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Author Topic: Scoop Airport/Hotel/Travel Thread  (Read 91268 times)

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Re: Scoop Airport/Hotel/Travel Thread
« Reply #1325 on: January 05, 2022, 08:27:38 PM »
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Had one of my best weeks of my life in Belgrade. Was there 25 years ago and wish I could offer some insight, but thoroughly loved it.
I think probably in both of our cases what was interesting 25 years ago is not on the priority list now.  (at least not on the wife's list)
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« Reply #1326 on: January 05, 2022, 08:53:19 PM »
Actually their basketball team does play Friday night and that's a strong possibility if we can figure out how to get tickets.  Can't find anything on the web so far.
I went to a hockey game in Prague. Was very fun. Belgrade hoops would be a trip I bet. Might have to get tickets there. That’s what I had to do in Prague.

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« Reply #1327 on: January 06, 2022, 05:44:47 AM »
Bummer, Red Star was supposed to play Fenerbache on Friday but it's cancelled because Red Star has more players/coaches with COVID than without.
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« Reply #1328 on: January 06, 2022, 06:16:54 AM »
Bummer, Red Star was supposed to play Fenerbache on Friday but it's cancelled because Red Star has more players/coaches with COVID than without.
You might run into Novak Djokovic. Hear he has some free time.

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Re: Scoop Airport/Hotel/Travel Thread
« Reply #1329 on: January 09, 2022, 04:41:30 PM »
Where would you all say is the best drivable skiing from Chicago? Devils Head, Alpine Valley and Willmot is all I've done around here.
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« Reply #1330 on: January 09, 2022, 05:28:56 PM »
Where would you all say is the best drivable skiing from Chicago? Devils Head, Alpine Valley and Willmot is all I've done around here.

Cascade is about the same drive as Devil's Head and I prefer it.

If you are willing to make it an overnight, I recommend Brule in the UP.
Have some patience, FFS.

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« Reply #1331 on: January 09, 2022, 05:32:29 PM »
Cascade is about the same drive as Devil's Head and I prefer it.

If you are willing to make it an overnight, I recommend Brule in the UP.

Thanks! Hows the snow situation up there? Icy or decent for skiing?
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« Reply #1332 on: January 09, 2022, 05:36:04 PM »
Where would you all say is the best drivable skiing from Chicago? Devils Head, Alpine Valley and Willmot is all I've done around here.

Alpine valley and Wilmer are bunny hills. 

Chicago to devils head or cascade mountain about 3 hours? Not bad

Indian head, black jack, powder horn or ski brule about 5-6 hours?  Best thing short of the real deal
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« Reply #1333 on: January 09, 2022, 07:24:02 PM »
Thanks! Hows the snow situation up there? Icy or decent for skiing?

Brule is the best in WI, but it's a drive.  I second trying out Cascade.  Been there a ton, always well maintained.

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« Reply #1334 on: January 09, 2022, 08:01:22 PM »
Thanks! Hows the snow situation up there? Icy or decent for skiing?

Generally, it's not bad.  Lots of snowmaking, but quite a bit of natural snow as well.

I like Brule because the runs are pretty good and they have a cool lodge on the backside that is a converted cabin from the 19th century.

I have skied at Granite Peak in Wausau (formerly Rib Mountain) and did not care for it at all.  Super icy, and all the runs are basically black for the top quarter of the mountain and green the rest of the way down.
Have some patience, FFS.

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« Reply #1335 on: January 10, 2022, 08:04:07 AM »
Depending on where you are talking about. Pennekamp? Snorkeling is fine.
Islamorada or other places further down? Diving is better.
Plus personal preference. Snorkeling easier, cheaper,  You can obviously observe better diving. Turtles and nurse sharks tuck under ledges and are easier to see on air.
Plus there are a couple wrecks you can only get to diving. I’m not a big wreck diver fan, but most are.
Let me know where and I’ll see what insight I can provide. I’ve never dove near Key West so no knowledge about that area.
If you are in Islamorada, go to Lorelei’s for sunset dinner and drinks. Have a bushwhacker.

Tyvm for the "bushwacker" and various other recommendations!  I'm diving today in Looe Key before heading home tomorrow.  Big Pine is a great little area.  Far less touristy than Key West or Islamorada/Key Largo.   And surprisingly very good food choices close by.  I'm not much of a fisherman but it doesn't suck when you can catch Yellowtail and Grouper and local joints cook your catch.  Anyway I would recommend the area for those more comfortable with fewer tourists.  Also, $2 happy hour draft beer is never a bad thing.  Thx again and to all the scoopers for their suggestions.

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« Reply #1336 on: January 10, 2022, 09:11:25 AM »
Glad you are enjoying yourself! Thanks for the feedback.

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« Reply #1337 on: January 10, 2022, 09:19:20 AM »
Cascade is about the same drive as Devil's Head and I prefer it.

If you are willing to make it an overnight, I recommend Brule in the UP.

Yeah I'll probably make it an overnight but was hoping I'd still get some runs in Friday night as well. Don't think that's possible with going to the UP. Leaning Cascade right now.
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« Reply #1338 on: January 11, 2022, 11:02:49 PM »
Alpine valley and Wilmer are bunny hills. 

