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It’s almost here! The Eastern States Exposition, or as most call it, The Big E, will be opening the gates on September 14th. This fair is HUGE and has been pleasing the crowds since the fall of 1917. It is the largest fair in the northeast and known for the Big E Cream Puff and Craz-E Burger. Last year was my first trip there and you can bet I’ll be walking the grounds again this year. The Big E is much different from the smaller fairs I hit up each year. The size of this event left my mouth to the ground.
I have never been a fan of breakfast. I am more than happy to whip up a breakfast spread, but I won’t touch it. I’ve declined dozens of invitations to go out to breakfast. I just don’t like it. My breakfast consists of a few cups of coffee and no one was going to mess with that. Well, about 6 months ago, that changed. I stepped foot into Bill’s Bread and Breakfast in Putnam, Connecticut one Sunday morning and that was it. There was no turning back. I was hooked. For this once anti-breakfast girl to become a fan of noshing in the a.m. hours…it took something remarkable and exceptionally scrumptious to change my ways. Bill’s Bread and Breakfast is all that and then some.
Over the past 10 years I’ve had several opportunities to visit Foxwoods Resort Casino. I declined. Casinos have never enticed me. I don’t even have the urge to visit Vegas. Sure, it would be fun to walk the strip to see the lights and catch a couple of shows, but I’m in no rush to travel across the country just for that. This past week I had the chance to take a trip to Foxwoods. I’m not even sure I could call it a trip. Travel time was only 20 minutes. I was told that it’s not just a casino…it’s an experience. I’ve heard so much about it and the people I’ve talked to said they don’t go to play in the casinos. They visit the shops, grab a bite to eat and walk around. Okay, I could do that.
Most of the places I travel to for the day, overnight or a few days, are usually planned. I know where we’re going, what to pack, the info is plugged into the GPS, we load up the car and we’re off. There are some days, however, where one of us will just say, “Let’s go.” There is no planning, packing or GPS. We just get in the car and go. We get lost going down off the beaten path roads. Those are often the travels that I enjoy the most. Those are the times when we’ve stumbled on some of the most awesome and unique places that often make the list of places to visit again.
I’ve mentioned that the ocean is one of my favorite places to spend the day. That will never change. Earlier this week, I was able to spend a couple of days at one of my favorite seacoast destinations…York Beach in Maine. I’ve been walking the shores of both Short Sands and Long Sands since I was about 5. I adore the small town and the fact that the arcades I used to play at 25 years ago are still there.
I got up rather early this morning and went about my usual routine. I sat at my desk and got a little work done. I could tell it was going to be a gorgeous day. After my 2nd cup of coffee I ventured outside to sit at our patio table. I was a little restless. It had been a long time since we had taken off for the day to take a break away from the norm. After sitting outside for about 10 minutes, I marched back inside and declared that we were going to the ocean. It’s one of my favorite places to go and it’s been about a year since we’ve gone. Today was the day.
With summer almost upon us, wouldn’t it be nice to get away?
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The holidays are coming. This means engorged stomachs, festive movies and songs, and, most importantly, some much-needed time spent with family and friends. While this time of year can be amazing, finally catching up with out-of-town loved ones, eating delicious food, it can also be stressful when you have to host house guests. Even your favorite people can become annoying if they are constantly underfoot. Luckily, there are some failsafe suggestions that can insure that this holiday season will be a stress-free one. Also be sure to check Part II, on how to be a great house guest yourself!
Be Over-Prepared—Travelling can be extremely stressful, and your guests may not remember everything that they need for the weekend. Always have extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, face wash, shampoo, and soap on hand just in case. Also, if there are small children or elderly family members visiting, stock up on some essentials that cater to that demographic.
Make their Room Feel Homey—The reason family members and friends choose to stay with you over a hotel is for a sense of comfort (okay and maybe also the cost). Make them feel welcome by creating an atmosphere with candles, nice clean bedding, and anything special you know they would enjoy. The more considerate you are, the more likely they are to be respectful of your home.
Show Off Your Town—This can be anything from taking a tour of a local exhibit to showing off some of the delectable treats from nearby bakeries or restaurants. Travel is expensive, so make it worth their while (and yours) by giving them a real vacation.