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Old 01-21-2013, 09:45 PM   #16
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We're about an hour west of Hamilton. On the way we drove through buffalo and stopped at rockhill, NC (left at 2am and stopped at 6pm). On the way back, we drove through Detroit and stopped at Lodon (can't remember the state). Both times we stopped at country suites and the Lodon one was amazing!! Free hot breakfasts at both.
We basically did the same thing. We stayed in Rock Hill as well but stayed in the Hampton Inn, comfy beds and a free hot breakfast in the morning. if you stop at the welcome centres grab all the coupon books, we found some great deals that way and you don't have to book ahead.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:36 AM   #17
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We basically did the same thing. We stayed in Rock Hill as well but stayed in the Hampton Inn, comfy beds and a free hot breakfast in the morning. if you stop at the welcome centres grab all the coupon books, we found some great deals that way and you don't have to book ahead.
I was just going to suggest the same thing - stop at the Welcome Center/rest stop of whatever state you cross into and plan to spend the night in, and grab a coupon book - all the hotels are easy on/off the interstate - we take the I90/77/79/19/26/95 route (hope that's the right order), gets us there from Buffalo border in about 19-20 hours - we usually stop on the other side of Charlotte, NC or as far as we can get in the first day, make second day shorter and more bearable.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:58 AM   #18
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I'm going to put a second rec in for Jameson Inn.
Maybe we're easy to please, but this chain really impressed us. Delicious breakfast, EXTREMELY comfortable Dreamium beds that were almost the equal of the Sleep Number we have at home, and a no-questions-asked money back guarantee if anything is wrong.
Another chain I heartily recommend is Drury Inns. Here it's all about the perks. Free light suppers, free breakfast (extensive), free pop, free alcohol (yes, you read that right: three free drinks), free long distance (15 mins) to Canada--our only issue with Drury has been the beds, which are not the most comfortable, but we freely admit we're picky sleepers...
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:15 AM   #19
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We've done the drive a few times.

Here's what we do...
DH goes to sleep by 9pm so that when we get up around 2am he's had a solid 5hrs of sleep.
I stay up while he sleeps and finish getting ready.
We are on the road by 2:30am(I sleep after we cross the border) and drive until approx 9pm.
We pack all our meals in a cooler and will only stop for gas and washroom breaks.
When we stop around 9pm we are in the Savannah, GA area which then leaves only about 3.5 hrs driving the next morning.
This allows us to sleep in as late as we want, usually about 8:30-9am and then have breakfast and finish the drive. We generally arrive at our WDW resort around lunch time.

I really hate car trips so this is the only way I can deal with it.....DH loves doing road trips and does the bulk of the driving.

ETA: We live in Oakville so it's approx 21 driving hours.
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We left today at 1200 pm today (a day earlier due to ice storm Luna) and arrived in Wilkes-Barre at a nice Econo lodge off of I 81 exit 165 around 6 pm. Tomorrow we will leave around 8 am and over-night in Smithfield NC. There are several nice hotels near the Carolina outlet mall, and it is a great place to stop. That leaves us a nice doable 6hr plus drive to Saint Augustine. We will probably stay an extra night here before we check into our villa on Wednesday. Right now the weather forcast for Monday in the northeast is not looking too good! If you can't leave early, safe driving everybody!
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Thanks again for all the tips... much appreciated.
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Emteach, I live in Hamilton and always take the 95 route, We like to stop in rockhill, South Carolina its about 12-14 hrs then a 8 hr sprint the next day.We are leaving on April 22, and have booked a room at the howard johnsons in Rockhill and it was a room sale , it cost something like 62.00, never had any problems with Hojos.
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I had heard from a friend about this same location when they drive to Disney (and 62 a night is a great deal as well). Thanks for the tip... PS TiCat fan
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We leave May 27 2013 from Bowmanville Ontario. We are leaving at 4am and stopping in Savannh GA around 9pm. Then a short drive to Disney in the morning
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Hi there,
We are headed to Orlando in July and are seriously considering driving and are looking on where is a good (and inexpensive) place to stay overnight. We are located just west of Toronto and would probably leave early morning and drive until 9pm (with of course gas, washroom and brief food breaks). Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
My parents are near Boca Raton and we have driven the last couple of years during Winter Break. I am in the GTA and we left around 6:30 am on a Saturday and Made it to Rockville, SC. There are lots of hotel choices there. We stayed at the Comfort Suites Rock Hill which was very nice.
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