Wednesday, July 1, 2009
When we arrived at the Best Western Midway Hotel in Dubuque, Iowa, my kids could hardly contain themselves when they saw the swimming pool. It was housed in a light, airy atrium filled with lush, green foliage. To my kids it looked like a tropical paradise.
"Mommy, the pool looks like it's inside but it's outside," my daughter squealed. "Can we please go in? Please? Please!" She was literally shaking with excitement.
My kids had no interest in going into town, checking out the riverfront. Dinner? Who cares about eating when there's a swimming pool. And I have found this is true all along our Mississippi road trip--the swimming pools are the highlight for my children. At the Best Western Steeplegate Inn in Davenport, Iowa, they loved that the indoor pool was as warm as a bath tub. At the Best Western Bluffview Inn & Suites in Prairie Du Chien, Wisc., my kids were thrilled by the pool toys. At the Best Western Normandy Inn in Minneapolis, they liked the hot tub that was shaped like a spoon.
As a parent paying for a vacation, I love the swimming pools because they offer free entertainment. For every hour we're spending at the pool, we're not about town spending money. And since we're doing this trip on a budget of $150 a day every little bit counts.