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Eric Hart

Rogers, Minnesota Travel Agent
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Eric Hart

Eric Hart

Rogers, Minnesota Travel Agent
An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Albertville, MN,
13 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Family, Golf + All-Inclusive Vacation Specialist

An Agent with 10+ Years of Experience in the Travel/Hospitality Industry, My Booking Niches Would Be: 1. Best GOLF destinations for couples, families + groups (in the U.S. and Internationally). 2. Best FAMILY VACATION destinations in America (resorts, amenities, theme + national parks, etc.) 3. Best ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS in Mexico + The Caribbean. I've stayed at 200+ hotels/resorts and visited 48 states with my wife and 4 kids. Also, covered Travel/Leisure for 14 publications as a journalist.

My Travel Specialties

U.S. Family Travel Expert

Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta Canada (2016)
I have four kids ages 5 to 15 and we've spent the past 15 years driving to, from and through 48 American States. (Well, 47...didn't technically drive to Hawaii.) We've stayed at nearly 200 Resorts across those 48 states (still haven't been ... Read more from my U.S. Family Travel Expert bio.

Golf + Family Travel Specialist

The Western Tip of Africa
With 11+ years of experience as a Travel and Leisure journalist I've written over 1100 articles (for 16 total publications) on my (lifetime) travels across 48 states and 28 countries worldwide. I've traveled with Tourism Bureaus to the Big Island of Hawaii, ... Read more from my Golf + Family Travel Specialist bio.

International Golf Travel Expert

Tee Box on
100 Rounds of International Golf have taught me that there are probably 1000 More Great International Golf Courses out there that I would like to play, or at least experience vicariously through my clients. I fell in Love in Ireland with Narrow ... Read more from my International Golf Travel Expert bio.

My Areas of Expertise

DESTINATIONS
France
Ireland
California
Scotland
Florida
South Africa
Arizona
Hawaii
Alberta
Mexico
INTERESTS
Family Vacations
Golf
Disney Vacations
Luxury Hotels
All Inclusive
National Parks
Theme Parks
Outdoor Activities & Sports
LANGUAGES
English
French
SUPPLIER PARTNERS
Abercrombie & Kent
Disney
CIE Tours International
Fairmont - Raffles - Swissotel
Funjet Vacations

My Travel Stories

The Legend of Brian Oar at St Andrews
Scotland Golf
Durban Country Club
South Africa

Golf Journalist and Concierge Services

As of 2018 I have been a Golf and Travel Journalist for 11 years. I have written golf and travel columns/articles for National Publications like Fairways & Greens, Golf Getaways, Regional Publications like Minnesota Monthly, Lake Time Magazine and Southland Golfer. I've contributed to newspapers in metro markets in Texas, Minnesota, Michigan ... Read more from my Golf Journalist and Concierge Services story.

South African Experience

I spent two weeks in South Africa with South Africa Tourism on behalf of South Florida Luxury Guide and Golf Getaways Magazine. Having grown up in West Africa, South Africa was always on my "Bucket List" and proved to be VERY WORTHY of every minute of anticipation.

We visited 5 popular regions ... Read more from my South African Experience story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 13 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Trip of a Lifetime

Reviewed By Tremer - Howard Lake, MN | Traveled to Munich ~ Germany ~ Europe
Eric was amazing to work with. This was our first European vacation and Eric made things so smooth! He responded to emails and phone calls quickly and catered our went trip around our personalities. He even checked in with us while on vacation and after return to see how things were going. I have already booked another vacation to Mexico with him. I have no problem recommending Eric for anyone's travel needs!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Pleasure was all mine. LOVE working with people who are exploring new places and confident enough to tell me to just book them the "best of everything!" Lol. Tanya, you and Chris were awesome to work with and I appreciate you leaving a review!
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Saved time and money!

Reviewed By Jack - Ft Worth, Texas | Traveled to St. Louis ~ Missouri ~ USA
Had not used a travel agent in 20 years. A family emergency suddenly came up and we needed help. Knew of Eric from someone else, and recruited his help. He saved us over $600, plus the time (which we didn't have). Will use his services for our next trip -- not just for emergencies!

