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Old 02-21-2007, 02:13 PM   #1
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Weekend Getaway Recomendations

Ok, so here is the scoop. My wife of 18 yrs has been incredibley understanding and generous the last year. She let me buy the Rubi and put thousands in upgrades without saying a word.

Her birthday is at the end of March and I would like to do something nice to show how much I appreciate her. My thoughts are to surprise her and whisk her away somewhere nice for a 3-4 day weekend around the time of her b-day.

We have been to Hawaii numerous times as well as Jamaica, San Fransisco, San Diego, Vegas etc...

She is not into Jeeping or camping at all. Driving isn't her thing either. She likes to shop, do tourist things, visit a spa and lay out in the sun on the beach when we vacation, usually with a MaiTai in hand.

I am looking for recomendations for a relaxing and fun 3-4 day getaway, preferably with an ocean view. My thoughts currently are somewhere either in the Pacific Northwest, Mexico, or Carribean. Not looking to break the bank, but would also prefer not to cut any corners. Anyone have any specific recomendations for a place that fits the bill? Links would be appreciated as well. Thanks much.

-Chuck

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Old 02-21-2007, 03:43 PM   #2
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Amtrak from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Stay in one of the many bed and breakfast places up there. There are also a few hotels with ocean views. Rent a car or bikes and tour the area. Lots of shopping and great restaurants in walking distance. Call the Chamber of Commerce, they can give you ideas about accommodations and things to do while you are there.

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Thanks, the Amtrak is a good idea, we've both talked about it but neither of us have ever been on a train. The only downside I have is the 120 mile to the amtrak in SD. Maybe hook up from central station in LA or fly from ONT. We do both like SB as well. Additional ideas are still welcome, but this one defintely goes into the hat.
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Why not a 3-4 day cruise out of San Diego or Long Beach down to Ensenada and Puerto Vallarta?
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How about Catalina Island? I'm looking into taking my wife there for her birthday in June. It looks like a nice place to stay for a few days.

Or the Broadmoor? http://www.broadmoor.com/

Or any Four Seasons Resort (my personal favorite) http://www.fourseasons.com/

Or come to TEXAS!
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cruises in the gulf of mexico are awesome. i've been to belieze, key west, cozumel. playa del carmen, and 1 or 2 more places. buck for buck you will not beat a cruise. lots of shopping and tourism at every stop. and while on board the ship
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I'm not sure about a cruise. Neither of us have ever had much of a desire to go on one. Catalina would be good but we go about every other year with another couple.

Scout, if you go to Catalina, go to Luau Larry's and order a wikiwiki - you get a free woven grass hat. Kind of fun but can be a rowdy bar at times.
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I'm not sure about a cruise. Neither of us have ever had much of a desire to go on one. Catalina would be good but we go about every other year with another couple.

Scout, if you go to Catalina, go to Luau Larry's and order a wikiwiki - you get a free woven grass hat. Kind of fun but can be a rowdy bar at times.
I'll do it. Sounds like my kinda place.
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I was skeptical about a cruise too, but I really enjoyed it when we took our Caribbean cruise. Being from Cali, going to the Caribbean was nice. We did the 7 day one though. There are several 3-4 day ones that leave out of Miami and hit the Bahamas if you wanted that, but I suggest the Cali-based ones for you if you wanted it a bit more convenient.
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if you're worried about sea sickness at all, just take a dramamine every day. but normally you dont even need that, the boats are so big you cant tell your on one

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