Where do grown-ups go on a summer vacation?
January 8, 2013 1:23 PM Subscribe
In celebration of our tenth anniversary, my husband and I would like to take a real, child-free, not-tacked-on-to-work-travel, vacation. Please, tell us where to go.
The last (and only) trip we took strictly for pleasure was ten years ago to Las Vegas to get married. I am completely at a loss trying to decide where to go this time. Neither of us has a strong desire to go anywhere in particular. Mostly, we just want to have a fun, relaxing week (or so) away. Please help me with some ideas. I need to get the plans going. Last weekend we joked that simply sending the kids to their grandparents' house for a week would be a good vacation for us and I'm a little afraid that this idea could take hold and my vacation could turn into a work-on-the-house week!
Here are our constraints: we'll be flying out of Chicago and are looking to stay in North America. Due to academic schedules, we have to go over the summer. We can take a week, give or take a couple of days. Good food and a really comfortable king size bed are priorities. Wine, shopping, hiking, and beautiful scenery would be pluses. We don't like crowds or excessive heat. Something like a few days bumming around San Francisco followed by a few days hiking and tasting wine in Sonoma would be ideal (but not this time around- we used to live in the Bay area and are headed there for a conference/vacation summer 2014).