The Daytona 500
Guest Post: Vicky Akins
I don’t understand the love of racing. I watch it on TV and this is what I see: Go very fast, turn left and repeat. I just don’t get it. But because my husband is a HUGE fan, and a very thoughtful young man, who is a friend of our son’s bought him and 5 of his friends Daytona 500 tickets, we found ourselves on our way to Daytona Beach, Florida. This was my husband’s fantasy trip while I was certain it was going to be my nightmare.
Quaint, Quirky and Colorful … The Madonna Inn shatters the illusion that all hotels look alike. The Madonna Inn’s humble beginnings started in 1958.with only 12 rooms but quickly expanded. Sitting on 2200 acres, the architecture and construction encompassed all the natural resources found on the property including the rocks, some of which weigh in excess of 200 tons each.
Now boasting 110 rooms, individually designed and decorated so that each is unique, you can opt for a different experience each time you stay. Throughout the inn you’’ll find etched, leaded windows & glass work all custom made as well as custom crafted wood carvings. The hand carved balustrade in the dining room was originally from Hearst castle and the 28-foot gold tree fixture that sits in the main dining room is made of excess electrical conduit from building projects and left over copper remnants.
While we came to the city by the bay in search of the elusive San Francisco treat, “Rice or Roni” we found so much more! We stayed at the Five Star Four Seasons San Francisco is located in the Yerba Buena cultural district in downtown San Francisco, two blocks from Union Square, the Financial District, the Moscone Convention Center and the Museum of Modern Art. A welcome sight after a long drive of the coast. Sometimes our journey uncovers something really special. Luxury and comfort aside, this hotels beauty goes beyond skin deep and has a big & caring heart.
Meet Vicky Akins, We’re #nuts about her! This week’s #NUTS Guest Therapist is Vicky Akins. Vicky’s been part of the #NUTS conversation since it began a little over two years ago. With her quick wit and amazing sense of humor Vicky is always the life of the #Nuts twitter party! She’s a frequent contributor of #Nuts topics and questions where her creativity takes center stage!