Tuesday, May 16th 2006
Seeking Your Opinion

Okay, y’all. Please rock the comments today for this one little post, will ya? HolySister and I need help.

We’re planning a getaway trip, maybe 4 days, with just the two of us, plus Seth-6mth. Our requirements are different, and we can’t decide where to go. All suggestions welcome.

My trip preferences:

i’d like to try rappelling

baby friendly, plus baby travel friendly. (nowhere requiring flights with 4 connections, etc)

low humidity or strong local belief in air conditioning

i don’t like spa treatments or any other ‘pampering’ that entails paying strangers to touch me in any way. ew.

HolySister’s preferences:

she wants to be waited upon, spa or resort style

beach-y perhaps

wants to do very little (but she’s not good at doing nothing, and if she changes her mind, there needs to be stuff to do. trust me. a bored holysister without options is NOT a relaxing travelling companion)

also, she’s coming from New England, I’m coming from TX.


Throw out any and all ideas, y’all! We appreciate them!  I don’t want to leave the country – all other places considered. HolySister suggested a cool place in Arkansas yesterday. (To those of you who know her, no I’m not even kidding.)

See,  we were both supposed to visit websites and come up with ideas by today, and i havne’t had a chance. so i have no ideas and today is my deadline. (HolySister has probably looked at all the travel sites and then some, and organized the pros and cons of 19 cities on index cards. So help me out!)

Updated to add: A mere 10 seconds after posting this, HolySIster calls, giggling since she’s already seen this post. I’m amazed. And no, she doesn’t even use bloglines!


32 Comments on “Seeking Your Opinion”

May 16th, 2006
2:12 pm

It’s been a while since I read any Parenting magazines, but I don’t think they recommend rapelling for babies.

And dude, a sister who’s willing to do all the work? Just pick one of her suggestions and say “Wow, I had lots of ideas, but this is better than any of mine!”

May 16th, 2006
2:14 pm

Ooh! I thought of another one! If your figure/stretch marks are anything like mine are after four kids, wear a bikini and you’ll repel people like crazy.

May 16th, 2006
2:20 pm

ack! i need to add that to my list of preferences: no swimsuits!!

May 16th, 2006
3:03 pm

Can’t help you – sorry. :( That sounds like the opposite of every vacation I’ve ever taken. LOL

May 16th, 2006
3:16 pm

I think my suggestions will be too far for you to go. :( I am no help.

May 16th, 2006
3:19 pm

How about Upstate NY? :-) You can stay at a Bed and Breakfast and (if you come see us in the Fingerlakes area) do the wine trails. There is plenty of hiking to be had for outdoors-y stuff. There is a place outside of Ithaca, NY called Taughannock Falls – beautiful place to stay, state park right there w/ hiking or lounging beach-style (lake beach, not ocean beach, but whatever). Seneca Falls (birthplace of women’s rights in the US!) is only about 45 minutes away, and Ithaca has TONS AND TONS of fun shops in the Commons – your sister can get a spa treatment or two down there as well!

May 16th, 2006
3:26 pm

I have no suggestions. I’d like to try repelling sometime though, so if you find something, let me know!!

May 16th, 2006
3:34 pm

How about San Diego? It has beach, shoppings, restaurants, both upscale and kids-friendly, spas, and lots of kids-friendly attractions (eg: SD zoo), and wonderful weather. I dont know where you are at in TX, but Southwest has flights coming out of lots of airports in TX to SD.

May 16th, 2006
3:42 pm

I am going to suggest Colorado–not because I live here but because i think you would like it. We have VERY low humidity and lots of rock climbing opportunities. We also have river rafting and hiking–lots of beautiful things to see. If you go a mountain town, like Vail or Aspen, you will be pampered and live in luxury. Also recommended: Breckenridge and Telluride.

Have fun choosing your destination!

May 16th, 2006
3:52 pm

I vote for Breckenridge or Sedona! We just visited there a few weeks ago and the weather is beautiful. The have the spa thingy’s for Holysister and mountain-y things for you. Definitely kid friendly – you can just pop Seth in a backpack and your off. Good luck wherever you pick!

