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Updates On St. Croix Casino Hotel, Turtle Lake

Previously I have written a couple of different articles about St. Croix Casino’s hotel at Turtle Lake. This article is an update on the hotel’s current condition and what to expect upon checking in. I am going to be very straight forward and honest in this article, so bear with me.

My husband and I have stayed at this hotel many times over the past six months. We always have a good time. The hotel is clean, and it has an appealing look to it. The rooms are finally finished being updated and I very much like the look of them. The couches and chairs are elegant and have nail head accents on them. The furniture is simple, but nice and I like the colors they chose.

What I am not pleased with is the fact that I walked up to the front desk to check in; there was no one in front of me and three people working behind it, and no one acknowledged me for about five minutes. They just let me stand there while they were messing around with I’m not completely sure what. It looked like spilt change and cell phones.

I don’t have a problem with waiting, but if you aren’t on a phone helping a customer or helping someone who is in front of me, then the courteous thing to do is to acknowledge me, the patron, who has just arrived. There is no excuse for poor service, especially when there are three people available to help.

Aside from the fact that I think the front desk help needs some serious work, this wasn’t the first time this had happened to me, the rest of the actual stay was mostly comfortable and pleasant. The image I used for this article does show that the bed could have been put together a little bit nicer; it looked that way when we checked in. It was however comfortable and I liked the whirlpool, and the various other amenities in the room. One thing I will note is that you can hear people in overhead rooms at times, but they didn’t really bother us. Other than a little light noise, I slept great, and enjoyed myself.

The last thing that I found to be distasteful about this stay was the breakfast. The first time we stayed and partook in the morning breakfast, there was no hot food, but they weren’t completely done with their modifications either. This time they had eggs and sausage, as well as waffles, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, bananas, toast, and cereal. The issue I have is that the eggs were powdered eggs. If you are going to serve breakfast at a hotel that you just took the time to remodel and bring up to a more pleasing standard, then the least you can do is serve actual scrambled eggs.

I truly hope that Turtle Lake realizes that these issues exist and takes the time to quickly remedy them. I won’t stop visiting, but I don’t like reporting such practices to the community either. On a side note, we ate the broiled chicken dinner in the café, at the casino, and that was very good.

For further information on, Turtle Lake Casino, St. Croix, please visit:  https://turtlelake.stcroixcasino.com/

 

What’s Your Passion?

If today were your last day of living, how would you spend it? Would you look back on your life and feel satisfied, or would you wish you had done things differently? If you could do it all over, what would be different?

Let’s face it; everyone makes mistakes, because we are human. The human condition is fragile, and sometimes impulsive, but often repetitive and predictable. People get into patterns and they don’t always know how to get out. Many of us pretend we are happy, when in reality we are day-dreaming about other things we wish we could do, but find impractical.

Impracticality is an illusion. Unless it’s against the law, it isn’t really impractical, is it? If you know what your passion is, you should be out in the world living it. I told myself for years that I couldn’t be a writer, because it was impractical. I needed to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or some sort of secretary in an office. I couldn’t just be a writer, could I? My previous thinking is what stopped me from living a more satisfying life.

The truth is if you love something enough, then you should have the drive to do what it takes to achieve your desired outcome. If you want to be an artist, create art. If you want to be an author, then you have to write. If you want to be an astronaut, then you had better get to it. You shouldn’t let anything stand in the way of what you are genuinely passionate about.

If you have no idea what your passion is and you are floundering around in life, then you should make it your job to find your passion. Life is way too short to be unhappy and stuck. Know yourself inside and out, because you can’t show a lover who you really are, if you have no idea, yourself.

Life is an adventure; one of the biggest and best adventures out there. Live each day to its fullest and remember; only you can change your situation for the better.

For a little help with finding your passion, please check out the following quizzes and articles:

https://www.themuse.com/advice/6-fresh-ways-to-find-your-passion

http://www.oprah.com/supersoulsunday/the-secret-to-finding-your-passion-hint-its-not-what-you-think_1

https://tinybuddha.com/blog/try-this-if-youre-struggling-to-find-your-passion/

http://clarityonfire.com/quiz/

https://idealistcareers.org/career-question-clarity/

https://www.psychologies.co.uk/test-whats-your-true-passion

5 Stars For Barceló Resort In Ixtapa

Visiting Mexico, it can be a scary thing for some people, and certain places are not as safe as others. My family visits Mexico every year and almost consistently to one location. Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, is where it’s at. We have never felt unsafe in Ixtapa, and we have always had great weather.

