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    Need Help with Impromptu Trip ideas

    Okay, I need some ideas from you all.

    I'm interested in taking an impromptu trip (well sort of I've got a week or two to plan it), either next weekend June 10-12 or the following June 17-19 and am looking for some ideas. Here is my criteria:

    I live in Michigan so 2-3 hour plane trip max. from Detroit
    On the East Coast or Eastern Time Zone.
    Canada is an option.
    I'd like to have some fun activities to do like hiking, kayaking, with some cultural backups in case the weather is poopie like Microbrewery, Museums, and other thinks like that.
    New York and Washington DC are out of the question.

    Some of my thoughts include Boston, Myrtle Beach, or Portland, Me,

    Any ideas?

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    Isn't there something going on in Ann Arbor on the 18th?

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    Have you checked out http://www.smartertravel.com/
    last minute airfare, usually depart on Sat. and return on Mon. or Tues.

    Examples for this weekend:

    Detroit, MI (DTW) $168 Charlotte, NC (CLT) US Airways
    Detroit, MI (DTW) $148 Philadelphia, PA (PHL) US Airways
    Detroit, MI (DTW) $169 Roanoke, VA (ROA) Northwest
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    Asheville, NC; tons of historic/cultural stuff, river rafting, great hiking

    Beaufort, SC; coastal kayaking, historic area

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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerByDay
    Okay, I need some ideas from you all.

    I'm interested in taking an impromptu trip (well sort of I've got a week or two to plan it), either next weekend June 10-12 or the following June 17-19 and am looking for some ideas. Here is my criteria:

    I live in Michigan so 2-3 hour plane trip max. from Detroit
    On the East Coast or Eastern Time Zone.
    Canada is an option.
    I'd like to have some fun activities to do like hiking, kayaking, with some cultural backups in case the weather is poopie like Microbrewery, Museums, and other thinks like that.
    New York and Washington DC are out of the question.

    Some of my thoughts include Boston, Myrtle Beach, or Portland, Me,

    Any ideas?
    Why do you need to "go" anywhere?
    Allegan forest has camping/hiking opportunities galore.
    Go to Kraftbrau instead of Bells for a change.
    Have you actually been to both the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids public museums? - granted they're not the Chicago field museum but not shabby all the same.
    Why don't you go out to eat at a nice German restaurant like the Schnitzlebank (go ahead drink a couple liter steins of the Schnitz dark) in Grand Rapids or Metzger's if you care to head towards Ann Arbor?
    Have you checked out Meijer Gardens yet? I thought not. Go north young man!

    Why don't you explore your own back yard and feed the local economy before heading elsewhere?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Tranplanner
    Isn't there something going on in Ann Arbor on the 18th?
    OH Crap, that is fathers day weekend. I guess that is outta the question. SO now I'm looking at next weekend.

    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Why do you need to "go" anywhere?
    Allegan forest has camping/hiking opportunities galore.
    I often Cross country ski there and just paddled and hiked along Swan Creek in early may.

    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Go to Kraftbrau instead of Bells for a change.
    That is a possibility but I can go there any day ot the week

    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Have you actually been to both the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids public museums? - granted they're not the Chicago field museum but not shabby all the same.
    I often go to the Kalamazoo musuem and go their movie series when they are going on. Just went to the GR museum to see the Shackelton Artic Expidition exhibit back in Feb.

    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Why don't you go out to eat at a nice German restaurant like the Schnitzlebank (go ahead drink a couple liter steins of the Schnitz dark) in Grand Rapids or Metzger's if you care to head towards Ann Arbor?
    Wow, have you been following me around. I just when there on Wed. while visiting my grandma at St. Mary's hospital. Haven't been to AA in a while that is a possibility.

    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Have you checked out Meijer Gardens yet? I thought not. Go north young man!
    Been the many times last time was in Dec. to see the Christmas Tree exhibit, seen the butterflies and the Chooley (sp) Glass exhibit 2 or so years ago.

    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Why don't you explore your own back yard and feed the local economy before heading elsewhere?
    Just looking for a little change, I've done many of the local things and just looking for a little adventure out of town.
    Last edited by PlannerByDay; 03 Jun 2005 at 10:46 AM. Reason: Fix quote

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    Well would have invited you to KS but there is nothing here that meets youyr requirements!
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    I need to remind you that Myrtle Beach is Branson, MO on the Alantic. It is okay if you like shopping and shows and lots to do. It is fun for a weekend. If you are wanting eco-tourism and cultural/historic i would go north to Wilmington, NC or South to Charleston, SC.

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    If you like wine, I just read a great article about the Finger Lakes area of New York State in Wine Spectator. There are over 80 wineries located there.

    I also love visiting Savannah, GA.

    EDIT: Sorry, I just read that New York was out of the question....but were you referring to NY City? or the whole state?
    Last edited by Ass. Planner; 03 Jun 2005 at 11:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally posted by Ass. Planner
    If you like wine, I just read a great article about the Finger Lakes area of New York State in Wine Spectator. There are over 80 wineries located there.
    SmarterTravel had this airfare:
    Detroit, MI (DTW) $169 Elmira, NY (ELM) Northwest
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    SmarterTravel had this airfare:
    Detroit, MI (DTW) $169 Elmira, NY (ELM) Northwest
    Wow! When did you find that?

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    I found it today on http://www.smartertravel.com/
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Quote Originally posted by Ass. Planner
    If you like wine, I just read a great article about the Finger Lakes area of New York State in Wine Spectator. There are over 80 wineries located there.

    I also love visiting Savannah, GA.

    EDIT: Sorry, I just read that New York was out of the question....but were you referring to NY City? or the whole state?
    New York City. Sorry. I actually like the ideas of going to The Finger Lakes Area. I've heard a lot about it and plan on looking into it more.

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    Quote Originally posted by Big Owl
    I need to remind you that Myrtle Beach is Branson, MO on the Alantic. It is okay if you like shopping and shows and lots to do. It is fun for a weekend. If you are wanting eco-tourism and cultural/historic i would go north to Wilmington, NC or South to Charleston, SC.
    Ditto. Unless you golf, or your life's dream has been to enjoy floor level seats at the Dixie Stampede, I suggest you avoid the Myrtle. Charleston or Ashville, however, are excellent suggestions.

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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerByDay
    New York City. Sorry. I actually like the ideas of going to The Finger Lakes Area. I've heard a lot about it and plan on looking into it more.
    If you can, pick up a current copy of Wine Spectator - the short, but interesting article has some great suggestions. Mr. AP and I may be heading out that way this year ourselves.

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    I was going to say Asheville, too, and then I read the responses. Great minds think alike.

    There's good whitewater rafting on the Gauley and New Rivers in West Virginia. Charleston (not the one in South Carolina) would be the closest city; maybe an hour away or so. After the Ann Arbor Cyburbia Alefest, that's probably going to be my next long weekend.
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