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Hey all! We're (SoulHamsters) in the process of planning a meet at the Grand Canyon for June 15th, 2013. So far we have about 5 confirmed going and 3 maybes... Here are the details...

Hotel Info...

At Holiday Inn we are provided with a friends/family discount, compliments of @Breezd over at SH.


breezd, on 18 January 2011 - 02:35 PM, said:

Hey Soul Hamsters!

I would like to extend to all of you a discount for any IHG Hotel (Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crown Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites). This is my Friends & Family Discount that I get for working for Holiday Inn.

I will provide the link below. It is very easy, just click the link. When the page loads, click "Step 2" and print out the form that pops up. On the form, you will need to write my name, which is above the "Steps" on the main page. You will also need to write in other information that you will get when you make your reservation (Hotel Name, Confirmation Number, Arrival Date & Number of Nights, etc.).

Click Step 3 to make your reservation as you normally would, enter your dates and destination. When you click next, and it shows you all of the hotels within the radius of the city you select. On the right hand side for each hotel listed, it will either tell you what the discounted rate range available (depending on room type), or it will tell you if the "Friends & Family Discount" is not available (it will be in red, you can't miss it). Select a hotel with the rate available and make your reservation, fill in the form and bring it with you when you check in!

A few notes for you to be aware of... the Friends & Family rate is an "Advance Puchase" type discount, your credit card you provide will be charged either immediately or sometime before you check in (depending on the hotel). This type of discount is non-refundable, so make sure your dates are set in stone before making your reservation, cause you won't get your money back (unless you are really good at sweet talking the manager at the hotel).

So, here is the link. Please do not distribute it or share it with anyone, as I am just extending it to the members of this forum. Let me know if you have any questions.

IHG Friends & Family Link, http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/ihg/hotels/us/en/global/corporate/friendsfamily?key=90Puq%2BjjXOT0fkoJkPh1wMzp2l%2BPQW5ER%2BwVCo8jE5U%3D&cm_mmc=DCE-_-FF-_-20110118-_-AM730641


PLEASE NOTE: I did not come across a form that needs to be printed out, but then again, I haven't gotten past the booking stages.

When booking thru that link, the prices go like this for the Holiday Inn located in Flagstaff

Holiday Inn Express
2320 East Lucky Lane,
Flagstaff, Arizona
United States 86004

1 KING BED WITH SOFA BED NONSMOKING - $114.71 USD
SURF WITH FREE WI FI ACCESS AS YOU UNWIND ON THE SLEEPER SOFA AND WATCH PAY PER VIEW MOVIES OR HBO ON SATELLITE TV. A MICROWAVE AND FRIDGE MAKE IT EASY TO ENJOY YOUR SNACKS. FREE LOCAL CALLS AND A WELL LIT DESK KEEP YOU ON TOP OF THINGS. LATER YOU CAN SLEEP WELL ON A COMFY KING SIZE BED. IHG Friend and Family Rate $114.71114.71 USD per room, per night Tax: 11.46% per night not included in rate effective 14 June, 2013 thru 16 June, 2013 3 PERSON(S) PER ROOM MAXIMUM
1 KING BED LEISURE NONSMOKING - $114.71 USD
THIS ROOM FEELS LIKE HOME THANKS TO THE FREE WI FI INTERNET ACCESS AND LOCAL CALLS. WORK IN COMFORT AT A DESK WITH AN ERGONOMIC CHAIR AND SPEAKERPHONE WITH VOICEMAIL THEN RELAX WITH HBO AND PPV ON SATELLITE TV THERE IS A MICROWAVE AND A FRIDGE TOO. THE BED FEATURES PREMIUM BEDDING AND 4 PILLOWS IHG Friend and Family Rate $114.71114.71 USD per room, per night Tax: 11.46% per night not included in rate effective 14 June, 2013 thru 16 June, 2013 2 PERSON(S) PER ROOM MAXIMUM
2 QUEEN BEDS NONSMOKING - $123.21 USD
FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS FREE LOCAL CALLS AND HBO ON A SATELLITE TV WITH PPV MOVIES HELPS TO MAKE YOU FEEL MORE AT HOME. YOU CAN WORK IN COMFORT AT A WELL LIT DESK WITH AN ERGONOMIC CHAIR AND PHONE WITH VOICEMAIL ON A SPEAKERPHONE. THE QUEEN BED FEATURES COTTON RICH PREMIUM BEDDING. IHG Friend and Family Rate $123.21123.21 USD per room, per night Tax: 11.46% per night not included in rate effective 14 June, 2013 thru 16 June, 2013 4 PERSON(S) PER ROOM MAXIMUM
STANDARD ROOM - $123.21 USD
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOTEL WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO MEET YOUR ROOM BED TYPE AND SMOKING PREFERENCES. THESE ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. EACH ROOM HAS FAST FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS A SATELLITE TV WITH HBO AND PAY PER VIEW MOVIES AND COMFORTABLE PREMIUM BEDDING IHG Friend and Family Rate $123.21123.21 USD per room, per night Tax: 11.46% per night not included in rate effective 14 June, 2013 thru 16 June, 2013 2 PERSON(S) PER ROOM MAXIMUM
For some these prices are okay, but for some, it may be worth it to book elsewhere... Here's a link to start a search for other options... http://hotels.flagstaff.com/3849_hotel-list.html?sortBy=minRate

