I have 4 weeks vacation so also try to take some time during the summer but as long as I know far enough in advance, I can try to schedule around it. Wherever the location, would also be a good idea to check into what other activities might be taking place as it could cause problems for booking hotels e.g. in late August every year, Bangor hosts a folk music festival which draws large crowds. It's been free in years past, is a lot of fun and might be a nice diversion, but the hotels do fill up. Next year I already have vacation plans for mid-March and possibly April but also don't know yet what Steve's plans/dates are for doing the European book tour he'd rescheduled to 2013 although my understanding is that it will be late spring/early summer. That's going to take a big chunk of my time in the pre-planning stages and while Steve is there so I'm with Lily on the suggestion of July, August, or September. Weather here is usually nice through the middle of October and then it gets cold but if camping is part of the plan, the nights get down into the 30s or lower so that might eliminate that option.