Variety is the Spice of Life
When I first started covering accessible travel 19 years ago, accessible lodging options were pretty spotty. In most cases, if you wanted something that was truly accessible, you had to go to one of the big hotel chains. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dinging chain hotels, as I certainly spend my fair share of time in them; however they are far from unique. But again, they do serve a purpose.
As accessible travel gained popularity, more and more wheelchair-users and slow walkers ventured out and began exploring the world. And as their numbers increased so did the variety in accessible lodging. I first noticed this when I wrote There is Room at the Inn: Inns and B&Bs for Slow Walkers and Wheelchair-Users, as I looked at hundreds of properties during the research phase.
To be honest I was surprised at the number of accessible properties I found back then. After I finished that book I decided to actively seek out more unique accessible properties, and I’ve been collecting them every since. This book contains some of my favorites. Organized by times zones, there’s a little bit of everything included in this book; from inns and B&Bs to guest ranches, cabins and even a yurt or two. I’ve also included some unique metropolitan hotels. The bottom line is, each property has something special about it, be it the owner, the room, the location or maybe even the whole lodging concept. Variety is the key word here.
Variety is also the key word for access — at least in this book. Although all the properties contained in this book have a minimum level of access, the access features from property to property vary. So for example, while some properties have bathrooms with roll-in showers, others have tub/shower combinations. I realize that my readers have a wide variety of access requirements, and what works for one person may not exactly be ideal for another. So like in all my other work, I’ve described the access features in the properties contained in this book. That way readers can determine what will and what won’t work for them.
And since this book is about unique properties, I’ve included a “Candy’s Take” section with each property listing, which outlines why I like the property and what makes it unique. Also included with each property listing is a “Best Fit” section which explains what type of person would really like that property, and who it would work best for access-wise.
Of course it’s also nice to know what there is to do in the area, so I’ve included some information about accessible sites and attractions in the “Nearby” section.
Last but not least, due to popular demand I’ve also included GPS coordinates with each property listing. A word of warning here though — be sure to check with the property owners or managers first (especially in rural properties), as GPS coordinates work better in some areas than others.
So dig in and enjoy. There’s something for just about everyone in this book. And if you happen to come across a cool accessible property in your travels, let me know, as I’d love to hear about it. Additionally, since things do change over time, I’ll also be posting updates to this book on www.RestingEZ.com, so surf on by before you hit the road. And if you find some changes after you visit a listed property, let me know, so I can pass the information along.
Candy B. Harrington
PO Box 278
Ripon, CA 95366