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  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.

Romance and Roadtrips

Roadtrips are great for romantic getaways. The destinations are limited only to the distance you wish to travel. On the east coast you can escape to the mountains, from the Poconos to Shenandoah in the mid-atlantic area to the ski slopes in New England. If its beaches you like they range from Maine to Florida.

The question becomes what to do while on that 3 hour or more journey. Books on tape are an option if both of you enjoy the same type of literature and of course music, whether its CD, radio or Sirius or XM. But what about conversation? This is becoming a lost art and when traveling its easy to fall into the habit of talking about day to day life, the kids, the job, the bake sale, all the things you are trying to escape from.

Consider this- If you have a destination, pick up a book or magazine about it, learn the history while you drive and  then determine what you might like to see when you arrive.

You can also have some fun and learn a little more about each other. For example, there’s the What if? game. What if, it were 1890? Think about how you would get where you are going, how much longer it would take to get there, etc. You’d be amazed at the interesting conversation that can ensue.

Also, If you could be a character from history or a book or a movie, or even a movie star, who would you be and why? What would you do? How would your character indulge in romance? You might want be adventurous, like Ameilia Earhart or mysterious like Mata Hari. Perhaps James Bond or Daniel Boone, it doesn’t matter who you choose, just have fun imagining what could happen.

This is also great for a date night when the conversation starts to slow.