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zuzupetals
01-24-2012, 01:09 PM
I am hard core jonesing for a trip. Anywhere. Preferably Disney. DH isn't thrilled with the disney idea. Too much driving for him. DS has off 2/20 and 2/21. I know it will be so busy. I'm out of DVC points. I have 3 days left on our tickets and we could eat counter service. And (horrors) stay at a value. Hopefully he'll cave. We all need sun. I can't really come up with anything else as cheap.

HM
01-24-2012, 01:30 PM
Where do you live?

zuzupetals
01-24-2012, 03:51 PM
We live in NC so we drive and I have 3 days left on our passes. I priced 2 nights at Wilderness in the Smokies and that was more expensive than 3 nights at ASSp. I can't think of any other places that would be reasonably priced. Any suggestions? I'm willing to go someplace else but I like that with WDW I can know our costs ahead of time.

jcemom
01-24-2012, 04:01 PM
We live in NC so we drive and I have 3 days left on our passes. I priced 2 nights at Wilderness in the Smokies and that was more expensive than 3 nights at ASSp. I can't think of any other places that would be reasonably priced. Any suggestions? I'm willing to go someplace else but I like that with WDW I can know our costs ahead of time.
Every time I decide to plan a "small" trip elsewhere, we end up back at Disney. We decided to skip our usual January trip this year and we booked a September DCL cruise instead. Now, it's January, and I'm going through withdrawal, lol. :eek:

So, I'm no help at all. *I* would choose Disney. What I like about that sort of trip is...A) I know what the cost will be, almost down to the dollar, in advance, and B) I know we will thoroughly enjoy it. :)

got2sammies
01-24-2012, 04:13 PM
Do you want to stay on propery for sure? Check the DTD hotels and see what else they might have... I would go if you can!!!

zuzupetals
01-24-2012, 04:13 PM
DH's whole thing is it's a far drive (we go down at night and he's the one that drives) and then it is exhausting while we are there. He "claims" he doesn't really like disney other than the fireworks and the xmas party. He "claims" he goes because it makes me and DS happy. Yet we always end up back there. I checked the hours and because of the holiday the parks are open late and there are good evening EMHs. So we could (hypothetically) go early and head back for a mid day break and then go back for fireworks and rides without the day guests. I've got the disneyitis so bad because we aren't heading to WDW until December. We did have a June trip booked but canceled it to go to DL/Aulani over the summer.

pigletto
01-24-2012, 04:18 PM
I know the feeling. We were just there in August, and we plan to go back in May. But this weather is killing me. I'm glum, and weepy and just want some sunshine and a break.
May was the only time I could get away this year, and I am grateful to go. But I think in the future I will try to plan our trips to escape the winter. We seem to need it so much more around this time of year. In May we could go sit out on the deck and soak up the sunshine, or go for a hike. Right now we're cooped up and cranky.
I hope you can swing it!:)

wvjules
01-24-2012, 04:19 PM
If your DH doens't want to go then why not find somewhere else for a change? That is a long drive for such a short trip, IMO.

Natalie's Mommy
01-24-2012, 04:33 PM
id go, could ya get a good deal onflights so your hubby dosnt have to drive?

zuzupetals
01-24-2012, 06:12 PM
If your DH doens't want to go then why not find somewhere else for a change? That is a long drive for such a short trip, IMO.

I don't mind going someplace else it's just that I can't find a place that would be fun and as cheap. I checked one of those Great Wolf Lodge and they are more expensive for only 2 nights instead of 3. DH hasn't offered any suggestions which makes it harder.

id go, could ya get a good deal onflights so your hubby dosnt have to drive?

We don't have any cheap airlines near us. Sooner or later SW will take over our Airtran gates so maybe we can fly in the future. Any decent priced flight we can get has a stop and DH figures it takes as long to fly with checking in, connecting flights and ME.

We are in the Charlotte, NC area. Anyone have any suggestions?

