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Old 02-16-2013, 03:37 PM
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Default Favorite Vacation Ideas?

Pretty self explanatory. My husband and I are brainstorming for a summer vacation and while there are things/places we enjoy, there isn't anywhere or anything we absolutely MUST do this year. So I am throwing it out there in the hopes that some little corner of the world we've never heard of or considered but someone else loves will strike our fancy.

I'm not going to put any qualifiers on it as far as destinations, activities, or budget because I just want to see what everyone comes up with. We'll whittle it down to fit our personal constraints, but for now anything goes!
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:44 PM
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We're heading to Tennerifa in September. I can't WAIT. Its supposedly so beautiful Hiking, Beach, sun...
It's not too expensive for us though, because the flight is within Europe, no idea what it would be from the US
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:37 PM
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Well, like I said in another thread, my dream vacation would be to go to Hawaii... do some island hopping... hike around through nature... swim... forever.


Realistically, though, I would like to pack the dogs up and drive to a place on the east coast where I can stay with the dogs and take them to a dog friendly beach so we can all play in the ocean!
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:40 PM
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I'm heading to the mountains for a vacation - Asheville, specifically. It's not terribly far (a few hours drive), but it's my kind of city: hippie, local food friendly.
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We went to Corolla, NC this past summer/fall... rented a house right by the ocean... The beaches were dog friendly as were many attractions and shops, and many of the houses, too.

It was beautiful, great scenery, very relaxing and not *that* expensive, either, for being an "upscale" area.
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:50 PM
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One of my favorite vacations was what we did last year- rented a house on the ocean with a pool in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. It's a laid back surfing town with a bunch of restaurants. We spent most of the time swimming, eating, and drinking, which was a huge win.

Renting a cabin in the Smoky Mountains makes for a nice vacation with dogs. There are a handful of trails in the Smoky Mountains National Park that allow dogs. Most of the cabin companies offer really nice cabins with great views and hot tubs- perfect for relaxing with a beer after a long hike

I really enjoyed Ireland and Scotland. We did B&B driving tours with both. County Wicklow (right outside of Dublin) in Ireland was beautiful- rolling hills, lush scenery, and Glendalough was one of my favorite places I've ever been.

Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard are really nice in the summer months. Provincetown (the tip of Cape Cod) is a colorful, fun place with good shops and good food. If you did either of those, you could combine them with a couple of days in Boston.

The White Mountains in New Hampshire are gorgeous, as is coastal Maine in the summer.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:35 PM
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We're the same way. We had a difficult time deciding where to go after our wedding. Those hotel rooms look awesome! Definitely bookmarking that!!!

We are doing a long New Zealand trip as our 1 yr anniversary/honeymoon

We're going to go to Put In Bay, an island in Lake Erie this summer. It's called the Key West of the North.
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I remember the ads for Sybaris - they are hilariously amusing as they are both outdated and very campy. I don't know if I could bring myself to stay somewhere that's pretty much solely designed for sexy times...talk about not wanting to sleep under the comforter! LOL
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:48 AM
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If we're talking about dog friendly trips, I want to go to Barkwells at some point (http://barkwells.com/) which is near Asheville, so only a few hours drive from me. The Outer Banks are also high on my list - I visited with family years ago and loved it. Ocracoke was just the right balance of amenities and non-touristy-ness for me.

I'm loving this thread, though, because DH and I have been thinking about a non dog vacay and I needed ideas, too!
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