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The Fortress
April 26th, 2007, 10:55 AM
Does anyone have any good recommendations for vacations of both the kidless and kid variety? I have nothing on my radar but a week at the beach this summer ... I am feeling very vacation deprived. Last year, it was just vactaion = swim meet. But I don't find that very relaxing.

swimr4life
April 26th, 2007, 11:10 AM
Does anyone have any good recommendations for vacations of both the kidless and kid variety? I have nothing on my radar but a week at the beach this summer ... I am feeling very vacation deprived. Last year, it was just vactaion = swim meet. But I don't find that very relaxing.

DESTIN, FL. I call it "heaven on earth"! When I wake up in the morning and go to the beach, I say "Another day in paradise!" :groovy: It is beautiful! The beach has white, sugarlike sand. The water is a turquoise/emerald color. There are FANTASTIC restaurants and lots of shopping, movie theatres and kiddie entertainment places nearby. The fishing is FANTASTIC!! Redfish, trout in the inland waterways and deep sea fishing boats for hire abound. They have parasailing, dolphin cruises, dinner cruises and speedboat cruises. They even have an a "Gulfarium" that is like a small town Sea World. If you are so inclined...they also have phenomenal golf courses nearby too. You can be as active or "sluglike" as you want! Me....I'm a beach bum when I'm there and I'm perfectly happy sitting in my chair at the beach.

Julie Roddin
April 26th, 2007, 11:17 AM
Does anyone have any good recommendations for vacations of both the kidless and kid variety? I have nothing on my radar but a week at the beach this summer ... I am feeling very vacation deprived. Last year, it was just vactaion = swim meet. But I don't find that very relaxing.

Upstate NY...Lake Placid/Saranac Lake area in the summer time. I don't have kids but assume it would be a good vacation spot for kids. They have the olympic bobsled course that you can ride in summertime and the lakes there are beautiful and have beaches. Plan your vacation around the 2-mile national championship on August 18th. Oops, your a sprinter.

There's always the Bermuda swim on October 21st. There are all different distances from .8K to 10K. I'm definitely planning to go and trying to convince all my swimming buddies to go too :)

Deep Creek Lake out in Western MD is awesome....only a 3 hour drive from Northern VA. Lots to do and another beautiful lake!!!

slknight
April 26th, 2007, 11:38 AM
My all-time favorite vacation spot is Kona Village on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is truly paradise on earth. I've been there twice and am hoping to go back perhaps in spring 08 or 09.

http://konavillage.com/

I only really like to go on vacation in the winter when the weather is horrible. In the summer, I like to stay home because I live in Vacationland. :)

poolraat
April 26th, 2007, 11:39 AM
What's a vacation?

some_girl
April 26th, 2007, 12:28 PM
Scotland. Iceland. Cool weather, good liquor, few trees, no undergrowth to nurture bugs, fun cities.

SwimStud
April 26th, 2007, 12:31 PM
There's always the Bermuda swim on October 21st. There are all different distances from .8K to 10K. I'm definitely planning to go and trying to convince all my swimming buddies to go too :)




I'm convinced if you're paying!!:rofl:

newmastersswimmer
April 26th, 2007, 01:27 PM
DESTIN, FL. I call it "heaven on earth"! When I wake up in the morning and go to the beach, I say "Another day in paradise!" :groovy: It is beautiful! The beach has white, sugarlike sand. The water is a turquoise/emerald color. There are FANTASTIC restaurants and lots of shopping, movie theatres and kiddie entertainment places nearby. The fishing is FANTASTIC!! Redfish, trout in the inland waterways and deep sea fishing boats for hire abound. They have parasailing, dolphin cruises, dinner cruises and speedboat cruises. They even have an a "Gulfarium" that is like a small town Sea World. If you are so inclined...they also have phenomenal golf courses nearby too. You can be as active or "sluglike" as you want! Me....I'm a beach bum when I'm there and I'm perfectly happy sitting in my chair at the beach.


I agree with you Beth and I am heading back there myself in Late June. I also like the town of tequila in Jalisco Mexico. There are something like 25 different tequila tours you can take from that central location......which includes touring the agave plantations as well as the tequila factories.....you can sample as much tequila as you like in most cases ....and at the end you can drink as many margaritas as you want as well. I reccommend the Herradura tour and the Jose Cuervo tour.....The Sauza tour is also pretty good too I've been told. The twon itself is also pretty cool and interesting....(and its pretty cheap to get a nice hotel room there).

