Help me plan our last no-kids vacation. Non-disney ideas needed!

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  1. harleyquinn

    harleyquinn <font color=red>Wishes she could take photos of th

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    I'm hoping you like-buget minded people can help me out.

    Dh and I (26) were married about 2 years ago. We've been to WDW 3 out of the last 4 years and we need something different. We went to Niagara-on-the-lake last year, which was nice, but not really our cup of tea. I just have no idea where to go. We'd like to spend under $3000 total. We like road trips and are up for just about anything. I've thought of a tropical type (bahamas, cancun) or a national parks (glacier lake?). It all sounds interesting, but there are so many choices.

    I want the trip to be a mix of relaxation and fun. I'm not really a beach/water person, but the thought of a nice relaxing beach vacation does really appeal to me. I love hiking and nature too! :) DH says if we're just going to sit around, he'd rather stay home :p

    So can anyone give me some ideas? Maybe places you return to year after year? Places you can relax and have stuff to do if you want? Maybe we can rent a place for a week somewhere.

    We're in Cleveland so anything relatively close would be nice. Maybe we can have one big (bahamas) and one smaller closer vacation.

    Just gimme ideas with details!! :teeth:
     
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  3. A Mickeyfan

    A Mickeyfan DIS Veteran

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    What about waiting for the winter & take a skiing vacation.. that is something that would be very hard to do once children come. You can have nice relaxing nights by a fireplace, fun during the day on the mountains etc....
     
  4. DiznNut

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    We just purchased our first ever no kids vacation and we booked a crusie on Royal Caribbean. I know you didn't really want a beach destination, but you did mention the Bahamas and you both could really relax and be pampered on a cruise. They aren't too expensive on RC and you could save some money and take two trips like us. (Hopefully going to Disney in Aug, just the two of us).
     
  5. Numbersca

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    If you can swing it with your budget, I would go on a Princes Cruise. We have been on the Dawn, Sea, and Golden (left kids at home). The trip offers the fun and relaxation. You will see several islands and have a chance to enjoy as much of the beach as you want. Princess will also pamper you with great service. Our next trip will be with our kids to WDW in May 07? After that it will be another trip for two on a Princess ship.
     
  6. EthansMom

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    I agree with trying a cruise -- a good mix of relaxation (sitting in the sun) and fun (watching shows, dancing the night away, going to the casino, having a few drinks, playing games, etc...). There are cruise lines and options for just about every budget.
     
  7. HaleyB

    HaleyB I am not a robot

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    What about Yellowstone and the Black Hills. Lots of getting out and doing stuff. We loved it. If DH does not like too much relaxing and kicking back a cruise may not float his boat. I love the outings on a cruise but the time at sea just about drives me bonkers. I do not gamble, can only take a little bit of dance places, and don't like the 'shows' all that much. Oh and I can swim anytime and it kills me to pay $12 for a drink...
     
  8. Katie

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    Have to agree with the others, a cruise is the way to go!
    We are Royal Caribbean lovers. Best way too spend a vacation, we left our children last time, and embarrassily enough, we didn't miss them much at all! I told my husband that, he and said" I can't believe you said that...I thought it, but I wouldn't say it aloud!"

    The kids missed us terribly, 8 days with grandma was enough for them!!!

    Returning next March for a 8 day cruise again, without them!!!
     
  9. ScotnSteph

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    I cruise would be my first choice. We took a 4 day Wonder cruise without the kids last fall and it was pure paradise.

    Steph :)
     
  10. indylaw99

    indylaw99 Disney-loving Mom!

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    We've taken a couple of cruises without our kids and got great deals. One really neat one left from New York City and went up to Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was only about 4 days but really different than the Bahamas/Virgin Islands cruises that we have taken. They had nice tourist options but were not nearly as pushy when we got off the ship.
     
  11. djm99

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    My DH and I (along with DD6) just returned from Cancun. We are thinking that next time we will go without DD. We all had a really nice time. We stayed in the Omni Cancun. It was a family-like resort with many activities. They had entertainment 2 or 3 nights during our weeklong stay. It was always some kind of game by the pool. The scenery was indescribable. The Resort is beach front so if you can imagine waking up to that beautiful sun daily. There is so much you can do in Cancun. Of course party all night, visit pyramids, kayak, shop, visit all kinds of tourist attractions or just chill out near the pool - read a book and just relax. Cancun was absolutely beautiful. Its reasonably priced now too (many hotels are still in the middle of construction from last October or November hurricane. So many hotels only have half the hotels open and are having some really inexpensive stays. Children are free at Omni Cancun, so my husband and I only paid $1135 for 8 days 7 nights. This was an all-inclusive vacation too. All food, drinks (alcohol too), free to and from airport transportation, and non-motor water activities were included. I found this package on skyauction.com
     
  12. donaldtutter

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    Definately Las Vegas.
     
