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(Some Guy)   Vermont-based subby is vaccinated and stir-crazy, so he's going to go sit in a beachfront motel on Cape Hatteras and do absolutely nothing for a week but look at the ocean. What was your favorite do-nothing-at-all vacation?   (capehatterasmotel.com) divider line
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2021-07-21 12:44:47 AM  
You probably should eat and drink also. Or at least one of those.
 
2021-07-21 1:41:57 AM  
A week on a houseboat puttering around the Sacramento Delta.
 
2021-07-21 2:11:54 AM  

thorpe: You probably should eat and drink also. Or at least one of those.


If you eat, drive a bit down to Emerald Isle and get a Scallop Burger.

Seriously, it's pretty good.
 
2021-07-21 5:53:46 AM  
Stupid sexy Flanders
 
2021-07-21 7:05:14 AM  
Sadly, I've never been on one of these.  The closest was a trip to Hannibal Missouri where Mark Twain was from.  Not much to do there but drive around and the Mississippi river runs through it.  Most vacations have been run, run, run.  Enjoy yourself.
 
2021-07-21 7:53:13 AM  
Well. I just drove to Vermont to stare at waterfalls
 
2021-07-21 8:08:51 AM  

vudukungfu: Well. I just drove to Vermont to stare at waterfalls


I prefer the rivers and the lakes that I'm used to.
 
2021-07-21 8:45:41 AM  
Going to the mountains, of course, but I'm never sitting and doing nothing....but I probably would if I had more time.
 
2021-07-21 9:00:03 AM  
None. I can't go somewhere and just do nothing but relax. I can do that at home.
 
2021-07-21 9:07:35 AM  
Do-nothing-at-all is for staycations.

Lots of sleeping in, re-reading a favorite book, drinking a really good bottle of wine.
 
2021-07-21 9:18:06 AM  
Subby here.  I've been working from home since March 2020 and the only vacation we've taken in that time was a week in Bar Harbor, ME last September when all the plague rats were running around refusing to wear their masks, which was stressful and kept us from really enjoying ourselves.

My wife tends to run us ragged on vacations insisting on us doing seventy-five different attractions, activities, what-have-you, and even she admits that she comes home from vacations more tired and worn out than when she left.

My family used to go to the Outer Banks every other year when I was a kid (1970s-1980s) and I haven't been back for any appreciable amount of time since 1995 or so.  There's not really a ton to do on the Outer Banks other than look at the ocean, bicycle, and (I guess) hang glide at Jockeys Ridge.  That's kind of what appeals to me -- being able to just relax and if on a given day we just decide to stroll around the beach and/or have some drinks we don't find ourselves going "BUT THINK OF ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THINGS THAT WE'RE MISSING, AUUUGGGGH!"

NYC is great, hon, but we can't see/do everything while we're there, you know?
 
2021-07-21 9:21:51 AM  

jayfurr: Subby here.  I've been working from home since March 2020 and the only vacation we've taken in that time was a week in Bar Harbor, ME last September when all the plague rats were running around refusing to wear their masks, which was stressful and kept us from really enjoying ourselves.

My wife tends to run us ragged on vacations insisting on us doing seventy-five different attractions, activities, what-have-you, and even she admits that she comes home from vacations more tired and worn out than when she left.

My family used to go to the Outer Banks every other year when I was a kid (1970s-1980s) and I haven't been back for any appreciable amount of time since 1995 or so.  There's not really a ton to do on the Outer Banks other than look at the ocean, bicycle, and (I guess) hang glide at Jockeys Ridge.  That's kind of what appeals to me -- being able to just relax and if on a given day we just decide to stroll around the beach and/or have some drinks we don't find ourselves going "BUT THINK OF ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THINGS THAT WE'RE MISSING, AUUUGGGGH!"

NYC is great, hon, but we can't see/do everything while we're there, you know?


There's wreck-diving if you're scuba certified.
 
2021-07-21 9:21:59 AM  
Duck on the Outer Banks in February.  1996-ish, no one on the beaches exce
 
2021-07-21 9:22:53 AM  
except other people that wishes to be left alone.
 
2021-07-21 9:25:54 AM  

vudukungfu: Well. I just drove to Vermont to stare at waterfalls


I thought you weren't supposed to chase waterfalls. No?
 
