My husband and I are in the beginning stages of planning our first vacation in a few years. It'll be our first vacation with kids; our daughters are 13 months and 2.5 years. We will be going in September. I'd prefer to stay in the Eastern time zone so we don't have to mess with sleep schedules. We have to stay in the US, as neither kid has a passport. We'd prefer to drive so we can set our own pace. Budget for the whole shebang is $1,000 - $1,500. [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch
on Jul 18, 2014 -
We live in the Baltimore/ DC area. We want to take our two dogs on a vacation to the ocean or a lake that is dog friendly. A body of water that has a beach. We want them to play in the water and be able to relax under an umbrella with us. We are not interested in rivers. We are willing to drive around 3 hours for this experience. Any ideas.
posted by Coffee Bean
on Jul 12, 2014 -
I am looking for a quiet place to pitch a tent and do nothing for a few days preferably by the beach. I have gear and am familiar with travelling in Mexico.
posted by sunslice
on Jul 2, 2014 -
I will admit up front that this is a vague, cerebral kind of question. I'm not sure how to make it less so at this point, so if you can wade through, I'd really appreciate it. Wall-o-text ahoy. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble
on Jun 24, 2014 -
I work an extremely stressful seasonal job. I start getting 2 days off a week starting in July. My girlfriend and I love going to the Asbury Park beach. We usually go in August/September, but I NEED a break now. I suffer from anxiety and the laid back vibe of the beach coupled with the relaxation of the water calms me. My concern is that earlier in the year the beach will be packed and the hotels will be expensive. Does anyone have any experience with this location this time of year? I don't like tons of people.
Are there any alternatives in the tri-state area? It doesn't even have to be a beach. It just has to be relatively inexpensive and RELAXING!!! Something that includes nature is a big plus (especially water). I'm not a fan of camping.
Thank you in advance!
posted by kbbbo
on Jun 21, 2014 -
What is the best beach in Galveston to take a bunch of eleven-year-olds for a couple of hours? [more inside]
posted by Dojie
on Jun 19, 2014 -
I'm looking for a quiet vacation spot near nature and living creatures for our April vacation. We are traveling from Boston are are pretty open to locations. [more inside]
posted by beccaj
on Jun 11, 2014 -
We are currently vacationing on the Gulf in Alabama and have noticed something odd. We are staying at a very large condo complex and a significant number of people leave their flip flops/shoes at the end of the dock before they slog with their stuff to the waterfront. This isn't a short walk and some of these shoes are expensive. It's odd to me that people wouldn't just wear their footwear to their claimed spot on the beach. Is this a regional thing? I've seen a few pairs left at the end of the boardwalk on my native Georgia and Florida beaches but never in these numbers. Any clue? Thanks.
posted by pearlybob
on Jun 2, 2014 -
I'm looking for a great hotel/inn/motel on
the beach in New England. I'm in Central Massachusetts and would like it to be within a 3 hour drive. We'd be doing the trip July 10-13. [more inside]
posted by beccaj
on Apr 21, 2014 -
8-10 people want to rent a beach house in New Jersey for a weekend (ideally Asbury Park), hopefully for $50/person per night. Everything we've seen wants a week-long commitment. Is our New Jersey beach weekend feasible? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet
on Apr 16, 2014 -
We have done a long weekend at the Delaware shore with friends for the past few summers, and would like to try a new place. We'd like to go somewhere where we can swim with toddlers and babies (so no rough ocean--the Delaware bay was great for this) and is not too far a drive for either of us. [more inside]
posted by Ollie
on Feb 26, 2014 -
I need help coming up with a vacation place for this year for the week after Christmas that won't break the bank. It's harder that it seems, and so I'm hoping you all can help out. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by katers890
on Feb 26, 2014 -
I need a recommendation for a 4-7 day tropical vacation sometime this spring. I'm thinking hedonistic amounts of lounging, drinking, napping, reading, and eating in the sun for me and my boyfriend. There are way too many options and I will keep putting it off until I can slim down the choices. I especially
