If you could have a vacation or 2nd home, which location would you pick?

@AmbiePam (48137)
United States
August 26, 2007 9:15pm CST
Maybe some already have a second home, or a vacation home, but I think the majority of the MyLotters, including me, do not have one. I asked my mom the other day where she'd like to have a second home if she could afford it, and she said Colorado Springs, Colorado. I can see why. It's so incredibly beautiful and the impact of nature is a constant. If I were to choose my own second home (I'd like to get my first home, although I'm grateful for my apartment), I'd choose the hills of Tennessee. I'm tempted to choose a place more exotic, but beauty and peace are welcome no matter where you are. A lot of people think of Florida or the Hamptons for a second home, or often stars buy one on the Mediterranean. Where would you pick for yours (assuming money is not an option)?
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38 responses
• United States
27 Aug 07
I would have to choose a central location in the state of Wisconsin, as I have been enjoying the entire state over the last 4 years for vacations and weekend get aways. Maybe Oshkosh, or Chippewa Falls. Wisconsin is like a haven for relaxation and great people. They are very festive in Wisconsin - and I seriously doubt any cow on the West coast is treated any finer! Sawdust days festival is a blast. Apostle Islands too. Now as much as I like the Northwoods there's also Michigan's west coast and U.P. Both states are so fine. Michigan from Ste Joseph to Mackinaw has a treasure cove of lighthouses and wonderful scenery. Glenn arbor with Cherries, South Haven with Blueberries. And Taquamenon Falls in the U.P.! Whitefish point? I could on and on about these two states. I'll just have to stay in Missouri and visit I suppose - I could never choose between those two. OH - and the LAKEs Holy wha do they got lakes! Ride the USS Badger from Manitowoc to Ludington. I'll never stop - Thank you for asking.
@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I think you've now convinced me I MUST go visit Wisconsin! I've been to Ohio, but I really should go for a fresher memory of what all it has.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Lots of fields in Ohio, between the cities you can get some good sites in. They even have a few good overlook bridges over valleys and forest and the views are breathtaking.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
I would choose Gatlinburg, TN. I love it there! I have made many, many trips there and can't wait to go back!!!! We went there on our honeymoon and I try to go Christmas shopping there every year.
@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Great choice! And how fun to get to back most years for Christmas shopping.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
It is so much fun. My mom and I usually go and that makes it even better. We get to spend some fun time together. They have great shopping there and lots of it too!!!
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@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
27 Aug 07
Hmm.... well since I live in Australia I'd say I'd have my second hom in Byron Bay, NSW. It's a beautiful town that's very relaxed and laid back. It's only about a couple hours away from where I live so it wouldn't take too long to get there plus I could rent it out to tourists. I'd just be worried about my furnishings being damaged or things going missing. In fact I'd feel a little odd having someone else live in my house for 3/4 of the year but I couldn't think of any other way to be able to have a second home.
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Australia was almost where I said I wanted my second home. The time I went was amazing. I can't imagine living there.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Mmmm...this gets me thinking as there would be so many ideal spots I would love to have not only a second home but a home period outside of my apartment...Think a nice quaint country cottage somewhere in the countryside of one of the British Isles...surrounded by a beautiful garden area and lots and lots of wooded forest nearby-- Actually since I'm a Lord of the Rings fan, I'd absolutely love to live in a Hobbit hole type dwelling...LOL
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
If you did and other Rings fans found out, you'd have a line ourside your hole, LOL. But you could charge people just for looking at it too. Free income. Sounds ideal.
@tuffy999 (794)
• Philippines
27 Aug 07
since i love the beach, i would love to have a small house with a my own private beach.
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@gberlin (3836)
27 Aug 07
Near the mountains out west. Montana, Oregon, Northern California, Washington, Idaho, Colorado. Actually that is where I would like my first home to be. I still live in an apartment also.
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
My sister would say Montana too. She is fascinated by that state, and I gues some would say it's a plus that they don't have a speed limit on their highways and interstates. Of course, it's not a hugely populated state, so the privacy would be ideal as well.
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@gberlin (3836)
27 Aug 07
Montana does have speed limits now. I was just there in July to visit my son. The speed limit on Interstate 90 in Montana is 75.
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
That's good. But it does take away some of the mystery. LOL
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Well there are a few choices. Don't know why but I'd probably pick coastal South Carolina. Tons of stuff to see plus I found it relaxing. There's also Florida, Northwestern Canada and others.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Sorry to double post, but I forgot to add Mojave and other parts of the southwest.
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
South Carolina sounds splendid! I don't think everyone realizes how beautiful it is and how relaxing it can be.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Hah thanks Ambie! Some people look at me like I'm nuts when I mention all of those, but I totally agree about South Carolina. IA few relatives from there and plus theres a few good scenic routes and spots from there to another possible retreat Virginia :) If I was to live in my grandfather's and greatgrandfather's legacy I would just want to try Mohave and the southwest U.S. Thats why I posted that second response.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
If I could go on a vacation or have a second home,it would be in Alaska .I have always had a fascination with it and would love to be able to visit or have a second home.I know a lot of people think of florida but if they knew what i knew,they wouldn't lol!
