BW Indie Films - Jim

April 29 2011 by BW Innsider
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Come be our guest. Watch this inspiring story and experience the dedication and independent spirit still at work in this small Pennsylvania town.

Location: Paradise, Pennsylvania
Owner: Jim Cosgrove

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Revere Inn & Suites

The Old Man and the Harley

April 28 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000014904837XSmall.jpgA few months ago, I made a promise to myself to read more books. The piles of magazines that arrive at my house, along with the distraction of television, movies and other entertainment, kept me from reading as many books as I once enjoyed. I was determined to make a change. A book in the saddlebag is always a good thing on a motorcycle trip. You never know when you're going to find yourself holed up in a diner, waiting for the rain to stop so you can continue on your journey. A book can be a great companion.

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A Sweet Spot on the Water in Fort Myers Beach, FL

April 27 2011 by Amy Graff
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amy_fl.JPGThe BEST WESTERN PLUS Beach Resort sits right on the beach, steps from southern Florida's pretty pale green waters. It's the sort of place where you could easily spend a week, walking the sugary white sand beach in the morning, playing a game of shuffle board in the afternoon, and falling asleep every night to the sound of the crashing waves.

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Richmond Night Race Contest

April 26 2011 by BW Innsider
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Signed Hat for the Winner!

After a week break, NASCAR is back with a night race in Richmond. These races are always exciting and anybody could take the checkered flag! Get your guesses in before the race begins on SATURDAY 4/30.

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a signed hat from Michael Waltrip!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 4/30. Winner will be announced on 5/2.

Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

Tips to Help Fight Jetlag

April 26 2011 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000003326160XSmall.jpgMy brother-in-law is a successful young consultant with a big International firm. As you can likely guess he also travels a lot. His most recent project is a ten week stint in San Francisco, but here's the catch ---he works every Friday in Toronto.

Every Monday morning Chris catches a direct flight from Toronto to San Fran, leaving early Eastern Standard Time; the flight is 5 hours. Thursday afternoons he repeats the process and arrives back in Toronto late in the evening. Friday mornings are especially tough!

I picked his brain recently to understand how he deals with the time changes. After all, during his high pressure, long hour days, he needs to be sharp.
Here are five tips to help fight jet lag:

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Motorcycle Security

April 23 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000006412426XSmall.jpgI live in mortal fear of having my motorcycle stolen. Sure, I've got insurance, but I would never be able to recover the time and energy, blood, sweat and tears that I have invested in my ride. Not to mention the hassle, and the feeling of violation that accompanies a theft. I just don't need it. So, I've been looking into different forms of motorcycle security.

The best security for your bike is parking it indoors in a secure garage or parking lot. If you can park indoors rather than on the street while you are on your motorcycle trip, do it. It's hard to steal a bike that you can't see.

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BW Indie Films - Bill

April 22 2011 by BW Innsider

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

Location: Anaheim, California
Owner: Bill O'Connell

Thinking out of the box, one hotel at a time. This California legend turned a dream into reality with the support of his Best Western family!

Find the hotels featured in this film >
BEST WESTERN PLUS Park Place Inn - Mini Suites
BEST WESTERN PLUS Anaheim Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Stovall's Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Pavilions

San Antonio River Walk

April 20 2011 by James West
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iStock_000002301653XSmall.jpgA visit to San Antonio, TX should be considered incomplete without a visit to the famous River Walk. This network of walkways along the San Antonio River banks is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and is one of the biggest pieces of the city's culture, not to mention a huge tourist attraction.

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BW Indie Films - Alnoor

April 20 2011 by BW Innsider

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

Location: British Columbia, Canada
Owner: Alnoor Tejpar

Who said that the independent spirit and entrepreneurship is gone? Watch this inspiring story and feel the dedication and hard work that went into building a lasting family legacy.

Find the hotels featured in this film >
BEST WESTERN PLUS Country Meadows
BEST WESTERN PLUS Langley Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Suites Downtown
BEST WESTERN PLUS Regency Inn & Conference Center

Hotel Association of Canada - Top 10

April 19 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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Check out the top 10 highlights from the Hotel Association of Canada's recent study regarding 2011 travel plans for Canadians.

