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ishmael
02-28-2010, 06:48 PM
I have a few, but one at the top is Mackinac Island. Why? Well, they've got great fudge, but aside from that they don't allow automobiles. The town/fort is a bit kitschy but you can hire a horse and carraige and be out of town in a few minutes. Because it's a state reserve of some sort it's still wild. Bicycles everywhere.

Most people take the ferry and spend a few hours in town, which has its charms, but if you take the time and wander, the place is fantastic. Many a happy hour spent there.

More places would be well-served by simply eliminating the car. Riding bike or horse, or just walking and not having to look over your shoulder for a car, is freeing.

Mine, for a start. Call me a Fudgie. For those who don't know the island is renowned for its fudge, and summer people who come for a day are called, somewhat disparagingly, Fudgies.

paladin
02-28-2010, 07:56 PM
Moorea, before tooorists..

Thailand, before tooorists

Sardinia, before toorists and all the people moving there with summer mcmansions..

Benidorm,Spain before toorists and mcmansions

Palma...same as above.....

Kerch, Ukraine and it's still pretty darn nice.

Bill Griffin
02-28-2010, 08:01 PM
I ain't telling, and if you wanna know why read Paladins reply.

ccmanuals
02-28-2010, 08:15 PM
Islamorada.

pefjr
02-28-2010, 08:23 PM
Islamorada.I see ya Islamorada, and raise ya Crystal River, Ichetucknee River(before development), and Wakulla Springs.

Willin'
02-28-2010, 08:37 PM
I see ya Islamorada, and raise ya Crystal River, Ichetucknee River(before development), and Wakulla Springs.


OOOOh, don't tell me. Itchetucknee was my first river rafting back in the early '70s and still a vivid and wonderful memory. Guess there's no need to go back now.


My favorite so far, Rarotonga. Think Maui circa 1950s.

ccmanuals
02-28-2010, 08:42 PM
Home.

Islamorada. Specifically, Bud & Mary's.

Donn, I remember Bud & Mary's when it was a small baitshop on the way to Marathon.

Here is a spot I tend to hand out at when in the Keys:
http://www.loreleifloridakeys.com/

Michael D. Storey
02-28-2010, 08:43 PM
Home.

Islamorada. Specifically, Bud & Mary's.


My Boy still has the Fish Naked shirt he got when he was six. He's at Stanford now.

pefjr
02-28-2010, 08:45 PM
http://www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings/img/photogallery/ics-fallentree-stevenallenwatts.jpg (http://www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings/img/photogallery/ics-fallentree-stevenallenwatts.jpg)

Willin
,I went diving in the main head spring in 1969, we had to hike back in the woods carrying tanks and gear for 1/2 mile. No one there but us 3. In 1980 the river had 235 floaters a day. It's a State Park now and limited access.

Captain Intrepid
02-28-2010, 09:03 PM
I have a few, but one at the top is Mackinac Island. Why? Well, they've got great fudge, but aside from that they don't allow automobiles. The town/fort is a bit kitschy but you can hire a horse and carraige and be out of town in a few minutes. Because it's a state reserve of some sort it's still wild. Bicycles everywhere.

Most people take the ferry and spend a few hours in town, which has its charms, but if you take the time and wander, the place is fantastic. Many a happy hour spent there.

More places would be well-served by simply eliminating the car. Riding bike or horse, or just walking and not having to look over your shoulder for a car, is freeing.

Mine, for a start. Call me a Fudgie. For those who don't know the island is renowned for its fudge, and summer people who come for a day are called, somewhat disparagingly, Fudgies.

Also, the site of the first victory in the War of 1812, and namesake of the ubiquitous Mackinaw jacket. :D

pefjr
02-28-2010, 09:46 PM
Donn, I remember Bud & Mary's when it was a small baitshop on the way to Marathon.

Here is a spot I tend to hand out at when in the Keys:
http://www.loreleifloridakeys.com/ I kept my boat at Bud and Marys 85-86, lived in Islamorada, mm81 ... 1987-89 bay side, some fond memories. All my tennis buddies hung out at The Lorelei. I don't drink so I only went once or twice. My partner and I got a doubles match scheduled against Ted Williams and George Bush by our Pro, but GB had to cancel right before the start. I sure would like to have the bragging rights on that match. Oh well.

