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I had the opportunity to revisit one of the magical places in the U.S...Fallingwater.  We did a mini family reunion with a long weekend in Pittsburgh. About 90 minutes southeast in Mill Run, PA, Frank Lloyd Wright built this beauty for the Kaufman family.







We used the Residence Inn Pittsburgh Airport Coraopolis as a home base. The two, 2 bedroom suites that we reserved were perfect for our trip. The big Suites with kitchens and seating areas allowed the group to gather like we were at home.

Down for the holiday weekend. Beautiful hotel. Have that famous obelisk out my window.


I was looking for a low priced weekend for fun AND to qualify for a birthday bonus promo offer. Washington D.C. Is always featuring great pricing if you keep your eyes open. Originally reserved a $112 rate at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, but the Washington Marriott Wardman Park tossed out an $80, $130, $82 three day rate. Knocking $50 off the total gets me a metro weekly pass for free, plus a few cups of coffee! The Wardman Park also has the Woodley Park Metro stop right outside the door. That's always a plus if you leave your car at home by Amtraking in from Philly.


I am getting to be a big fan of the chat feature on the app. Aretha at the hotel was very helpful and apparently hooked me up with an Executive Suite upgrade. What a room! The lounge is on the 10th floor but the 9th is also labeled as concierge. 9022 looks out toward the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge going over the Potomac River.


The lounge is open for breakfast on the weekend. It was packed, but all were in a good mood. The staff kept everything stocked and fresh. They did a great job.


I took a walk up and then down Connecticut...from the zoo to The Mayflower. Well kept neighborhoods and plenty of great places to eat.






While reviewing the early days of erc and Bill Marriott, I asked the great one about the Chincoteague FFI & Suites. As per his way, he paused, glanced skyward, and turned to Mrs. Erc... "Have I ever been there?" No dear, not yet..she replied.


So, I then knew my mission in life was to beat the legendary erc to Chincoteague Island!!


Here I sit. Enjoying breakfast from the outdoor deck at the Fairfield Inn & Suites on Chincoteague Island, VA.


I have a quick one day trip to Pittsburgh. Airfares were outrageous from PHL so I started searching. Aha! SBY, Salisbury/Ocean City had one of those silly cheap fares if you didn't mind the connection. I decided to grab a Sunday in OC, MD to make the flight sensible. There are two new properties in OC. A Res Inn and FFI, but neither met their opening dates! Later this year maybe. That left the Courtyard...but pricing was prohibitive. Widening the search, up popped Chincoteague and Easton, MD. Both would be new properties for me (500 or bust). Chincoteague this time, Easton the next!


Chincoteague sits just over the Virginia line on the DelMarVa peninsula. Assateague National Seashore and the wild ponies are right here. The Eastern Shore is a treasure trove of small towns, great beaches and chicken farms.  Don't forget the TACOS!!















Back to to the hotel for sunset..  iahflyr, bejacob, nationwide, pluto77, seatexan, jsucool76, brightlybob... those tacos were the bomb!