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Post by Purpose311 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:48 pm

I wanted to take my wife on a special trip this year for our anniversary. It will be our 4th anniversary this May and I told her for our 5th we will try to go on a big trip such as Hawaii. We live in Los Angeles and to give you an idea, we went to Monterey for our first wedding anniversary for 3 nights and loved it. She's been to San Francisco once about 12 years ago and I went when I was 5 years old and don't remember anything. I don't want to spend too much (probably no more than $2,000 all in), so I would appreciate some ideas. We both have not travelled very much. I am thinking 3 or 4 nites would be preferable (we can't stay too long since we have a little once who will be babysat).

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Post by bluebolt » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:12 pm

Recommendation depends on what you both like to do - lounge on the beach, hike, arts, culture, etc.

If you give a little more info about what you like, I can give you a better recommendation.

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Post by Purpose311 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:30 pm

Neither of us are very adventurous. We like walking around and taking in sights. We are not really into high end dining but a nice meal is welcome. I've wanted to take her to NYC because she's always wanted to go but I know that will cost much more than I want to spend. My sister recommended San Fran for two nights and then napa for a night or two. I have heard Vancouver is a beautiful city as well

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Post by Lucky Lemon » Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:48 am

Hawaii is likely too far given your short time frame. The Hawaii flight is going to be 5+ hours each way. New York has the same issue. Vancouver (I’m assuming B.C.) would be a bit far as well if you include going through customs at each end. The idea of spending that much time in airports/airplanes for such a short trip reminds me too much of a business trip – something to be endured and not very enjoyable.

I think your sister has a good idea (presumably she knows your wife would enjoy SF and Napa). Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with CA to have any suggestions for an anniversary trip.

If you think a flight out of state would be part of what makes the trip special for your wife and you, you could consider Portland, OR or Seattle WA. Both are within about 2 hours of LA.

Definitely keep Hawaii and NYC on your radar when you have more time to devote to the trips.

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Post by msk » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:43 am

Las Vegas. It really is Disney Land for grown ups. Keep away from the gambling and it's actually very inexpensive. Ridiculously sumptuous buffets for a pittance. DW and myself did one major hotel/casino each day; window shopping galore, food galore, shows galore. All very reasonably priced. OK, not the shows :annoyed

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Post by anil686 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:53 am

msk wrote:Las Vegas. It really is Disney Land for grown ups. Keep away from the gambling and it's actually very inexpensive. Ridiculously sumptuous buffets for a pittance. DW and myself did one major hotel/casino each day; window shopping galore, food galore, shows galore. All very reasonably priced. OK, not the shows :annoyed
+1 - the food is typically a good value and the sights are great for walking with affordably priced hotels JMO though...

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Post by 2girlzdad » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:23 am

Santa Barbara
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Palm Springs
Cabo san Lucas
Ever been to Terranea Resort in Palos Ranchos Verde? Spectacular, close and a world away!

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Post by Traveler » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:38 am

Cabo San Lucas

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Post by JupiterJones » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:28 am

Yes Vegas, although if you're not really foodies that would be a bit of a shame.

Yes SF and Napa/Sonoma, although if you only have 3 or 4 nights you might want to focus on just one.

Some other ideas:
  • Grand Canyon, maybe throw Sedona/Flagstaff in there too
  • Albuquerque and Sante Fe
  • Denver/Boulder
  • Portland, OR (maybe with a quick trip out to the Oregon coast or Willamette Valley?)
  • Southern Oregon (Crater Lake, Klamath Falls, Ashland Shakespeare Fest.)
  • Seattle or Victoria or Vancouver (or two of them together... not enough time for all three)
And of course, while I may be a bit biased, there's always Nashville. 8-) It's sort of becoming the new vacation hotspot these days.
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Post by Meg77 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:32 am

My husband and I love visiting San Francisco, and it can be done affordably. We stay in airbnb rentals instead of hotels which cuts down the price of the trip dramatically. Just walking around is entertaining, although I highly recommend the Alcatraz tour. It's not too pricey considering the hours of entertainment you get - plus ferry rides, museum/state park to explore, fascinating guided tour (optional), plus beautiful views from the island. We also like hanging out at the ferry building and renting bikes to explore the area - lots of fairly cheap activities like that.

