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emmysmom
01-20-2006, 10:17 AM
I'm getting beach fever! Last year we went to Myrtle Beach for a week and rented a house about 2 blocks from the beach in a little community. We had a wonderful time (there were 4 adults and 5 girls aged 16mo to 12yrs!) This year we want to go somewhere, but not have to drive so far. Does anyone have a northern east coast destination that they enjoy vacationing at...Jersey, northern VA area?


PURPLEPIRATE99
01-20-2006, 10:29 AM
Have you ever went to Virginia Beach?? I haven't but have heard alot about it and have always wanted to visit!!

That sounds so fun having all the kids together so they can entertain themselves!!

emmysmom
01-20-2006, 10:47 AM
Actually, my corporate office is in Virginia Beach, so I go there once or twice a year on business. It is beautiful there, but then I'll feel like I'm too close to work, you know?


PURPLEPIRATE99
01-20-2006, 10:52 AM
Well that is true - didn't think about that - Good luck trying to find something I will let you know if I hear of anywhere -

SyracuseNY
01-20-2006, 11:27 AM
Emmy: My DH and I love the Outerbanks of NC. We have vacationed there about 15 times in the past 25 years. You can rent cottages at several places depends on where you want to stay. We have stayed in a different cottage (rental house) each year we went. We have stayed in Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nagshead (all offer a little different things). My favorite is the Kill Devil Hills/Nagshead area, my worst is Kitty Hawk. Duck is quait, but there is only 1 road to get there and although the area there and North of there are quieter - traveling on that road can be stressful. If your the type that will buy groceries for the week and just spend your time at the beach, then you make like that area better. From Syracuse to Nagshead it's about a 12 hour trip, we normally take our time and make it in 2 days.

Have you even been to Cape Cod? We've been there. There are trade offs to each location. While Cape Cod area has the best lobster in the world, the south has the best shrimp.

It's nice, also been to Nantucket and Martha Vineyard - very small and not much to do.

To tell you the truth I like the southern beaches much better where the weater is warm, and the water is warm. We have been to Cape Cod one 4th of July and the sand was too cold to stand on, I didn't get near the water. LOL!

On the Cape, the water is flat, no waves like you would see in VA or NC. Of course, the waters to get to Nantucket and/or Martha Vineyard can be very rough.

The only place that I would never return to even spend the night is Hatteras, NC. It's a fishing village a couple hours south of Nagshead, NC. It's very boring, nothing to do there, and you can't even get in the water because the water is so rough. The only nice thing is that if you have 4 Wheel drive, you can ride on the beach (if your into that). Plus, there was a wicked thunderstorm while we were there in mid August, we woke up to flooded roads. The water was so high, it hit the top of the wheels of my car. It was very scary I the only thing I would return there for is to take the ferry to Oracoke Island, never made it there and always want to give that a try.

If you have any questions, let me know.

I also have beach fever!

No matter what time of year you go there - the water is freezing. We went there Your best bet is to head South or due East IMHO.

PURPLEPIRATE99
01-20-2006, 11:52 AM
Yes, I have to say Ditto - I love the outer banks myself, I'm just luck enough to live fairly close!!

emmysmom
01-20-2006, 12:09 PM
I have thought about the outer banks...I'll have to look into it. My mom loves to go to Cape Cod...I've never beent there, but I think I would rather head south. Thanks so much for all the tips. I'll let you know if I have any questions.

Gymgurl
01-20-2006, 03:17 PM
Anywhere sunny warm with a beach sounds like heaven! We will be getting 4-7 inches of snow tonight....

PURPLEPIRATE99
01-20-2006, 03:30 PM
gymgurl - What part of MI are you in? My best friends lives about 30 mins from South Bend IN - I'm going to see her Feb 16

cinnamonspice
01-20-2006, 03:47 PM
I can't help you, I just booked my room in Myrtle Beach for July 24-28 :)
I'm praying I'll look better in my bathing suit this year!

Gymgurl
01-20-2006, 04:08 PM
I'm right outside of Detroit....

PURPLEPIRATE99
01-20-2006, 04:51 PM
Cool - My aunt and auncle used to live in Troy - but they are back in NC now. My best friend lives about 3.5 hours from Detroit......She is closer to IN, practically on the border

shennie_97
01-20-2006, 09:01 PM
ok, I am really slow, were is cape cod, heard of it, but don't know were it is.

Me and DBF are having our last children free vacation this summer. We are doing a cruise to the virgin islands (I guess the honeymoon would be child free too so maybe one more)

Next year, we are going back to Orlando (a free timeshare thing) and will be taking DS and the next summer is our wedding so no more child free trips for us :( so I want to get in a nice adult trip this year.

deetsmom
01-20-2006, 09:55 PM
ok, I am really slow, were is cape cod, heard of it, but don't know were it is.

Me and DBF are having our last children free vacation this summer. We are doing a cruise to the virgin islands (I guess the honeymoon would be child free too so maybe one more)

Next year, we are going back to Orlando (a free timeshare thing) and will be taking DS and the next summer is our wedding so no more child free trips for us :( so I want to get in a nice adult trip this year.


Do you have a date for next summer? How exciting, youre going to be a gorgeous bride. Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, its really pretty there and lots of seafood, of course!

textjewel
01-21-2006, 06:54 AM
Tina - have you thought about the Delaware/Maryland Shore? I mean Rehobeth/Bethany/Ocean City? We vacationed there for years.

Also, I've heard really good things about Cape May NJ, but haven't been there.

I love the NC/SC/GA beaches, but they are not within that 3 hour travel time. VA Beach is 3-4 hours away from DC, and the Outer Banks is further than that.