2021-07-21 9:34:42 AM  

jayfurr: Subby here.  I've been working from home since March 2020 and the only vacation we've taken in that time was a week in Bar Harbor, ME last September when all the plague rats were running around refusing to wear their masks, which was stressful and kept us from really enjoying ourselves.

My wife tends to run us ragged on vacations insisting on us doing seventy-five different attractions, activities, what-have-you, and even she admits that she comes home from vacations more tired and worn out than when she left.

My family used to go to the Outer Banks every other year when I was a kid (1970s-1980s) and I haven't been back for any appreciable amount of time since 1995 or so.  There's not really a ton to do on the Outer Banks other than look at the ocean, bicycle, and (I guess) hang glide at Jockeys Ridge.  That's kind of what appeals to me -- being able to just relax and if on a given day we just decide to stroll around the beach and/or have some drinks we don't find ourselves going "BUT THINK OF ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THINGS THAT WE'RE MISSING, AUUUGGGGH!"


I'm with you on this, Subby. Whenever we went on vacation, which was to go visit relatives, my wife insisted on going to see the local sites. She said it stemmed from when she was a kid and her parents would take them somewhere and the quickly go back home. As a result, she wanted to see the sites wherever we went

When I was a kid, we would go to my materal grandparent's cabin (sunk in 60s trailer converted into a cabin) in Lake Cumberland around July 4th. When I became a teenager, I relaxed by reading and listening to the radio. If you were hot or wanted to wash off, you would wander down to the lake and jump in.

My favorite do-nothing-at-all vacation was the latter part of a band-trip that my high school band took to Hawaii where we played on Maui as part of some festival. The first part was spent in Honolulu visiting Pearl Harbor and a couple of other things. The 2nd part was going to Maui, doing the concert, and then having a couple days to relax.

We were at a beach-side resort, so I did some snorkeling and walked around the terraces. My favorite part was finding the open-air patio on each floor where I could curl with up a book, get the breeze and sounds of the beach, and relax.

I have that sight and and sound of the beach on that patio still firmly implanted in my brain after 30 years. If I ever go back to Maui for vacation, I'll be right there.
 
2021-07-21 9:46:21 AM  

FrancoFile: jayfurr: Subby here.  I've been working from home since March 2020 and the only vacation we've taken in that time was a week in Bar Harbor, ME last September when all the plague rats were running around refusing to wear their masks, which was stressful and kept us from really enjoying ourselves.

My wife tends to run us ragged on vacations insisting on us doing seventy-five different attractions, activities, what-have-you, and even she admits that she comes home from vacations more tired and worn out than when she left.

My family used to go to the Outer Banks every other year when I was a kid (1970s-1980s) and I haven't been back for any appreciable amount of time since 1995 or so.  There's not really a ton to do on the Outer Banks other than look at the ocean, bicycle, and (I guess) hang glide at Jockeys Ridge.  That's kind of what appeals to me -- being able to just relax and if on a given day we just decide to stroll around the beach and/or have some drinks we don't find ourselves going "BUT THINK OF ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THINGS THAT WE'RE MISSING, AUUUGGGGH!"

NYC is great, hon, but we can't see/do everything while we're there, you know?

There's wreck-diving if you're scuba certified.


I am -- it's a thought.
 
2021-07-21 9:50:11 AM  
My in-laws have a second home in Door County, WI. When it was first built we would go to the shops, wineries, art fairs, etc. Now, unless we have friends come with us, we just go there and sit in the quiet of the woods, walk in the woods, soak in the hot tub and relax. Even when we went there last fall and I had to work during the day I found it relaxing. A different view out the window made all the difference in how I felt while working.
 
2021-07-21 10:09:45 AM  
As an adult, my favorite do- nothing vacations are to the mountains. Even then, we do go hiking, or other outdoor activities.
 
2021-07-21 11:03:58 AM  
What's a vacation?
 
2021-07-21 11:09:35 AM  
childhood
 
2021-07-21 11:13:45 AM  

Slypork: My in-laws have a second home in Door County, WI. When it was first built we would go to the shops, wineries, art fairs, etc. Now, unless we have friends come with us, we just go there and sit in the quiet of the woods, walk in the woods, soak in the hot tub and relax. Even when we went there last fall and I had to work during the day I found it relaxing. A different view out the window made all the difference in how I felt while working.


Sounds nice.  We already live in the woods and have the hot tub, so for us, the ocean seems the obvious relaxing change-of-scenery.
 
