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Now that winter, or what passes for winter here, has maybe finally arrived, it is time to begin looking around for a summer vacation destination. I hope some of you might be able to help.

Going at the end of July, so what I am looking for must provide relief from our oppressive summers here in Texas. I was looking at two prospective areas because Southwest Airlines has good inexpensive air service to both locations from here. I am considering Rhode Island and upstate New York, around the Thousand Islands.

Can anyone give me some advice and referrals? I was looking at spending a week there.
 

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Green Airport in RI pretty much covers the southeast portion of New England (Cape Cod, RI, and eastern CT). Plenty of coastal options there. Compared to Texas, it is a very compact area with a lot of VARIED options within a short 1-2 hour drive. You always have the beaches/coast and many day trip destinations such as Mystic, Block Island, Newport, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket, and Boston.


Rhode Island
http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/

http://www.southcountyri.com/

http://www.gonewport.com/

http://www.blockislandinfo.com/

SE Mass
http://www.massvacation.com/

http://www.capecodchamber.org/

http://www.capeguide.com/

http://www.mvy.com/
 

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Rent a house on cape cod. Welfleet is nice.
 

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rusty, I've never been to the Thousand Islands, but another option in Upstate NY is Lake Placid in the Adirondacks. It's beautiful there in the Summer. Great town, Olympic venues to visit, shopping, restaurants, Whiteface, hiking if your into that, and of course, Lake Placid itself, and Mirror Lake.
 

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rusty, I've never been to the Thousand Islands, but another option in Upstate NY is Lake Placid in the Adirondacks. It's beautiful there in the Summer. Great town, Olympic venues to visit, shopping, restaurants, Whiteface, hiking if your into that, and of course, Lake Placid itself, and Mirror Lake.
Also, lots of little lakes to canoe in. You can rent a canoe, they'll help you put it on the car, and just drive around to some of the different lakes in the Adirondacks. Be sure to get a good map though, the lakes can be convoluted and winding.

Lots of day hikes in the area, less extreme altitude than out west, but still usually with nice views.
 

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adirondacks x3

The Adirondacks are to me what Disney World is to a 7 year old!

There isn't a better place on the planet for me to go and decompress.
 

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1) Fly into Albany rent a car and go spend a week/weekend in the Adirondack state park in upstate New York. Visit Lake Placid, etc.
2) If your more of a beach person, fly into Providence, rent a car, and drive out to Cape Cod in MA.
Southwest flies into both airports and the drive will be about relatively the same from each location.
 

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I find the Cape to be over crowded. South County in Rhode Island is blissfully less crowded, beautiful and just so very relaxed. I have a house down on the Westerly RI shore, and could not be happier with the local. There are numerous opportunities for renting for a week, or lovely hotels to stay in, from basic to 5 star. Yankee Magazine did a spread last year on the beaches of South County.

http://www.yankeemagazine.com/issues/2011-07/travel/beaches-south-county-ri

Newport is less than 30 minutes from much of South County, and there are ferries and short flights out to Block Island as well.
 

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Just have to know when to drive onto the cape and stay past the elbow where there are less crowds.
 

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I recommend the 30,000 islands of Parry Sound off Lake Huron's Georgia Bay.

 

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Just have to know when to drive onto the cape and stay past the elbow where there are less crowds.
But not TOO far past the elbow. Went to P-Town for lobster when we were staying in Cape Cod last summer. It ain't exactly suitable for young kids ...or you better be prepared to answer some interesting questions.
 

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I find the Cape to be over crowded. South County in Rhode Island is blissfully less crowded, beautiful and just so very relaxed. I have a house down on the Westerly RI shore, and could not be happier with the local. There are numerous opportunities for renting for a week, or lovely hotels to stay in, from basic to 5 star. Yankee Magazine did a spread last year on the beaches of South County.

http://www.yankeemagazine.com/issues/2011-07/travel/beaches-south-county-ri

Newport is less than 30 minutes from much of South County, and there are ferries and short flights out to Block Island as well.

Nice pic of Napatree Point.

South County generally costs less than Cape Cod and is less crowded. Also very laid back and not as pretentious.
 

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Those beaches make out OK in the hurricane? I was at work in Groton,CT the other day and a co-worker had a "Restore Misquamicut" sweatshirt on? Apparently took quite a beating in the storm.
 

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Those beaches make out OK in the hurricane? I was at work in Groton,CT the other day and a co-worker had a "Restore Misquamicut" sweatshirt on? Apparently took quite a beating in the storm.
Parts of the RI coast took a beating from Sandy. The Misquamicut region was hit the worst (just a mile east from the beach photo above). Much of the beach was washed away and many homes and businesses detroyed. Some buildings were actually picked up by the sea and deposited onto the middle of roads. The area was completely locked down for some time with the National Guard keeping watch. I believe that Watch Hill did ok. Shoreline houses were lost in parts of South Kingstown. The Coast Guard House Restaurant and roof top deck at the seawall in Narragansett was severely damaged and will be closed for months. The building itself survived as it is granite but the contents of the first floor were destroyed and the canvas canopy on the roof deck stripped. Parts of the nearby seawall along Ocean road collapsed into the water. Downtown Newport had minor damage as many businesses near the harbor had flooding.

RI has dealt with hurricanes in the past (1938, 1954-Carol, 1960-Donna, 1976-Belle, 1988-Gloria, 1991-Bob, 2011-Irene, 2012-Sandy). Things should be fully back to normal by the time summer rolls around.
 

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P-town is definitely eye opening
 

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Was down this past weekend, and Misquamicut still looks bad. Watch Hill and Weekapaug, both also in Westerly area both look fine, no real damage left at all. I would think by next summer, much of Misquamicut will be back on its feet as well. Had a wedding at the new Weekapaug Inn, which is just gorgeous, but so much less luxurious and pretentious than the new Ocean House in Watch Hill. Would be just awesome during the summer.



 

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But if you are interested in the ultra-luxury 5 Star resort, the Ocean House in Watch Hill is ridiculously nice, and ridiculously expensive.







 

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I knew I could count on the people who are on this board to give me the straight story about what is available. Thank you all.

My plan was to use up Hilton Honors points for the hotel. Hope there is a good one near the towns mentioned in the above posts. And I am hoping by next summer everything will be almost back to normal. After watching how long it took to get over Hurricane Ike on the gulf coast, it seems like it takes a few years to get all the way back, but that it only takes a few months to get back to at least 50 percent.
 
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