Mommy & Me Day 1 @ Grape Arbor B&B, North East, Pennsylvania.
After driving something like 10 hours (we got lost O_o) to redeem our Living Social Escapes deal for Grape Arbor B&B, my mom and I arrived in North East Pennsylvania to have a relaxing girls weekend. Our suite is pretty plush with elegant Americana decor with one bedroom that had a half bath and a smaller bedroom (cause mom snores like a bear) and a full bath down the hall. We had it all to ourselves :)
We started our next day with a FANTASTIC three course breakfast of apple crumb pie, fresh fruit, fresh harvest rolls, and a choice of eggs florentine or french toast with a side of bacon. Filled up and energized we took a walk through town and found some antique shops to satisfy our internal urge to shop. We found some vintage earrings and bracelets, kitchenware, and of course vintage luggage at Marks Coins & Collectibles on Main Street, Olde Times Sake and Ye Olde Vineyard on Lake Street! Tomorrow… mom is thinking about going back for some lamps.
Next while I took a little afternoon siesta, mom got an hour massage back at the B&B. When she was done getting her rub down we had an afternoon wine, cheese & chocolate pairing at South Shore Wine Company. We tried 6 wines made from grapes and fruit made in one of the many rolling vineyards in the area. (Fun Fact: Welch’s Grapes come from here.)
Afterwards, just up the road we soaked up the wine with some comfort food from Freeport, a local family restaurant on Lake road. Behind it we enjoyed the majestic view of the sun filtering through the clouds at Freeport beach.
In the Columbia Heights shopping district, nestled between Pollo Campero and Julia’s Empanadas is The Museum of Unnatural History. Free to enter and well air conditioned, you’ll find such oddities as “Unicorn Burps”, Future Amber (a bottle of tree sap), and an account of the planets that were kicked out of the solar system and why. Compleatly tongue in cheek, the museum is a great place to lighten up a date or bring some kids. Proceeds from anything you purchase goto 826 DC, which provides outing, tutoring, and mentorship to children and teens.
It was a magical experience to be able to represent Brown Girls Burlesque and all the women of color burlesque dancers past and present at the 2011 Burlesque Hall of Fame/Miss Exotic World Pageant. Two of our foremothers, Toni Elling and Lottie the Body, were in the audience and knowing that we did them proud was more than I could ask for…to feel that we are carrying their torch and doing right by their legacy. There is no rush like receiving genuine love from the crowd and knowing that they are entertained and enjoying your self-expression. I’m thankful that burlesque community is a generally respectful place…people admire and appreciate each other’s bodies and expression…it’s not a community where women are disrespected because we are naked and/or sexual. We received so much love and positivity, it was an honor to be a part of history.
RealTime Travlr Janna is currently crossing the Susquehanna River in Maryland. It’s 444 mi (715 km) long, it is the longest river on the American east coast that drains into the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks for the submission Janna! We look forward to more pics of life down south this weekend. Drive safely!