Escape to… Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection | Nashville, TN

Union Station Hotel Nashville embodies the new and the nostalgic Nashville. Step into a piece of Nashville’s history and see it transformed with a sophisticated, modern elegance evoking a celebration of everything that is Music City you didn’t know you were looking for, Union Station Hotel will be your favorite song on the album titled Nashville.

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Union Station Hotel is as deeply rooted in Nashville as country music. Our stunningly restored, 100-year-old historic hotel, is the ideal place to stay when visiting Nashville. We are steps from top Downtown Nashville attractions and ready to welcome you with luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining, and a knowledgeable staff – providing you an insider’s guide to local hot spots! This Marriott hotel in Nashville is an iconic landmark, blending modern conveniences with warm classical elegance. Marvel at the Romanesque architecture featuring the original 65-footbarrel vaulted stained glass ceiling and beautiful new artwork throughout the lobby. Boasting 125 boutique hotel rooms & suites in the heart of Music City, our historic Nashville hotel’s newly refreshed vibe is worth experiencing.

 

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Signature Double / Double Guest Room

 

Location:  Nashville, TN
Distance from Airport:  Nashville Intl. Airport (BNA) approx. 15 mins. away

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Lobby

 

Make yourself at home in one of the 125 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Pay movies provide entertainment and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.

Enjoy recreation amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center or take in the view from a terrace. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.

Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

 

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Carter’s Lounge

 

Ready to plan your “Nashville” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to…. The Safari Inn | Burbank, CA

The Safari Inn is conveniently located near several motion picture studios including Universal Studios and NBC, and a short drive to Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and The Hollywood Strip. If you are searching for Hollywood hotels with a bit of film history, look no further than the Safari Inn!  This Burbank hotel offers 55 guest rooms and suites with high-speed wireless internet, complimentary local calls, free parking and Burbank airport shuttle service . Dining and room service provided by Olive’s Bistro & Lounge. Coast Hotels & Resorts’ Safari Inn offers unique hotel services in a great Burbank location!

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The Safari Inn is one of Burbank’s best kept historical landmarks! This famous little Inn was built in 1955 and has managed to maintain the same style essence since its original construction. It is one of the only properties left in the city with a 1950’s retro décor and a neon sign that lights up Olive Avenue.

The Safari Inn is well known throughout the entertainment industry as a preferred location for several scenes in films that have included Blockbuster movie titles such as “True Romance,” “Coach Carter,” “Apollo 13,” along with numerous appearances in breakthrough series such as “Six Feet Under,” “CSI: Vegas,” “Prison Break,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Monk.” The exterior of the Safari Inn has also been used in album covers for famous rock bands such as “The Wallflowers.”

 

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Double Standard Room

 

Location:  Burbank, CA
Distance from Airport:  Los Angeles Intl. Airport (LAX) approx. 35 mins. away | Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) approx. 10 mins. away
Distance from Train Station: Bob Hope Airport Train Station -Amtrak Station (BUR) -approx. 10 mins. away

 

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Lobby

 

This place has been a home for some great writers, artists, and editors in the entertainment industry. The Inn is still a place where industry buffs go to flush out ideas using the historic retro flair as their “muse.” In addition to a preference of nearby studios and residents of Burbank, the Safari Inn has become a fun getaway for vacationing families and individuals alike looking for a little bit of Hollywood in their Burbank getaway. The original Safari Inn sign has brought countless people to the property for over 55 years and continues to be eye candy for many individuals today.

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Hotel packages are available for tour/park visits to both Warner Brothers Studios & Universal Studios Hollywood.

Ready to plan your “Burbank, CA” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to…The Ellis Hotel | Atlanta, GA

Choose your own description of Atlanta’s Ellis Hotel: A historic Peachtree Street landmark with a legendary past and an impeccable tradition of guest service, or a chic and stylish boutique decked out with every modern luxury.

We think we’re a little of both. But whichever you settle on, you’ll find the Ellis to be a breath of fresh air among the conventional, seen-one-seen-‘em-all downtown hotels. 127 luxuriously appointed guest rooms. A complimentary fitness center, and tech-savvy perks like complimentary Internet. Farm-to-table cuisine at the Terrace Bistro Restaurant & Lounge.

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Each of the 127 luxuriously appointed room and suite accommodations at Atlanta’s Ellis Hotel blends historic elegance with contemporary comfort. Richly appointed with a sleek, stylish décor, our rooms feature an abundance of natural lighting, spacious work areas, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities and exquisite bathrooms with natural stone floors, walls, and countertops. Up-to-the-minute gadgetry includes 32″ LCD televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Choose the ideal boutique accommodations to meet your needs, including 114 standard guest rooms, 12 premium doubles with two double beds and living areas with sofa beds, and one large premium suite with a King size bed and private parlor with wet bar.

