Adventuring on the East Coast

Last week my husband and I flew to Virginia to visit our son, and our daughter and SIL drove up from Tennessee. It was a chance for all of us to spend time together while our son acted as tour guide. He had some specific destinations in mind, so on those days, we were out the door by 8am to beat the crowds and get an early start. Fortunately, the weather complied, so no plans were detoured. Our first tour began with taking the Metro into Washington DC, a 20-minute ride from his apartment. This was a fun adventure.

Metro Station fun

The first stop was the White House, which was a bit underwhelming because of construction. Other historical sites we visited were the Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, National Mall, the United States Capitol, Original Smithsonian Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the National Air and Space Museum. We covered 11 miles at a moderate clip!

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
(too bad it didn’t look real clean)
Heading to Washington Monument
View from the WW II Memorial
of the Washington Monument
In the Air and Space Museum
The United States Capitol

Another point of interest was Harper’s Ferry National Park in West Virginia. This is the town abolitionist John Brown raided from October 16-18, 1859 in an effort to initiate a slave revolt in Southern states by taking over this United States arsenal. Brown’s raid has been called the dress rehearsal for the Civil War.

From Google (paraphrased):

Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park is located in West Virginia. Paths wind through this quaint town that has 19th-century buildings, a Civil War Museum, and John Brown’s Fort, a key site in an 1859 abolitionist raid. The location where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, known as The Point, offers views of Maryland and Virginia. The Appalachian Trail Visitor Center has exhibits on the long-distance hiking trail.

In addition to the history, Harper’s Ferry is a small town full of charming shops to entice your wallets and delicious cafes to satisfy your palates. We walked about 6 miles, up and down hills, and on trails by the Potomac River, and also on the bridge overlooking the Shenandoah River. The views were incredible!

Posing by the Potomac River
with our daughter & SIL
The Point

Our last stop was at Fort Washington in Maryland…

From Wikipedia:

During the War of 1812 Fort Washington, built to protect the capital from enemy advances on the Potomac River, was captured by the British under the command of Admiral Gordon, three days after the burning of the capital.

It was interesting to read about the history while walking around this huge historic park with extensive hiking and bicycle paths. An abundance of grass made this park a perfect place for dogs to run around, and there were lots of happy dogs doing just that. This is a great destination for picnicking, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Historical re-enactments are held periodically at the Fort, and there is a small museum. Cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom, and they are beautiful.

Potomac River view
Yours truly under blue skies,
but with cold temps and just a little wind πŸ™‚

Now, I ask you, “Have you ever had the Ambar experience?” Ambar is a restaurant in Arlington, VA offering Balkan Cuisine. Our son treated all of us to the Ambar experience which is when small plates are ordered and brought to the table for everyone to sample. If you want more of an item, you simply ask the waiter or waitress. The cost is the same for each person and there is a 2-hour limit. We finished just shy of an hour and a half. The experience alone bursted with energy in the packed and noisy restaurant. We enjoyed drinks first, then we dove into the food frenzy. A few items we indulged in were a Charcuterie board with a variety of spreads and white flatbread. Then came a kale caesar salad, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and a cheese pie. The main course consisted of stuffed cabbage, stuffed peppers, chicken skewers, meatballs, smoked sausage, salmon, and grilled shrimp. Remember, each plate had just enough for the five of us to sample. But even though we ate small helpings, we were full by the end of this food adventure, so we agreed to skip dessert.
I’m sure the desserts would have been absolutely heavenly because the food was to die for!
I’m sharing a few pics…

Cheers!
And this is the end of our east coast adventuring. Since our kids live across the country, the time spent together was beyond special. And even if we had stayed an extra day, there still would’ve been good-bye hugs and tears. So, we are grateful for this trip and what it brought to us. Until next time…

Hope you all enjoyed the adventure!

~Lauren ❀️

63 thoughts on “Adventuring on the East Coast

  1. Thanks for sharing your trip, Lauren. I grew up in the DC area, so this was like returning home. It was nice having all of the museums in our backyard. I loved visiting Harper’s Ferry, too! I’m glad you had a nice trip.

