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A Safe Place to Rest Your Head: Lodging in the Time of Covid-19

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A Safe Place to Rest Your Head: Lodging in the Time of Covid-19






In these strange times, close human contact is a risky proposition. Covid-19 restrictions have rendered many hobbies and activities off-limits. However, motorcycling is an experience that is, and has always been, all about social distancing.

On the open road, conflicts, concerns, and global viruses are marginalized and rendered innocuous. The problem is that we must reenter the confines of society at the temporary intermission of a ride. Unless camping or back at home, that means a stay in a hotel.

As a travel writer, even in the time of Covid, I am still doing some distance riding. Here is a first-hand look at what several types of lodging are doing to assuage customer concerns and minimize risk.

The Boutique Mom and Pop

The historic Park Hotel in Clarkdale, Arizona, is perfectly situated between the various mountain ranges of north-central Arizona. Winding roads head off in several directions from the quaint town, making this area a popular motorcycling destination. In fact, one of the best motorcycle roads in Arizona, Highway 89A over Mingus Mountain, is framed in the hotel?s second-story picture windows.

Owners Craig and Becky Backus superbly and painstakingly remodeled the Park Hotel?s seven rooms. Unfortunately, their passion project was completed with the coronavirus in full swing. It was in this time of trepidation and mandated restriction that I stayed at the Park Hotel. At that time, the owners were only renting out every other room.

?My husband Craig and I had a vision of creating a boutique hotel experience with classy chic rooms, bringing an amazing historic building back to life again,? Becky said. ?With the impact of Covid, we decided to have a slow, safe opening in May, only allowing 50% occupancy to follow social distancing protocols. We also take every measure to protect our guests with sanitized rooms and lobby area, and by wiping down door handles and hand railing several times daily with commercial grade disinfectants.?
The Park Hotel will also feature a microbrewery when Covid bar restrictions are loosened.

clarkdaleparkhotel.com

The Upscale Resort

On a trip through southern Colorado, I had the opportunity to stay at The Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs. As I descended the winding road off Wolf Creek pass toward Pagosa Springs, I was anticipating soaking in the resort?s cascading, natural hot springs pools. However, I was understandably concerned about close contact with strangers.

Upon my arrival, the resort?s well-defined protocols went a long way in calming those concerns. Shane Lucero, the property?s Director of Sales and Marketing, told me, “The health and safety of our community, staff, and guests remains the top priority for us here at The Springs Resort.?

When asked about indoor cleansing measures, Lucero said that they have employed ?the highest level of disinfectant cleaning across the property, using earth-friendly, peroxide-based cleaners and UV ...
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