Women and Motorcycling

April 18 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000004772899XSmall.jpgFor motorcycling's first century, men have dominated the field. In recent years, women have discovered that the joys of riding don't have to be limited to the pillion, and more female motorcyclists have taken to the road.

The Internet has become a great gathering place and resource for women riders.

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Best Western Naples Inn & Suites

April 15 2011 by Amy Graff
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amy_golf.jpgFlorida's BEST WESTERN Naples Inn & Suites sits amidst a tropic paradise.

The two-story hotel is surrounded by a jungle of palm trees, ferns, and hibiscus. Skinny pathways wind through the vegetation and lead to the two pretty swimming pools and hot tubs. Breakfast is served outside from a grass-roofed hut. And kids have a blast hitting around balls at the miniature golf course.

You could stay at the hotel all day, or walk three-quarters-of-a-mile to the pristine, white sand beach. Downtown Naples, with its shops and restaurants, is only about two miles from the hotel.

A Run, A Walk All for a Good Cause - Pat's Run

April 14 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000005108177XSmall.jpgI'm not a runner. NEVER have I been a runner. I've tried over the years to be a runner. I never could get the rhythm of it. I still will give it a go on my daily walks with the dog. I think about how nice it would be just to go out the door and take off on an effortless run. It seems like it would be so exhilarating to run for miles without stopping to catch your breath.

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Best Western Miami: A Hip, Stylish Hotel with Quiet Rooms

April 13 2011 by Amy Graff

miami hotel.jpgThe stylish BEST WESTERN PREMIER Miami International Airport is just minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city. It's one of the hotel group's premier properties with modern decor, plush bedding, and 42-inch screens in all rooms. A hot breakfast, wi-fi, and rides to and from the airport are all complimentary.

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Talladega Showdown

April 12 2011 by BW Innsider
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Checkered Flag at Talladega

The famous Talladega track has produced some memorable races. Who do you think will take the checkered flag this Sunday?

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a signed hat from Michael Waltrip!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 4/17. Winner will be announced on 4/18.

Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

Exciting 2011 NASCAR Season

April 12 2011 by Mark Deyer
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iStock_000001948530XSmall.jpgIt's been 7 races into the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and already we've seen a little bit of everything. From a rookie winning the Daytona 500 (Trevor Bayne), to a near win for the sport's most popular driver (Dale Earnhardt Jr, Martinsville), to a return to winning ways for the sport's biggest love-to-hate-him driver (Kyle Busch), the 2011 season has been a mixed bag of headlines.

Here's what we can (hope) to expect in the remaining 30 races of the 2011 season:

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GPS for Motorcycles

April 11 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000014486480XSmall.jpgMotorcycle travel used to be simple. Load up the bike with a tarp and a sleeping bag, get out the map and ride. Simplicity has given way to technology, as there are now GPS solutions designed specifically for bikes.

"GPS" stands for "Global Positioning System," shorthand for the satellite-based navigation system that forms the basis for live mapping. A network of 24 NavStar satellites was completed in 1993, and became operational in 1994. Four satellites signals are needed at any given moment to calculate a user's position. Until 2000, non-military users only had access to a degraded signal, which limited GPS's accuracy. Since 2000, GPS accuracy has been greatly improved for consumers. The U.S. Department of Defense is responsible by law for maintaining GPS as a national resource, under the direction of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee.

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Country Thunder

April 9 2011 by Bridget Daly
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iStock_000009500308XSmall.jpgEvery year the most up and coming Country music stars perform at a 4 day festival known as Country Thunder in the farm town of Florence, Arizona. This even t is like no other, it boasts a 4 day camping, barbequing and music extravaganza where people from all over Arizona, as well as surrounding states set up shop for the weekend. This year's lineup of artists is extremely impressive, featuring stars such as Martina McBride, Troy Olsen, Toby Keith, Sara Evans and Eric Church - just to name a few.

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BW Indie Films - Dale

April 8 2011 by BW Innsider
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As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

Location: Jefferson City, Missouri

Owner: Dale Gerstner

Dreams do come true. See how one man started a small family business and turned it into a legacy to be passed along for generations to come. Find the hotel featured in this film >

Favorite Rides: San Diego, California

April 7 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000013947084XSmall.jpgLiving in Southern California, I've got plenty of great riding options. One of the very best places to ride in the area is also a fantastic destination for business or pleasure: San Diego.