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Always happy to help. Thank whomever it was who referred you to me and glad we were able to get that trip arranged so quickly and easily. Thank you for posting a review!
11 of 22 people found this review helpful
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New York was an awesome experience!

Reviewed By Ter - Monticello Minnesota | Traveled to New York ~ USA
I contacted Eric not knowing exactly where my girlfriend and I wanted to travel to. Eric asked me a few questions and the next day he sent me an email with 6 places to choose from. Eric was amazing from getting my girlfriend from Texas and I from Minnesota to New York approximately the same time to going as high as he could go to reimburse us for a charge the Hotel mistakenly made. Eric gave us some great ideas to do in New York which was very helpful being we’ve never been. He was available 24/7 Making sure we knew we could call if we needed him... and I did. He was very personable and treated us like we were his only clients. I told Eric he was my new best friend and would be contacting him again for my next adventure!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
I'm fortunate to have "best friends" like you, who make planning trips so easy. Glad we were able to get in everything you wanted and to make it the trip of your dreams! Awesome photos BTW! Thank you!
7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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Fun Family Weekend

Reviewed By Cathy - La Crescent | Traveled to Minnesota ~ USA
Eric was very helpful and professional in helping us book 2 hotel rooms for my husbands 70th Birthday. He booked the rooms and later found better rates so took care of canceling and rebooking. His diligence was so much appreciated. We will definitely use his services again when we travel to Nashville this spring. He is so easy to work with and very knowledgeable.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Thank you so much for your trust, kind words and for posting a review. Glad everything worked out perfectly for your visit. Always happy to help. Always just an email or phone call away!
10 of 21 people found this review helpful
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Honeymoon from heaven

Reviewed By Jess Carroll - Wonewoc, wi | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
My husband and I were looking for a honeymoon location, someplace with tons of dining options, great beaches -the best for our price range. We were directed to Eric Hart at "Stays and Plays" through a friend who had worked with him previously and we were told that he was "the best." We were told that he was very thorough when selecting resorts based on their "wish list" and he knew tips and tricks on how to avoid spending money on hidden fees etc. We reached out to him for help. OMG, WOW! He knew everything! He took care everything! He took the time to maximize our honeymoon experience and it showed! People, we had a PRIVATE ROOFTOP JACUZZI!!! Evey detail was planned out for us, all we had to do was show up at the airport and be ready to drink the margarita that was handed to us pretty much right after our plane arrived ;). Our experience was amazing. I’d advise anyone looking to vacation, email Eric, tell him what you are looking for. You will not be disappointed.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Thank you Sam and Jessica! Thrilled that you had the experience you did at one of my very favorite places on earth! People deserve to start their married lives together with a BANG like this!
2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful winter get-away!

Reviewed By Kelly - Ramsey, MN | Traveled to Fort Myers ~ Florida ~ USA
My parents told me about this Travel Agency in the Twin Cities and I emailed them about a trip to Florida. As a mom traveling with a child I was a bit nervous but Eric made everything easy. The process was simple, flights and hotels were researched and taken care of with the lowest rates available and no booking fees. So easy I’ll definitely book all future hotels, flights and travel here.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Always happy to help! So many people don't know I book hotels and everything even if they're taking car trips. I also do itinerary planning for vacationers and love working with families (parents with kids) like yourself! Thank you for posting a review!
2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Best Agent ever!!

Reviewed By LucyD - Rochester, MN | Traveled to Belize ~ Central America
Eric went the extra mile for us and saved us a ton of money over booking online ourselves. Anyone who thinks your saving money that way need a reality check! Eric double and triple checks every detail to ensure your stay and travel is top notch!! We had never been to Belize and we were confident going that he had everything taken care of! (Even when our flight was delayed and he had to book us another connection flight that didn’t cost us anything!!) accommodations were amazing and we had an amazing vacation we will NEVER forget! We already booked another trip with Eric covering all the details and we have the calming confidence going that it will meet if not exceed our expectations!! Give Eric a call and get planning your dream vacation!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Thank you for the kind and enthusiastic endorsement. It was a pleasure working with you on your Belize vacation and I'm thrilled everything went so well. Blessings to your family!
11 of 24 people found this review helpful
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Vow renewal, best vacation of our lives!

