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Help us plan a Southwestern family Christmas

We would like to rent a place for a week-long family Christmas and are trying to decide on a location. We have three groups of people: two adults in Oakland, California; two adults and four children near Salt Lake City; and one adult in Michigan. The children range in age from two to eleven, and the place has to be driving distance from Salt Lake, as the Salt Lake group can't afford to fly six people. Plus we want to keep costs down as much as possible. Other considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Oct 7, 2015 - 9 answers

Sat Dec 5 - Tue Dec 8: Southern USA, or Arts Festival, or...?

We've got airmiles to burn and a long weekend at the start of December. Probably looking for info on a city in southern USA or some arts festival in the Americas. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Oct 5, 2015 - 3 answers

5 days off near Sequim, Washington....what to do?

I'm spending 5 days house-sitting near Sequim Washington. I've not spent any time in Washington since the 1970's. What are some cool things to do? [more inside]
posted by diode on Oct 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me get some forest time!

I live in the SF Bay area and I might be getting some last minute time off to take a break. My ideal destination is somewhere where my husband and I can stay in a cabin with our two kids (2 years and 6 months) and take long walks through the forest. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Oct 2, 2015 - 17 answers

Hip, Hip Hooray, for Christmas Vacation

Our family rarely takes vacations, and even then, just to visit family, or at best, to a nearby lake. But big leaps forward in our careers have us thinking it's time to finally treat ourselves. We're thinking of taking the kid to Vegas for Christmas and rolling out, if not all the stops, many more than we've customarily been able/willing to afford. Give us tips for Vegas in general, Vegas for families, Vegas at the holidays, and small and medium things we can do to feel like high rollers. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 26, 2015 - 25 answers

Getting around Ecuador by train and driver?

I grew up and learned to drive in Ecuador. Noooo thank you, not doing that again. However, I've never hired a driver. And I've never taken the new luxury train that seems to exist. Have you? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Sep 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Honeymoon in January in Central/South America for animal lovers...

Overwhelmed by the options. Please halp! [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Sep 23, 2015 - 9 answers

My kingdom for a beach holiday in February!

Where should we go for a beach holiday from Boston in February? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Sep 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Roman Holiday: Level Advanced

Going on a trip to Rome with my dad. As a serious history/art history buff, he absolutely loves Rome and has been 5 or 6 times before. Looking for advice for some off-the-beaten-path activities for a two week trip in October. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Sep 12, 2015 - 24 answers

What to read in Montreal set in or about Montreal?

I'm looking for books about Canada, specifically Montreal, and also books set in Montreal. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Sep 10, 2015 - 22 answers

Powdery sand, very warm water, something interesting to do, and a baby.

We're looking for a week-long-ish beach-ish vacation, probably in March 2016 (in an off-season between school vacations), with requirements being very very fine powdery sand, very very warm water, and something interesting to do besides sit on a beach and swim. There are two complications. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Sep 8, 2015 - 20 answers

How do I start reseraching extended European ski vacation logistics?

I'm about to take a work sabbatical for 6 months starting January 2016. I would like to spend 3 of those months on mainland Europe. I want to spend at least a couple months skiing nearly everyday. I'm open to going pretty much anywhere in Europe. I'm just looking for any recommendations to get started in my googling. [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Sep 2, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I quick switch into 'vacation mode'?

My life is currently a pretty long commute to and from work bookended by childcare and cooking meals and cleaning up. That's pretty much all I do everyday. Sometimes I swim. I have a long weekend coming up and then, later this month, a camping trip planned. However, I find that it takes me so long to decompress that I don't begin to enjoy myself until the "break" is almost over. What are your tips for quickly switching into 'vacation mode'?
posted by amanda on Sep 2, 2015 - 16 answers

Looking for a secluded beachfront cabin in the southeastern US.

I'm looking for a secluded beachfront cabin to rent for 2-3 nights in the southeastern US (ideally the Carolinas, but Virginia, Georgia, and even Northern Florida would be a possibility). Essentials are: 1) on a sandy beach with swimmable water, and 2) as secluded from other people as possible. Budget would be less than $300/night. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Sep 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Please plan my Costa Rica itinerary for me.

Hey, I'm going to Costa Rica December 5th to 19th this year. I am in over my head as far as planning where I will go and stay. Can you help me? I'd like to get reservations all set, and I have no idea what I am doing. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Aug 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Where should I go for vacation?

Solo mid twenties female traveler living in the south east with a budget of $2000 and 1-2 weeks off of work. I need suggestions for what to do and how to get the most out of my money and time! [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs on Aug 21, 2015 - 25 answers

carless camping vacation! Starting point- Montreal. Destination- ?

I've got next week off, and have been too busy to plan anything until now. I want to get out of Montreal for the week, but I don't have that much money. So, Camping! I'm carless, so limited to transit + walking. I'd love to feel like I'm out in nature at the campground, but I'll also probably want to eat in a restaurant for dinner most nights and maybe go to attractions in the area if they're also accessible. spot recommendations within a ~6 hour bus or train trip of Montreal?
posted by LRAD_der on Aug 20, 2015 - 2 answers

What Are Your Tips For Having A Good Staycation?

