01 October 2007

Birthday Contest

Those who know me in 'real life' know that I turn the dreaded 4-0 this year. I'm not all that worked up over turning forty, except when my husband pushes the wrong buttons. It's just a number - and most days I act more like fourteen than forty.

Mom and I spoke on the phone last night about what I wanted for my birthday. I had a hard time coming up with any ideas - I really have everything I need or want - but then Mom proposed a weekend getaway. I warmed up to that idea and we've decided that we'll jump on plane or in the car and head out somewhere for a long weekend in 2008. (I don't have any vacation time left for this year, that's why it'll be delayed.)

So, what's the contest?

Suggest a place for Mom and I to spend a long weekend together - everyone who leaves a comment/suggestion will be entered in a drawing for a free pair of earrings created by yours truly.

On my birthday (that's the 12th), I'll toss everyone's name in a hat and let one of the dogs or cats paw out a winner.

Some ideas that have been batted around already include:
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Portland, Maine
  • Charleston, S. Carolina

Anything goes! Just need to make sure there's enough to do there to keep us busy for 2-3 days but also have enough down time so we can knit/stitch/read. As she's coming from Ohio and me from Jersey, pretty much anything east of the Mississippi will work. I'd love a San Fransciso getaway, but I'd spend half my time in the air for such a short trip.

So, leave your comments and suggestions for a weekend getaway for Mom and me and on my birthday, I'll pick a winner.


kecia said...

first of all Happy Birthday! i loved turning 40 - i had myself a big old party and it was really fun.

well, me being a california girl, i was totally going to suggest San Francisco or Monterey - but i agree that your travel time is too short. so i will have to do some thinking of an alternate! there are a couple places i'm thinking of, but will have to research them for the correct info - so i'll get back to you!

kate said...

Hey Marci,

This is Kate from EtsyNJ. I love this blog idea! I'm gonna suggest Washington D.C. It's not a bad drive at all from NJ so you should have plenty of time to spend there, plus plenty of stuff to do/see! I'd personally love to spend a weekend there myself.

By the way, happy pre-birthday from another October birthday girl too!

Hooly said...

If you don't mind sharing a bed with mom, this is a fabulous B&B in South-east PA
Owners are so friendly, you'd be very comfortable hanging out to chat & knit. Very close to DuPont Estate, Longwood Gardens & the Wyeth museum.

Carol said...

How about Florida?
Or a cruise down the Mississippi
Williamsburg Va

aniteowl99 said...

I actually was going to suggest Savannah, Georgia .... just beautiful, But another place to consider is a visit to the Biltmore in Asheville, NC.... definitely a 'chick' place. B&B, winery, Beautiful countryside! have fun ...I want to go at Christmas, they have a tree in almost every room! (so I hear)visit it on the web at www.biltmore.com to decide~

Francine said...

LOTS of places sound wonderful for a birthday-weekend-getaway. One place that I've been that was just beautiful and offered "things to do" but also plenty of relaxation was the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. www.biltmore.com

Made by Melissa said...

That sounds like a fun time! Mystic, CT is a fun weekend get away - there is the aquarium, shopping, the pier... Its been a couple years since I've been there, but its always fun everytime I go.

Another idea would be a spa weekend! Set yourselves up for massages and facials and the like and then fill in the rest of your time with shopping, movies and general R&R.

Barb said...

Hi Marci,
you know me....I love Williamsburg, VA and Boston, but there are other ideas. I love Newport, RI. The mansions, the water....I could go on.

Have fun....

The Cartoonist's Wife said...

Well, since you'll now have a year's notice (and some vacation time to save up), how about doing Napa or Sonoma for a week in fall of '08? October is the perfect time to go -- the light is perfect, the grapes still on the vine. Plus there are spas galore (although I've never been able to afford 'em).

Also: Newport, RI; Door County, WI.

jane said...

Hey Marci!
40 is awesome - for some reason it's very liberating. And, if you already feel like a teen as opposed to an adult, it will be even better. Besides, you are only as old as you think you are.

What about Cape May, NJ for your getaway? - they've got alot of victorian b&b's, shopping, dining, etc. and if you get a weekend just before the season is in full swing, you should have fun and down time as well.

Nic said...

I'm going to suggest Montreal or Quebec City - you'll get plenty of European ambience, they're both nice to walk round and there's poutine...


Karen said...

Nic beat me to it. I was going to suggest Quebec City, particularly Old Quebec (great walking, much history, fabulous buildings, that French Canadian nightlife with a European feel, great food - including the poutine! oh how I miss it!).

Beth said...

I would go to Newport, Rhode Island. The mansions there are fabulous to tour, and it's just beautiful! It shouldn't be that far from you, so you should have lots of time for a long weekend.

Mommy Kel said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I would suggest somewhere in the Southeast. Atlanta is great with a lot of history and really anywhere in the Southeast! I hope you have fun!!!
Kel Mac