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Can somebody please help me- I'm looking to a rent a car- full size or minivan- from MCO (Orlando airport) starting sunday night (Jan. 21) until Wed Jan. 24 (3 day rental). Renters age is 31. I don't care about the company as long as they are reputable. I found a really cheap quote on from some company i never heard of- "nu:" Are they reputable? Thanks!

The Lincoln minyan is at the days inn so it is very convenient for shabbos. We rented a 3 bedroom cottage and it was very clean and functional- not beautiful but very comfortable- there are no phones (there are phones in the main part of hotel) in the cottages and the cell phone service (at least for t mobile) was not very good. There's separate swimming for 2 hours a day in the morning which is a nice perk too. Overall- I would stay there again

We went up to the White Mountains from July 2 (Sunday)- July 5 (Wednesday) and had a BLAST.

- I went up with my wife and 3 kids (ages 5, 3 and 1) so all activities needed to be age appropriate.
- We stayed in Lincoln, NH at the Days Inn. We rented a 3 bedroom, full kitchen and living room, 2 porch cottage- was quite affordable-
   especially when booking thru Ultimate Rewards with the 50% travel bonus. Clean, very friendly staff and there is a minyan on site (times depend on participating minyan goers). There is also separate swimming (1 hour for men and 1 hr for women) in the morning.
-  Polar Caves. About half hr from Lincoln (on the way up from NYC so it's a nice activity to do on the way up) My 5 yr old and 3 yr old
    loved it and most caves were even doable with baby in baby carrier. Great activity- they have animals in cages to feed as well.
- Clarks Trading Post- 5 minute drive from Days Inn. Great place for kids- they have a train ride, water slide, bear show, cute museums,
   splash boats etc.
- Franconia Notch- Flume Gorge. 5 minutes from Days Inn. There are a number of things to do in the Notch but we just did the Flume.
   The full hike is about 2 miles up and down, but they have an option to take a bus a half mile and you only need to do a 1 mile hike
   round trip (and then take bus back). My 5 yr old and 3 yr old did it with no problem and baby went in baby carrier. Beautiful hike with
   waterfall and beautiful brook.
- Story Land- in Glen NH. 1 hour drive from Days Inn. Unbelievable amusement park (and the drive there is spectacular!) for kids. Kids
   absolutely adored it.
- Loon Mountain. 10 minutes from Days Inn. There are many things to do at Loon. We just took the Skyride to the top and included in
   the ticket are the Glacial Caves (similar to Polar Caves but more difficult with the baby carrier), observation deck and some hikes and
   playground (not  a great playground). Cafe up top and picnic benches too. Really beautiful views!!
We brought our own meat and grilled every night (brought a portable grill). I am told that the Price Chopper in Lincoln sells some Kosher items but we didn't go.

Highly recommend!

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General Discussion / Re: Stroller Car racks?
« on: June 19, 2014, 07:31:15 PM »
you could strap the stroller straight to the roof with som ratchet straps (I've done long distance) but a clamshell or even anything heavier than a stroller should go on top of bars bec. they are installed on the frame of the roof vs. the actual roof. You can get bars installed on just about any car (may void warranties- check it out)
Any idea how much those bars would cost to install?

General Discussion / Re: Stroller Car racks?
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:08:25 PM »
Thanks everyone!

What about a clamshell roof thing.  Can you find one big enough for the carriage?  Or can you put your luggage in the clamshell and keep the carriage taking over the whole trunk.
Or a roof rack ( those bars that are bolted to the roof)with the carriage tied down with a tarp over it. 
Do you have any idea how much those bars cost? Somebody else recommended that to me.. I saw on some other online forums people discussing this same issue and someone posted that they wanted to try the bike rack idea too (I'm not the only nutcase).. People over there seem to tink it should work. I guess theres only one way to find out :)

General Discussion / Re: Stroller Car racks?
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:31:25 PM »
I would say it would work around town.
But keep in mind it will get dusty,dirty and wet.
It just might be time for an upgrade  :)
Thanks! For around town I don't really need it. It's more for the long trips. My in laws live in Ottawa and we head up there from ny every now and then so would be nice to be able to bring some luggage and the stroller..

General Discussion / Stroller Car racks?
« on: June 17, 2014, 02:05:16 PM »
I'm sure I'm not the only person with this dilemma. We have a subcompact car- nissan versa and 2 kids, and a double stroller takes up virtually the entire trunk.. I did a google search for double stroller car racks and people discuss the need for such an invention but apparently they don't exist. And I was thinking to maybe use a bike rack and strap down the double stroller.. Has anybody ever tried doing it? Is it even worth a shot?

General Discussion / Re: Place for large reunion?
« on: February 23, 2014, 10:35:29 PM »
The Hudson Valley resort and spa in the catskills is a large hotel- they have a pesach program there.. I know they host Jewish events and reunions (but could be larger events- not sure) during the year. I have a friend whose family and extended family went up there for a weekend last year.. I would look into it

Up In The Air / Re: travellers insurance question
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:32:00 PM »
I got insurance, and filed a claim for my wife in her 9th month traveling. It was $4 a day and a one time $50 start up fee... I got it from an agent here in Israel. The provider was a Dutch company. My wife was hospitalized due to an allergic reaction on the trip, it was fully covered.
Wow. Good to know- its too late now but thanks anyway

Up In The Air / Re: travellers insurance question
« on: November 19, 2013, 11:21:24 PM »
You have to buy a policy that has a pre existing condition waiver. Many of them have to be purchased within a certain time frame of purchasing your trip. Additionally you need to be sure that pregnancy is not excluded even if you purchase that waiver.
Thanks! I researched online and it seems that it makes sense to cancel the existing reservation.. I found some availability for this coming weekend so were gonna do that..

Up In The Air / travellers insurance question
« on: November 19, 2013, 02:01:11 PM »
My wife is expecting in mid-January and we wanted to get away for a weekend before the baby.. I have a trip to Orlando (from NY) planned for about 5 weeks before her due date, But somebody pointed out that being that I am on Medicaid (Family Health Plus), the only out-of state medical coverage I receive is emergency room service, in which case I would have to shell out like 25k if she gives birth 5 weeks early.. Does anybody know if I can purchase some kind of travellers insurance that would cover those costs just in case she gives birth there? Or should I just cancel my trip and not risk it..

I emailed them and they didn't give me the promo but I called and asked for them to reach deep down in their hearts.. And they did :) They didn't give me the full 60 but I got 30 dollars credited towards my account which can be used for anything!

General Discussion / Re: baby/infant gates
« on: November 12, 2013, 01:35:09 AM »
Thank you all for your help!

General Discussion / Re: baby/infant gates
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:30:09 AM »

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