Bork

blainesapprentice
April 26th, 2007, 01:29 PM
Oh josh, Paradise Island in the Bahamas==PARADISE, they have like 12 pools, right on the crystal blue ocean, tunnels throughout the resort that are actually aquariums, so your walking around and through these massive acquariums with sharks, sting rays, tropical fishies everywhere...they have day excursions snorkeling, deep sea fishing, to nassau flea market...theres a casino in the hotel if that floats your boat, swim up bars in the pool, this awesome aztec pyramid which is actually a water slide--u go up to the top and slide down inside the pyramid which is also an aquarium so your flying down this tube with fishes all around you (behind the clear walls obviously)...only draw back--it's expensive...but then again, it's Paradise!

If I can manage to maintain my status of Validictorian of my college class till next spring, my family will take me there again as a graduation present--if not--i have to settle on a slightly less paradise location. hehe

blainesapprentice
April 26th, 2007, 01:33 PM
My all-time favorite vacation spot is Kona Village on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is truly paradise on earth. I've been there twice and am hoping to go back perhaps in spring 08 or 09.

http://konavillage.com/

I only really like to go on vacation in the winter when the weather is horrible. In the summer, I like to stay home because I live in Vacationland. :)

Thats awesome how they have special rates for scuba divers. Maybe I'll have to make a trip down there simply for that reason...

Gosh I need to marry or not even marry, but hook myself a wealthy man.

ensignada
April 26th, 2007, 01:38 PM
I love spending time in Austria. Austrians seem to have mastered the art of living simply and living well. If I could, I would retire to a flat in Vienna (and have a little place in the country as well - well, I can dream).

Karen Duggan
April 26th, 2007, 02:11 PM
Lake Tahoe. California or Nevada side. Both spectacular. My favorite place to camp is at Emerald Bay. At Tahoe you can: swim, water ski, horseback ride, hike, rock climb, gamble (one of my favorites), eat out, eat in, play golf, ride your bike around the lake, run, you name it. And that's just in the summer! The winter is remarkable. Some of the the world's best skiing. I love to cross-country ski and go winter camping, although I've only done it once!

SwimStud
April 26th, 2007, 02:20 PM
Butlin's holiday camp. Clacton-on-Sea.

http://www.butlinsmemories.com/4/id86.htm
and
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.butlinsmemories.com/14/030ee180.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.butlinsmemories.com/14/id7.htm&h=536&w=750&sz=163&hl=en&start=3&tbnid=NX9kqwdXtn7j_M:&tbnh=101&tbnw=141&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbutlins%2Bclacton%26gbv%3D2%26svnum%3 D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

and Hastings
http://www.1066online.com/HASTINGS-MAIN/Places-to-Visit/visit-hastings/hastings-castle.htm

and Walton on the Naze
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Walton_Beach_Hut1.jpg

Swimmer Bill
April 26th, 2007, 02:20 PM
I like to drive east to the Columbia River Gorge, or west to the Oregon Coast.

Slowswim
April 26th, 2007, 03:17 PM
Oberammergau Germany:drink:

Karen Duggan
April 26th, 2007, 03:45 PM
Bless you, Bill. That was a heck of a sneeze!:p

Clayton, BTW, for anyone interested, is a fine launching point for the SF Bay Area (Tahoe, Reno, Yosemite)- all are day trips. Free lodging at The Duggan Inn (with USMS card, of course) :drink:

SwimStud
April 26th, 2007, 03:47 PM
Bless you, Bill. That was a heck of a sneeze!:p

Clayton, BTW, for anyone interested, is a fine launching point for the SF Bay Area (Tahoe, Reno, Yosemite)- all are day trips. Free lodging at The Duggan Inn (with USMS card, of course) :drink:

Breakfast in bed?

Karen Duggan
April 26th, 2007, 03:50 PM
:groovy: Anything for you tiger! Grrrrrrrrr. :rofl:

(I was going to say anything to drum up business, but it's free!)

Wait a minute, isn't that Bed and Breakfast? Oh well, who cares.

SwimStud
April 26th, 2007, 03:54 PM
:groovy: Anything for you tiger! Grrrrrrrrr. :rofl:

(I was going to say anything to drum up business, but it's free!)

Wait a minute, isn't that Bed and Breakfast? Oh well, who cares.

The Duggan Inn sounds like a real Irish pub!

