Vacation ideas?

November 25, 2012

It’s been a while since I took a real vacation; so I’ll take a couple of weeks off around Christmas. Suggestions for vacations? My criteria:

1. Costs between $1,000 and $5,000 per person.
2. Nothing too kid-friendly, no Disney World, etc.
3. No winter sports. I don’t ski.

Give me, and thousands of other readers, your best vacation ideas in the comments.

47 Responses to Vacation ideas?

  1. PoliPundit on November 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I’ll get this going. Best vacation I’ve ever had was at Aleenta in Hua Hin, Thailand. Some reviews here.

    My second-best vacation was two weeks driving through Montana in the summer. The highlight was the National Bison Range. 19 miles of dirt track, Bison, and me and my BMW 323i. The rangers must have thought I was crazy.

  2. Bob in VA on November 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Spend a week or two at somewhere in the Caribbean. It’s warmer and hurricane season is now over.

  3. ken_phd on November 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm


    Stag or drag?

  4. Angie on November 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Maui is nice and relaxing.

  5. WhiteOut on November 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Sanibel – Captiva Island (FL) would qualify for your budget range. See if you can rent a condo closer to the east (lighthouse) end of Sanibel. All of Sanibel is pretty much a nature preserve. Gotta go south to get warm. The panhandle is too cool this time of year.

    If you get a rain day you could go off the island and tour Thomas Edison home in Ft. Myers. that’s pretty cool even for adults. From Sanibel you could also go charter fishing, or do a day-trip via charter to key west. Lots to do, or just crawl out and flop face-down in the beach and do nothing at all.

  6. Steel Turman on November 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Drive from Seattle to San Diego and then to Tucson.

    Stay off the freeways – use back roads to hug as close as you can to the coast or get you out in the desert.

    In Tucson, stay at the Ghost Ranch.


  7. ip727 on November 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Drive the alcan highway to alaska.Go to fairbanks,hwy 2/5/9 cross over to dawson in the yukon.visit the northern territories.

    • Mad Dog on November 27, 2012 at 3:52 am

      Yes great idea AlCan in late December. Nothing like spending a week driving through feet of snow. Gives you a great opportunity to meet the nice people driving snow plows and maybe even spend sometime with the lovely folks at EMS. What a fucking idiot you are. Nice Christmas holiday suggestion dumbass!

      • Troll Alert on November 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

        And, the fake Mad Dog shows up to spew his usual hate.

        Can’t you feel the venom?

        Can’t you feel Mad Dog’s vein-popping hatred?

        And, just in time for Christmas. Your parents must be proud of the hatemonger you’ve become

  8. Steel Turman on November 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    The AlCan?

    Dude, have you looked at a calender lately?

    • ip727 on November 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Use chains

      • Steel Turman on November 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        The subject is ‘vacation’.

        Chains don’t have anything to do with vacation.

        Not nothing.

  9. Steel Turman on November 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Or out the window?


    • ip727 on November 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Where I live it’s clear and 70

      • Steel Turman on November 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        I take it that you do not live along the AlCan, then.

        Dude needs a vacation …

        … not an ordeal.

        • ip727 on November 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

          No guts, no glory

  10. brad on November 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    cruise are really relaxing for me. Variety of things to do. Caribbean is great. Hawaii. Last minute deals for unsold inventory….consider it.

  11. DrDog on November 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Guess it depends on what you want to do as a side dish.

    If you just want to vege out and imitate Charlie Rangel lying on the beach then Bermuda is the place to do it. Do some diving and fishing when you feel energetic.

    Like golf? Then might I suggest Hilton Head.
    Like to gain 20#, New Orleans.

    For something really off beat, try the Amtrak Sunset Limited run. LA to NO. Passes thru some of the most fantastic scenery in the SW. Gain the 20# in NO, then fly home.

  12. Rafael on November 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    One of our Fav place for us to go is Puerto Vallarta. Some great sea foods in town north named Bucerias. has small town flavor, lotsa places to go near main plaza in town. It is inhabited by many Canadians. Old Town in PV is also a great place to walk around. always somewhere to eat and have a drink, enjoy the beach, take a tour. We like to head out into the non-tourist area of town for food…more cordial, can talk to restaurant owners, etc. Of course, am a spanish speaker and makes it a little easier. PV residents, nevertheless, are very tourist-friendly. There are some very nice small boat tours of the bay in Mismaloya. I went with my mom on smaller boat into bay for an hour. went through some arches, and viewed some of the local fish. Everything is accessible via bus or taxi…bus obviously is cheaper.

    There are so many timeshares around there..always use taxis from airport taxi counter. get a relationships with the driver and you’ll be taken care for however long you stay. Taxi drivers are very accommodating.

    If you’d like, take a fishing tour. Lotsa tuna in the area. can also take a trip north to Nayarit, which has some beautiful areas and excellent sea food.

  13. Sri on November 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Go back to visit where you grew up. Nothing gives a renewed sense of purpose as much as doing that.

  14. Gerry Owen on November 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Charleston, SC
    great bar scene, lots of history, get a hotel downtown and you can walk everywhere-
    Austin, TX.
    Poli knows this well since he went to UT, but this is a partying town. something for everyone, music, festivals, bbq, other food, etc.
    Anchorage, AK cool things to see, especially in the summer- although the winter and the lights are outstanding. this time of year, cold as hell but strangely refreshing.
    Big Sky, MT
    Most underrated skiing experience in the country. Kick ass slopes, great nightlife, beautiful scenery.
    Savannah, GA
    going by what I’ve been told, but this is an amazing, scenic, historic, and beautiful town. plan on trying it out real soon.

