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February 22, 2012

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Bonnie

What do you think about New Orleans? I love their botanical gardens, there's a great yarn shop in the French Quarter, and you can eat beignets every single day at Cafe du Monde.

Now I want a beignet.

Jan

San Antonio is beautiful and I personally love Charleston and have done spring there a couple times. The tea plantation, southern mansions, ghost tour( if you are in to that stuff) and lots of good food. We visited lighthouses, Fort Sumter and even (shock) a yarn store.

Rene Bowman

Come to Williamsburg, VA! The city is historic and very walker friendly. The food, especially in the historic part is to die for. Lots of artsy places to go and the college of William and Mary is historic and a great place to explore. Then Jamestown is just a few minutes away, and is a GREAT place to explore on foot...and the glass blowing exhibition is fantastic. From Willimasburg, VA Beach and all of its fun and history is a very short drive...go explore the Naval Base, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, the VA Aquarium, walk along the Boardwalk, etc. You would be pleased in this area...great weather in April!

Marilyn

Chicago is a great place! No car needed.

Anne Marie

Head south of SF to Monterey and Carmel by the Sea. TONS of stuff to do and see.

Robin F.

Don't go to San Antonio- not a walking city at all. I'm with you on S.F. It is my favorite city after NY (where I grew up. Washington DC is a good walking city as is Philadelphia.

Lara Neel

Savannah is gorgeous and fun. Downtown is walkable, and really cool if you're at all into architecture or ghosts. http://savannahvisit.com/50reasons

Kathleen B.

Charleston is a spectacular, walkable city with great food!

Jean

Washington DC
Williamsburg VA (been there 10x)
Charleston
Savannah

Janelle

San Antonio is walkable on the Riverwalk but that's all. Texas, in general, is car country.

Our nation's capital is always a great option. You could visit the Textile Museum. And all the Smithsonians are free admission - can't beat that. Awesome food.

I LOVE the vibe in Asheville, NC. Walkable, vibrant downtown with lots of art and craft. My family keeps returning there because we all like it so much.

Susan

We love York and we love Whitby both in Yorkshire here in the UK, though I guess it's a bit far for you to go.

Janene Reeves

San Francisco is lots of fun, with lots of good places to eat, and Alcatraz is well worth the visit!

Donna

New Orleans is nice - great food. There's a restaurant in the French Quarter called the Gumbo House that has the 2nd best gumbo I've ever had (1st best is in Baton Rouge). And the Quarter Stitch (the shop Bonnie mentioned - they wrap yarn so you feel like you're opening a present when you open it back home & they have a nice selection) is right around the corner. The Audubon Zoo Aquarium is a very short walk away from the FQ - just a block or so & right on the river & it's a very nice aquarium. The Audubon Zoo is wonderful - old & always very lush & green. The tiger exhibit is my favorite & the alligators are pretty cool. I think there is a trolley that goes from the FQ to the zoo. We've never gone to NOLA except when visiting the offspring in Baton Rouge so we always have wheels. Beware - it can be pretty hot in April - 85 is not unusual & the extremely high humidity makes it feel even hotter. Cafe DuMond on the edge of the FQ has great beignets. On the eastern edge of the FQ on the river is the French Market ( I think that's what it's called) & an indoor smallish mall where you can buy souvenirs & food (best oranges I've ever had).
IMHO, Chicago is a far more interesting city especially if you like museums (& it's not just because it's my home!). And, if you are interested in architecture, Oak Park has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. All of the museums, Oak Park & 1 of the zoos are readily available by public transit. But Chicago can be icy in April - 40's is not uncommon -waiting until late in the month might help.
I visited San Antonio (wanted to see my birth place) without a car & there's not really much you can see other than the Alamo. The other missions are very spread out. It's likely to be pretty warm in April also.
I second the opinion that, if you want to fly to SF, to rent a car & drive down to the Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay area - the Monterey Bay Aquarium may be the best in the country. And, if you take Hwy 1, the views along the way are incredible. Or, if you don't want to go so far, you could drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Bodega Bay or even just to Point Reyes State Park. And Alcatraz should not be missed. We enjoyed visiting there far more than we had anticipated. Make sure you buy tickets in advance (a week is not too far & even sooner wouldn't hurt). There are only a limited number of crossings & it's a very popular activity so they do sell out. April is spring break time (that is when we went - because the grands were on spring break) so that may be even worse.

Patty McD

Don't forget San Diego!

mary

Charleston should be gorgeous in April. Wonderful spring blooms and not too hot. I was there for their Tricentennial celebration during summertime. Too hot although in summertime livin is easy, fish are jumpin and the cotton is high. You could see the shop area that inspired Porgy and Bess and buy a handmade grasa basket with cultural integrity.

Susan

Maybe not warm enough - but I would suggest New York City. Great walkable city - needless to say, tons of stuff to do.

Gloriane

I had a great time in San Antonio and did OK without a car during the day (when my friend was at work). I took the city bus to one of the missions and to the McNay Art Museum, but there were long wait times at the bus stops because they don't run that frequently. The riverwalk and downtown were fine without a car. But it was nice to have a car for getting to and from the airport and for a day trip to Austin. I had a car in Savannah, and it was nice for a day trip to Tybee Island, but I think you could get away without one. There are a lot of great places to go within walking distance, plus the ghost tours make a fun nighttime activity.

