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Old 08-21-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Leesburg
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I've always wanted to go to Charleston, SC, and I hear it is nice. That should be doable, I think.
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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Wow! These are great recommendations! Will definitely keep that list handy. Specifically looking for labor day weekend, so if anyone else finds good deals for that weekend, give me the heads up.

Much thanks to all!
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I second the recommendation for Cape May. We've been going there every summer since I was 12. I like all of the other recommendations, too. It depends what you like and what you want to get out of the vacation - relaxation, sightseeing, cost, etc.

Other options might be:

-New Hope, PA (outside Philly)
-Berkeley Springs, WV
-Virginia Beach, VA
Speaking about Cape May, any recommendations for places to stay? I've always stayed at Congress Hotel but this summer we thought we'd try something new. Maybe rent a house, maybe another hotel--very open to all suggestions (except sleeping bag on the sand, I'm a little old for that LOL).
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: DC
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Speaking about Cape May, any recommendations for places to stay? I've always stayed at Congress Hotel but this summer we thought we'd try something new. Maybe rent a house, maybe another hotel--very open to all suggestions (except sleeping bag on the sand, I'm a little old for that LOL).
The Hotel Alcott and Rhythms Of the Sea are among my parents' favorites. I stayed with them at Poor Richard's years ago and liked it. La Mer's also nice. Honestly, the only place there I didn't like that much was the Grand Hotel. When we stayed there it was just outdated and a little dingy (they may have remodelled since then, in which case disregard my comment).
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Speaking about Cape May, any recommendations for places to stay? I've always stayed at Congress Hotel but this summer we thought we'd try something new. Maybe rent a house, maybe another hotel--very open to all suggestions (except sleeping bag on the sand, I'm a little old for that LOL).
I would suggest a B&B. There are so many nice ones around. The only one that we stayed at before we had kids now has a new name and new owners so I can't recommend. My parents have stayed at the Windward house and were pleased. It's on Jackson Street which is one of the prettiest streets in Cape May - right in the heart of the downtown.

Popular ones that I always hear about but have no first-hand knowledge are the Chalfonte, the Abbey, the Cliveden, Captain Mey, and Carroll Villa. But I'm sure there are many other good ones - there are literally dozens as you know.

I've stayed at the Inn of Cape May (across from ocean) when it was called the Colonial. It was nice to experience living like they did in the turn of the century. At the time I stayed there, they had the original elevator (still do), no air conditioning (not sure if they do or not), no televisions in the room, and old skeleton keys. They've had new (for about 20 years now) owners so they have upgraded it quite a bit. I loved sitting on the front porch in their rockers - still do. We usually go there at least one evening to sit and people watch. Anyway, that might be a consideration.

If you are looking for something more modern and spacious, we have stayed at Summer Station (across from ocean) which is a condo-tel with a living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and its own washer dryer. We stayed there for many, many years, but it got pretty expensive so we moved to another hotel. My brother's family still stays there and they really like it.

Avondale By The Sea is a pretty nice motor lodge. It's not super big but right across the street from the ocean. And their stay includes breakfast.

My family has been going to Cape May for about 30 years so if you find a place and want opinions, feel free to ask me. Even if I didn't stay there, someone else in my family may have. For B&Bs, Jackson Street and Columbia Street are very popular.

I don't know of any houses for rent. But I had friends who owned a condo in Regent Beach. There are a lot of rentals there, I believe. It's a very nice place with a nice pool and right on the beach.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:22 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Charleston, SC is amazingly gorgeous. The NC Outer Banks and Wilmington, NC (another really cool, historic town) would be closer, though.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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We love the Shenandoah Valley. It's beautiful and relaxing. The activities vary with the seasons. Lakes for the summer, skiing for the winter, hiking when the weather cooperates, lots of caverns to explore.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Speaking of the Shenandoah Valley, has anyone stayed at the Big Meadows Lodge in the National Park?



I've been wanting to stay there since I moved to VA a couple years ago.

It's not a grand NP lodge like the Ahwahnee (at Yosemite), but it probably fits into its environment very cozily.
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Speaking of the Shenandoah Valley, has anyone stayed at the Big Meadows Lodge in the National Park?
I've been wanting to stay there since I moved to VA a couple years ago.

It's not a grand NP lodge like the Ahwahnee (at Yosemite), but it probably fits into its environment very cozily.
It's nice in a lot of ways. Not quite my cup of tea--when I go up to the Shenandoahs I like the individual cabins. They're rustic, which I like. None of them have telephones, most have stunning views. When I get away from it all, I really like to get away from it all.

Alicia, if you stay at the lodge you might want to go into Luray to eat. The restaurant at the Big Meadows Lodge is only so-so.
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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By the way, Alicia, if you've never been to Cape May you've got to go. If ever there was a town that says "custom made for Alicia" this one is it!
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