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Great Vacation Getaways

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 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


RV Rentals

 RV for Rent

There are many fine motorhome and RV
rental dealers
to choose from. RV rentals
are widely available in the United States,
Europe and other parts of the world.

Here is a list of companies that specialize in
renting motorhomes and RVs.  I hope that
this resource is helpful when planning your
RV travel. Have a safe and
wonderful trip!

Cruise America RV Rentals
The largest RV rental company in the United States with 128 RV rental
locations across North America
. Offers a large selection of compact,
standard and large recreation vehicles to meet your RV rental needs.

El Monte RV
RV / Motorhome rental company since 1970. Offers a large number of
RV model types, and specializes in long term RV rentals. Has
different pick-up and drop-off locations around the United States.

American Dream Vacations
Offers RV rentals in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Rents
motorhomes, travel trailers and tent campers. Offers RV rentals for as
little as 1 day or longer.

RV Rental Network
Get quick quotes on RV rentals in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho,
Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington state.

Road Bear RV Rentals
RV rental locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas,
Denver, and New York.

USA RV Rentals
Offers RV rentals from many locations across the United States,

All Star Luxury Coaches
RV rentals specializing in luxury coaches and motorhome rentals.
Locations in
Florida, California, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

RV Rental Companies
Information provided by the Recreation Vehicle Rental Association.
Search for
RV Rental dealers by city, state or zipcode.

Motorhome Rentals Worldwide
RV rentals in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the
Western USA.


Cabin Rentals

 Bear Creek Cabin

Alabama State Parks - Cabin Rentals

Alaska Cabin Rentals - Tongass National Forest

Arkansas State Parks with cabin rentals
Arkansas cabin rentals listed by cities.
Featured Arkansas cabin rental:   
RiverView Cabins and Canoes

Arizona Cabin Rentals - Coconino National Forest Area,  Caldwell Cabin - Apache and
Sitgreaves National Forests, Coronado National Forest -
Kentucky Camp, Spring Valley
Cabin - Kaibab National Forest, Horsethief Cabin , Sycamore Cabin  - Prescott National

California Cabins - Big Bear Lake Cabins, and California Forest Service Rental Cabins
and Lookouts. Visit this link for Lake Tahoe cabin rentals.

Colorado Cabins - State Parks with Cabins or Yurts, Colorado Historic Cabin Rentals:  
includes Bassam Cabin, Lake Isabel Cabin, Mingus Cabin,  and Roberts Cabin.
Mountain Cabin Rentals - Colorado and Wyoming.

Georgia - Mountain Getaway Cabin Rentals,
Lake Winfield Scott
Cabin Rental
North Georgia Cabin Rentals

Idaho Cabins - Lookouts and Cabin Rentals

Kansas State Parks  - Cabins

Maryland Park Service - Campsite and Cabin Accommodations

Missouri - Branson Cabin Rentals

Montana Cabins and Lookout Rentals - Bitterroot National Forest,
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Gallatin National Forest - Northwest of
Helena National Forest, Kootenai National Forest, Lewis and Clark National
Flathead National Forest - Cabin Rentals, Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
Montana Cabins - A complete listing of cabin rentals from the state tourism site.

Nevada - Lake Tahoe Cabins. Lists a wide range of Lake Tahoe cabins for rent.

New Hampshire - Appalachian Mountain Club Huts - White Mountain NF

North Carolina State Parks with Cabins - Hanging Rock State Park,  Morrow Mountain
State Park , and Conklin's Cabin in Hot Springs, NC

North Dakota Parks & Recreation - Cabin Rentals

Ohio State Parks with cabins, cottages

Oklahoma State Parks with cabins
Oklahoma cabin rentals listed by cities.

Oregon - Pacific Northwest Cabin Rentals and Lookouts

Pennsylvania State Parks  - cabin rentals

South Carolina - Cabin and Villa Rentals in South Carolina State Parks

Tennessee Cabins - Gatlinburg cabins, Pigeon Forge cabins, Smoky Mountain cabins,
Tennessee State Park cabin rentals.

Texas Cabins - Cabin rental listings throughout Texas.

Utah - State Parks with cabins, log cabin rentals in Flaming Gorge, Utah near Brown's

Virginia State Parks with cabin rentals

Gold Mining Tours & Gold Prospecting Trips

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour
Descend 1000 feet underground in the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, an original 1890's gold mine.
Or tour Colorado's largest active gold mine, the Cresson Surface Mine. Both tours are
located in
Cripple Creek, Colorado (Mine Tour Photos).

