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My husband and I are planning 9 days in Slovenia at the beginning of October. I've done quite a bit of research online, but could use some assistance, and the Fodorites have always been a big help.
Some background info - We prefer to stay in just a few places and then make day trips from there, leaving our options open depending on what strikes our fancy. (We'll be renting a car). We especially enjoy exploring small towns, local markets, antique stores, and old cities. We enjoy nature, but a knee injury rules out hiking, and we're not really interested in white-water rafting and outdoor sports - we'd prefer to enjoy the beautiful scenery in a more laid-back way. We are not really into wines, but like trying local foods. As far as budget, we're middle of the road - we'd rather spend money on souvenirs than on fancy hotels and restaurants, but the more we travel, the more we're willing to pay for a few extra comforts in our hotel rooms.
So far, our itinerary looks like this:
Fri: Arrive Ljubljana late Fri. night
Sat: Ljubljana
Sun: Ljubljana (antique market) + trip to Skofja Loka
Mon: Leave Ljubljana, Drive to Bled (stop at Radovljica Bee Keeping Museum on the way). Overnight in Bled.
Tues: Spend day around Bled/Bohinj area; spend 2nd night in Bled.
Wed: Leave Bled, drive through Soca River Valley to Nova Gorica area or Karst Area. (I'm not really clear on this part, and on how long a drive this is since it's in the mountains. Might stop at WWI Museum in Kobarid. Would like to spend this day on a leisurely drive to wherever our next hotel is...more questions about this later...)
Thurs: Day trip to Stanjel?
Fri: Day trip to Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle.
Sat: Day trip to Piran (stop at Hrastovlje on the way)
Sun: Drive back to Ljubljana, stopping at the Technical Museum on the way.

First question: Have I packed too much in? We eliminated Skocjan, Lipica, and Portoroz in an effort to simplify. My thought is since we're really only staying in 3 different places, we can play it by ear and decide what we want to do each day once we're there.

Second question: I could really use recommendations re: our third place to stay - I'm thinking somewhere near Nova Gorica or further east, closer to Stanjel. I'd like it to be someplace where we can easily day-trip to Postojna and Piran. Most of the tourist farms I've read about are further north, in the upper Soca River Valley, which I don't think is quite what we want. Would Goriska Brda be a bit too far as well? I'd also like some thoughts from people who've stayed at the tourist farms. We've stayed in apartments and private rooms in Croatia which we loved, and on 2 farms in Italy that we loved, but we've also had some B&B experiences in the U.S. that we didn't care for - we tend to want to do our own thing on our own schedule, not feel like we have to be somewhere at a certain time for meals, or feel too smothered w/ attention (even though oftentimes that's the innkeeper's way of trying to be friendly). So I'm interested to hear other peoples' thoughts. Thanks so much for your help - we are looking forward to our trip!!!

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