Karen Duggan
April 26th, 2007, 04:06 PM
Yes, our little Irish world would be complete if only we had the Irish Wolfhound. Alas, they're narcoleptic, so we've settled on the German Shepherd named Apache, and Lab/Pit mix named Molly.
:drink:

Seagurl51
April 26th, 2007, 04:08 PM
The Oregon coast is beautiful!!

I like southern Texas...you could come visit me this summer. :D Austin is a lot of fun. Port A and South Padre are really fun too, down on the beach. Just watch out for all the fish...eww....

Karen Duggan
April 26th, 2007, 04:20 PM
Kyra, you're taking this Nationals '08 a little too seriously don't you think? I've never moved to the city of the meet, for crying out loud! ;)

Seagurl51
April 26th, 2007, 04:30 PM
Kyra, you're taking this Nationals '08 a little too seriously don't you think? I've never moved to the city of the meet, for crying out loud! ;)

hahaha. I'm not moving there, just spending the summer. And actually in San Antonio not Austin.





But San Antonio does have Six Flags and SeaWorld so that could be fun too for a family vaca.

poolraat
April 26th, 2007, 04:32 PM
Lake Tahoe. California or Nevada side. Both spectacular. My favorite place to camp is at Emerald Bay. At Tahoe you can: swim, water ski, horseback ride, hike, rock climb, gamble (one of my favorites), eat out, eat in, play golf, ride your bike around the lake, run, you name it. And that's just in the summer! The winter is remarkable. Some of the the world's best skiing. I love to cross-country ski and go winter camping, although I've only done it once!


Forget Tahoe in the winter. Brrrrr! Go somewhere tropical. But Karen, you're right about summer. Awesome and spectacular! Do you ever go into the Desolation Wilderness? And if you want to escape the crowds, visit the wilderness area in the Ruby Mountains and the East Humboldt Range, or the Jarbidge Wilderness area in eastern Nevada. I've spent days in the mountains with seeing only a handful of people. I'll even offer to be your guide. :groovy:

Karen Duggan
April 26th, 2007, 04:39 PM
Mr. Poolraat,
It is said that people look like their pets. I have a couple of questions for you before I accept your very generous offer:
1) Do you look like the cat pictured?
2) Does beer come with the tour?

The answer to number one will determine how much beer I drink :thhbbb:

poolraat
April 26th, 2007, 04:45 PM
Mr. Poolraat,
It is said that people look like their pets. I have a couple of questions for you before I accept your very generous offer:
1) Do you look like the cat pictured?
2) Does beer come with the tour?

The answer to number one will determine how much beer I drink :thhbbb:

Answer to question 1: Join facebook and you can see all kinds of pics of me (and others here) and find out for yourself if I look like the avatar.

You can have all the beer you can carry in your backback. I'll even buy, but you have to pack it. Unless, of course, you bring along bearers (qualifications are listed on Jim T's "Swim Camp" thread) to carry the heavy stuff.

Karen Duggan
April 26th, 2007, 04:52 PM
That reminds me, Beth signed me up for Facebook. I know I'm showing my incredible lameness, but I must ask, what is Facebook? What's it for? How do I access it? (in a vacation paradise that is! gotta keep with the thread)

The Fortress
April 26th, 2007, 05:05 PM
That reminds me, Beth signed me up for Facebook. I know I'm showing my incredible lameness, but I must ask, what is Facebook? What's it for? How do I access it? (in a vacation paradise that is! gotta keep with the thread)

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Not lame! It's a "favorite vacation spot" of college kids. www.facebook.com. You just need an email to register. Then you go around and ask people to be your "friends" and tell them how amazing they are. Once they're confirmed as your friend, you can access their profile, see their photo albums and "comment" on them (everyone likes this feature a lot!), join groups (like "I love fly even though it wrecks my shoulders"), write on people's "walls" and stuff like that. It just opened in January to non-college persons and the oldsters are permeating the FB ranks. Lots of masters swimmers there. :banana: It's just an alternate way of communicating besides email. There's a cool "news feed" that tells you what all of your friends have been up to. And you can also change your "status" all the time to reflect your mood. Coo.

Ande started a thread on facebook awhile ago. It should probably be swung over here too!

aquaFeisty
April 26th, 2007, 05:51 PM
Facebook is where large chunks of my life disappear...

poolraat
April 26th, 2007, 06:09 PM
Facebook is where large chunks of my life disappear...

