Thursday, February 21

Help


So Papa G and I are going to ‘do something’ for my birthday. I’m excited that we’ll get some time together but have no idea what I want to do and neither does he. So, I thought I’d open the floor to the Super Minions of G. Where should we go? What should we do? What’s the coolest place in the US that no one realizes? Where’d you have an awesome vacation? I’ve only got the 16-20 of April off, so that might be a factor, or I might get inspired and take more days!
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Hmmm…
So far the thinking is:

Grand Canyon Train
Bar Harbor (Maine)
Fingerlakes, NY wine country
Sonoma, CA wine country
Chicago
So I need you guys to toss out more ideas or pick one and tell me why, because I think all of these would be fun – for different reasons. Hit me with your best shot!

14 Comments:

The CEO said...

Why not call your dad, and make the decision together. Maybe you both want to head someplace warmer. Or try various restaurants together, or go to the zoo, or have your picture taken together. Not just a snapshot, go to a store and have a portrait. Sears has affordable ones, and you can both dress up, then go to a nice restaurant for dinner. Make some memories together, like only a father and daughter can.

WNG said...

He has no ideas either. I'm not going home, we want to go somewhere and do something. We're so specific, I know...

NoRegrets said...

Wow, talk about a wide open arena! Are there any physical limitations? Nature vs. city? Amenities or not? Far away vs. close? Budget limitations?

WNG said...

None at all. Well, I don't think we want to leave the country, we don't really have time for that. But anything in teh US could work. SHARE!

Jay said...

Have you ever been to California's wine country? Sonoma and Napa Valley? That is a great place to spend a few days.

Or, better yet, what about the Monterey Peninsula? That still stands as the single greatest place I've ever visited. Wandering around in Carmel and then going to the beach there. Then the 17 mile drive and Pebble Beach. Then Cannery Row and the Monterey Aquarium.

And each night some really great seafood and of course some California wine with dinner. Then after dinner wander over to Pacific Grove and hang out on the park benches and watch the sea otters play as the surf rolls in and the sun sets slowly on the horizon.

It's not cheap, but it is wonderful there.

WNG said...

Wow Jay, that sounds really cool. I'm thinking about CA (I'd have to take another day off to do it - I think...) I'm also thinking about the upstate NY wine tours. Didn't even know they HAD those! But if it ends up being Sonoma I'll have to get more ideas from you :)

Susan said...

Southern West Virginia, of course, because I'm here!! Kidding because other than bein' around me there's really nothing too interesting to do here this time of year (kind of between skiing and rafting seasons).

I go to Gatlinburg, TN on a regular basis. I love it because it's all together and you can walk everywhere.

If you're going to Maine, got to Portland. It's AWESOME. It's where (in the 5 year plan) I'm moving (hopefully).

I had a helluva time in Denver...and Chicago...Ohhh and Minneapolis! I guess it really all just depends on if you set out to party hard and have a good time. I'm sure y'all will have a great time anywhere you go!

NoRegrets said...

Wow, way to narrow it down WNG.
I think you need to consider that it's April. Upstate NY and Portland Maine will still have snow. Wine country is beautiful, yes.
It also depends on how much you want to pack into those days. Relax, or see a lot. Ok, enough of these caveats. Let's see, what Jay suggested is great. You could also do the drive, or part of the drive, up the Pacific Coast Highway, which is gorgeous. You could do a driving tour of Grand Canyon, and other beautiful sights in that area like arches, etc. And if you need a big city, visit Las Vegas while you are in the area. Oregon is one of my favorite states, sicne there's so much diversity in nature plus wineries, etc., but it'll probably be rainy. New York City. I won't suggest Washington, DC since you live near there. Yosemite in April would likely be great - not too mnay tourists yet. Taos, New Mexico and Albuquerque. ...

WNG said...

Susan - if I didn't think Papa G would try to make you wife #6 I'd be there!
I think you're right - we'll rock it out wherever we go. I'll put Portland in the Maine itinerary :)

NoR - I LOVE SNOW. Papa G maybe not so much, but it's MY birthday, right? I'm honestly not sure I want to spend two full days of my time off on a plane. But you guys make it sound sooo great...
We've done Taos and Alb when I was in college in Santa Fe, but those are grrreat ideas! I began this life of G in NYC and still go back often, but again - good plan!

NoRegrets said...

If you go to Bah Hahbah, make sure you go to Acadia National park too.

Susan said...

Wow...how weird would it be for "kiddo" to be your step mom..LOL

WNG said...

NoR - we really, really want to go, but it might have to be a late summer thing.

My newphew is older than I am Susan...stranger things have happened!

meno said...

Chicago! Sonoma!

Either sounds fabuous!

The CEO said...

Orlando, Florida and the Epcot Center, or perhaps the Florida Keys, where Hemmingway had a house for the food and drink and ambiance, and then there South Beach in Miami. Just for a little variety.

If you go to California for wine country, do NOT miss San Francisco.