Lj will be along later to snope this claim. :D

ishmael
02-28-2010, 11:37 PM
Talking the Keys, a favorite place of mine to pitch a tent days back was Long Key State Park. It was a sleepy little place twenty five years ago, but like everyplace else nice it's probably gotten busy. Conches for a weekend and hippies selling homemade bongs out of the back of their Chevies. Campsites right on the water. A peaceable little place.

Another favorite, on the road between Ohio and the Keys, Edisto Island in the Carolinas. Half resort town and half reserve. I heard that got socked by a hurricane twenty years ago, and a lot of the beach is history.

P.S. I'd realized the Brits and the Yanks came to more than fisticuffs on Mackinac, but had forgetten it was the opening salvo. One of my favorite spots there was a house in town that had been made into a museum. The curator was a guy, he had to be eighty, who knew everything about everything when it came to local history, and the house itself was just redolent with Mackinac. "Museum" is perhaps gilding the lily, it was more like walking into Aunt Mabel's house. Interesting things at every turn, none of it terribly well organized, but if something fascinated the fellow had a story to tell.

Chris-on-the-Boat
03-01-2010, 12:30 AM
The Highlands of Scotland, in November. Anywhere between Spean Bridge and Drumnadrochit.

The tuna grounds off of Washington and Oregon, in September, when it's flat and amazing.

The mouth of the Columbia River when the Sturgeon are biting and the Kings are running.

And a special place in SE AK, where I'll go when this whole thing goes south...

seanz
03-01-2010, 04:44 AM
My favorite so far, Rarotonga.


I haven't been, my partner has and loved it, so it's on our list of islands to do.

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd164/seanz_2007/Scenery/TasmandistrictholidayFeb2010088.jpg

South Island of New Zealand is definitely my favorite place....;)
This is a view from Portage.

wizbang 13
03-01-2010, 05:41 AM
Sandyground,Anguilla WI Sailing is the national sport, more popular than cricket. Tradewinds, aquamarine water, 85 degrees, eyecandy on the white sand beach,rumculture,Jetskis are illegal, free anchorage (if you own your own boat),never had the plantation /slave history so people have no chip like on some other islands , good holding, PILSNER heinekens from nearby Sint Maarten (not the lager crap available everywhere elce), easy clearance, in and out,to name a few reasons.

isla
03-01-2010, 06:55 AM
The Highlands of Scotland, in November. Anywhere between Spean Bridge and Drumnadrochit.


Why November for gawd's sake? It's gy dreich! But at least the midges have gone :D

Anywhere in the Western Isles is my favourite place. I'm also very fond of the Isle of Man, the West coast of Ireland, and Buzzards Bay.

bamamick
03-01-2010, 08:43 AM
I guess the question is favorite places to travel? Well, Estes Park, CO is nice. I liked what I saw of Denmark and of Seattle. My favorite place is close to where you live, Jack. About 55 miles, iirc.

Mickey Lake

Bruce Taylor
03-01-2010, 09:23 AM
My favorite place is a stand of white pines with a creek running through it where I used to go for some solitude, when I was a kid.

A highway sits on top of it now and the creek runs through a big culvert. When we moved back to the area, I saw one of the old pines again. It had been converted into cabinets for my real estate agent's kitchen. :D

When I'm asleep and dreaming I find myself there, sometimes.

Captain Intrepid
03-01-2010, 01:55 PM
Midway Atoll is astonishingly beautiful, and the history and wildlife there is pretty amazing. Plus, not exactly overrun with tourists and the plasticy crap they bring with them.

paladin
03-01-2010, 02:28 PM
Suwarrow Atoll, when Tom Neale was there.

Quinn's....and Mama Vaima....in the 70's before becoming Tooorist haunts and losing their identities.

TimH
03-01-2010, 02:29 PM
I ain't telling, and if you wanna know why read Paladins reply.

Really....tell me about it.

I hate everywhere.

Actually Chicago is nice and NYC. Have fun :D

leikec
03-01-2010, 02:50 PM
I have several favorite places in and around Manistee, Michigan and the Manistee National Forest. Pigeon River country can be a good place to get away.

Spending time with my niece in Indian River is nice. I sure miss her mom.

Sleder's tavern in Traverse City, Michigan is a favorite hangout.

One of my favorite camping spots is in Rocky Mountain National park near the Grand Lake entrance. Winter Park used to be fun, but I haven't been there for a long time.

Central City, Colorado used to be a nice little town until they brought in gambling.

I like Key West for people-watching, and there are still a few places in the Keys where I can get away from people.