San Diego has a rich history that stretches back into the 1700's, and a living history that still stands in the form of Old Town, which dates back to 1821 -- antiquity in California terms, where homes from the Twentieth Century are considered significant landmarks.

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GBTA Conference - Part 2

April 6 2011 by Bryson Forbes

BW_green.JPGOne of the most thought-provoking general sessions I attended last week at the Global Business Travel Association of Canada's (GBTA) annual conference was the Corporate Sustainability Challenge. The session was led by Steven Pacifico, manager of sustainability and stakeholder engagement for The Delphi Group.

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GBTA Conference Kick Off- Part 1

April 5 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000013025819XSmall.jpgIn the last week of March, the newly branded Global Business Travel Association of Canada held their annual conference in Toronto. The event was sold out for months, and as one speaker noted in his address, they "did a good job dealing with all the scalpers trying to get in." Now THAT"s a hot ticket!

The mood was more optimistic than in recent history, and much of the discussion revolved around moving business forward, new and innovative approaches to business travel, environmental issues and price transparency. No one was predicting doom and gloom, which felt really good!

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PREMIERE: Best Western Indie Films

April 5 2011 by BW Innsider
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blog indie film.JPGThe independent spirit is alive and well at Best Western. To celebrate this spirit we are premiering our Best Western Indie Films series, showcasing some of these independent hotel owners and their commitment to making sure every guest at their hotel feels cared for.

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you.

Check out the first five Best Western Indie Films here.

Motorcycle Industry Lines Up for Japan

April 5 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000016063829XSmall.jpgThe Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the Motorcycle Industry Council and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America are collectively donating $10,000 to the Japan America Society's 2011 Japan Relief Fund, and each organization is encouraging its members to make their own donations. The MSF, MIC and SVIA have each added links to their websites in order to make it easier for members and the general riding public to help out in this time of great need.

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Can He Make it 3 in a Row? NASCAR Contest

April 4 2011 by BW Innsider
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Big Race in Texas

Kevin Harvick won the last two Sprint Cup races. Will it be three in a row this weekend? Who is going to win the next Sprint Cup Series race this Saturday in Texas?

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a signed hat from Michael Waltrip! Remember the race is on Saturday so you must get your predictions in before the start of the race on 4/9 to be eligible to win!

*Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 4/09. Winner will be announced on 4/11.

Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

Oregon Photo Contest!

April 4 2011 by BW Innsider
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Want to Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card?!

We will be featuring various North America regions this year for photo contests. April's contest is featuring Oregon. This beautiful state has so many outdoor recreational activities from kayaking to skiing and boating to hiking. Oregon truly has something for everyone. We want to see your photos of you doing your favorite outdoor recreational activity in Oregon.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card®!Don't have a photo of Oregon? The contest is open until April 30, 2011 so visit Best Western Oregon online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

On the right hand side of You Must Be Trippin' is a slide show of all submitted pictures. We will select one photo that we feel best represents Oregon outdoor recreation. Only one photo per person will be accepted, so choose wisely! Don't forget to give us a brief description of where your photo was taken.

How to enter:

  1. Submit an email with ONE photo attached, or email: dill67chief@photos.flickr.com

  2. Make sure the subject line is "Oregon Photo Contest"

  3. Give us your name and email address in the email along with a brief photo description (Names & emails will not be publicly displayed)

Visit Best Western Oregon to learn more about the great state of Oregon!

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in your removal from contest contention. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends April 30, 2011.

Didn't Get an Invite to The Royal Wedding?

April 4 2011 by Bridget Daly
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RoyalWedding.jpgThe countdown begins! The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is about a month away and the world is a buzz. Invitations have been sent, merchandise is being sold, the guest list has been leaked and many Royal Family enthusiasts are wondering how they can be a part (if even a small part) of this extravagant, historic event. Why not get a little closer to the event by planning a trip to William and Kate's home turf?

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How to Buy a Motorcycle Helmet

April 1 2011 by Jason Fogelson

iStock_000003537300XSmall.jpgAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcycle helmet is "by far the most critical piece of safety gear a motorcyclist can use."

Twenty states and Washington, DC require that all motorcycle riders wear a helmet. Twenty-seven states have some helmet laws, usually requiring riders under a certain age to don helmets. Three states (Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire) have no laws requiring helmet use.

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