Now info about the Grand Canyon...
http://www.nationalp...CFYl7QgodRTMAyA
http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm


The South Rim: Open All Year

The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All visitor services: camping, lodging, and restaurants are available year round. Reservations are strongly recommended during spring, summer and fall. Some facilities close during the winter.
A free shuttle bus system operates in the Grand Canyon Village area. Make your visit easier by parking your car at the Visitor Center and using the free shuttle buses to get around the village.
Download the 2012 Winter (English)
December 1, 2012 - February 28, 2013
Winter South Rim Guide (letter-size)
(Prints on 8.5 x 11" paper 3.9 MB PDF File)

Winter South Rim Guide (tabloid size)
(Prints on 11 x 17" paper 2.9 MB PDF File)

Contains maps, schedules and information

South Rim lodging and camping along with most other visitor services within the park are open all year.


It is best to reserve lodging and campsites as far ahead as possible, especially during busy summer and fall months.

Download Winter Shuttle Bus/ Parking Map as one large page 22.5 x 17" (1.3 MB PDF file)

COST

$25 per Private Vehicle (U.S. Dollars)

is the entrance fee to Grand Canyon National Park.

The fee for an individual entering by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or non-commercial group is $12.00 per person. (U.S. Dollars)

Admission is for seven days and includes entrance to both the North Rim and South Rim. No refunds are given due to inclement weather. Read More...

Free Entrance Days in 2013
The National Park Service offers the following
Entrance Fee Free Days this year:

January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

April 22-26 (National Park Week)

August 25 (National Park Service Birthday)

September 28 (National Public Lands Day)

November 9-11 (Veterans Day weekend)
Other fees such as reservation, camping, lodging, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Since there is so much to do, I'm not going to post everything here... just the link... http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/things2do.htm

Let's get the planning started!

Here's the original post from the SoulHamsters Forum... http://www.soulhamsters.com/forum/index.php?/topic/10237-the-grand-canyon-meet-official-info-thread-june-15-2013/
 

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Live near Payson here. Sounds like it could be fun. Native Arizonan and never have been to the grand canyon. LOL. I may be there. :)
 

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Live near Payson here. Sounds like it could be fun. Native Arizonan and never have been to the grand canyon. LOL. I may be there. :)
Native Arizonan and never been? Wow!

Hope you can make it and sorry for not seeing this till now. I added you to the list over at SH.

Not on here as much...

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Do you think they have camping spots that can hold 6 or more? I have ever been there before. I think there is a KOA in Williams.
 

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I have looked into the little trailer cost co sells 1900$ I think it's a tent trailer in a box. Lol. We will keep this site informed. There will be more happenings in the future.

We have someone coming from Sac this trip.
 

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More Info...

We are 4 days away!!! Since I didn't get out to the dealership... Our next best place to meet is somewhere central (easy to find from the main street)... the parking lot at Target.

Target
1650 S Milton Rd
Flagstaff, AZ, 86001-0802
(928) 774-3500

I'm thinking for Friday night dinner, we can meet up at 7pm and figure out what everyone wants to do for dinner.

My 2 cents on that subject... There's this amazing pizza shop in Flagstaff that I want to go to, and I think it's right across the street from Target.

NiMarco's Pizza
1800 S Milton Rd #500
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 ‎
(928) 779-0024
 

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Photos to follow.

We had a great time. 6 in attendance. We had a BBQ at the hotel, hotdogs, hamburgers and steaks with smores for dessert. The trip up to the Grand Canyon was incredible. On our last day we went to the Lowell Observatory. We are thinking that this may be a yearly thing. Beat the heat and have some fun in Flagstaff AZ. There were lots of photo ops on the entire trip. Maybe next time well stop and see the Flintstones......
 
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