Napa is probably going to blow your budget if you're trying to spend $2K over 4 days all in. I love it, but it would be hard to do on that budget. Wine tastings are $30 - $60 each, lodging even at little bed and breakfasts is hundreds of dollars a night, and there are few cheap places to eat. Since you don't travel much anyway, I would probably just stick to one destination for such a short trip. Although if you can find a deal or want to do a daylong excursion to Napa by all means make the effort. It is beautiful. We did a half day wine train tour one year and despite it sounding super touristy we had a blast and really enjoyed the food - and got a few wine tastings without having to rent a car or pay for a private car (we walked to the train station from our b&b).
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Post by Purpose311 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:43 pm

Meg77 wrote:My husband and I love visiting San Francisco, and it can be done affordably. We stay in airbnb rentals instead of hotels which cuts down the price of the trip dramatically. Just walking around is entertaining, although I highly recommend the Alcatraz tour. It's not too pricey considering the hours of entertainment you get - plus ferry rides, museum/state park to explore, fascinating guided tour (optional), plus beautiful views from the island. We also like hanging out at the ferry building and renting bikes to explore the area - lots of fairly cheap activities like that.

Napa is probably going to blow your budget if you're trying to spend $2K over 4 days all in. I love it, but it would be hard to do on that budget. Wine tastings are $30 - $60 each, lodging even at little bed and breakfasts is hundreds of dollars a night, and there are few cheap places to eat. Since you don't travel much anyway, I would probably just stick to one destination for such a short trip. Although if you can find a deal or want to do a daylong excursion to Napa by all means make the effort. It is beautiful. We did a half day wine train tour one year and despite it sounding super touristy we had a blast and really enjoyed the food - and got a few wine tastings without having to rent a car or pay for a private car (we walked to the train station from our b&b).
Regarding the 4 day trip and not wanting to travel too far....I should have mentioned that in November my wife and I spent two nights in Scottsdale (wife won the trip) and then a night in Sedona (loved it) and a night in Williams, AZ. We spent a few hours at the Grand Canyon. we loved that trip, but for me it was a TON of driving in that short of time. I am leaning towards going to San Francisco. My concern is it too is a long drive and I have read that parking is $50 a day at the hotels.

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Post by Purpose311 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:45 pm

JupiterJones wrote:Yes Vegas, although if you're not really foodies that would be a bit of a shame.

Yes SF and Napa/Sonoma, although if you only have 3 or 4 nights you might want to focus on just one.

Some other ideas:
  • Grand Canyon, maybe throw Sedona/Flagstaff in there too
  • Albuquerque and Sante Fe
  • Denver/Boulder
  • Portland, OR (maybe with a quick trip out to the Oregon coast or Willamette Valley?)
  • Southern Oregon (Crater Lake, Klamath Falls, Ashland Shakespeare Fest.)
  • Seattle or Victoria or Vancouver (or two of them together... not enough time for all three)
And of course, while I may be a bit biased, there's always Nashville. 8-) It's sort of becoming the new vacation hotspot these days.
I actually thought about Nashville. Is there much to do there? I appreciate the Vegas comment, but living in Los Angeles, it's kind of been there done that (we just went in November as well). We have stayed at Red Rocks Resort as well as Green Valley Ranch (same ownership) to get away from the strip and both were phenomenal hotels!

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Post by bluebolt » Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:13 pm

Purpose311 wrote:
JupiterJones wrote:Yes Vegas, although if you're not really foodies that would be a bit of a shame.

Yes SF and Napa/Sonoma, although if you only have 3 or 4 nights you might want to focus on just one.