Me too! I need to get to work.

swim4me
April 26th, 2007, 06:31 PM
Forget Tahoe in the winter. Brrrrr! :groovy:

Not always. We skiied there in March. There were guys skiing bare chested in shorts!!!!! I saw a girl ski in pants and a sports bra. It was the hottest skiing I have ever done!!!!!! Tahoe is beautiful year-round.

3strokes
April 26th, 2007, 08:43 PM
In no particular order:


Greek Islands (lots of them. Cruise or fly.)
Palma de Mallorca
Tenerife
Spain in general, specially driving, if you speak Spanish
Thailand (Bangkok, a bit and Pattaya, a lot)
Costa del Sol (Torremolinos and beaches to the west of it and if you're really "loaded" -money not alcohol- Puerto Banus, Marbella.)
I did these with my family (way back when) and without. So, these spots are with kids and/or kidless. (One boy and just one wife).

..... and before anyone (specially fellow Canadians) start accusing me of working for the Government (Federal or other levels) or for the Banks (ATM Fees Collections Division) or for the Cosa Nostra (Sorry can't say more. Omerta, y'know!) or for the Colombia Cartel (ni una palabra mas): Before migrating to Canada I worked for Airlines (Reservations, Ticketing, Sales and Sales Management) so I travelled Free to lots of places, where hotels were also complimentary.

Seagurl51
April 26th, 2007, 09:52 PM
In no particular order:


Greek Islands (lots of them. Cruise or fly.)
Palma de Mallorca
Tenerife
Spain in general, specially driving, if you speak Spanish
Thailand (Bangkok, a bit and Pattaya, a lot)
Costa del Sol (Torremolinos and beaches to the west of it and if you're really "loaded" -money not alcohol- Puerto Banus, Marbella.)





Man...I need to get out more....

poolraat
April 27th, 2007, 12:13 AM
For a taste of ranch life in the west, cattle drives, horse drives or just a pack trip into the mountains...

http://www.cottonwoodguestranch.com/

Julie Roddin
April 27th, 2007, 12:40 AM
Palma de Mallorca
Spain in general, specially driving, if you speak SpanishI spent 11 days in Spain last year. 3 in Barcelona and 8 in Mallorca. What an amazing place. In Mallorca we stayed in Port de Pollenca and biked every day. I never really could imagine a cyclist's paradise, but knew the second that I landed at the airport and saw the baggage claim specifically for bikes, that I was in heaven. It is incredible there and I definitely want to go back someday. Barcelona was fantastic also. I'm glad you mentioned Spain because I was in US mode when the question was asked. PM me if you're interested in Mallorca/Barcelona and I'll send pics, places to go, etc :)

Tomorrow I'm headed to Florida, not quite Mallorca, but much sunnier than DC right now!

Julie

3strokes
April 27th, 2007, 07:19 AM
julieopl;89814
PM me if you're interested in Mallorca/Barcelona and I'll send pics, places to go, etc :)

Julie


Thanks for the offer, Julie.
What I really need are the winning numbers for the next Lottery Jackpot so I can revisit all my favorite places (and discover new ones).

Between 1979 and 1984 I was Iberia's Sales Manager for Egypt and a good part of North and East Africa, out of Cairo. I used to fly to Spain an average of 10 times a year and flew and drove all over (including Andorra). Barcelona is one of my favorite cities. Madrid is, as they say, "De Madrid al Cielo" meaning, after Madrid, the only best spot is Heaven.

The best meal I ever had in my life was in Andalucia, driving with my family and our best friends and stopping at a small village wayside inn. The veranda at the back of the house overlooked a mountain vista that deserved to be on a National Geographic cover. The "waiter" was the owners' son, a young lad in tennis shorts and a vest. I told him to forget the menu (yes, they had one) and to bring whatever his Mama was cooking for the family that day and that I'd pay the menu prices for the family to eat (if we happened to consume all their own meal). It was Heavenly. After we mopped all the dishes clean, they didn't even need to be washed. Then fruit, desserts and coffee and liqueurs were on the house; they wouldn't hear of us paying for these and offered us -again on the house- a bottle of, local, Champagne (which the family shared with us at our insistence). Under the circumstances, it tasted better than any Dom Perignon (any year, any Bond movie).

Not a single picture. The memory is still so vivid in my mind (that same mind that is so apt to forget what I had for, "What's the name of that morning meal, again?", yesterday."

