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wanted: cool summer trip in July in US for pregnant woman

wanted: cool summer trip in July in US for pregnant woman

Mar 25th, 2007, 05:21 AM
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The Hilton Garden Inn in Portsmouth might work for you. You could fly in to Manchester, NH. They have direct flights on SW from Orlando, if that's your aiport. Or connecting flights in with one of your FF carriers.

It can be hot/humid here in July, but there is usually an afternoon seabreeze off the coast to cool things down. If you are up to a harbor cruise, you'll need a jacket! You can take non-hikes around Odiorne Point in Rye, see beautiful scenery along Rt. 1A and Newcastle, visit quaint shops and restaurants in Portsmouth, or outlet shop in York, ME. You could also take a day trip to Ogunquit to walk the Marginal Way, and find more funky shops and fun restaurants.

There is also a Hampton Inn in Middletown, RI which is near Newport. There you'd have the Cliff Walk, mansions to tour, and more beaches, shops, restaurants. Perhaps a bit warmer, but still those ocean breezes - and definitely cooler than Florida in July! The closest airport would be Providence.

Hope this helps. Congratulations on the baby!
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Mar 25th, 2007, 05:49 AM
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I agree about Maine. We have a place in York Harbor, just 1-1/4 hours from Logan Airport. It can be warm in July, of course, but the sea breezes keep it nice. I live outside Orlando, so we have the best of both worlds. There are a lot of rentals in York Harbor if you don't find you need to use your Hilton points. There are many walking areas where we are, even a beautiful cliff walk along the ocean to a beautiful beach. If you are at all interested in more information and want to contact me off this forum - [email protected] . We are renting our place some this summer.
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Mar 25th, 2007, 07:02 AM
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The Minneapolis-St Paul area. Go east to Stillwater for a couple of days--delightful. And north to Duluth and the MN North Shore of Lake Superior. Stay in the Lighthouse B&B at Two Harbors....
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Mar 25th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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First, a big congratulations!! What fun. Is this your first? Somehow, and I absolutely don't know why, I'm surprised to read about this new twist to your life! Enjoy your time...it can be absolutely one of the most wonderful times of your life.

If you are used to hiking and are healthy, with an uncomplicated pregnancy, there is absolutely no reason not to continue hiking. I have an aerobics instructor now, currently 5 mos pregnant and she wears us all out in step class!! You are in one of the "very tired" phases of pregnancy now, but that passes.

I heartily second the coastal Maine suggestions. What hiking you will do will be mostly along rocky coastline, and not in the least difficult, plus absolutely spectacularly beautiful...so different from our FL coast it is a world away. (Not that coastal FL isn't gorgeous too!) The little towns along the coast (I'm thinking Boothbay Harbor area and up) offer some neat shopping/browsing. Feast on lobster and clams (gads..if you don't worry about mercury that is!! ) bring sweaters or light jackets for nighttime. I know it's hard for a Floridian to imagine, but there really can be jacket weather in the summer in New England!

Most of all though, I wanted to say congrats and have a wonderful time these next 9 mos whatever and wherever you go/do.
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Mar 25th, 2007, 08:21 AM
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I think the CA Coast is the more likely cool spot in July and also maybe just slightly over your 5 hours (if you can get a direct flight). I think many people have the impression that all of CA is congested and a big city, which isn't true.
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Mar 25th, 2007, 01:38 PM
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Maine is my favorite state in the Union. I have visited each of the Maine towns mentioned above multiple times, and would return to any of them in a heartbeat to visit, work, or even retire. That said, for what you've said you want -- COOL -- I would really recommend exploring the option recommended by NorthwestMale (driving into the Canadian Rockies from a U.S. destination near the border) or the Monterey/Big Sur/California Coast option recommended by others. Maine is truly lovely, and will almost certainly be cooler than Florida in July, however, it can also sometimes be very hot, and/or very humid (though it cools down at night). Canadian Rockies: think glacial lakes and waterfalls, even icefields to walk on. And on the California coast, I distinctly remember the restuarants in Carmel lighting fires or putting heat lamps out on the patio in the evening.
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Mar 25th, 2007, 01:44 PM
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My daughter was married in Carmel less than a mile from the beach. It was in late July, and in the mid 60's about noon. We drove about 10 miles inland to Carmel Valley for the reception, it was sunny and low 80's. A great spot, and I'd also reccommend Pacific Grove to stay at. There's many other posts on this area if you have further interest.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 04:40 PM
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Seriously, the Oregon Coast sounds perfect for you.

No major cities on the OR coast - just some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. You could have an easy flight into Portland (esp if you use Frontier and layover in Denver) and then it's less than a two-hour drive to the coast.

On the way, you would travel through some prime Oregon wine country (though you can't drink, you can enjoy the beauty!) and see some beautiful trees and waterfalls. You can stop at one of many roadside stands for fresh fruit, veggies and cheese. When you get to the coast, you will have nice, cool weather and your pick of gorgeous beaches and activities. There are multiple seafood festivals going on and several absolutely charming B&Bs and boutique hotels to stay at. Each of the towns along the coast are different and have their own character - it's really like no other place I've ever been. (we loved it so much, we moved to Oregon!)

San Juan's would also get my vote, but in July they are very crowded and the ferries can complicate travel. The OR coast gets busy too, but there's so much more of it!

