Summertime is about getting in all the travel you can! Am I right? And travel usually includes hotel stays. I don’t know about you, but at this point in life, I have certain criteria that a hotel must meet before I’ll stay there. Country Inn and Suites meets all the criteria I have for a more-than-comfortable stay.

If you want to visit The fabulous Bay Area (where I live), there’s The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson®, by the San Jose International Airport. (This is a hint to all my family members who have yet to visit me here in California!)


Staying near the San Jose Airport is not only easy, but there’s public transportation all around to take you anywhere in the Bay Area you need to go. From the Light Rail system for traveling around San Jose and the South Bay to the CalTrain taking you up to San Francisco to the Amtrak train station to take you, well, almost anywhere else. Your trip just opened up to endless destinations.

The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson®, San Jose International Airport, CA is accessible via a free shuttle (4-minute ride) from the airport. It’s close to downtown San Jose for any events you may be attending at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. And don’t forget, you’re so close to 2 fabulous venues for sporting events – the SAP Center for NHL hockey or Levi’s Stadium for a 49er’s game.

Country Inn and Suites

Now, lets talk amenities. At the top of my list of amenities, of course, is free wifi!

wifi modem

Complimentary breakfast served daily would be near the top of Pop’s list.


And we both enjoy having accessibility to fitness centers and a pool to soak in after a long day touring around an area.

But, truly, comfortable beds and convenient locations are also super important!

comfy hotel bedding

If you would like to enter to win a 2-night stay at any Country Inns & Suites By Carlson location, leave a comment below with your favorite amenity provided by the Carlson Hotels, Country Inns & Suites or the location of the Country Inns & Suites you would choose to stay in.

That’s how simple it is to enter. I’ll be picking a winner on August 2nd.

Planning any fun travel this summer? Let me know that too in your comment – you could inspire us to get out there!

Thank You Thank You Thank You

Thank you to all who entered!! I wish I could give everyone an e-certificate!! Actually, I was told I would get one for myself, but it seems that even that fact has now changed (frown/eye-roll!).

The winner of this contest is Jesep! I really hope you enjoy your stay and please, let me know where you go and if you like it!!

I used a randomizer to choose the winner (to be fair) AND if you’d like to see the excel sheet and the winner via randomizer, I’ll be happy to email it to you. I want my followers to know I’m transparent and can be trusted.

Again, thank you all who entered!! I hope to have another (travel related) giveaway soon!!


29 Comments on Summertime Travel – Country Inn and Suites

  1. Jesep Myers
    August 1, 2016 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d love a weekend away with my hubby. After three kids and five years of marriage, we’ve never gone away just us. I think San Francisco for s couple nights sounds fantastic. Wake up, enjoy some free hot breakfast, and then hit the streets to explore. Pick me! Pick me! ?

  2. Ellen Casper
    August 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d choose the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road (Biltmore Estate), NC

  3. Abbie Katrina
    August 1, 2016 at 7:19 am (2 years ago)

    North Charleston for the win! “Explore Beaches and Downtown Charleston from Our Hotel” what more could you want? Oh, free breakfast. Check!

  4. Julianne Gabert
    July 31, 2016 at 5:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I want to visit Savannah and get my southern food on!!

  5. Julianne Gabert
    July 31, 2016 at 5:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d for sure want to stay in Savannah! I need some southern cooking!

  6. Ruya
    July 30, 2016 at 8:30 pm (2 years ago)

    The free breakfast!

  7. Kristen
    July 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm (2 years ago)

    The best is the hot breakfast! I’d love to stay in Savannah, GA.

  8. donna
    July 29, 2016 at 9:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve stayed at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Orlando, FL and we loved it. They had an amazing (complimentary) breakfast.

  9. Angela Saver
    July 29, 2016 at 9:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to stay at the Country Inn & Suites in St. Charles, MO! My favorite amenity is the free wi-fi!

  10. nidhi chauhan
    July 29, 2016 at 7:14 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite things about country inn and suites are their free hot breakfast, free WiFi and friendly customer service.

  11. Ellen Casper
    July 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the free hot breakfast.

  12. Ally
    July 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm (2 years ago)

    That hot breakfast would be great! It’s nice to not have to stress about one of your meals each day when you’re traveling!

  13. Melissa
    July 27, 2016 at 10:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d like to stay at the Country Inn & Suites in Madison, Wisconsin!

  14. Heather S
    July 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    We love both the free breakfasts and the pools most! We are embarking on a PNW sailing adventure soon that we’re excited about. Lastly, I would love to stay at the Radisson Suites Hotel Anaheim in Buena Park and take my daughter to Disneyland! Woo hoo!
    Thanks for the FABULOUS giveaway! Cheers!


  15. harold
    July 25, 2016 at 8:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the free breakfast, who wanted love that!

  16. Janice
    July 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm (2 years ago)

    San Francisco would be my destination for the free breakfast amenityh

  17. julie
    July 25, 2016 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I haven’t tried Country Inn & Suites before but they seem like a great place to stay. I’d love to stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Myrtle Beach, SC. I also love that they have free Wifi!!

    julimi at aol dot com

  18. Landis
    July 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I love spacious parking, free wifi, free breakfast and the old fashion wakeup call.

  19. Livivua
    July 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Free breakfast and free wifi is always awesome.

  20. julie
    July 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I really love the fact that they have free breakfast!!!

  21. Elena
    July 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the free breakfast. I would stay at the Country Inn & Suites in San Diego

  22. David
    July 24, 2016 at 12:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the free warm breakfast and our kids like the pool. We usually stay at the one in Salina, KS when we are heading to Texas to visit the in-laws.

  23. latanya
    July 24, 2016 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

    I love the free breakfast.

  24. iamalighthouse
    July 23, 2016 at 8:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the free breakfast!

  25. Leigh Anne Borders
    July 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite things that they offer are the free breakfast for the family, and it is a good breakfast at that. We also love the pools. It provides fun times for my kids. Thanks for the chance!

    • Lita
      July 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Leigh Anne for entering!!

  26. neiddy
    July 22, 2016 at 11:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Their complimentary breakfast is my favorite amenity. If I win I would stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lackland AFB in San Antonio.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

    • Lita
      July 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much for entering!! WOOHOO for San Antonio!!

  27. Jennai
    July 21, 2016 at 11:27 pm (2 years ago)

    The free breakfast would be my favorite amenity and I want to stay at the property in Redlands, CA