Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Reader Help Wanted


My husband and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary next month!

We want to take a trip that will be relaxing and inexpensive. In the past, we have used Priceline to get inexpensive hotel rooms, but the savings on Priceline do not seem as good as they used to be. We may have free airline tickets, thanks to airline miles from our trip to Thailand last summer for a family wedding, so location within the U.S. is not much of a barrier.

I am guessing that you have some inexpensive destinations that are close to where you live that would be off the radar to someone who didn't know the area. Leave a comment below with your suggestions! We would love to get some new ideas! Thanks for your help!

16 comments:

The Frugal Homemaker said...

The Gulf Coast of Florida is BEAUTIFUL. In fact, if you like old time charm and don't want the high price of a place like St. Augustine, you should try out Punta Gorda, Florida. There is a Best Western hotel right on the water and it is BEAUTIFUL. The nearest airport for that town is about 15-20 minutes south in Fort Myers, FL.

Hope you get lots of good suggestions, but I think you would enjoy this.

FunkyFrum said...

we just traveled to berlin, and it was uber cheap (even with the weak dollar). also we love a little place called sisters oregon. if you love scenery, it is the place to go.

Elizabeth said...

One of our favorite cheap vacations is a weekend cruise. Fri-Mon out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale gets you one day at sea and one day in Nassau with either Carnival or Royal Caribbean. We are FL residents, so we don't worry about airfare, just parking. But if you fly in, you can take a taxi or use the cruise lines transfer. Last Sept and Dec, we were able to get one for $500 total inc taxes and fees for 2 people. It's not particularly romantic, but it is what you make of it. Everyone on the ship is there for a vacation so everyone wants a great time. All the food and entertainment you could possibly want is included. Plus it costs so much to access your email or call home, that you really are cut off from the rest of the world for an entire weekend if you don't pay for it. It's is a wonderful time! The only time we are every able to take a real vacation is when we cruise, so we love them.

Anonymous said...

When we were young my dad looked at timeshares. He was able to get great deals on places to stay. The nice thing is these are usually places with more than one bedroom and a kitchen. Check for places in off season for even better rates. Or talk to friends and see if they have a timeshare you can use.

Niki said...

We went to Niagara Falls last year and that was wonderful!

:)

Anonymous said...

We went to Degray State Park in Arkansas last year. It was our first trip to Arkansas and we were so surprised at how beautiful it was and Degray was FANTASTIC.

It is a state owned facility in a state park on a 13,800 acre lake. The area is hilly and forested. Unlike most of the other large lakes in the Arkansas/Missouri area which are crowded with hotels, and lake homes, the only developement on this lake are two marinas and the hotel (which is actually on an island on the lake). It is about an hour south of Hot Springs, Ark making it an easy day trip to some of Hot Springs attactions not that there is any reason to leave the park.

There is a full golf course, bike rentals, horse trails, full marina with rentals, daily activities including tour guided snorkeling, guided nature walks and even fireside square dances (corny sounding I know but surprisingly fun and free)

Being state owned the lodge is only $93/night during the summer and the rooms are great (ask for a lake view) If you really want to save money they have "Rent a Yurt" camping for only $45/night.

http://www.degray.com/

OK sorry for sounding like a commercial but I was shocked at how much I liked it. It wasn't my first choice when my husband suggested it now I can't wait to go back.

Mrs. Bargain Hunting Wife said...

Traverse City, Michigan is awesome! Especially if you are into outdoors stuff, there are sand dunes for hiking, kayaking/canoeing, light houses, wineries, biking, Lake Michigan, nice down town area. Its sorta small town but very nice!!

Mrs. Bargain Hunting Wife said...

http://www.mytraversecity.com/index.php

In the past hubby and I were able to get a jacuzzi suite for $130/night at Days Inn in TC.

Pam said...

My fav site for traveling is funjet.com :) Check it out, it has some wonderful deals

Anonymous said...

Mackinaw Island in Michigan is nice!

Cassie J said...

We stayed at a cabin at Dogwood Canyon. It's close to Branson, MO. It was a very peaceful place. We took the kids but it would be great for just a couple, too. You can hike, ride a bike or go for a ride to see the wildlife. Website: http://www.dogwoodcanyon.com/

Kansas Mom said...

We spent our first anniversary on a little island off of Maine. It was very inexpensive for a single room in one of their houses (shared bath), but they had cabins, too. It wasn't too far from Portland (for a bigger city, airport and car rental). We spent a lot of time at state beaches just relaxing and absolutely loved it.

Anonymous said...

My vote: a small town in New England. Cheap hotels, you may be able to find a house/cabin for rent...

Anonymous said...

As previous poster the frugal homemaker stated, the Gulf Coast of Florida is wonderful. We rented a 3bdrm 2ba house for 75/nt over Christmas last year. It is beach side with all the comforts of home. Gulf view and a private beach! It was so nice we have it rented again in October. Here is link: http://www.vrbo.com/153534. If your travel times are flexible, this home can be rented for 85/nt starting Sept. 7 as stated on the listing. Otherwise you will pay seasonal rates. Happy Anniversary and good luck finding a place!

w-huff said...

The Des Moines Register featured an ad for Allegant Air recently. If you book a hotel & air package to Las Vegas by the end of July the second plane ticket is free.
Allegant flies out of Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mama Koala said...

San Antonio is a fun place! Lots to do/see and Awesome Mexican food. Have fun whatever you choose!