I live in DC, my family lives in Montana. We want to spend Christmas together, but for various reasons we can't spend it here nor there. Any suggestions for an inexpensive Christmas destination?
I'm a big fan of snow, but the weather isn't a deal-breaker. The family is a pretty even mix of those who want to be outside doing something all day, and those who are happiest when they're lounging on a couch with a beer, so any and all suggestions are welcome!
If it's warm weather, try Phoenix.
If it's cold weather, consider Santa Fe, New Mexico. Not inexpensive, but gorgeous around Christmas. You can also save money by staying in Albuquerque and driving in.
I suggest Levenworth, Washington--and attend one of the weekend Christmas Lighting Festivals (all Christmas long)
It's fairly close to Montana (so you're family can get there)--and it's not far from Seattle if you fly there for an extended weekend to celebrate Christmas early.
Also, the cost if reasonable compared to more elaborate Christmas destinations like New York City, Aspen, Sun Valley, or Jackson (Wyoming)
[ Edit: Edited on 17-Oct-2010, at 21:22 by Calcruzer ]
I would think someplace mid-way such as Minnesota, Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan would fit the bill. I like snow for Xmas, and that's where you'd find it, and I would think Midwestern prices would also be pretty low vs a resort in the Rockies. Look for a winter sports area near Green Bay or Duluth. This country can be pretty expensive in the more popular areas and holidays are not known for bargain prices. Maybe rent a car and tour the 10,000 frozen lakes of Minnesota?
Sounds like its time to meet up in Chicago..
Thanks for all the suggestions!
The Christmas Lighting Festival in Levenworth sounds awesome, but we actually just met in Seattle over the summer for a short vacation, so my parents nixed that one.
My brother put in a vote for Phoenix, and since nobody else was throwing out ideas, I talked him into splitting time between Flagstaff and Phoenix. Snow for me, warm weather (cactus???) for him!
Hope everyone has an awesome winter - go do something unexpected!