By Joe Globensky, RFC®
With summer quickly approaching, we want to share some of our team’s favorite summer vacation ideas. And we welcome you to share your favorites on our Facebook page.
Heather – French Lick, IN
Our family has traveled to French Lick, Indiana a few times. We choose this location since its close to other family members that can join us for a long weekend. French Lick has a variety of things to do for all ages and interests.
The French Lick Resort has a golf course and casino onsite, and they also have games like horseshoes, redneck golf and bean bag toss set up on the lawn. Offsite they have putt-putt golf, guided horseback riding trails, and cute little shops downtown that we usually walk through. There is also an indoor water park, but we haven’t tried that yet. Just another reason to go back!
Sonja – Quincy, IL
We’re pretty much homebodies in the summer, but almost every year we travel to Quincy, Illinois. Quincy was built in 1825 on Illinois’ westernmost curve of the Mississippi River. They have custom private home tours in the exclusive East End Historic District. They are usually old antique homes that people have restored. What I find so interesting is a lot of the homes are documented stops on the Underground Railroad.
In October, the Quincy Preserves Fall Homes Tour is held on the same weekend as the Early Tin Dusters Car Show, which Doug and I really like. Over 900 pre-1949 street rods and antique cars flood the streets of Quincy. We leave our checkbook at home though.
Bridget – Lake of the Ozarks, MO
A summer visit to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri always provided us a wonderful opportunity to spend time on the lake. We had lots of fun swimming, water skiing, and riding jet skis. Many people visit Osage Beach resorts and tourist areas near Bagnell Dam. There are restaurants on the lake that you can drive to or enjoy a boat ride to get there and lots of other fun activities like go-carts and miniature golf.
A few times we chose to stay a bit further from the Dam near Camdenton. One of my favorite things to do in that area is visit Ha Ha Tonka State Park; the changing leaves in the fall are awesome. VRBO offers a long list of accommodations from which to choose whether you prefer a lake house or condo.
Joe – South Haven, MI
I grew up on Lake Michigan in the little resort town of South Haven, Michigan. It was great in the summer, not so much in the winter, so I moved south after college. But Lake Michigan draws us back every summer for vacation. This will be our fourth summer renting the same house on the Black River that runs through town. The house is right near the start of the Kal-Haven Trail where we can go for long bike rides. The house also comes with kayaks that we take up and down the river.
We are close enough to town that we can walk to the Idler Riverboat for a drink on the deck, window shop the various downtown stores, or go have lunch at Clementine’s for lake perch and onion rings. We go to the beach, walk out to the lighthouse, and if the water is warm enough, rent stand up paddle boards and try our luck staying dry. And, of course, we end the day at Sherman’s Dairy for the largest single scoop ice cream cone you’ve ever seen.
LouAnn – Michigan
We love to go back to our home state of Michigan. There are so many activities to enjoy for a summer vacation. Our favorite lake for boating and tubing is Higgins Lake in the north-central part of the lower peninsula. It is crystal clear with great beaches and is known for fishing and boating. We also love to take the ferry to Mackinac Island and spend the day biking, shopping, and eating fudge. But our kids’ favorite place is Sleeping Bear Dunes in Empire. Climbing the huge sand dunes is tiring but fun, and the views of Lake Michigan are incredible. Whatever summer activity you enjoy, Michigan has something for everyone.
Tina – Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of my favorite places to visit. The longest tram ride in America is in the Sandia mountains that overlook Albuquerque. Ride to the top in the tram, hike along the trail, visit the rock house that sits on the edge of the mountain, and then eat at the restaurant before heading back down the mountain. The one must-do tourist activity is to visit Old Town in Albuquerque. Be prepared for lots of shopping and good food! Within driving distance are great hiking trails like the Bosque and Petroglyph Park. Visiting Albuquerque is a fun and unique experience. The beauty is amazing! Don’t forget to stop by The Frontier on Central Avenue (across from UNM) to get yourself THE BEST dinner plate sized cinnamon bun.
Summer Vacation Summary
Wherever your plans take you, we wish you safe travels and hope these summer vacation ideas help you make some new memories.