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Old 10-08-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Well, it looks like we *might* be able to sneak away next year for a vaction in July or August, and frankly, I am at a loss as to where to go. Most all of my desired vacation spots are for winter vacations (typically, in the past we have taken any vacations in January or February).

A little bit about what I am looking for.

I am not an outdoor person, so many of the typical "vacation" activities are of no interest to me.

My main requirement is A) a nice, fairly reasonable hotel or resort B) A large body of water C) Good restaurants and D) a casino near by (preferably several).

I am not much of a shopper, so that doesn't matter to me either. I'd prefer something that is a smaller town or rural (no big cities, please).

I love the ocean, and I love Florida and S. Texas, but the last place I want to be is on a sweltering beach amid 10,000 other people.

Other than going to the casinos and eating out (and enjoying a nice hotel room), the only other possible activity of interest would be renting a fishing boat and doing a little fishing. We also enjoy adult beverages so upscale establishments catering to this activity would also be nice.

Also, we want to stay in the continental US, no Alaska or overseas.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 10-08-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Sounds like you would love Branson Missouri... JK

Other then the casino's Charleston SC, would fit many of your requirments. Want 'less' city just go up or down coast from there and it will be less busy. But you will lose the high end Restruants, and be more into chain places, and local mom/pop dinners.
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Charleston has planned launching of a casino boat to go out from the Charleston Harbor, but last I knew, there were a few snafus but could be in place by next summer.
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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I was going to suggest Atlantic City till you said no big cities. Don't casinos and cities go hand in hand? SInce I don't usually hit either, I don't know.
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC/ West Palm Beach, FL
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Pacific Northwest. Seattle, Portland, Olympia, or any other smaller cities. Reason for this suggestion- Beautiful summer temperatures. I spent a month last summer, and about a month and a half this summer out there.

I plan to return next year. Good luck in your choice.
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I was hoping for something a little closer...say....Indiana....Michigan....Iowa maybe.

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Old 10-09-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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I was hoping for something a little closer...say....Indiana....Michigan....Iowa maybe.

20yrsinBranson

Duluth, MN
Chicago
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:28 PM
 
Location: SW France
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My main requirement is A) a nice, fairly reasonable hotel or resort B) A large body of water C) Good restaurants and D) a casino near by (preferably several).

Take a cruise ship?
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Duluth, MN
Chicago
Chicago is too big, but dang! Duluth looks very promising. Thanks!

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Old 10-09-2011, 06:34 PM
 
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Chicago is too big, but dang! Duluth looks very promising.
OK, since you are interested in Duluth, MN, let me elaborate a little bit more. I was not going to invest the time unless their was some interest.

First of all, there are thousands of lakes in Minnesota, the largest being Lake Superior, which is adjacent to Duluth. One warning that natives may not agree with is that the lakes in Minnesota are pretty cold for people from down south. Most of the better hotels and resorts have indoor swimming pools.

Just south of Duluth in Carlton, MN is the Black Bear Casino Resort. First class hotel, low stakes gambling ($3 BJ, low-end slots), great pool, and really nice rooms. The restaurant was also pretty good - think mid-price Las Vegas. I think that I paid $49-59 during the week.

The restaurants in Superior, WI/ Duluth, MN are pretty good ***IN SEASON***. Especially as you head up the north shore toward the Canadian border, many of the restaurants close November-April which stinks if you cannot take summer vacations in-season.

Up north at the border, there is another casino which looked like, not much.

There are a lot of places along the North Shore that are resort areas BUT there are no casinos.

Hope that helps.
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