BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW!
Welcome back FreZno Alumni and hello newcomers, too. We’re planning another great party just for YOU. It’s time to book those hotel rooms to insure your space at the fabulous DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton. If you’re a Hilton Honors member – be sure to give them your membership number. And remember these couple of things --- there is a very limited number of poolside suites on the ground floor level that are available at our regular group rate – first come, first served. These rooms are ideal for hospitality parties and group get-togethers. There are also executive suites available with king beds for $169.00 per night. If you have any unique situations with your room arrangements or have any difficulty with the on-line reservation service – please call the hotel directly at 559-268-1000 and ask for reservations. If you have any ‘issues’ or specific needs, call the hotel and speak with Ryan at 559-441-2924. Also remember that you will get FREE parking for all room guests. Important: The DoubleTree has a 24 hour cancellation policy. The DoubleTree has a very strict ‘no-pets’ policy. There is a 3 night minimum stay requirement to make a reservation. We recommend booking your rooms asap – and certainly before May 10th if at all possible. sz
THE TRIP TO FREZNO FROM YOUR HOME TOWN
TRAVEL TO FREZNO AND MORE USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT AREA HIGHLIGHTS
If you’re driving in to the DoubleTree Hotel - from Highway 99 in downtown Fresno, take the Ventura Street exit and drive east less than 1 mile to the Double Tree Hotel which will be on the left. Turn left on L Street (the street as you reach the parking lot and the next street after Van Ness).
Those of you in RVs - the hotel is no longer allowing RV’s in the hotel’s parking lot. We have made special arrangements for you to park RVs directly across the street in a private business parking lot. Cost is $20.00 per day. Important: you must contact Bruce at The Boat Shoppe and reserve your parking space ahead of time as well as making arrangements for payment. It is a paved and lighted area with no hookups. Call Bruce at 559/443-1025. The Boat Shoppe is located right on the corner of L Street and Ventura (2125 Ventura Ave in Fresno).
Driving to Fresno from San Diego – 6+ hrs; from Orange County – 4+ hrs; from Los Angeles - 3.5 hrs; from Las Vegas - 6 hrs; from San Jose - 2.5 hrs; Santa Rosa – 4+ hrs; Sacramento - 3 hrs; Reno - 5.5 hrs. An easy drive from anywhere in California by car.
Amtrak. The Amtrak train connects Northern & Southern California with tracks running through downtown Fresno . The Amtrak station is less than one mile from the DoubleTree Hotel. The Hotel will be happy to send their complimentary shuttle to pick you up and drop you off if you decide to relax, avoid the traffic, and take the train.
Flying in to FAT – call the hotel at 559-268-1000 when you’re off the plane. By the time you get your luggage, the shuttle should be there. It’s about a 10 minute ride to the hotel.
Airlines: Frezno enjoys direct flights from Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Portland, Reno, Las Vegas, Seattle, Salt Lake City, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sometimes its cheaper to fly into Oakland, Sacramento, or San Jose and rent a car from there – it’s 3 hours of driving from those cities. SFO and LAX would be 3.5 – 4 hours of driving.
ADDITIONAL EVENT INFORMATION
The dress code for the FreZno Dance Classic is ‘casual’. You may wish to bring along your swim-suit, beach towel, cover up and flippers if you hope to catch some rays by the pool during the day, or for a relaxing soak in the spa. Unless competing, most folks dress pretty casual during the daytime and save the dressier clothes for the evenings. Here’s the one exception — Saturday evening is our theme party and we encourage you to dress up in your best ‘80’s Prom tux or dress. If you’re not in favor of dressing in costume – then feel free to dress as you would for any other fun night out dancing at Club Z. Also Saturday ‘late night’, we’ll again feature our neon party so pack your lights and your light-up clothes/shoes. For the entire weekend, please remember—the weather in Frezno is ’normally’ mild to pretty warm in May, so pack accordingly to be comfortable and look your best. You might want to pack the aspirin, Excedrin P.M., camera, swim-suit and tanning oil/sunscreen, dressy outfits for competitions, $$$ for contest fees and bar drinks, healing remedy for the ‘morning after’, tennis racket/golf clubs, ice chest with refreshments, liquor, fruit, snacks, deodorant (please), and cologne/perfume. If you intend to ‘work out’ in the gym, bring your work out clothes, tennis shoes, tights, etc..
WHAT ELSE TO CONSIDER
#1. Yosemite National Park. This is the very best time of the year and one of the best years recently (due to huge snow pack) to visit Yosemite – when all the waterfalls are flowing to the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Trust me – it will be ‘majestic’ this year in May. It’s just 2++ hours drive from the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Frezno. The weather will be mild, the air fresh, everything green, the crowds at a minimum because school is still in session. It’s a majestic place to visit – and it’s a full day just to see the highlights that await you. For more information: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/index.htm
#2. Giant Sequoia National Monument and Kings Canyon National Park. May is the best time to visit there as well – for the same reasons as in #1. Here is where you’ll find the Big Trees as well as the nation’s Christmas Tree – the ‘giant’ Sequoia’s are truly a miracle of nature. The entrance to the park is just 55 miles from Fresno. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/seki/
#3. Got time for an extra night or two – then think about renting a Chalet or regular room right on Bass Lake at The Pines Resort. Very romantic! Bass Lake is about 2,500 ft. elevation – and has boat rentals for fishing or just relaxing. Mid-week stays are still a good bargain this time of year. Bass Lake is just 1++ hours drive from the DoubleTree Hotel. Look them up at http://www.basslake.com/
#4. Some of California’s mightiest white water thunders through Kings Canyon and the heart of the Sierra Nevada. Fresno based Kings River Expeditions offers one and two-day trips covering more than 20 miles of class III white water. For more info: www.kingsriver.com
WHAT TO LEAVE HOME
All your worries, problems, bills, old clothes, bad moods, disgruntled x’s, and warm winter clothes. <grin>