Ellen Elkins, CTC, DS, LS
Interests and Specialties
Ellen has been with Central Travel for 21 years and has a passion for travel. She is a Certified Travel Consultant holding destination specialties in the Caribbean and Hawaii and is also a Honeymoon Destination specialist all from The Travel Institute. Ellen loves the sun and sand and has completed the Hawaii Ke Kula program.
She is also a graduate of The Globus Tour Expert program specializing in custom touring. She is also a graduate of the Azamara World Academy, Monograms Booking Agent (MBA) program, and Avalon Waterways Specialist program.
Ellen is a graduate of Rocky Mountaineer’s TRACKS program designed specifically for industry professionals. Rocky Mountaineer offers over 50 unique Canadian vacation packages and five distinctive rail routes, rich in history and natural wonders, through the wild beauty of the Pacific Northwest and Alberta. This world-renowned luxurious train travels by daylight and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ellen is the travel professional to help you sort out the best adventure for you!
Ellen is located in the Holland, Ohio office.
As all agents of Central Travel, Ellen has traveled extensively visiting Hawaii three times in various ways. She has experienced Las Vegas, Cancun, Cozumel, the Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, Jamaica and has been on several cruises visiting most of the islands of the Caribbean.
Her favorite places to visit are the Islands of Hawaii since they vary so much and are unique in their own right. She loves the beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Ellen enjoys cruising as well and has sailed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines. What’s next? You can be sure it will be sun and sand related!
MY RECENT TRIPS
I recently had the opportunity to attend T+L Travel Academy in Charleston, SC. It was a great experience and a perfect destination for a long weekend or even a full week stay. My host hotel was the Belmond Charleston Palace located in Historic Charleston. This property is a Forbes 4-star Hotel with all the amenities you might expect.
We also visited The Dewberry which is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. A repurposed 1960’s Federal office building it too is located in Historic Charleston.
Zero George, The Spectator (Very cool property) and Wentworth Mansion were also visited and each has its own unique style and amenities. And of course, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort was fabulous. This is a Forbes 5-Star Hotel with a Luxury Spa and five Championship Golf courses on the island including the famous Ocean Course.
As you would expect, dining in Charleston is awesome. Some of my recommendations include; Charleston Grill located at Belmond Charleston Palace, Rue De Jean, Halls Chophouse and Wentworth Mansion.
Charleston is a very easy walkable city. I would not recommend a car unless you plan on touring outside of the city, for example visiting the nearby beaches. If you are looking for a week stay I would suggest spending three to four nights in the city then head out to one of the five beaches in the area. Charleston has something to offer everyone. I can’t wait to go back and would be happy to assist you with your travel plans.
More Adventures from Ellen Elkins, CTC, DS, LS ...
I sailed on the I sailed on the Caribbean Princess from San Juan to St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire, and Aruba. San Juan is a hustling and bustling city. They have a huge festival in Old San Juan that occurs each weekend until Christmas.
While in St. Thomas we just visited the several shops that right at the pier. They had several jewelry shops, duty-free shops along with a market. St. Thomas is known for being the place to buy Fine Jewelry at a reasonable cost.
Dominica was not one of my favorite Islands. The ship docks outside of the city center. The location where Princess docks, is outside the city center so you can either grab a cab or walk into town. When taking a cab, remind your clients to first agree on a cab fare. I would recommend on this Island to do a shore excursion that you can actually get the feel of the Island. On arrival to Dominica, one might think they were in Hawaii - the Island is very mountainous. Grenada is very comparable to Dominica and I would suggest a specialized shore excursion here.
Bonaire was one of my favorite Islands to visit. The city of Kralendijk is very clean and is Dutch influenced. The ship docks right in the heart of the city. You can walk from the pier right into town. The cost of food and beverage were actually reasonable compared to other Islands we visited. Bonaire has the most pristine beaches and water that I have ever seen compared to anywhere else that I have been.
Aruba was quite fun. Lots of activity with a new fashion mall with all high-end stores like Louis Vuitton. The mall is located near the Renaissance Resort. The Renaissance is located right in the heart of Town. Across from the resort is their Marina with a Casino that is for resort guests only. A perfect place to do a post cruise stay. from San Juan, to St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire, and Aruba. San Juan is a hustling and bustling city. They have a huge festival in Old San Juan that occurs each weekend until Christmas.