So, last week we took a short, 4 day vacation; we just couldn’t do it for any longer due to work and other commitments but really wanted to get out at least once this summer. We headed Southeast to Maryland, near the Pennsylvania border so that we could take in some Historical Civil War sights and visit our grand old capital in Washington, D.C. While there is tons to see and do in this region, it can be a bit overwhelming for such a short stay.
We managed to make it to Gettysburg, PA, which is a cute little town with interesting shopping and cute pubs and restaurants, and of course the battlefield and historical sights. We also managed to spend one whole day in Washington, D.C. We took the metro into Union Station all the way from Shadygrove, this was an exciting and eye opening experience for the girls (ages 12 and 14). Our nations capital is a whole lot to take in with only one day to see it, but our day was greatly assisted by the Big Bus Tours Big Bus Tours company. It was a bit costly, but it allowed us to hit all of the landmarks and museums and offered “hop on/hop off” service with busses running regularly. We managed to at least see all of it, and even managed to get the interior tour at The Washington Monument thanks to our tour guide, Seth, who informed us that the tickets are free, you just have to get their early enough in the day before they are all distributed. As the day wound down and the busses stopped running, we found ourselves downtown near the Verizon Center and the strip of restaurants. We wandered until we found something that was not a franchise and was unique to D.C., and found ourselves at Clyde’s. Clyde’s service and food were all spectacular and this was a perfect and relaxing ending to our busy, fun filled day. For the most part, our day in D.C. was successful, if costly.
We spent two days on aimless road trips to surrounding areas and had the most fantastic breakfast in Thurmont Maryland at the Thurmont Kountry Kitchen, and had a most enjoyable visit to Frederick Maryland which is a fantastic little town (but big enough to hang out in for a few days…) with a stellar visitors center and plenty of dining, shopping and sightseeing. We also found our way to the Appalachian Trail and tons of natural beauty while checking out the falls on Catoctin Mountain. We ended our aimless evenings at The Ott House Pub in Emmitsburg, Maryland which is a friendly little tavern with cold beer and good food that was very near where we were staying.
All in all we had a busy, and more costly than expected…aren’t they all?, but fun little vacation and discovered some areas we’d like to revisit when we have more time…