In just a couple of days I will have 10 days to unwind and recharge. Money is tight so my husband and I (no children) won't be travelling and will be able to only have a couple of restaurant meals. I want to plan the most refreshing staycation possible and am looking for your tips. [more inside]
posted by Amy NM on Aug 19, 2015 - 28 answers

Where should we have our family reunion?

My husband's family is trying to plan a family reunion next summer/fall and we're looking for a place to hold it, but we have a number of restrictions. Can you help us find a place? The limitations and specifics are below the fold. [more inside]
posted by McPuppington the Third on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Lei My Burdens Down on O'ahu

Mr. 26.2 and I will be on O'ahu for a bike race in September and we'd like to extend it be a vacation. What can we do and where can we stay on O'ahu that will be incredibly relaxing? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Aug 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Where's the chillest Mexico vacation?

The ladyfriend and I would like to decamp to Mexico for a week or two after Christmas. We are definitely not the frat-party/Cancun types. We're more of the "This hut on the beach is $20 a night and has no electricity" types. And this totally an off-the-grid/lay on the beach sitch. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Aug 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Advice on Route/ Plan for Portland to Washington Solo trip in Sept?

Am planning a solo trip early Sept to Portland then heading up to Washington and renting a car (Seattle?) possibly by Amtrak, with a stop at the Gorges). Have a place to stay in Portland 4-5 days. I am thinking I will need a 2-3 day car rental in Portland, and 4-5 day car rental in Washington. And I should be hitting Washington just before Labor Day weekend- which means I should book accommodations now! [more inside]
posted by TenaciousB on Aug 15, 2015 - 3 answers

I want to do something nice for travelers to Palm Springs. Help!

My neighbor has been awesome to us lately, and he and his wife are going to Palm Springs in a couple weeks. We want to do something nice for them while they're there. Snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by pdb on Aug 9, 2015 - 9 answers

Foodie vacation within 2-3 hours (flying or driving) of the bay area.

My wife and I are going on vacation early in September and would like to focus on fine dining. We live in the bay area and have been up to Sonoma/Napa many times as well as Portland and would like to broaden our horizons. Looking for both locations and restaurant recommendations. [more inside]
posted by deadwater on Aug 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Asking for time off at a brand-new job

I start a new job next Monday. HR specifically asked if I had any prior obligations, and I said "no" — I had plans for Labor Day weekend, but didn't think I'd need to take any extra time off. Turns out I was wrong. For reasons of logistics, I will either need to take Friday off work or else cancel my plans. Realistically, can I ask my new boss for that day off now without looking like a terrible flake? (And should I ask now, or wait and bring it up on my first day of work?)
posted by nebulawindphone on Aug 5, 2015 - 28 answers

My partner and I just won a free trip to Oahu. What should we see or do?

No, it's not a time-share scam. Yes, it's legitimate. I've been to Hawaii once as pre-teen and my partner has never been. Assume for the sake of this question that you have 4-5 days in Hawaii and want to see/do all the best things. What would you recommend?
posted by Xavier Xavier on Aug 4, 2015 - 27 answers

On a boat!

Alaska Cruise! What are your last minute tips, tricks and packing advice for someone who got a free-through-family cruise up the west coast and around a glacier and back? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Aug 4, 2015 - 13 answers

A week in Belize in November. Suggestions?

Belize has had some jaw dropping airfare prices recently, so Mrs. Lattiboy and I will be going in early November for a full week. We have some things in mind, but would like some help and suggestions [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Aug 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Relaxing Vacation a Short Flight from SF Bay Area? Difficulty: Toddler

Our family of three (two adults, one toddler) is trying to plan a vacation for the spring. We have about a week to spend and would prefer a flight less than 4-5 hours but could be convinced to go further for a great destination. We're just having so much trouble narrowing down destinations based on the different interests/needs of our family - please help! [more inside]
posted by mouse noises on Aug 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Aruba - what to do; where to eat

Going to Aruba with the spouse and two teenage boys (13 and 16) next week. I am a sit on the beach kind of guy, but they like activities. Two questions: [more inside]
posted by qldaddy on Jul 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Vacation reading sought, car trip with a young child edition

I'm looking for absorbing newer fiction in two genres: 1) young adult fantasy and 2) 'literary' with female protagonists (for example Room, the Secret Life of Bees, anything by Alice Munroe). Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jul 21, 2015 - 21 answers

What are your best practices for vacationing in a car with a dog?

We're headed on a family vacation next week that will take us down the east coast from Connecticut to Florida and back. The trip will last about 14 days and we'll be in a Mazda5 (micro minivan with a 3rd row) with 2 adults, 2 kids (8 & 10) and our adult rescue dog, Henry. We've never traveled with a dog before and so are looking for suggestions on how to make this process go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jul 21, 2015 - 23 answers

new project for family collaboration - tools and tips?

