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#31 of 47 Old 03-25-2008, 09:09 PM
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Come to Ann Arbor! It has EVERYTHING you listed, we have so much fun in the summer! http://www.annarbor.org/

Or Ithaca, NY. http://www.visitithaca.com/ It's a summer vacationer's dream, and it's just 2 or 3 hours from Niagara Falls.

You'll find lots of MDC friends in both of those places.

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Yes Katie, good idea! You can come here to MN for a bit and then head off to your other destinations!

It's funny you mentioned this post because I was just thinking the other day how nice it would be to get away for a bit. My dad lives in Alaska and I'd love to go spend the summer there but I'm pretty sure there aren't any neurologist's on his island. Pfft.

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Okay, everywhere looks interesting, but where could I stay less expensively for a month at a time? Any ideas how to find a short term rental that isn't outrageously expensive?
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Anothe vote for Boston. Boston Children's is one of the top rated hospitals in the nation. We do get a bit balmy in July and August but nothing like Texas. Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island can all be accessed within about an hours drive to Children's hospital. Boston wouldn't be the least expensive place to stay, so outside the city limits would be better on the budget.
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Okay, everywhere looks interesting, but where could I stay less expensively for a month at a time? Any ideas how to find a short term rental that isn't outrageously expensive?
House swap? I've never rented for a month but I'm sure a good internet search would come up with interesting results.
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I second house swap - you might be able to swing that.

I would nix Ithaca NY -- I went to grad school there and they sell bumper stickers that read "Ithaca, Centrally Isolated" - it's an hour+ from any hospital that's got specialists (Syracuse), and even Syracuse is a small town.

I'd vote for Boston, the Delaware Coast or the Pacific NW.

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I'm in a 'burb of Chicago, it's a great place as there's a lot to do (and good hospitals) but it can get steamy here in the summer. June usually isn't too bad but the later you get into the summer is when I think it gets worse.

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The 3 best things about portland are Powells bookstore (the most incredible bookstore on the planet), microbrews and coffee. There is literally a coffee shop on every corner. There is Starbucks, Peets, Tully's, Seattle's best, Coffee people...should I go on?
Definitely come to our lovely town for the summer! Just don't decide to stay here JK

In addition to the things that other posters have mentioned, we have lots of good farmer's markets and other weekend happenings.

Plus, there are actually some outstanding children's hospitals here, including Legacy Emanuel and Doernbecher.

The weather is usually good, and the water (rivers, lakes, beaches) is never far away.

But you had mentioned something about your DH working in N. Cali, and I wanted to caution you that the drive from there to Portland is about 7-8 hours.

As for housing, I am positive that you could arrange a house swap or cheap rental.

Have fun!!
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Just wanted to put in a plug for the Seattle area! Our Children's hospital has a pretty good reputation too. The summers aren't usually too hot and there is a lot to do.

I have lived in Portland as well. I second what others have said about that city too. It is also less expensive than Seattle IMO. You may be able to find a rental arrangement on Craig's list. Or check out the Tribal area. The Portland mamas are VERY active!

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Thanks so much. N. CA: he would fly not drive. He can work remotely a lot...but he would be a short short plane trip if he needed to go in.
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I would skip Chicago...it's a fun city, but it's huge and the traffic is a mess. I can't see spending a month in the endless sprawls of suburbs just to be close to a good hospital. Plus summer stuff is often fun outdoors stuff, and you'd have to travel a ways out of Chicago to have good access to those things. It'd be a great week-long visit, though. There are TONS of kid-friendly things to do in Chicago, and the lakefront is lovely.

MN sounds like a great idea. Lots of cute small towns, Mayo nearby, lots of lakes for swimming/camping opportunities.

Portland sounds GREAT!! Take me with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How close to a children's hosp. do you need to be? If an hour or so away is okay, then what about renting a cottage in MN or WI? The summer weather is usually pretty mild, and you'd have two of the best children's hospitals nearby depending on where you rented. Mayo is top-notch, and so is Milwaukee Children's Hospital (both are top 10, I believe). Milwaukee is a fun city...tons of summer festivals, lots of beach, very safe, and a great downtown.

Cleveland...I have a friend who lives there. She says it's incredibly muggy during the summer months. My dh went there for a tournament last summer and he agreed...he just about wilted. I'm sure it's nothing to TX, but still.

Otherwise, what about the Boston area? You could do a lot of visits to Cape Cod, whale-watching, lots of historical places to explore, trips into the city... all that ocean air! Again....take me with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I agree with Portland also...the best cheese (Tilamook?) and berries. Also, nice scenery...Columbia Gorge and Mount Hood w/ the cleanest air in the country. I went there once to visit my aunt and fell in love w/ it!

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ROM, you are welcome to come with!
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Awwww....thanks! I pack light. You won't mind if I bring along a 2 year old, a six year old, two cats, and a golf-addicted husband will you?


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There's always Virginia Beach...I'm in Norfolk about 1/2 hour away from the Oceanfront and there's a golf course a couple minutes away from me (and two more in VA Beach I know about, as well...lol). About an hour away there's Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, etc. to check out. Not that you mentioned the area or anything...just saying. :P
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Awwww....thanks! I pack light. You won't mind if I bring along a 2 year old, a six year old, two cats, and a golf-addicted husband will you?

The more the merrier. And the cheaper it is to rent a place.

I've got an 8 y o and an almost 4 y o.

We love cats, and my dh used to be on the golf team in school.
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Hmmmm... Virginia Beach is where my FIL vacations, so um we just wouldn't be able to overlap. :
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