5 More Reasons to Stay at Extended Stay America

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Extended Stay America, and I also received a three night stay in the Extended Stay America of my choice. This post also contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are proudly 100% my own!

There 1 billion reasons to stay at Extended Stay America, and here I give you five more after an amazing family trip we took! #ad #getaway #vacation #rental #myESA

As you may know, I took the kids on an awesome getaway vacation to Maine last week.

We had such a blast. It fostered our sense of adventure, while also providing a unique scenario we had never encountered! I have stayed in hotels with Cassidy. I have stayed in hotels with just Scarlet. The four of us have taken trips together, but, I had never been on a solo parent vacation with just the kids. It’s such fun to explore together, and to get to know each other’s unique personalities away from the home. I knew that Des was more set in his ways than Scarlet, but it provided a chance for all three of us to discover what it was like to travel together as an explorative trio. Cassidy, you were missed!

Extended Stay America

We chose an Extended Stay America in Scarborough, Maine. This location is south Portland and I had only been there once during New Year’s Eve well over 10 years ago! I wanted to explore the city and explore the amazing foliage. We were NOT disappointed. It was absolutely gorgeous. We left on a Friday after Scarlet had her track practice. We felt so welcomed there from the start. It was late at night and we were greeted warmly by the front desk. The check-in process was easy.

(Thank you so much for all your help on Friday night!)

I consider myself a savvy traveler and I love added value when going for a weekend getaway with the kids. In fact, that’s $1 billion worth. All of Extended Stay America’s 625 hotels nationwide are now renovated and improved. They have over 20 years of experience so they know what travelers want – things like free Wi-Fi, free grab-and-go breakfast, fully equipped kitchens with full-size fridges, premium cable TV channels, and spacious, yet affordable suites. All that and MORE too!

With $1 billion invested towards your stay, why stay anywhere else for your trip? Here are 5 MORE reasons to choose Extended Stay America for your holiday, vacation, getaway, work, rental, or whenever you need a home away from home:

1 – It fosters our spirit of adventure. Having the kids stay with me at Extended Stay America was so exciting. We felt free to do anything we wanted – and explore a place that was new to all of us. The hotel gave great advice about local events and activities for the kids. We felt more willing to try new things; having such a great home base back at the hotel.

2 – Staying at Extended Stay America allowed us to bond as a family. (3/4 of a family)

3 – Extended Stay America was a home away from home. I loved the comfort of having our own kitchen that we could customize to have everything we needed for meals and cleaning up. Then when Des was tired early and couldn’t stay awake at a restaurant, I could grab dinner nearby and we could go back to eat in our room. We loved that! (See them in the photo?)

4 – Extended Stay America has pet-friendly rooms! Even though Cassidy stayed home with Athena, it’s awesome to know we can take her with us in the future. She loves going adventuring with us and is the ultimate road trip dog to have around!

5 – Extended Stay America partners with the American Cancer Society. I already feel GREAT about them for all of the reasons I mentioned, but this makes me feel even better. I love that they have invested $1 billion into renovating and improving their hotels, and I love the great feeling you get during your stay. Thank you so much for your generosity and helpful tips – because of your folder of local things to do, my little one got to see two MOOSE! He had seen them before (6 of them, actually) but he was only two and doesn’t remember. We won’t forget our time with you, and we can’t wait to go back!

Click HERE to book your stay!

Look on Extended Stay America’s website. Where would you go for your stay?

TrustedHousesitters: America Loves Pets

This post has been sponsored by TrustedHousesitters. All thoughts, opinions and pet love are 100% mine!

Take a trip across the country and discover how much America Loves Pets from state 2 state! Join the #AmericaLovesPets conversation - share pet pictures #ad

According to this fun map, Massachusetts’s favorite dog is the Labrador, and our favorite cat is a Persian!

Read on to find out more about the America Love Pets data, and how TrustedHousesitters used social media to find out favorite pets, state by state. And we’re talking more than cats and dogs! This thorough data opens the world up even more.

It’s just about summer vacation for us, while some of you have been out of school and/or work for weeks now! Probably you have settled into a rhythm of summer life. Perhaps you’re planning road trips and vacations? Every year, we go on at least two vacations. In the winter, we go to Florida. In the summer, we go to Cape Cod. Last year we threw off normal routine and the two of us went to Alaska! We were happy we had care for our kids, and that we found sitters for both of our pets.

America Loves Pets

That peace of mind in knowing that your pets are in good hands while you travel is PRICELESS.

This year, life is ever more complicated. We have one dog, one cat, and 11 chickens! We used to be more able to take off at a moment’s notice. There are some places we can take our dog, and some places we can’t. We never want to displace our cat, though. And 11 chickens?! That’s why I’m so impressed with TrustedHousesitters. You can filter your pet sitter searches, and yes, you can find people who will help with your chickens! This is earth shattering news! This means more travel for us.

So, what exactly is TrustedHousesitters?

It’s a way you can find your ideal pet sitter/house sit from a pet loving community. These sitters will love your pets/home like their own completely for free. Or maybe you want to be the one to pet/home sit? It’s mutually beneficial. Vets say most pets are happier at home when owners are away, rather than adapting to a new environment. These registered pet-sitters are care-oriented rather than pay-oriented. They’ll travel to care for your home and pets, in exchange for a free retreat. Trust and safety is a priority, so there’s a 3 step verification process, including global identity with I.D. document cross-checks and criminal background checks. You can view profiles of registered sitters with ID verifications and video profiles!

Caring people happy to sit for FREE in exchange for a retreat, while YOU’RE on one too? Win-win.

Or perhaps you’re looking to house sit and care for someone else’s pet? Look to the site for that option too!

At this world’s largest house and pet sitting network, they love ALL pets. So much, in fact, that they set out to scrutinize 12 months worth of online conversation specifically mentioning pets. They used the social listening tool – Meltwater – and looked at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to discover which pets are most loved by YOU! They broke that data down further into pet breeds to find out what the most popular ones are by state. The results are fascinating! You can check it out yourself. Simply click here to go to their America Loves Pets map to find the top pets in your state. I looked at all states!

TrustedHousesitters launched in 2010, following a global need for new pet care solutions. The USA launch is particularly exciting to me, because the network keeps growing. Trusted Housesitters gives new opportunities for worldwide travel – helping thousands of people all over the world. This is a new way to travel and a new way to connect – combined by a love of animals. So check out the America Love Pets data, and check our your pet care/home sitting options.

You may find that your entire world will open up!

Name a favorite pet from your state!