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sack316
03-11-2007, 05:51 AM
Well, as most of you know, last year was the first time I really got a good vacation in I don't know how long... probably ten years or so (assuming we don't count jail or rehab... lol). And of course I loved it so much I became quite the little traveler... making a few trips to Vegas, various beaches, etc. The future Mrs. Sack and I really had a great time taking regular big trips mixed in with some smaller weekend trips to break the cycle of work and every day life.

Now as this year is underway, we are finally due to begin again. We'll be heading to Foley next weekend to shop and go to the beach, etc as a little weekend getaway. I also plan on a few trip to Vegas again this year, and also we are planning to go the the mountains sometime as well and hanging in a nice cabin for a week or two (and don't worry, I checked and each cabin has a pool table).

But beyond those things, I'm looking for something else big to surprise her with sometime. I am the absolute worst at planning ahead and making commitments to things more than a day ahead of time, so she'll never EVER see it coming if I do come up with something.

Now of course Disney World is always a good plan, but she knows I want us to go there sometime, and also it just seems so... normal. So I'd like to query you guys on what some of your favorite vacation spots have been that may not be so mainstream. I've never traveled out of the southeast except for Vegas and Texas, so I know there are a ton of places I need to see... os if y'all don't mind doing me a favor and throwing out some ideas/ past experiences I'd love to see what we come up with!

Thanks,
Sack

pooltchr
03-11-2007, 07:20 AM
Two of my favorites are fairly close to my home...Myrtle Beach SC is a lot of fun, although somewhat commercalized. Golf, shopping, great beaches, and plenty of great places to eat.
If you like the mountains, the great Smokey Mountain area of NC has lots of things to see and do...they even have a pretty big casino in Cherokee if you want a little gaming mixed in with your vacation.
For a little quieter, but fun destination, Savanah GA has quite a lot to offer.
I know there are many others, but those are all good options if you have never been there before.
Steve

Gayle in MD
03-11-2007, 09:01 AM
Dear Sack,
I'm wondering if you're the "Love to dress up and go to dinner, gamble, and go shopping" type, or the "Love nature, serenity, snorkeling and the water" type. But, the Bahamas offer both, and I personally like the Carribbean much more than hawaii, for example. If you're the resort type, there are few resorts, which offer both, in the Bahamas. The Atlantis, is a world class resort, with so much beauty, good food, gambling, man made protected coves, with beautiful fish swimming around, water slides, pools everywhere, equipment for every water sport, it is just incredible on every level, and one can escape the crowds, and drag their sand chair away to one's own solitude on the beach, conveneintly.

Also, I've recently discovered www.Houseboats.com (http://www.Houseboats.com), where one can rent an equipped houseboat, in many western and midwestern locations, and arrive to everything one needs already stocked, for a fabulous water vacation. If you're interested in a fabulous vacation in the Carribbean, the Exumas, for example, then check out www.Bahamahouseboats.com... (http://www.Bahamahouseboats.com...)

I'm a boater, and I've been to Hawaii, and all over the Carribbean, and the West Indies, but I'm not the shopping, gambling, dress up, type. My vacation this year will be in the Carribbean, once again, I plan to rent a houseboat in the Exumas, and they equip with food, gas, alcohol, fresh drinking water, jet skis, small runabouts, whatever you request. The water is the most beautiful I've every seen.

There is a slew of information about the Bahamas, Exumas, and West Indies available on the internet. One nice thing about the Bahamas, and Exumas, is that one can get low prices there in the spring and early summer, before Hurricane season, June is the best month. And, you don't have to fly across the Pacific to get there.

Hope this helps...

Gayle in Md.

wolfdancer
03-11-2007, 02:16 PM
If you are planning to remain stateside, I've included a map of potentially dangerous spots to travel to
(uh, these are marked in red):
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2006/housemaplarge.png

why not just stay home...and hit the sack ?

Gayle in MD
03-11-2007, 04:43 PM
Hey, did a Republican color this map? Don't tell me my state has gone RED! /ccboard/images/graemlins/ooo.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/mad.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

pooltchr
03-11-2007, 07:20 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Gayle in MD:</font><hr> Hey, did a Republican color this map? Don't tell me my state has gone RED! /ccboard/images/graemlins/ooo.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/mad.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif <hr /></blockquote>

I think they call it "enlightenment"! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Steve

