Recovery from the recession that began in 2008 has sparked renewed interest in vacation travel. Hotel bookings at Muskogee Inn are up, and millions across the globe will enjoy vacations in the months to come. Many are still embracing staycations, in which families forgo expensive travel in favor of staying home. Plus, putting your money back into the local economy boosts your community.
Although discretionary spending is increasing, some individuals and families continue to take a conservative approach to their finances, and that approach extends to how they spend their time off.
Did you know that Muskogee Inn also offers a locals discount at various times of the year? Here are several other ways families can make their staycations enjoyable and memorable:
- Become a tourist in your hometown. Chances are you have never experienced the sights of your hometown the way a tourist might. Stay a weekend at Muskogee Inn and act like someone who is visiting Atmore for the first time. Seek out and visit points of history in the community, such as the train depot downtown or the Poarch Creek Indian Cultural Museum. You just might be surprised at what you can discover.
- Splurge on a show or sporting event. Attend an event you normally wouldn’t unless you were on vacation. Take the family to see the Mobile Bay Bears or Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball teams play a home game. Treat yourself to concession stand snacks and a few souvenirs. During the summer, Wind Creek Atmore hosts a concert series at the amphitheater. Spend the night at Muskogee Inn after the concert to make it feel as if you were miles away from home.
- Look for hidden gems. Some local businesses might be willing to open up for “behind the scenes” tours if you ask. This can be a fun excursion for young children. Newspaper offices might host tours of their facilities. Even the bowling alley at Wind Creek Atmore can be fascinating to children. Ask management if they can see ball-return mechanisms or how equipment is stored. Or take time to do an activity at Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve that you normally don’t partake in.
- Dine out a few nights. Vacations often entail eating out. Use your staycation as the opportunity to dine at local restaurants, such as Creek Travel Plaza’s diner. Forget those diet plans for a day or two and savor that triple-scoop sundae on the diner’s menu.
- Read the newspapers. Chances are you can find a number of entertaining and low-cost activities sponsored by your town or other organizations close to home.
- Turn off electronics. Take a break from some of your devices during your staycation. By doing so, you will be less likely to fall into your daily habits and more likely to make the most of your time to rest and relax.
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They are beginning to release the summer concert line up at Wind Creek’s Amphitheater.
Jamey Johnson concert- October 13th
Book your rooms with us early for the best selection. Buy your concert tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Live Music – Weekends at the Sound
From 5 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday, bowling games are only $1! Play as many games as you want for just a buck! At the entertainment center at Wind Creek Atmore.
Situated just minutes from the Muskogee Inn is the Atmore Dragway at 1301 Racetrack Rd. Here you will find racing adventure at this NHRA sanctioned drag racing facility.
It’s been said time and again that there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep in your own bed. So when you travel, odds are you might find yourself uncomfortable or unable to sleep well for various reasons. The comforts of home are left behind, and you have to rely on the amenities of the hotel where you plan to stay. If you don’t come prepared, you could spend all night tossing and turning and becoming frustrated. But don’t fret — Muskogee Inn has put together a quick checklist of how to be comfortable at any hotel.
8 ways to be comfortable at any hotel
- Bring your own bed pillows. There are numerous studies out there about how having the right type of pillow for your sleeping style is essential for sleeping well. According to an article in the Telegraph UK, not only is the elevation and firmness of your head support important, but so is matching the right type of pillow to your sleeping style.
Some hotel pillows are flat while others are extra fluffy. Both styles might hinder your sleep if you aren’t used to sleeping on those kinds of pillows. So save yourself a night of insomnia and pack your bed pillows.
- Bring your own blankets. Same idea as with pillows — some hotel rooms might leave you shivering at night with inadequate blankets. You don’t have to bring the heaviest blanket from your house, but just having a throw cover will add warmth to your room and make you feel at home.
- Talk with hotel staff about specific accommodations. More often than not, guests will become irate and write bad reviews because something about the hotel room was not to their liking. But many of those people didn’t bother to ask the staff for extra pillows, towels, coffee, soap, etc. Had they just inquired about getting a ground level room, they might not have complained about a lack of elevators. Or maybe they should have asked to be on a floor with no children if the noise was bothersome. Simply asking nicely could have solved a minor problem. Don’t hesitate to engage with hotel workers. They want your stay to be comfortable, so let them help you.
- Request a new room if the bed is too soft or too firm. Don’t be afraid to ask the hotel staff for a different room if you get to yours and realize the bed is uncomfortable. Smaller mattresses often are firmer, so if you prefer firmness, ask for a full or queen room.