2021-07-21 11:22:55 AM  
My best 'do nothing' vacations involve bringing a hammock and cannabis about 8000' up into in alpine backcountry and then laying around for as long as possible.

Book?  Nah.    Music?   Not so much.    The sound of birds, wind, and water?   Yes please.


/but then a took an arrow to the knee.
 
2021-07-21 11:46:36 AM  

FrancoFile: Do-nothing-at-all is for staycations.

Lots of sleeping in, re-reading a favorite book, drinking a really good bottle of wine.


It's much nicer to do nothing on a tropical beach or in Paris than it is at home.
 
2021-07-21 11:52:30 AM  

Needlessly Complicated: FrancoFile: Do-nothing-at-all is for staycations.

Lots of sleeping in, re-reading a favorite book, drinking a really good bottle of wine.

It's much nicer to do nothing on a tropical beach or in Paris than it is at home.


I've been in Paris.

I don't think "playing boules with the old men in the morning, going to a different cafe every afternoon, and going to a different restaurant every evening" counts as "doing nothing".
 
2021-07-21 11:59:28 AM  
My wife and kids are going away for a week. My plan is to clean the house really well so that it will stay that way for more than 15 minutes, then spend the rest of the time napping on the couch and eating food that I didn't prepare.
 
2021-07-21 12:01:08 PM  
Remember that earlier thread, and watch out for giant tropical fish to wash up.
 
2021-07-21 12:18:08 PM  
I'm going to be doing exactly this next week in both Santa Cruz and Monterey, all by myself, with a bit of hiking mixed in.

I can't wait.
 
2021-07-21 12:24:27 PM  
My wife and I go to a luxury hotel with full service spa around January (we live in MN).  It's more of a staycation since it's < 20 minutes from our house.  We can easily do it in a weekend without burning vacation days.  The hardest part is finding someone to watch the kids.

in the middle of winter, it's dead, even on weekends(It's located next to the an NFL training camp, so it's definitely their slow season, so the hotel rates are pretty reasonable).  We basically have the place to ourselves.  There is a really good restaurant/bar attached, and the full service spa has a huge sauna, steam room and an outdoor hot tub.  You and a partner can spend the whole day in there with the purchase of any treatment.

There's something cool about hanging out in an outdoor hot tub while it's snowing, then hanging out in the Sauna for awhile.  They also have lots of comfy chairs and tea to sip while you read a book.
 
2021-07-21 12:25:25 PM  
Kaua'i. Our favorite thing to do is rent snorkeling equipment for the day and just go from beach to beach, maybe do a little hiking inland.
 
2021-07-21 12:27:20 PM  

wax_on: My wife and kids are going away for a week. My plan is to clean the house really well so that it will stay that way for more than 15 minutes, then spend the rest of the time napping on the couch and eating food that I didn't prepare.


I also like doing this on the extremely rare occasions I have a day to myself at home alone.
 
2021-07-21 12:36:32 PM  
Last year 2 weeks of my PTO was spent sitting at home playing video games and getting stoned. There wasn't a whole lot else to do.
The one where I ran through Fire Emblem: 3 Houses was cool.
 
2021-07-21 1:04:21 PM  
Looking out at the ocean and drinking a local brew is basically my go to vacation as long as wherever I am isn't super crowded so that sounds like a pretty awesome time to me, subby.
 
2021-07-21 1:28:57 PM  

xalres: wax_on: My wife and kids are going away for a week. My plan is to clean the house really well so that it will stay that way for more than 15 minutes, then spend the rest of the time napping on the couch and eating food that I didn't prepare.

I also like doing this on the extremely rare occasions I have a day to myself at home alone.


About 13 years ago my wife drove the kids down to Florida the day after Christmas for 2 weeks. I was supposed to go with them but I had just started a new job and couldn't take the time off. For Christmas my wife had bought me a Blu-Ray player so I rented a couple movies that I would like but that she'd hate (Dark Knight, Speed Racer and other obnoxious sci-fi movies), ordered a meat lover's pizza with garlic and anchovies the way I'd like it for a change (for delivery, no less!) and relaxed. While they were gone I cleaned the house, cleaned the basement, painted one of the bedrooms and did other things without being disturbed. I even read a couple books. It's amazing how peaceful a house can be when you're alone.
 
2021-07-21 1:40:50 PM  
Just a drive. Alone. Dead of winter. From Cedar Rapids, IA to Sault St. Marie, ON and on to Thunder Bay, ON and back again.