Have a good trip (and congratulations!), whatever you decide.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 04:57 PM
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I'll agree Maine or the Blue Ridge Mountains would be great.
Last August, we went to Door County Wisconsin. Now that's a strange destination for most on this board, but it's a really quirky, fun place to go with beaches, fish boils, wooden Norwegian churches, great inns, goats eating off the sod roof at the Swedish restaurant.
Congratulations on the baby.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 07:48 PM
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My first thought, as others have suggested, Coastal Oregon and Far Northern Ca. One other Suggestion is the Great North Woods of Wisconson. I used to summer there all the time. Small towns catering to visitors, great fishing if you like that, plenty of lakes to loll around in, and Walleye Pyke dinners to feast on. thereyet
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Mar 26th, 2007, 07:53 PM
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What about flying into Buffalo - you could cross the border into Canada - see Niagara Falls and stay in Niagara on the Lake to wander around. Or, the Finger Lakes? Seems like you could spend a an enjoyable time there as well.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 08:28 PM
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How about flying to Reno, renting a car and driving 45 minutes over to Lake Tahoe. We stay in Incline Village, and a few years ago had our pregnant dil with us. The weather is very nice in the mountains. The kids went hiking, swimming in the pool, took walks along the lake, there is some village shopping, but most of all very relaxing atmosphere. The last couple years we have had the addition of a grandchild going with the family in July.
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Mar 26th, 2007, 08:29 PM
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I have the perfect place for you! Half Moon Bay California and drive down the coast to Big Sur (spectacular), in July it can be 55 to 68, and 68 is a heat spell! In Half Moon Bay we have lots of beautiful beachs, sand, bike trails, quaint town and the Santa Cruz Mountains(highest around 2500ft), down the coast is Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Big Sur. Fly into San Jose (about 40 minutes away) and stay a night or two at a cozy Inn in HMB.
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Mar 28th, 2007, 02:23 PM
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Thank you so much everyone for your thoughtful suggestions!

OO, yes, this is my first! Just went to the doctor and saw the little baby on the ultrasound - way too cool!

Someone said you can get a cruise from Vancouver or Seattle to Alaska for $1000 a person. Seriously? Could you post some information about this? I've never seen anything that cheap. Even if I didn't take it, my mother has always wanted to cruise to Alaska and that would be a great price.

Someone asked about driving into Canada. The only problem is, I will be quite pregnant and I would like to limit my total travel time if possible. Flying into the US and then driving up to Banff would be a really long haul. My main goal is to relax, not drive a lot (especially since I will have to use the restroom constantly and that just doesn't mix well with driving for long stretches).

Maine is a very interesting idea. We've vacationed there before and enjoyed it. I'm not sure about it, but it's certainly a possibility. I'm very glad you brought it up because I would not have thought about it!

My husband is from Wisconsin, so he nixed the Minnesota/Wisconsin suggestion, mainly because he wanted to go someplace "newer" to him. But otherwise it would be wonderful.

Monterey/Big Sur would be great. I've been there and loved it. I think hubby would too. The acquarium, Asilomar State Park right on the beach, the really nice little restaurants ... hmmm!

My husband fishes and he was looking with great interest at cabins in GA/NC right on rivers. He misses fly fishing and that would be fun for him. I could hang out and some of the places even have tubes right on the property to go tubing. That sounds pretty refreshing!

Neither of us have been to Washington or Oregon, so both sound lovely as well!

Thank you so much for the suggestions. If I didn't respond to yours, it didn't mean I didn't like it, just meant that I'm tired and forget to mention it. We are definitely going to mull all this over and I will post back once we decide. If you have other thoughts, let me know those as well! Thanks!
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Mar 28th, 2007, 02:34 PM
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Someone said you can get a cruise from Vancouver or Seattle to Alaska for $1000 a person. Seriously? Could you post some information about this? I've never seen anything that cheap. Even if I didn't take it, my mother has always wanted to cruise to Alaska and that would be a great price.

Sure, just go to one of the big agencies like cruise.com or Expedia/Orbitz/Travelocity et al and hit cruises. I can see several sailings from Vancouver or Seattle with <$1000 oceanview rooms, numerous inside cabins for $850 - $950.
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Mar 28th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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Hope you have a great trip to wherever you choose. I agree with Asheville NC area, Maggie Valley, Waynesville. Lots to see and do, great porch swings waiting if you want Nothing to do!
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Mar 28th, 2007, 02:41 PM
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Yellowstone NP.. Considering The oppressive humidity and heat in the SunShineState during that time that would be a good place. You should still be able to enjoy walks in the outdoors and the exercise will do you good. You can expect about the same kind of weather in YS as we are having in FL now, except the nights are cooler. Visit Cody WY, drive the Beartooth and the Chief Joseph Highways........ I will be there.....
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Mar 29th, 2007, 04:25 PM
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I second the PNW (a little bit prejudice, since I live here and love it) but you could go to the Olympic Penn., at one of the cool, rustic hotels there, and just sit on the veranda, or walk about in the rain forest., as much or as little as you wish.
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Mar 29th, 2007, 04:59 PM
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Babymoons are so much fun! YOu need to find somewhere where he can fish and you can have a mani/pedi, facial, massage etc...

Come to Central California... Santa Barbara, Carmel, Monterey, all fit your description and will be cool during the month of June.

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Mar 29th, 2007, 05:09 PM
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Come out here to the Monterey Peninsula in California. It's cool in July and the most beautiful area on the planet.
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