It is okay to dream, right?! If I could have more than one home, I would love to live on Coronado Island at The Shores next to the Hotel Del. It is a gorgeous property, location, and everything I need is within walking distance...Nice!!! That is for the US.
Overseas, I would have to say Paris, with an Eiffel Tower view. I really miss that from our expat a few years ago. I used to love just walking all over the city, along the Seine, taking it all in. And the food and wine...oh my, the pounds gained would be well worth it!
And one more...Italy....perhaps on a vineyard or olive grove with a swimming pool for the hot months. Within walking distance to a town.
Or in Venice, with a view of the sea. There is always something new to discover in Venice, and it is so darn beautifuL! I absolutely love Italy! Plus, train travel is so easy...hop on and go to Rome, Florence, Lucca, etc, etc. la Dolce Vita! And again, the food and wine... Ahhhh....to dream!
Living in the Midwest, I'd pick anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. I lived around Puget Sound for a number of years and would love to have a place there where I could spend my summers. I'd also opt for a home in Sydney, Australia where I spend my childhood years (age 2 thru 10). Summer in Seattle and summer again in Sydney. That would be about right.
I'd give up living in the Midwest if I could have only these two homes instead.
We stayed both times at Hotel Du Lac, very clean and comfy hotel right across the street from the ferry terminal. We had a view to the south of the lake and a small balcony which looked up the street toward the top of the hill. It was fabulous to hear the local talking while cooking dinner, hearing the pot/pans clanging and the food smells were out of this world. Next time we return to Belliago we will stay at Hotel Metropole as they have a great set of rooms facing the lake and excellent reviews on tripadvisor, plus we will go during the later months of spring or early fall to get a much better rate.
That's a great spot. We stayed at the Hotel Centrale. The folks that owned it were fantastic! We ate one night with the friends we were there with at the restaurant in the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Absolutely out of this world. We also found some great restaurants just up the hill (Italian). Food there was really awesome!
Have traveled the world (80+ countries) lived in many locations (3+ countries, 10+ states) and have enjoyed it all. Am a short train ride away from NYC, and have enjoyed going into the city whenever I want.
The place I go back to, over and over again though is Washington D.C.
a little pied d'terre is exactly what I would love to have in WDC.
Other places are great to visit, and some I visit many times, but a 2nd residence is some place I would spend more time than the occassional visit.
I love Anna Maria Island in Florida, so I would be quite happy there or down by St Armands Circle on Lido Key. British Columbia would also be a dream location. At this point in time I find I am far enough away from family and friends, as it is, so I would not want to move beyond North America, unless things change. Where we are right now, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is gorgeous, so I am quite happy here. It's far enough away from the city to be tranquil and scenic, yet close enough to the city (DC) so I can get my fix of culture and ethnic diversity. My husband was transferred to DC from Florida so we do still have our Florida home. What we will probably end up doing is dividing our time between somewhere in the US and somewhere in Canada. England comes a close third.
Now, if I was on my own with no family to tie my emotions and wings, I would take turns living in Capri, England, the Republic of Ireland, BC, and Denmark. I am sure I would add other countries to that list. The world is an amazing place.
Great question lakeshore!
For many years we had a second home in the Caribbean on the island of St. Maarten. Living in Massachusetts and New Hampshire during my working days, it was great for us to escape the cold during the winter months. We would leave in November and return in May each year as I could do my work from down there! It was a beautiful spot on a hillside in Pelican Key (for those familiar with the island).
We faced directly west and had the most beautiful sunsets imaginable! We used to sit and say we were living in a dream when there would be a beautiful sunset taking place and a big cruise ship departing in front of us and a four masted tall ship under full sail (with all the sails lit up different colors) just behind it while we were sipping a glass of wine from the pool or deck while watching!
Sunset in St. Maarten......
Not pushing my own photo album however; Belliago on Lago Di Como is one of the beautiful spots on the planet as far as we're concerned. The town has superb dining and all of it worth the walk up and down hills to find. We stumbled into a wine cave just off the main street near the ferry terminal, OMG, how fun and I have no idea how many bottles we drank and took with us on our first visit, but let's just say it wasn't 2bC!
Although I enjoy many international locations, I would stick with the good old USA for tax and stability purposes. My first choices are in California, but their taxes and stability are becoming more like Italy and Greece. However, La Jolla and Sonoma would be great spots. My other choices would be Asheville, NC or Charleston, SC. Beautiful and charming cities with friendly people and lower taxes and cost of living.
