However... middle to late August 2007 would be the perfect time to take a few days off and camp out at some cabins near a lake in a state park, would it not?
taken straight from their website:
Editors of the 1999 Outside Family Vacation Guide, a summer planner, have named Virginia’s very own Douthat State Park one of the nation's 10 best. It's on the National Register of Historic Places and straddles Bath and Alleghany counties. Douthat was one of the original six Virginia State Parks to open on June 15, 1936. Douthat is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains and features some of Virginia’s most outstanding scenery. In addition, a 50-acre lake offers swimming, boating and seasonal trout fishing.
Now, I'm a broke bastard most of the time, so yes, you'd have to pay for food and lodging. I'd be able to reserve the cabins for us at the resident rate, so we'd save a few bucks there... and if the Kolters come, I'm sure the resultant bonfire would be large enough to be seen from space, so cooking campfire foods wouldn't be too much of an issue. The cabins themselves have kitchens and whatnot, so you'd be able to cook regular foods and the like.
The cabins house 2-3, unless you get one of the two massive cabins. They are either on top of the mountain or at the bottom of the mountain (and if we had a ton of people coming, we'd likely just reserve both and hang out on top of the mountain until it's time for bed, then those down below can just roll down the hill. :p ) Those hold 15 and 18, respectively, and are considerably cheaper per person than the other would be.
One small issue would be transportation to here. Roanoke, VA is the closest airport, and if a whole bunch of you guys showed up, we'd have to figure out how to fit six-fourteen people in a Saturn SL2. :p I'd probably have to rent a van, scary as that prospect might be...
but anyway, this is just a preliminary feeling-out post. Anyone interested?