Dear Design Lovers,
There are only two weeks left until the opening of the first fair in this fall, High Point Market in North Carolina from 17th to 22th of October. This post is about how to easily plan you way to one of the best fairs in USA.
Did you know High Point Market has its own concierge that can help you plan every aspect of your travel and stay, right down to restaurant reservations? Travel Quest Inc., an official Market partner, is just a phone call away. You can reach them at 336.434.3867, if you want to make your travel planning super-simple. However, if you want to tackle finding your way to Market on your own, there are a few things you should know. Below, Lee Allen, owner of Travel Quest Inc., shares his best practices on how to make Market planning a breeze.
Allen says your first step when booking flights is to check the Plan Your Trip page of the High Point Market website for any discount codes. These special, Market-only discounts are available through partner airlines for flights to Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte.
It’s also important to be flexible. If you’re flying in from what Allen calls a “non-competitive air route” (in other words, a small regional airport), you may only have one or two flight options to choose from. “If a bit more drive time can get you to a larger airport,” Allen says, “you may be able to find a cheaper direct flight from there to one of the Market-area airports.”
The High Point Market Authority provides complimentary shuttle service from the Piedmont Triad (GSO), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), and Charlotte/Douglas (CLT) airports, so you can search all three for the most favorable rates, but be sure to plan your flight times wisely.
“The airport shuttles to Charlotte and Raleigh run every two hours, and reservations are required,” Allen says. “Take a look at the shuttle schedules to make sure you’re not arriving too early. That way, you won’t get stuck with a long wait until your shuttle arrives. Greensboro is a little easier to plan, as the shuttles run every hour, from 8am to 7pm, and you won’t need a reservation.”
One of Allen’s biggest hotel tips is to book early. “Try to book right after Market for the next one,” he says. “Early bookings tend to get special pricing, but that price can disappear fast, make sure you book right away after getting a price quote from your desired hotel.” The other advantage to booking early is that you have a much better chance of finding the perfect place to stay.
“I find more and more people are asking for four-star hotels,” Allen continues. “But understand that there are only three four-star hotels in our area: the Grandover, the Proximity, and the O.Henry. Their hotel rooms are limited as far as availability. They need to be booked as far in advance as possible.”
Before you do book, though, check the hotel-to-Market shuttle to ensure your preferred hotel is on the shuttle route. According to Allen, not all area hotels are on the routes due to the standards and quality of the accommodations.
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