Thanks for the memory, Julie. Just retelling it, made me relive it.

blainesapprentice
April 27th, 2007, 07:40 AM
For a taste of ranch life in the west, cattle drives, horse drives or just a pack trip into the mountains...

http://www.cottonwoodguestranch.com/


I totally just bookmarked that page...thanks for sharing that vacay spot! I have always wanted to get a summer job on a ranch--but never been able to find one--this is kinda the opposite--paying to work on a ranch, but none-the-less, cowboys, horse-riding, cowboys, beautiful spacious western land, cowboys--you get the pattern:hug:

aquageek
April 27th, 2007, 08:03 AM
I agree with Beth, it's is hard to top Destin. The snow white sand and crystal clear water are as good, if not better, than any place in the Caribbean. It's not so easy to get to from Charlotte.

Our family has vacationed at Wild Dunes Resort just north of Charleston for about a decade now. It is absolutely family friendy. They have numerous pools, great beaches, a wonderful pavilion area, bands until 10 pm for the families. It is really kid heaven, for all ages. Then, if you have the grand parents there, you can dump the kids and there are good times for adults too, and Charleston is only 20 minutes away. We actually met a family from N. VA last year there.

They have these insidious little "credit cards" they give you up check in (we rent a house). I always wince at the end of the week when I see the bar tab.

But, the best thing is it has a 25m lap pool, a three mile running/biking path and an awesome workout facility. This part isn't appreciated as much by my family as it is by me. It also is a world renowned tennis center and has at least two great golf courses.

http://www.wilddunes.com/

poolraat
April 27th, 2007, 11:48 AM
I totally just bookmarked that page...thanks for sharing that vacay spot! I have always wanted to get a summer job on a ranch--but never been able to find one--this is kinda the opposite--paying to work on a ranch, but none-the-less, cowboys, horse-riding, cowboys, beautiful spacious western land, cowboys--you get the pattern:hug:

Morgan if you really want to come let me know. I know the Smith family well (one of them works for me) and the ranch has become like a home away from home.

Slowswim
April 27th, 2007, 12:44 PM
I agree with Beth, it's is hard to top Destin. The snow white sand and crystal clear water are as good, if not better, than any place in the Caribbean. It's not so easy to get to from Charlotte.


I'd take Tampa Bay/Clearwater over Destin any day and they have a big airport that has direct flights to Charlotte. Its probably about the same drive time too.

chickadee
April 27th, 2007, 01:28 PM
Small summer cottage in Maine on a small quiet lake, complete with screened in porch for bugfree wine sipping( which you can buy in the grocery store with the great bread and cheese ) and cribbage games, and a dock for lots of silly running jumps into the water ( "Mommy watch this one, Mommy did you see my somersault") When it gets really hot we buy those cheap floats and float down the lake on the slow current, and walk back to the cottage on a DIRT road - something my surburban daughter finds wild. Ton's of ice cream parlors with real ice with real cream fat. Nearby mountains for hiking. Lots of lobster...Low keyed restful and not crowded, I break out the home accent Ayuh! Only 9 weeks to go til we head North! :groovy: Great place for us red heads and melanin challenged folks.

aquaFeisty
April 27th, 2007, 03:41 PM
Not nearly as exotic (or cool) as lotsa places listed here, but I used to love camping at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware. This is the northernmost DE beach that is truly ocean (as opposed to on the DE Bay). My parents used to take my 2 sisters and me camping there for a week in late summer. We'd eat breakfast at the campsite, then go spend all day at the beach. Late in the afternoon, Mom would rinse all three of us off in the very nice public showers (really, they are pretty dang nice, esp. for the mid-atlantic east coast where you often have to pay for a shower) and then we'd go out to dinner!! (My parents' philosophy being that money saved by camping vs. hotel was well spent on the food and bar bill!)

chickadee
April 27th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Aquafeisty - My husband and I are thinking of doing that next weekend, as my daughter's U10 soccer team is playing the Henlopen Waves! Small world.
And we love camping!

CreamPuff
April 27th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Acapulco - Fairmont Acapulco Princess is awesome with a wonderful, state of the art gym and weight room that has a panormic view of the ocean and cliffs - right on the beach! Go to La Perla and see the cliff divers

Mexico City/ Cuernevaca (few hours outside of Mexico) - stay at Las Mananitas - teaches the kiddies what a third world country is like - often very eye opening - brush up on your spanish skills; hubby and I were married here and then we spent the honeymoon in Acapulco; climb Tepotzlan

Prague - also a great vacation - people are very friendly - for a more "hearty" kind of vacationing family