 

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Deluxe Double Bedroom

 

Location:  Atlanta, GA (downtown)
Distance from Airport:  Hartsfield-Jackson Intl. Airport (ATL) approx. 30 mins. away
Distance from Train Station:  Peachtree| Atlanta  Amtrak Station (ATL) -approx. 20 mins. away

 

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Terrace 

 

When it comes to experiencing a little downtown Atlanta flavor, our location is second to none (on the corner of Peachtree Street NW and Ellis Street). The Ellis is within convenient walking distance of restaurants, major corporations such as SunTrust Bank, Deloitte, Georgia-Pacific, Koch Industries, The Equitable, Carlock, Copeland and Stair, Cornet Global, Georgia State University (GSU), Hall Booth Associates, HKS, Inc., Level 3, Southern Companies, Georgia Power, Aids Healthcare Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Integral Inc. and other local attractions.

Only 10 miles from Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport; 18-minute ride on the Marta. CNN Studios, the Coca-Cola Museum, the Georgia Aquarium and three of Atlanta’s four athletic arenas are just moments away.

 

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Terrace Bistro

 

Ready to plan your “Atlanta” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

P.S.  This unique boutique hotel offers A Woman’s Only Floor, A Pet-Friendly Floor and a Fresh Air Floor for a surcharge.

Escape to… Wild Dunes Resort – The Boardwalk Inn| Isle of Palms, SC

Located near Charleston, SC, this oceanfront hotel also houses Coastal Provisions, an upscale coastal restaurant in a casual atmosphere, a designated adult-only pool and easy access to the popular Grand Pavilion and Boardwalk. Also nearby is The Village Plaza, including the new Billy G’s Smokehouse and Salty Goat Bar (open seasonally), salon with spa services, fitness center, and a grocery market.

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Tucked into the heart of Wild Dunes Resort and just 150 yards from the beach is The Boardwalk Inn. Ninety-three hotel rooms and suites – including five ADA accessible rooms – offer a relaxed, private feel that keeps guests coming back year after year. The Boardwalk Inn has earned its popularity among guests and critics alike, receiving the AAA Four Diamond award every year since it opened and impressing guests with every stay.

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Location:  Isle of Palms, SC
Distance from Airport:  Charleston Intl. Airport (CHS) approx. 40 mins. away
Distance from Train Station:  Charleston Amtrak Station (CHS) -approx. 40 mins. away

 

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Deluxe King Room

 

Wild Dunes Resort is just thirty minutes away from historic Charleston, South Carolina, either. Charleston has been named among Conde Nast’s Best Travel Destinations in the U.S. and one of the Coolest Small Cities in America by GQ. Charleston’s restaurants are world-famous. Festivals and events fill the streets nearly every weekend. Famous architecture. Charming shops. Art, history, and character everywhere.

 

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Presidential Suite

 

Ready to plan your “Isle of Palms | Charleston” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to… Treetops Lodge and Estate | Rotorua, New Zealand

Treetops Lodge offers the ultimate in world-class luxury accommodation in the heart of New Zealand’s unique forest and thermal wonderland, trout fishing mecca and cultural capital, Rotorua.

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Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year old native forest, this ecology inspired award-winning Lodge is a nature lovers sanctuary. Located in the Fly-Fishing capital with rivers, lakes, waterfalls and 35 miles hiking trails. New are their natural heritage and native wilderness inspired ‘Signature Experiences’ offered daily. Also offering, helicopter adventures, a dedicated Wilderness Spa, and access to The Kinloch Club, an 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course.

 

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Villa

 

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Distance from Airport: Rotorua International Airport (ROT) approx. 26 mins. away

 

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View from Hotel Lobby

 

Treetops Lodge & Estate offers four suites within the lodge and eight private villas. Individually decorated with fine fabrics and furnishings, suites and villas feature bathrooms with jetted tubs and bathrobes. Suites feature access to the wing lounge and gourmet kitchen. Villas feature kitchenettes and separate lounge areas with fireplaces. Amenities include minibars, CD players, clock radios, in-room safes, and satellite TVs. Breakfast, pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, and select lodge activities are included in the room rate.

 

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Water Fall Wilderness Dining – Perfect for Anniversaries, Marriage Proposals or Special Occasions

 

This secluded lodge is set on 2,500 acres of native forest, from Rotorua. Guests can participate in a range of outdoor activities including mountain biking, horse riding, kayaking, eco-tours, fly-fishing, and hiking. After a day of activities, guests can relax by the fireplace in the Great Room or enjoy a cocktail in the game room, which features and antique billiard table. Massage treatments are available (surcharge) as well as babysitting/childcare, and tour assistance.