Argo Mine Tour and Ghost town, mining camp tour
Argo Mine Tour and Ghost town, and mining camp tour. Free gold panning instruction.
Idaho Springs, Colorado (35 minutes west of Denver)

Gold Panning and Mine Tour - Silverton, Colorado
The Old Hundred ™ is a great family value. Gold panning is FREE with the purchase
of a tour ticket. Their miner’s sluice box is “salted” with the real thing so that you are sure
to find some “colors.”

Colorado Mine Tours
A site that lists Colorado mine tours. There are many mines that you can tour in Colorado.

Consolidated Gold Mine Gold Rush
This is a mining attraction in Dahlonega, Georgia. Families can tour the mining area and
pan for gold.

Big Thunder Gold Mine Tour
This is a very nice mine tour in the Black Hills of South Dakota. After the tour try your hand at
gold panning. Be sure and visit Mount Rushmore while you are in the area.

Broken Boot Gold Mine - Deadwood, South Dakota
Visit the authentic Broken Boot Gold Mine, step into history and dig into the past.

Black Hills Mining Museum
Located in the mile-high city of Lead, South Dakota there is fun for the entire family.  Try your
hand at
panning for gold, and learn about the history of gold mining in the Black Hills.

Sutters Gold Mine Tour
Located in the heart of California gold mining country. Experience the California gold rush firsthand.

California Gold Company
Located near Jamestown,  Gold mining trips and gold panning tours
on the famous Woods Creek. Each trip is five hours long and includes digging,
sluicing, and panning for gold. Fun for the entire family.

Jamestown - 1849 Gold Mining Camp
Jamestown, California is a historic 1849 gold mining camp. If you are really serious about
gold prospecting they have one, two, and three day courses where you will learn what to look
for when picking a spot, and get some real hands-on
gold panning experience.
Click here for
Jamestown Gold Panning photos.

Jamestown Gold Panning
Learn from real gold prospectors with years of experience.  Located in
Jamestown, California. Pan for gold on historic Woods Creek

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
James W. Marshall found shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was
building for himself and John Sutter. This discovery in 1848 started the California gold rush.
Visitors have the opportunity to try
panning for gold in the American River.

Roaring Camp Mining Company
Located in Pin Grove, California,  Roaring Camp  is an old goldmining camp on the
Mokulmne River. In the past, it was accessible only by horseback, but since it was so
inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine
and can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, dredging, and dry washing.

Crystal Gold Mine Tour - Kellogg, Idaho
Authentic 1880's underground gold mine. Experience underground
fun and adventure in a real gold mine.

Alabama Gold Camp - Near Lineville
Prospectors can pan, use sluiceboxes, Highbankers, dredges or metal detectors.
Equipment can be rented on site. Camp or rent a prospectors shack. Located near
the eastern part of the state near Interstate 20.

Cotton Patch Gold Mine and Campground
Located in New London, North Carolina, the Cotton Patch
caters to the amateur and seasoned prospector alike.

Reed Gold Mine - North Carolina
Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in
the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread
gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states.
mine tours and gold panning is available to visitors.

Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours - Nevada
Tour the Historical Techatticup Mine.  It's the oldest, richest and most famous gold mine
in Southern Nevada.  Located just 45 minutes outside of  Las Vegas. Historical
mining tours and scenic trips on the Colorado River (
Mine Tour Photos)

Panning For Gold in Goldfield, Arizona
Located at the base of the Superstition Mountains in the heart of Lost Dutchman country is
the restored ghost town of Goldfield, Arizona. Take an underground mine tour, pan for gold,
and ride a narrow gauge railroad past some historic mines.

Gold Panning Expedition - Near Goldfield, Arizona
Apache Trail Tours provides gold panning expeditions just east of Phoenix in the area
of Goldfield. 4 Hour guided tours with fun for the whole family.

Arizona Gold Adventures
Arizona Gold Adventures provides custom, personalized, completely outfitted gold prospecting
vacations near Phoenix, Arizona. Helicopter and ground gold prospecting expeditions.

Gold Mine Tour - Near Scottsdale, Arizona
Enjoy an exhilarating jeep ride up the "Road to Rackensack" and enjoy a gold mine tour of
the Rackensack Mine, located on 63 private acres in the middle of the Tonto Forest.

