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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 29th, 2007, 05:21 PM
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By the way, from Florida, you can fly to SFO or LAX and take a flight directly to Monterey...easy.
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Mar 30th, 2007, 02:57 PM
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Maine has been hotter in recent years, the whole Northeast has been going through a heat wave....We went to ME many many years in a row, and stopped because of the heat a couple of years ago.

I would do Estes Park in Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park is great!
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Mar 30th, 2007, 07:12 PM
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""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).""

I am suggesting little more than flying to, say, Spokane, WA and then driving 361 miles to Banff, AB through VERY SCENIC country, and then playing it by ear for your vacation there.

I can't fathom when you're going to be "free" to get out to this area of the continent again, not only for reasons of distance, but for reasons of parenthood.

4 1/2 months pregnant is certainly a liveable stage and when you consider the months beyond that you may just be quite content to take such a trip at that point. The Canadian Rockies will let you decide how much "cool" you want.

July in much of the U.S. can be unbearable for (the rest of us), so if you're really seeking "cool" then your options are limited.

If the Canadian Rockies are simply of little practical interest, then I do encourage someone from Florida, who wants a "cool" climate to visit, to come to Seattle. "hot" for us is nothing for you, and the area has all sorts of nature in a climate that won't be uncomfortable. If you need it "cool", we have mountains nearby too.

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Mar 30th, 2007, 07:19 PM
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Definitely Oregon!
We visited here a couple of years ago from Florida in Sept. Left behind heat, humidity, hurricanes and absolutely fell in love with the dry sunny days, cool nights, amazing scenery and friendly nice people, good food and great hotels. ( Portland btw)
The beach can be cold and damp even in July, which is not bad if you are coming from Fl. I loved it, but it can be sunny and dry too..but the ocean is cold.
Portland has these wonderful gardens, the Rose Test Gardens, the Japanese Gardens and Classical Chinese Gardens.
There are streetcars that take you around town to save your feet and energy.
Great shopping ... ** No Sales Tax***
and cool museums, movie theatres, and cool places to hang out and drink your Shirley Temple at Happy Hour

Congratulations ~
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Mar 31st, 2007, 04:36 AM
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birder - take a look at this link regarding fly-fishing in the moosehead lake/greenville region: http://www.flyfishinginmaine.com/area.php?area=5
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Mar 31st, 2007, 10:25 AM
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Apr 1st, 2007, 07:49 AM
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I love Vail and the Rockies but most of the hotels don't have air-conditioning. Something to remember because, even though it cools off at night, it's HOT during the day. And pregnant ladies don't like to be hot (at least I didn't)!
Apr 1st, 2007, 09:01 AM
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I agree with Tess. One reason we stayed at the Sonnenalp in Vail in July was because it had air conditioning. Most of the hotels and condos do not offer a/c. Even in Colorado, it can get quite warm during the day and I wasn't taking any chances.

Turned out the Sonnenalp was FABULOUS and we've stayed there twice in the last three years.
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Apr 1st, 2007, 12:59 PM
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I agree with others who have said the Maine coast, the Oregon coast and the Appalachian mountains. Any will provide scenery, generally cool weather and plenty of walking/hiking opportunities. Since you've never been to Oregon, that would be my recommendation.
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Apr 1st, 2007, 02:45 PM
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I vote for Brevard, NC (near and including Ashville) as well as the Maine coast, Portland, Boothbay, Camden, or Acadia park.

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Apr 1st, 2007, 05:10 PM
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I will add my voice to Scarlett and the rest of the chorus singing the praises of the Pacific NW, specifically Oregon. Portland is a wonderful city in the summer and it does have a Hilton (not my very first choice for hotels, but it's got a great location and is acceptable enough). Spend three nights there and then head to the coast...Cannon Beach is a wonderful beach town, not much more than an hour away. Perfect for strolling, relaxing, beautiful sunsets. The water is too cold for swimming, but you can walk along the edge and admire the tide pools.

The only downside that I can see is that you might not want to go home to Florida! Oregon in the summer is just gorgeous.
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Apr 1st, 2007, 05:17 PM
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Another vote for the PNW. Either OR or WA.

Cannon Beach is great, like others mentioned, but if you want to go you better make reservations asap. The good places get booked far in advance.
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Apr 1st, 2007, 05:42 PM
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lol, BTilke, are you a wee bit homesick ?
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Apr 1st, 2007, 11:35 PM
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When I'm at home in Brussels (or traveling elsewhere in continental Europe), non, jamais. When I'm at home in the UK, sometimes (and esp. when I'm leafing through the home plan magazines I picked up last week while back in the U.S.).
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Apr 1st, 2007, 11:41 PM
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Forgot to add, my Italian female colleagues are rabid fans of Desperate Housewives! They ALL want to win the lottery and become (non) desperate housewives in some perfect U.S. suburb. Actually, they said they don't even care if there's a man in the house (not with those good looking handymen lurking about), they just want one of those gorgeous spacious American houses with beautiful gardens (they all live in tiny, way overpriced Milan apartments and are sick of spoiled, vain Italian men who still live at home so mamma can do all their cooking and cleaning).
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Apr 2nd, 2007, 11:10 AM
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Send some of those Italian women our way, but weed out the ones who idealize Desperate Housewives-like drama. Sounds like they're surrounded by so much of it, that they wouldn't know what life was like without it.

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Apr 2nd, 2007, 11:13 AM
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Come see us in the Rogue Valley.
Ashland for the 4th. Doesn't get better than that.
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Apr 2nd, 2007, 04:16 PM
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We are babymooning this summer also, however, we are based out of Seattle.

Destinations on the calendar include a weekend up at Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands. A weekend out at Hoodsport (Olympic Peninsula), which is more of a weekend away with friends. A week in Boston/Cape Cod in June. A weekend in Whistler BC (which is reputedly gorgeous in the summer). And finally, a weekend in Portland.

I know the cross country trip my seem a bit much at 20-24 weeks (we'll be 20 when we go across country to Boston), but the way I see it, it's only 1/2 way through and before things (hopefully) get too uncomfortable. Just make sure you get up to stretch every hour or two, and reserve an aisle seat for the bathroom access!

Good luck and enjoy!
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Apr 2nd, 2007, 04:25 PM
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Just so you know (if you're still reading this, birder) the coast of Northern California is probably/usually a safe bet in July, but last year (2006) during the last 10 days of July was one of the wickedest heat waves I can remember -- it was flamin'-hot all over, even to the coast. Especially miserable because not many places within very close proximity of the Pacific have air conditioning.
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May 2nd, 2007, 04:01 AM
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Just wanted to give an update. We decided on a place that many people recommended: Colorado. We were able to get free non-stop flights on Frontier (and we have great seats, aisles across from each other). Plus we have Starwood points and we're going to spend two nights in the Westin Westminster just to lounge. Then we're going up to Rocky Mountains National Park/Estes, where we're going to stay in a cabin (haven't picked it yet).

Why did we go with this? One, it's very inexpensive (got a cheap car rental and only have a few days of cabin rental to pay for). Second, my husband LOVES this area and he really wants me to see it, and I am very interested in it since I've heard so much about it! Third, the other top choice - Smokey Mountains/Asheville/etc - we've been to a number of times.

Thank you all very much - I really appreciate your help and input! Of course I'll post a trip report afterward!
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