A Hotel Favorite

We have always stayed at The Plaza Suites in Santa Clara.    The Plaza Suites is about 3 miles from the San Jose Airport and it’s about 2 miles from Great America, our family’s first and favorite park.  Plaza Suites weekday rates are about $200 a night and up and on Friday nights the hotel discounts kick in and they go down to $109 a night.  Sometimes you can check and the hotel discounts go down by Thursday.   The best thing is they have a cook to order breakfast and in the evenings they have a happy hour in which you get 3 free drinks from the bar per room.  As much as we love that, we are never usually back from the park in time to enjoy it.  [Read more…]

How the Thrills Started

Years after we started the Rollercoaster Vacations our kids still looked forward to them.

Years after we started the Rollercoaster Vacations our kids still looked forward to them.

We live in Portland, Oregon.  So for starters we try to hit all the parks that are on the West Coast.  Airfare money saver tip:  Airfare is the more affordable traveling the west coast for us, than flying across country.  And because of the short flights we get the most out of our days.  If we leave in the morning, there is a great chance we will hit the park that afternoon or evening, adding one more visit to our trip. Let me back up a few years and let you know how we have done this, and mostly why, we continue to do this.

When we really started as a family to seek thrill rides our kids were 7 and 9.  That put me at [Read more…]