SPetty
03-11-2007, 07:25 PM
Hi sack316, Check your PMs... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r
03-11-2007, 08:13 PM
[ QUOTE ]
Now of course Disney World is always a good plan, but she knows I want us to go there sometime, and also it just seems so... normal. So I'd like to query you guys on what some of your favorite vacation spots have been that may not be so mainstream. <hr /></blockquote> My favorite vacation spot so far is the Bavarian/Swiss Alps. My wife and I spent about 10 days in Southern Germany and it was magnificent. We toured around some castles, churches, mountains, and tons of shopping. I really prefer to spend the majority of my vacations "near" touristy type places. Sure we would go to some of the main touristy type places but 9 times out of 10 I am more interested in seeing how the locals live and seeing their favorite places. You would be amazed how many beautiful sites there are in the Black Forrest that tour buses just skip on by. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Our next trip is hopefully to go on a Mediteranean Cruise. They are about 15 nights and they look amazing. I really love to travel but my new position has me on a plane 50% of the time so going on a "vacation" lately has been staying home on the weekends with my wonderful wife and children.

eg8r

eg8r
03-11-2007, 08:21 PM
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But, the Bahamas offer both <hr /></blockquote> Hello Gayle, which do you prefer more, Pre-Atlantis Bahamas or post?

I personally hate going to Nassau and Paradise Island now. I grew up spending a month each summer on Paradise Island and I loved it. It still had that old island feel to it, beautiful palm trees, rickety boat docks, quiet laid back lifestyle, etc. When Merv owned the island he had the water plane that was pretty cool, but when he sold out the island went to trash (my opinion). The South Africans (I believe that is who own the Atlantis) went in and bought out all the hotels on the island, except the "nudie hotel" and excavated the whole thing to put in their gigantic hotel Atlantis. I remember the old ferry dock and how cool it looked. Now it is a giant slab of concrete with tons of people every where.

I remember when my wife (gf at the time) and I were dating and she wanted to go on a cruise to the Bahamas, I totally did not want to go. We she talked me into it and I just did not like what they did to Paradise Island.

I will say, the Atlantis is one amazing resort, so if you have the cash and do not care to get the true Bahamas island feel, check out the Atlantis it is amazing. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r

Gayle in MD
03-11-2007, 08:41 PM
OMG, agreeing with both you and Steve on the same day is,...well, astounding! LOL.

I'm with you, thought my post indicated that I am not the resort type. But, if one is, then the Atlantis is amazing, as I said, world class, from the food, to the water sports, to the gambling, and access to some pretty amazing beaches. As for me, I'd much prefer the Exumas, and my own houseboat, with a run about, diving and snorkeling gear, and just exploring nature. I'm a beach gal, love the sand between my toes, and nothing on my face but the warmth of the sun, and as little as possible on my body! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

I liked the old Bahamas the best, but there are so many beautiful sights in the Carribbean, and much more local flavor than one finds in Hawaii, IMO. There are so many Asians in Hawaii, everywhere you go you think your having your nails done, LOL.

Harbor Island, in the Carribbean, is also a great spot. St. Kitts is nice, But nothing beats boating around at will, on your own, not a hotel room, or a cruise ship, neither can compare to a private adventure. I'm not into big crowds.

Gayle in Md. Liked it better when Merv owned it too.

eg8r
03-11-2007, 09:15 PM
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Gayle in Md. Liked it better when Merv owned it too. <hr /></blockquote> Growing up we did not travel a whole lot around the Caribbean so I don't know much about the area other than it is beautiful. I do however remember tons about the Bahamas. We used to boat around to all the islands. I remember "growing up" with the crew on the snorkel and snail boat. It was hilarious to watch all those people learning to scuba dive in the hotel pools and then watch them squirm around in the water while my bro and I would swim right on by. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I think my second most favorite place to visit now is Curacao. I remember when I was younger we were very interested in checking out the beaches because they were topless. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif Well much to our amazement the majority of the topless were the locals and a ton of them were much much to old to be running around topless, at least for us teenagers to be oogling. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I think any where with a beach and access to scuba gear is a great vacation. I really wish we had a boat big enough to sail around and check out all the different ports and spots in the Carib. but we are here in Tennessee trying to buy up large portions of the mountains. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r &lt;~~~was told this weekend I would not get a job in town because I was not a local. I told the lady I don't need a job I work from home and travel most of the time and she just looked dumbfounded. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

dg-in-centralpa
03-12-2007, 06:54 PM
Sack,
One place I like to go is Niagara Falls, on the Canadian side. So much more to do and better food. You can drive north up the river and see Niagara-on-the-lake, a quaint little town but busy in the summer. They have a butterfly conservatory, which is nice. Also you can go to the Wellend canals and watch the freighters go through the locks. This was fascinating. I've been there a dozen times. Some of it is very touristy with the wax museums etc. but overall it's a fun place to go. There's a great restaurant called the "Skylon Tower." It revolves one revolution per hour and on a clear day you have a great view or at night a great view of the falls with the lights on.

DG