Marionnette
01-24-2012, 06:46 PM
DH's whole thing is it's a far drive (we go down at night and he's the one that drives) and then it is exhausting while we are there. He "claims" he doesn't really like disney other than the fireworks and the xmas party. He "claims" he goes because it makes me and DS happy. Yet we always end up back there. I checked the hours and because of the holiday the parks are open late and there are good evening EMHs. So we could (hypothetically) go early and head back for a mid day break and then go back for fireworks and rides without the day guests. I've got the disneyitis so bad because we aren't heading to WDW until December. We did have a June trip booked but canceled it to go to DL/Aulani over the summer.
You're going to DL and Aulani over the summer, have a trip to WDW planned for December and you've exhausted your DVC points. You're husband says he does those trips to make you happy. It's time to make him happy. Plan a trip to someplace else. If you look hard enough you can find something in Destin or elsewhere on the Gulf Coast that isn't too expensive. Find a condo, spend a few days on the beach and drive home with a little bit of a tan after relaxing the weekend away.

Reddy
01-24-2012, 06:58 PM
does AmTrack run near you?? I have heard several people taking it -- doesn't work for us We would have to drive to Dallas, TX go to Chigco then to FL & it takes a day longer

HM
01-24-2012, 07:29 PM
How about going to Great Wolf Lodge? Close by and indoors in case the weather is bad. Unless you've done it a lot before.

A condo rental at the shore?... Myrtle Beach or an NC beach.

Check out the NC tourism site to get some other ideas.

Riverhill
01-24-2012, 07:30 PM
Maybe you could offer to split the driving responsiblities with him.

PurpleDog
01-24-2012, 08:26 PM
I'm 2.5 hours north of you (77 North to 81 North) near Roanoke. We fly Allegiant non-stop from Roanoke to Sanford and then take the shuttle from Sanford to WDW. if your travel dates are flexible, Allegiant can be pretty cheap. Just a thought .....

zuzupetals
01-24-2012, 10:27 PM
How about going to Great Wolf Lodge? Close by and indoors in case the weather is bad. Unless you've done it a lot before.

A condo rental at the shore?... Myrtle Beach or an NC beach.

Check out the NC tourism site to get some other ideas.

I was checking a bunch of different options and I checked GWL. They wanted $750 for 2 nights. :scared1::scared1: I have a hard time paying that much money for some place 30 minutes from my house. I did find a nice deal in Charleston but we were just there last May and can't think of anything we haven't done there that we would want to go back and do. On the upside we managed to stumble across a lego convention being held in Raleigh in May so I booked a night there. It should tide DS over until we hit Legoland in December.

mama2ella
01-24-2012, 11:33 PM
do you get the Groupon/Living Social emails? They have tons of great deals on 3-4 day getaways.

mdsoccermom
01-25-2012, 06:45 AM
I was checking a bunch of different options and I checked GWL. They wanted $750 for 2 nights. :scared1::scared1: I have a hard time paying that much money for some place 30 minutes from my house. I did find a nice deal in Charleston but we were just there last May and can't think of anything we haven't done there that we would want to go back and do. On the upside we managed to stumble across a lego convention being held in Raleigh in May so I booked a night there. It should tide DS over until we hit Legoland in December.

The Charlotte GWL has rooms for much less than $750 for 2 nights. It's showing for your timeframe a wolf den suite for a total of $459. If you don't need a themed room, then you can get a room for less than that.

zuzupetals
01-25-2012, 07:29 AM
Thanks soccermom. I just picked the first room that popped up and was the cheapest. Maybe it was so expensive because I picked Friday and Saturday night. DH won't take time off of work for GWL. Last night he said that he keeps thinking of possible places and then he thinks if he is going to drive somewhere that is 4 hours away he might as well just drive a bit further to Disney. We are still in the brainstorming process.

mdsoccermom
01-25-2012, 07:49 AM
Thanks soccermom. I just picked the first room that popped up and was the cheapest. Maybe it was so expensive because I picked Friday and Saturday night. DH won't take time off of work for GWL. Last night he said that he keeps thinking of possible places and then he thinks if he is going to drive somewhere that is 4 hours away he might as well just drive a bit further to Disney. We are still in the brainstorming process.

