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Seeking Your Opinion
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Okay, y'all. Please rock the comments today for this one little post, will ya? HolySister and I need help.

We're planning a getaway trip, maybe 4 days, with just the two of us, plus Seth-6mth. Our requirements are different, and we can't decide where to go. All suggestions welcome.

My trip preferences:

i'd like to try rappelling

baby friendly, plus baby travel friendly. (nowhere requiring flights with 4 connections, etc)

low humidity or strong local belief in air conditioning

i don't like spa treatments or any other 'pampering' that entails paying strangers to touch me in any way. ew.

HolySister's preferences:

she wants to be waited upon, spa or resort style

beach-y perhaps

wants to do very little (but she's not good at doing nothing, and if she changes her mind, there needs to be stuff to do. trust me. a bored holysister without options is NOT a relaxing travelling companion)

also, she's coming from New England, I'm coming from TX.


Throw out any and all ideas, y'all! We appreciate them!  I don't want to leave the country - all other places considered. HolySister suggested a cool place in Arkansas yesterday. (To those of you who know her, no I'm not even kidding.)

See,  we were both supposed to visit websites and come up with ideas by today, and i havne't had a chance. so i have no ideas and today is my deadline. (HolySister has probably looked at all the travel sites and then some, and organized the pros and cons of 19 cities on index cards. So help me out!)

Updated to add: A mere 10 seconds after posting this, HolySIster calls, giggling since she's already seen this post. I'm amazed. And no, she doesn't even use bloglines!

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Jeana Said:

It's been a while since I read any Parenting magazines, but I don't think they recommend rapelling for babies.

And dude, a sister who's willing to do all the work? Just pick one of her suggestions and say "Wow, I had lots of ideas, but this is better than any of mine!"

on May 16, 2006 2:12:20 PM
Jeana Said:

Ooh! I thought of another one! If your figure/stretch marks are anything like mine are after four kids, wear a bikini and you'll repel people like crazy.

on May 16, 2006 2:14:44 PM
HolyMama! Said:

ack! i need to add that to my list of preferences: no swimsuits!!

on May 16, 2006 2:20:52 PM
Heather* Said:

Can't help you - sorry. :( That sounds like the opposite of every vacation I've ever taken. LOL

on May 16, 2006 3:03:08 PM
Susan Said:

I think my suggestions will be too far for you to go. :( I am no help.

on May 16, 2006 3:16:07 PM
Christina Said:

How about Upstate NY? :-) You can stay at a Bed and Breakfast and (if you come see us in the Fingerlakes area) do the wine trails. There is plenty of hiking to be had for outdoors-y stuff. There is a place outside of Ithaca, NY called Taughannock Falls - beautiful place to stay, state park right there w/ hiking or lounging beach-style (lake beach, not ocean beach, but whatever). Seneca Falls (birthplace of women's rights in the US!) is only about 45 minutes away, and Ithaca has TONS AND TONS of fun shops in the Commons - your sister can get a spa treatment or two down there as well!

on May 16, 2006 3:19:51 PM
Heather Said:

I have no suggestions. I'd like to try repelling sometime though, so if you find something, let me know!!

on May 16, 2006 3:26:16 PM
Liz Said:

How about San Diego? It has beach, shoppings, restaurants, both upscale and kids-friendly, spas, and lots of kids-friendly attractions (eg: SD zoo), and wonderful weather. I dont know where you are at in TX, but Southwest has flights coming out of lots of airports in TX to SD.

on May 16, 2006 3:34:18 PM
Randi Said:

I am going to suggest Colorado--not because I live here but because i think you would like it. We have VERY low humidity and lots of rock climbing opportunities. We also have river rafting and hiking--lots of beautiful things to see. If you go a mountain town, like Vail or Aspen, you will be pampered and live in luxury. Also recommended: Breckenridge and Telluride.

Have fun choosing your destination!

on May 16, 2006 3:42:47 PM
Theresa Said:

I vote for Breckenridge or Sedona! We just visited there a few weeks ago and the weather is beautiful. The have the spa thingy's for Holysister and mountain-y things for you. Definitely kid friendly - you can just pop Seth in a backpack and your off. Good luck wherever you pick!

on May 16, 2006 3:52:06 PM
chilihead Said:

I second CO. It's a great place for all the things you listed as requirements. San Diego was my next suggestion. My third is Disney. Yes. You read that right. A quick trip with the babe and HS would be fun!

on May 16, 2006 3:54:04 PM
Michelle Said:

my 2 cents is to stay at a Bed & Breakfast where ever you go, but often you have to check their take on kiddos.

on May 16, 2006 4:02:23 PM
boomama Said:

I'm still laughing at Jeana's comments, but I do have two suggestions:

1. San Diego - SO family friendly, beautiful, and fun
2. Sedona - my brother and his wife stayed at a great place there - and your sister could get pampered, and you could do nature-y things.

