A STAYCATION AT THE LONG ISLAND MARRIOTT

In my way too many to count trips, I have stayed at many hotels and hostels, not to mention the homes of friends and family.

In my entire lifetime, I’ve only stayed one time at a Marriott hotel.

That was the Marriott Copley Place in Boston and yes, it was just for one night because one of my Circle of Sisters and I were going to a Boston Celtics basketball game.

This time, I stayed at a Marriott hotel closer to my home.

Sort of.

To get to the Long Island Marriott from my house, there’s two ways to get there and both are by public transportation.

I can take the Nassau bus number 4 to Freeport, then take Nassau bus number 43.

Or you can do what I did which is the easiest but not the cheapest way to go.

You can take the Long Island railroad to Freeport, walk downstairs and take bus number 43.

From there, the N43 bus takes you through the villages of Freeport, Roosevelt and finally, Uniondale, where you get off at Nassau Coliseum, walk through the parking lot and the Long Island Marriott is right there at 101 James Doolittle Boulevard.

I had never stayed here before but I had been there before with a friend to celebrate a birthday.(Mine)

Due to the Covid, a lot of things weren’t available, like the pool,fitness room, room service, and one of their restaurants, Champions, wasn’t open.

The other restaurant was open but only for breakfast and dinner and drinks, of course.

Since the hotel is located across the street from Nassau Coliseum, it’s the hotel that many of the visiting hockey teams stay at when they’re playing the Islanders.

(This includes the two New York based teams, the Rangers and Devils.)

When I made my reservation on the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, (getting the Senior Rate, doncha know), I requested a room near the elevators and with a view of the Nassau Coliseum.

I received both, but really as big as Nassau Coliseum is, there was no way I wasn’t going to get a room with a view of Nassau Coliseum.

I was even allowed to check in before 4pm because rooms were available, and thank you for that warm and very nice welcome, Marriott.

(Check out time is 11am, by the way.)

Did I like the hotel and would I stay again?

Yes, I would.

The bed was comfy, way too many pillows though, peeps.(Two is enough, don’t need 4.)

The hot water in the tub/shower was really hot, just the way I like it.

There was a Keurig coffee maker, free coffee and tea.

Plus there was a refrigerator the room, something that you wouldn’t expect to see at a Marriott.

It wasn’t wasn’t one of those mini bars either.

It was clean, empty, and seemed to be waiting for me to put some drinks in it.

My only complaint was that there were no liners in the trash cans.

No biggie though as I always carry some plastic bags with me just for this purpose.

Lots of hotels are short staffed with housekeeping, so I kind of understand.

In the grand scheme of things, that’s not that big a deal.

A DAY AT THE BEACH

It was a really hot and humid day on July 27th, so the Sports Diva decided to do her 30 Plus Teams Tour in a place that I hadn’t been to since I was a little girl .

I went to Jones Beach in the town of Wantagh , Long Island .

As usual, I traveled by public transportation .

I took the N88 express bus from Freeport to Wantagh .

It was another Nassau County bus, and it went non stop.

It only took 20 or so minutes to get to the beach.

Once again, since there really isn’t any traveling on an airplane (for the Sports Diva at least for awhile.), I have to make due with trips to Long Island .

When the virus from hell first came on the scene, I was very upset that I had to forget about my usual 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas and other places.

Now that we’re almost at the end of July, I look at the virus just a little bit differently.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still that ex boyfriend that didn’t get the memo that you’ve broken up, or those annoying relatives that just won’t get the hint that they have over stayed their welcome.

Now it’s just , ‘Rona’ and as much as we don’t want to , we have to deal with it because it’s gonna be here with us for awhile .

When the bus dropped me off, I realized that there are three areas of Jones Beach

The East Boathouse , which is mostly for adults only, the West

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Boathouse, which is where I was and the the Central Mall which is the biggest area .

With that in mind, it didn’t matter that the Atlantic Ocean was very salty, I dipped my toes into the bright blue water.

I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t near the Pacific Ocean and I wasn’t at one of those pool parties that I love to go to whenever I’m in Las Vegas .

There were families at Jones Beach , doing the same thing that I was trying to do, escape the heat and take a dip in the very salty Atlantic Ocean .

At almost 100 degrees, and humidity almost as high, the fact that the water was salty didn’t really matter.

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I was ready for my day at the beach and it won’t be the last day this summer that my 30 Plus Teams Tour is going to be at some beach in New York City or Long Island .

MY FIRST TIME FLYING WITH ALASKA AIRLINES .

I have flown on many airlines in the United States and Canada , but on my trip to San Francisco back to Las Vegas , I flew on an airline that I have never been on before , Alaska Airlines .

The Seattle , Washington based airline does fly out of all three New York City airports that I fly out of.

I never thought of taking Alaska out of JFK or Newark Liberty , because I’m not going to find a $49 one way fare like I did for San Francisco to Las Vegas .

For a flight to a destination like Las Vegas , which is always crowded , the plane was surprisingly empty.

If you happen to fly to Las Vegas on Alaska , you’ll be more than likely arriving in Terminal 3, where you have to get a shuttle to take you to terminal , where you can get Lyft, Uber, hotel shuttles, taxis, or good old public transportation like I always do if I get to Vegas at a decent hour, like before 9pm.

The seats are very comfortable and this time, I had a whole row to myself.

I was also able to sleep on the plane and not be disturbed by anyone , except the flight attendants passing out snacks , water or Orange juice as this was a very short flight .

Once again, with just my drawstring bag , I got out of the terminal very fast .

If I happen to get an inexpensive flight on Alaska out of Newark Liberty or JFK , you’d better believe I’m taking it, and because I just had to be “that Sports Diva who loves collecting air miles” , you just know that I signed up for Alaska Airlines Frequent Flyer Program.

Besides, you never know.

God willing, I may be doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of the Emerald City, aka Seattle, Washington.