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Back from Vacation

May 13th, 2018 at 05:16 am

I rolled back into town yesterday. Well, I should say I inched back into town, as Lake Shore Drive was backed up the whole way, and once I got to my suburb, it was jam-packed, too!

I had a wonderful 12-day vacation. We visited Concord (Louisa May Alcott's house, Walden Pond, Concord Museum), Boston (trolley tour, Paul Revere's house, North Church), Salem (Salem Witch Museum, trolley tour), Plymouth (Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plimoth Plantation), Provincetown ("Downtown" and Cape Cod National Seashore), Fall River (Lizzie Borden House) and Newport, R.I. (Vanderbilt's Marble House). I'm not sure I captured everything there, but you get the idea.

The total cost for me was $1344, which pleases me, because I was hoping to come in under $1500. The biggest cost was hotels -- not much we could do about that. We stuck to Choice hotels, since I am a member and we saved a little doing that. I earned a lot of points but not enough to get a free night. We ate the free breakfast in the hotel every morning, and ate out for lunch. Supper was usually scavenged from leftovers and vending machines. A good chunk went to the tours, etc. Only once was I able to use my Art Institute membership for free museum entry (reciprocity agreement). Gas was not too bad, as the highly-touted hike in price had not really happened yet. I did indulge in a few souvenirs - a "Beth" doll from the Alcott house, which I will use as a Christmas tree ornament, and a Cape Cod baseball cap. And I found a gift for DIL, a nice stand for one of her globes. I paid my grandson $40 for taking care of my cat and fish.

When it was all over, I spent the last night at BFF's house. In the morning, we went to Goodwill so I could use a $5 off $25 coupon. I spent $26 there, finding some gifts, some tops and workout pants, and some housewares, including a Corning casserole dish that I will resell.

No sooner had I gotten home, my son and DIL called and said there was a cookout planned at his father's house. So I dropped in a got a free supper, thus avoiding a trip to the store! Which I will have to do today.

Today, since it is Mother's Day, I'm going to a breakfast brunch and then the kids will come over in the afternoon for games and takeout.

I'm very weary, but very satisfied. And looking forward to getting back in my routine!

7 Responses to “Back from Vacation”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    That sounds like an amazing trip! I’m jealous—I love historical tourism and haven’t done a trip that extensively historical.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Welcome back! Sounds like a grand trip.

  3. Dido Says:

    Welcome home! Sounds like a wonderful trip. I love all of those places but haven't visited since my late teens/early 20s--a very long time ago now. Glad you had a good time and are happy to be home.

  4. snafu Says:

    Welcome home, you were missed

  5. Wink Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful time! I like to get away every now and then but somehow I'm always so happy to get back home to my routine. It calms me.

  6. Rose. Says:

    Sounds like a great vacation. Hope you can have a day to relax and recoup.

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