Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Vacation Suggestions

So... I'm thinking ahead... we're headed back to Hawaii this year - but to Maui this time with the girls. Hawaii tends to be our defacto destination each year lately... don't get me wrong...I LOVE Hawaii... I love perfect sandy beaches... weather... and that I don't have to worry about anything drastic...

With that said - I'm looking to ya'll for advice, suggestions on where else to go - where to stay - what time of year to go... what you like about it - is it better for a couples, families... and what about short trips?

I love browsing the web...but I thought if I tossed this out... you could help me narrow my search.



soybeanlover said...

Well of course there is always Japan in the spring or fall...but if you aren't up for the plane ride or jet lag, San Diego is really nice almost any time of year. I'm also a big fan of Seattle in the summer and Las Vegas/Grand Canyon in the winter time. I hear Boston or DC are fun for the historical side of things, but I don't know when to go to the East Coast.

Mind you, these are all places from my single days, I'm not sure how to entertain two kids at some of these places.

cabesh said...

Boston is awesome. If you do New England you should do it in the Fall. In the Boston area the last week of Sept/first week of Oct tends to be the best for fall foliage. It'll knock your socks off--seriously.

I also adore Rhode Island. Look into Newport. Other good options are Kennebunkport Maine, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. You'd want to do these in the off season to avoid the crowds.

But, seriously, New England in the Fall. It's so....autumn there are festivals in every little town, and driving anywhere is just gorgeous, and the weather is nice and crisp, and I could just go on, and on, and on!

Holli said...

A few things we've done...

I love San Diego, especially with kids. My kids have loved Sea World from the time they are 18 months.

Lake Tahoe is beautiful and fun.

We are headed north for Jesse's family reunion - up I-5 through Oregon to Washington. We're stopping at the volcanoes along the way - Lassen, Crater Lake and Mount St. Helens.

I love camping with my kids. There are a lot of areas close by that are beautiful and fun. We camped Grand Canyon last summer and it was awesome. Loved the campsite there. We were there in late July/early August.

Just a few ideas.

soybeanlover said...

can I second the trip to OR/WA, I loved seeing Crater Lake and Bridal Veil Falls, etc. on the way up as a little kid.

Queen Scarlett said...

Thanks Ladies.

So where do you stay when you go to these places? Where do you like to eat, what kinds of activities do you like to do?

Also ...anyone have suggestions on places like Cabo, Bahamas, Europe, Cruises?

Holli said...

My parents lived at Lake Tahoe for almost 15 years, so I stayed with them. :-)

The first time I went to Europe, we mostly camped - in Portugal, Spain, France and Germany. Switzerland we camped and it was awesome - right at the base of the alps next to a lake where I got up and went swimming in the morning. So beautiful.

The second time I went to Europe, we stayed with families my brother new from his mission in Portugal. Then we went to England and Scotland and mostly camped there. Again - beautiful. (And inexpensive!) Switzerland and Scotland were probably my two favorite places to go in Europe.

I went to the Bahamas once on a short two-day cruise from Florida. I mostly just went scuba diving in the Bahamas, so I didn't see a lot of the place. But I've been to other places in the Caribbean that I liked better. And from the short cruise, I determined I'm not a big fan of cruises. I'd rather go to a place, see a place, then be on a boat that, at least the one we went on, was mostly about gambling and dancing all night. Which are not things I'm particularly interested in doing on vacation. Although my friend went on one of the Alaskan cruises, and it was gorgeous and I think I might be interested in that one.

Other than that, we've stayed in inexpensive hotels along our way. For our Oregon/Washington trip we're staying in inexpensive hotels on the way up and back, and camping at a state park the week with Jesse's family. I guess I'm not big on spending big money on my accomodations. I'd rather spend my money on doing things and seeing things. But I don't go so cheap that I'm grossed out either.

This is getting too long, so I'll stop there.

Queen Scarlett said...

If you go to Alaska - stay at Glacier Bay... they have a 5 star restaurant that serves the best seafood. Alaska is gorgeous in August... although I'm not sure how it is now with the warmer weather... I've seen a lot of receding since I'd been.

I'm not much of a camping girl.. so that would be too hard to do in Europe. Although the image of the Alps and Switzerland... may convince me yet. Scotland has always been a must see for me. Hope the dollar gains some ground...

Great tips. ;-)

C. Wilson said...
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C. Wilson said...

Puerto Rico!

If you don't go during the hurricane season, you shouldn't have any worries. Both cheap and expensive hotels everywhere. It's beautiful, you can get anywhere on the island within two hours, and there are tons of things to do, new foods to eat, and lots of lovely little narrow cobbled streets in the old towns. Fresh ice cream in fruit flavors to die for, mangoes, guavas, guanábana, fried fish fritters, flan and piña colada--Mmmm. Beaches, warm water that you can see right through to the bottom, rainforests, the biggest satellite dish in the world (the one you see on the movie "Contact," El Moro (an old spanish fort), phosphorescent plankton in one of the bays, dockside dancing and really friendly people!

I am biased, of course, since I lived there.