Sue J

You can get around in San Antonio on the bus
If you have a hotel room on the Riverwalk, you can wander it, take a boat ride to where you want to go. There is also a big mall on the Riverwalk. We stayed the weekend last year, and took a bus everywhere in the area, when we didn't want to walk. There's El Mercado to wander around and shop, and the best Mexican Bakery and Restaurant,Mi Tierra is in El Mercado.
You can travel by streetcar.....there are four streetcar routes that stop at top sights like the Alamo, the Spanish Governor's Palace, La Villita,(it's the old village, lots of cute shops and restaurants) Sunset Station, the Southwest School of Art, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the King William Historic District (you HAVE to go for breakfast/brunch at The Guenther House, great food!) and downtown shopping. The downtown streetcar station at Convention Plaza provides convenient access for travelers.
If you want to branch out more, a car would be handy, and faster.......for the museums, the Botanical Gardens, the zoo, or Sea World(that alone would take a whole day...and bring swimsuits if it's warm)
OH! And to get to the two yarn shops in town! LOL!

Donna

DC is also great but another place I'd avoid going to in early April. I went to visit my daughter last year late in March or earlyApril & it was cold & rainy. Very unpleasant. Also it was Time for the Cherry Blossom Festival & jammed with people (the trees were pretty but it was so overcrowded. Nice thing about DC is that all the Smithsonian Museums are free & that includes National Zoo. My daughter & I had planned on visiting the Textile Museum (which is a couple blocks from her apartment) & Woodrow Wilson House (right next to the Textile Museum & only presidential museum in DC) the last day I spent there but it turns out it's (Textile) closed on Monday. You can get anywhere on the Metro or walking.

Karen

Love New Orleans - the food is AMAZING and it is easy to walk around. The trolley is also fun. The ACME Oyster Bar is great - the fire grilled oysters and the whiskey bread pudding is worth the air fare alone! Wherever you go - relax and enjoy!

Sara Lee

Please try the Outer Banks of North Carolina! Kitty Hawk or Duck are both beautiful places - there is the Wright Brothers Monument, the absolutely gorgeous beaches and slightly north of Duck (near Corolla) are the Wild Spanish Mustangs .... Springtime is transcendental there with the ocean, and the lighthouses, and you could even go down to Ocracoke and tour Blackbeard's old hangouts !

brandi

I honestly couldn't tell you where to go because I've never had a vacation. I've always done the staycation thing. I hope you find a great place and have a ton of fun!

Linda B

I enjoyed Savannah recently. We stayed at a B/B that was wonderful and you can definitely walk to interesting shops and restaurants.

Mary

I would go toSavannah.it would be a wonderful time to go.

Sue J

Groupon for Austin Tx has a double decker bus tour for two in San Antonio for $17!!!! good until the end of Sept

Elizabeth

I second San Deigo! There was(I hope it is still there)A charming yarn shop,Needlecraft Cottage,within walking distance from Pacific Beach. It is so beautiful in San Diego and many fun things to do!

Beth Fulton

San Antonio is awesome! If you go....do the riverwalk!

Angela

Having lived there for nearly ten years I have to agree with the people who mentioned Chicago. I spent half of my time there without a car and I was fine. You can get a three or seven day transit card for a decent price which would give you unlimited CTA (and usually PACE) rides. I could spend weeks in the MCA, Art Institute or Field Museum and never get bored. Plus LOTS of yarn stores.

Elizabeth

If you like museums I highly recommend CityPass (http://www.citypass.com/). I've used it in Chicago and NYC but it is available for many other cities. I'll mention a few other travel places not yet mentioned: Albuquerque, NM or Portland, OR (actually anywhere in Oregon), Asheville, NC.

Melanie

You can get all over Portland using the Max. Great place to visit, for sure, and I loved, loved, loved living there.

Congrats on the coming new addition, by the way!

Leah


My favorite place to vacation is Colorado --- we've been to several areas there, but spring would likely not be the best time to visit. I've also been to San Francisco (many years ago) and San Antonio -- more recently.

Texas would be nice in the spring before it gets tooo hot. The wildflowers are in bloom in some areas there at that time; we have visited a wonderful wildflower farm and butterfly garden near Fredericksburg, TX. I enjoy Austin because there are some nice outdoor sports shops/businesses (REI is one that comes to mind) as well as a terrific Whole Foods store.

margieinmaryland

DC - lovely in April, and except the week after Easter (school's out), not too many tourists. It's great for walking around. The subway goes all over the place. In addition to the museums/monuments: National zoo, hiking /walking along the C&O canal, Dupont circle area (places to eat, Kramer books), Georgetown (shops,food, more C&Ocanal), Dumbarton Oaks ( near Georgetown - gorgeous gardens), National Cathedra (near Georgetown - gardens, neat building).
margieinmaryland

karamel

I second or third DC, you can fly into Reagan National airport, and take the Metro (subway) from there to wherever you want to stay and visit. Its a great walkable city with a ton of free things to do and restaurants to eat in. Some of the museum that charge are pretty cool too (International Spy Museum).

Mo

Lived in and LOVED LOVED Charleston: great history, food, walking, gardens esp. in April. Next love is Savannah for the same reasons. San Antonio is great and is great for walking. I use a wheel chair and really loved it (definitely did not have a car.) Chicago is massive and great for walking, site seeing great architecture and museums. What about: Boston, MA, Portland OR (a knitter's dream, great parks and walking, ocean sites and so-so food). New Orleans is my least favorite tho family live there - I'm not into booze, babes and bums. Have a ball ! Happy Baby Ahead.

Julie

San Francisco and Charleston would be my first and second choice, visited both and love them! But I'm a California Girl at heart, living on the East Cost.

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