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2017

I happen to live in a State that offers quite a bit. We have mountains, big cities, open lands, quick rides to the beach, one hour from NYC, two hrs from Washington D.C. We also have a place called Longwood Gardens. Pierre du Pont, back in the early 1900's purchased what had been a farm and surrounding land. He created this botanical garden. It has indoor and outdoor wonders. There are over 1000 acres to stroll, hike, breathe in, contemplate, and enjoy. There also is an indoor conservatory that is amazing. The orchids are my favorite. A real photographer could spend weeks at this place. I added a few pics below.

I stayed at the new Residence Inn Philadelphia Glen Mills/Concordville. The hotel was almost as colorful as some of the nature exhibits!

 

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The Residence Inn...just about brand new.

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As has been my custom....I start a couple of blog posts and then get sidetracked and forget to post Part 2 or 3.

    When pluto77  started to report on her recent trip, I went looking for some pictures. I'm not looking to steal her thunder, so I'll post a few at a time and finish this up over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

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A few years back I stumbled on the Insiders site to complain about Black Out dates. I hovered around, lurked for a bit, read lots of good info...and met lots of great people. Along with being enriched by the wonderful lessons taught here everyday, I've now picked up enough points for a Cat 4 free night!!! Through the years our communitymanagers have run contests,  tossed out some badges,  and pointed us toward social media connections. These have added up to a few points. There was a survey group, PULSE, a while back...more points. Here's how they've added up for me. I know of a few on here who have raked in BIG points..much more than this. So hang in there, post, lurk, and grab some points along with your new knowledge.

 

 

 

All Time Running Total
Pulse500
Badges425
InsiderBonus19150
Total20075

 

Note...Insiders Bonus contains all other misc. including Twitter points.

The second night near DC was spent in Old Town Alexandria, VA at a new Autograph Collection property. Old Town is a top ten favorite place. If you haven't spent time there, add it to your list.

 

The hotel isn't new, but the flag as a Marriott brand is.....The Alexandrian. It is about six months since the rebranding. It was the Hotel Monaco, and the old signs are still here but painted black. "The Alexandrian" appears on a temporary banner above the front door. I've walked past this property a hundred times and always felt it would make a wonderful Marriott location....well, now it is!

 

I took Amtrak from Philly for the weekend, loaded $15 on a DC Metro Smartcard, took the yellow line to King Street Station, then an easy 15minute bus ride to National Harbor. For the return and the night at The Alexandrian, I used the Water Taxi ($8) back to Old Town. The boat drops you but a 5 minute walk to the hotel.

 

The hotel is a boutique style.... lavish mid-sized lobby. Comfy seating everywhere. Jackson 20 is the attached restaurant. Like many in town, it doesn't open until 8AM for breakfast, so I missed out. I was there on a bargain rate, but was still upgraded to a large terrace view room complete with balcony...felt a bit like New Orleans.

 

Old Town is the perfect walking town with more fantastic restaurants than you can count.

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