    • Gerry Owen on November 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      JUST noticed your “no winter sports” caveat- still would recommend Big Sky- lots of scenery, plenty to do to just relax. Wife doesn’t ski, loves the place.

      Adding one- Fredericksburg, TX
      Hang at Lukenbach (yes, from the country song) bed and breakfast, eat good german food, ecletic shops, great people, and two of the best history museums around- the pioneer museuem and the Pacific War Museum. Why on earth would they put a Pacific War Museum in the middle of Texas hill country? Because it is right across the street from the birthplace and childhood home of the Admiral who won it- Chester Nimitz.
      LOTS of excellent wineries and good BBQ all around, nightlife is great.

      • ip727 on November 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm


        • Gerry Owen on November 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

          That is good! Stay at Rose Hill Manor, it is absolutely fabulous!

  15. Wild48cat on November 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Spend some time in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Great hotels, fabulous restaurants and a great location to kick off day trips all around the area.. Nice southern Rockies climate, bright skies. Great gallery touring also.

    • RedStateGal on November 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      In my opionion, Poli would NOT enjoy Santa Fe. My hubbie and I went during Pres. Bush’s 2nd term, and the liberal hate was very blatent. For example, posters using foul language at a donut shop in the middle of town! Unbelievable behaviour to this Mid West gal. Of course, it rained the entire 3 days we were there, which is crazy for that area. That probably colored my opinion also.

      But again, when you are trying to regroup, you don’t want or need to be assaulted by liberal hate while spending your vacation dollar. Head down South.

      • ip727 on November 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

        santa fe is the artsy fartsy homo capitol of NM.

      • Gerry Owen on November 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

        Kind of my plan- we already have a vaca planned for Fl, but going forward we are not travelling to any blue states.

  16. Carl on November 26, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Go to a bowl game and spend a week in the host city and one in a nearby resort.

  17. vinnie on November 26, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Club Med Sandpiper in Port St. Lucie, Florida

  18. ip727 on November 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Mustang ranch Nev.

    • RedStateGal on November 26, 2012 at 7:18 am

      That would be so awesome (sorry, I live with two teenage boys!).

  19. artist on November 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

    How about Detroit?

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on November 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

      wrong time of the year for Detroit 🙂
      but northern MI is a good choice for summer or fall.
      Mackinaw City has nice outdoor activities, lots of water and sky. Small town ambience, ferry rides to Mackinac Island, go north one hour to Sault St Marie and take a boat tour through the locks (ship elevators), drive across the bridge to Canada. Lots of history museums documenting Indian, French, British and American eras.

    • Gerry Owen on November 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Nothin’ like rolling through the hood, scavenging abandoned houses. Great deals on dimebags and stolen watches. Used auto parts can be had at cut rate prices. great urban nightlife, make sure you double up on the raincoats before cavorting with the ladies…..

  20. Yancey Ward on November 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Given the calender, I would opt for Hawaii or the Caribbean as a personal taste.

    If you wanted to stay in the US, I would suggest looking into the Smoky Mountain National Park. This time of the year, it is much less crowded than it is in the Summer, and if you have been there before, but in the Summer, it is quite interesting to see it in the Winter. The weather is usually not that bad in the Winter.

  21. Setnaffa on November 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Cheju (Jeju?) Shilla Hotel:

    Beach, waterfall, hiking, etc. and the best hotel in Asia at a bargain price (roughly half of cost of going to a similar hotel in California or Hawaii). Food is great, too. Moderate temperatures (though you may need warm clothes for changing planes in Seoul).

    We had our honeymoon there.

  22. tom on November 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Tortola, BVI. charter a sailboat with captain and cook. it’s cheaper than you think and the water will be perfect.

  23. Phil Ward on November 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Don’t know who you are or where you live. If you want a cheap vacation come to the beach in South Carolina. The further south you stay the less commercial it is. Golf cources are plentiful. Seafood is delicious. You can tour Charleston and other historic areas. Or goi out of the states.

    • Nathan on November 27, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Charleston, SC is a good one – especially if you treat yourself to some of the professional historical tours of the city. Those historic tours were a pleasant suprise and the seafood there is amazing. Also, take a boat ride out to Ft Sumpter and enjoy the museum and historic setting of the civil war origins. Some prefer to stay in the city as there are many things to do and a fun nightlife but we stayed south of the city at a private house on Kiawa Island golf resort & beach (although something like that might be better enjoyed during warmer weather). Still, Charleston is a good pick any time of the year and there are many places to stay that will take great care of you and your friends/family. Enjoy.

  24. av on November 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    spend your money in a red state

  25. Mad Dog on November 27, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Who leaves planning their Christmas vacation until the end of November? Anything you do find open you can bet all the good stuff is sold to people that had the common sense to book something for themselves and their family in advance.

    Since like Mitt you have left out all the details like how many people, what the total budget is, what your starting point is, level of hotel preferred, class of flight or airline it would be impossible to give you any kind of serious suggestions.

    I hear if you go for drive down the AlCan this time of year you won’t have to worry much about kids.

    • Troll Alert on November 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

      And, the fake Mad Dog shows up to spew his usual hate.

      Can’t you feel the venom?

      Can’t you feel Mad Dog’s vein-popping hatred?

      And, just in time for Christmas. Your parents must be proud of the hatemonger you’ve become

  26. Anonymous Un-Paultard on November 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Hawaii is nice this time of year, especially if you have about 4 million of $OPM$ to work with.

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