First up: Palm Beach
For our winter vacation this year, we're headed to Palm Beach! We got caught up in the Christmas season and delayed getting this planned but we at least got the flights and one of the hotels booked last night - there are so many great places to stay, I want to do two. We made a brief trip to The Breakers on a whirlwind trip around Florida three years ago and I can't wait to get back and have more time there.
We've already got a few restaurants on our mind, activities we want to redo and try new and plenty of beach time but if you know of any favorite restaurants or hidden gems, let me know!
Did you know that I almost (as in sent in my deposit and had a dorm set "almost" went to college at The University of Arizona? Good thing I didn't or I wouldn't have met my husband! Anyway, I've been to Arizona twice, once with a friend and once with my parents to look at schools. My parents have been plenty of times and my stepdad, Steve went to graduate school at U of A but my brother and Derek have never been - enter their 30th birthday trip, belated trip. This is something we were suppose to do last spring since Davey's birthday was in March and Derek's was coming up in November but everyone's travel schedules were busy then it was going to be this winter but we're waiting until it warms up a bit in late spring to enjoy.
Wouldn't it be fun to live on an island for a bit? On our honeymoon Derek asked me if I would pick up and move to Bora Bora for two years without coming home to visit if he got a job (he used to be in the hotel industry) and I said heck yes, I think, maybe.
We're thinking of something like Turks and Caicos, St. Lucia or Hawaii for a summer trip (or we could go in a totally different direction) but other than Bora Bora and a cruise to the Bahamas we haven't really done an island OR an all inclusive. I went to Hawaii with my family years ago but Derek's never been and I'd love to get back.
Any suggestions or recommendations? Locations or Hotels? Any other favorite islands?
I don't think we'll ever get sick of California, especially the LA/Beverly Hills area. We stopped on the way to our honeymoon, for our first anniversary and we decided we wanted to make a tradition out of that - just something short but to get back and relive the memories as well as enjoy the gorgeous area.
I love being home, lounging and doing nothing but at the same time I love the thought of having a free weekend, nothing to do and head out of town for a bit. Last year we went to Saint Michaels and enjoyed the quaint quietness of the town; we'd love to get back. In our years of long distance we used to meet up in Princeton for the weekend sometimes so that's another repeat we'd love to get in along with visiting Derek's old hotel in New York. A new one we really hope to make it to is Hershey, as in Hershey (chocolate), PA - it's not too far from here and in addition to the candy stuff they have a great resort, winery and brewery locally.
Trips to New Jersey, DC and the lake to see family and friends are a given and we love those little "getaways" and do treat them as vacations too.
Any weekend trips you love to take in?
The 2015 season just ended and the 2016 Penn State games are already on my calendar. Football really does take up much of our fall making the three hour drive up to State College but Derek especially (and me) would love to get to another school, preferably somewhere south and warmer to take it all in, although nothing can compare to the second largest stadium in the country to us - no place like Beaver Stadium in State College on a Saturday. We'd also love to keep our Dallas tradition alive and make it to a fourth game. (2015, 2014, 2013)
Is your team one we should visit??
I'd love to travel over the Christmas season but it's rare with how much we do around here to celebrate. This past year Vail and Aspen really caught our eye and we'd love to find a time to go - or maybe in the future. Getting back to Charleston to visit a college friend is also on our radar.
Biggest question, I'm a terrible skier and wouldn't want to do that, is it worth it to go and not hit the slopes?
Everyone has their hobbies and special things they like to do and traveling is one of ours. I love the uninterrupted time together to just have fun, be together and enjoy. The other day Derek sent me this article about top places to go in 2016 in case anyone is looking for ideas.
Linking up with Thoughts for Thursday today.