GoldBottom Mine Tours and Gold Panning - Canada
See placer gold mining as it is done today; learn the processes, from staking a claim to
selling the gold and all that's between. Hear stories about life in the historic goldfields of the
Klondike gold rush. Located in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.

Oregon Gold Trips
Has two gold mining camps, and offers guided and outfitted gold prospecting trips.
3-10 day gold mining trips offer full accommodations.  Pan for gold and search for
gold nuggets on this gold prospecting adventure.  
Located in Southwest Oregon.

Gold Panning Vacation
In addition to some of the great gold panning spots listed above,
here is a site that provides some good information for planning
gold panning or  gold prospecting vacation.

Gold Prospecting, Gold Panning - Places to Find Gold
This site has good information about where you can find gold in the United States.
Information is organized by state and county.

Ghost Towns

Ghost Towns in the USA
This site has lots pictures and good information about ghost towns all over the USA and Canada.

Garnet Ghost Town
Garnet is just east of Missoula, Montana. It is incredibly well preserved and there are many
buildings there that you can walk through. It is definitely worth seeing.

Goldfield Ghost Town
Goldfield is an authentic Arizona ghost town, located at the base of the Superstition Mountains.
There are lots of fun things to do here with kids, and they even have
Mine tours available. It is
located a little to the Northeast of Phoenix.

One year we visited the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, and then stopped by Goldfield
on the way up to the Grand Canyon. It was a great trip!

Ghost Town Gallery
A collection of more than 1300 pictures from 174 ghost towns and
historic places.

Calico Ghost Town
1881 marked the beginning of one of the largest silver strikes in California history
and the birth of Calico. This authentic silver mining town lives on as one of the
few original mining camps of the Old West. Click here for
Calico photos.

Bannack Ghost Town
Bannack State Park is located 26 miles southwest of Dillon, Montana. Bannack is home to
Montana's first gold strike. This is a wonderfully preserved ghost town that has
over 50 of the original buildings on display. Click here for
Bannack photos.

Virginia City and Nevada City
Visit the historic area of Alder Gulch, home to Montana's greatest placer gold rush. Located about
an hour east of Dillon, Montana these towns offer one of the finest collections of old-west
buildings and artifacts. Take a stage ride, pan for gold - lot's of fun for the entire family!

South Pass City - Wyoming
A well preserved ghost town located about thirty-five miles southwest of Lander, Wyoming in
the Wind River Mountain Range. Gold was found in this area in the late 1860's. South Pass City
is located along the Oregon Trail and this region was a major migration route for those
heading west. Click here for
South Pass City photos.

Bodie - California Ghost Town
Bodie is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town, and is now a State Historic Park.
Walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people.
Bodie is located northeast of Yosemite, 13 miles east of Highway 395 on Bodie Road (Hwy 270).

Wagon Train Vacation - Family Pioneer Trips

Spiritrider Wagon Train Vacations
Exciting wagon train trips to Wyoming's historic Hole-in-the-Wall
region and beautiful Bighorn Mountains.

Teton Wagon Train and Horse Adventure
Experience the thrill of the western way of life from those bygone years by
taking a covered
Wagon Train Vacation into the spectacular Teton and
Yellowstone Mountain Country surrounding Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Muleskinner Wagon Train Vacations
Week-long wagon train trips in some of the most scenic parts
America's Southwest. Join a scheduled trip as a great family vacation
or book a special trip for a family reunion.

Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train Trip
Since 1979 the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train has provided authentic covered
wagon trips through the
scenic Kansas Flint Hills.

Wagon Train Vacations in Washington State
Happy Trails Wagon Train Adventures feature old-fashioned horsedrawn wagons
along the scenic
John Wayne Pioneer Trail in the Iron Horse State Park
Day trips, overnight trips, and up to 3-week adventures are available.
Trip can be customized  to meet your personal needs and wants.

Family Dude & Guest Ranch Vacations

Dude Ranches
Enjoying the great outdoors, and experiencing a little of the flavor
of the old west. Family Dude and Guest Ranch Vacations allow
families to do just that. Experience beautiful scenery,
horseback riding, and learn a little bit about life on a ranch by
taking a family vacation to a dude ranch.