May 16th, 2006
3:54 pm

I second CO. It’s a great place for all the things you listed as requirements. San Diego was my next suggestion. My third is Disney. Yes. You read that right. A quick trip with the babe and HS would be fun!

May 16th, 2006
4:02 pm

my 2 cents is to stay at a Bed & Breakfast where ever you go, but often you have to check their take on kiddos.

May 16th, 2006
4:50 pm

I’m still laughing at Jeana’s comments, but I do have two suggestions:

1. San Diego – SO family friendly, beautiful, and fun
2. Sedona – my brother and his wife stayed at a great place there – and your sister could get pampered, and you could do nature-y things.

Email me if you want more info…I shan’t plug a resort unnecessarily in your comments. :-)

May 16th, 2006
5:00 pm

Well, if you’re going to fly somewhere, I’d say the best place to vacation is the Gulf Coast of Florida. Like Destin. The beaches are gorgeous. Who cares if you’re wearing a swimsuit? It’s just your sister, right? :)

Anyway, total relaxation for me — at my age — is stretching out on a lounge chair wearing a straw hat underneath one of those big umbrellas (who needs a tan?), sipping something cold, reading a great book. With the sounds of the sea swishing in the background.

That’s just me. I LOVE the beach!

May 16th, 2006
5:16 pm

I know it sounds crazy to the rest of the world, but Arkansas is absolutely beautiful. You wouldn’t know it by our reputation, but we also aren’t completely full of rednecks (maybe about 3/4 full, but there’s plenty of room for the rest of you too). It’s close to you, Kelsey, and if you come to Hot Springs (my home), you get the best of both worlds: spas and rapelling…with no swimsuits unless you want to. And I’ll even babysit Seth for you!
Granted, the low humidity thing is a problem, but the air conditioning is a given. No beaches of course, but lakes, mountains, rivers, spas– oh my! Just don’t rule out Arkansas, is all I’m saying.

May 16th, 2006
5:31 pm

Okay, I had to look around at some stuff because this is something I would like to do with every fiber of my being, but it will most likely never happen! So, I am living through you! First, I was thinking that there are a million things I could think up quick that I would do but when you throw in the fact of bringing an infant it changes a few things. So I thought if I had to bring my munchkin then I would want a place that I had to do as little work as possible like cooking etc. So I think Bed and Breakfast for sure because you don’t have to load a baby into a car seat to go eat, and if they have room service even better. Then I was thinking that Colorado would for sure be good for relaxing and for repelling as well. Weather is good, and most of the towns seem to be pretty laid back and yet have much to offer for Holysister. Okay, anyways I typed in B&B for Colorado amd the first one I found was this one and so I think it’s a start. (I don’t know how to link through comments so here is the address): http://www.amountainvalleyhome.com
When I go on vacation (as if) I love to have a place to get away from people and stress and yet still be able to go to the excitment if I want. So this one looked cool.
So anyways! Hope you find your spot and I hope I didn’t totally annoy you, but if I did it was still fun! :) Have a great trip!

Shannon from Rocks in my Dryer
May 16th, 2006
5:38 pm

No suggestions; my brain is sapped at the end of a long day…just hopes you can find something wonderful!

Chris Cree
May 16th, 2006
5:38 pm

A guy’s take (with no kids even)…

Anyway you ought to consider a cruise. That way you have a choice because there’s lots to do but you can veg in a deck chair whenever you want.

And the best part is you can eat ANYTIME – 24/7 – there’s always a buffet open!

May 16th, 2006
5:56 pm

Sedona sounded like a great suggestion. I am sure you could find some repelling there.

May 16th, 2006
8:45 pm

I agree that a bed and breakfast would be your best option. Where…I have no idea because I have only been to Florida and Kentucky:(. I hope you all have fun, that’s the most important thing right:)

julie carobini
May 16th, 2006
9:54 pm

Aloha! Get thee to Hawaii. You and Seth-6mth to a luau (all the colors will keep him happy) while sissy gets pampered at a spa. Meet up later for beverage sipping beneath a coconut tree.

And don’t forget to blog about it (yeah, right :-)

May 16th, 2006
10:32 pm

No suggestions, but I pray you have a great time!!! I wish I had a sister.

May 16th, 2006
11:10 pm

I was going to say Arkansas (sort of in the middle) or New Mexico (mountains, spas, low humidity).

