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    Dave Hirsch
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    As to vacationing, I’m thinking about Maine (Acadia National Park as well as Greater Portland area). One major issue is Minyan.

    #769279

    Dave Hirsch
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    ronrsr, perhaps you can provide us with a great kosher restaurant in the Boston Metro area. You know, a nice place for a decent price, great food, and most importantly a reliable Hechsher.

    #769280

    smartcookie
    Member

    Any ideas where a couple can spend the DAY. Just from morning till late afternoon. I’m looking for a good outing, something relaxing in or not far from Brooklyn.

    No museums please!

    Something like boating would be great but I don’t know of anything in the vicinity.

    #769281

    kapusta
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    How did a thread about vacations turn into a thread on halacha?

    *kapusta*

    #769282

    Max Well
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    kapusta: Because some people think halacha takes a vacation when they do.

    #769283

    ch123
    Member

    too true…

    #769284

    WolfishMusings
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    How did a thread about vacations turn into a thread on halacha?

    Because some people think halacha takes a vacation when they do.

    No, that’s not true. The reason this thread became about halacha was because one poster decided that something I did on vacation was against halacha when it clearly is not.

    The Wolf

    #769285

    kapusta
    Participant

    How did a thread about vacations turn into a thread on halacha?

    Because some people think halacha takes a vacation when they do.

    No, that’s not true. The reason this thread became about halacha was because one poster decided that something I did on vacation was against halacha when it clearly is not.

    In any case, my point was to keep the thread what it was, about vacations, and not turn it into halacha (which everyone has different standards of anyway)

    *kapusta*

    #769286

    Hello Kitty
    Member

    smart cookie, you can go to Jimminy Peak in MA it is 2.5 hours from NY and lots of fun. You can leave early morning and be back late afternoon.

    if you want something smaller go to governors island in Manhattan it is very nice.

    #769287

    smartcookie
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    Hello kitty thank you. But it is a bit far. I really wanted something closer. Up to an hours traveling from brooklyn.

    Any ideas still?

    I rather wanted something RELAXING than fun!

    #769288

    smartcookie
    Member

    Hello kitty thank you. But it is a bit far. I really wanted something closer. Up to an hours traveling from brooklyn.

    Any ideas still?

    I rather wanted something RELAXING than fun!

    #769290

    ambush
    Participant

    Long Island is not far from Brooklyn and has many nice places, including boating. Look in Queens too- I think Flushing Meadows Park has boating, and that’s for sure not far from average Brooklyn!

    B’Hatzlacha! ?

    #769291

    WolfishMusings
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    While Eeees and I were dating, we went boating in a lake in Prospect Park.

    The Wolf

    #769292

    Hello Kitty
    Member

    Ronrsr, do you know anything about minyan in Bar Harbor? Also, how was your weekend in Vermont?

    #769293

    ronrsr
    Member

    I don’t believe there is any regular minyan near there. A quick check of godaven.com shows that someone is trying to arrange a temporary minyan in early August.

    Vermont was lovely. I packed the wife, child and mother-in-law up and drove up there. We walked and walked, took the gondola to the top of Mt. Killington, and walked down. There were many good mountain-biking and hiking trails. Sat out by the pool a lot, then came home. Spectacular fireworks presentation by the town last night. This is really ski country, and this is there off-season. It was very quiet, and there were no lines anywhere. Very peaceful and very pretty.

    #769294

    Sgroth
    Member

    Baltimore is the best place to vacation! There are tons of kosher restaurants and many many shuls. There are a vast number of attractions too. It’s 2.5-3 hrs from Lakewood and 3.5 from Brooklyn. The harbor has TONS to do and is only 20 minutes from the frum area. There are many hotels downtown or in the Pikesville (frumest) area. Downtown harbor has a zoo, amazing aquarium, science center, world famous children’s museum- port discovery, boating, tours of a submarine and lighthouses, day cruises, Water taxis, a historic cobblestone shopping area, a carousel, and a fun place to walk around, plus an indoor mall. This ALL is in the harbor right next to each other. Then there are other attractions all around Baltimore, this is just in a small area. If you want more info just ask.