This year we chose to stay at Barceló, which is labeled a 5 star hotel. The stay was all-inclusive, and patrons are given the choice to do a general all-inclusive package, or an upgrade. My husband and I chose to upgrade to a premium stay which allows you a few more amenities, such as free WI-fi, a VIP room with food and high quality beverages, and free access to the night club, where music takes place on a regular basis. You can also choose to eat at their specialty restaurants every night if you desire.

Without an upgraded wrist-band, you will still have plenty of great amenities. There are three pools, tons of activities, which are led by the amazing staff, and nightly shows, as well as your unlimited food and drinks. You get to eat at each of the specialty restaurants once per every three days of your reservation.

The pools and grounds are all kept very neat and clean. Housekeeping will frequently leave flowers and towel animals if you tip them for their services. Every day you have the opportunity to play water volleyball and sand volleyball. The shows are different each night, and once per week, usually Saturdays, there is a fiesta in the entertainment hall, that guests can choose to attend. They also have an area for games and children’s activities, such as painting.

The food at the resort was quite excellent. There were two different buffets, a poolside restaurant where you could sit down and order food, poolside snack bar, an Italian restaurant, a seafood restaurant, and a Japanese restaurant. My favorites of the places to eat were the poolside snack bar because you could quickly get a cheeseburger, and their burgers were tasty. My other favorite places were the Italian restaurant, which featured great meats and tasty gelato, and the seafood restaurant, which speaks for itself. I love seafood. I was not impressed with the Japanese restaurant, and unfortunately the staff did not seem to understand the different dishes, so no one received what they had ordered. I have no idea what I ate that night, and I was sick the next day.

Even at a 5 star resort, you must be careful. You can still end up sick from something you are not used to consuming. My father and I both had some issues and needed to seek meds to end the excessive bathroom visits. The nice thing about this resort is that it is located directly across the street from the market and pharmacy, so you can easily get things to make your stay more comfortable. It does help if you know, or have someone with you who knows, some Spanish. If you are worried about becoming ill on your trip, speak to your physician and plan ahead for the possibility. I recommend not drinking the water in your room.

If you like to be pampered, you can easily find a masseuse. Barcelo has a great spa, and the massage I had was excellent. I would definitely go back for another massage at the resort. They incorporated hot towels and aroma therapy into the 50 minute session. It was totally worth it. I felt very relaxed when I left.

If you have no qualms about receiving a massage on the beach, then you are in luck. At this current time, most of the tents are charging fifteen dollars for an hour. I often take part in the beach massages, and I have always enjoyed them, although I did cut my leg on a screw on a massage table this time, so I am now a little more precautious. Aside from the unfortunate cut, the massage was very relaxing.  I have heard a few men say that they received a little more than they were expecting on their massage. These women are a little bit aggressive at times. I am happy that I haven’t received more than I was expecting on any massages on the beach. I can’t complain, but if you are worried about someone seeing your body, or giving you more than you bargained for, then perhaps the resort is a better place to be pampered.

While in Ixtapa we opted to take a sunset cruise, through our resort. We boarded a Catamaran that toured us around for a few hours. While on the boat the beverages were unlimited. There was a bathroom, though you have to climb down some stairs into confined quarters to get to it. We saw the sunset and viewed all of the hotels from the boat. The ride was very relaxing and enjoyable. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes sightseeing with beverages, on a boat at sunset. They even included a snack, which was more like a whole meal.

The only complaint I have regarding this trip is that the resort becomes extremely packed with locals on the weekend. It is very hard to find chairs by the pool, and the restaurants are harder to get reservations at. There are tons of people everywhere, and unfortunately, some of them were very rude to the foreigners and hotel staff needed to get involved to diffuse the situation. On the other end, some of the locals were very nice and fun people that I greatly enjoyed meeting.

If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, plan to go on your trip for ten days or plan it so that the weekend is not at the end of your vacation and you can leave the resort on those days to snorkel or do other sightseeing activities. No one wants to end their vacation feeling like they were unable to relax and enjoy themselves for the last part of their trip.

I give Barceló 5 stars as well and I recommend it to anyone looking for a nice all-inclusive that is located on the beach and near everything else. For more information, please visit: https://www.barcelo.com/en-us/hotels/mexico/ixtapa/barcelo-ixtapa/

 

Updates At St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, Hotel

If you like Turtle Lake Casino, St. Croix, and you stay at the hotel there; you know what the rooms were like. While they were not the worst, they really weren’t the best. For those who haven’t visited recently, requests have been heard and the hotel is going through some changes.