    1. Hi Jill, I’m happy to read it was like returning home for you by visiting through my post. We haven’t been in a long time, so add our kids to the mix, it was fabulous seeing the sites again. Harper’s Ferry was wonderful! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment, Marina, and yes, so much joy! πŸ™‚ Lots of love and hugs back to you, my friend! ❀️❀️❀️❀️

      1. ….and Happy Birthday for today!!!!!!!!!
        Sending multiplied hugs and love and baskets of flowers! Enjoy the day!
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      2. Aww, thanks, Marina! On the trip, the kids surprised me with a birthday cake one night and gifts for an early celebration. More happy tears. πŸ™‚ You’re the best, my friend! Hugs for a happy day too! β€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŒΊβ€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŒ·

      3. [I remember replying but… where did it go?!!!] More happy tears indeed! They are so sweet! Sending you more hugs and love! Enjoy your day! πŸ€—πŸŒ·πŸŒŸπŸ’–πŸŽΆπŸ€—

      4. WP can be sneaky at times. πŸ™‚ I had a great day, Marina, and I still feel like I’m 16! Sending lots of love and hugs to you, and wishes for a happy weekend. Hope the weather has warmed a bit, too. ❀️🌼❀️🌼❀️🌼

  2. Looks like you had a fabulous time all together and discovered many things on the way. It’s such a treat when kids live home and are far away.
    Glad you enjoyed your time Lauren and big thumbs up for the food – looks like a great experience.
    Thank you for sharing with us!

    1. A trip with our children when they become our guides, well said, Balroop, and so special. I’m glad you enjoyed this east coast adventure, especially the photos. Thank you, my friend. πŸ’•

    1. Hi Thattamma, thank you so much for your lovely words and visit. I appreciate them very much and I’m happy you enjoyed this post of my recent trip. πŸ’žπŸŒΈ

  3. What wonderful photos and terrific experiemces. We love visiting the DC – MD – VA area. Our oldest son lived in Alexandria, Springfield, and Burke for many years when our grandsons were little. Then our youngest son and his wife moved to Alexandria after they got married. (Right now they both live back here in SW Ohio). We made so many trips there and eplored the whole area with each family. They lived there at different times and each had their favorite spots to take us. George and I have continued to visit. There is so much to see and even after all the times we gone, I feel we haven’t seen so much of the area. Such a beautiful part of the country! What could be better than spending time there with your wonderful family. Love and hugs, my dear friend.

    1. Hi Michelle, it sounds like you have wonderful memories of the area, too, and what’s better than having our children play tour guide? It is a beautiful part of the country, and our son told us that when the trees leaf out it is absolutely gorgeous. They were a little barren at this time of the year, but still beautiful. And the cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom which was a treat! Thanks so much, my friend, for your wonderful comment and for sharing your special memories as well. Hugs xoxoxo

  4. Hi Lauren – I’m glad you had fun on your trip to DC and surroundings. I lived in DC for 6 years and have been to most of the places you visited, but not Harper’s Ferry. I agree the White House is very underwhelming when there are things that obstruct the view – construction and barriers. The Ambar experience sounds like a great way to get a taste of everything! Thanks for sharing your experience and pictures – such a nice family πŸ™‚

    1. I’m glad you can relate to the area, Barbara, but when you get the chance, visit Harper’s Ferry; it’s worth it! Yes, the Ambar experience was delicious, too! Thanks for your kind words. πŸ’ž

    1. Thanks, Binky, and the Smithsonian was amazing, so much to see! It’s been decades since we’ve visited these sites, so it was fun for a second time, especially with our kids. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much, Kamal. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, the history they portray, along with their silliness. πŸ™‚ I always appreciate your visits and kind words. πŸ’•

  5. Wow, Lauren! You put a lot into this wonderful article. I’m so happy you spent time with loved ones.
    LOL. I too wish the Reflecting Pool was pristine.
    Take care!!! xoxo