Sarasota, FL - very relaxing; great ocean swimming; Ritz is very kid friendly and it keeps 'em out of the way for when you don't want to see them with their Kids Club; there's an annual ocean water swim in October called the Daquari Dash (great time to go) that is 1K/ 3K or 5K. Have the whole family join in the fun. Running is big there and it's awesome to run along the paths and see the sun rise.

aquaFeisty
April 27th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Oh wow, definitely small world! Anyone that knows of DE the state, let alone an actual place in the state always surprises me!! :) You might want to check and see if they take reservations now... they didn't use to and you had to get there early to get a spot. Of course, that was in the summer, too, not in April! I hope you have fun... I miss Cape Henlopen! :(

CreamPuff
April 27th, 2007, 04:24 PM
One last obvious vay-cay spot -

Hubby and I love Diseny World at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
Excellent service from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave and we don't even have kids!

newmastersswimmer
April 27th, 2007, 05:31 PM
One last obvious vay-cay spot -

Hubby and I love Diseny World at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
Excellent service from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave and we don't even have kids!


We're going to Disney World during the first week of June (after first spending a few days visiting a friend in Jupiter FLA near West Palm Beach)....then we get two weeks off and we're off again to Destin FLA for another week of vacation.

Bork

CreamPuff
April 27th, 2007, 06:01 PM
We're going to Disney World during the first week of June (after first spending a few days visiting a friend in Jupiter FLA near West Palm Beach)....then we get two weeks off and we're off again to Destin FLA for another week of vacation.

Bork

Disney is the bomb! I love it more as an adult. Small world - we often go to Boca Raton and West Palm Beach too as family is there - also nice places to visit.

The Fortress
April 27th, 2007, 06:12 PM
Disney is the bomb! I love it more as an adult. Small world - we often go to Boca Raton and West Palm Beach too as family is there - also nice places to visit.

You guys are insane! I wouldn't touch that place with a ten foot *pole* sans kids. LOL. (Although the Meet Cinderella dinner at the Grand Floridian was quite special, especially for Lil lil Fort, who still thinks princesses are real.)

All these places sound fabulous! I want to go to Destin. But, mostly, I'd like a week in Paris in the late spring.

Jim:

Three weeks of vacation? Sounds lovely. I'm jealous.

CreamPuff
April 27th, 2007, 06:20 PM
You guys are insane! I wouldn't touch that place with a ten foot *pole* sans kids. LOL. (Although the Meet Cinderella dinner at the Grand Floridian was quite special, especially for Lil lil Fort, who still thinks princesses are real.)



Husband and I KNOW we are both insane. We've been told that by our friends who are also insane. :rofl:
I LOVE Cinderella's castle and the dinners and b'fast with the characters.
And who can beat those alien legs?
We go once every year or two years. . . Just don't go in June or July!

What do you mean princesses and Cinderella aren't real?

3strokes
April 27th, 2007, 06:50 PM
(S)he-Man;90100
Husband and I KNOW we are both insane. We've been told that by our friends who are also insane. :rofl:


That sounds like me (when I was married back between 79 and 84..... I was married between 1972 and 1991 but this episode was.....see below,) with my wife and our two best friends -another couple. We were known as "Los locos".
He also worked with an Airline and we would decide on the spur of the moment to take a trip.

Our loco-est one was on a December 29th of a year between those two dates.
We decided to go to Madrid (from Cairo) for New Year's Eve.
We (I, really) arranged for the (FREE) tickets and hotel next day,
flew out on the 30th (after midnight of the 29-30 Dec),
spent the day in Madrid, New year's Eve at the Puerta del Sol (the geographic heart of Espaņa), drank our street-bought Champagne and ate our 12 grapes, hugged (almost) everybody around (my ex made me stop at Carmencita, Rosita, Margarita, Evita and Marielita), and flew back on the 1st.

Peter Cruise
April 27th, 2007, 07:54 PM
Tuscany in the fall.

