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Planning our summer vacation

March 7th, 2007 at 06:40 pm

I realized that I haven't made an entry for a couple of weeks. It seems like we've been busy non-stop with one thing or another. I'm on a few committees at our synagogue, busy with work, attending some school things with DD, etc.

One thing we've started doing seriously is figuring out our summer vacation. We've been tossing around ideas for a few months but I think we've finally narrowed it down. Now that DW isn't working, we can do a 2-week vacation rather than 1 week. That helps a lot in the planning. My main criteria was that I wanted to use our Marriott points as much as possible. We usually use them every other year to pay for at least part of our trip. We currently have over 100,000 points. If we plan it right, that may well cover just about all of a 2-week trip.

Anyway, last summer we went to Stowe, VT and loved it so we want to head back to New England this year. As of now, we're planning to start in New Hampshire. We've been paging through the state tour guide (which is really poorly organized) and the AAA guidebook (which is very well organized) to get some ideas of what sites we want to visit.

A couple of weeks ago, DD asked if we could go back to Boston some time. We were there 3 years ago and though we had a great time and saw some neat stuff, we barely scratched the surface of all the area has to offer. So after NH, we will head to Boston for a few days.

Finally, as we move toward home, I want to spend a few days in Rhode Island - Providence and Newport. We've never been there but looking through the guide books, there are numerous places of interest that we'd like to see.

We haven't worked out the exact itinerary - how many days in each place - but we're getting there. The main thing I want to figure out is where we want to stay in each locale so I can book the rooms. So that's where we stand for now.

4 Responses to “Planning our summer vacation”

  1. frugalmomof1 Says:

    I live about 15 minutes from Providence, RI! Newport is great, but can be very crowded in the summer!
    We went to Quechee Gorge (aka the Mini Grand Canyon) in VT 2 summers ago. I was very pregnant and couldn't explore as much as I wanted to, but definately a place I want to go back to.

  2. scfr Says:

    I spent a day in Boston walking the Freedom Trail --- It was great! Very educational and free. There are optional visits (such as Paul Revere's house) where you pay to enter.

    If you are going in August, and can plan your route to pass through the Cherryfield/Machias, Maine area, the wild blueberry fields at harvest time are absolutely spectacular! The fields look like giant crazy quilts of all different shades of reds and greens. [If your daughter is not too old for it, and you haven't read it yet, "Blueberries for Sal" is an really charming children's story to read about that area.]

    FYI - City Relocation Guides sometimes offer really good summaries of the goings on in a particular place, and you can often get them for free from the local Chamber of Commerce.

    Have fun planning your vacation!

  3. fairy74 Says:

    I lived in Boston for a year and it has so much stuff to do and see, Maine is great too if you get the chance...Sounds like a wonderful trip Smile

  4. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Not going to Israel? Boston's good, I like Vermont too. I'd go up to Nova Scotia and PEI (anne of green gables). Also maybe see Montreal.

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