You've heard of retail therapy. It's big with the ladies but some guys use it to. The idea is something has got you down, feeling sad. You just go out shopping bringing something back that will make you feel good, at least momentarily feel better. So no that 12 pack of paper towels wouldn't count, a nice blouse or fancy power tool you don't need at the moment would count. Everyday moments around the apartment still remind us of our beloved Sam. We think we invented a new term travel therapy, although we probably didn't. Planning a getaway meant among other things what do we do with Sam? Find a pet friendly hotel bringing him along, have him stay downstairs with Freda or drive 90 minutes south to Camp Bengi where he could run a round with his cousin by marriage, Shelby? Since Mrs. Columbo has a three day weekend we're getting out of Dodge on Friday heading to Boston or Ocean City, MD. Just for a change of scenery, for travel therapy. I haven't booked anything yet. I'll open the Hotel Tonight* app later or maybe tomorrow morning and just wing it, living on the edge! The plan is to just get in the car and go.
Boston is the north route in our four hour drive window. I've been there a couple of times in the early 90s but the wife has never been. So Boston would make an interesting city of discovery. With plenty of opportunities to seek out good coffee and lunch. Boston being the cradle of the American Revolution for Independence would be fitting for President's Day Weekend. Beantown being a major city means there will be more to do than don a tri-corner hat and roam around 17th century architecture looking for a good madeira. Since it's February fighting a Sox fan at Fenway is out, perhaps some decent live music? www.mentalfloss.com/article/56690/why-boston-called-beantown
Ocean City is our south route plan. Unfortunately this particular weekend going south offers no respite from the winter chill. If we head that way it's just for the sunrises over the ocean. Anyone who has experienced a good cup of coffee on the balcony during sunrise over the ocean knows there is magic in that moment, travel therapy! The fine folks at Visit Ocean City have assured me that the town is open all year with food and music available.
No matter which direction we head we'll cover it here. Te deseo una gran taza de café.
*This blog is not a paid partner of Hotel Tonight. **Listening to The Essential Electric Light Orchestra.