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The First Leg of Our Journey: The Cottage on Paw Paw Creek at the Mansion House in Snow Hill, Maryland

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Since the Cottage on Paw Paw Creek at the Mansion House in Snow Hill, Maryland, does its best to shelter us from the distractions of modern technology, we don’t have cable TV today, much less wireless Internet access.  I couldn’t even sneak onto a neighbor’s wireless network to post this missive… the neighbors are probably just enjoying the natural beauty of our surroundings instead of roaming the blogosphere.  London and Maddie are stretched out on the rug in the homey living room, coloring in a coloring book and rearranging the pictures to make their own stories.

If you decide to follow our footsteps and embark on a trip to Duck, North Carolina from New Jersey or another northern starting point, our family can highly recommend a stopover at the Mansion House in Snow Hill, Maryland.  George, the owner of Mansion House, had encouraged us to take more time to enjoy the nearby Sea Side DelMarVa area, but we don’t have enough time during this brief school break…maybe on another long weekend in the future.

As you can see from the photos (okay, you can’t see the photos, since I haven’t posted them yet), we have a beautiful view of Paw-Paw Creek from the porch of our cottage.  The cottage has two bedrooms, more than enough space for our family of four.  London and Maddie shared a room with twin beds and explored the cottage after I read their bedtime stories and conked out early on our queen-sized bed after the four-and-a-half-hour drive.  The girls were excited to share their very own half bath.

George provided us with a copy of Chesapeake Life magazine as a guide to the many things to do in the area.  We’re headed out this morning to look for wild horses in Assateague and Chincoteague before we make our way south to Duck, NC.  If we had more time, there are a number of things that Rex and the girls and I would enjoy:

·         Just this weekend, we’re missing the 11th Annual Endless Summer Cruisin’ celebration in Ocean City, Maryland:  more than 1,500 muscle cars, classics, and hot rods cruise into town for a car lover’s extravaganza.  Thursday, October 9th through Sunday, October 12th from 9am to 5pm (ends Sunday at 3pm).  Inlet Parking Lot, Ocean City, Maryland.  Phone:  (410) 798-6304.

·         Ocean City celebrates my birthday weekend with an Oktoberfest at the Ocean City Convention Center on Friday, October 10th (11:30am-6pm), Saturday, October 11th (11am – 11:30pm), and Sunday, October 12th (11am – 4pm).  Eat, drink, and be merry with schnitzels, wurst, and barrels of bier.  Three full days of continuous entertainment include Jolly Joe and the Bavarians, the Pennsylvania Villagers, the Enzian Volkstanzgruppe Dancers, and more.  Phone:  (800) 626-2326.

·         I won’t tell London and Maddie that we’re missing the 3rd Annual North American Sea Glass Festival at the University of Delaware as we head down to Duck, NC this weekend.  This event draws collectors, artisans, authors, and beachcombers from around the world.  Saturday, October 11th features sea glass shard identification experts, and on Sunday, the “Shard of the Year” contest awards $1,000 to the most beautiful and rare piece of glass presented for judging.  Virden Conference Center, University of Delaware, Lewes, Delaware.  Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th from 10am to 5pm.  Phone:  (410) 778-4999.

·         See the hottest new racing and cruising boats from U.S. and foreign builders at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland.  City Dock and Harbor, Annapolis, MD.  Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th from 10am – 7pm, Monday, October 13th from 10am – 5pm.  Phone:  (410) 268-8828.

·         Summer’s not over with the Jazz/Blues Music Series in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware!  Dane Tilghman returns with his jazz/blues music series and more of his ever-popular Americana series at the Philip Morton Gallery.  Opening reception Friday, October 10th from 5 to 8pm.  Runs October 10th – 24th.  Phone:  (302) 727-0905.

·         In Easton, Maryland, the 11th Annual Arts Marketplace runs from Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th:  the Eastern Shore’s largest juried craft festival features original works, including sculpture, ceramics, enamel, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass and woodwork.  Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland.  Phone:  (410) 822-2787.

·         Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland:  We just missed their Small Craft Festival on October 4th, but the museum offers “Build a Boat” on weekends, year-round – learn hands-on boat building skills under the guidance of a Museum shipwright.

·         Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland, currently (through October 25th) featuring “Stewardship,” an exhibit of artist Greg Mort’s newest works, inspired by one of the defining challenges of our time:  the diminishing supply of fresh, clean water.  Through his watercolor images, Greg Mort hopes to incite a call to environmental action among artists.  Phone:  (410) 778-7330.

·         First Friday Gallery Walks in Downtown Easton, MD:  Stroll the brick-paved walks and browse an abundance of art galleries, antique and specialty shops, and award-winning restaurants, all nestled among vintage Federal-style buildings.  First Friday of every month from 5 to 9pm.  Phone:  (410) 820-8222.

That’s just a sampling of what we’ll be missing as we head down to Duck, North Carolina….but the autumn season is beautiful here and I’d highly recommend a long weekend… it feels like you can kick back and relax for a few days at the Mansion House and venture out for as much or as little activity as you wish.



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