So, I have been giving some thought to my next family outing, little does my wife know, we won’t get there by car :) This will likely give her some anxiety, as she’s not much of a commuter by air, as she’s only been up twice with me in almost four years. We did take our daughter to Cambridge, MD for breakfast when she was two, which was a rough experience for all parties involved. She’s now five and believe she’ll do much better this time around (she’s been asking to fly as of late). As an aside, I used Sky Vector for planning purposes below.
One of the places relatively close we both enjoy is Atlantic City, New Jersey. By car, it’s about a three to four hour drive from our house, whereas a roughly one hour flight (107nm). My mother-in-law would be with us, so the one hour flight would be much easier on her back. The downside to Atlantic City is, I enjoy gambling (within reason, or course). My wife? Not so much. The last time we went AC, we agreed on a $200 limit. The problem was, as soon as I won $2, she was asking to leave, since we were “up”. J Too bad online gambling hasn’t really been approved in the US yet! As a brief aside, I stumbled on this online gambling site in the UK the other day called Castle Jackpot. What I thought was pretty cool about this site is their ‘Mega Jackpot”. It resets much like our Mega Millions, or Powerball here in the US when someone wins. I think it starts at £1.5million (Pounds, more than dollars….), and grows from there. When someone wins, it resets back to £1.5million. They also offer a £150 ‘Welcome Bonus’, which, you know, is nice. I can’t recall a time casino staff in Atlantic City just gave me $200. Possible, just don’t recall :)
My second option was a quick flight to Sky Bryce, West Virginia (Greenbrier ). It’s the exact opposite direction, and is a bit shorter in length/duration (51 minutes and 94nm). This would be a more relaxing weekend. However, the accommodations would be more expensive. A standard room at the Greenbrier goes for $396/night (ouch). But, according to reviews, the location and accommodations are simply amazing.
Another, less expensive, option would be Tangier Island, Virgina (if you hear them talk, you’d think it’s a different country). It’s 76nm and about 42 minutes away and a relatively easy flight (no SFRA or controlled airspace to navigate). There is no fuel, so we’d have to mind that, but as long as we aren’t tooling around too much, it’s not an issue. My good buddy Keith (LINK) and I flew out there last year. He bought me lunch at Lorraine’s. which was also featured in Southern Living magazine last year. It’d be a quiet weekend, maybe get some fishing in (which my daughter has been asking to do anyway).