Julie

Gymgurl
01-21-2006, 09:26 AM
I need a childless vacation with the hubby! Hasn't happend in years! maybe as they get a little bigger!

shennie_97
01-21-2006, 10:18 AM
Do you have a date for next summer? How exciting, youre going to be a gorgeous bride. Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, its really pretty there and lots of seafood, of course!

Not next summer, summer after next. i graduate next summer (well spring) so I won't/can't start planning until after that and DBF wants to get married over labor day weekend, so we are looking at August 30, 2008 right now. But of course no invitations have been printed so that could change a little here or there.

shennie_97
01-21-2006, 10:20 AM
I need a childless vacation with the hubby! Hasn't happend in years! maybe as they get a little bigger!

that's what I keep trying to explain to DBF, noone is going to volunteer to keep two little kids, and although DS will be a teen by then, I don't think I can leave out of the state with him babysitiing the dog, yet along the younger kids.

emmysmom
01-21-2006, 10:24 AM
Julie,
I have thought about the Jersey coast. We used to go to Rehobeth when I was little. Do you rent a house when you go there or do you stay in a hotel? If you know of any good rentals, please let me know.
We are possibly considering VA Beach even though I go there every year for work. My husband really likes to experience the whole naval thing in Norfolk...so maybe there.

Chklithunder
01-23-2006, 01:07 PM
Well it's settled...My DSis, DBs and I have agreed on this year's summer vacation. We will be going to Gatlinburg TN. DSis and I went with a bunch of our cousins to Pigeon Forge 2 years ago and had a ball. The DBs were feeling left out and so instead of going to Myrtle Beach this year like we all did last year, they decided they wanted to go to the mountains. Our cabin is called the Gatlinburg Lodge. It looks like it will be really nice. Here's the link to the cabin site if anyone's interested http://www.mysmokymountaincabins.com/ . Once there, go to 5,6,7 and 8 bedroom cabins and then click on Gatlinburg Lodge for pics etc.

We will be taking the children, and will surely visit Dollywood and the Nascar Park while we're down there. We all love go kart racing.

SyracuseNY
01-23-2006, 02:52 PM
Carmen:

I have a DF that his Mom and sisters meet in Gatlinburg, TN each year. Heard it a great place for shopping! From what you say, there are many things to do there. Have a great time, when are you going?

Chklithunder
01-23-2006, 02:59 PM
Thanks Sy. We won't be going until August.

Leah AU mom
01-24-2006, 08:35 AM
Well it's settled...My DSis, DBs and I have agreed on this year's summer vacation. We will be going to Gatlinburg TN. DSis and I went with a bunch of our cousins to Pigeon Forge 2 years ago and had a ball. The DBs were feeling left out and so instead of going to Myrtle Beach this year like we all did last year, they decided they wanted to go to the mountains. Our cabin is called the Gatlinburg Lodge. It looks like it will be really nice. Here's the link to the cabin site if anyone's interested http://www.mysmokymountaincabins.com/ . Once there, go to 5,6,7 and 8 bedroom cabins and then click on Gatlinburg Lodge for pics etc.

We will be taking the children, and will surely visit Dollywood and the Nascar Park while we're down there. We all love go kart racing.


My children enjoyed the aquarium in Gatlinburg.

PURPLEPIRATE99
01-24-2006, 08:41 AM
We went to Gatlinburg for our honeymoon 5 years ago - and loved it!!!

There is also a place in Gatlinburg called Oberlin park or something like that - they have a mini zoo and all kinds of little things to do - You take the aerial tramway to get up the mountain - it is really cool....www.obergatlinburg.com

Haven't decided on a vacation this year - last year was such a waste of money. Maybe Gatlinburg for a 5 year reunion or I guess close to 6 now....Great idea!!

deetsmom
01-24-2006, 09:39 AM
That looks lovely! Now I want to go on vacation:( REALLY STUPID QUESTION...is there any body of water or beach in TN?

textjewel
01-24-2006, 09:48 AM
Tina - sorry - lost this thread! My exBF had a friend that had a house close to Rehobeth that we used to rent. But, I do know that there are LOTS of places to rent that are close to the water.

Deets - TN has no ocean beaches, but there should be lakes? And there are definately mountains.

Julie

deetsmom
01-24-2006, 09:51 AM
AND, what kind of shopping?! DO TELL!

PURPLEPIRATE99
01-24-2006, 09:58 AM
they have alot of cute craft stores and they have an outlet in pigeon forge which is about 20 mins from gatlinburg.....

dawn78
01-24-2006, 10:36 AM
We leave for Florida one month from today! My son is so excited because he has never flown before. I on the other hand, am not too excited about flying, but I’m so looking forward to a vacation. I’ve only flown once and hated it, but DH wasn’t to keen on driving all the way from Minnesota.

PURPLEPIRATE99
01-24-2006, 10:38 AM
Yes, that is funny - b/c I live for Michigan Feb 16 to see my best friend - I can't wait - I'm getting a little more hestitant about flying, but I'm excited. Savannah keeps saying "AIR- PANE" "AIR-PANE" - it is too cute she is excited too -

Repo girl
01-24-2006, 12:12 PM
Oh, I am getting jealous here! I don't see a vacation for us anytime in the near future, except planning a weekender to Salt Lake to take the kids to the zoo in the spring. Sounds like a lot of fun you guys!!

brittyboo07
01-25-2006, 06:09 PM
Im in the process of planning vacations myself.....

Spring Break : trying to talk some people into going to Myrtle Beach would like for me and DBF to go just the two of us but not sure thats gonna happen

End of May im planning on a cruise with my mom and one or two of my best friends

And I might try to go somewhere else this summer dont know if i can afford to do all this lol but im gonna try