could use specific recommendations for hotels, as I find it basically impossible to tell whether food is good anywhere. [more inside]
posted by thirdletter
on Jan 20, 2014 -
While my partner visits me in Boston we'd like to stay for a few nights in a B&B or hotel outside the city. We don't drive, so the town needs to be easily accessible by train. Ideally, we'd like to be very close to the beach and have a fireplace in the room. A quaint town square with a nice coffee shop would also be great. [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Jan 15, 2014 -
My girlfriend and I both have some time off between Christmas and New Years Day. We'd like to take a one-day roadtrip somewhere along the southern California coast, get a hotel, hang out on the beach a while, sleep, come home the next afternoon. We're located in Santa Monica, and on a pretty tight budget. Ideas for great little spots/hotels? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape
on Dec 14, 2013 -
I left my holiday vacation planning until the last minute and I'm at my wits' end as to where I can take a warm, relaxing vacation at any time between Dec. 21st and Jan. 5th without spending my life's savings. Any ideas or frugality resources? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite
on Dec 12, 2013 -
My parents love the beach. What beach gear can I give them that they don't already have? [more inside]
posted by snarfles
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I'm flying down to SoCal on Saturday morning and flying back back Sunday evening after spending Saturday evening visiting with some friends in HB. I'll be flying into LAX, picking up a rental, then head south to Huntington Beach. On Sunday, I'll head north to catch the plane flight back. How can I make this easy to do, where can I stay, and what beaches might I visit along the way with the short time I have planned? [more inside]
posted by diode
on Nov 21, 2013 -
My wife and I are looking for a 4-5 night stay in a couple of weeks. We want somewhere we can relax on the beach, that also has plenty of very healthy places to eat. Vegan-friendly choices are a plus, as are juice bars (or places that serve fresh fruit/veggie juice). [more inside]
posted by entropic
on Nov 2, 2013 -
My extended family is trying to put together a trip to someplace interesting, warm and beach-y, to occur around New Year's. For a variety of complicated reasons related to where people will be traveling from, the Middle East, North Africa and far southern Europe are the most feasible destinations. Where should we consider going? [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Sep 18, 2013 -
Where should a family of 3 go for our vacation in Central America, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil or the Caribbean? [more inside]
posted by signal
on Aug 28, 2013 -
Where in the Caribbean or Mexico can I take surf lessons, while staying at a nearby all inclusive resort that has a good beach for swimming? [more inside]
posted by Kololo
on Aug 23, 2013 -
Going on our annual summer vacation an need to get a canopy for the beach that can:
-not fall over in typical beach wind
-handle the sand
posted by thankyoumuchly
on Jul 20, 2013 -
I'm headed to the beach next weekend. I have a spiffy boater hat
for sun protection. I would love to find a red and white striped t-shirt to complete the Victorian/Edwardian-ish seaside look, but I am having a heck of a time finding one. [more inside]
posted by usonian
on Jul 17, 2013 -
Do you have any secret spots within an hour or so of Baltimore that you want to share with the entirety of the internets? Unlike previous AskMes, I don't want to go swimming, or deal with a billion tourists. I just want to go read a good book near the water for a day (ideally on a quiet beach, or in a park near a beach).
posted by JannaK
on Jul 12, 2013 -
Would like to drive from DC to Rehoboth Beach, DE on a Tuesday and come back on a Wednesday, staying in a B&B overnight (at the end of July.) Can't find a B&B in that area that allows people to stay for one night instead of two. Do you know of a decent B&B in Delaware near the beach/ocean that would allow two people to stay one night?
posted by melodykramer
on Jul 9, 2013 -
I am packing for an afternoon-evening beach trip with our kids. Since we are leaving in the afternoon, instead of first thing in the AM, I have time to really think about packing.