It's so hard to pick even three places, so I picked 4. Living in Michigan and the cold, long winters usually makes me want to vacation in a warm clime, but sometimes beauty overtakes warmth.
Jupiter Island, Florida
The World - cruise ship
Zermatt or Lucerne, Switzerland
You may enjoy some pictures of a future, "Second home" for you! It is beautiful:
The glaciers are seen all Summer!
The Matterhorn from Zermatt. No cars are allowed in this village, and it is clean and picturesque!
Lots of great shops and places to dine and relax!
A better picture of The Matterhorn, from the "Tourist Train" from Zermatt!
Hope you enjoy the preview of "Your new 2nd home"?
I have never had the opportunity to go on a "Tour", have always just "Roughed" it on my own. Here are a couple more photo's that may bring back memories for you!
The English speaking church in Zermatt. A great place to attend a Christmas Eve service!
Great train stations along the way, this one is memorable, St. Niklaus!
My parents (dad and step-mom) live in Paradise. At least to them it is (and a few million other people who share their good fortune ) - oh, we're talking beach cities between Newport Beach and San Diego). They're 1.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean in a nice home and community. They don't have an ocean view from their place, but many of their neighbors do (and we see the ocean on our walks, or drive 5 minutes and just walk at the beach). The weather varies from winter to summer by about maybe 7 degrees, and from nighttime to daytime by about the same amount as well. In other words, the weather is pretty much perfect all the time. My parents would love for us to move down there, but as I tell them, in order to afford a house there, I'd probably have to give up travel, and other things. Their response is, if you lived down here, you wouldn't feel the need to travel so much (get out of Dodge, as it were). You know what? They're right. Sooo right. What I'm saying really is that for me, if my first home was in a great place, I probably wouldn't have a desire for a second one. In fact, thinking of my mom and step-dad and their second home (both of their homes are fairly large), there's a lot of work and maintenance (and money) involved. I'm thinking I've got better things to do than keep up a second home. Like play with my grandlittles!
gp, have you ever taken one of those transatlantic cruises that last a month or so? I always thought how cool those would be but can't get away from the job that long...unfortunately I have another 2-5 years but the good part is saving up for the travelling once I do retire...yipee!
mm, have been watching the repositioning cruises for years, but my office has been unwilling up to this point to let us be out more than 1 week which limits me to the weekends before & after + 1 week, and I have found none that I can fit into this short time slot.
Just as soon as I find one, or my office approves me being out longer than 1 week, I will
gp, I get 4 weeks vacation at my work but my husband only gets 2 weeks (worked 20 years and only gets 2 weeks...) so we are limited to the same times. We want to cruise Austrailia/New Zealand but can't work out the days without going over or taking every bit of vacation time he has and leaving him the rest of the year without time off other than holidays. Maybe one day...bucket list for retirement. I just hope we can still enjoy it haha
Am looking at a couple interestnig ones, but have not booked yet...both excellent prices considering its your lodging, food and entertainment.
Somewhere with a nice private trout stream just steps from my back porch... I'm lucky enough to be married to someone with property close to some tailwaters in Arkansas. It's remote, on a hill, great view, good hunting, not too far from great duck hunting grounds, peaceful, and very relaxing. If I could just move it about 15 miles, in the immortal words of Phil Robertson, I would be " !!!!"
There is actually a pond close to the farm house and a small stream nearby, but not much in the way of fishing in either of them. My sister and BIL live on a pond similar to what you are saying... Bass, bluegill, crappie.... I would take that.... but standing in the middle of a trout stream casting flies is best for me... Of course, I'll fly fish for bass, bluegill, crappie, shark, redfish, drum, carp, etc....
Have not fished in years, but you are in one of the best places in America!
Branson's "White River", all the lakes around your area, and of course AR., "Bass"!
Why not give us some pictures and travel advice for camping and fishing in your area.
BTW, glad we were not caught in the flood on I-44 the other night? That storm is now on the East Coast!
I am a bit biased, but the Pacific Northwest (specifically Washington, Oregon or Northern California) are something special. We have climates that range from coast, to rainforest, to rolling hills with wine country, lush farmland, deep old-growth forests, high alpine mountains, inland deserts and huge expanses of plains.
You can leave the coast and within four hours be on world class ski slopes, or relaxing in a world class food and brew destination. Outdoor activities are also too numerous to count.
If you haven't seen this part of the world, you are missing out. It would always be my first and second choice for where I am going to live.