  13. tmt martins

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    ITA Sin City has it all and for that price you can do it all. Tours of GC ,just walking in and out of all the casinos' is a blast .

    I took DW last year for Ann. and we had a blast spending no more then $10 in any 1 casino.So much free stuff to do .
     
  14. nucpharm29

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    Our 2 last vacations without kids were:
    1. Hawaii--okay, so not so good on the budget--but we went scuba diving, hiking--did very little "beach" time--we were active the whole trip!
    2. Sedona, AZ--one of my favorite places. So beautiful and if you're into hiking and the like this is a great place. Lots of great romantic resorts (can get expensive in the summer b/c of all the people from the Phoenix area going up there to escape the heat) and the Grand canyon is a fun day trip--we went on a hot air balloon ride that ended with a champagne brunch! It was an awesome trip--we are looking forward we when can go again--but with the two little ones it will be awhile!
     
  15. HaleyB

    HaleyB I am not a robot

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    Wait. I would go to Paris. Airfare $1100. Hotel near the college $150 a night 7 nights $1050. Entrances and Metro fares $400. Picnic style foods from grocerys, cafes near the university, and one or two nice meals (as in expensive), $50 a day plus $100 twice, $550. $3050 total and I aimed a little high on a few things. You can eat & sleep cheap even in Paris if you stick near the University.

    Or go to Forance or Prauge. Lovely.
     
  16. ducklite

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    Three words. Mirror Lake Inn .

    DH and I go there every year for 2-5 days. It's serene and romantic. There are a lot of activities if you want to do something, and plenty of laziness if you want that instead. We usually do a bit of both.

    It's a five minute stroll into town where you can shop in whimsical shops, get a bite to eat, or see a movie. It's a very safe area, you could walk around late at night with no problem. There's a "bit" of nightlife, more so on the weekends than midweek.

    There are lots of activities in the area, hiking, skiing, golf, etc. The resort has an indoor pool and hot tub for colder months, and outdoor pool and beach for warmer months.

    The spa is decedant, and they've got a nice health club. There are two restaurants, on property, one is casual, the other more "formal", but that means minimum collared shirts and slacks for men, a suit isn't required.

    While children are allowed, they are subtly discouraged in a variety of ways. Bottom line you'll see very few of them, especially if you avoid holidays.

    It would be about an eight hour drive from Cleveland, or you could fly to Albany and rent a car for the 2 1/2 hour drive.

    Depending on the type of room you get, they run from about $200/night to over $600/night. We always get the same room, the "Elegant Furnishings Cathedral Room." We have done the bed and breakfast package in the past, but have stopped because we've found a couple little places in town with great food that we also like to eat at.

    Right now they've got a great package for $250/night (midweek) you get a room, breakfast and dinner every night--that's an incredible deal!

    If you decide this might be for you, let me know and I can give you a ton of info, where to eat, where not to eat (only found one bad and one mediocre palce so far), what to do, etc.

    Anne
     
  17. nbodyhome

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    Paris is my first choice too - you can get hotels also in Paris for under
    $100.00 per night (or rent an apartment), get a weekly carte orange for the metro, and the museum pass for unlimited entrances to many museums for a number of days. A boat ride down the Seine is about $10.00, and it wonderful at night. Later this year, I plan to sign up for the Fat Tires bike tours through Paris and possibly Versailles (we are planning to go in September).

    I love Paris!
     
  18. las3888

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    DH and I loved to cruise...now that we have DS we will probably wait several years until we try to cruise again. I know others take their infants and toddlers on cruises, but I am a little wary. We are content with going to WDW. So coming from the perspective of what type of vacation do I miss the most now that I have DS? Cruising comes in first place. A trip with a long flight (i.e. Europe) would come in 2nd place. I don't see us taking any 8+ hr flights for many years!!!

    Good luck and have a great time whatever you do!
     
  19. branv

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    We adored our Disney cruise, but for about the same price we spent 5 nights in Banff, during the winter, at an amazing resort. Skiing is fantastic and cheaper, less croweded then in the states. We also did a night time sleigh ride, ice skating and took a hike with ice cleats to some falls. I would love to go back during the summer - TONS of activities, however alot more expensive. We stayed at the Rimrock. Cheaper accomodations we considered was the Buffalo Mountain Inn (they have sister resorts as well, one at Lake Louise, and the other more remote at Emerald Lake).
     
  20. nbodyhome

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    Disney Cruises are also much more expensive than some other cruises. I have a friend and his parents, who are doing a two week repositioning cruise to Europe. They are going to have balconies (the rooms are called suites, but that doesn't mean they will be huge). The total for the 3 of them for 2 weeks is $3000 or so.
     
  21. Yensid_MD

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    Try the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is warm, sunny, very relaxing. Not large beach crowds.

    Enjoy!
     

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