My family has a vacation home, which my mother has managed until now. She has created an LLC in order to turn over the responsibilities to her 3 children and 2 adult grandchildren (all living in same region, within 6-7 hours of the place). What collaborative online space would you recommend for this purpose? If you have experience with such a family project, what tips or suggestions aside from Web collaboration? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jul 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Best Hidden Gem Vacation Spots in the US

I'm taking a trip with my family and mid-August and I'm looking for some great but lesser know vacation spots stateside, preferably close to a large body of water (lake, ocean, etc). More details inside. [more inside]
posted by CosmicSeeker42 on Jul 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Three body problem: vacation for people from MA, NY, and MD

We are trying to organize a family vacation for a long weekend (August 28-30) of this year. We are three couples with complicated variables and at least one satellite moon. Help us put this together! [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Jul 13, 2015 - 13 answers

Can you help me find a cheap, happy place to escape to for August?

I currently live in Brooklyn, but I'm headed to Vancouver for grad school in the fall. I have a few part-time freelance writing gigs that I can take with me, so I thought I could leave my higher-paying job in NYC, satisfy my wanderlust, and get out of the city for August. I could go anywhere, with relatively cheap flights/rent and wifi-access. But where should I go? [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Jul 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Where is the Radisson Hotel that has the water park inside?

Hi, A friend of mine told me once that she went to a clean, nice hotel named the Radisson that was just down the street from the Mall of America. She said it had a big water park inside of it. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 12, 2015 - 2 answers

Dog-Friendly Day-Trips from Duluth

Where are some a good places within a few hours' drive of Duluth, MN, for my husband, my pooch, and me to visit? [more inside]
posted by meese on Jul 10, 2015 - 9 answers

First Time Visiting LA - Any Must See Spots?

I will be visiting Los Angeles in September for the first time and staying for a week. I'm soliciting opinions on places to go and see while I am there. I enjoy photography so any scenic places would be first on my list. Thanks!
posted by QuietType on Jul 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Relaxing beachy honeymoon with no cell and no internet?

Looking for a warm-weather relaxing, luxurious, winter honeymoon getaway destination where NO ONE CAN CONTACT US. No cell, no wifi-- and some of the following: beach, yoga, meditation, fresh healthy food, nature. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Jul 9, 2015 - 25 answers

Looking for a little more than the second largest twine ball on earth...

Seeking suggestions for a group vacation/outing! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Jul 9, 2015 - 4 answers

cold lake, summer vacation

I live in the Deep South; everyone goes to the beach for vacation. I hate the beach in the summertime (it is way too hot). Where should my wife & go on vacation this summer? I would like a cold, deep lake to swim in, hiking trails, and some privacy. She would like a cottage or cabin on said lake. Would prefer an area that is LGBT friendly (will settle for agnostic), and that we can get to on Delta (we have vouchers to burn).
posted by wearyaswater on Jul 8, 2015 - 15 answers

New job, planned vacations and possibly needing to sacrifice

Between losing my last job and transitioning to a new one with less pay and possibly less flexibility, I had planned a longer vacation and a weekend out of town. I'm now realizing taking this much time off when I'm new to my position may not be a good idea. How do I decide what to do while still maintaining some sanity? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on Jul 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Men's shoes for european holiday

I need men's shoes that are both great for all-day walking and look stylish. [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Jul 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Questions about vacationing with kids in Columbia County NY/Western MA

We'll be spending some time in Canaan NY, near the Massachusetts border, this summer. While we have plenty of outdoor sunny day options, rainy days can be tough with a 5- and 2-year-old. Any ideas for my bad-weather destination list? I know the Norman Rockwell museum has a kids' space, for example. [more inside]
posted by pipti on Jul 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me plan the best road trip ever

One woman. One old-ass Prius. 157,724 miles of highway. Help me plan a summer road trip that (a) maximizes awesomeness, and (b) minimizes horrible death? [more inside]
posted by the thought-fox on Jul 3, 2015 - 33 answers

Twin Cities for visiting family this July?

My wife & four kids & I will be in St. Paul for a long visit in the middle of July. What should be on our schedule -- both things new in the last few years, and time-tested favorites? I grew up in St. Paul but moved away a long time ago; we bring the kids out in the summer to spend time with family. We haven't been out in a couple of summers, so I want this one to be awesome! [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Jun 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Going to Curacao - all advice welcome!

I'm going to be in Curacao over Labor Day weekend. Does anyone have suggestions on where to stay and what to do while I'm out there? I want to do as much as possible in a short amount of time. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Jun 29, 2015 - 2 answers

help plan my vacation: three 30-year-old college friends go to Colorado

We're looking for: - something exciting like whitewater rafting or hang gliding, but safe enough that we'll live. - somewhere to hang out and catch up over a long weekend. - cool summer weather. - great accommodations at a 3 1/2-star price. We're all city-dwelling liberal professionals with obligations who haven't met up in over a year. Good ideas appreciated!
posted by sninctown on Jun 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Things to do in rural Pennsylvania?

My partner and I are taking a 4-day, 3-night vacation over the 4th of July weekend somewhere in the Pennsylvania wilds...but seriously what is there to do in Pennsylvania besides visit this awesome dark sky park? [more inside]
posted by little beast on Jun 26, 2015 - 7 answers

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