Doesn’t really matter as long as you take me with you. Hey! I’ll babysit!

May 17th, 2006
8:34 am

I’m late on this!!! I am hoping to go to New Mexico in Sept. I think it will be wonderful. That’s what they say anyway!!!

May 17th, 2006
9:16 am

Hopefully you got some good ideas. I’ve basically got nothing for you in this area. We always go camping or to California for vacation. Not to thrilling!!

May 17th, 2006
9:21 am

You could come on over to Iowa. We have a corn maze. YEE HA!

Sorry. No real ideas for ya. You’ll have fun wherever you go.

May 17th, 2006
11:20 am

I highly recommend Washington, D.C.

Where else can you possibly go that offers you spa-like treatments with the special D.C. sweat-treatments as you run for your life from a would-be mugger, Enjoy rappelling for your life up the Washington Monument as Park Police wait for you on horse down below (and if you’re real lucky, you’ll have a swat team of comandoes circleing you in helicopters pointing guns at you and screaming for you to GET DOWN NOW AND PLACE YOUR HANDS BEHIND YOUR HEAD — that’s always fun), and you can enjoy fine cuisine from the local hot dog vendor who hasn’t cleaned out his hot dog holding tank for, well — since he went into business 10- years ago. What? That’s what makes those hot dogs so good!

And then, there’s always dipping your toes into the Potomac River, which isn’t polluted AT.ALL (the fish you see floating — thats normal), and you can stroll through Lafayette Park and leave the kid with the babysitters hanging out around the corner. They’re only homeless at night.

All in all — that sounds like a dream vacation.

Oh, and come in July or early August. That’s when the weather is it’s finest in Washington, D.C. — very high humidity. You’ll be able to enjoy those window units in the hotels that charge $500/night. Fun stuff!

After all … Washington D.C. IS the armpit of the nation!

It’s the armpit of the nation!

May 17th, 2006
2:54 pm

I suggest Eureka Springs, Arkansas… Yeah, I said Arkansas. Usually I say ugh to that state, but Eureka Springs is beautiful. It has lots of B&B’s from which to choose, horseback riding, caves to explore, there is a beautiful shopping district and some fabulous places to eat – Horizon’s, Ermilio’s (wonderful Italian spot in an old house), Bubba’s BBQ, Autumn Breeze (girl, go to ES for their Chocolate Souffle alone – it is divine!!!) and many others. You will not be bored, nor forced to do a thing, there.

May 17th, 2006
11:10 pm

way funny!

May 18th, 2006
7:41 pm

(pssst…GiBee’s been smokin’ somethin’.)

May 20th, 2006
8:33 am

ARKANSAS!!!!! COME SEE ME!!!!! In reference to some of the other comments…(you will have to disregard the humidity issue…it is pretty humid here) HOT SPRINGS!!!! FAB vaca spot. The Arlington Hotel is beautiful, but there are other, newer hotels downtown as well. What to do in Hot Springs…well, there are natural Hot Spring Bath Houses…do some research though. There is some cool shopping downtown. There is Magic Springs…fun for the kid inside. There is the mountain tower..you can see for DAYS!!! There are the TWO lakes. There are also lots of historical places…Al Capone lived there/hid there for MANY years. It is a “sleepy” little town with LOTS of history…oh and you can ride the ducks…I am going to leave that to your imagination. AND…if you needed a babysitter…well, that might be a bit much since you don’t know me…Feel free to e-mail me and I will be HAPPY to help…also…can give DETAILED directions to ANYWHERE you wanna go…..sorry for the epic tale of Hot Springs, but it is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

May 27th, 2006
9:50 am

Oh GIBEE, you MUST live there! I moved from the D.C. area, and I promise you Kelsey…Gibee is right on the mark. Avoid armpits if you can.

I LOVE the guy’s suggestion for a cruise. Why? It requires little actual planning, and offers everything you need. I am not saying this because I desperately want to go on one and can live vicariously through you and your blog, no. But it really sounds great…lots of options. Get a travel agent and go from there. Also, big plus could be potential child care. As I have just returned from the beach where I had to stay in our room with the baby the ENTIRE time, child-care could be good.

Best of luck..

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