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Resa, and I’m glad you enjoyed these sights. It was a fabulous trip, especially just being with the kids. But yes, we were all a bit stunned that the Reflecting Pool looked dirty. Happy weekend to you! πŸ’—πŸŒΌ

  6. Lauren, first of all, Happy Birthday!!! (I’m venturing back onto FB and saw it was your birthday today.) Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    Your trip back east looked like so much fun, getting to see your kids and adventuring all over the place. Fascinating, all the history! That’s one area I’ve never visited before.
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience and all the great photos. And again, Happy Birthday!!
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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Betty, and it’s so good to see you here again. πŸ™‚ I had a great day and I think there’s more celebrating today and next weekend, too. I hope you’re feeling better these days, also. I’m glad you enjoyed this trip and the photos, and I hope you get to see the sights someday. So much history to take in and so many plaques to read. Best of all was spending with the kids, and this was the first time the 5 of us have been together in the last 2 years due to covid. Anyway, thanks for popping in and many hugs to you, dear friend. πŸ’—πŸŒΊπŸ’—πŸŒΊπŸ’—πŸŒΊ

      1. Sounds good, Betty. I’m not on FB much unless I have something special to share. Otherwise, I just share my blog posts. πŸ™‚ It’s good to see you wherever you may be. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  7. Robbie Cheadle

    Hi Lauren, what a lovely family adventure you had. I would also love to visit all these interesting historical places. It’s nice to see pictures of your family.

    1. Hi Robbie, I’m glad you enjoyed this post about our east coast trip. This was the first time the 5 of us were together in the last 2 years because of covid, so it was truly a special time. I hope you get the chance to visit – there is so much history to read and reflect upon. And that Ambar dinner was so much fun. Enjoy your day! πŸ₯°

  8. Jane Sturgeon

    Hello lovely Lauren, we are so glad you all had some time together and love your East adventure. Happy photos full of loving energy. Here’s to your lovely birthday trip and the gift of you all being together. Much love to you all, always. ❀ xXx ❀ ❀

    1. Thanks for your beautiful words, Jane. It was special for all of us to finally spend time together. The history was interesting to read and reflect upon, and we had so much fun. The quiet evenings spent at Michael’s apartment were some of the best times with conversation and laughter. Until next time. Hugs coming your way, my friend. πŸ’žπŸŒ·πŸ’žπŸŒ·

      1. Jane Sturgeon

        I can picture you all together, Lauren and it’s lovely. ❀ Huge hugs ❀ xXx ❀

  9. It sounds like you had a wonderful time, Lauren, and it was fun to see all the photos. I used to live on the East Coast and loved visiting Washington and that area. There is so much to see! I haven’t had the Ambar experience, but it sounds wonderful! I love great food, but fill up fast, so all those “tastes” would be perfect. Thanks for sharing your adventures and welcome home. πŸ˜€

    1. You’re right, Diana, there is so much to see! We walked 11 miles on our DC day and that was only a fraction of museums to visit. It sounds like you’d love the Ambar experience. πŸ™‚ Hopefully, you’ll get the chance someday. I’m glad you enjoyed this trip and the photos. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ’ž

  10. Looks like you had a fantastic trip, Lauren. I’m glad you had a chance to spend time with your family. It’s funny, I live less than a day’s drive from Washington, but I’ve never been there. Thanks for the tour!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mark, and I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. It was definitely a special trip. I understand about not visiting places nearby; there are places around here that we’ve never been to either. For my husband and I, we get comfortable with what we know, so sometimes, we literally have to think outside the box for a new adventure. πŸ™‚

  11. I’ve spent a lot of time in Washington DC over my travel years. Unfortunately much of the time was in winter but have seen it in the summer time too. It is a place of great historical interest.

    1. It had snowed the week before, but we lucked out with weather in the 60s & 70s. Even our son told us yesterday that it was in the low 30s. Yes, we lucked out. πŸ™‚ There is so much history in DC. That day we walked 11 miles, visiting many museums, but only a fraction of what there is to see. Next time…thanks for sharing, Ian.

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