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Many of us have been cooped up during the winter and now Spring is in the air, we really should begin to experience our lives to the fullest; embrace Spring!


As we approach the Spring and Summer months, we may want to just get away from it all and have some fun.


I hereby suggest some fantastic vacation getaways;


The Smithsonian Institute


The Museums and Zoo

The Smithsonian Institution—the world's largest museum and research complex—includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park.

Most Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are free and open every day of the year except December 25. For a complete list of hours see the information on planning your visit or select a museum from the list.

Note: Additional Smithsonian exhibitions and events can be found in the S. Dillon Ripley Center on the National Mall.


African American History and Culture Museum African Art Museum Air and Space Museum
Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center American Art Museum American History Museum
American Indian Museum American Indian Museum Heye Center Anacostia Community Museum
Arts & Industries Building Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Freer Gallery
Hirshhorn Musem and Sculpture Garden National Zoo Natural History Museum
Portrait Gallery Postal Museum Renwick Gallery
Sackler Gallery Smithsonian Institution, The Castle Ripley Center, International Gallery


The Baltimore Aquarium


Website; http://www.aqua.org/discounts.html


Have breakfast with the Dolphins!


This is a true family experience. Not only do they put on live shows with the Dolphins, but there is some much to do and see there, plus groups and students can purchase tickets at discount. This is one stop you should have on your list of places to visit, and it is very inexpensive. Take the family for a day of fun in the sun or spend a week.

My recommended place to eat in Baltimore:

My Personal 5 Star Rating!

Phillips Seafood - Harborplace

Inner HarborSeafood$$Reserve Now


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Accommodations - Inner Harbor

Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor

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131 E. Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-539-7888
Fax: 410-539-3345
Web Site: www.baltimoreinnerharborsuites.hamptoninn.com
Neighborhood: Inner Harbor/City Center


This grand historic building is located two blocks from the Inner Harbor, featuring microwaves and refrigerators in all rooms, an indoor pool, exercise room, complimentary business center, free wireless Internet, valet parking and complimentary full breakfast

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

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700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-385-3000
Fax: 410-385-0330
Web Site: www.baltimoremarriottwaterfront.com
Neighborhood: Harbor East

Baltimore's only waterfront hotel is a full-service 32-story landmark with 753 guestrooms, 49,000 square feet of meeting space and 18,000 square feet of pre-function space located near all the Inner Harbor attractions.

Days Inn Inner Harbor Hotel

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100 Hopkins Place
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-576-1000
Fax: 410-659-0257
Web Site: www.daysinnerharbor.com
Neighborhood: Harbor/Downtown

This 250-room high-rise hotel is located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the closest location to the Baltimore Convention Center. We are also three blocks from the Inner Harbor and two blocks from Camden Yards and MT Bank Stadium.


Washington D.C.


Baltimore is also a hop-skip-and-a-jump to Washington, DE where we could spend a couple of weeks and still not do and see all there is to see. My favorite place in Washington DC is the Aeronautical Museum of Washington DC, Smithsonian Museum,

All 34 Things To Do In Washington D.C.

The Washington Monument, The National Zoo, Lincoln Memorial, The US Capitol Building, to name a few.



My recommended places to eat in Washington DC;

 Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place

Among Washington D.C. restaurants, Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place has the best views in the city with an extensive menu that lives up to the surroundings. Tony & Joe’s has been a Georgetown favorite for over 20 years but remains a fresh choice with high quality food and an upscale but approachable feel. With stunning views of the Potomac River and The Kennedy Center, the restaurant is a great choice.


Accommodations - Washington D.C.

L Enfant Plaza Hotel DC

480 L Enfant Plaza SW

Washington, DC 20024

(202) 484-1000

Beautiful Hotel walking distance to museums and shopping!

 My Personal 5 Star Rating!


Savoy Suites Georgetown DC – Washington, DC


Savoy Suites Georgetown DC   Savoy Suites Georgetown DC
2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007 US




Want something else?

Well, from Baltimore and Washington, DC take Interstate 95 North, toward Wilmington, DE, Philly and New York

Accommodations - Wilmington, DE

Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington



 My Personal 5 Star Rating!

11th & Market Streets, Wilmington, DE 19801  (Downtown-City Center)
Attractions: Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, The Delaware Art Museum, The Brandywine River Museum, The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, The Delaware Museum of Natural History, The Delaware History Museum, Rockwood Mansion Museum, Hagley Museum, Nemours Mansion, Old Swedes Church, the Kalmar Nyckel, the Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington Riverfront.

Wilmington, Delaware

Lets discuss Wilmington, DE – our 1st State. Small but wonderful!


Your first stop should be the Hagley Museum as well as take a tour of the Nemours Mansion and Garden tour.

While you are at it, you may want to visit the Delaware Historical Society.

