

First Timer

So, I travel a bit, a weekend trip once a month for the past five years. This is the first time that a TGI Fridays was close to where I was staying. Needless to say, this was my first time eating at a Fridays. It was a very pleasant experience.

I had almost no wait time, just needed to wait for the couple who entered just ahead of me, before I was seated. My server, Susane, was cheery with a pleasing smile.

I started off with a Strawberry Passionfruit Iced Tea, I will say that although I did enjoy the first one, the second one was a bit tart, making me think that each one is flavored to order.

For an appetizer I went for the White Cheddar Broccoli Cheese Soup. The soup came quickly and was steamy hot. Creamy and full of broccoli and plenty of cheesy flavor. Main course for this evening was the Center Cut Sirloin and Shrimp with mashed potatoes and lemon butter broccoli. I am sensing a theme. My order came in a timely fashion, all the food was nice and hot and cooked to my preferences. The steak was nice and tender, the spices complimented the meat perfectly. The potatoes had a nice smooth texture to them with plenty of butter. The lemon butter broccoli was, well, lemony. I found the lemon to be a bit overpowering and actually covered the flavor of the broccoli. The broccoli itself was cooked to a nice tender feel.

I finished my meal with a Red Velvet Sparkler Cake. An interesting dessert idea, I thought. Red Velvet cake, layered with a nice, smooth cream cheese frosting, a dollop of whipped cream on top with some sprinkles, candy bits sprinkled around the cake. Some pocky sticks stuck in to give the impression of sparklers and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. This was a large dessert and I found myself only able to eat about a third of the cake. Susane was kind enough to bring me a to go box so that I could take the rest with me and enjoy the remainder at my convenience.

The restaurant is very sports oriented, with big screen tv’s about the dinning area playing sporting events. The volume on the tv’s was not loud and did not interfere with my dinning experience, but they are there if this is your interest.

I found the restaurant to be clean and comfortable, my table had no evidence of a previous dinner guest and the condiments were all filled.

My first experience with a Fridays was one that makes me look forward to my next meal at a Fridays restaurant.

 
 

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Dave and Buster’s Manchester Connecticut

Rainy Day Fun

On a recent visit to Hartford, my plans for the day got rained out. I came up with the ideahttps://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/manchester of playing some billiards. With that thought in mind I did a Google search for a local place. Dave and Busters came up on the top of the search so entered it into the my GPS and pointed my car in that direction.

Parking was plentiful as it is located in mall parking lot although separate from the mall itself. Upon entering you are inundated with the sounds of arcade machines. Two clerk stations are right inside the door. I went to one and asked about the cost of a billiard table and was informed that this Dave and Buster has no billiard tables.

I decided to check out the place and see what there is to do. There is a bar for anyone who is interested in imbibing. It was early in the day so I had no interest in eating.

I did on the other hand choose to check out the arcade. I am a video game player, have been for a long time, and I had hoped to see some games to play. Saddly I was disappointed here as well. Lots of coin drop games and other games of chance that earn you tickets to save towards tiered prizes.

Dave and Busters uses a card system for paying for games, you load a card with money, money is converted into credits on the card. Put the card into a game and have credits removed from the card. I find that this method gets you playing and can get you spending a lot more than you want or expect to.

The arcade area is more focused towards younger children, the bar is for the adults to hang at while their kids play.

Some day I may find a Dave and Busters that does have billiards, but if you are headed here for some then find another location.

 
 

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Relaxing Weekend

Planned a weekend trip to visit the Dinosaur State Park, Hilton Gardens Inn Hartford North was my choice for lodging for the weekend. Less than a 20-minute drive from the park. Conveniently located right off Route 91, Hilton Garden Inn is close to a selection of restaurants and shopping.

Arrival and check-in was quick and easy as I had done an online check-in the day before. Check-in desk had my key cards ready for me, I got the little amenities speech and I was off to my room. My room was the 1 King Bed with Walkout Balcony with Skyline View. The view was nice, a large panoramic view of the city and the airport was in the distance. I enjoyed sitting out on the balcony and watching planes land and takeoff for a bit.

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The room was clean, and the bathroom had nice fresh towels and a collection of toiletries for use. I noticed a lack of drawers for me to store my stuff in, but I made use of what was available. Entering the room was a small counter with a Kiering coffee maker, a minifridge and a microwave. A large counter made up most of the room. A television with a selection of local programming in the center of the counter for entertainment. On one side of the television was open area for what ever usage you could come up with, the other side of the television was a desk area with LAN ports, a desk lamp and a desk chair that was comfortable. balkin

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The bed and sofa/with pullout bed covered the other wall. Night stands on either side of the bed with lamps, a phone on one side and an alarm clock on the other finishes up the room amenities.