Reviewed By Vow renewel - Zimmerman, mn | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
I was referred to Eric from a girlfriend and Eric was amazing. I have been to Mexico a couple times but wanted something safe, adult only and americanized. Eric gave us 8 options and we decided on the destination with our 4 couples. We wanted to renew our vows and Eric gave us the absolute best option! We were going to have the resort do it for us and the cost was too much. Eric researched and spent so much time and gave us personal experience also. It helped a ton! Eric gave us information on excursions, hotels and gave us great info on staying pretrip in a hotel and got us a amazing price ! I would recommend Eric because he is so detail oriented, price conscious, easy to talk to and wants what the consumer wants. He is easy to communicate with and I will travel with him again!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Thank you so much for the kind words Kari. You were a phenomenal organizer yourself and your group was very easy to work with. Appreciate the opportunity and can't wait to work with you again! Blessings!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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Awesome family trip!

Reviewed By Phil/Kris - Sioux Falls, SD | Traveled to Washington D.C. ~ District of Columbia ~ USA
So easy to work with and got us a great deal on everything.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
The biggest benefit to being a Travel Leaders Affiliated Agency is the access to all the best prices and packages in the industry. Glad it worked out so well for you!
4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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His and hers vacation

Reviewed By Jennifer Curtis - Elk river, MN | Traveled to California ~ USA
Eric has incredible attention to detail. He plans these vacations to precision. He is incredibly meticulous in his research and planning. He is able to put your vacation into descriptive words that feel like you are already there. He listens to your requests and really dives into your needs and wants of a getaway! We will always choose Eric at StaysnPlays.com
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Thank you Jennifer. Always an honor to work with you and Chris. Glad we found a place you both loved and that you had such an awesome vacation in the end. Well deserved! - (S+P)
8 of 20 people found this review helpful
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Last Minute Trip

Reviewed By Tisha - Rochester MN | Traveled to Florida ~ USA
A co-worker and I needed to make a last minute trip down to Florida and all the hotels we checked were booked and flights were ridiculous. Eric jumped in and got us into a better hotel than we’d checked on with a steal on flights and ultimately gave us more than what we’d asked for. I'll be using Eric again for any trip I am taking!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Thank you Tisha for the wonderful review. So glad I was able to help you two get where and what you needed! Very much appreciate the kind words!
9 of 22 people found this review helpful
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Great trip with the kids!!!

Reviewed By Ship - Rochester, MN | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Beyond Great! Never had such a personal experience when booking, traveling, and following up after our trip. Eric took into account that we were taking 4 teenagers on our spring break trip. Gave us more options than we’ve ever imagined and helped us create a pros and cons list to help us narrow down to a few choices. After picking our resort all the details were covered and Eric even checked on us when we landed and made sure we found all our transportation connections. After arriving Eric checked in to see that everything was what we expected and it was. Kids (and us) had a great time! Definitely recommend Eric to everyone anytime we hear they are looking to travel anywhere.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Thank you so much for posting your review. Having four kids of my own, I LOVE working with families to make sure they get everything they want on a vacation. Glad the personal experience really paid off in your case, and thank you for sharing all those photos of your incredible trip with me!
6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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Easy and Stress Free Travel

Reviewed By Kristi M - Rogers, MN | Traveled to Banff ~ Alberta ~ Canada
My husband and I were looking for a ski vacation in the Canadian Rockies but didn't have time to do the research I usually do when booking a big vacation. I was referred to Eric due to his knowledge of Canada and was extremely pleased with the information and options he provided us in less than a day. He was able to find super convenient flights and took care of every aspect of the trip (flights, shuttles, lift tickets, etc). Eric's attention to all the details of the trip left me able to enjoy the trip completely stress free. I had previously been hesitant to use an agent - thinking that it would be expensive. That was the furthest from the truth!! Eric saved us money and most importantly time and worry. I will definitely be using his services again and highly recommend that you do so as well!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Eric Hart responded:
Thank you so much for this kind review! I love Alberta and was thrilled to be able to help the two of you plan your amazing getaway! Greatly appreciate my time spent working with the two of you!
4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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