Hello everyone, glad to find this site to learn about airplane ownership. I have been reading lots of postings about the decision process on buying a plane and I'm hoping to learn a lot more about which plane is best for our family. I have been thinking about buying my first flying contraption for a long time and always found an excuse why I should give up the search. I have entertained all types of flying and really thought I would end up building a quicksilver or aircam in my retirement. Last month my wife said she would love it if I stopped talking about it and buy us a plane the family could use for travel. I am a 50 year old airline pilot that hasn't flown GA in 20 years... yes, I want an autopilot. My wife has gone up with me in friend's planes and also a trike when I was considering buying a trike. She likes flying and even wants to take some lessons so she can be supportive on our trips. I have a lot of time to improve my GA flying knowledge and do my due diligence in finding the right plane. I'd prefer to take the extra time and get it right the first time. Ideally I'd like to be up and flying by summer 2021 so 9-10 months is the goal. We are a mostly short family with nobody over 5'9" (average 5'4"). Average weight of 130 pounds & a 65 pound dog puts the family at 850 pounds before any luggage or gear. Of course we could have some taller guests but just wanted to share the needs. The mission would have us using the plane instead of the SUV for our longer trips in the Southeast. Typical destinations we drive to are 300-500 miles with 3-5 people average. Dog on the longer trips. Hopefully we would also add in a nice 1400 mile trip up to Maine in the summer and who knows as the kids go off on their own lol. I'm leaning towards a singe engine, non-turbo, 6 seat, retractable airplane. I prefer the visibility in the singles and intend to use the plane as a mainly dav vmc traveller. My friend's love their cherokees so I thought a Saratoga was the plane for us but after reading here I think I need to think hard about the Bonanza. I am looking mainly at 1980s Bonanzas & Saratogas. Please let me know what you think of these 2 planes appropriateness for my family and any recommendations you have. Thanks!