Favorite places close to home:

Hermann, MO.

Grafton, IL

Main street, in St. Charles, Missouri is a good place to hang out with friends and play music.

Last but not least; home sweet home...Francis park, Pueblo Solis, Nacho Mama's, Cardinal games, Katy Trail State Park, and hanging out with my wife and Princess D.

Jeff C

ccmanuals
03-01-2010, 03:55 PM
Favorite dinner, drinks and waitresses in Islamorada:

http://www.lazydaysrestaurant.com/index_files/outsidepic2.jpg
Lazy Days (http://www.lazydaysrestaurant.com/)

Favorite place to stay:

Breezy Palms (http://www.breezypalms.com/default.htm), in a bungalow.


Best lunch and watering hole:

Papa Joes (http://www.papajoesmarina.net/index.html)


Second best food, best wine list and best complimentary cigars:

Uncles (http://www.unclesrestaurant.com/)
(Joe LePree, owner, is also a back country guide.

Donn, let me add to your list,

best breakfast, Islmorada Bakery, http://www.bobsbunz.com/

Been many times to Uncles but have never been to Lazy Days. It's now on my "to do" list. Thanks!

My favorite place to stay is right next door to Breezy Palms, place called Pines and Palms, (IMHO it has a slight edge over Breezy palms)
http://www.pinesandpalms.com/

John of Phoenix
03-01-2010, 04:49 PM
Sedona.

http://members.cox.net/bluemax44/Misc%20pics/sedona.jpg

Dan McCosh
03-01-2010, 05:57 PM
Also, the site of the first victory in the War of 1812, and namesake of the ubiquitous Mackinaw jacket. :D

Might have noted that the victory was British, as the fort surrendered without a shot, to a couple of guys on a hill above it.

Beowolf
03-01-2010, 06:59 PM
Horses on Mackinac go for about $15/mile. :eek:

Drunk bike riding from Horn's is not good for anyone. :eek:

Also, I've spent several weeks on the island during the "off season" and the bikes and horses are replaced with snowmobiles. God save those who find themselves walking outside of town. :eek:

All that being said, there are few front porches that I'd rather kill a vacation on than my aunt and uncle's with a view of the bridge and the sound of the fudgies riding by. :)

Captain Intrepid
03-01-2010, 07:29 PM
Might have noted that the victory was British, as the fort surrendered without a shot, to a couple of guys on a hill above it.

It's amazing what the element of surprise can do. A good show though, of keeping things peaceful through the whole affair.

Joe (SoCal)
03-01-2010, 07:31 PM
Ouray CO.

http://cobblecreek.com/wp-content/gallery/ouray-co/ouray-co2.jpg

Just awe inspiring scale.

Monterey, Big Sur

http://www.plan4preschool.org/documents/monterey-county-big-sur-bixby.jpg

Block Island

http://z.about.com/d/gonewengland/1/0/c/s/blockisland6.jpg

St. Barts

http://marrycaribbeanwp.luxuryhotelwebhosting.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/st_barts_airport.png

HOME

http://www.carlheilman.com/wallpaper.screensavers/1024.heilman.storm.king.jpg

ishmael
03-01-2010, 08:36 PM
Some great places.

When I was younger I used to "travel" more. Anymore it seems a chore, a means to get there from here. It may be time to re-read "Travels With Charlie." I think Steinbeck was about my age when he set off in Rozinate. That's a fun read if you haven't. I remember toward the end he was ready to be home. Enough of road food, enough of driving, but the interlude is very enjoyable, with all manner of adventures. Charlie, a standard poodle, makes a great companion.

Steinbeck was a great raconteur. I think he is my favorite American novelist. So readable. When he was on, and he wasn't always, the pages just flow by. Read "Cannery Row" if you're looking for a sweet, short bit of writing in Americanese.

Michael D. Storey
03-02-2010, 10:59 PM
Christ, ain't it grand to be alive?

LongIslandBoy
03-02-2010, 11:10 PM
Brooklin, Maine during Alumni Week(s). Lots of laughs and friendship, and the nights are cool and QUIET! When you live in New York, quiet is a rare commodity!

Shang
03-02-2010, 11:14 PM
THE isles of Greece! the isles of Greece!
Where burning Sappho loved and sung,
Where grew the arts of war and peace,---
Where Delos rose and Phoebus sprung!
Eternal summer gilds them yet,
But all, except their sun, is set...


