: Do you own a vacation home?

01-30-06, 10:48 PM
Anybody here have or know anyone that has a vacation home, if so where? ...South of France, someday:getaway: .

01-30-06, 11:01 PM
No. 1 house ( and it's related upkeep ) is enought for me.

01-30-06, 11:11 PM
I have a house in Palm Desert, CA that is shared between a couple Aunties in my family. i use it all the time since it's an 8 hour trip away and socal is so the opposite of everything Norcal, it's a perfect escape from life. lots of drunken golf in the middle of the night and sunbathing poolside during december. :) it's decorated in a very hilarious 80's cocaine-chic country club style, mirror walls and such, it's a trippy place.

the best thing about it has to be it's proximity to Indio desert and the Coachella valley, since every year there is a HUGE ***AWESOME*** 2-day music festival (check it http://www.coachella.com/ ) that turns into a big caravan of friends crashing out with us filling up the house and having summer fun hardcore. its a 3 year tradition so far and the music is always somehow more amazing each year. 50 acts each day with the best in rock, indie, hip-hop, electronic, ****** everything. anyway, i'll blab about Coachella endlessly, just trust me it's a highlight. :)

I also use a family cabin near Tahoe, usually for NYE, holidays or occasionally to get to the mountains to ski. there is a casino right there by us that honestly takes up most of our attentions.. :halo:

Nothing as sweet as the South of france, but i'm diggin it.

01-30-06, 11:11 PM
My dad just bought a 42' boat, so we'll be spending a lot of time there this summer.

01-30-06, 11:23 PM
My dad just bought a 42' boat, so we'll be spending a lot of time there this summer.

If you ever want to go boating someplace spectacular, go to Lake Havasu, AZ. I've been there many times, and you'll absolutely go crazy! The place is also a chick magnet, plenty of good times just lying in the sun watching the beauty's go by (and the boats are nice too:D).

01-30-06, 11:33 PM
http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5913/10008932ob.th.jpg (http://img96.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10008932ob.jpg)

We have a 35' travel trailer, and we love it. Its a great way to get away.


01-31-06, 12:26 AM
Gary, Speedy--- are you guys into wakeboarding? i wish i had a boat so bad!

01-31-06, 04:29 AM
A new home in Scotland, we knocked an earlier bungalow on the site down and built a house like this one, only in local stone rather than brick.




It's almost identical to that, save for the placing of a couple of downstairs doors. It's in local stone but it looks like that, although there's no rendering on the front of the house.

Looking to move to Canada in a few years with a holiday home somewhere in the States, while keeping this house and selling the one in Scotland.

01-31-06, 07:15 AM
I live in a tourist city so there's no reason for me to own a vacation home. not that I could get one at this point either! I one block away from Lake Michigan. It couldn't be more perfect for me! :) the chamber site has really good pictures. http://www.harborspringschamber.com/gallery.html you can get here by land, water, and air! though if you own plane it has to be small. our airport is tiny. :)

01-31-06, 07:36 AM
Currituck County, NC, just north of Nags Head on the Outer Banks, it's only accessable by 4wd.


01-31-06, 07:43 AM
The in-laws have a big place on the water at the Jersey shore but we never go there. Once you experience the beaches and water in the Carribean, the Jersey shore just doesn't stand a chance anymore. My wife's family (non-travelers) love it, and are there every weekend in the spring, summer, and fall. My dad had a cabin on a lake in VA., then sold it and bought a condo in Fla., then sold it. I think he's finally learning what I've been telling him for years, that it's far more fun to travel to new places than to keep going to the same old place over and over. My wife and I have talked about getting a place in many different vacation spots (Cancun, MX. and Bermuda being the two we came closest to getting) but, to be honest, we just can't swallow the idea of having to limit our vacations to the same vacation home. We love to travel, and our primary home keeps us busy enough with upkeep and improvement projects so, I seriously doubt I'd ever worry about buying a second home unless I could afford a staff to keep it up while we were away from it. Then the problem would be deciding where to buy. :bonkers:

01-31-06, 07:51 AM
Owning a vacation house doesn't limit where we go at all, it just gives us somewhere to weekend if the notion hits and great place to vacation two or three times a year. I like the Keys better than most of the islands and go down when we can. We also go to Daytona, Lake Gaston and the UP of Michigan.:cool:

01-31-06, 08:39 AM
We rented a house in Big Pine Key a few years ago and had an okay time but other than some great fishing, the Keys bored me. I like Mexico the best so far. Great diving!

01-31-06, 08:42 AM
Nice place, Randy! Always wanted a beach home...but I can't fly to Florida every weekend. The South of France will be on my list of places to buy a vacation home when I get "up there" in my 40's.

01-31-06, 08:54 AM
I go to Key Largo for diving, usually stay at Marathon, we go bill fishing out of Marathon with some friends. He's got a 64' Hatteras sport fisher. Sometrimes I take the Donzi down and we go over to Bimini. I'm sure there are other great places but I've found a few that put me in a comfort zone and I just keep going back, call me boring.:D

01-31-06, 01:08 PM
That's a nice place Randy.

Our main home is close to the sea, so we went rural, very rural for our holiday home. It's in the middle of nowhere. Decent amount of land, good for walking the dogs etc.

We use ours as a rural retreat.

01-31-06, 02:07 PM
Nice place, Randy! Always wanted a beach home...but I can't fly to Florida every weekend.

Speedy, If I lived in Az I would probably have a summer cabin on the Rim somewhere. I really liked it up there as it is completely opposite of the valley. We used to go camping up there when I was a kid - plenty of trips to Lake Roosevelt and Canyon lake too. I have promised my wife the next time we visit our friends in Glendale we will spend some time in Rim Country (Payson).

Otherwise, not being a big beach person (sand in the car gets old) I like to vacation at golf resorts, I can golf, my wife can spa, everyone is happy.