    #769295

    ronrsr
    Member

    Don’t forget some nearer by wonders:

    1. Paterson (NJ) Falls (the great falls) – an urban waterfall on the Passaic River, just a few miles from NYC. Quite spectacular, and it is not accompanied by an urban national park.

    2. Bronx Botanical Gardens.

    3. Bronx Zoo

    4. Circle line tour of manhattan.

    #769296

    Hello Kitty
    Member

    sgroth, maybe this can be interesting for me. The last two weeks I am planning vacation and not getting to anything. Is the area a busy city or more quite?? I am looking for something with nice views and relaxing yet some exciting attractions to enjoy.

    #769297

    tda1
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    Concerning Maine:

    Bangor (1-1 1/2 hours from Acadia) Has a shul w/daily/ shabbos minyanim-www.jewishbangor.org. The 2 hotels listed on their site are within 15- 20 min walking distance. I stayed at the riverside inn for shabbos( part of a medical center)because it has a mini suite (no kitchen) and no uphill walk. If I would go back I would try to rent the shul kitchen to eat there. They used to sell some frozen stuff (empire chicken etc..) in a local kosher resturant, but that place is no longer kosher.

    Acadia: The above website has link to a Bed and Breakfast (vegetarian?)in Acadia, but I don’t know enough about it.

    Portland has a shul that advertises themselves as Orthodox, but I would check with a rav before davening there. There is Chabad there for about 30 years that might have a minyan on Shabbos.

    If you go north above Acadia the crowds thin out dramatically (As do the accommodations). The drive is scenic. Campabello Island (about 2-2 1/2 north of Acadia) is a great visit. It’s Canadian territory, but they let us in on expired passports (the border control is easygoing- call them). There’s no wait at the border. If you want to splurge a little, the Whale watching (August is better then July)is great. Acadia also has Whale Watching, but there are differences. I have more info on that if needed. The Roosevelt Estate is relaxing and free. I’m thinking about returning to that area in August if I can find a decent house to rent.

    #769298

    tda1
    Participant

    Addendum to my above post: Except for the boat tours, there’s no “action” stuff above Acadia. On the drive north from Acadia there are a couple scenic, relaxing, parks/sites, that my young kids enjoyed. The members of the Bangor shul are very friendly and accessible.

    #769299

    tda1
    Participant

    Correction re kosher food in Bangor: The shul website http://www.jewishbangor.org has some info.

    #769300

    Dave Hirsch
    Participant

    There’s an Orthodox Shul in Old Orchard Beach, Maine (near Portland) on East Grand Ave.

    Ronrsr, do you suggest that there are no good eating establishments in Boston or did you simply skip my post?

    #769301

    tda1
    Participant

    For the Old Orchard Beach shul, you should confirm in advance that there will be a minyan.

    #769305

    csl
    Member

    Hello Kitty- Acadia National Park is magnificent.. visited there for 8 days with 3 children, baby and 5 and 7 year old.. Thunder Hole, Bar Island where you walk across the bar and explore a little island, making sure to return before high tide- or you’re stuck for hours, Beehive- a fun climb with iron rungs and ladders, Cadillac Mt. can drive or hike up, Blue Hill Overlook where you can truly view a wonderous sunset, Frenchman’s Bay is stunning.. I highly recommend it. Please see previous posts re: minyanim

    ronrsr– You seem to know the hotspots on the east coast– ever tried Shenandoah National Park in VA? thinking about that this season

    #769306

    my80
    Member

    Anyone have any info on minyanim in williamsburg, va. also tips and ideas with recommended things to do while on vacation there for 4-5 days. thanks.

    #769308

    With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, this thread may be useful.

    If you’re looking for ideas of a place to go, there are several suggestions on this thread (including from yours truly).

    If you’d like to add additional suggestions, they’d certainly be welcome.

    If you have questions, perhaps other posters can help.

    Some of the favorite memories people have are those of vacations taken with their families when they were kids.

    It doesn’t have to be a long, expensive or elaborate vacation.

    IMHO, if you have the opportunity to spend some time with your spouse and kids, “chap arein” (or “go for it” if you prefer English” ?).

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