True story! I'm a helicopter pilot, and I instruct students on how to fly them as well. On the 14th of March, my student and I were flying through New Mexico and found ourselves flying over beautiful Eagle Nest, NM. We weren't locals and had no idea about Eagle Nest, or the beauty and seclusion of the little town.
While enjoying the view of the lake and mountains from 1,000 feet above the tiny town, our helicopter experienced a mechanical failure and we had to perform an emergency landing to a field!
Two of the first responders to the accident were Sherry and Greg, the "Owners" of the Econolodge as the local news would later entitle them. Sherry and Greg saw the whole accident unfold, and we couldn't have asked for a more gracious pair to come to our rescue! They offered, without asking, not just a room at the lodge, but also their personal truck to my student and I for the next few days as we were completely stranded in a location 1,000 miles from home.
There's a difference between the smiling face of a front desk person at a hotel, and the real, true nature of good people sitting at this Econolodge.
The lodging was very typical, but the pair running it were far and above the finest staff I've ever come across, and believe me, I've been around the world and stayed in some of the finest hotels there are.
And the fella that made my waffles every morning (he won't let you make your own!) could have been a player in any comedy on the big screen.
I can't express with words just how fantastic these people were. In the three days we were stranded, I met about half of the population of Eagle Nest, as well as some of the other hotel/motel operators, and nobody seemed to have the same finesse.
Make this Econolodge your first option! Price and amenities in hotels/motels are always similar, but the people you rely on are rarely quantified like this.
And for anybody at the Econolodge headquarters, this pair (and the waffle specialist) deserves whatever prizes and bonuses you have available.
Thanks for everything Sherry and Greg!
Aaron Vane from Bend, Oregon!
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