We've put together some information that should be helpful to
you in finding the right dude or guest ranch for your family
vacation. Take a few moments and check out some of these
links below.
 Dude Ranch

DudeRanch.com - a dude ranch guide

Idaho's All-Inclusive Family Guest Ranch

The Dude Rancher's Association

The British Columbia Guest Ranch Association

Arizona Dude Ranches

California Dude and Guest Ranches

Colorado Dude and Guest Ranches

Idaho Dude Ranches

Michigan Dude Ranches

Montana Dude and Guest Ranches

Texas Guest Ranches & North America

Wyoming Dude and Guest Ranches


Vacations to Colonial Williamsburg

In Virginia's Historic Triangle
there are a great number of
attractions. Travel back in time
almost 400 years  and visit
Jamestown, Colonial
, and Yorktown.

A vacation trip to Colonial
Williamsburg, and other
attractions in the surrounding area,
may be just the trip to create
lasting memories for your family.

Here's a list of some of the local
area attractions. There is
something for everyone!


Colonial Williamsburg

 Historic Jamestowne

Come explore the first permanent English settlement in America, and watch
archaeologists in action.

Jamestown Settlement

Explore life-size re-creations of the colonist's fort and a Powhatan village, and tour
a riverfront discovery area. Visitors can also board replicas of the three ships that
sailed from England to Virginia in 1607.

Colonial Williamsburg

Visit the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia, and watch American History
come alive on the eve of the American Revolution.

Visit the Yorktown Battlefield

Come explore the battlefield and fortifications that marked the climactic clash of
the American Revolution.

Tour the Yorktown Victory Center

On October 19, 1781, the decisive military campaign of the American Revolution
culminated with the British surrender at Yorktown.


 Williamsburg, Virginia

There are many other wonderful attractions in the area that you may want to
include as part of your family vacation. The
Busch Gardens and Water Country
USA theme parks are in the area if you want to take a brief break from exploring
history, and come back to the 21st century.

If you can work it into your family vacation schedule, there are a few other historic
attractions that are pretty close by. For example, you may want to visit the
home of
Thomas Jefferson, or the home of James Madison, or maybe even George and
Martha Washington's home.


Military & Space Exhibits

There are some great Military and Space exhibits around the country that are sure to thrill both kids
and parents alike. You'll get a kick out of the look on your son or daughter's face when they are
standing next to one of the big guns on the USS Alabama, or on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Use these trips for a short excursion or weekend getaway, or incorporate them into your overall family
vacation. You'll be glad that you did.

space shuttle Enterprise

 USS Alabama Battleship Exhibit
Located in Mobile, Alabama.
Along the shores of Mobile Bay come visit the battleship USS Alabama,
USS Drum, Military Aircraft, Tanks and Artillery and other

USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Museum
Located in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Open seven days a week except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Come visit
this floating city and see all that it has to offer. Check into special events, and
the chance to camp overnight aboard the USS Lexington.

Vicksburg National Military Park
Located in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
This Civil War Era National Military Park has an incredible driving tour. Allow it
least two hours for the tour. A cassette is available at the visitor center that
narrates what you are seeing as you drive along the tour. It suggests
particular stops and explains what you are about to visit. The memorials along
the way are quite incredible.

There is also a military cemetery located here, and a museum and display of
the USS Cairo. This was one of 7 ironclad gunboats named in honor of towns
along the upper Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

Pima Air and Space Museum
Located in Tucson, Arizona.
The Pima Air & Space Museum is the largest Air & Space Museum in the
Western United States. Here you'll find many different types of aircraft and
space artifacts. This is definitely a must see if you are going to be in the
Tucson area.

Johnson Space Center
Located in  Houston, Texas.
Take a look behind the scenes on a guided tram tour of NASA's Johnson
Space Center. You can visit Historic Mission Control Center, Hangar X and the
Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. Before returning to Space Center Houston, you
have an optional stop at Rocket Park, home of the massive rockets used in
the earliest days of the space program. Occasionally, the tram tour may visit
other facilities, such as the New Mission Control Center or the Sonny Carter
Training Facility. You may even get to see astronauts training for upcoming

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Located at Pier 86 in New York, New York
The Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11). Explore
the aircraft carrier and get an up-close look at dozens of aircraft, and climb
aboard the USS Growler submarine. Visitors can also ride in the A-6 Cockpit
Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the world’s fastest
commercial airplane, the Concorde.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Located in the Washington, D.C. area
There are actually two very large air and space exhibits here.  The National Air
and Space Museum is located in the National Mall building in Washington,    
D.C. and  the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is in Chantilly, Virginia.  This
makes up the largest collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the
world. Exhibits include the Wright brothers' original 1903 Flyer, Charles
Lindberghs'  Spirit of St. Louis, a wide range of historic military aircraft and
even the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Located at Wright-Patterson AFB - Dayton, Ohio
This is the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world. It features
over 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles, and covers over 17 acres of
indoor exhibit space. Galleries include:  Early Years, World War II, the Korean
War, Southeast Asia, the Cold War, Military and Space, along with Presidential
and Research and Development aircraft.

