Is there a vacation destination that both of us would enjoy?
May 29, 2014 8:51 PM Subscribe
My husband and I would like to plan a nice vacation for an upcoming anniversary. Unfortunately, our ideas of what would make it a nice vacation are pretty far apart. Is there a place that would suit us both? Our special snowflake requirements inside.
I love visiting big cities with museums, performing arts, cool food and drink, and cultural events. I've greatly enjoyed London, New York, and Washington, DC in the past. I also have a fondness for cheesy tourist-trap stuff. He doesn't like cheesy stuff, doesn't really like museums much, and isn't much of a performing arts person (rock shows, yes, Broadway or symphony, no.) However, he is really into Shakespeare and other Renaissance-ish theater (commedia del'arte, etc.)
He loves theme and amusement parks. I am physically unable to ride most rides and therefore am not big on these things.
We are both huge geeks (we met at a sci-fi and fantasy convention) so having geek-friendly entertainment options would be cool.
We both agree that an important part of our ideal vacation destination would be a lovely hotel with a nice pool and hot tub (preferably both indoor and outdoor options.) It is important for both of us to have places where we can retreat from crowds.
We like the beach but burn easily, so if we go to a beach we'd enjoy it more if there are beach-adjacent but shady places to enjoy it (beachfront balcony, available sunshade for rent, etc.)
We do not want to go on a cruise. We are also not outdoorsy or sporty people, so availability of things like hiking, kayaking, tennis, etc. is not a factor in our choice. We are curious about all-inclusive resorts but don't know much about them.
The only place we've really vacationed in the past is Myrtle Beach, SC. This has the advantage of having the beach/pool/hot tub/hotel/privacy part of the vacation located conveniently next to a lot of shopping, dining, tourist cheesiness, and other entertainment options, so there's something to do if it rains or we read all the books we brought. But we've gone there almost every year since we got married and I'd like to do something new and special for this trip.
So with that said.... where is the perfect place for us to go? This trip would take place in 2016, so we've got some time to plan something cool, though the more we spend getting there the less we have to entertain ourselves with once we arrive. We would be gone at least a week, though I'd love to stretch it out to two if possible. Again, that would depend primarily on cost.