Stopped for gas and sleep, took in the sights, reflected on shiat and put a lot of miles on my then new SUV.

Aside from semis, I was the only other motorist on that stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway. Looking back, probably not the smartest of moves.
 
2021-07-21 1:50:42 PM  

blodyholy: Just a drive. Alone. Dead of winter.


Probably should have included a few photos for posterity.

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2021-07-21 2:21:45 PM  

jayfurr: Subby here.  I've been working from home since March 2020 and the only vacation we've taken in that time was a week in Bar Harbor, ME last September when all the plague rats were running around refusing to wear their masks, which was stressful and kept us from really enjoying ourselves.

My wife tends to run us ragged on vacations insisting on us doing seventy-five different attractions, activities, what-have-you, and even she admits that she comes home from vacations more tired and worn out than when she left.

My family used to go to the Outer Banks every other year when I was a kid (1970s-1980s) and I haven't been back for any appreciable amount of time since 1995 or so.  There's not really a ton to do on the Outer Banks other than look at the ocean, bicycle, and (I guess) hang glide at Jockeys Ridge.  That's kind of what appeals to me -- being able to just relax and if on a given day we just decide to stroll around the beach and/or have some drinks we don't find ourselves going "BUT THINK OF ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THINGS THAT WE'RE MISSING, AUUUGGGGH!"

NYC is great, hon, but we can't see/do everything while we're there, you know?


I don't really care for do-nothing vacations myself, so I haven't been on many, but the Outer Banks was definitely the best.  Before I got together with my ex, every year she would rent a house at the Jersey Shore for a week.  I said NO FARKING WAY to that, and did some research.  We ended up renting a house in Carova, which is at the very top of the Outer Banks.  The only way to get there is to have a 4WD vehicle and drive up the beach.  Paved roads end in Corolla.

It was a beach vacation, so my ex was happy, and there aren't very many people up there, so I was happy.  What really got me interested was reading about the wild horses up there.  I figured maybe it was tourist hype, but we got to the rental house and found some horse poop in the yard.  Sure enough, wild horses all over the place up there.  It was pretty cool to wake up in the morning, walk out on the deck, and see 5 horses grazing in your yard, with the ocean as a backdrop.

Anyway, the house had a hammock strung between 2 posts below the upper level deck, so pretty much all I did for a week was lay in that hammock, drinking the occasional beer, and reading books while me ex and her daughters went to the beach and baked in the sun...
 
2021-07-21 2:22:20 PM  
Before kids sapped all my vacation time, I would take days off just to go to Frys Electronics buy some new games and spend the rest of my time off loafing about playing video games.

We also have a cabin that we like go to at least once a year, where I just read a book in the sun room and go fishing, no tv no internet.
 
2021-07-21 2:33:38 PM  
I took a mat, music, a drink and sun oil into the garden and spent all day there today. Kinda hard to beat and no travelling or dodgy human contact involved
 
2021-07-21 3:11:04 PM  

Hooker with a Penis: Before kids sapped all my vacation time, I would take days off just to go to Frys Electronics buy some new games and spend the rest of my time off loafing about playing video games.

We also have a cabin that we like go to at least once a year, where I just read a book in the sun room and go fishing, no tv no internet.


Well, Fry's is fried, so good luck ever doing that again.
 
2021-07-21 3:15:48 PM  
PTP_Professor:

Well, Fry's is fried, so good luck ever doing that again.

Yeah its sad, there is nothing like it anymore, best buy is as close as it gets and my best buy is more appliances then cool random electronics. I could spend hours in Frys just looking at random stuff I didnt know I needed.
 
2021-07-21 3:20:58 PM  
9 days in Croatia. It was for a friends wedding, we had all sorts of stuff planned, but ended up doing nothing but enjoying the sea, the food, and the drink of the area. It also helped that my friend is pretty wealthy and we stayed in a gigantic 'villa' on the water.

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2021-07-21 3:27:54 PM  

Hooker with a Penis: PTP_Professor:

Well, Fry's is fried, so good luck ever doing that again.

Yeah its sad, there is nothing like it anymore, best buy is as close as it gets and my best buy is more appliances then cool random electronics. I could spend hours in Frys just looking at random stuff I didnt know I needed.


I'd try MicroCenter, if there's one near by.  That place is awesome.  I could spend all day...

/Unfortunately, they only have 25 locations in the US.
 
