Amazing Americans, from Nathan Hale to P.T. Barnum

Connecticut was home to both and many more people that built our great nation.

My experience in Connecticut reminded me that good things come in small packages. Learning about the people we have quoted, or think we quoted, read about and are part of our history truly comes to life here.

But there is more than history. Connecticut has golf courses, hiking, whitewater rafting and great bicycle paths.

For the art lover try the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, the oldest continually operated museum in the USA.

Getting back to quotes visit Mark Twain’s home for a in-depth insight of this American literary icon.

If the sea is what calls to you, then Mystic Seaport is a must.

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood men in entertainment, P.T. Barnum is delightfully and accurately represented in the Barnum Museum. Although the historic structure is under repair the museum is open and free to the public. Believe it or not, P.T. Barnum did not say ‘there is a sucker born every minute’.

PT Barnum Museum

Connecticut is about a 5 or 6 hour drive from the Washington DC area and you can pass through New York, stop to see a show and spend a great weekend in Connecticut.

We stayed at the Merrywood Inn Bed & Breakfast in Simsbury CT. They are not open all year but if you can catch them, its one of the best b&b’s I’ve stayed at.

On the local scene:

Wine Tasting Almost Any Time- Try Winestyles in Montclair then go next door to Giorgio’s for a sumptuous meal

September 25 on the National Mall is the National Book Festival. This a golden opportunity to meet your favorite author and for you bookworms out there, this is a feast.

Whatever your interests, take time to enjoy. If you don’t have time to figure out where to go or what to do call us at 703-350-2999 or email andrea@uniquetravelevents.com  and we will create your unique ‘Getaway’. Visit our website for more info.

Ask yourself this question the next time you are ready to make travel plans whether for work or pleasure, ‘what am I worth’, or perhaps what is my time worth? Would I rather spend it searching the internet for hotels and flights and figuring out how to entertain myself and my family or would I rather let someone else do that for me so I can make money or enjoy time with my loved ones?

Travel agents save you time, and their fees are paid by the hotels, cruise lines and vacation companies. So why waste your time, leave the ‘surfing’ to us.

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So many choices, so little..

You expect to see the word time. Time is our most irreplaceable resource and we should make the most of it and that includes time to travel. Do it to better yourself and the world. Every time you meet someone new you change the world and make it just a bit smaller.

Back to choices, there  are almost infinite choices of where to go and what to do. So let’s start at the beginning, at least alphabetically, Alabama. It’s only about 12 1/2 hours drive time and you can stop in Charlotte NC and Atlanta GA along the way.

From tribal history, love stories included to George Washington and of course The Road to Freedom Alabama has more to offer than many realize. If its nature you seek you can choose between the mountains and the beach, or for the urban leaning traveler Montgomery and Birmingham are major cities more than worth a day or two.

If you are a Star Wars fan then Space Camp should be on your to do list. This summer you have the amazing opportunity to experience Star Wars in a way that will send you soaring. Whether you want to study the more than 80 costumes and props or take ‘Millennium Falcon‘ Ride you are bound to have fun. but the special exhibits will be over on September 6, so plan now. This is a great vacation adults and kids.

Let’s not forget the rest of the world when it comes to travel. If you want to escape the heat in August try New Zealand. You can find the 5 star hotels but if you are a backpacker then this is also a great place for you. You can fly to Queenstown, a great skiing spot for less than $1500 roundtrip and there is lodging for as little as $26 New Zealand a day which translates to $18 US. In today’s economy that is a bargain hard to turn down.

Of course there is always something happening in the Washington DC area.

Family Fun

Mary Poppins, Broadway show at the Kennedy Center starting at $35 a ticket

Free Concert at The Strathmore

For the Grownups

Visit www.going.com to choose your kind of fun

Unique Travel Events hopes you will explore the world and its wonders, whether you are the do-it-yourself type or want our services to create the perfect Getaway, Date Night or full vacation, from cruises to safaris.

Romance and Adventure on the High Seas

After climbing the Mayan temple at Xunantunich and walking the ruins at Tulum I could almost see the civilization in its glory. The connection with nature exuded from every stone and love and belief in life danced at Tulum. Just an fyi, 2012 is NOT the end of the world. Our guide was a native Mayan and explained that in 2012 the calendar resets and new cycle begins, as if it were a new century, exciting but far from fatal.

The romance of past civilizations and the mark they leave on today is amazing. Having the opportunity to travel is such an incredible gift. We learn that although there are differences we also learn that family is pretty much the same all over and people want the same things, to provide safe and secure surroundings, enjoy the simple pleasures of a good meal and good company, to watch children play and grow and as couples grow old together in peace.

Whether you explore 30 miles or 30,000 miles from home, do explore. You will grow as a person, become entwined in a new kind of romance and establish one more very real connection with the world and bring it home to share with others.

Cruising is a great way to see the world, but planes, trains and automobiles work too. Plan a Getaway for a weekend or week and refresh yourself while you soak in the wonders of the world.

Unique Events would love to give you the romance and adventure you deserve.