Chicago to devils head or cascade mountain about 3 hours? Not bad

Indian head, black jack, powder horn or ski brule about 5-6 hours?  Best thing short of the real deal
Don't forget Granite Peak (formerly Rib Mountain) in Wausau.  IMHO as good as Indianhead/Blackjack, etc and much closer than the UP.  Easy drive up 39 and they have extensive snow making.  Go there during the week and it's like you own the place. 
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« Reply #1339 on: January 11, 2022, 11:24:07 PM »
I hear Grand Geneva is lovely this time of year

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« Reply #1340 on: January 12, 2022, 08:07:23 AM »
You may want to consider Sundown, just west of Dubuque on Asbury Road. Not a bad drive from Chicago and Dubuque's hills are not insignificant.

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« Reply #1341 on: January 12, 2022, 08:25:56 AM »
I hear Grand Geneva is lovely this time of year

Villa Olivia too.

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« Reply #1342 on: January 12, 2022, 10:39:04 AM »
Villa Olivia too.

Ha! That reminds me of the time Glow Jr. (a middle-schooler at the time) came back from our spring break trip to Utah with lift tickets from Alta, Brighton, and Snowbird attached to his jacket. One of his classmates saw them and said, "I have never heard of those places, but I bet they aren't as cool as Villa Olivia!"
Have some patience, FFS.

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« Reply #1343 on: January 12, 2022, 02:53:56 PM »
Alpine valley and Wilmer are bunny hills. 

Chicago to devils head or cascade mountain about 3 hours? Not bad

Indian head, black jack, powder horn or ski brule about 5-6 hours?  Best thing short of the real deal

I am in Chicago, so the UP is 7-8 hours in a car. Since the drive is north-south, getting stuck in an storm makes that drive hellacious since the storm intensity is with you the mostly whole drive. I learned it's quicker and safer to jump on a plane to hit the western slopes...and of course much superior.

Also, with Midwest skiing, there are usually no board parks and the slopes get clogged with novice boarders sitting on their arses sliding down the mountain.

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« Reply #1344 on: January 12, 2022, 04:31:40 PM »
I am in Chicago, so the UP is 7-8 hours in a car. Since the drive is north-south, getting stuck in an storm makes that drive hellacious since the storm intensity is with you the mostly whole drive. I learned it's quicker and safer to jump on a plane to hit the western slopes...and of course much superior.

Also, with Midwest skiing, there are usually no board parks and the slopes get clogged with novice boarders sitting on their arses sliding down the mountain.

There is board stuff at Cascade and Rib... at least the last two times I was at either.

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« Reply #1345 on: January 14, 2022, 08:05:37 PM »
Moving this from the Fargo thread I hijacked.


I really prefer anywhere in Belgium.  Antwerp is such a great cultural center with so much history.  Ive been there so many times there for work it took going with my wife last month to re-appreciate it as a city.  Bruges, Ghent, Leuven, and Liege is actually quite cool too.

Brussels just feels kind of one note.  I know the palace and such is there, and the EU is there so its quite multicultural, but it really is otherwise unremarkable IMO.

Okay we pulled the trigger and booked a place in Antwerp. I like places with water.
My only regret moving from Brussels to Antwerp is it is further from Lueven. We had planned to abandon the kids one evening and visit “the world’s longest bar” collection of bars in Lueven. Still might do it (kids will be 18 & 17, so no child endangerment) but will cut down on drinking time.
Now thanks to the suggestions here other cities to visit come into play.
Found a near by restaurant called Meat Factory. But any other Belgium suggestions are welcome.

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« Reply #1346 on: January 14, 2022, 08:37:21 PM »
Moving this from the Fargo thread I hijacked.

Okay we pulled the trigger and booked a place in Antwerp. I like places with water.
My only regret moving from Brussels to Antwerp is it is further from Lueven. We had planned to abandon the kids one evening and visit “the world’s longest bar” collection of bars in Lueven. Still might do it (kids will be 18 & 17, so no child endangerment) but will cut down on drinking time.
Now thanks to the suggestions here other cities to visit come into play.
Found a near by restaurant called Meat Factory. But any other Belgium suggestions are welcome.

Meat Factory!! Right off the Grote Market by the Antwerp city government buildings and in the shadow of the cathedral. Actually a pretty solid spot. My first place ever having horse which was actually pretty dang good.

Bonaparte around the corner is a fun karaoke bar

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Re: Scoop Airport/Hotel/Travel Thread
« Reply #1347 on: January 14, 2022, 09:21:59 PM »
Moving this from the Fargo thread I hijacked.

Okay we pulled the trigger and booked a place in Antwerp. I like places with water.
My only regret moving from Brussels to Antwerp is it is further from Lueven. We had planned to abandon the kids one evening and visit “the world’s longest bar” collection of bars in Lueven. Still might do it (kids will be 18 & 17, so no child endangerment) but will cut down on drinking time.
Now thanks to the suggestions here other cities to visit come into play.
Found a near by restaurant called Meat Factory. But any other Belgium suggestions are welcome.

I haven't been to Antwerp in 5 yrs but Troubadour was excellent.  It may be a bit pricey but perhaps check out the menu.  You honest can't go wrong with that one mussels street about a stone's throw from the Hilton.  Belgium is of course beer heaven.  Remember to be safe. :)

 

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