Long Weekends are the BEST!

Americans love long weekends! We certainly do not get enough of them! There is so much that we can do in one weekend that is extended by just one day (or two if we are really lucky.) Did you take a quick break and go some place interesting?

There are so many quick trips one can take. When was the last time you walked down Michigan Avenue, did some shopping, went to the Museum of Science and Industry, visited the Robie House, or rode to the top of the Willis Tower (Sears)? Chicago is a great three day city!

You don’t even need to get on an airplane or have a vacation retreat to enjoy a long weekend getaway. For example, my friend Mary and I went for two nights to Salem, Massachusetts. Who knew that even three weeks before Halloween people come from far and wide to celebrate the spooky season?

On Saturday night, we took a theatrical hour tour at The House of Seven Gables called: Guilt! Greed! Revenge! We entered the world of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s burdened characters from his classic, The House of Seven Gables, as they haunted the hallways of the eerie mansion. We witnessed two families entangled in a curse as Matthew Maule condemns Colonel Pyncheon with the very words destine to become his fate. While following his family for nearly 150 years, “God will give you blood to drink!,” we traveled through the house at our own risk climbing the very narrow secret staircase and lived to tell the tale! What fun!

Take a look at http://www.7gables.org for pictures and more information about the house also known as New England’s oldest wooden mansion built in 1668 in historic Salem. Next door is the house where Hawthorne was born. Salem has more to offer than witches and goblins. It is an interesting colonial seaport and has a renowned museum, Peabody Essex Museum (PEM.)

If you are in the Boston area, this is just an example of a unique driving destination. Wherever you live there are great places to visit for a long weekend…

Let me help you find one!

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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