2021-07-21 3:42:49 PM  

phimuskapsi: 9 days in Croatia. It was for a friends wedding, we had all sorts of stuff planned, but ended up doing nothing but enjoying the sea, the food, and the drink of the area. It also helped that my friend is pretty wealthy and we stayed in a gigantic 'villa' on the water.

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My family is from there originally, back in the 1890s. I want to go there...
 
2021-07-21 4:05:29 PM  

phimuskapsi: 9 days in Croatia. It was for a friends wedding, we had all sorts of stuff planned, but ended up doing nothing but enjoying the sea, the food, and the drink of the area. It also helped that my friend is pretty wealthy and we stayed in a gigantic 'villa' on the water.

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I did something similar once, I was invited to a wedding by a girl I had dated many years prior, but hadn't spoken to in years. I later found out it was all an elaborate plot to figure out who the bride's biological father was.

There was a lot of singing and dancing.

I can't say I'd do it again.
 
2021-07-21 4:12:22 PM  

PTP_Professor: phimuskapsi: 9 days in Croatia. It was for a friends wedding, we had all sorts of stuff planned, but ended up doing nothing but enjoying the sea, the food, and the drink of the area. It also helped that my friend is pretty wealthy and we stayed in a gigantic 'villa' on the water.

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My family is from there originally, back in the 1890s. I want to go there...


Fairly affordable to do so. I think I paid $1000 for a round-trip ticket, and around $150 a night at a 4-star hotel (we moved into the villa on day 3). I highly recommend it, it is one of my favorite places on earth.
 
2021-07-21 4:31:50 PM  

phimuskapsi: PTP_Professor: phimuskapsi: 9 days in Croatia. It was for a friends wedding, we had all sorts of stuff planned, but ended up doing nothing but enjoying the sea, the food, and the drink of the area. It also helped that my friend is pretty wealthy and we stayed in a gigantic 'villa' on the water.

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My family is from there originally, back in the 1890s. I want to go there...

Fairly affordable to do so. I think I paid $1000 for a round-trip ticket, and around $150 a night at a 4-star hotel (we moved into the villa on day 3). I highly recommend it, it is one of my favorite places on earth.


More affordable than Disney, lol.  The problem is that I'd want to travel to all the places where my family has lived, visit some of the national parks, hit up other ancestral lands in Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia...
 
2021-07-21 4:38:50 PM  

PTP_Professor: More affordable than Disney, lol.  The problem is that I'd want to travel to all the places where my family has lived, visit some of the national parks, hit up other ancestral lands in Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia...


Well, depending on your age, hostels are common and popular. AirBnB was also very popular and very affordable (about 25%-50% of hotel cost). You can probably rent a car and drive around for a few weeks too. 

One of the neat things about the wedding is that it was held there because the bride to be was Serbian by birth, and going to Croatia allowed her whole family to attend. One night over drinks, some of the family talked about the war. Turns out the bride had been smuggled out of the country and was granted emergency asylum when she landed in the US at around age 5. They were all convinced it is going to happen again at some point too. Some wild stories were told that night, and I've never forgotten it.
 
2021-07-21 4:55:27 PM  

phimuskapsi: PTP_Professor: More affordable than Disney, lol.  The problem is that I'd want to travel to all the places where my family has lived, visit some of the national parks, hit up other ancestral lands in Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia...

Well, depending on your age, hostels are common and popular. AirBnB was also very popular and very affordable (about 25%-50% of hotel cost). You can probably rent a car and drive around for a few weeks too. 

One of the neat things about the wedding is that it was held there because the bride to be was Serbian by birth, and going to Croatia allowed her whole family to attend. One night over drinks, some of the family talked about the war. Turns out the bride had been smuggled out of the country and was granted emergency asylum when she landed in the US at around age 5. They were all convinced it is going to happen again at some point too. Some wild stories were told that night, and I've never forgotten it.


Yeah. Supposedly there is family all over that region. My dad's parents were Croatian &Hungarian descent (Grandfather) and Hungarian & Romanian descent (grandmother). There is also some Slovenian, Serbian, and Russian ancestry somewhere, as well as a bunch of Ashkenazi Jew.

At 36, my wife and I are a bit more on the stay in an Airbnb rather than hostel. We like nice things, lol.
 
2021-07-21 9:28:04 PM  

blodyholy: blodyholy: Just a drive. Alone. Dead of winter.

Probably should have included a few photos for posterity.

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Lake Superior Provincial Park?
 
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