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April 5

Monk for a Month? Specific places?

I'd like to step deeply into a different spiritual place for a few weeks in November in East Asia -- What specific venues take in foreigners who want to be amateur, yet dedicated practitioners? [more inside]
posted by jander03 around Dekalb, IL at 11:43 AM - 8 answers

March 28

Utah, Colorado trip planning

In the very early stages of planning a trip to Utah/Colorado in June. Planning to go to Zion and some combination of Moab/Capitol Reef/Bryce/Grand Escalante. Then Colorado. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh around Salt Lake City, UT at 5:25 PM - 18 answers

March 16

PNW Beach Getaway

As a means of preserving my sanity while the long tail of this pandemic plays out interminably, I'm starting to daydream/plan a short, sweet coastal getaway for partner, me, and our two doofy dogs for....late spring? early summer? mid-fall?? whenever things are safe and open again!! Given that very vague timeline, where should we go? Wish list inside! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda around Portland, OR at 4:48 PM - 15 answers

March 14

What is a safe, clean hotel that you stayed in Nashville?

We are looking for a safe, clean hotel in Nashville. Have you stayed in either downtown or the Brentwood area? We are looking for about 120 to 220 per night (our price range). [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh around Nashville, TN at 1:47 PM - 5 answers

March 13

Go West, young man

Where should I move in the West? [more inside]
posted by COD around United States at 8:03 AM - 10 answers

March 3

What is the best time to visit Grand Canyon? We do not like crowds

We are going to book a cabin/Phantom Ranch, down the Grand Canyon. [more inside]
posted by ebesan around United States at 1:51 PM - 7 answers

Miami spots for the most quiet/peaceful solo swimming?

Miami area swimming beaches/shores that are 1) very peaceful isolated vibe, not party vibe and 2) walkable from some lodging that's not luxe priced? Especially in lowish-season winter, such as early or mid Jan? (I see Miami's lowest sea temps are around 70F, which is fine; I'm used to wild swimming down to 58F or so, and I welcome but don't need a lifeguard.)
posted by kalapierson around Miami, FL at 8:37 AM - 3 answers

February 22

Bring her up to speed on Hartford CT.

Asking for my adult kid who just found she needs to relocate to Hartford CT in a four months ... what's Hartford like? Suggested places to live? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy around Hartford, CT at 8:27 AM - 10 answers has best

February 18

The best Baltimore neighborhood I don't know about

Fantasy Zillow-ing is currently my best substitute for believing in the future. What neighborhoods in Baltimore should I be making sure to check? [more inside]
posted by babelfish around Baltimore, MD at 9:28 PM - 7 answers has best

February 17

Japantown in San Jose?

Hi, I'm thinking about a short-term rental in San Jose. It's in Japantown. It looks to me to be very close to San Jose Airport. Can anyone with experience there answer a few questions? [more inside]
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em around San Jose, CA at 4:06 PM - 8 answers

February 11

Seeking new neighborhood in the DC area

Seeking advice on neighborhoods in the DMV that are walkable, have good metro access, and have a strong, kind, friendly local community (for youngish people with no kids). Also, advice on how to access/be an active part of said local community. Lots of thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by mosst around Washington, DC at 1:51 PM - 15 answers

January 30

Lower-risk bathroom options on I-77 South (US)

We have to drive from Cleveland to the Asheville, NC area on Monday. We are trying to avoid the enclosed, potentially aerosol-virus-laden environment of public restrooms. They might be unavoidable for two adults and a 9yo girl, but I’m hoping that you will have some good tips about less-traveled options, places with great ventilation or some other ideas. We’ve never made the trip before and, you know, pandemic. It is not, unfortunately, optional, so any “don’t travel” advice is not going to be helpful.
posted by chesty_a_arthur around Texas at 12:09 PM - 18 answers

January 19

Moving from NYC to Tucson -- best guidebook?

A friend will be moving from NYC to Tucson soon and I'd like to get him a nice going-away present. He's never been to Arizona before (neither have I for that matter) so I was thinking some kind of insider's guide or similar book. I'm looking for recommendations from Arizona MeFites!
posted by orrnyereg around Tucson, AZ at 12:37 PM - 6 answers

January 9

Family trip to Grand Canyon area: advice?

Hi - we (40s parents plus active 9 and 7 yr old boys) are going to visit the Four corners area (NM,AZ,UT,CO) in the second part of August this year. We are flying into Albuquerque and renting a truck and trailer style camper. Out trip is ten days and the only definite is seeing the Grand Canyon. What advice do you have? [more inside]
posted by cgs around Arizona at 5:28 PM - 11 answers

December 29, 2020

EnGulf me, please

Looking for a dog-friendly, public beach for early morning walks and possible Gulf dips near Ft. Myers, FL. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by fiery.hogue around Fort Myers, FL at 11:25 AM - 1 answer

December 21, 2020

Will the MA RMV send me a replacement license out of state?

I live in MA, but spending the next 6+ weeks with my family in another state. I'm going to need to rent a car to eventually return, but I've misplaced my driver's license. Is there a way to get a replacement sent to me out of state? [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms around Massachusetts at 9:22 AM - 6 answers has best

December 15, 2020

Why can't I get Uber Connect on my Uber app in NYC??

help! I want to have a package sent from Manhattan to Brooklyn tomorrow morning [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster around New York, NY at 7:48 PM - 3 answers has best

November 23, 2020

Solo Writing Retreat Location in SF Bay Area?

I would love to hear recommendations for places I should look for cabins/homes/guesthomes I might like for a two week stay sometime next month (December) around San Francisco. I have a car and I'm happy to drive anywhere with 3-4 hours of the city. Could be coastal or forested, but I do need internet access. Hot tub would be great but definitely not a requirement!
posted by vocativecase around San Francisco, CA at 12:26 PM - 10 answers

November 22, 2020

Headed to New Haven What else?

Staying overnight in New Haven tomorrow, coming from NYC. Primary reason for visit is to try their pizza, after having New Haven pizza in another city I want to go to the source. I'm not sure what COVID restrictions are like there, but what would be some fun things to do? It looks like a nice town to explore on foot, and I won't have a car but will be staying in the center of the city in a hotel. I like to walk around and explore architecture, take photos, etc. Would also love it if there's an amazing local coffee shop to check out. For pizza (no cheese), I've been told that Frank Pepe's is the spot. So just anything interesting in general that a solo traveler can fill a day with. Thanks!
posted by signondiego around New Haven, CT at 8:04 AM - 15 answers

November 20, 2020

Canada to USA travel question - the covid-19 edition

Will I have problems at the border? Details below. [more inside]
posted by Joan Rivers of Babylon around Niagara Falls, NY at 4:15 AM - 12 answers