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Old 04-23-2007, 10:48 AM
 
Location: ♥State of the heart♥
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My husband and I are planning a vacation and would love to visit a town that has the wonderful attributes of Carmel, California - without the long plane ride or high co$t. (Carmel is gorgeous but expen$ive).

Carmel is charming, beautiful, laid-back with nice restaurants and it's near the water. We'd like to rent a lovely small cottage somewhere in a town that has the same feeling and charm as Carmel. Near the ocean or near a lake - either is fine. We'd like to find that anywhere from the East coast to the Midwest so we could drive without knocking ourselves out!

Ideas and suggestions are most welcome! THANKS!
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:54 AM
 
Location: NJ
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My husband and I are planning a vacation and would love to visit a town that has the wonderful attributes of Carmel, California - without the long plane ride or high co$t. (Carmel is gorgeous but expen$ive).

Carmel is charming, beautiful, laid-back with nice restaurants and it's near the water. We'd like to rent a lovely small cottage somewhere in a town that has the same feeling and charm as Carmel. Near the ocean or near a lake - either is fine. We'd like to find that anywhere from the East coast to the Midwest so we could drive without knocking ourselves out!

Ideas and suggestions are most welcome! THANKS!
Hmmm, how about Cape May, NJ? Gorgeous seaside town with beautiful Victorian Houses, cute B&B's, great restaurants, on the ocean. Good luck!
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I know the place -- Bandon, Oregon ("Oregon's Carmel-by-the-Sea").
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:20 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I know the place -- Bandon, Oregon ("Oregon's Carmel-by-the-Sea").
based on the original post, i don't think they can drive there. OP is looking for something between Maine/Midwest.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:36 AM
 
Location: ♥State of the heart♥
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Hmmm, how about Cape May, NJ? Gorgeous seaside town with beautiful Victorian Houses, cute B&B's, great restaurants, on the ocean. Good luck!
Tahiti, you are correct about Cape May, NJ! However, since I live about 15 minutes north of Cape May, it would be an easy drive but not much of a vacation. Good try and I appreciate the effort!
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:42 AM
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Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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My husband and I are planning a vacation and would love to visit a town that has the wonderful attributes of Carmel, California - without the long plane ride or high co$t. (Carmel is gorgeous but expen$ive).

Carmel is charming, beautiful, laid-back with nice restaurants and it's near the water. We'd like to rent a lovely small cottage somewhere in a town that has the same feeling and charm as Carmel. Near the ocean or near a lake - either is fine. We'd like to find that anywhere from the East coast to the Midwest so we could drive without knocking ourselves out!

Ideas and suggestions are most welcome! THANKS!

I know the dollar's taken a beating but knowing the cost of Carmel you may still find something outside the US that would suit your desires , maybe coastal Spain or?????????
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:57 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Tahiti, you are correct about Cape May, NJ! However, since I live about 15 minutes north of Cape May, it would be an easy drive but not much of a vacation. Good try and I appreciate the effort!

LOL! That's too funny! How about Provincetown, MA?
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Lake Placid (Adirondack Mtns), lots of cute shops. Clayton, Alexandria Bay,
(1000 Islands area) Skaneateles, Watkins Glen, Canandaigua, (Finger lakes wine country) all in NYS and on the water.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:58 PM
 
Location: The Bay State
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How about these:

Carmel, NY
Carmel, ME
Carmel, IN

And possibly:

Mount Carmel, PA
Mount Carmel, TN
Mount Carmel, UT
Mount Carmel, SC
Mount Carmel, IL

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Old 04-24-2007, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I like Harbert and Sawyer, MI / Warren Dunes State Park -- not quite Carmel but artsy, with some cool shops and antique places, cute cafes and bakery and fruit stands, beatiful beach with sand dunes, and some wineries around there. Its also really cheap and there are cottages in the area. I go there every summer, a few times actually as its only a 2 or 3 hour drive for me depending on traffic. If you make the drive you could drive up the Lake Michigan coastline and top it off with Makinaw Island (never been there myself but I bet it would really make the trip worthwile)!

Michigan gets a bad rep, but the eastern shore of Lake Michigan is really, really nice...and no sharks!!

Its best in late summer cause the water warms up! (august or september)
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