Some other ideas:
  • Grand Canyon, maybe throw Sedona/Flagstaff in there too
  • Albuquerque and Sante Fe
  • Denver/Boulder
  • Portland, OR (maybe with a quick trip out to the Oregon coast or Willamette Valley?)
  • Southern Oregon (Crater Lake, Klamath Falls, Ashland Shakespeare Fest.)
  • Seattle or Victoria or Vancouver (or two of them together... not enough time for all three)
And of course, while I may be a bit biased, there's always Nashville. 8-) It's sort of becoming the new vacation hotspot these days.
I actually thought about Nashville. Is there much to do there? I appreciate the Vegas comment, but living in Los Angeles, it's kind of been there done that (we just went in November as well). We have stayed at Red Rocks Resort as well as Green Valley Ranch (same ownership) to get away from the strip and both were phenomenal hotels!
Nashville (and nearby Franklin) have plenty to do for 3-4 days. It helps if you're into country music.

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Post by BUBear29 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:18 pm

We just had our 2nd anniversary. We to the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Absolutely loved it. Did some hiking and zip lining through the mountains. Did an amazing spa day. Then just enjoyed relaxing and reading a book by the fire with a fresh IPA.

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Post by Purpose311 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:58 pm

Meg77 wrote:My husband and I love visiting San Francisco, and it can be done affordably. We stay in airbnb rentals instead of hotels which cuts down the price of the trip dramatically. Just walking around is entertaining, although I highly recommend the Alcatraz tour. It's not too pricey considering the hours of entertainment you get - plus ferry rides, museum/state park to explore, fascinating guided tour (optional), plus beautiful views from the island. We also like hanging out at the ferry building and renting bikes to explore the area - lots of fairly cheap activities like that.

Napa is probably going to blow your budget if you're trying to spend $2K over 4 days all in. I love it, but it would be hard to do on that budget. Wine tastings are $30 - $60 each, lodging even at little bed and breakfasts is hundreds of dollars a night, and there are few cheap places to eat. Since you don't travel much anyway, I would probably just stick to one destination for such a short trip. Although if you can find a deal or want to do a daylong excursion to Napa by all means make the effort. It is beautiful. We did a half day wine train tour one year and despite it sounding super touristy we had a blast and really enjoyed the food - and got a few wine tastings without having to rent a car or pay for a private car (we walked to the train station from our b&b).
I think I want to do San Francisco for 2 or 3 nites and maybe a nite somewhere on the way. Where did you stay in San Francisco for airbnb? I've never done airbnb and am a little concerned about using it.

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Post by beattherush » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:19 pm

I'd combine a few things maybe.

Vegas is actually a good jumping off spot for a few outdoor spots: hoover dam, bryce and zion, the grand canyon north rim, the painted desert... a lot of options from there.

You could fly to Vegas for not a lot, stay in some hotels that are nice but discounted, have a couple of nice meals, and then hit the surrounding area. That will take four or five days and be within your budget.

A meal in the Eiffel Tower is probably in the budget.

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Post by ClaycordJCA » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:45 pm

Many non-hotel properties in San Francisco do not have off-street parking. Trying to find on-street parking is a bear. You might look into a cheap Southwest flight to Oakland or San Francisco, skip the car and take BART into the City and rely on public transit, walking, ride share and taxis. Or stay outside the city and take BART or the ferry in.

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Post by Meg77 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:58 pm

Purpose311 wrote:
Meg77 wrote:My husband and I love visiting San Francisco, and it can be done affordably. We stay in airbnb rentals instead of hotels which cuts down the price of the trip dramatically. Just walking around is entertaining, although I highly recommend the Alcatraz tour. It's not too pricey considering the hours of entertainment you get - plus ferry rides, museum/state park to explore, fascinating guided tour (optional), plus beautiful views from the island. We also like hanging out at the ferry building and renting bikes to explore the area - lots of fairly cheap activities like that.

