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Favorite Weekend Getaways

Posted on: October 1, 2010

TGIF!  Heralding the end of another work week, I wanted to share with some ideas for great weekend getaways:

Palm Springs, CA: Until we visited for the first time, I’d always thought of Palm Springs as a pricey, exclusive “rich man’s hideaway”.  The truth is, it’s nice and upscale enough to be considered as such, but not at all “uppity” in nature, and most attractions and accommodations are reasonably priced for Southern California.  Palm Springs has become one of our personal favorite weekend destinations.  Not to Be Missed: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway; Saturday morning art festival at College of the Desert; Children’s Museum of the Desert.

Pocono Mountains, PA: Go ahead, indulge in the champagne glass-shaped whirlpool tubs just once, even if they seem a bit gawdy.  Enjoy a nice, relaxing weekend with that special someone!

Gatlinburg, TN: This Smoky Mountain hideaway, along with the nearby towns of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, boasts a pristine country setting, unbeatable factory outlet shopping, and great entertainment.  Country music fans will enjoy a visit to Dollywood.

Sedona, AZ: Personally, I think the Red Rock formations in Sedona are even more stunning than those of the Grand Canyon.  Nice hotel and inn accommodations are widely available, and you’ll enjoy a stroll through the many shops and galleries in Uptown Sedona.  Have breakfast at the Coffee Pot restaurant, with its seemingly-endless menu.  You can take a Pink Jeep Tour that takes you into the National Forest and up onto the Red Rocks themselves, or if you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you might consider buying a Red Rock Pass for the day and following the suggested route to a number of scenic points.   For an elegant Sunday brunch, l’Auberge de Sedona is an excellent choice.

San Francisco, CA: There’s so much to see and do in this unique and cosmopolitan city!  Just a few of my favorite things to do:  Have lunch at Chowders on Fisherman’s Wharf, followed by an afternoon browsing the shops.  Take a walk through Chinatown.  Hint:  The best values on souvenirs in this area can be found in the shops just off Grant Street, the main thoroughfare.  Spend an afternoon in Golden Gate Park, where you can enjoy the serene Japanese Tea Garden, see what exhibits are on display at the park’s museums, or go for a jog.  Oakland, Berkeley, and other parts of the Bay Area are within easy reach via the city’s mass transit system, or a short drive.

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