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
There you go being a rebel again! : )
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• United States
27 Aug 07
I can't help myself ,lol.
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• United States
27 Aug 07
I'm a mountain person, so I'd like to have a nice cabin in the mountains, southern Colorado or northern Arizona would be perfect. It's where I have always felt at peace with the universe.
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I think Colorado has that down pat.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
27 Aug 07
You got some of mine down Craft, stylin. I've gotta agree with you. [It's almost as if I have a retirement admirer ;p] But I find myself struggling between rolling plains and hills, mountainous and plateau areas, or islands and oceans. Its tough to really choose one general location .
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• China
27 Aug 07
I think Maldives is the best place as a second home. Because it has blue sky,blue sea,many beautiful trees. There is a lot of beautiful views and coast. The most important reason is it has fine weather to live,it will good for our health!
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I don't know much about the Maldives at all. But maybe that would be good. That way I could explore and each new day would bring me something I didn't know.
• China
28 Aug 07
I heard of many people in HK are eager to move to Maldives,they say Maldives like heaven.So I think it must be a good place.But Tsunami maybe hit it,personal safety will be threaten.On the whole,it is the right place to spend the rest of life.
• Italy
9 Sep 07
I'm lucky in away, I have purchased my second home in Abruzzi, Italy. I have bought my birth house, and now I in the process of restoring it, it has been unlived in for 25 years. It is a challenge, especially dealing with all the legal, and permiting required. It has take 3 years to do the above. Hopefully this week we get started.
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
9 Sep 07
That is so exciting! I bet a lot of people would love to do that if they had the finances. I also can't imagine how hard it is to get all the legalities sorted out. I saw my dad build a couple buildings, and the city just gave him fits. So I wish you the best of luck! And welcome to MyLot. : )
@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
28 Aug 07
When I was a kid, my grandma and grandpa had a small two room summer home in northern Minnesota. They would spend the whole summer there and come back to Illinois in the winter. It was beautiful there. My grandpa built the little house and dug a well for water. Great spring water. I use to go there for a week or two in the summer with my dad. It is beautiful in northern Minnesota. Lots of lakes for fishing. So I would choose to have my 2nd home there.
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
28 Aug 07
It sounds like a place too good to be true. But since it is real, I would want a place exactly like that as well.
@sandwedge (1341)
• Malaysia
28 Aug 07
actually i have been looking at south of Spain. a friend of mine,an expatriate like me working here, took my wife and me to Andalucia where he has a very very very nice vacation home. i always wanted one and dreamed of one often. when we were there he introduced me to his father-in-law who happens to be a big land owner. maybe i can offer the old man for one of the homes facing the sea overlooking a cliff?
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Just don't fall OFF the cliff. : )
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Oh I would love to have a vacation home in Israel. The scenery there is so beautiful and the history of the place would be so interesting..
@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Yes, but it might be pretty dangerous too. Of course, when there is a land you love, sometimes other things take precendent. : )
• Canada
28 Aug 07
If I could ever afford a second home I would want one in New Brunswick because I went up to visit my best friend last year and this was where they just got a home . I loved it so much , I found it so beautiful and the prices of everything was so much cheaper then in our area . I wanted to stay and have said ever since I came back home that if I were to ever move this would be where I would want to live for sure . I just loved every bit of my vacation and it was so nice seeing my best friend again .
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
28 Aug 07
With beautiful scenery AND a best friend, it would be hard to top!
@Cammeel1 (372)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Your Mom has the rigt idea there! Colorado Springs has some breathtaking views. If money were not a concern and I culd have another home anywhere I wanted....I would love to live in Malta right in the heart of the Mediterranean. To have a small coastal spot of my own I could scuba dive til my hearts content! I would travel all over Italy ( especially Tuscany) and Greece...yeah I'll quit dreaming now, but thanks for the daydream for awhile, it was really nice!
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
28 Aug 07
You listed places I can only dream about, but I guess you never know when that dream can come true.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I would move up to Northern Minnesota or Wisconsin and live in a log home on the lake. I love being near the water and trees! It's so inspirational!
@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
It sounds like something out of a story book. Very ideal.
@inked4life (4228)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I'd be torn between a couple of different locations. We love Florida particualrly the Gulf Of Mexico are and would love a beach house in Destin but I couls also easily be swayed into getting a place in Las vegas which is probably my favorite city in the world.
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I don't think anyone would ever be bored in Las Vegas.
@TerryZ (22085)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Hi AmbiePam I would love that so much. I would have to pick where my sister is living because I miss her so much. And she lives in florida. I wouldnt want to live there all year round because of the ungodly heat and humidity. So I would only go and live there in the winter months. Like some many people do. I could never understand that but now I do.LOL
@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Yeah, the humidity is killer. I know our humidity is bad, but Florida beats even us.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
27 Aug 07
I already have a vacation home. It is at Penneshaw, on Kangaroo Island. A top tourist resort, I was very fortunate in haviong bought the property & put a tansportable house on it before the land price hike. If I was to choose another location for a vacation home, it would either be oin the River Murray, or on york Peninsula next to the beach.
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@AmbiePam (48137)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I remember you telling us about your last visit to Kangaroo Island. Just hearing about it makes a person want to visit.