notsofast
April 27th, 2007, 10:01 PM
Lots of Disney talk here, particularly with kids. If you consider Disney, spend $20 on "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World." We got the 2007 edition when we thought we would go.
Even if you don't do Disney (we didn't), the book is a hoot, if only for the breathless advice on how to book Cinderella's Royal Table exactly 90 days in advance. Apparently the competition is fierce (lines open at 7 p.m. and all slots are filled by 7:02), so the guide advises synchronizing your watch against an atomic clock. Highlight: "As soon as a live ... agent comes on the line, interrupt immediately and say, 'I need Cindy's breakfast . . . for four people, any available time.' "
Anyhoo, there's a section describing research by Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown and Russell about what kids want in a vacation, noting that 71% say they need a vacation because school and homework get them down. Here's what they want:
- To go swimming: 80%
- To eat in restaurants: 78%
- To stay at a hotel or resort: 76%
- To visit a theme park: 73%
- To stay up late: 73%.
The research study was part of the reason we didn't go Disney. The kids don't want to do much more than go to a nearby hotel with a good indoor pool, eat at restaurants (meaning McDonald's) and goof off till they are tired. Of course, if the pool is too small, you can always practice flip turns.
(Same research said kids do NOT want to: get up early, ride in a car, play golf or go to a museum.)

fanstone
May 3rd, 2007, 11:48 AM
Best trekking vacations: either Canadian Rockies around the Banff area, or Switzerland anywhere between and around Chamonix, Mont Blanc and Zermatt. Here are three companies that are tops for trekking and cycling:

www.mtsobek.com/
www.wildernesstravel.com/
www.backroads.com/

Most beautiful country in the world that you can see in two weeks? New Zealand.

Best cities to sight see while walking: Paris, London, Rome, New York (?).

Best skiing during Northern Hemisphere's summer? Las Lenas, Argentina, and Valle Nevado, Chile, plus Bariloche, Argentina.

Best summer hiking while you freeze in the north: Any of Patagonia.

Best vacation spots in Brazil? Contact me off list.

A cheap way to travel and visit and eat and sleep well: all cruise ships, where you can get an overall view of most countries and ports while sleeping and eating for what you would normally pay if you were doing this in hotels and restaurants. Here is a good company:

www.hollandamerica.com/

blainesapprentice
May 3rd, 2007, 01:33 PM
Lots of Disney talk here, particularly with kids. If you consider Disney, spend $20 on "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World." We got the 2007 edition when we thought we would go.
Even if you don't do Disney (we didn't), the book is a hoot, if only for the breathless advice on how to book Cinderella's Royal Table exactly 90 days in advance. Apparently the competition is fierce (lines open at 7 p.m. and all slots are filled by 7:02), so the guide advises synchronizing your watch against an atomic clock. Highlight: "As soon as a live ... agent comes on the line, interrupt immediately and say, 'I need Cindy's breakfast . . . for four people, any available time.' "
Anyhoo, there's a section describing research by Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown and Russell about what kids want in a vacation, noting that 71% say they need a vacation because school and homework get them down. Here's what they want:
- To go swimming: 80%
- To eat in restaurants: 78%
- To stay at a hotel or resort: 76%
- To visit a theme park: 73%
- To stay up late: 73%.
The research study was part of the reason we didn't go Disney. The kids don't want to do much more than go to a nearby hotel with a good indoor pool, eat at restaurants (meaning McDonald's) and goof off till they are tired. Of course, if the pool is too small, you can always practice flip turns.
(Same research said kids do NOT want to: get up early, ride in a car, play golf or go to a museum.)

if your going to disney also invest in the book titled something like: The Budget Guide to Disney, we went a few years ago (for like the 15th time in my life) with a family that has 3 kids and small budget to spend on the trip, adn we bought that book and ended up having a super time, saving tons of money and getting tons of good eats, and memorabilia...they come out with it every year or so as well!

nancytris
May 3rd, 2007, 08:24 PM
Small summer cottage in Maine on a small quiet lake, complete with screened in porch for bugfree wine sipping( which you can buy in the grocery store with the great bread and cheese ) and cribbage games, and a dock for lots of silly running jumps into the water ( "Mommy watch this one, Mommy did you see my somersault") When it gets really hot we buy those cheap floats and float down the lake on the slow current, and walk back to the cottage on a DIRT road - something my surburban daughter finds wild. Ton's of ice cream parlors with real ice with real cream fat. Nearby mountains for hiking. Lots of lobster...Low keyed restful and not crowded, I break out the home accent Ayuh! Only 9 weeks to go til we head North! :groovy: Great place for us red heads and melanin challenged folks.
I don't suppose you want to share what lake that might be? I will be in Maine for a couple of days this August at a friend's family "camp" on a small lake that I cannot remember the name of. I live on the West coast but am a replant from the east coast (Maryland actually). Your lake floating sounds sooooooooo nice, and swimming in a warmer lake than we have out here will be a true treat.

Karen Duggan
May 3rd, 2007, 09:16 PM
Awesome lakes: Tahoe, Moosehead (ME), Winnipisaukee, Berryessa. I have wonderful memories of all of them.

