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  • #592860

    crdle
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    How come everyone always goes to florida? How about going to Idaho or Washington?

    #705719

    SJSinNYC
    Member

    crdle, I’ve been to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Israel, England, Germany, Italy, Greece, Iceland, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Japan and Australia.

    #705720

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    How come everyone always goes to florida? How about going to Idaho or Washington?

    If you want to go, there’s no one stopping you.

    Obviously people don’t go there because there isn’t as much of a demand to go there. More people prefer Florida beaches to Idaho mountains.

    The Wolf

    #705721

    Sacrilege
    Member

    ….and there is plenty of Kosher food.

    #705722

    theprof1
    Participant

    I guess if Washington state which allegedly is gorgeous, would have warm beaches and 75 degrees in the winter, with a large kosher supermarket and several glat restaurants and cholov yisroel with many shuls and mikvas – then Washington would be an alternative.

    #705723

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    everyone always

    Oh, and for the record, I’ve gone on a few vacations over the last 12 years… and never once went to Florida (not that I went to Idaho either….). Clearly not “everyone” or “always.”

    The Wolf

    #705724

    crdle
    Member

    No one is forcing me, I just don’t understand why Miami becomes a mini brooklyn!

    #705725

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    I’ve been to all 50 states

    Ah, but you haven’t been to the state of insanity. I have. 🙂

    The Wolf

    #705726

    SJSinNYC
    Member

    theprof1, Washington State is beautiful. And there are beaches (I think – but shouldn’t frum people avoid them?) and have great weather in the summer and there were restaurants there when I went (way back when). There are shuls too.

    #705727

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    No one is forcing me, I just don’t understand why Miami becomes a mini brooklyn!

    Because Florida has many features that people from Brooklyn want. And Idaho does not have many (if any) of those features.

    I’m not sure why that’s so difficult to understand. Did you think that people just picked their vacation destinations at random? People go to places where there are features and amenities that they want.

    The Wolf

    #705728

    squeak
    Participant

    If you’re looking for warmth this time of year, you won’t find that in Idaho. That said, there are plenty of wonderful warm destinations that are far less crowded than Florida, and no more expensive.

    If you’re looking for alternative destinations, just ask.

    #705729

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Who goes to Florida?

    Florida has a good airport though, it connects to the Caribbean destinations.

    I went to Belize. It was great. We stayed on Caye Caulker. Our “hotel” cost 12.50 a night, and slept 3.

    #705730

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    The last vacation we went on, Eeees and I went to St. Thomas. We even found a place that has good sized outdoor private pools for each room.

    But that aside, the islands (we also took a day trip to St. John) were just stunning. We had a wonderful time.

    The Wolf

    #705731

    arc
    Participant

    I dont vacation often but to me relaxation and kosher food availability are high priorities.

    #705732

    squeak
    Participant

    Wolf- I meant to thank you for that. A while ago, I went there on your recommendation. Same hotel (they’ve remodeled many of the units).

    #705733

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Wolf- I meant to thank you for that. A while ago, I went there on your recommendation. Same hotel (they’ve remodeled many of the units).

    You’re welcome. I hope you had a great time. We certainly did.

    It’s not a five-star accommodation by any measure — but if you’re looking for a pool and privacy, that’s the best place in the USVI.

    The Wolf

    #705734

    apushatayid
    Participant

    Dont knock Idaho and Washington. They grow more than 50% of the potatoes, so very necessary for our kugels and chulents.

    #705735

    crdle
    Member

    Popa- can u give us the info about the Carribean placeS? thansk

    #705737

    mosherose
    Member

    Floridas not the best place to go for vacation becuz its full of beaches and shmutz but there are worse places to go then that so as long as you stay away from the beaches and from wear women wear untznius cloths I guess its not too bad.

    #705739

    Try Colorado,we may not have the kosher restaurant scene but the mountains can’t be beat..

    #705740

    Atlantic City is a nice getaway thats close to home, but its only appropriate for couples, not kids. There is a shul and chabad house and theres kosher food. I recommend going in the summer time when the weathers nice and there are many frum people who have summer homes up in ventnor.

    #705741

    labubby
    Member

    hey wolf which hotel is it with the private pools ?

    #705742

    apushatayid
    Participant

    “from wear women wear untznius cloths”

    Someone cut more than a few English classes.

    #705743

    squeak
    Participant

    Didnt we agree that mixed swimming is assur? Why do you keep encuraging it?

    To be perfectly fair, you can’t say he is encouraging mixed swimming. The pool is private – meaning that it is enclosed by a fence, and with the entrance from the villa. The windows and doors that open to the pool have blinds that can be drawn so that men and women (who are staying together in the villa) can swim separately.

    #705744

    squeak
    Participant

    popa-

    What “hotel” was that- or was it a hostel? I see hotels that are ‘on the cheap’ but nothing as low as you paid.

    #705745

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    The name of the place is Pavilions and Pools on St. Thomas. You can easily find them via Google.

    As I said, if you’re going expecting a five-star accommodation, you’re going to be severely disappointed. If, however, you want your own private pool, lots of privacy and a nice place to stay, then you’ll like it there.

    Each place has it’s own kitchen. We brought our own meat (you won’t find kosher meat on St. Thomas) and a small George Forman grill. Basic stuff (fruits, veggies and other staples*) can be found in the local supermarkets.

    The Wolf

    (* We didn’t bring drinks because we figured that drinks would be the easiest thing to find. When we got to the supermarket, we found the Coca Cola easily enough… but were a bit shocked to find that it did not have a hechsher. While I would have bet dollars to donuts that it was, in fact, kosher, I figured that it was better to just play it safe and we, instead, had iced tea.)

    #705746

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    The windows and doors that open to the pool have blinds that can be drawn so that men and women (who are staying together in the villa) can swim separately.

    No… each room has its own outdoor pool. There is no central pool. There are also no blinds — just don’t invite people over to your room while you’re swimming.

    The Wolf

    #705747

    squeak
    Participant

    Wolf-

    The “s” in “doors” was an unfortunate typo.

    There were blinds in mine. I guess that was one of the redecorations that the owner of the villa I stayed in did (I found out that each villa is privately owned, and are not necessarily identical).

    And they proved quite useful, as I needed them drawn when the sun came in in the morn.

    BTW, the Chabad rabbi says on his website that he will kasher your kitchen for $50. I didn’t, but I think that would make a big difference to some people.

    #705748

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    BTW, the Chabad rabbi says on his website that he will kasher your kitchen for $50. I didn’t, but I think that would make a big difference to some people.

    When I went, the rabbi was off-island. His wife was having a baby on the mainland — as if that’s an excuse to abandon your post. 😀

    Just out of curiosity, do you remember which villa you had?

    The Wolf

    #705749

    squeak
    Participant

    International

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