This is a sponsored post on behalf of Best Westerns Riders Program. All opinions are my own.
Up until a few years ago I didn’t get the whole “hair blowing, riding into the wind” mentality of motorcycle enthusiast. I always thought it would be difficult to travel for a more than a day on the back of a bike let alone travel to a destination hundreds of miles away. Then my father-in-law handed down his Harley to my husband, and here we were with this sitting in our garage and no where to go. After a few weeks my husband couldn’t take it anymore so we planned our first motorcycle trip – a long weekend trip down to Tennessee.
As we prepared for our trip I did some research on the best routes to take, along with the best places to stay. I was thrilled to find out that Best Western offers bike ‘friendly’ hotels at more than 1,200 of their locations that offer complimentary wipe-down towels and access to cleaning stations as well as some offer additional benefits such as reserved parking spaces, bottled water and lip balm. In addition to these rider friendly hotels, they also offer a Best Western Riders Program which offer a ton of great benefits such as:
o By joining Best Western’s Ride Rewards™ loyalty program online, Harley-Davidson and motorcycle enthusiasts automatically receive Gold Elite status, which includes 10 percent bonus points on every Best Western stay and the ability to purchase points for award redemption, along with other signature benefits.
o Harley-Davidson owners or enthusiasts can register for Ride Rewards™, a free program, by visiting www.bwrider.com
o Once registered, members earn 10 points for every U.S. dollar spent on qualified room rates or 250 airline miles per qualified stay at more than 4,000 Best Western hotels worldwide.
o Best Western’s travel blog, YouMust Be Trippin features a motorcycle travel writer, Jason Fogelson. Content includes personal stories, ride ideas,packing tips, bike suggestions and more.
They even partnered with Harley Davidson to offer the Harley-Davidson’s Ride Planner,which riders use to help map and plan rides, posts Best Western hotels along their scheduled route, making it easy to book hotels – many of which are deemed “rider” friendly.
In honor of the Best Western Riders Program, Best Western is hosting a Harley-Davidson trip for several motorcycle journalists, Aug.27-29 in beautiful Montana. They will be traveling across the beautiful countryside and stopping to check out the rider-friendly Best Western’s along the way.
The ride itinerary is as follows:
- Tuesday, Aug. 26
o Start in Helena,Mont.
o BEST WESTERN PREMIER Helena Great Northern Hotels
- Wednesday, Aug. 27
o Helena to Polson
o BEST WESTERN PLUS KwaTaqNuk Resort
- Thursday, Aug. 28
o Polson to Shelby
o BEST WESTERN Shelby Inn & Suites
- Friday, Aug. 29
o Shelby to Helena
o BEST WESTERN PREMIER Helena Great Northern Hotel
Best Western will be posting motorcycle content to its blog, YouMustBeTrippin, throughout the course of the week. Be sure to check it out!! Here’s an excerpt of Jason’s pre-trip blog post Movin’ Through Montana:
I’m checking the weather, watching a storm front pass through the Big Sky Country. And rain or shine, I’m headed to Montana next week. Let’s hope there’s more shine than rain!
Every year, Best Western gathers a small group of motorcycle and travel journalists together for a three-day ride on Harley-Davidson® bikes. It gives the writers a chance to get familiar with rider-friendly hotels, the Best Western Ride Rewards® program, and Best Western’s three categories of hotels (BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER®), while riding the latest and greatest from Harley-Davidson. It’s always a fun, relaxed trip through great scenery, and we all come away from the experience with great stories, new connections and a fantastic appreciation for the joy of motorcycle travel.
This year, we’re starting our tour in Helena, Mont. at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Helena Great Northern Hotel, a recently upgraded hotel designed around the theme of the Great Northern Railroad. Helena is the capital of Montana, and there’s plenty to see and do. It’s a great place to start and finish our trip, with a good airport and a central location.
From Helena, we’ll head west to Missoula, a former lumber capital that is now, arguably, Montana’s intellectual center. Its biggest employer is the University of Montana, and a renowned writing program has attracted a number of novelists, poets and journalists,