(In particular, Paros, but that too must have changed greatly since the advent of tooorists.)

Gonzalo
03-02-2010, 11:52 PM
We went to Mackinac for our honeymoon. I have good memories of the place.

Mackinac was also where a doctor first observed the process of digestion. A hunter had a hole blown in his stomach in an accident, and it didn't ever heal over. The post doctor at Fort Mackinac realized it was an opportunity for studying the inside workings of a living person, so he covered the hole with gauze and opened it up to watch what happened every time the man ate.

The man eventually came to live with the doctor and his family in their tiny apartment in the fort, where he was generally nasty to all. I think the doctor studied the guy for years until he died.

downthecreek
03-03-2010, 03:33 AM
Iken, on the River Alde in Suffolk. A lovely, remote, peaceful anchorage, with excellent holding and perfect shelter, and one that I can visit often. Image by Richard Sharp. http://www.richardsharp.co.uk/images/DSC03083.JPG

PeterSibley
03-03-2010, 05:47 AM
Not as dramatic as some , but I like my local swimming hole .Why ? It's warm ,clean and you can drink the water .

http://pic40.picturetrail.com/VOL282/9443996/17245530/383636800.jpg

Ron Williamson
03-03-2010, 06:25 AM
Northern Georgian Bay.
See for yourselves why,but maybe wait 'til spring.
R

Dan McCosh
03-03-2010, 06:29 AM
Northern Georgian Bay.
See for yourselves why,but maybe wait 'til spring.
R

Ditto.

David Tabor (sailordave)
03-03-2010, 08:01 AM
Home
Middle of the ocean. (doesn't matter where)
Paris
on a boat
Iceland
Home
Canyon de Chelly
Maryland
Home
Chesapeake Bay
Vail et al
Oregon
Home
Port Townsend WA
Key West
Bermuda
Home
Boston
The Baths BVI


And a few more places that none of y'all heard of before. Holes in the wall or just peaceful places I've hiked.



Okay, I think w/ a few exceptions most every place I am (have been) is a place I have been happy. And that makes it a "favorite".

Esp. if someone warm, slightly curvy and fun is with me.;)

Popeye
03-03-2010, 08:29 AM
might take a run out to fogo island this summer and poke around , ~ 4h drive and hop on a ferry

http://www.shuttertalk.com/forums/images/upload/DSC01029a-1.jpg

Wild Dingo
03-03-2010, 08:51 AM
I like Dave Tabors answer :cool:

For me? Here in the Kimberlies, warm, spectacular, warm, beautiful, hot, damned dangerous and bloody hot as hell in the "wet", exciting and did I mention warm? :D Yep any place where its warm to hot to bloody hot is fine and a favorite for me :cool:

Over there?... mmm I REALLY SERIOUSLY fell in love with the Shanandoah National Park some of the most spectacular country Ive driven through was there, also the Blue Ridge Mountains and I reckon I could become a fair dinkum hillbilly easy as if I spent time there

Sharkeys in Myrtle Beach is a GREAT spot... great tucker beaut scenery and wonderous staff... several of the St Augustine restaurants were damned good cant remember the names of them but the first one Margo took me to right on the waters edge sitting on the verandah over looking the boats in the harbor stunning place... I liked Memphis but wouldnt live there way to much violence and aggression in that city for my liking but Beale St? THE BEST!! :cool:

Scenery has to be Shanandoah National Park... actually the whole damned parkway was stunning!!!

But of them all... Id have to say sitting on the deck at Chez Noyes in the early morning or evening was the absolute best veiw greatest company and pretty damned good tucker and grog for any weary traveller... highly recommended!! 5 stars!! ;) As far as bars go? Id say the pub in wherever it was down the road from Chez Noyes? come on dad!!! I forget names and such! But a good place to plonk yer arse an have a few ales but remember to tip the damned barman old Tom gets right put out when you forget or dont realize you ARE meant to tip there!! but a good pub for sure... not that I did many pubs while I was there a shyteload of restuarants particularily in Florida but bars nope not many at all

Back to beautiful scenery... Shanandoah gets my vote but really the flow on effect from there to the Blue Ridge was so tiny as to be unnoticable so that whole stretch of mountains is the absolute stunningest place Ive been

other than the Kimberlies that is!! :p

Canoez
03-03-2010, 09:39 AM
Here's one.

http://cache.virtualtourist.com/3736916-Chapel_Bridge_Lucerne-Lucerne.jpg