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For those who are fans of The Hobbit, there is even an Ultimate Hobbiton & Treetops Middle Earth Adventure package.

Ultimate adventure for those who believe in Hobbits! Combine three nights at Middle Earth’s Treetops Lodge upgraded to a Treetops Luxury Villa, with breakfast and 5-course Estate-to-Plate dinner each evening, a private tour of nearby Hobbiton and two award-winning Treetops Signature Experiences and a gourmet picnic lunch at the stunning Bridal Veil Falls. Kids stay and eat free*

 

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Great Room

 

Ready to plan your “Rotorua, New Zealand” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to…Colony Palms Hotel | Palm Springs, CA

Colony Palms Hotel is known as one of Palm Springs’ most iconic and luxurious downtown hotels. Colony Palms Hotel is located just one block off of the city’s main design district. Built in the 1930s, this 57-room resort retains many charming features of its original Spanish colonial architecture, from arched entryways and covered ceilings to original ceramic floor tiles.

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Pool Bar

 

With a stay at Colony Palms Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Palm Springs, convenient to O’Donnell Golf Club and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Convention Center.

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Casita

 

Location:  Palm Springs, CA
Distance from Airport:  Palm Springs Intl. Airport (PSP) approx. 6 mins. away
Distance from Train Station:  Palms Springs North Amtrak Station (PSN) -approx. 10 mins. away
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The Colony Palms Hotel’s rich and colorful history established it as an iconic part of Palm Springs and over the years it has been host to Hollywood’s elite, mobsters, athletes, film producers, gamblers, and politicians.

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Terrace

 

Ready to plan your “Palms Springs” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to… Hotel RIU Palace Tropical Bay | Negril, Jamaica

The Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel is located on Negril Beach, one of Jamaica’s most stunning. This 24-Hour All-Inclusive hotel is one of the best hotels in Negril thanks to its comprehensive facilities and the exclusive services that characterize RIU Hotels & Resorts.

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The amenities available at the Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel are countless, and they’ll make your stay unforgettable. In its more than 400 rooms, you’ll find all the comforts you need, like a minibar, satellite TV, a safe, beverage dispensers, a coffee machine, and a balcony or terrace. Plus, the 24-hour room service this all-inclusive hotel in Negril offers means that you’ll have everything you need during your stay.

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Location: Negril, Jamaica 
Distance from Airport: Sangster International Airport (MBJ) approx. 1hr 20 mins. away

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Enjoy the swimming pools or take advantage of the direct beach access to cool off in the crystalline waters surrounding the Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel. With the RIU recreation program you’ll enjoy all types of activities and live shows day and night, and the little ones will have fun in the zones created just for them. And, you’ll be able to practice countless sports in the vicinity of the hotel, or relax in the Renova Spa and discover treatments that will leave you feeling totally rejuvenated.

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The gastronomic offer of the Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel has been designed to give you the best quality and variety so that you can savor delicious dishes. You’ll get to taste the finest international, Japanese, and Italian cuisine, or try the best Jamaican barbecue beside the beach. And, our all-inclusive hotel has four bars located in different zones, so that you enjoy the best refreshments and snacks any time of day.

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Ready to plan your “Negril” All Inclusive escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to…DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Boston Bayside | Boston, MA

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Boston Bayside is a renovated hotel located in Boston’s Bayside area with shuttle service to downtown and Logan Airport. This hotel is just steps to subway, JFK Library, and UMass Boston.

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Although this hotel is located slightly outside of the city it offers some great benefits. First, The Doubletree Club Boston Bayside offers complimentary shuttle services to/from Logan Airport – Local Area Restaurants- BCEC and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal which makes it a perfect location for a pre or post cruise stay.  From Logan Airport all I had to do was text (special number given) the hotel.  Within minutes a hotel staff member responded asking me which terminal I was in if I had all my bags and was ready to be picked up.  I was then directed to the pickup location site with an estimated time of arrival for the shuttle.  Once at the hotel you can schedule or request the shuttle.  And as an added bonus on weekends, the shuttle has additional service to NE Aquarium /Faneuil Hall.  The perfect drop off spot for exploring Boston.  Faneuil Hall is a short walk from the drop-off point and it’s easy to get on a hop on hop off tour bus from this location.  The hotel is also a short walk away from a subway station for additional transportation options.

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Lobby and Dining Area

The second great benefit is that it’s located near the water.  YES, water views (if you have the right rooms :). I was located on the 6th-floor corner room 605. Yes, I could see the water but there is a parking lot behind the hotel’s parking lot. So you get a somewhat nice water view and a view of the parking lot :). Carson Beach is located directly behind the hotel.  An easy walk through the parking lot and you are right on the bay.  Perfect area for walking, biking or jogging.  Walk further down the path and you’ll find Carson Beach. The Doubletree has its own parking lot but directly behind it is a parking lot for a UMASS facility. During the weekend it was empty, I checked out on a Monday and the UMASS lot was full.

