Vacation with minimal walking

Aug 15th, 2019, 11:25 AM
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I always feel much more like I've gotten away if someone else does the driving, as in planes & trains. Buses on rare occasion. Driving can just make it seem like work if the destination is too much like home. But most of those in the link above do look like fun.
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Sep 10th, 2019, 11:24 AM
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We spent a fun weekend at the Inn at Meander Plantation in VA. They had a cooking school that was great. It wouldn't be convenient from Boston area, but maybe something like that but closer???

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Sep 11th, 2019, 09:35 AM
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I don't really think you can do hardly anywhere for $500 for 5 days, when that has to cover all expenses but how you got there. You'd be hard-pressed to even do that in the small town in Ohio where I was raised, since chain hotels on the highway cost about $100 a day around there.

Hard to say without knowing what appeals to them but I'd suggest Washington DC. It is usually very pleasant weather end of October, and lots of sightseeing you can do (much free) and you can do a lot with minimal walking. More or less, you can get around to the monuments and museums on a cheap bus that circulates on routes around them, but you would have to walk in the museums themselves some. But you'd have to walk anywhere unless you just do some kind of trip where you just sit on a porch and look at things or something. Which is possible in more rural areas, sure, you want something maybe near the mountains or someplace pleasant for that. And then you have to get there which isn't easy and will eat up that cost for a car rental, even after air fare. And some of those really nice inns are not cheap. I haven't done that kind of thing back east, only west where you can really have some great mountain views from your inn. Even in Vermont, the places I've stayed didn't have that great a view, but they weren't the expensive places. I wouldn't have wanted to just stay at the hotel all day.

I've visited Newport RI and that's not a bad idea but touring those old mansions is just as much walking as touring museums, I think. Which they sort of are.

YOu can't do DC that cheap, either, you can get hotels for around $250-300 a night at that time, but that's your whole budget right there.

I'm thinking some nice inn for a few days at home might be nice. Because those buddy passes aren't that easy. My nephew works for an airline, and nowadays with crowded flights, they may involve long layovers, trying to figure out which plane might have some empty seats, which might not be the time or days you want, etc., or even convoluted routing maps. I can't even imagine doing that for two people together. They are standby, you know, even then.
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Sep 11th, 2019, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Sassafrass View Post
Not fall colors, but consider something like this.
https://www.vacationstogo.com/fastdeal.cfm?deal=28859
This ship is highly praised for recent refurbishments.
Do you have a sibling to chip in?
One other idea. Do they have any family or friends who do not live near that they would like to visit? A gift of a trip to visit my Brother or Daughter or one of my cousins would be fantastic. Maybe they would like that too.
Do they like surprises, or would they rather be consulted? What would they actually like?
Perhaps they would rather do something with you.
For some reason that links to a 16 day Galapagos Cruise in April.

But how do they feel about cruises in general? Short cruise to Bermuda perhaps?
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Sep 11th, 2019, 01:42 PM
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I'd really drill down on what exactly the buddy passes entailed. If it's things like flying standby, not sitting together on the plane, etc. I'm not sure that's really the best "gift"?
Buddy passes entail the chance of not knowing if you are going until the last moment, running to the gate, grabbing any available seat, not checking in luggage, knowing the code of conduct, violation of which results in a black mark for the donor, checking the loads on the return flight from the moment you arrive, booking a car for a few days longer, just in case.

Rinse, lather and repeat for every connection.

Buddy passes have the lowest priority of all the pass riders.

With the 737 Max grounded, and airlines generally using smaller planes, empty seats are not easy to come by.

Throw in a mechanical, operational or weather related cancellation and you can face a very long day paying airport prices for garbage meals.
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Sep 11th, 2019, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by mlgb View Post
For some reason that links to a 16 day Galapagos Cruise in April.

But how do they feel about cruises in general? Short cruise to Bermuda perhaps?
Sorry, donít know how that happened. There are a good number of 3 to 4 night cruises at that time though, in a good price range. Have a look at October cruises to the Caribbean, Key West and the Bahamas from Florida. I have a done a couple short ones in Fall and winter. Weather is great, few kids and no college breaks then. This is just one example. https://www.vacationstogo.com/fastdeal.cfm?deal=16246
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Sep 12th, 2019, 01:05 PM
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I would recommend aiming for a spot in Northern Maine - take advantage of the lower rates with the mid-week stay during peak foliage season. There are some foliage maps you can reference too - I can't share links yet as I don't have enough posts. Find a rustic spot - they can drive around and look at the foliage through some rustic areas and they even have beautiful routes to take advantage of too with those maps.
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Sep 12th, 2019, 05:25 PM
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I would recommend aiming for a spot in Northern Maine . . .
Of course you would, MaineLuxuryRentals. Advertising is why there's a mechanism to prevent it, why you can't share links yet.
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Mme, Did you triangle that poster?
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Mme, Did you triangle that poster?
No, was trying intimidation first. Have at it.
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Sep 13th, 2019, 11:28 AM
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OK, I did it!! We'll see if anything happens.
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