Through a series of lucky breaks I've got 11 days off at Christmas this year, from December 22-January 2 (I work at a community college and they've decided to give us the same dates as students!). My family doesn't really celebrate Christmas and two of my friends are in similar situations.
SO we decided that this Christmas we're going to take a road trip, leave on Saturday the 22nd and come back sometime around New Years (the trip doesn't have to be that long but it could be). The problem is we're lost as to where to go.
This will be my fifth road trip in about 4 years but one of the first where I had to do significant amounts of driving. I don't love to drive but it's by far my favorite mode of travel.
Last summer we visited Toronto and Ottawa Canada and we would love to go back to visit Montreal and some other places we didn't have time for. However we're worried about snow and winter weather.
We'll be starting in Winston-Salem, NC. In the past we've had a tendency to visit large cities, and we've covered most everything in our immediate area. We like historical places but we also like to be somewhere with some interesting things to besides touristy stuff.
We've tossed around the idea of the Outer Banks, Canada, some place warm (need more input on that one), or some where unique and different.
Obviously it would be nice to do something Christmas-like on Christmas and it'll be necessary to be in a town large enough to have food service available. So in all honesty the trip itself is the main feature since a lot of the attractions will be closed for the holiday.
Any input that you could throw in would be helpful. I love coming here cause I can always get new and interesting ideas about where and how to go.