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Double Queen Room

 

Location:  Boston, MA
Distance from Airport:  Boston Logan Intl. Airport (BOS) approx. 15 mins. away
Distance from Cruise Terminal:  Boston Cruise Ship Terminal -approx. 11 mins. away
Boston North Amtrak Station approx. 15 mins away

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Bayside Area with path to Carson Beach

The Doubletree Club doesn’t offer complimentary breakfast and there are no restaurants within a quick walking distance from the hotel. But the final benefit is that the hotel has a Market Cafe onsite. A buffet breakfast is available (for a fee of about $16) each morning.  You can also purchase food, light snacks and Starbucks coffee from the cafe all day.  The Marketplace Cafe opens at 6:30 am and closes at 10:00 pm in the evening each day. Food prices were pretty reasonable for a la carte breakfast. There’s also a Lobby Lounge as well. If your stay is over the weekend a quick shuttle ride to the NE Aquarium / Faneuil Hall stop will provide plenty of options for dining.

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Boston Harbor

 

Just to point out there is no pool at this hotel but they have a pretty nice fitness center. The hotel seems like it’s geared a bit more for business travelers (due to the location near UMASS) but still works well for leisure travelers.  Staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the standard Doubletree chocolate chip cookies upon arrival couldn’t hurt either!

Ready to plan your “Boston” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to… Grand Hyatt Bali | Bali, Indonesia

With its own 500 meter white sandy beach and acres of beautifully landscaped gardens
and lagoons, the Grand Hyatt Bali is a perfect location for a pleasant and relaxed stay. Nearby is Sanur village with a host of restaurants, bars, and shops to explore. In the evenings why not try one of the exotic cocktails on offer at the resort’s bar. With
a friendly and welcoming staff, this is a great place to relax and unwind.

 

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LOBBY

 

Grand Hyatt Bali Hotel is the crown jewel of resorts in Nusa Dua, located moments from a world-class convention center and steps away from Bali Collection shopping center. Just 15 minutes from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, our hotel is suitable for both business and leisure with its combination of Balinese charm and modern convenience.

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Grand Room with Two Twin Beds, Day Bed, and Private Balcony

 

Location: Nusa Dua, Bali,  Indonesia
Distance from Airport: Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) approx. 15 mins. away

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RIVER POOL

 

Staying at Grand Hyatt means enjoying the best of Bali. Relaxation comes naturally as you step into our expansive lobby overlooking the colorful garden and the Indian Ocean. Settle comfortably in your spacious room with luxe amenities before jumping into one of five swimming pools or sunbathing on the white sandy beach. Eat as the locals do and watch the stunning Balinese dance performances at Pasar Senggol, or enjoy the ocean view from our rooftop Salsa Bar. Follow the Balinese ritual of pampering at Kriya Spa and unwind in one of the 24 spa villas. Feel like going out? Our hotel is within walking distance of Nusa Dua beach and located minutes from Bali’s trendiest hotspots, all easily accessible by taxi.

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SALSA BAR | SALSA VERDE RESTAURANT

 

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RESORT & BEACH

 

Ready to plan your “Bali” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to… La Cantera Hill Country Resort | San Antonio, TX

Situated atop one of the highest points in all of San Antonio, you’ll find La Cantera Resort & Spa. It’s a place where peace and tranquility flourish. Where emerald fairways and sparkling pools are the only things interrupting the scenic vistas overlooking the Texas Hill Country. A place where you’ll find a new sense of relaxation, whether you’re staying for business or for a well-deserved vacation.

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San Antonio perfectly embodies the spirit of the Lone Star State: a cosmopolitan city that seamlessly blends the diversity of cultures and traditions that came together to form it. Here, the sounds and flavors of Native America, Old Mexico, Germany, the Wild West and the Deep South merge as one. La Cantera Resort & Spa is representative of this rich history. The resort’s name also reflects its location in the scenic Texas Hill Country. Long described as the playground of Texas, the Hill Country provides the perfect location to enjoy the best that Texas has to offer.

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King Guestroom

 

Location: San Antonio, TX
Distance from Airport: San Antonio Intl. Airport (SAT) approx. 25 mins. away
Distance from Train Station: San Antonio Amtrak Station approx. 30 mins away

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Pool

There are a variety of San Antonio attractions nearby to suit every taste. These thrills and premier shopping are just minutes from the resort and La Cantera Resort offers a complimentary shuttle for guests to enjoy various attractions surrounding the resort. The shuttle drops guests off at the Shops at La Cantera drops, The Rim Shopping Center, Top Golf,  Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the Palmer Golf Course.

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Ready to plan your “San Antonio” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!