Ocean views, crocodiles, iguanas coati-mundi(raccoons) and one hell of a practice facility the Reserva Conchal Golf Club should be on your bucket list in Costa Rica if you enjoy golf as much as I do. This is a Robert Trent Jones designed layout that offers golfers a fantastic experience and challenge for players of all levels. My favorite hole is the number 4 par 5 that faces directly into the pacific ocean. The view is just spectacular off the tee and gets better as you approach the green. I was lucky enough to be one of the only golfers on this course during a nice, but very steamy hot day. I really enjoyed the golf cart as it had a terrific GPS system and also the staff in the bar & clubhouse who treated me like a king. You can book a tee time by calling or on their website, and you will receive a discount if you are a hotel guest at the W or Westin resorts. The Reserva Conchal is ranked 2nd in Costa Rica according to Top 100 golf Courses and you can find the Reserva Conchal at Playa Conchal Guanacaste Cabo Velas, 50308, Costa Rica.
From the moment you drive into this property you can tell you are in good hands. Greeted by a security guard at the gate and making your way up the winding drive it becomes clear that the W Conchal has it all for the seasoned veteran traveler who prefers the finer things in life. Park your car in valet, it’s included in your stay and the bell service is top notch, friendly and ready to cater to your needs. The reception desk is located in an open air lobby with an enormous center bar and a pool behind it with a swim up drink station and also a Dj spinning relaxing tranquil beats. Take a look beyond the pool for breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Playa Conchal. The setting is quite comforting to say the least. There are 3 towers in this hotel with elevators and easy access for the handicap. If you need assistance with your party, you will need to reserve a wheelchair or request one upon your arrival as I had to for my dad. Have a welcome drink in the lobby as you wait to check in and just enjoy the process. We were upgraded to an ocean view double queen room with a sizeable balcony. These rooms retail for over $500 a night depending on the season, but you might just book a standard room and see if you get lucky with a complimentary upgrade. Our bathroom was enormous and was all windows that you can leave covered or uncovered while you shower above the jungle. The hotel offers 24 hour room service, a gym, sauna, and steam room. You can also find a beach club, just steps away from the ocean which comes with a restaurant that offers Caribbean cuisine. The W also shares the hotel grounds with a neighboring Westin which is an all inclusive resort and an awesome golf course that I will write exclusively about in another blog post. There is also a ton of wildlife that you will hear and see. I was lucky to spot several Howler monkeys on a walk down to the beach, a coati (Costa Rican racoon) on the golf course, and a ton of green and black iguanas. You can reach the W Reserval Conchal at Reserva Conchal, Guanacaste 50308 Costa Rica and book rooms at Nomadic Nolan’s Travel Site.
It started off as a new decade, a glimpse into uncharted territory . An election year, a leap year, and the year of the rat in the Chinese Zodiac. I found myself starting a new business,. Nomadic Nolan’s Travel and kicked off things with a trip to Mexico City to give a review of North America’s largest metropolis and explore my roots. On that trip, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on my last day before returning home. I remember getting a work out in at the hotel gym and shedding tears while I exercised. As expected I had great food in Mexico, and went to the ancient city of Teotihuacan to visit the pyramids. A few weeks later I went to Miami for more business and had great Cuban food. Then came March and along came Covid. Our economy was floored, months of lock down and gaining weight. I spent many days wondering when things would be normal again. Things got worse, then got better and then we were somewhat free again during the summer. I decided to take road trips with my dad. We visited some of the greatest parks and attractions in the SW United States including Zion, The Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Sedona Arizona, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Lakes, Bryce Canyon and I played golf at some of the most epic courses these eyes have ever seen. The Lakers won the NBA title, and the Dodgers won the World Series. Joe Biden defeated Trump. I made a trip to LA to play Wilshire country club with my good friend John and saw my friends Ryan, Dave & Jenny while I was there. Drewski was in the mix and Rachel Rach was there to have some fun too. I even made it to Hawaii to see Jamonica, Mike, Kayla, Aden, and Vanessa. CJ, Chris and Garrett were there for me this year and countless others reached out to me to see how I was doing. 2020 was a time for growth, a time of reflection, a time of conspiracy, a time of fear, and a time of appreciation. There are so many things that happened that I am thankful for in 2020 and as bad as things were, there were so many wonderful bright spots I will never forget… Cheers to all of you and Happy New Year! Let’s have a great 2021. God bless you all from Nomadic Nolan!
