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Where's the best vaction spot you've ever been to? (nm)(18 posts)

Where's the best vaction spot you've ever been to? (nm)zk3
Jun 27, 2002 4:41 PM
Kelowna, BC, or Poland. nmempacher6seat
Jun 27, 2002 10:59 PM
St. Johns, USVI or Costa Rica (nm)Dave Hickey
Jun 28, 2002 5:06 AM
St. Thomas is also VERY nice! nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 28, 2002 9:58 AM
Grand CaymanDougSloan
Jun 28, 2002 5:47 AM
Grand Cayman was nice. Very quiet, peaceful; good beach; some of the best scuba diving in the world. Not cheap, though.

This is going to sound weird, but the best vacation I ever had was doing the Furnace Creek Spring Tour in the Mohave desert and Death Valley. 450 miles of peaceful riding in 4 days; full support. Lots of epic climbs, including Mt. Whitney.

I'd really like to do PAC Tour (Pacific Atlantic Crossing) as a vacation, but I doubt my wife would enjoy it.

Doug
las Brisas, AcapulcoAllisonHayes
Jun 28, 2002 7:12 AM
One of the most romantic places ever...

We had a modest room with a shared pool. On the first night, I cut my foot on the bottom of the pool because the grate was missing. It was really just a scratch. We called the manager who immediately upgraded us to the best villa in the place.

So, here we were in a 3br villa on a bluff with a 270 degree view of the bay below. The pool was enormous; private maid service; copa d'oro flowers scattered in the pool each morning; breakfast & dinners by the pool; our own "Las Brises" jeep (ours was named after Fernado Lamas).

The people were always friendly and helpful.
Sedona, AZ (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jun 28, 2002 7:32 AM
Kona, HawaiiSilverback
Jun 28, 2002 7:42 AM
Everything I really like to do, I can do within 10 miles of the Kona airport.
Hawaii generally ...Humma Hah
Jun 29, 2002 11:36 AM
... I dunno about Kona ... flew in there and stayed at a timeshare for a week, found that side of the Big Island a little barren, some parts looked remarkably like West Virginia, and the bike rental shop only had one tandem available and it was already spoken for when we needed it. The snorkling a little north of Kona was grand. Hilo had the waterfalls and gardens.

The southern end of the Big Island is what impressed us the most.

Oahu is overcrowded, but the mountains were spectacular and the surf at Waimea Bay on a mild day was incredible.

But we're eager to visit a couple of the other islands. Each is unique, and most more beautiful than the Big Island, I'm told.
Kauai exceeded all expectationsAlex-in-Evanston
Jul 1, 2002 6:31 AM
I was on the North Shore of Kauai this spring hiking, snorkeling, etc. MB1 had told me not to expect much from the biking, and he was right. One two lane road with no shoulders circles the island, and everything else is a short spur. Too wet for mountain biking.

But the hiking was out of this world. I'm looking at the photographs I snapped on the trails and they seem too good to be true. Granted I live in Evanston, IL - but I've been around - and I've never seen natural beauty on that scale before. Not to mention the wide variety of trail types and micro-climates.

Also, stayed in a wonderful little B&B on Hanalei Bay for about $100 a night.

Alex
Do I have to narrow it to one spot?? How 'bout two or threePaulCL
Jun 28, 2002 9:28 AM
For romantic spots: My wife and I stayed in the carriage house of a B&B in Calistoga, CA. The northern tip of Napa Valley. A week of great food, great wine, a couple of spa treatments, great accomodations, great cycling (for me). I'm sure its' not exciting for you west-coasters, but it was a great week for us.

For fun: I spent a week in Colorado last summer cycling. I attended the Carpenter/Phinney BikeCamp. A vacation of cycling, great company, and lots of good food. It was the best vacation I've ever had. Please, don't tell my wife that one.

Romance #2: Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Only accessible via boat or seaplane. My wife and I stayed at a B&B on the beach. Very romantic. Beautiful pink sands. Friendly people. Great food.

We skip the highrise hotels and condos and go for the B&B's. OK, there's no gym or overpriced restuarant at a B&B, but who cares.
Do I have to narrow it to one spot?? How 'bout two or threeMaggiefan
Jun 28, 2002 10:13 AM
Southern Spain(Malaga,Seville,Grenada,Cadith,and Mirabella), Paris, Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen, and Carribean!
Do I have to narrow it to one spot?? How 'bout two or threeMaggiefan
Jun 28, 2002 10:16 AM
Oh....also Maui last January where my wife and I got married on Kapalua Bay Beach and stayed at the Ritz Carlton!
Could you refer me to the B&B on Harbour Island?Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 28, 2002 11:17 AM
I've always gone the B&B route as well, with great success. I think you get about three times the charm and enjoyment for your money.

Thanks,

Alex
Could you refer me to the B&B on Harbour Island?PaulCL
Jun 28, 2002 6:11 PM
I'll have to ask my wife. It's been about 13 years. I know its' still there becuase we checked it out a couple of years ago. We were thinking about a return trip but we did Napa instead (so I could ride).
I remembered!PaulCL
Jun 28, 2002 6:18 PM
Runaway Hill B&B

Like I wrote, its' been a lot of years. We went in June, so the island was pretty much empty. The bar at the BB was on the 'honor' system - take a beer or a Gumbay smash, write it down and get billed at the end. Ended up with a really big barbill at the end of the week.

There were reefs just 300 feet off the beach that we snorkeled to. ONe of the locals took us on his boat to a remote island, dropped us off for three or four hours of lunch, snorkelling and ???, then picked us up later. A great vacation.

By the way...while we were there, Jimmy Buffett flew in on his seaplane. He has (had?) a place on the island.

http://www.runawayhill.com/
Toss-up...Colorado River Raft through Grand Canyon vs.MXL02
Jun 28, 2002 3:26 PM
Paris...so different yet both sublime.
Wickaninnish Bay, Long Beach, B.C. nmOutWest
Jun 29, 2002 12:17 AM