I was looking at the dates your son was off which are weekdays. Fri/Sat are definitely more expensive.

HM
01-25-2012, 10:50 AM
How about Biltmore House Estate? They usually have better rates in February and 1/2 price tickets for the tour. It's a great place to visit in the off season. The only thing I wish they had at their Hotel is an indoor pool.

jcemom
01-25-2012, 11:32 AM
Thanks soccermom. I just picked the first room that popped up and was the cheapest. Maybe it was so expensive because I picked Friday and Saturday night. DH won't take time off of work for GWL. Last night he said that he keeps thinking of possible places and then he thinks if he is going to drive somewhere that is 4 hours away he might as well just drive a bit further to Disney. We are still in the brainstorming process.

:thumbsup2 It sounds like your DH is at least giving you a little input, and that's a step in the right direction! It's pretty tough to try to make someone happy by doing what they'd like to do, if they won't tell you what it is they'd like to do, lol. ;)

HM
01-25-2012, 11:45 AM
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Here's a special at The Homestead in the VA mountains. We went there this summer...great family vacation place. I've been dying to do one of their specials this winter, but have no time or money for it this year. Hoping for a trip in the winter next year.

mikehn
01-25-2012, 11:57 AM
I agree with your DH, too much driving for just 3 days. Make it a week long vacation then I would consider the drive.

zuzupetals
01-25-2012, 12:25 PM
We talked about Biltmore but I'm not sure if DS would enjoy it. He's 10. I definately want to go there someday. I'm dying to see it at Xmas. Looking into the homestead thing. Do you know if they have snow? Our mountains don't really have snow right now. Our original idea a couple months ago was to go to the mountains.

zuzupetals
01-25-2012, 12:34 PM
double post. sorry.

lucigo
01-25-2012, 01:09 PM
How about a short cruise? Maybe out of Charleston, SC or Jacksonville, FL?

Cynt
01-25-2012, 08:08 PM
How about a short cruise? Maybe out of Charleston, SC or Jacksonville, FL?

I was thinking a cruise might work as well.

Ship: Royal Caribbean, Monarch of the Seas
Departure Info: Fri, Feb 17 2012 - Port Canaveral
Arrival Info: Mon, Feb 20 2012 - Port Canaveral
Inside cabin for 3 $ 1,100.75

arthur06
01-25-2012, 09:49 PM
I understand your "jonesing" to go somewhere. We left last Thursday for a 3 night trip to Wisconsin Dells. It was about a 4 hour drive, and we have 3 kids (10, 5, 3).

I know the drive can be a deterrent, but getting away for a weekend and burning off the winter blues can be worth it. I guess it doesn't matter where you go, just plan something. It is so nice to get a winter break.

Also, if I lived 8 hours or less from Disney, I would probably be there 6 times a year or more. Have a great time with whatever you decide!

zuzupetals
01-26-2012, 07:35 AM
I understand your "jonesing" to go somewhere. We left last Thursday for a 3 night trip to Wisconsin Dells. It was about a 4 hour drive, and we have 3 kids (10, 5, 3).

I know the drive can be a deterrent, but getting away for a weekend and burning off the winter blues can be worth it. I guess it doesn't matter where you go, just plan something. It is so nice to get a winter break.

Also, if I lived 8 hours or less from Disney, I would probably be there 6 times a year or more. Have a great time with whatever you decide!

Trust me I would love to be there that many times a year but we only have 200 DVC points and we very rarely use them on a Friday or Saturday night to stretch them to the max. If we hadn't blown more than a year's worth of points on DL and Aulani DH wouldn't be having such a hard time. He's not used to paying for a room at Disney. Today bonus amounts are announced at his work so that might put him in a good mood. He did a rough draft of the taxes last night and wasn't very happy. He seemed to forget we paid last year. This year we are getting a small amount back but not the amount he was hoping for. I think he blocked out last year's tax season because of the amount we had to pay. If we end up going away I think we will end up at Disney because everything else I price is coming out much higher.