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Vacation panic

A month or so ago I decided I would take a vacation once we got caregivers hired and settled. That's happened, so this morning I really started looking and pricing 3 to 6 day getaways.

Here were/are my parameters:

  • Someplace with nice views close by where I can relax and read. View of rocky beach or creek or trees or sandy beach or something like that. View of mountain from down in a valley doesn't qualify. View of garden does not qualify.
  • Does not require passport to get to/return from. Canada okay if it's driving distance. (Passport might arrive any day, but don't want to count on it.)
  • Good food. Not overly seafood heavy.
  • A few casual things to do nearby like hiking or canoeing. Perhaps a local museum or something like that. Anything labeled extreme or adventure does not qualify.
  • Far enough away and different enough so that it feels like I am getting away. Also, within a half-day of travel.
  • Decently comfortable rooms. Prefer to have balcony.
  • Doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Expensive is fine, but outrageous is not.

Whistler and Tofino were at the top of my list. But finding accommodations has turned out to be a pain in the ass. Tofino because it is very high season and last minute. Whistler because everything reasonably priced seems to be a ski crash pad. Twin beds at best.

After searching fruitlessly for 5 or 6 hours there and in other locations and starting to just feel panicky (not really over the vacation, but it's all adding up), I decided to call a travel agent and let them guide me. Only the only real travel agency I could find in Bellingham dumped me into voice mail. So I gave up for the day.

I'll try again tomorrow and see what happens. It doesn't help that I have two events in the next month that seem to fall in the middle of whatever last minute deals I found on the web.

Bleah.

I probably will be heading to Seattle tomorrow. I doubt I'll have much free time, but I may pop in to 80s night. I'm not sure what I'm going to do Wednesday. Maybe head straight into a vacation. Maybe come back up here.

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dporowski From: dporowski Date: August 26th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed here when I decided to fuck off from town for a few days a while back. (Okay. A few years back. I'm bad at vacations.)

No idea about balconies, but the food was quite nice, PT is... Pretty enough, the hotel has a good view of the water, ferries, boats, etc etc. Overall pleasant, I keep meaning to go back, and the couple people I've recommended it to also speak well of it.
gkr From: gkr Date: August 26th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been to PT a few times and I felt underwhelmed every time. There's decent enough food around. But the place always felt to me like it was geared toward shoppers of kitschy stuff. Which I am not. On the other hand, I don't really know what's nearby. I know the in-town stuff.
dporowski From: dporowski Date: August 26th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I was quite happy to wander around a bit for coffee, etc, but otherwise hole up with a book, a drink, and the view. Couldn't tell you what's around.
kaosqueen From: kaosqueen Date: August 26th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
san juan islands?
gkr From: gkr Date: August 26th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a possibility. Not sure where to look though. Doe Bay Resort didn't have much available for very last minute. I didn't look out very far though.

What other places are there?
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: August 26th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Michael and I stayed at the Turtleback Farm Inn (B&B) Not cheap, but nice.
synabetic From: synabetic Date: August 26th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Tofino is cool... But have you thought about Qualicum? It's gorgeous there, and not as far out of the way as Tofino.

(Roughly 2 hours north of here.)

Rathtrevor Beach, near Qualicum, is absolutely awesome.

Then again, most of Vancouver Island is awesome.

gkr From: gkr Date: August 26th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, there's caves near Qualicum.
synabetic From: synabetic Date: August 26th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, I believe so. There are plenty of great places around there, and also a great sushi place in Qualicum itself. Also, Coombs (which is very close near-by) has Butterfly World (right across the road from my wife's parent's property, heh) and the Country Market, which is rad and has goats on the roof. :)

If you do come over to the Island and decide to drive up there, you should swing by here, should you have the time.
synabetic From: synabetic Date: August 26th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Though, now that I think on it, there is a ferry that goes directly to Nanaimo (Duke Point, which is pretty close), so that would cut down on two hours of driving...
gkr From: gkr Date: August 26th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I really only think of Nanaimo as the place the ferry goes.
gkr From: gkr Date: August 26th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I am going to call around the places there tomorrow. There's a good possibility I end up in the general vicinity. If I do, I could easily swing by Victoria.
ryanlion From: ryanlion Date: August 26th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Cannon Beach down in Oregon might fit what you're looking for.
http://www.cannonbeach.org/
The beaches are beautiful and rocky, lots of cool tide pools. There's good hiking near by.

You can stop by Powels on the way there or back.
webcowgirl From: webcowgirl Date: August 26th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you should try staying in Bamfield?
laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: August 26th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)

beaches and reading

If you really like beaches, reading, and relaxing, this is the place:

http://www.sylviabeachhotel.com/

(might get boring after a few days, but I went in December and maybe there's more to do outside in Aug/Sep)
gkr From: gkr Date: August 26th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: beaches and reading

I think I've eaten at the restaurant there.
gothbitch From: gothbitch Date: August 26th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Victoria's lovely and you still don't need a passport to take the clipper over, I think. (check their site to make sure). The hotel where the wedding was at looked very nice and it's right across the street from the ferry terminal. There are boardwalk type sellers along the water and I hear the botanical garden there is gorgeous but we ran out of time to go :/

I think you can rent a bike or a scooter there pretty easily.
From: dippedinwhore Date: August 26th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
you can come stay at my house, not really a vacation but I do have a king size bed and a balcony. lol, see you at 80's night!
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