Napa is probably going to blow your budget if you're trying to spend $2K over 4 days all in. I love it, but it would be hard to do on that budget. Wine tastings are $30 - $60 each, lodging even at little bed and breakfasts is hundreds of dollars a night, and there are few cheap places to eat. Since you don't travel much anyway, I would probably just stick to one destination for such a short trip. Although if you can find a deal or want to do a daylong excursion to Napa by all means make the effort. It is beautiful. We did a half day wine train tour one year and despite it sounding super touristy we had a blast and really enjoyed the food - and got a few wine tastings without having to rent a car or pay for a private car (we walked to the train station from our b&b).
I think I want to do San Francisco for 2 or 3 nites and maybe a nite somewhere on the way. Where did you stay in San Francisco for airbnb? I've never done airbnb and am a little concerned about using it.
We've had great experiences on airbnb in San Francisco (multiple times), in Minneapolis, and in Memphis. My husband has used it more, and it's his account not mine so I'm not sure the address of the San Fran condo we rented. We only rent entire units (versus renting a bedroom from a person or couple who will be there while we are there). Many of them are run professionally as full time rentals, particularly in San Fran and other popular tourist cities. We've always found them to be hotel-like with bathroom amenities, coffee pods, fresh towels laid out, etc. Again I've only done it a few times, and I know some people do have bad experiences. But you can read reviews, and in my experience renting a unit with dozens of great reviews is a pretty safe bet.
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Post by Purpose311 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:16 pm

Meg77 wrote:
Purpose311 wrote:
Meg77 wrote:My husband and I love visiting San Francisco, and it can be done affordably. We stay in airbnb rentals instead of hotels which cuts down the price of the trip dramatically. Just walking around is entertaining, although I highly recommend the Alcatraz tour. It's not too pricey considering the hours of entertainment you get - plus ferry rides, museum/state park to explore, fascinating guided tour (optional), plus beautiful views from the island. We also like hanging out at the ferry building and renting bikes to explore the area - lots of fairly cheap activities like that.

Napa is probably going to blow your budget if you're trying to spend $2K over 4 days all in. I love it, but it would be hard to do on that budget. Wine tastings are $30 - $60 each, lodging even at little bed and breakfasts is hundreds of dollars a night, and there are few cheap places to eat. Since you don't travel much anyway, I would probably just stick to one destination for such a short trip. Although if you can find a deal or want to do a daylong excursion to Napa by all means make the effort. It is beautiful. We did a half day wine train tour one year and despite it sounding super touristy we had a blast and really enjoyed the food - and got a few wine tastings without having to rent a car or pay for a private car (we walked to the train station from our b&b).
I think I want to do San Francisco for 2 or 3 nites and maybe a nite somewhere on the way. Where did you stay in San Francisco for airbnb? I've never done airbnb and am a little concerned about using it.
We've had great experiences on airbnb in San Francisco (multiple times), in Minneapolis, and in Memphis. My husband has used it more, and it's his account not mine so I'm not sure the address of the San Fran condo we rented. We only rent entire units (versus renting a bedroom from a person or couple who will be there while we are there). Many of them are run professionally as full time rentals, particularly in San Fran and other popular tourist cities. We've always found them to be hotel-like with bathroom amenities, coffee pods, fresh towels laid out, etc. Again I've only done it a few times, and I know some people do have bad experiences. But you can read reviews, and in my experience renting a unit with dozens of great reviews is a pretty safe bet.
Would you mind private messaging me where you airbnb'ed in SF? I am also concerned about parking if I drive.

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Post by TTBG » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:00 pm

ClaycordCA wrote:
You might look into a cheap Southwest flight to Oakland or San Francisco, skip the car and take BART into the City and rely on public transit, walking, ride share and taxis. Or stay outside the city and take BART or the ferry in.
+1. I don't always go to San Francisco, but when I do, I always leave my car behind :-). Southwest has cheap flights if you buy far enough in advance. Or you could drive to the Millbrae BART station and (in advance) get a long-term parking permit, then take BART into the city. SF is not that large of a city and if you don't mind the occasional ridiculously steep hill, it's pretty walkable.