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I use WIFI to connect with my friends through Skype, the inn offers a complimentary level as well as a premium level for an additional 4.95 per night. I always get the premium level because of my WIFI usage. I had not issues with the internet access, listening to Pandora, watching streaming videos and such where seamless.

Sleeping was refreshing, the room was quiet overnight getting no outside sound or any from within the inn. The room darkening blinds did their job wonderfully, keeping out any light from the parking lot, as well as the morning sun.

With morning comes breakfast, and Hilton Gardens offers a breakfast buffet with a good selection of self serve items and cooked to order eggs, pancakes and French toast. I had a ham and cheese omelet with a couple of pancakes with some sugar free syrup.

Second night was as good as the first. Slept well, had a nice breakfast and got ready for my drive home. Checkout was a quick and easy, a quick visit to the front desk, turn in my key cards and off for my drive home.

Hilton Garden Inn was a great place to spend a weekend, if my plans bring me to the area in the future this will be where I will stay.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2018 in Hotel Review, Travel, Weekend Trips

 

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Rained Out Plans

May’s weekend trip has come and passed. Had made my plans to visit Dinosaur State Park and enjoy the outside activities. My stay was at the Hilton Gardens Inn Hartford North/Bradley Int’l Airport in Windsor Connecticut.

Fridays work day ended well, and I was headed for the Inn around 3:00. I had already done an online check-in, so it was just a matter of getting my key cards and headed to my room. The room was nice and clean, and the temperature was very comfortable after a warm day outside. A quick shower and off to dinner and a bit of fun shopping.

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Dinner was at a restaurant that I have not eaten at previously, TGI Fridays. My server, Susane, was very friendly and helpful. Dinner was the Center cut Sirloin and shrimp, a bowl of the White Cheddar Broccoli Cheese Soup and I finished with the Red Velvet Sparkler Cake, Dinner was very filling, and I took more than half of my dessert back to my room with me.

A quick stop by Bookends Adult Superstore for a little browsing. I ended up picking myself up a new toy for the weekend. Let’s just say, I made a good choice. The store itself was fun to visit, the staff where pleasant and knowledgeable and I felt very comfortable.

Back to my room for a relaxing evening. Good sleep overnight. Breakfast in the morning was a buffet from the Inn. Had a made to order ham and cheese omelet and a short stack of pancakes with some sugar free syrup.

My plans for the day was to visit the Dinosaur State Park to wander around the outside area. Unfortunately, with the morning came rain and put damper on my plans. For a change up, I decided to find a place to play a little billiards. There is a Dave and Buster’s in Hartford and I know most of them have tables, so that became my first destination. Not really difficult to find as it is located near the mall, plenty of parking available.

As a weekend full of unfortunates, this location of Dave and Buster’s does not have billiard tables. I did spend about an hour playing some games of chance before I headed out to find a billiards table. A quick Google search for billiards and Hartford had me setting my GPS to Nomad Adventure Quest.

A 15-minute drive brought me to the parking lot for Nomads. The parking lot was rather large and packed. From what I could see, Nomads is a large, indoor entertainment complex. Besides the billiards I also saw a basketball court, a lazar tag arena, a small short order restaurant, a bar and a lot of games to earn tickets from.

As the weekend was shaping up for me, the billiards where not available for rental due to an event that was going on that day. I did not feel like playing any of the games as I had already done enough of that at Dave and Buster’s. So, back to my car and off to find something to do.

Sadly, I could not come up with anything. I decided to get some lunch and head back to my room for a relaxing afternoon. Got a chicken cutlet sub with an order of onion rings at the Family Pizzeria in Windsor. The sandwich and rings made for a tasty lunch.

Spent a little time with my new toy, had a shower and relaxed doing some channel surfing. Didn’t really find anything interesting so I took a nap. I woke refreshed and headed out for dinner. Ended up getting Wendy’s, a Ranch Asiago Club and fries. I know, I should be eating better but I was not in the mood for a sit-down dinner this night.

Back to my room and settled in for a good night’s sleep. The morning came with another breakfast, this time I settled on light fare, mostly because my day was going to be filled with driving. But before the drive came a Formula One race, watched while talking to my friends on Skype. Fun race.

Got myself together and checked out. The drive home took about 2 and a half hours, the weather was nice, and the traffic was light. It made for a nice drive.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Travel, Weekend Trips

 

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