The Water Cooler – Where Would You Go On An Overnight Trip?

April 7, 2021 12:00 pm · 49 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

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QUESTION: If you had an all-expense-paid trip to go anywhere, by car, overnight, where would you go?

Talk about it….

Badge1104 April 7, 2021 at 12:06 PM


Randy April 7, 2021 at 12:16 PM

… just overnight? ….no … make it a few days?

Sam Malone April 7, 2021 at 12:23 PM

Pacific Grove

April April 7, 2021 at 12:37 PM

Joshua Tree

Concord74 April 7, 2021 at 1:07 PM

Monument Valley National Park in the Navajo Indian Tribal Reservation in Utah-Arizona border.

Garbear April 7, 2021 at 1:08 PM

This weekend. San Diego California

ILUVAHSOKATANO2008 April 7, 2021 at 1:24 PM

I would go to DIsneyland. So I could experience all things Star Wars there. Like meeting Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Rey& Kylo Ren.

DD April 7, 2021 at 1:32 PM

Carmel, Pismo maybe.

Kentucky Derby April 7, 2021 at 1:46 PM

Camping under the stars — anywhere USA. To remind us of the days we were falling in love in college, and everything is going to be all right. Happily ever after…

Dawg April 7, 2021 at 1:59 PM

I’ve always wanted to visit Bodie. It’s a ghost town in Mono County, established in 1859 when gold was discovered there.

Glen April 7, 2021 at 4:50 PM

Early 90’s, a guy at Mare Island was helping to fix some of the buildings at Bodie. I was an avid ‘boonies’ camper back then (still am) and found a bunch of forged square nails circa 1800’s from a razed barn. I sold a coffee can of square nails to him for $.25 each! Some of those buildings have the nails in them, and I had a bunch of money!

jimmyjack April 8, 2021 at 6:39 AM

Dawg, My Pops took me to Bodie after he read a book about it. I thought it was going to suck, actually one of the coolest places I’ve been. GO TO BODIE !!

Well Folks April 8, 2021 at 8:04 AM

Bodie is worth the drive. There has been some restoration and some buildings are still in their wonderful dilapidated state. And at night there is some paranormal activity as well. I’ve been twice in 4 years as it’s only a 2 hour drive for me

Jeff (the other one?) April 7, 2021 at 2:23 PM

are gambling wagers considered expenses? Then I would get to Reno and make long shot bets to hopefully walk out of there smiling large.

If not, the Ritz in HMB suggestion made by Living the Dream is a darn good one. That place is top notch for location.

Concord Eagle April 7, 2021 at 2:31 PM

Bodega Bay.

Cowellian April 7, 2021 at 2:36 PM

I’m not certain of anything, except it must have salt water.

Bad Nombre April 7, 2021 at 2:43 PM

Wagontire, OR

ClayDen April 7, 2021 at 2:47 PM

To stay one night: Bar Harbor Maine/Acadia National Park (though 2 or 3 nights would be better). I would drive there and back without getting on an interstate and enjoy the drive.
To drive in one day each way: Pacific Grove; we were there last week for the day and are going there this week for the day as well.

QueryQue April 7, 2021 at 2:49 PM

Nick’s Cove on Tomales Bay.

Ms. Mom April 7, 2021 at 2:55 PM

Camping, Richardson’s Grove Humboldt county

Dawg April 7, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Richardson’s Grove is one of my favorite campgrounds.

Well Folks April 7, 2021 at 3:03 PM

Some of the natural rock formed hot spring pools out by Winnemucca.

ConcordRes2 April 7, 2021 at 3:08 PM

Pismo Beach

Dorothy April 7, 2021 at 3:19 PM

Las Vegas. I enjoy the entertainment on the main casino street for passerby’s. Overnight is just about long enough.

reekorizzo April 7, 2021 at 3:33 PM

my bedroom

Dr. Jellyfinger April 7, 2021 at 4:22 PM

Surf City

Exit 12A April 7, 2021 at 4:42 PM

The Cottages in Mendocino.

Cowellian April 7, 2021 at 8:23 PM

We loved the Mendocino coast, but our go-to escape was the Elk Cove Inn in the town of Elk.