I booked a reservation for 2:45 pm which gave me plenty of time to get an early morning walk around town. I headed down toward the lake and then veered off of State Line PKWY toward the golf course to see what I was in store for. The scenery around the property is breathtaking, and the climate in July is quite lovely. I snapped off a few photos, spoke with the guard at the course and found out I could get there as early as I want to practice on the range and putting greens. There were no time restrictions due to COVID-19 as you will find with other courses in Las Vegas. So after hearing that news I started walking back to the hotel to get ready and find something to eat. I noticed a BBQ place that was open, but the line was longer than I wanted to wait so I opted for the Fat Burger inside of Harrah’s. This Fat Burger was unlike any I had been to before. The staff made the burgers right in front of the customers on the grill and I noticed the employees making massive milkshakes with heaping gobs of ice cream. After ordering a couple of burgers, fries and two shakes I headed back up to the room to feed my dad and got ready for the round of golf. When I arrived at the course I spent some time in the pro-shop and opted to buy a beautiful light blue baseball hat that had the Edgewood Logo on it and a divot tool also with the Edgewood logo. After paying I grabbed a beer and headed to the practice facilities. The practice experience alone was enough to write home about. I had beautiful views of the lake and mountains while hitting balls. I thought to myself this is a little sliver of heaven. As my tee time approached I snapped off more photos, worked on my putting and chipping, and was finally paired up with two other guys who were local to the area. They were extremely friendly and we had a great conversation during our game. As the round progressed each hole had it’s own character and I found each one so intriguing it was like each was designed for a post card moment. The tall pine trees, lush greens, manicured fairways, and bunkers filled with sand from Pebble beach made for a most memorable golf experience. Looking back I would have to put Edgewood in my top two golf rounds of my life. Edgewood can be located at 180 Lake Pkwy, Stateline, NV 89449 and more information can be found on their website or by clicking here.
We woke up early and left Tonopah for South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday morning June 30th… On our way out of town, we stopped for some photos at the Clown Hotel. The drive starts to get interesting around Walker Lake, then again as you near Lake Tahoe on the Nevada 207 West. Other than that expect a rather desolate drive. As we drove into Tahoe, climbing the massive winding highway, we were looking for something to eat before we checked into Harrah’s at 3 pm. We found the perfect place near the beach named Jimmy’s Restaurant which is nestled at the base of the Landing Tahoe Resort and Spa. We ordered fish tacos with Australian Sea Bass and the Caesar salad with blackened shrimp that were absolutely out of this world. I would go back just for the shrimp they were that good. After our meal we checked into Harrah’s and we were happy to see all the precautions the hotel was taking to address Covid 19. Everyone was required to wear masks, there were temperature checks upon arrival, and some amenities were closed like the valet, room service, and housekeeping during the stay. The staff took good care of us and got us a room on the 11th floor with amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding forest. The hotel is a solid 3.5 and could use some additional upgrades, but overall it was a good choice for our stay… Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is located right on the Nevada/California state line and the address is 15 US-50, Stateline, NV 89449. To be continued.
