Thursday, 3 September 2009

Not Your Average Vacation

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, originally uploaded by Darvin Atkeson.

My husband and I got married over a year ago and have yet to go on our honeymoon. Part of the problem is making time (I got a new job and we moved across the country right after the wedding) and part of the problem was deciding what to do. We could have easily gone on a cruise or stayed at an all inclusive resort in some far flung tropical locale but that's not really us. Instead we wanted something more meaningful, something "greener." Now that we will have the time our search for the perfect green getaway has intensified and here is what we've found.

If you are interested in learning about building your own house or how post and beam houses are put together you could check out the Shelter Institute in Woolwich, ME which offers weeklong courses on a variety of building subjects. I realize building a structure, no matter how small, may not seem like a vacation but Maine is gorgeous and you can certainly have nights out after class is over and spend the weekend before or after simply relaxing. This is the current front runner for us but we haven't decided yet....

Feeling a bit more adventorous and longing to see more than two by four pieces of wood then you could bike the California wine country of the Tuscan Coast with VBT Bicycling Vacations. I think this would be awesome if you are in shape and an avid biker. Now most tours will drive you places if you don't feel up to the ride that day but the ride is kind of the point of the trip. Which is why we eliminated this option. I like to ride but I'm not up to riding for 3-7 days.

Thinking about starting a farm or simply want to get away from the bright lights of the city for the "slower" pace of the country then try a farm vacation. These have been popular in Europe for decades but are slowly gaining popularity across the globe. This doesn't really qualify as a "romantic getaway" but I think it's a great thing to do with kids.

Traditional hotels not your thing? How about vacationing in a tree house! We've tossed this idea around quite a bit but it would require flying to any of them and that just isn't in the budget for us.

A week long vacation is great but the reality is we don't always have that kind of time or money to devote to vacation (hence the recent popularity of staycations) but you can probably get away for a day or a weekend and do things like learn to make your own cheese. We've already signed up for a workshop in November and can't wait!

If you have any other ideas please share!


Emily @ Under$1000PerMonth said...

What a great way to make a vacation memorable. I'd choose the Maine house-building; Maine really is beautiful.

darkpurplemoon said...

I love the tree houses, although I think they are a little too posh for my liking! If I am going to stay in a tree house I want it to be more 'rustic' for lack of a better word!

Clelie said...


I place that I have always wanted to check out is the North Shore Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Marie said...

Or you could stay in a wall tent at Mary Jane Butter's Organic Farm in Oregon. Check it out here...

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professional retouching said...

Wow great lighthouse photo! Great ideas for interesting vacations too!

Eilleen said...

hahaha! I love that term "staycations". My family and I do that now. We regularly set aside a day or weekend and be "tourists at home". We even have the camera and take pics of everything just like other tourists.

I think its a shame that we often overlook our own home town as a place to explore.

There is also the option of working holidays - here in Australia, there are WWOOFERs - people who stay in organic farms and work in them in return for food and accomodation. From what I've read its half a day's work for a full-day's keep. That would be a fantastic (and frugal) way to see the country - going from farm to farm.

Mrs. Mac said...

I live in North Idaho .. we have some historic fire lookout towers and ranger cabins available to rent. You might have something similar available through the USDA Forest Service .. here a site to check out for ideas:

What a great way to have time to think and plan a 'green' honeymoon.