National Naval Aviation Museum
Located in Pensacola, Florida
The museum includes about 150 aircraft, and includes such aircraft as the
NC-4 flying boat, the SBD Dauntless, along with a number of aircraft that
logged missions over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and an F-14
Tomcat. In addition to aircraft, there are more than 4,000 uniforms, along with
flight gear, weaponry, medals and decorations.

Kennedy Space Center
Located near Cocoa Beach, Florida
The Kennedy Space Center attractions feature inspiring exhibits and hands-
on experiences, including:  interactive space flight simulators, guided tours
into exclusive areas of the Kennedy Space Center's working space flight
facilities, the Apollo/Saturn V Center, and IMAX® theaters where you can feel
the thrill of space exploration.

USS North Carolina Battleship Exhibit
Located at Wilmington, North Carolina
Visitors are welcome to walk the deck of the battleship and discover one of
America’s most historic ships. While touring the ship, envision the daily life
and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

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.


More Places To Eat

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
Tel: (302) 479-7970
Download Dinner Menu
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.


Family Travel to U.S. Cities

There are so many interesting cities (both large and
small) to visit in the United States that we'd be doing you a
disservice if we just listed a few of our favorites here.
Instead, probably the best place to start you is to send you
to the
official tourism sites for each state. Here, you will
find not only interesting cities to travel to, but you'll learn
about other attractions that may be of interest to your family.
Click on a state below to visit the tourism site for that state,
and search for an interesting city to travel to. We've also
included the District of Columbia. Don't forget to check out
featured city, and other cities listed below.


State Tourism Sites






























New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota





Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota







West Virginia



Family International Travel

International TravelInternational Travel




Baja Vacation

Galapagos Family Vacation

All-Inclusive Caribbean Vacations

Enjoy the best of the Bahamas at Sandals Resorts!

Tropical Vacations to Central America

Caribbean Hot Deals

Priceline Carnival cruise deals from $189!

European Vacation Package Deals!

JAMAICA! Up to 60% Off

Mexico Madness Sale


 Before you leave the United States and begin your international family
, there are a few things that you probably need to know. This
information should be helpful to you when you are planning your trip abroad.


Tips for Traveling Abroad
International Travel Information from the U.S. State Department

Health considerations when traveling abroad
Health related information from the Centers for Disease Control. Contains
immunization information.

U.S. Customs - Clearing Goods Through Customs
Travel alerts and information on restricted / prohibited goods. Also has a top
10 tips for traveling abroad, and other helpful information.

Currency Exchange Rates
Find the latest exchange rates for your currency.

Passport Information
Information on Passports, Visas, and other travel documentation.

World Clock - Times Around the World
Find out what time it is in other parts of the world.

Find the nearest VISA ATM
Locate ATM machines all over the world.

Find the nearest MASTERCARD ATM
Locate ATM machines all over the world.


Family Cruise Vacations

What Cruise is Right For Us?
Most cruise lines offer a wealth of programs for families and children, but some are more tailored to young children while others work towards adult/teen families. Here you can see a partial menu of the amenities offered by some of our favorite cruise lines, how they stack up against each other and what you can expect. Remember, amenities and features can change without notice, so it is vital that you make sure the option you are looking for is still available before purchasing your cruise.

A - All ships
S - Some ships and/or destinations
H - Seasonally Only, usually school
holidays such as Christmas,
Easter, spring break and summer







General Information
Reduced "kids" rate A A A A      
Quad/Family Cabins Available A A A A A S H
Cribs and/or Cots Available A A A A A S A
Babysitting Available A AH A A A S A
Arts & Crafts A A A A S A A
Basketball   S A A S S S
Beach Parties   S A S S A S
Bridge Tours     A A S A S
Cartoons A A A AH S A A
Daily Newspapers for kids/parents A AH A A S A A
Dancing Classes S A A A SH A  
Educational Classes & Activities   S A S H S A
Escorted Shore Excursions S   A S   S  
Games/Contests A A A A S A A
Ice Cream Bar/Parties A A A A S A A
Menus (for kids & teens) A A A A A A A
Movies A A A A S A A
Parties A A A A S A A
Ping Pong A A A A A S A
Pool (just for kids) A S A S S S S
Snorkeling     A   S S S
Teen Center/Disco S S A A SH S S
Teen Counselor A A A A AH A A
Video Games A A A A A S S
Volleyball A S A A A A S
Youth Center/Playroom A A A A S S A
Youth Counselors A A A A AH A A


Beach Vacations

Can you feel the sand squeezing up between

your toes or the distant call of a sea gull? Or

how about the relaxing sound of waves

crashing up on the seashore?