I recently launched a YouTube channel that focuses on travel tips, life hacks, and recommendations about restaurants, hotels, things to do, and golf courses from travels around the world. I just uploaded a recent highlight video from a trip to Mexico City & Teotihuacan. Take a look…
Like an angel from heaven my friend Antonio came to me with an amazing opportunity to become an independent travel agent. I’ll be up front, because of my love for vacations and blogging he had my ear as soon as he said travel. After hearing him out and going over the process I signed up and launched my own travel portal where you, your friends, and family can now book flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. That’s right! You can now book travel on caseynolan.com & booking is simple. Click on the Book Travel button on the menu bar above or click here to start planning your next trip. Also, please leverage the information and blog posts on my site to get ideas, and you’re always welcome to reach out to me by email to ask any questions. Happy travels!
One year ago today I was on a flight home from Sydney, Australia to join my colleagues at Tesla to sell through the holiday season and try to reach a new milestone in sustainable energy. A month and half later I was laid off with a severance and decided to capitalize on the separation by taking another trip to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Bali Indonesia, and Singapore. When I returned I had another job working from home and I was let go from that company after just 3 weeks. So I decided to take my dad to Costa Rica and visit my friends Keith, Tim and Veronica and their kids. When I returned from this trip I had another job waiting that lasted through the summer and I got to go to Venice, Florida for training. Needless to say this company dissolved and I received another severance. It was after this layoff I realized God was trying to tell me something and I knew it was time for another trip. This time around the world. I reached out to friends I knew around the planet and asked if I could visit them.
My dream was coming true, I got responses from Gökay Akin in Turkey, Ehab Maher Maamoun in Egypt, Annie Vu in England, and Mayko Chwen Wang in France. I wasn’t able to see all of them due to scheduling conflicts, but I did have the blessing to see Gokay and Ehab on two of the most epic journeys I have ever experienced. I coined this trip the World Tour where I would document as much of my trip as possible and eventually put together a novel. I also took thousands of photos that I will edit and share with the world because this was my wish come true. I traveled to 12 different countries including England, Wales, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, The Vatican, Turkey, Egypt, The United Arab Eremites, Thailand and Singapore. I took 16 flights, 2 trains, 2 ferries, 2 speed boats, numerous taxis, ride shares, buses, subways, and walked hundreds of miles around the world.
Below you will find photos of my last year with pictures of my friends and places I have been. Please enjoy them and remember the moral of my story is life isn’t always what it appears to be, opportunities present themselves in many different ways. It’s a choice we have when we decide what we do with our time. Choose wisely and you can also make your wish come true.
It’s been a dream of mine to dedicate my life to travel and build on my experiences while developing my blog and adding to my collection of photos, now you can take part in my journey! I have created a Gofundme page and you can donate by clicking this link. I appreciate contributions of all sizes and no donation no matter how big or small will go unnoticed. Thank you for making my dream come true!
The hidden jewel of Asia, Taiwan! I had the pleasure to spend 5 days and 6 nights in Taipei. Taipei is for the most part a bustling Asian city full of lights, exotic foods, and plenty of nightlife. I found myself in the Xinyi district home of the iconic Taipei 101 building that features many restaurants and high end retail stores. My first night however I stayed at the San Want Residences Taipei right across the street from Linsen Park and near the green line for easy subway access. The San Want is in an awesome neighborhood that features many Japanese restaurants, and karaoke bars that you can drink the night away at. I would recommend staying in this area for a few nights and then moving onto to Xinyi if you are pressed for time. I also had the unique pleasure of going outside the city for the festival of lanterns which was quite amazing and spent some time with new friends I met from across the world. My tour guide Jill who is native Taiwanese took me to all parts of the city and we had authentic Chinese dumplings, shaved ice, and went to an aboriginal Taiwanese restaurant for a massive seafood platter, singing and dancing. We also went to several markets, cultural buildings and the famous Mengjia Longshan Temple. Some other recommendations I would like to share are climbing to the top of Elephant mountain for a challenging nature hike and climatic view of the city. In addition, I highly suggest checking out Yamachan Izakaya near the Taipei city hall station for their fabulous chicken wings. Our group ate 135 of them. SOOOOOO GOOD! Enjoy my pictures below.