- Block out noise by using earplugs or requesting an end unit away from traffic. The most common pet peeve of many hotel stays is noise. Whether it be from too-thin walls or from road and hallway traffic, you can eliminate some or all of the commotion by having earplugs handy. Another way to enjoy the quiet is to get a room in the back at the end of a hallway. The corner units tend to create a small cocoon and you will only have one neighbor instead of two on either side.
- Stick to your bedtime routine. When you are traveling, it’s easy to get in the habit of not being in a habit. I mean, that’s the reason for a vacation, right? To not have to do every day things? However, when it comes to going to bed, routine is exactly what you need. If you usually read before bed, then bring a book. Tune in to that TV show or listen to your regular ambience music app on your phone. Whatever it is you normally do, do it. Your body will recognize the habit and sleep will come naturally.
- Be smart and read reviews. There’s nothing worse than finding a great room rate and then getting to the hotel to find things are not what you expected. You do a quick online search and see a plethora of bad reviews across multiple sites for your choice hotel. When you book online, take the time to read TripAdvisor, Yelp or other reputable reviewing sites to make sure you get the best hotel stay possible. Also consider that just because one person had a complaint doesn’t mean that’s the norm for that hotel. Call the hotel and inquire about your concerns before booking the room. Then you will know you made the right choice.
- Unpack your suitcase. Even if you are just staying for one night, putting your clothes away in the chest drawers or hanging them in the closet will make it feel like you are home. Everything has a place at your house, so why not in a hotel room? Put your toiletries on the bathroom counter instead of leaving them in your travel case. In might seem like extra work, but you will realize, even if unconscious about it, that you don’t feel like a guest, you feel at home.
Whether you travel for business or pleasure, chances are you are going to contribute to the local economy in some fashion during your stay. Researching the best places to go sometimes isn’t as easy as Google search. Restaurants, shopping centers, gas stations, maybe a bar or other nightlife event — these are all places every traveler will need at some point.
You already booked your hotel, made flight arrangements, scheduled a rental car or maybe you are driving yourself to your destination. Now you need to know where to get a good meal that isn’t a national restaurant chain. You need to know where the best entertainment happens for your downtime activities. What about the cheapest gas station on your way out of town?
When you stay at Muskogee Inn (MI) in Atmore, Ala., you get the best of all worlds because our hotel is centrally located to everything you need while you visit our great city.
Here is a list of some of Atmore’s best places to go:
- Wind Creek Atmore: The casino in Atmore has so much more to offer than just gaming machines. The entertainment district at Wind Creek includes a bowling alley, a movie theater, a spa retreat, a culinary studio, an amphitheater, a sports bar, a nightclub, an arcade and kids play area, along with The Taste buffet restaurant and The Fire steakhouse restaurant — all under one roof. The Fire is rated as the No. 1 steakhouse in Alabama! Experience food and entertainment like never before, and it’s all just an eighth of a mile from Muskogee Inn. MI even has a complimentary shuttle service to and from Wind Creek so you don’t even have to drive.
- Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve: Become one with nature and enjoy the outdoors at Magnolia Branch, a campground/RV park about 12 miles from Muskogee Inn. Here you will find activities, such as tubing, canoeing and kayaking, as well as nature walk trails, horse riding trails, a zip line and inflatable blob and fishing recreations. There is a playground with swing sets, a covered pavilion for large groups, a beach and more. Affordable and family friendly, you can even see various wildlife that calls Magnolia Br
anch home at different times of the year.
- Buster’s Restaurant: Check out Trip Advisor’s reviewers of this Southern, home cooking local restaurant. Its claim to fame is being on the list of “50 places to eat in Alabama before you die.” Buster’s has a different special every day, and it’s a lot of food for such an awesome price. It’s usually busy at lunchtime, however, so get there early.
Check out our restaurant guide for a few more options.
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- Creek Travel Plaza: Only one exit down from Muskogee Inn, on Interstate 65 at exit 54, sits The Diner inside Creek Travel Plaza. Breakfast, lunch and dinner items are served all day long. Choose the special of the day, soup of the day or try one of the specialty burgers. You will feel like you are in the 1950s in this throwback-style diner. The waitresses are friendly, and your food is served in a fast and timely manner. Shop in the convenience store or fill up your car while you are here, too. For truck drivers, there is a lounge with a flat screen TV and theater chairs so you can relax after a long day’s (or night’s) drive. They even have super clean, large showers and laundry facilities for your convenience, as well as plenty of parking and gas pumps in the back.
- Poarch Creek Indian Cultural Museum: The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are the only federally recognized Indian tribe in the state of Alabama. For centuries, they have lived together in this community and helped stimulate the economy. Learn about their history by touring this free museum. There is also a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and memorabilia made by Poarch Creek Tribal members. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians also host their annual Pow Wow celebrations every Thanksgiving, which is open to the public to enjoy.