I also second the Alcatraz trip. I've never done the guided tours, but the self-guided audio tour is very well done. Make reservations in advance though, the trips do fill up quickly.

You can easily spend 3 nights in SF and not run out of things to do -- visit Alcatraz, rent bicycles in Golden Gate park, walk along fisherman's wharf and the piers, visit the museums, etc. If you drive, you could stop 1 night along the way -- maybe in Monterey and visit the aquarium? Or maybe plan to spend a Thursday night in San Luis Obispo and take in their farmer's market - music and lots of good food!

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Post by Watty » Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:47 am

Purpose311 wrote: am thinking 3 or 4 nites
For such a short tip if you fly somewhere then I would only go to someplace that you can get a direct flight to. When you have to make connections that can give "Murphys law" a bigger chance to cause problems.

San Francisco is too far of a drive for that short of a trip. In addition to the driving time the gas, parking, and wear and tear on the car will cost just about as much as if you get inexpensive airline tickets.

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Post by bta15 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:21 am

I'm kind of an amateur credit card churner/travel hacker.

You could easily get two Alaska air Visa cards and two Hyatt credit cards and get free round trips to Liberia Costa Rica and 4 nights at andaz papagayo just by spending on the credit cards. Flights and hotels would be $0 out of pocket (ok maybe like $50 after taxes and fees).

Could do something similar to Hawaii. Maybe get the Chase sapphire preffered and xfer miles to British airways and redeem for Alaska flight. Get ritz Carlton card and you could stay 3 nights at RC Kapalua. That would cost around $450 for hotels and flights cuz you'd have to pay $450 annual fee for RC visa.

You have good options out of LA. Even a cruise out of Long Beach would be cool and affordable for that length of trip.

Just a couple ideas...

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Post by JupiterJones » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:30 am

Purpose311 wrote: I actually thought about Nashville. Is there much to do there?
Yup! There have been some good threads here on that subject over the past few years:

viewtopic.php?t=164197

viewtopic.php?t=210700

viewtopic.php?t=81887

Let me reiterate my recommendation of the All Access Pass.

Liking country music is about as much of a prerequisite for Nashville as enjoying gambling is for Las Vegas. That is, it certainly helps, but it's a lot less necessary than most people think. There's a bunch of music going on here that's not country (rock, jazz, classical, etc.), and even within "country" you've got everything from the modern pop stuff to western swing to bluegrass. Plus all the songwriter's nights, which (being largely acoustic) come off more like folk than anything else. Much of the music downtown is free, but be sure to tip well if you like what you hear.

On top of that, there's some good civil war history, if that floats your boat. (Or you can float on actual boats, if that floats your boat.)

Then there's eating. Nashville has become a bit of a food/drink destination lately. Hot chicken. "Meat-and-threes". BBQ. Plus some really great, creative, modern cuisine of all sorts.
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Post by Purpose311 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:31 pm

Decided to book 3 nites at the Omni in San Francisco, which had a pretty good rate ($200 without parking). It appears to be in a nice location. Anyone know anything about saving on parking? We will be driving and I don't plan on driving my car while there, but instead relying on public transportation.

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Purpose311 wrote:Decided to book 3 nites at the Omni in San Francisco, which had a pretty good rate ($200 without parking). It appears to be in a nice location. Anyone know anything about saving on parking? We will be driving and I don't plan on driving my car while there, but instead relying on public transportation.
I would fly and take public transit or a taxi. No need for a car in SF.

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Post by MinimalJ » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:41 pm

Purpose311 wrote:Decided to book 3 nites at the Omni in San Francisco, which had a pretty good rate ($200 without parking). It appears to be in a nice location. Anyone know anything about saving on parking? We will be driving and I don't plan on driving my car while there, but instead relying on public transportation.

