I’m feeling a vague, nagging need for escape. Not long-term or drastic, just a few days of new scenery. I have a four-day weekend following Thanksgiving, so I’m thinking of taking the kids for a few days.
Choosing a destination, however, has presented a challenge.
Willem has tickets to an afternoon hockey game on the Saturday of that weekend, so he won’t be going with us. This means that many of the potential destinations – his aunt and uncle’s home in New Jersey, his grandparents’ place in North Carolina – aren’t quite appropriate. The kids and I could go without him, but… well, I don’t really want to see his aunt and uncle without him, and the expense of flying to see his grandparents is prohibitive. It also means that certain destinations (New York City, Philadelphia) are out because he would want to go, too, so we’ll save those trips for a time when everyone is available.
I don’t want to fly, because flying anywhere means renting a car on the other end and then paying for a place to stay. I’m not looking for an extravagant vacation here; just a short-term jaunt, really. This means, ideally, someplace within about 4-5 hours of drive time from home. Anywhere in New England and much of New York fits into this range.
I could go visit my mother, but we’re spending 9 days there at Christmastime. There is such a thing as too much togetherness, plus she’ll have to work… I dunno, it’s an option but not my favorite one. She lives near Binghamton, New York: not exactly a mecca of entertainment and culture.
The other front-runner is to head up to Nova Scotia to spend a weekend with my friend Annie and her family. She runs a gorgeous B&B and is good company, so I’m very, very tempted… but it’s a 10-hour drive each way. That’s a lot of driving for a weekend trip, particularly alone with two kids.
We could also just rent a hotel room in Boston and stay there for a few days, see a few museums and the aquarium or something. And of course we could just weigh the various options and end up staying home.
So, I’m waffling. And wide open to suggestions or ideas…