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Vacation Travel Plans, Suggestions, Advice



  • michaellmichaell Posts: 4,300
    I was going to recommend that you beer connoisseurs attend this, but I discovered that it's sold out already.

    Nothing like having 2200 different beers to sample.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    Too bad I don't like beer. Just got back from a walk along the beach listening to the waves crash. Good atmosphere for a cold one.

    Guess I'll settle for a gin & tonic in a bit. :shades:
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Waves crashing in Idaho? The oceans ARE rising....

    Speaking of rising oceans, I'm five miles inland. Close enough for an entertaining storm but far enough away for real damage.

    Last week at this time I was on the Outer Banks. What a difference a week makes....
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    edited September 2010
    Actually we recently sold our house and left Idaho, so we're on an extended vacation until we find another place to live (well, we're exploring new country but I'm working - ah, the joys of a portable job).

    We did head for a place that may be less affected by global warming than Boise (droughts won't be an issue here at least).
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    If you want to avoid a state income tax, avoid Oregon. The best of both worlds could be in Vancouver, WA for you. Enjoy your looking. :)
  • Parts of No. California are very nice---city of Sonoma is about as far away from the Bay Area as you want to be---nice town and it's off the traffic-packed 101 corridor. You might also like San Luis Obispo which is nearer to Santa Barbara but not so expensive. These are temperate climates, and there's work in many parts of California. I think California is the best place on earth and I have been to a *lot* of places on earth. :)
  • This sounds like something I've heard before....

    "Let me tell y'all a story about a man named Jed... "

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    edited September 2010
    I never have lived my life worrying about tax consequences. I think it all pretty much evens out, with the exception of NY state or California perhaps.

    I really like Salem. :-)

    Joe, we checked out San Luis Obispo and the Tri-Tip area on our last California trip. SLO is a bit pricey and all the 4 lanes discouraged us. It was hard to get anywhere around town without popping onto a freeway. I love California but my wife is from San Diego with stints in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area, and she keeps wanting to try different spots. So ... we're sure in a different spot currently. ;)
  • Did you ever look at Sonoma closely? Nice little town, very friendly, without the California weirdness. Has a very small town feel. Warm summers, mild winters, and quite unlike the other CA cities you mentioned.

    Colorado is quite interesting---maybe you're a Glenwood Springs kinda guy? Nowhere near as pricey as nearby Snowmass/Aspen, but not as desolate and ugly as Grand Junction. And you have Moab, etc within driving distance, and maybe 3.5 hours to Denver. Or perhaps Carbondale, further up the valley towards Snowmass. I'm not a big fan of the more isolated western slope communities, and the Front Range cities like Boulder--well, they are just too too precious, or if not precious Boulder, than too suburban (like Lafayette and Denver suburbs). Actually I like this little town 12 miles outside of Boulder called Niwot.

    New Mexico--well, you know that, and Nevada is best suited as an atomic test site.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    Yeah, CO holds a lot of interest and even some of the Denver burbs have caught our eye. And I've always liked SW Colorado too (amazing how many people living there have never heard of or been to Marble).

    We're trying a small town right now and that's going to be different for us.This stop is just going to be a way station before the next one.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    We were impressed when we visited Colorado Springs on vacation last month. Little Manitou Springs next door was unique too. Still pretty close to Denver if you need the big city once in awhile.

    My wife is ready to move there when the kids are gone in a couple of years... I'm trying to keep my western WA heels dug in though. ;)
  • kernickkernick Posts: 4,072
    A few years back I read about Mesquite, NV which is on the Utah border right off I-15. I stopped there on the way to Zion for a few hours, and it seemed nice enough; though it's economy is based around a few casinos and tourism in general. It was also supposed to be a retirement destination as it's a few degrees cooler than Vegas. Current pop. is around 20K.

    Good to rent in a new area, before buying! That probably applies to vehicles also. I recently rented a mid-size Dodge, that I can't even remember it's name. 1 day was enough with that appliance.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    My wife had family in Carson City for a few years and we always enjoyed visiting down there. Tahoe was just over the hill and you could hit the shows in Reno but the pace was calmer.

    Where we are visiting right now, the rental situation is woeful unfortunately. Maybe a lease/purchase would work out though.
  • Carson City is more CA than NV, because it's so close---just like northern Italy is kinda German :)

    Reno is tacky.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    What, you didn't like the Dodge Avenger? Well, just wait for the '11, when it gets an upgraded interior and the new Pentastar 3.6 V6!
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    You should check out beautiful and exciting places like central Illinois, Indiana and northern Ohio.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,006
    Are you talking about Salem, OR.? One thing there, all the beautiful flowers and vegetation can help you forget its drizzling outside.

    Vancouver, WA is alright, if a bit industrial, as long as you don't have to make a daily commute into Portland from there!
  • berriberri Posts: 4,006
    You should check out beautiful and exciting places like central Illinois, Indiana and northern Ohio.

    Well, they're nice in October and the often flat roads give you good fuel mileage.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,120
    Hey, good point right about the fuel mileage. As for the fall foliage, yeah, sort of, but there's better. Parts of Wisconsin have absolutely gorgeous colors in October. I've never been to Vermont when the leaves change colors, but I highly recommend south central Wisconsin in the fall. The numerous pristine lakes and hills just add to the beautiful.

    One of these Octobers I want to go to Vermont. It's been on my "places to see" list for years, but I just haven't done it.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,980
    I actually lived in Wisconsin for about six months back in the 80's. Loved the fish fries and the farmer's markets. And the brats. Used to have a Bucky Badger sticker on my old Tercel too. :shades:

    After hitting all the states, all the territories and provinces in Canada (except Nunavut - that's still on my bucket list), and around half the Mexican states, I think I'd be pretty happy living most anywhere. Lots of great spots all over North America.
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