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Our Hawaiian Vacation: The Day and Night Before our Flight

Thursday, August 30th, was the first day of our 14-day Hawaiian vacation.

We left our home at 9:30 and arrived at the Courtyard Pittsburgh Airport around 12:30 pm. We took advantage of the hotel’s stay, park and fly rate plan. Our hotel stay cost just a little more than it would have cost to park our car for 13 days at Pittsburgh Airport.

Check-in time was 3:00 pm. We knew we were early, but often we can be checked in early. Our room was not ready but would be in about an hour. I asked the hotel clerk for a restaurant suggestion. She gave us three nearby suggestions: Eat ‘n Park, Primanti Brothers and Armstrong’s. We chose Armstrong’s Restaurant. The restaurant, which is generally known for its Italian foods, was located in a small strip mall. In additional to Italian menu items, there were non-Italian dishes available as well. Bob ordered Cajun Chicken with Ziti and Coleslaw. I ordered Chicken Parmesan with Linguine and Applesauce. A large basket of fresh Italian bread accompanied our meals. We had a great dining experience. Our waitress was friendly and continuously checked on us. The food was delicious.  The portions large…good value for price paid. We boxed up enough leftovers for two more meals! We did leave room for cherry cheesecake, which we shared. We had never seen such a large slice of cheesecake. The cheesecake was delicious.

We returned to Courtyard Pittsburgh Airport before 1:30 pm. I had telephoned the hotel, while en route, and changed our room from two queen beds to a king room so that we could have a patio room with a walkout to the courtyard. A king room costs a little more than a room with two queen beds, but our lower price was honored.

Bob packed his Fire TV, so later in the afternoon we watched the newest episode of “Castle Rock” on Hulu.

Dinner was our lunch leftovers. There is no microwave in our room, so we reheated the leftovers using a microwave located in the lobby. We found paper plates and plastic dinnerware in the lobby area. We ate dinner in our room.

When we vacationed in Hawaii in May 2010, we stayed at this hotel as well the day before our flight.  The courtyard has changed since then.

20180830_220509618_iOSThe courtyard in 2018

D5162328 4x6The courtyard in 2010

The buildings are now gray and white. There are less trees and shrubbery in the courtyard, when compared to 2010.

Stay tuned for more posts on our Hawaiian vacation.

 

4 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: The Day and Night Before our Flight”

  1. Betsy

    Wow—I had no idea that you all had been to Hawaii for 14 days…. Where have I been????? We were on our 12 day vacation out west from Sept 6-17….. Since you had been to Hawaii before, I’m sure you knew what you wanted to see and do. I will follow your trip since I’d love to go there sometime…. Did you go through a travel agent –or did you just do it on your own???? I’m sure it took a lot of planning….

    Can’t wait to read more.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    • Linda G.

      You were on your vacation for part of the time we were in Hawaii. We did not go through a travel agent. We booked the flight and arranged for the hotel ourselves. Once in Hawaii our “travel agent” was our sister-in-law Dorothy. She did an awesome job showing us around.

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  2. seniorhiker

    It sounds as if your Hawaiian vacation got off to a great start. I’m looking forward to hearing — and seeing — more from your trip.

    Reply
  3. Eileen Wise

    Hello, You pick a nice airport hotel. It is great you could leave your vehicle there too. I love Hawaii, I been four times and would still love to go back. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

    Reply

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