Shoulda Coulda April 7, 2021 at 5:33 PM

Austin Minnesota. The home of Spam
and the world famous Spam Museum.

Otis Campbell April 7, 2021 at 6:19 PM

And John Madden who was born in Austin MN.

XJ April 7, 2021 at 5:56 PM

I would go east, past the state line and never come back. Kinda like Lot. Don’t even look back as you leave.

Gititogether April 7, 2021 at 6:29 PM

All expense paid ya say? Silverado

Silva April 7, 2021 at 7:20 PM

One night’s hardly worth the trouble. Gimme at least 2 nites. Anywhere. Especially a National Park or Monument.

Chris April 7, 2021 at 7:24 PM

The Lost Coast Trail up in Humboldt County and camp right on the beach for a night with a roaring fire and bottle of wine.

Dr. Jellyfinger April 7, 2021 at 8:40 PM

I did that once…. a word of advice… check the tide table first.
High tide really screwed things up for us… Thank God for helicopters!

escapehatch April 7, 2021 at 8:02 PM

The San Francisco Fairmont Hotel Tower on Nob Hill. Get a room high up on the north side overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Alcatraz and Fishermans Wharf and the Marina. Party in the Tonga Room, and have breakfast in your room. Next morning while your Lady gets ready walk a couple of blocks to the Cable Car Museum. Then get her and see Grace Cathedral. Check out and lunch on Chestnut Street before crossing the Golden Gate bridge to investigate Sausalito. A TRUE TOURiST!

Badger April 7, 2021 at 8:20 PM

Napa. So I could go to the French Laundry during Corona. Only for the ruling class. Silly peasants.

hanne jeppesen April 7, 2021 at 9:13 PM

Love Half Moon Bay, spend lot’s of time there. Since when I lived on the Peninsula and had a girl friend there, it was a nice place to go for drinks, dinner etc. Have had drinks at the Ritz, but never stayed there.

hanne jeppesen April 7, 2021 at 9:17 PM

One night only kind of limits your choices. My favorite week end get away, Clear Lake (I have gone there for one night, but usually 2 or 3) Yosemite, Tahoe, the Gold Country and Carmel. However, for one night perhaps one of the spas in Calistoga would be nice.

The Fearless Spectator April 7, 2021 at 9:43 PM

Post Ranch, Big Sur.

Sandy G April 7, 2021 at 10:44 PM

Cambria. I spent the night there after a day at Hearst Castle. Would love to go and see more of the area, without the person I took last time.

Antler April 8, 2021 at 7:22 PM

Cambria truly is wonderful!
But it is way too far to be considered an overnight trip,
well unless you have a private plane?

Antler April 7, 2021 at 10:56 PM

I can narrow it down either to Nevada City (in spring or fall)…
Or Carmel (ANY time).
But please may I stay more than one night? Even with Airport Commuter Limo Service chauffeur, the trips there and back tire me out so that I can’t walk around very long when I’m there

Wait a minute April 8, 2021 at 12:10 AM

If an RV can be included in “car” category, I’d hire a driver and chef and travel the coastal scenic route of California. Not sure if I’d go north or south though… they’re both awesome!

ClayDen April 8, 2021 at 4:58 PM

We’ve driven the whole coastal route from Ruby Beach Washington to San Diego (much of it several times) and I think the most scenic part is from Carmel to around Lucia. The part from Reedsport to around Lincoln City Oregon is also great, especially the section from Heceta Head to Yachats, as are many other sections. The whole thing is worth the drive. Not to miss are Olympic National Park, especially Hurricane Ridge, the Hoh Rainforest and Lake Crescent (near Port Angeles WA).

Jeff April 8, 2021 at 5:19 PM


Dr. Jellyfinger April 12, 2021 at 9:50 PM

I just got back from Hernando’s Hideaway !

Gittyup April 13, 2021 at 7:18 AM

I can’t decide.

nytemuvr April 13, 2021 at 9:38 AM

It’s not the destination, it’s about the ride that gets you there. For me it’s cranking up the volume on my V-twin going down the “grey ribbon” to anywhere. After 40+ years it never gets old.

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