Post # 1
We have friends who moved to Chicago. The guy is Canadian (like us) and the girl is American. Because he is trying to get some sort of citizenship (not really sure how the process works) he can’t leave the US for a while. We are trying to decide on a long weekend getaway somewhere in the states (probably in the fall) so we could meet up with them!
We have considered Boston, New Orleans, Charleston, NYC, Savannah… which one of these would you recommend? which would you avoid? any other cities to add that i haven’t even thought of? We have also talked about San Fran, San Diego & Seattle… but we’re located in the Toronto area so obviously east coast cities are going to be more economical/less travel time.
Any suggestions? Also suggestions of things to do in these cities?!?!
(Note: We have been to Chicago for their wedding and may go back in August so we’re keeping that off the table)
Thanks for your help bees!
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
hmm, you really could almost anywhere!! so many choices in this great country of ours. My Fiance and i love to go to the white Mountians in New Husband. We stay in North Conway. Boston is great! (i leave here, so i am biased)
We’ve done NYC and Richmond Va. Those are great too.
Post # 3
absolutely_tati: Oh Richmond! i’ll do some research and add it to the list 🙂
We aren’t super outdoorsy people so I’m not sure if mountains would be best for us for a weekend getaway but I appreciate the suggestion!
Post # 4
mu_t: I would look at DC. It is beautiful in the fall, a cheap flight from Buffalo (the drive is about 10 hours) and there is so much to do for free. There are all of the free museums and the zoo, plus the monuments. There’s also a great nightlife, especially in Arlington and Dupont. I’d also catch a baseball game, they’re a lot of fun.
If they were up for flying to Buffalo or Rochester, you could pick them up and do the Finger Lakes wineries. That’s my favorite fall activity, especially if we can go to Bully Hill Winery.
I love Boston and NYC too, but DC is just so aawesome in the fall.
Post # 5
mu_t: I live in Boston, so I’m a bit biased, BUT it’s perfect for a weekend trip! It’s a good-sized city, but it’s very walkable and very easy to tackle in just a few days. My top recommendation is always Fenway Park (especially if the Red Sox are playing – and even if you don’t like baseball), but I have tons more in terms of where to stay/where to EAT/drink if you’re interested! Like I said, I’m obviously biased, but Boston in the fall is beautiful and so much fun.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
mu_t: You’ve listed some great choices. New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah are lovely in the fall. All three have beautiful historic districts that are great for 2-3 days worth of sightseeing. Cities like Boston and NYC have plenty to do and you could probably spend a week in each city and still not see everything.
New Orleans – stay in the French Quarter and party or stay in the quieter Garden District and ride the trolley into the French Quarter during the day; we went for 2 nights this past January expecting to be disappointed with the crazy party crowd but instead we really enjoyed our visit and wished we could have stayed longer; if you want to party awesome but if you want it a bit less crazy enjoy the city by day and get off Bourbon Street by 11pm
Savannah – Huge parklike historic district that you can explore with a drink in hand; it’s one of the few cities without an open container law so you can sip on your wine or beer while listening to a local band play in City Market while munching on a slice of Vinnie Van Gogo’s pizza; I love Savannah! If you go definitely grab a martini at Jen & Friends; they’re delish.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
mu_t: I don’t do dirt at all(LOL). We never camped. We mainly visted the shops and toured the town. It’s a very cute town
Post # 9
mu_t: I’m partial to Boston, but that’s because I’m a Bostonian. 😉 Seriously though, all sound like great choices. If you go with Boston, let me know. I can tell you some great places and which tourist traps to avoid.
Post # 10
I’d go to Asheville NC in the fall.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
I must vouch for my city, especially in the fall: NYC. Boston and New Orleans are also very good choices.
Post # 12
mu_t: We got engaged in Savannah, so of course I’m biased, but honestly, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, the people are so friendly, and you can walk around with booze in hand! What could be better than that?
I live in Alexandria, VA now (DC metro area), so I also second the DC commenters. It’s very, very humid here already, so definitely come in the spring or the fall. Old Town Alexandria has lots to offer–great shopping and antiques, a lot of history, amazing architecture, and you’re minutes to the White House.
Philadelphia is a beautiful, underrated city that can get a bad rap. I find the people here to be much, much ruder than in Philly (where I lived for 4+ years). No matter what cuisine you’re craving, Philly’s got it. Amazing history, tons of quirky sites to see (like the Mutter Museum!), and many restaurants are BYOB (making it even more affordable).
New Orleans is an awesome city, but I’d go to Savannah or Charleston, SC again before I went back. It’s something to be experienced, for sure, but I’d skip doing too much on Bourbon Street, especially in the summer–the smell of hot trash and urine is not very appetizing, lol. The beignets from Cafe du Monde are a must, and take the swamp boat tour, it’s so worth it (ours for our bus tour guide alone, he was insane, haha).
Post # 13
Pollywog: great suggestion – i hadn’t even thought of DC! i went as a kid and loved it so wouldn’t mind going back. we are pretty close to Buffalo so we tend to fly out of that airport if we travel within the US… so getting there would be no issue.
beachbride1216: omgoodness, you are making me so excited, i wanna do ALL OF THEM! Savannah sounds loooovely. thank you for all the tips, when we make a final decision, i’ll have to come back to the thread 🙂
annb9: we would definitely love to take in a sporting event wherever we go – I think Boston is my top choice because we could check out Fenway and try to also get tix to a Bruins game! that would be amazing. thanks for theh tips. I’m leaning towards Boston this trip… but they are all must-see cities, IMO!
sarahalthea: I might take you up on that, I think Boston would be my preference this time around 🙂
Mrs.Sawyertobe: oh i’ll have to do some research! thanks!
Robyn0214: NYC is the top of our list but my husband has never been and is DYING to see it at Christmas time. So he’d rather save it for later in the year… although I think it would be lovely in the fall.
Post # 14
Charleston and Savannah are both beautiful, and the fall is really nice around here, but do beware of hurricane season. Both places are kind of tucked in away from most hurricane paths so they tend not to get the worst of it, but bad weather in the area can still mess up flights even if the cities themselves are not really impacted.
I absolutely love Boston, so that gets my vote!
Post # 15
DoYouLikeGuacamole: Great tips! thank you so much. You guys are totally selling me on Savannah. I hadn’t considered Philly! i’ve driven through it but never seen anything there so might be a worthwhile trip 🙂