Girls Write Out
Monday, January 10, 2011
I brainstormed with friends this past weekend. Cheryl and Mel Hodde, Nancy Moser, Deb Raney, Rene Gutteridge, Judy Miller, Till Fell, and Stephanie Whitson. Sooo much fun! We all cook dinner together. This pic is my resisting the cream cheese that was to be used in the mocha souffles. Nancy had this fabulous menu all planned around coffee. Could anything be better? Even the beef was coated in coffee and a spicy mix. It sounds, well, unusual, but it was really good! And the gravy had coffee in it which again sounds really strange but we all loved it.

This was in Kansas City, and we stayed at Springhill Suites by Marriott in Overland Park. We've stayed there for 9 years, every trip we've made. We love the hotel but it held one slight disappointment this year: the coffee. And I realized just how important that small detail is to me. LOL As we traveled to see Kara (just arrived, yay!) I found myself deciding which hotel to stay in along the road based on what I knew about the coffee offerings of that particular hotel. Crazy, huh? It's not the beds or the decor but the coffee. Hampton Inn always gets an A because of their coffee. Comfort Suites and Best Western failed me so I think I'll stop at Hamptons on the way back.

So what about you? What little special touch will make you want to go back to a hotel? We know the bedding is important but what else makes a difference for you?

Oh and by the way, it's 65 here. :)

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Colleen Coble  
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At 1:22 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Colleen, have you ever thought of bringing your own coffee in a baggie or something? I NEVER go anywhere without my special teas (one flavored w/ lavendar and one w/ pear are my standard fare). I don't see why, since most rooms these days have coffee makers, you couldn't bring and brew your own. On the other hand, it may be the water. In that case, you are sunk no matter what coffee you use.

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Nancy Moser said...

Regarding hotel choice a free hot breakfast is my gauge. Some only have rolls and cereal, while others have a full spread. By eating hearty at breakfast we can eat two meals a day. We like Hampton Inn too. But here's a question: how come the more expensive the hotel, the less you get for your money? Go stay in a Marriott or Sheraton and there's no free internet, no free breakfast, and usually not even a coffee pot in the room...

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh that's something we look at too, Nanc! I can't eat gluten so a continental breakfast is out. And you're right about getting so little at the big name hotels. Crazy!

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I like them best when there is no chalk outlines of humans on the floor--but that would probably make it better for you?

I've stayed in some pretty bad hotels in my life. One was in Montana on a Saturday night where I heard gunshots and yelling all night. And the shower had green stuff on the walls that appeared alive. I think camping would have been better and I hate camping.

I like my hotel to have really nice bathroom facilities. Clean showers and nice towels.

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Coffee was the first thing Mel looked for when we arrived at Springhill and found the coffee machines moved. He nearly screamed. For me, it's the beds. I need a comfy mattress, and I need an escape in case i can't sleep and Mel's sinuses are working him over. Springhill had both, so I was happy.

I also need clean. Fancy isn't as important as clean in a hotel room. I'm always well aware that strangers have stayed there before me--and I don't know where they've been or what they've been doing. Enough said..

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

When our son was in college in Iowa, we always stayed at a Country Inn & Suites. They always had freshly baked cookies waiting at the front desk just about any time of day or night. That, plus the fireplace and rocking chairs in the front lobby, made it feel like we were staying with friends.

Oh, also, that Country Inn had a great breakfast with a waffle-maker and they always let our son come and eat breakfast with us at no extra charge.

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

P.S. It was GREAT seeing you last weekend! Always a highlight of my year! Thanks for all the brainstorming ideas.

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

My son and I made a dry rub for meet using coffee. It was great! Glad y'all had a good time. :) I'll be looking forward to the books that come from this session.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Oh my gosh. I'm so cheap. I look for the cheapest price becuase even a Super 8 is a step up from the tent/forest floor I'm used to sleeping on. (Imagine my delight at ACFW conferences! :)

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I love Country inn and Suites too, Deb!

Crystal, that cracked me up about no chalk outline. . . :)

Jaime, when I was your age, cheap was all I wanted too. (And clean.) Then I got spoiled. . . LOL

 

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