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Old 05-14-2010, 01:40 PM
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I've always wanted to do Cape Cod, along with coastal Maine, and the rest of NE. I'll do them all in the same trip someday. My grandparents go up there every fall. My mom and her husband are actually going to Mackinac island next month. It'll be their first trip, they're really looking forward to it.
Oh, the Maine coast is beautiful. Friends of ours do a lobster dinner at the beginning of the season (his bday) in York. If you like seafood, you'll never find any fresher. The small strip of NH beaches isn't much to talk about, but the White Mountains are breathtaking in summer and adventure-filled in the winter. Northern MA (Gloucester, Marblehead) and the Cape (the whole length - every town his its own personality) are very pretty. Boston is a can't miss- you can easily spend several days there. Western MA (the Berkshires) are gorgeous in summer and fall. RI actually has a lot going for it (Newport, Providence) in terms of arts and culture. CT is very residental but there are some great places (Mystic, Groton/New London) for day trips.

Yes, the beaches in New England may be more rocky, but Barry Manilow got it right. It can get hot here (mid 90s in the summer), but near the water is cooler thanks to the sea breezes.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:01 PM
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I love Jekyll Island, Georgia. Totally relaxing and once I'm on the Island, just give me a bike and I can go anywhere. Oh, and you can day trip to the swamp or Savannah or Jacksonville. St. Simon, Star, and Cumberland islands are all close by as well.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:11 PM
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My favorite trip of all time was Mackinac Island. They don't allow cars on the island, which I thought was so cool. We stayed at the Grand Hotel and the food was amazing. I loved dressing up for dinner each night. They also have the longest covered porch and I would sit out there and just visit with people. They have an old military fort that we took a tour of too. We learned how to drive a horse and carriage, which was awesome. They also have a huge national park and a pretty nice golf course. I would love to go back. It's also really cool up there and I'm not a heat person so 70s in August was great!
I'm glad you enjoyed it I consider Mackinac one of our secret treasures. It's definitely a repeat vacation place for Michiganders. The last time I was there was in 2008, with my son, when we scattered my mom's ashes in the straits of Mackinac during a meteor shower.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:14 PM
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I'm glad you enjoyed it I consider Mackinac one of our secret treasures. It's definitely a repeat vacation place for Michiganders. The last time I was there was in 2008, with my son, when we scattered my mom's ashes in the straits of Mackinac during a meteor shower.
For as much as I like to bash Michigan (hey BF goes to OSU lol) the first thing I would do if I won the lottery is buy a house on the island for a summer home. It really is just spectacular.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:24 PM
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This is going to sound cheesy but:

Vegas.

Growing up in CA, we started vacationing there when I was little. I've gone at least once a year since I was 5. My dad has a timeshare there now.

Just when we think we've seen every show, dined at every restaurant, etc. something NEW pops up.

I especially love it because several Cique shows are based there.

I'm already planning my trip for 2011 when the MJ-themed Cirque show opens. lol.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:25 PM
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I'm glad you enjoyed it I consider Mackinac one of our secret treasures. It's definitely a repeat vacation place for Michiganders. The last time I was there was in 2008, with my son, when we scattered my mom's ashes in the straits of Mackinac during a meteor shower.
now THAT is a beautiful, significant and amazingly memorable way to honor your mom!
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:29 PM
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This is going to sound cheesy but:

Vegas.

Growing up in CA, we started vacationing there when I was little. I've gone at least once a year since I was 5. My dad has a timeshare there now.

Just when we think we've seen every show, dined at every restaurant, etc. something NEW pops up.

I especially love it because several Cique shows are based there.

I'm already planning my trip for 2011 when the MJ-themed Cirque show opens. lol.
Not cheesy at all! I adore Vegas! It's like the adult Disney World. Speaking of Disney World...
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:47 PM
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I especially love it because several Cique shows are based there.
Have you seen The Beatles one? It's basically the reason I want to go to Vegas, lol

I go to Puerto Rico about once a year (family there & parents recent bought a house there). We stay on the northwest side of the island in a town called Aguadilla. It's beautiful! I second what AOII Angel said about the bioluminescent bay and rain forest. I also recommend Rincon (west side of the island) is you're into surfing.

My family and their friends and their family used to go to Door County, Wisconsin every year. We always had a great time! Lots of state parks and places to hike/ride bikes. Lots of golfing too! Oh, and we always spend one day on a pontoon boat that we rent on Green Bay!
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:22 PM
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My family and their friends and their family used to go to Door County, Wisconsin every year. We always had a great time! Lots of state parks and places to hike/ride bikes. Lots of golfing too! Oh, and we always spend one day on a pontoon boat that we rent on Green Bay!
Love love love Door County! It's a staple summer vacation spot for my family, too.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:29 PM
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My favorite repeat spot is the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. It's less than a 5 hour drive from where I live, lodging is cheap (3 bed, 3 bath delux townhouse for less than $100 a night? can't beat that!), and hiking in the national park is free and beautiful.

Me too!! I like it for the shopping and people watching!
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:39 PM
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Have you seen The Beatles one? It's basically the reason I want to go to Vegas, lol

I go to Puerto Rico about once a year (family there & parents recent bought a house there). We stay on the northwest side of the island in a town called Aguadilla. It's beautiful! I second what AOII Angel said about the bioluminescent bay and rain forest. I also recommend Rincon (west side of the island) is you're into surfing.

My family and their friends and their family used to go to Door County, Wisconsin every year. We always had a great time! Lots of state parks and places to hike/ride bikes. Lots of golfing too! Oh, and we always spend one day on a pontoon boat that we rent on Green Bay!

YES.

You can read about everyone's (and some of my) Cirque experiences here:


http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/sh...ghlight=Cirque
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:53 PM
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I love The Greenbrier. It is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been. Granted, the new owner has put in a casino, and I suppose I'll see how that affects everything soon. He has it basically in the basement, and promises that it will not totally change the atmosphere. I hope it doesn't.

I also love going to Mexico City and the Dominican Republic, but I have family in those places which may mean that I experience them differently than normal vacationers might...
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:01 PM
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Thanks KSU!

And ThetaDancer, where do you usually stay? We used to rent cabins near the Alpine, but we've been staying at the Landmark for a while now...Ugh we haven't been in three years, I miss it!
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:24 PM
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Greater DC

I've always said that if I knew I was going to die tomorrow, I would want to take one last drive down George Washington Memorial Parkway to Mount Vernon. There is something so peaceful about having the Bay on the one side, and all of the natural wildlife areas - it's one of my favorite places in the world. Knowing that it's so close to such a major city makes it all the more lush.

My favorite vacation of all time was when I was 16 and my parents took me to Estriol, Portugal (outside of Lisbon). We stayed at the Hotel Palacio, but unfortunately we didn't know that about 80% of the espionage during WWII happened at that hotel! Our suite was bigger than apartments I've lived in - two stories, huge balcony, floor to top of second story windows, sauna & jacuzzi in the suite, and most of the furniture (other than the beds) were well preserved antiques. The restaurant served the full seven courses, along with the wines, and used sterling and china. I'll admit that a lot of the passion I have in remembering this trip is from being so young, probably the only blonde in Portugal that week & a half, having men flirt with me continuously, and seeing so many luxurious palaces. The picture below is of the lobby, but the suite seen half-obscured by the flowers (second from the left) was ours. I'll have to dig up a photo of me while we were there.


My parents' section of the suite:



My part of the suite:
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