While changes can be a bit frustrating while in progress, the outcome will be completely worth the hassle for future visits. I recently stayed during Valentine’s week and we stayed in the Egypt suite. The whirlpool tub was brand new, as were the counters and sinks. The look is much nicer, though the sinks do seem to spray water all over the place; it didn’t seem to matter how lightly I turned the water on.

The hotel room was not finished. Several of the installations have been a work in progress and should be near completion by this point. All I know is that I cannot wait to go back and see the final product. I shall send further updates and show you the outcome of the next suite we stay in, which will most likely be in April.

While I cannot vouch for the completed room feel, I can vouch for the front desk area. The room is much more appealing with a fireplace and area for sitting. The feel is much cleaner and I feel at peace while going through the check-in process.

For more information on Turtle Lake Casino and Hotel, St. Croix, please visit: https://turtlelake.stcroixcasino.com/

A New Adventure

To my followers who haven’t heard much from me in the passing months. Life has been very busy. I have hit some road bumps, and I have also begun a new journey. This past September I found out that my book, Runway Dreams: A Black & White Affair, will be published by, Black Rose Writing, on March 29th of this year.

I am beyond elated about this development and it has provided me with a lot more work outside of my regular job, which is working for an art gallery. I am currently in the middle of putting a marketing plan into effect for my novel, as well as planning a release party. All of these things take time, money, and lots of thought.

While I very much enjoy my blog, it has been hard between the book and some other things in life, to keep up a consistent writing system. I do want to continue with Star Spirit Adventures, but I am currently in the process of deciding whether or not to redefine it.

If I do remake the site, it will be a focus more on experiences, which to me still has to do with adventure. You will still receive critiques and information on my travels, but you will also see other articles that may be journal like in structure. I will keep things tasteful, but I am a reflective person, so you will learn about what I learn. This is just a possibility at this point. I will keep readers updated on my decision, once I figure out the logistics.

Until later, keep on exploring and having adventures. I know I will. Every day brings new possibilities.

For more information on my book, please visit: www.fb.me/HappilyWriting

An Evening Of Fun With The Squirrel Nut Zippers

I have always been a lover of live music, so I seldom pass up a chance to see a band in person, even if it’s one I haven’t listened to before. My love of music covers many genres, and for the most part, I can thank my father for the variety I have introduced into my life. Being around a band that plays so many types of music has its benefits.

Recently, on a Saturday night, a friend of mine invited me to see the, Squirrel Nut Zippers, at the State Theater, in Eau Claire. I had heard of them, but didn’t know offhandedly, what they played. I decided that it would be nice to see friends and spend a night out, so I agreed to go. Man, am I glad I went.

The Squirrel Nut Zippers have a big band sound. The band consists of nine people. Their female lead is from New Orleans, so they have that New Orleans flair. The music was lively, upbeat, and it had my foot tapping from note one. My favorite thing about the evening was that this band knew how to put on a show. They danced, they played, they had a great time with each other, and the audience was engaged.

I went home after the show, wishing it hadn’t ended. I wanted more. I could have listened to them all night long. I decided to check out their music on Amazon, and while it was still great, it just didn’t provide the same experience, though I will continue to listen. This group puts on a fabulous show, and I would recommend them to anyone who likes that jazzy big band sound.

For more information on the, Squirrel Nut Zippers, please visit: http://www.snzippers.com/

The MSP Escape Lounge Experience

Many people don’t like to fly, or they find the airport to be quite boring. Not everyone is as satisfied with people watching, as I am. If you are flying out of the MSP airport, and you need something to occupy your time, check out the, Escape Lounge.

The Escape Lounge, is a VIP area where you can sit and relax. Anyone can buy a pass into this area. If you happen to be a lover of Groupon, you may even find a voucher for the Escape Lounge.

Inside the lounge you will find plenty of space and outlets, for plugging in laptops as well as phones. Once you pay for entry into the lounge, you will have unlimited food and beverages to choose from. Alcohol is also unlimited, providing you are choosing items from a specific shelf. Some beverages are an extra fee.

Food in the lounge consists of sandwiches, cheese trays, cookies, brownies, soups, tacos, taffy, and a coffee machine that can make everything from black coffee to a mocha or espresso. I cannot vouch for the earlier hours of the day, but I have heard that they have eggs and pastries, which I will check out in March, when I next visit.

The atmosphere of the Escape Lounge was clean and quiet. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I very much enjoyed my visit, and I will be going back and bringing family with.

If you are flying out of a different airport, checkout the Escape Lounge site to see if your airport has one: http://www.escapelounges.com/