How we scored our weekend getaway

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

When the kids were younger and "needed a nap," I would stick them in the old Volkswagen bus, sprinkle a few Cheerios in the tray of their car seat and drive around looking at interesting properties until long after they had fallen asleep. The truth is I eventually would have made the drive anyway because I'm interested and curious (sometimes appalled) with the way owners utilize real estate. I also am a dreamer when it comes to waterfront and view land and often wonder "what could be" if I happened upon something remotely affordable. The best values, and surprises, usually result from visiting a specific area and talking with its people rather than relying on a printed, or online, description. While the remotely affordable days absolutely seem to be over now, they also seemed to be over more than 30 years ago on Father's Day weekend when my wife and I started making such drives in our casual search for a weekend-vacation getaway. It didn't take long, h...