Did you know that Delaware has its own Casino? Yes!


My recommended places to eat in Wilmington DE;
Sullivan's might be a chain, but it still has some of the best steak in the area. The enticing menu features a cut for everyone, and a slew of delicious family-style side items. And the bar? It's as classy as they come, with a black Baby Grand piano, a very

Chicago steakhouse feel and a martini list that'll knock your socks off.

5525 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 479-7970

My Personal 5 Star Rating!


Back to School

We are entering Back To School time when our kids will be returning to school. Some are still Elementary School and moving up. Some are entering college or university. In my case, my first grandson is still attending the university in his studies in Information Technology and Computer Networking. My second grandson is headed into the studies of Film/Video and the production of movies. the university. My third grandson is looking at several universities, he is deciding a political path for his future.   What is our required of us, parents and grand parents?

To be pro active in the lives of our children and grand children; Let’s help them with the decision making processes, from start to finish. Remind them that though they are moving into a school dorm, they will never be alone without the strong arms of the family, who loves them, yes and even in those times when they may think that that are grown and knows more than us. Gently remind them that we did not reach the ages we are, and experienced the lessons of life as we had, without having achieved Master degree status to be able to continue to guide and nurture them.

Let us never forget that “Love” is the greatest gift we can give our children, LOVE makes for a very strong foundation.   Whenever we are back together on school breaks, let us remember to experience as a family. Let us do the things which continues to strengthen us as a family. Family time is integral to the building of strong family relationship.   As the winter approaches, on my agenda is not only to do the things we do at home, but also to encourage all to embrace those things we can do outside the home.

Connecticut Getaways


The Samuel Deming House
Photo courtesy of the Farmington Historical Society

The Samuel Deming House, c. 1768, is one of several houses in this itinerary within the Farmington Historic District associated with the Mende's stay in Farmington. Houses in the historic district date from 1720 to 1835. Farmington was a prosperous commercial center and the 10th most populous town in the colonies at the time of the American revolution.

Samuel Deming was one of Farmington’s leading abolitionists. Along with Austin Williams and John Treadwell Norton, Deming supported the Amistad Africans during their trials and arranged to bring the Mende to Farmington after the trial while funds were raised to send them back to Sierra Leone. Deming was a legislator, merchant, farmer and one of the town’s most respected citizens and churchmen. He was a member of the Farmington Anti-Slavery Society, and a founder, with Norton, Williams and Horace Cowles, of the Connecticut Anti-Slavery Society in 1838.

Historic photo of Samuel Deming House
Photo courtesy of the Farmington Historical Society

His home, in the center of the town, has been traditionally known as a stop on the Underground Railroad (see our Underground Railroad Itinerary--a place where runaway slaves could seek refuge--and many freedom seekers were hidden there over the years. His wife, Catherine, was notable among the many local women who raised money and signed petitions to help the abolitionist and Amistad causes. Now owned by Miss Porter’s School, the house is marked by a plaque identifying it with Thomas Hart Hooker, its original builder and owner. Deming also made space available over his store (originally located on Main Street next to his home, later move around the corner to its present location at 2 Mill Lane) for sleeping quarters when the Mende Africans first arrived. Throughout their stay that space also served as their classroom.

The Samuel Deming House is located at 66 Main St. in the Farmington Historic District. Part of a Miss Porter's School a private girl’s school, the house is not open to the public


 The Mark Twain House

 “A Home – & The Word Never Had So Much Meaning Before”

Samuel and Olivia Clemens were married in 1870 and moved to Hartford in 1871. The family first rented a house on Forest Street‚ in the Nook Farm neighborhood‚ from Livy’s friends‚ John and Isabella Beecher Hooker‚ and later purchased land on Farmington Avenue. In 1873‚ they engaged New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter to design their house.

Livy had strong opinions about the design of her home; she drew sketches and sought the counsel of trusted friends on her ideas. Construction began in August 1873‚ while Sam and Livy were abroad. Although there was still much finish work to be completed‚ the family moved into their house on September 19‚ 1874. Construction delays and the ever-increasing costs of building their dream home frustrated Sam. In spite of this‚ he was enamored with the finished product‚ saying‚ “It is a home - & the word never had so much meaning before.”

Mark Twain and his family enjoyed what the author would later call the happiest and most productive years of his life in their Hartford home. He wrote:

Financial problems forced Sam and Livy to move the family to Europe in 1891. Though he would complain about other places the family lived compared to the Hartford house (”How ugly‚ tasteless‚ repulsive are all the domestic interiors I have ever seen in Europe compared with the perfect taste of this ground floor”)‚ the family would never live in Hartford again. Susy’s death in 1896 made it too hard for Livy to return to their Hartford home‚ and the Clemenses sold the property in 1903.