Where in the world would you like to go? Staff’s vacation destinations this year

by Badgley Phelps | Jun 21, 2018

If you’re a client of Badgley Phelps, you know we take pride in working hard to help grow and manage your wealth. But we like to play hard, too. In our downtime this year, here’s where we’re planning to travel.

North America

Lisa Price and her family are going to visit the Carolinas as part of Lisa’s U.S. travel bucket list. Lisa’s looking forward to it as it combines historical sites and visits to some wonderful cities, from Charlotte to Raleigh-Durham to Greensboro to Myrtle Beach, as well as to the to the Outer Banks, the series of barrier islands that juts out off the coast of North Carolina.


Cal Spranger is off to Park City, Utah, for some epic mountain biking. The Park City tourism site lists Mid-Mountain Trail, Wasatch Crest Trail, Lost Prospector, Flagstaff Loop/Tidal Wave and Flying Dog among the trails Cal and other avid bikers won’t want to miss.

Wendy Taylor is heading to Maui. A TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice pick, Maui offers everything from waterfalls to bamboo forests to hiking to windsurfing to snorkeling. “Driving the scenic road to Hana along the island’s northeastern shore will be among the most spectacular journeys of your life. Time stands still at the Hawaiian village of Keanae, definitely worth a visit.”

Victoria Best looks forward to enjoying the warmth, sun and friendly people in Hawaii. Thinking of a visit yourself? From Frommers: “Because Hawaii lies at the edge of the tropical zone, it technically has only two seasons, both of them warm. There’s a dry season that corresponds to summer (Apr–Oct) and a rainy season in winter (Nov–Mar)…Fortunately, it seldom rains in one spot for more than 3 days straight.”


Mike Schultz looks forward to visiting Kenai, Alaska, for his son’s wedding. Mike and his family will be experiencing the beautiful Alaska scenery, great food and wonderful people for a fun celebration. The City of Kenai’s website invites visitors to tour the historic structures of Old Town or to stroll the beaches featuring amazing views.

Mike Gerke will set out for Acadia National Park to visit his daughter, Jillian, who lives and works in nearby Boston. According to Wikipedia, “Acadia National Park is located in the state of Maine, southwest of Bar Harbor. The park reserves much of Mount Desert Island and associated smaller islands along the Atlantic coast.”

Paul Horng is aiming north to Vancouver this year, where he could work his way through this list of things to do in Vancouver from Airbnb hosts. From the shops and galleries of Granville Island to the eateries and nightlife of downtown to the nearby one-of-a-kind hiking and exploration opportunities, Vancouver is worth more than a day trip.

Tim Thomas looks forward to the great skiing and favorable exchange rate in Sun Peaks, Canada. If you’re thinking of visiting next year and have young adults in the family, wow them by going during Snowbombing Canada, an annual music festival that rivals Coachella.

Europe and beyond


Mitch Steiner plans to visit Eastern Europe for the first time this year. This list of “The 25 places in Eastern Europe you must see in your lifetime” will keep Mitch busy, as it touts the benefits of visiting places from the capital of Estonia to Krakow, Poland, to Kotor Bay in Montenegro.

Eileen Olson has her sights set on Sweden, the country where her grandparents came from, to trace her roots and participate in an Ironman Triathlon. It’s no wonder, since Sweden’s official tourism site calls it “the land of magic.”

Curtis Pepin plans to visit Norway’s “untamed islands” of Lofoten for some backcountry skiing. Visit Norway describes Lofoten as a place “known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun and small villages off the beaten track. Kayak between the islands, go fishing for the catch of your life or look for sea eagles soaring in the sky.”


Norway is arguably one of the most beautiful places on the planet and that doesn’t stop at its roadside restrooms. One built on a scenic viewing spot along the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten between Holm and Godøystraumen was praised by Travel + Leisure—for good reason!

Steve Phelps looks forward to visiting Israel and Croatia because of marine archaeology opportunities. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, “underwater archaeological excavation is very similar to traditional land archaeology. The most common (and perhaps most popular) type of sites studied are shipwrecks. However, marine archaeologists also investigate other kinds of sites, such as flooded land sites or fishing structures.”

Kevin Callaghan is eagerly anticipating attending The Voiles de Saint-Tropez, a regatta that takes place once a year in the gulf of Saint-Tropez, Var, France. When he’s not watching the races, Lonely Planet offers this list of experiences he can enjoy, from shopping to museums to food and drink.



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