Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Any advice?


When Ethan turned 1, Dave and I went to Ixtapa, Mexico, with his twin brother Doug and his wife Sonja. Just a little time away to reconnect. I loved Mexico -- the laid back lifestyle, the balmy afternoons lying under an umbrella on the beach, the quiet dinners, uninterrupted by sweet, childish chatter. We even did a few *active* things to appease my athletic husband. How he ever convinced me to go para-sailing, I will never know. But I did, and a little body surfing too. Ahhhh, it was the most fabulous vacation.

On July 6th, Dave and I will have been married for 5 years, and we have considered going away together again. We're not really sure for how long or where we'd even like to go, but life has gotten extremely busy around here. I shouldn't really be surprised or anything, since spring is always busy for architectural engineers. But for some reason it always takes me by surprise, and leaves me feeling a little blue. A little pick-me-up is in order, a little something to look forward to together.

Dave asked me to do a little research tonight and start planning a trip, but I am at a loss. To be honest, a few days at the Marriott down the street sounds like a dream come true! But I know that Dave has been looking forward to this, and that will probably not cut it. :) So I thought I'd ask, does anyone have any advice on where to go?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can you give us an idea of your trip budget?

Susanna Rose said...

Ya,

A trip budget would be nice to know. Assuming you have a reasonable amount, I would highly suggest Venice, Italy. My husband and I went there for our honeymoon and I think I can safely say there is really not a more beautiful place around and those rumors that the canals smell in the summer? We didn't notice a thing! I've been to many places and Venice is by far the most beautiful and just all around perfect place!

dave & rachel said...

Okay, well, this isn't exactly a saved-for budgeted trip, let's just say that. We do have savings for it, but since we haven't had a destination in mind or known how MUCH to save, we have just portioned off part of Dave's yearly bonus for this. Also, I doubt that I can handle being super far away from my kiddos yet. Mexico was really a stretch for me, since it was very difficult to get phone calls back to the States from where we were staying.

Does that help? Think somewhere between bed-and-breakfast and Venice. :) Ohhhhh, Venice sounds so nice though! And I'm sure my architectural husband would love it!

Mrs. Pear said...

Well, depending on your budget of course, Southern California is beautiful, and if kids are included, you could definitely keep them busy just in San Diego alone.

Also, Banff Lake Louise and Vancouver (all in Canada) are also very beautiful.

bandanachick said...

Haha Venice Italy! Man that would be nice though! Maybe for your 10 year! :)
I would recommend Big Cedar Lodge where we just went. That isn't too far away and would be just enough outdoories for Dave. I think you guys would really like it.
Nate's recommendation was Kauai, of course. I don't know if you want to spend that much money though.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'd say Florence, if you do Italy. I loved Florence.

Grace Powell said...

I don't know where to go, but I can say where to stay. Crown Plaza's have absolutely the best beds in the world. Sometimes you can get last minute rates for as low as $49.00 but I think the rack rate on a room is $149.99. Worth every penny. Better than your own bed I guarantee it.

andyandjenica said...

I guess Grace thinks you'll be spending a lot of time in bed...

We LOVED Boston. But it was not relaxing. There's too much to see.

A cruise? =)

Are you thinking of a driveable destination? How long do you want to be gone?

dave & rachel said...

Jenica,
Ha!
We're not really sure at this point of ANYTHING. We're obviously pretty open. Dave keeps talking about New York City, but that sounds like a sight-seeing vacation to me, one where you feel guilty if you're not busy every second, like you are wasting your opportunity or something. :) Someday though.

A cruise sounds nice, but it worries me that I couldn't fly home quickly if my kids got really sick or something. That would be ideal though...very relaxing. :)

Anonymous said...

I have to chime in here...Jon and I went to Vancouver two years ago and it was a blast. It's like a really clean New York, with tons of forests and natural parks for walking and hiking and biking, and canoing...it's breathtaking. The ocean is right there and there is tons of places to walk to eat and stroll. Stanley Park is HUGE and you can take a bike ride all the way around it with the ocean on one side and the forest on the other. We stayed at the Pan Pacific.

Danielle Hill

dave & rachel said...

Hey Danielle!
That sounds awesome! When I read your comment to Dave, he immediately said, "Let's go there!"

:)

We haven't had any time to think about where to go or when, but now we are thinking maybe just a long weekend away. Thanks everyone for all your advice! This was fun and so inspiring!

Scott and Lynn said...

One year Scott and I just took a weekend in Kansas City. We ate at the Skies (the rotating restaurant above the city) - really nice. We just hung out one day, and then we went to World's of Fun! This is a good time of year for that too before it's really hot. Then on Sunday we went to the OP mtg. (when it still was called that) and hung out with friends on Sunday. It was a nice relaxing yet fun little getaway - short and sweet!

photodre said...

Savannah is a great trip! Its got that fabulous southern charm and its got fairly decent beaches too. We took it as a 3 day weekend and that worked out great!

MagenRanae said...

Micah and I's goal for next march (our 3 year) is Boston! :) But, if you don't want to go that far, we really enjoyed some time we got to spend in St. Louis. That could easily be a long weekend trip.