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October 17

Last $60 in Philadelphia

You're staying in Queen Village in Philadelphia and you have to get to Kindred South Philly every day for a week. You have $60 total. How do you get around? Where do you get food? Is there a better place to stay? [more inside]
posted by moons in june around Philadelphia, PA at 3:25 PM - 6 answers has best

October 14

Good places for a meetup in Raleigh?

A few people from the nonprofit where I work are going to be in Raleigh next week for the All Things Open conference. When we're in a city we don't often make it to, we like to invite our lists to an informal happy hour. Can someone recommend a good place? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll around Raleigh, NC at 2:22 PM - 5 answers

NEWHART FOR DUMMIES

Next weekend, I'm visiting Vermont for the first time ever. I'll be flying into Manchester, NH, on Thursday, renting a car, and driving around solo for four days. My itinerary is open ended -- I just want to get a feel for the state, hopefully catch the leaves before they go brown, visit some small towns, and stuff myself with tasty food. The rough plan right now is to drive up to Montpelier and use that as a base to explore. Vermonters and those who know the lay of the land, do you have any tips for me? Any small towns I should visit or festivals I should be aware of? I happen to be a gay dude, so if there are any awesome gay bars, I'd love to know about them too. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd around Vermont at 10:22 AM - 10 answers

Austin: what to do and see for a middle aged intellectual European?

I'll be in Austin Tx for a conference. And I'm at a bit of a loss when it comes to what to see and do. [more inside]
posted by jouke around Austin, TX at 5:17 AM - 23 answers

40th birthday getaway ideas in range of LA?

hi Metafilter Hive Mind! I'm looking for ideas (on behalf of a friend) for a special getaway destination within driving or short flight distance of LA. This would be for a 40th birthday celebration, and the place would need to have great food, a swimming pool, and be good for young kids. Thank you for any recommendations!!
posted by zresearch around Los Angeles, CA at 2:06 AM - 4 answers

October 12

Hopefully lots of snowflakes.

Part one: How do I take a relatively economical ski vacation in New England between Christmas and New Year's that will satisfy my seven-year-old son and also my mid-60s parents? Snowflakes (!) inside. [more inside]
posted by woodvine around New England, United States at 5:05 AM - 9 answers

October 10

Los Angeles Date Day, Christmas 2017 Edition

Hi there! My wife and I are headed down to LA this year to visit my family for the holidays. Los Angeles is still a pretty new city for her, and my tradition is to take her out for a big secret date day each time we visit. Help me pick our next best memories! [more inside]
posted by skookumsaurus rex around Los Angeles, CA at 4:09 PM - 10 answers has best

October 9

Boston to Northampton: Car? Bus? Both?

What's the best way to handle transportation from Boston to Northampton and back, plus a few days in Boston proper? I'm trying to decide if I should rent a car for part of my trip, all of my trip, or not at all. Boston locals or frequent visitors: what do you think? Details below the cut. [more inside]
posted by adastra around Massachusetts at 1:12 PM - 11 answers

BK don't read this......... Pittsburgh, hello

In need of Pittsburgh data! We're considering relocating from Brooklyn to a new city. What about Pittsburgh?! Please give us the Pittsburgh breakdown: public schools, quality of life, great neighborhoods, advantages, drawbacks, the works! [more inside]
posted by Viola around Pittsburgh, PA at 10:52 AM - 10 answers

October 8

Solo After-Work Activities in Ann Arbor

I am starting a work-from home gig with a company in Ann Arbor, MI in a couple of weeks. Part of the job will involve travel to the mothership for about a week a quarter. What are some fun things to do in Ann Arbor on weekdays between quitting time and bedtime? (Snowflake details within.) [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw around Ann Arbor, MI at 10:01 AM - 15 answers has best

October 7

What's it like to live in Durham/Chapel Hill?

There's a good chance that I will be offered a job at UNC Chapel Hill soon and will have to make a quick decision about whether to take it. It's a dream job except that I'm unsure whether I'd be happy settling in in the Triangle. I'm mostly worried about finding a social/dating pool as a single 30-something woman with no kids or friends in the area who tends to be into creative types. [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina around Chapel Hill, NC at 11:10 AM - 10 answers

October 4

Clinton Hill Brooklyn attractions

Hi everyone, continuing my other questions about living in Brooklyn that you all have been so excellent at answering: my folks will be visiting for a weekend in November. I'd like to plan an excursion for them, but they're older, and not too keen on walking a lot, nor long public transit rides to get to our destination. Is there anything in the Clinton hill area that might make for a good ~2 hour day trip that would shorten travel time? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla around New York at 11:57 AM - 5 answers

Good place to take a phone call near Millennium Park

I'm in Chicago, and I need to be in the Loop this afternoon. Right before seeing my friend in the Loop, I'm going to have an important phone call from home. Where's a good place near Millennium Park for me to take an hour long private call?
posted by ocherdraco around Chicago, IL at 9:51 AM - 6 answers

Thoughts for 2017 on the smartcar Cabrios (convertibles)?

I drive a 2000 Toyota Solara convertible and I've vowed I never want to have a non-convertible car again. It's starting to fall apart and I'm looking at my choices for a new or lightly used replacement. I love the tiny-ness of the smartcars and test-drove one years ago and liked it (and saw this previously and this previously. Do you have a recent smartcar? Do you like it? Especially, do you have a smartcar convertible? If not smartcar, what other teeny convertible would you recommend? Are there any? I must admit that the price point on the smartcar is alluring. Details on my use inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake around Austin, TX at 8:37 AM - 6 answers

October 3

Colorado Family Reunion: Overlook Hotel or nah?

Against my better judgment, I have volunteered to help organize my family's every-four-years reunion. We are looking for places to host approximately 40 folks probably in late July around Estes Park/Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park area. Help! [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 around Colorado at 9:52 AM - 5 answers has best

October 2

What should I do around St Petersburg, FL?

I'm going to St Petersburg, FL in November and can stay as long as I want to. What is there to do? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres around Saint Petersburg, FL at 6:18 PM - 8 answers

2 Day Road trip to Coachella area - Where fly into/do?

Have place to stay in Indio, CA from 11/5-11/12 - Looking to fly in on 11/4 and take road trip/camp (would want to bring minimal equiment on the plane though) to Indio - debating between Sacramento and Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by Bossypants around California at 12:57 PM - 1 answer

What's cool in Santa Ana/Irvine/Costa Mesa, CA?

I'm going to be in the Santa Ana/Irvine/Costa Mesa area for a business trip next week--flying in to SNA and staying nearby. I may have a half day or so to wander around and do my own thing, but not long enough to get to LA, San Diego, or even really Anaheim. What's worth seeing and doing in the immediate area? [more inside]
posted by capricorn around Santa Ana, CA at 9:43 AM - 12 answers has best

September 29

Where (PNW) should I head to see big rocks sticking out of the ocean?

Oregon coast? Washington? California? I've decided that a short (3–4 days) getaway would be just the thing to clear my head and sort of shrug off some of the past year. I'm thinking about the Pacific NW, specifically the coastline, but know nothing at all about it—except that it's beautiful and doesn't require a passport. That's a pretty good start. In fact, it might be the whole story. [more inside]
posted by heyho around Long Beach, CA at 10:32 AM - 32 answers has best

September 28

Visiting Chicago Marathoners Seek Eating Recommendations

Pre-and-post marathon dining destinations sought. [more inside]
posted by Exceptional_Hubris around Chicago, IL at 2:16 PM - 11 answers