Travel thread

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by nym711, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    Transfer to BA to book the AA flight. Its a partner reward and you can make the avios account for free. Should be 15k pp roundtrip on BA since they do their rewards on a distance chart (even for partner flights).
     
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  2. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    My MIL is panicking that we’re going to die of coronavirus.
     
  3. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    I hate BA but I will try it!!
     
  4. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    Its the same AA flight! You are just using BA for the cheap whore they are in this case :lol:
     
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  5. deet

    deet Chicken

    Is she also panicked about flu deaths @shakespeer?
     
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  6. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    I guess there isn't a codeshare on the shuttle flights b/c I am coming up empty when i search on the BA site.
     
  7. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    I was wondering if Shakes told her all the things that are WAY more likely to kill her would increase the panic or not lol
     
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  8. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    You have to register for an Avios account and then search via miles redemption from your Avios account. It won’t show up on a cash search! I can help if you PM me the flights because I’ve booked this exact way before!

    eta- you can search for a miles redemption with no miles in your account btw! Don't transfer til you confirm its bookable! Also has to still have award availability on AA so you can check that on the AA side if it still doesn’t come up after mock booking via Avios!
     
  9. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    I did that with the account and did the miles search and it says no flights!
     
  10. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    @scotchbutter Nope. She called my dad (without our knowledge) and talked through it with him and now she “feels better.”
     
  11. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    I think we have decided on Sonoma/Napa for our anniversary trip in October. Anyone have good recs for that area? Looking for places to stay/visit/eat and things to do.
     
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  12. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    We love the V. Sattui winery. The wine was great, they have the cutest little deli for lunch and you can picnic on the grounds. Seriously, look at the pictures in their google reviews, it’s gorgeous.

    https://www.vsattui.com/
     
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  13. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    @Comet what kinds of wines do you prefer? That way I can tailor my recs.
     
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  14. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    @Zombie Llama reds, pinot noir is our favorite. I enjoy a good basic bitch rose too, but that isn't so much M's thing. Thanks!
     
  15. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    So I am generally a proponent of Sonoma over Napa. To me, it's less touristy, more intimate, and much prettier. Much of Napa has gotten so commercialized and over-priced. And since you two love Pinots, I think you would prefer Sonoma.

    Also, there are some side trips that you can easily do from Sonoma like Muir Woods (have to make reservations in advance) and Point Reyes (including stopping for oysters), and some really good creameries.

    To be cont'd...
     
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  16. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Since you love Pinots, I am going to start in the Russian River area.

    Merry Edwards - Merry is the queen of Pinot and one of the first female winemakers. She used to work for Robert Mondavi back in the 70s/80s before going out on her own. Her Pinots are not cheap, but they are fantastic. And it is absolutely worth going and picking up a bottle or two. The winery offers a lovely sit down tasting experience for free, where you will learn a ton about apellations including the Russian River and the Petaluma Gap. She also has some delicious whites. From one Pinot lover to another, this is must stop.

    Freeman - Freeman also has a female winemaker. The story is fun so I won't ruin it for you. But it is a tiny winery with a cave, and the very intimate tastings are run by the winemaker herself in the cave. Tastings (by appointment only) are not free, but she credits the fee against your purchase. Her wines are similar in price point to Merry's, but also worth the splurge.

    To be cont'd....
     
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  17. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Red Car - Their tasting room is right around the corner from Merry Edwarda. And a good place to sit outside and have a sandwich while you taste. I particularly like their rosé. If I remember correctly (it's been awhile), it is relatively affordable.

    Andy's Market is a great place to pick up lunch in this area.
     
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  18. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Rochioli - this is a cult Pinot winery and one of my faves. It also has one of the most beautiful views in the Russian River, so it it a phenomenal place to do a tasting around lunchtime. They have tables outside where you can eat your picnic lunch and taste. They only taste their estate wines (none of their single vineyard), but they are great. They are appointment only and apply their tasting fee (around $25) to purchase. Put yourself on the waitlist now for their single vineyard wines. You'll be happy you did in 5 years.
     
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  19. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Bacigalupi - this is right around the corner from Rochioli. If you have seen Bottleshock, this is the vineyard that provided the majority of the Chardonnay grapes that won the Judgement of Paris. It is a cute tasting room that you can just walk in. IIRC, I also like their rosé.

    Note, there is a beautiful modern tasting room between Rochioli and Bacigalupi on the west side of the street. It's a trap. Their wines suck and they are pretentious as hell. I cannot remember the name, but skip it.
     
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  20. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Lioco - downtown Healdsburg tasting room that is open until 7pm. Great wines that you can get in FL.

    Russian River Brewery - depending on where you stay, hit this brewery in Santa Rosa on the way back north or south. They have great IPAs (e.g. Point the Elder) and sours. Their food is pretty good too.
     
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  21. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    Wow ZL, thank you!
     
  22. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    I have more. Just taking a break. Sonoma is one of my favorite places (so much that we got married there).
     
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  23. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    Booked my flight to Amsterdam! Of course the price went up by like $60 since I last checked, but in the grand scheme, whatever.
     
  24. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    :loveu: When? We loooooove Amsterdam!
     
  25. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    Last week of April and first week of May. It's King's Day/75th Liberation Day those weeks so it's going to be a country-wide party I'm sure. My mom and I haven't been there since I was a tiny kid so we're looking forward to it.
     
  26. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    Nice! Are you going to try to make it to Keukenhof for the tulips? I have friends that went for King's Day and while there are a lot of people and everything people aren't stupid at large events like they are here.
     

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