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Back from a short vacation

November 5th, 2019 at 09:26 am

My wife and I spent Friday-Monday out of town in National Harbor, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. We had a nice time just relaxing and spending time together. I had booked a hotel package that included a full buffet breakfast every day (not like a Holiday Inn Express buffet but a full buffet). It also included a $50/day resort credit toward food and drinks.

First night we had dinner at a great Mexican restaurant there. We've eaten there numerous times and it remains one of favorite restaurants anywhere.

Saturday we did some shopping at the outlets in town. I picked up a new belt and several shirts. We had dinner at the hotel sports bar (with our credit) and then went over to the nearby casino. We both lost but it was fun. Went back to the sports bar for dessert and drinks.

Sunday we went across the river to Old Town Alexandria and strolled around the shops and waterfront area. There's a large art studio there and it's always interesting to check out what all of the artists are working on. Had lunch at a rustic Italian place. Went back to the hotel and hit the gym for our workout. Had dinner at a Western-themed spot just across the way from the hotel. And ended the night back at the hotel for drinks to use our credit for the day.

Yesterday, we had breakfast and then got packed up. Our daughter was actually at a convention in Arlington, VA, about 25 minutes away. She had taken Amtrak down on Thursday. We checked out and headed over there, picked her up, and we all drove home together.

All in all, a very nice getaway. Not cheap but I had planned it a couple of months ago as a little treat for paying off the mortgage. It was definitely well worth it.

9 Responses to “Back from a short vacation”

  1. GoodLiving Says:

    Congrats on paying off the mortgage! I think we have to celebrate a little bit.

  2. Jane Says:

    Sounds nice

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    That's amazing. You are debt free, so experiences like this to spend time with family and friends are well worth every penny.

  4. disneysteve Says:

    "That's amazing. You are debt free, so experiences like this to spend time with family and friends are well worth every penny."

    Becoming debt free for the first time in our adult lives is nice. It's amazing how quickly savings builds when you aren't making any payments on anything.

    We are, of course, being careful not to go overboard. Most of our decreased spending is going to increased savings but we're enjoying some of that extra disposable income, too.

  5. Jenn Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I've spent some time in Alexandria and even interviewed for a job there once! It's a great place to visit. Sounds like you had a great weekend.

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Sounds like fun! Hmmm.....i wonder what life will be like as an empty nester.

  8. disneysteve Says:

    LAL - We had our sampling of being empty nesters while DD was in college. It was very nice. I hope that she launches into independence sometime in the not too distant future. She's not there yet but hopefully she'll get there soon. My wife and I very much enjoy spending time together and have a lot of common interests and it would be wonderful to be able to do more of it without having to worry about what DD is up to. To be honest, my wife is part of the problem. She tends to enable DD more than I think she should, but hopefully she'll get better at that too.

  9. terri77 Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful extended weekend!

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