Email me if you want more info...I shan't plug a resort unnecessarily in your comments. :-)

on May 16, 2006 4:50:46 PM
Heather Said:

Well, if you're going to fly somewhere, I'd say the best place to vacation is the Gulf Coast of Florida. Like Destin. The beaches are gorgeous. Who cares if you're wearing a swimsuit? It's just your sister, right? :)

Anyway, total relaxation for me -- at my age -- is stretching out on a lounge chair wearing a straw hat underneath one of those big umbrellas (who needs a tan?), sipping something cold, reading a great book. With the sounds of the sea swishing in the background.

That's just me. I LOVE the beach!

on May 16, 2006 5:00:58 PM
April Said:

I know it sounds crazy to the rest of the world, but Arkansas is absolutely beautiful. You wouldn't know it by our reputation, but we also aren't completely full of rednecks (maybe about 3/4 full, but there's plenty of room for the rest of you too). It's close to you, Kelsey, and if you come to Hot Springs (my home), you get the best of both worlds: spas and rapelling...with no swimsuits unless you want to. And I'll even babysit Seth for you!
Granted, the low humidity thing is a problem, but the air conditioning is a given. No beaches of course, but lakes, mountains, rivers, spas-- oh my! Just don't rule out Arkansas, is all I'm saying.

on May 16, 2006 5:16:44 PM
cheeriobutt Said:

Okay, I had to look around at some stuff because this is something I would like to do with every fiber of my being, but it will most likely never happen! So, I am living through you! First, I was thinking that there are a million things I could think up quick that I would do but when you throw in the fact of bringing an infant it changes a few things. So I thought if I had to bring my munchkin then I would want a place that I had to do as little work as possible like cooking etc. So I think Bed and Breakfast for sure because you don't have to load a baby into a car seat to go eat, and if they have room service even better. Then I was thinking that Colorado would for sure be good for relaxing and for repelling as well. Weather is good, and most of the towns seem to be pretty laid back and yet have much to offer for Holysister. Okay, anyways I typed in B&B for Colorado amd the first one I found was this one and so I think it's a start. (I don't know how to link through comments so here is the address): www.amountainvalleyhome.com
When I go on vacation (as if) I love to have a place to get away from people and stress and yet still be able to go to the excitment if I want. So this one looked cool.
So anyways! Hope you find your spot and I hope I didn't totally annoy you, but if I did it was still fun! :) Have a great trip!

on May 16, 2006 5:31:24 PM

No suggestions; my brain is sapped at the end of a long day...just hopes you can find something wonderful!

on May 16, 2006 5:38:30 PM
Chris Cree Said:

A guy's take (with no kids even)...

Anyway you ought to consider a cruise. That way you have a choice because there's lots to do but you can veg in a deck chair whenever you want.

And the best part is you can eat ANYTIME - 24/7 - there's always a buffet open!

on May 16, 2006 5:38:56 PM
oshee Said:

Sedona sounded like a great suggestion. I am sure you could find some repelling there.

on May 16, 2006 5:56:04 PM
Stephanie Said:

I agree that a bed and breakfast would be your best option. Where...I have no idea because I have only been to Florida and Kentucky:(. I hope you all have fun, that's the most important thing right:)

on May 16, 2006 8:45:53 PM

Aloha! Get thee to Hawaii. You and Seth-6mth to a luau (all the colors will keep him happy) while sissy gets pampered at a spa. Meet up later for beverage sipping beneath a coconut tree.

And don't forget to blog about it (yeah, right :-)

on May 16, 2006 9:54:42 PM
Paula Said:

No suggestions, but I pray you have a great time!!! I wish I had a sister.

on May 16, 2006 10:32:11 PM
Carol Said:

I was going to say Arkansas (sort of in the middle) or New Mexico (mountains, spas, low humidity).

Doesn't really matter as long as you take me with you. Hey! I'll babysit!

on May 16, 2006 11:10:48 PM
Faith Said:

I'm late on this!!! I am hoping to go to New Mexico in Sept. I think it will be wonderful. That's what they say anyway!!!

on May 17, 2006 8:34:53 AM
Stacey Said:

Hopefully you got some good ideas. I've basically got nothing for you in this area. We always go camping or to California for vacation. Not to thrilling!!

on May 17, 2006 9:16:17 AM