YBDRY
May 4th, 2007, 05:26 PM
Awesome lakes: Tahoe, Moosehead (ME), Winnipisaukee, Berryessa. I have wonderful memories of all of them.

Lake Tahoe is great. Just don't get stupid and enter the Trans Tahoe Relay. Have you done the Berryessa swim? Every year I say I'm going to then life gets in the way.

Muppet
May 5th, 2007, 07:07 AM
To the Mainers - Chickadee, thanks for throwing that out there. I haven't been in a long time and I really want to go back. We used to rent a house up across the inlet from Blue Hill (Blueberries for Sal) and vege for 1-2 weeks, go through Acadia National Park, and play at every Mini-Golf course we could find.

To the Disney folks, mostly the Disney haters, I love Disney world and would go in a heartbeat. Half my extended family worked or currently works there. The best times to go are NOT the summer nor any other holiday (Oct and Nov are best). I went a couple years ago the weekend before thanksgiving. Most attractions had minimal lines, and the popular ones were about 20-30 minutes MAX. However, for a good portion of these attractions, part of the ride is set up while you wait in line.
There is a lot to do for both kids and adults. Downtown Disney is a Disney Outlet Mall and Pleasure Island w/ all the clubs is right there with clubs and restaurants. :bouncing:
Hotels, some of the theme ones are a little kooky, but unique. I recommend Coronado Springs b/c of the pool (~40M long, has something that could be considered the "line on the bottom of the pool", and was empty at 8am) and food. Plus, you don't need a car at all - they offer shuttles that run every 20 minutes from resort to the different theme parks.

geochuck
May 5th, 2007, 09:33 AM
I have been warned by people who go to Melacque Mexico. Do no tell anyone, keep it a secret. http://www.costalegre.ca/Melaque.htm

Allen Stark
May 6th, 2007, 03:41 PM
You can't beat Oregon in the summer.Beaches,mountains,rivers,waterfalls,etc.If you are coming to 2008 LCM Nats plan to stay extra and enjoy the area.For a winter vacation we went to Koh Lanta island in Thailand last year.The plane flight was not something I'd want to do with kids,but once there it was great. VERY inexpensive lodgings.Wonderful food(If you like Thai food it is even better with fresh spices) white beaches,clear water,inexpensive scuba tours,elephant rides,and my wife's favorite-one hour massage for $8.Where we stayed,Kaw Kwang Resort,almost all the other guests were Swedish which was interesting also.:banana:

chickadee
May 7th, 2007, 04:47 PM
No problem Nancytris - the lake is actually Coffee Pond, near Sebago Lake which is near the NH border, in the Western Lakes region of Maine. August is a good time to go to Maine, as most of the lakes are spring fed and have warmed up a bit.
Muppet - we used to go camping at Blackwoods in Bar Harbor but BH is catering to the cruise boat crowd, and it is awful so we have abandonned it for the time being. They park the the cruise ships outside Frenchmans Bay and bring the hoards into shore...
My daughter loves undivided attention - doesnt matter so much where we go just as long as we are doing things together, last trip we went digging in one of the quarries in Maine, found small pieces of tourmaline, very sweet. And she loves leading the hikes and being in charge of the maps. I agree with the survey take my daughter out to breakfast, let her stay up late and watch 100 cannon balls and she is living large BAby!
And Muppet we are mini golf fanatics - it gets quite cutthroat!
Allan - never been to Oregon have been to Washington, loved the climate and beauty, hope to get the family there someday.

swimmer_steph
May 8th, 2007, 12:18 AM
We're childfree so all of our destinations are suggested from a no-kids point-of-view.

First and foremost -- Key West! We love it so much we're planning on moving down in the next year or so...

West Palm Beach, Florida, is also v. pretty...

We enjoyed Paradise Island - more so than Nassau, IMHO.

Cozumel is also v. friendly. We actually forgot our digi cam in the taxi and we not only had it returned to us, but everything else in the case was also returned! :)

We're going to the Hawaiian Islands for two weeks this August and we can't wait. It's been a dream of ours to visit that state and we're finally getting to go!

Wow - so many places, so little time!

swimmer_steph
May 8th, 2007, 12:24 AM
Facebook is where large chunks of my life disappear...

Do you also have a MySpace and if so, which one do you prefer? I have found so many names from the past on MySpace! Here's my page if anyone wants to add me:

http://www.myspace.com/livestrongtoday