There's a garage I always park at on Sutter and Stockton in the city, you can leave it there until you have to leave.

https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/pa ... ton-garage

Rates:
Flat Rates
Daily Maximum / Lost Ticket (Mon-Sat): $36

Daily Maximum / Lost Ticket (Sun): $18

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Post by Purpose311 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:08 pm

MinimalJ wrote:
Purpose311 wrote:Decided to book 3 nites at the Omni in San Francisco, which had a pretty good rate ($200 without parking). It appears to be in a nice location. Anyone know anything about saving on parking? We will be driving and I don't plan on driving my car while there, but instead relying on public transportation.

There's a garage I always park at on Sutter and Stockton in the city, you can leave it there until you have to leave.

https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/pa ... ton-garage

Rates:
Flat Rates
Daily Maximum / Lost Ticket (Mon-Sat): $36

Daily Maximum / Lost Ticket (Sun): $18
That's the one I was going to use. Thanks for the advice. I have read a few bad things about some break ins, but I think the hotels use these garages anyways

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letsgobobby wrote:
Purpose311 wrote:Decided to book 3 nites at the Omni in San Francisco, which had a pretty good rate ($200 without parking). It appears to be in a nice location. Anyone know anything about saving on parking? We will be driving and I don't plan on driving my car while there, but instead relying on public transportation.
I would fly and take public transit or a taxi. No need for a car in SF.
Considered it, but I feel like I'm not getting much benefit out of it.

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:10 pm

Seattle, with a side trip on the ferry to Friday Harbor
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Post by Mr.BB » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:02 pm

First of all congratulations on your anniversary! Personally I am biased toward Maui. I am very fortunate that my wife works for the airlines so we basically get to travel free. I have been to Maui 20-25 times, because there is no other place in the world like it. We are in the midwest and I never mind the 8-9 hour plane ride, because I know how great it is there. It's only 4.5 hours from L.A...which is easy.
What people do not realize it is not as expensive as you may think. Hotel cost (like anywhere else is probably going to be your biggest expense in any city). Although there are many fabulous restaurants, we have had great meals at a simple food truck.
Also, you need to look into what part of the island you would want to stay at...Wailea is usually a few degrees warmer then up north and Kannaapali has a lot more wind. If you have a Costco membership, check out their travel department, I have seen great deals on there.

There is also a great book called Maui Revealed ( you can download it). It is written by people who live on Maui...great information that you probably won't get anywhere else.
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Post by JupiterJones » Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:49 pm

Purpose311 wrote:Decided to book 3 nites at the Omni in San Francisco.
Nice!

I recommend walking about four blocks west and checking out the Tonga Room while you're there. :beer
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Post by Purpose311 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:02 pm

JupiterJones wrote:
Purpose311 wrote:Decided to book 3 nites at the Omni in San Francisco.
Nice!

I recommend walking about four blocks west and checking out the Tonga Room while you're there. :beer
Oh, of course I know we have to do that. I also want to visit Smuggler's Cove. My sister says both get EXTREMELY crowded

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Post by TravelGeek » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:40 pm

Lucky Lemon wrote:Hawaii is likely too far given your short time frame. The Hawaii flight is going to be 5+ hours each way.
Well, if the OP is going to drive to SF from LA, that's not going to be any faster.

As for cost, a quick search on a random vacation package site (unitedvacations.com) shows 3-night/4-days hotel + airfare at a decent hotel in Waikiki for around $1500 for two people.

A 3-night/4 day trip to San Francisco (hotel + airfare) would be around $1100 (Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf). I wouldn't want to have a car in SF.

Of course, SF and Waikiki are two very different trips.

Edit: looks like I am about a week too late :) Happy anniversary and have a great trip!

Good choice on parking garage. I always go there.

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