What are some great things to pack for the beach that people don't think of or forget? (for instance: The book you've been meaning to read, a gallon or 2 of water you leave in the car to rinse off sandy bodies, baby powder to help get off sticky sand, portable kids microscope for looking at sand/critters, baggies to bring home found treasures)
posted by beccaj
on Jul 6, 2013 -
My dad, who has some health problems that limit his mobility and sometimes his mental acuity, asked me to investigate the possibility of spending 3 days at the beach near where he grew up, which is Belle Harbor. I live in Brooklyn but don't know anything about Belle Harbor, including exactly what it is. I think it's more or less the same as Rockaway Beach, and I've found some rental bungalows around Beach 110th Street. My question--is that where Belle Harbor is, and could my mom and dad and I enjoy three days there with no car? Given that leisure activities could basically be the beach and just my dad soaking up the nostalgic vibe of his native 'hood, could we find restaurants, simple groceries, a quiet bar and other essentials within a very limited walking distance?
posted by layceepee
on Jun 28, 2013 -
Hi. Does anyone know who made the following video clip? Was it a music video -- I don't recognize the artist.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
posted by DudeAsInCool
on Jun 14, 2013 -
Mom and I are going to Virginia beach in early August. Please help me narrow down the huge selection of beachfront hotels & things to do! [more inside]
posted by kimberussell
on May 31, 2013 -
Please help us arrange some details for our California road trip! Questions about places to camp near Santa Barbara, Monterey, Sonoma, the Redwoods, and more. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on May 13, 2013 -
I'm looking for a nice, but moderately priced beach hotel near Charleston SC. Has anybody had a really good experience at a Charleston-area beach resort or hotel?
posted by 0110
on May 1, 2013 -
A bunch (8-10, possibly more) of friends and I want to rent a beach house or similar living situation for Thursday-Monday over the summer, either late June/early July or early August. Where should we go and how can we find affordable housing? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter
on Apr 5, 2013 -
Help me create my best happy place: I want recommendations for what gives you that all-around lazy, sun-kissed, salt water, beachy feeling. Music, books, movies, scents, art, images, anything you can think of that puts you there.
posted by dean winchester
on Mar 24, 2013 -
The boardwalk on Rehoboth Beach, Del. is my idea of heaven: arcades, pizza places, and mini golf all within walking distance, and right on top of a beautiful beach. Is there anything like that (even at a smaller scale) in the Outer Banks? [more inside]
posted by wnissen
on Mar 11, 2013 -
Help my family decide the best place to stay for the most awesome beach vacation ever in the St. Petersburg, FL area. Overwhelmed with choices + unfamiliar with area = help! Many snowflake details inside.... [more inside]
posted by griffey
on Mar 10, 2013 -
This June, we will be visiting family in the Ocala FL area, and would like to take our three year old to the beach to look for shells and splash around. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle
on Mar 3, 2013 -
We're considering a family vacation at one of those mondo multi family homes at the shore in North Carolina, but would prefer a lifeguarded beach. Any suggestions? Thanks.
posted by hick57
on Feb 24, 2013 -
I'm looking for poems about the beach that have some nostalgia to them. I'll be pairing them with some photographs of a woman on the beach looking mostly wistfully (think prenup photos!). Quotes are also appreciated. thanks!
posted by drea
on Feb 11, 2013 -
I am planning a vacation and tortured by all the choices. I'm thinking of the Caribbean or Central America (but open to just about anyplace). I need help narrowing it down. The trip is for my husband, my 5 year old son and me. We'd be flying from Boston and going for a week. So much more inside... [more inside]
posted by beccaj
on Jan 22, 2013 -
What magical tropical paradise with beaches and casinos should we take my mom to, within a 4-hour flight of Chicago, for her birthday? Bonus points for a destination with cultural activities for a non-gambler non-sun worshiper. [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl
on Dec 27, 2012 -
Less touristy Central American beach spot to plunk down for a month in March? Thinking Quepos, Costa Rica, got anything better? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder
on Dec 26, 2012 -
What 70s song sounds like On Some Faraway Beach
by Brian Eno? I know there's one out there that has the same melody as occurs at the beginning of the song.
posted by vansly
on Nov 25, 2012 -