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September 12

Finding a way home to deck the Christmas Cactus

I am planning to drive from Seattle to Tucson for Christmas, to see my family. Please help me plan a route optimized for natural beauty, safer winter driving, and good stopping points to camp each night. [more inside]
posted by cnidaria around California at 12:23 PM - 5 answers has best

September 11

Seattle Photography walk?

If I was going to go on a walk in the next couple of weeks, in or around Seattle, where should I go to take photos? [more inside]
posted by baptismal around Seattle, WA at 9:39 AM - 8 answers

Is Gary, Indiana a safe city to visit?

If we can go to the US next year, I'd like to check out Gary, Indiana. But the reputation of the city precedes it. Is it as bad as people say? [more inside]
posted by mippy around Gary, IN at 8:36 AM - 27 answers

September 4

A question about places to see + stuff to do in upstate NY.

What would you recommend to do in upstate NY, anywhere within a three hour drive of Hunter, NY. Open to anything available during coronavirus, but specific interests include modern/contemporary art, socialism/anarchism/antifascism/leftism, government/civics, (vegetarian) food, animals, factory/food tours (learning about how anything is made), architecture, nature, urban/abandoned exploring.
posted by andoatnp around New York, NY at 1:36 PM - 13 answers

September 1

What was it like at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Cafe?

I lived in Rochester, NY for a while. I always meant to visit Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Cafe and didn't ever get there before they closed. What songs would have regularly been in rotation there? (I'm generally familiar with the concept of the Great American Songbook and that "standards" exist. I'm looking for specifics where possible.) Are there other establishments like this, a cross between a piano bar, a participatory experience, and a time machine?
posted by knile around Rochester, NY at 1:05 PM - 1 answer

August 30

Favorite Blue Ridge Parkway stops?

Next week my wife and I will be spending Labor Day week working our way down the Blue Ridge Parkway, north to south. What are the can't miss stops? [more inside]
posted by COD around United States at 6:24 PM - 8 answers

August 23

Kid-friendly beaches in Cape Cod

We will be on Cape Cod in Sandwich, MA with 3yo and 4yo kids for a low-key week of going to the beach and (cautious, socially distanced) exploring the cape. My understanding is that cape-side beaches are better for kids due to smaller waves and more tidal pools to explore. Any recommendations for specific beaches and/or other activities that are reasonably kid friendly and less likely to be super crowded? We will be there Monday-Friday so hopefully mid-week crowds will be more reasonable.
posted by jpdoane around Massachusetts at 7:11 AM - 11 answers has best

August 19

Safe to ride Bay Area Rapid Transit in the Covid-era?

I have a dentist appointment in SF (near our mostly-shuttered office) coming up, and I'll have to come in from the East Bay where I've been working from home. I'm hoping not to deal with $$ garages (which could be full anyway) or 1-hour street parking, so I was just wondering if it'd be relatively safe (i.e. not a Covid hot-zone) to ride BART at the moment. (The office is on Sansome a few blocks from Market, if that helps).
posted by gtrwolf around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 12:08 PM - 8 answers

August 10

One day in Yellowstone, with kids, out of Cody

Later this week I'll be in Cody WY with the kiddos (7 & 11) and I want to take them to Yellowstone for a day, probably Friday. I haven't been there since I was 7 myself. I need a plan. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky around Yellowstone National Park, WY at 4:27 PM - 5 answers

August 7

Yellowstone, pandemic style

I've never been to Yellowstone and have little idea what the experience is like. Haven't had a vacation in over eight years and am not going into a pandemic-riddled Midwest winter without some kind of minimalist trip. (If you feel judgey about that, please keep moving and don't harsh my squee.) [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves around United States at 9:56 AM - 8 answers

July 25

Parking at a park in Portland

Tomorrow I am getting rid of my car. Today, I would like to park somewhere in the Portland Metro area and enjoy a snack and a book for a few hours. I don’t really want to get out of the car, though. Where can I park to enjoy a nice view and not feel weird about doing it? [more inside]
posted by the thorn bushes have roses around Portland, OR at 10:10 AM - 7 answers has best

July 14

Commute times, South Bay (Northern California)

We are planning to relocate to Northern CA towards the end of the year. While I realize most everything in the Bay Area is still locked down and traffic might not be a significant issue, I am trying to ascertain commute times between locations, with my boyfriend working in Palo Alto and my own work in Cupertino. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 11:59 AM - 9 answers

Chicago staycation with a 1.5 year old: What to do outdoors?

We have a week off in early August and are in Chicago. What are some good, toddler-friendly, social distancing-friendly things to do? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont around Chicago, IL at 10:16 AM - 7 answers

July 11

Idaho tourism during COVID

My parents want to drive to Idaho for vacation next week, but they don't know where to stay and what to do once they get there. Tips? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak around Idaho at 12:32 PM - 11 answers has best

July 6

Extra Septa Regional Rail Tickets (maybe expired), can't use?

1) How does Septa know that tickets expire? 2) If these tickets are usable, what forum or organization would take them? I'll mail. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv around Philadelphia, PA at 6:38 AM - 5 answers has best

June 24

Tell me about the different towns of Westchester county.

After braving COVID-19 in our Manhattan apartment with no childcare, full-time jobs, and 16-month-old twins, Mr. Millipede and I are looking to sell said apartment and decamp to an enormously big house with outdoor space and nature and a spare room so next time there's a global pandemic, family can come quarantine with us and help. We are city people, but we appreciate a quaint town. We know this will be a big change. We have some questions. [more inside]
posted by millipede around New York at 12:48 PM - 23 answers has best

What is there to know about moving to and living in Richmond, Virginia?

Considering a move from Brooklyn to Richmond, Virginia! Tell me everything I need to know! [more inside]
posted by greta simone around Richmond, VA at 12:12 PM - 16 answers

June 22

How to get plates fast in New York for a Craigslist private-sale car?

The DMV is only taking drop-off and mail-in registrations for new car purchases, because of COVID. I didn't realize the turnaround for them to mail the plates is ten days. Does anyone know any workarounds for this? We have non-negotiable plans to take care of family out of state sooner than that, and I could sure use some help. [more inside]
posted by mahorn around New York, NY at 10:16 PM - 4 answers

Western MA – outdoor swimming season

In western Mass, in an average big lake (I care most about this lake, SW of Greenfield), what range of the year is swimmable without a wetsuit? I'm happy swimming when both air and water temps are at least 60F/15C (and if air and water temps are often different in MA, let's say my standard is a water temp of 60 or above).
posted by kalapierson around Western Massachusetts, MA at 1:04 AM - 5 answers

June 21

Lake house-type area in Western NY/PA?

We are looking for a spot in, generally, western NY/PA for a lake house-type family vacation. Vaguely near Erie, PA or the Allegheny National Forest or even Youngstown, OH. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Mid around Chautauqua, NY at 6:10 AM - 6 answers