There are many beaches to choose from on the

Atlantic Ocean. Many of these are beach

camping parks, and some of them are available

only for day use.


Beach Camping Parks and Beaches





Crescent Beach State Park
Cape Elizabeth, ME

Two Lights State Park
Cape Elizabeth, ME

Popham Beach State Park
Phippsburg, ME

Reid State Park
Georgetown, ME

Ferry Beach State Park
Saco, ME



New Hampshire


Wallis Sands State Beach
Rye, NH

Jenness State Beach
Rye, NH

North Beach
Hampton, NH

North Hampton State Beach
North Hampton, NH

Hampton Beach State Park
Hampton, NH



Cape Cod National Seashore
Wellfleet, MA

Horseneck Beach State Reservation
Westport Point, MA

Scusset Beach State Reservation
Sandwich, MA

 South Cape Beach State Park
Mashpee, MA

Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Salisbury, MA

Boston Harbor Islands
45 minutes by ferry from downtown Boston


Rhode Island

Burlingame State Park

Charlestown Breachway State Beach

East Beach State Beach

East Matunuck State Beach

Fort Adams State Beach

Goddard Memorial State Beach

Misquamicut State Beach

Roger Wheeler State Beach

Salty Brine State Beach

Scarborough State Beach Complex




Rocky Neck State Park
East Lyme, CT

Hammonasset Beach
Madison, CT

Silver Sands State Park
Milford, CT

Sherwood Island State Park
Westport, CT


New York

 Fire Island National Seashore
Patchogue, NY

Camp Hero State Park
Montauk, NY

Sunken Meadow State Park
Kings Park, NY

Heckscher State Park
East Islip, NY

Hither Hills State Park
Montauk, NY

 Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, NY

Orient Beach State Park
Orient, NY

Robert Moses State Park
Babylon, NY

Shadmoor State Park
Montauk, NY

Wildwood State Park
Wading River, NY


New Jersey

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May Point, NJ





Island Beach State Park
Seaside Park



Cape Henlopen State Park
Lewes, DE

Delaware Seashore State Park
Rehoboth Beach, DE

 Fenwick Island State Park
Rehoboth Beach, DE



Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague State Park
Berlin, MD

Hart-Miller Island State Park
Kingsville, MD

Janes Island State Park
Crisfield, MD

North Point State Park
Kingsville, MD
Point Lookout State Park
Scotland, MD

Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD



False Cape State Park

First Landing State Park

Kiptopeke State Park

Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

Assateaque Island National Seashore


North Carolina

Cape Hatteras
Nags Head, Buxton, Ocracoke, NC

Cape Lookout National Seashore
Harkers Island, NC

Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nags Head, NC

Fort Macon State Park
Atlantic Beach, NC

Hammocks Beach State Park
Swansboro, NC

Carolina Beach State Park
Carolina Beach, NC


South Carolina

Myrtle Beach State Park
Myrtle Beach, SC

Huntington Beach State Park
Murrells Inlet, SC

Edisto Beach State Park
Edisto Island, SC

Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island, SC



Cumberland Island National Seashore
Saint Marys, GA


Northeast Florida

Amelia Island State Park
Jacksonville, FL

Big Talbot Island State Park
Jacksonville, FL

Fort Clinch State Park
Fernandina Beach, FL

Little Talbot Island State Park
Jacksonville, FL

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
Keystone Heights, FL


East Central Florida

Anastasia State Park
St. Augustine, FL

State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
Flagler Beach, FL

North Peninsula
Ormond by the Sea, FL

Sebastian Inlet State Park
Melbourne Beach, FL

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Palm Coast, FL

Canaveral National Seashore
Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, FL


Southeast Florida

Avalon State Park
Ft. Pierce, FL

Bahia Honda State Park
Big Pine Key, FL

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Fort Pierce, FL

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Key West, FL

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Fort Lauderdale, FL

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
North Palm Beach, FL

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Key Largo, FL

John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
Dania, FL

Oleta River State Park
North Miami, FL

St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
Stuart, FL