Saturday, February 25, 2012

Seasonal Sundays # 89–Road Trip

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Welcome to Seasonal Sundays. We’ve been on a road trip!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s that time already, but my son is beginning his college search.This past week, we packed ourselves in our car (5 people and 2 dogs!) and headed off to begin exploring some of the many colleges in Pennsylvania.

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While the main goal of the trip was to explore the colleges, it’s such fun to explore all of the towns along the way.

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We had a wonderful stay in Bethlehem at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. And yes, they allow fluffy ones to stay too!

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It’s a Historic Hotel of America, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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The attention to detail is amazing. Above is a photo f the entry floor of the elevator.

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While Bethlehem is well known for being a center of heavy industry during the industrial revolution and for Bethlehem Steel, it is also known as Christmas City, USA with it’s accompanying star. The photo above is of the center of the elevator floor at the Hotel.

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Of course one of the best ways to explore a town is to explore it’s shops!

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You just never know what you will find!!!

This road trip had another bonus! I got to meet and visit with Yvonne of Stone Gable. We had a wonderful visit and just couldn’t stop talking. I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that she will be returning to blog land. Such a gracious hostess!

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So what have you been up to? If I didn’t make it to your post from last week, you know that my road trip was the reason why. I can’t wait to read all of your fun posts for this week!

- The Tablescaper


Pat said...

Sounds like a great trip and I know it was wonderful for you, meeting Yvonne!

Barbara F. said...

I've been missing here for a couple of weeks. :( But I'll be back when my surgery is over and I've rested the old eyes a bit. I think it is fantastic that two premier bloggers, hostesses, and all around fabulous ladies got to meet and spend time. xo

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi! I have been wanting to stay in Bethlehem and now I will definitely make the trip! So exciting to hear Yvonne will be back and SOOOOO exciting to hear the college search has begun! My daughter is a college admissions officer so we are now seeing it from the other side! It is quite interesting and you will have some tough decisions ahead! Have a wonderful weekend! Linda


What a wonderful trip you had looking for Colleges, but didn't catch if you did find one? I am so happy you also got to visit with such lovely lady from Stonergable, I miss her very much!! We're going out to dinner tonight as is our 37th. Anniversary and my post is a breakfast table I did last night for today, Feb. 25th. Thank you for hosting dear lady. Hugs,

Mary said...

How fun you could squeeze in some shopping time & visit with Yvonne while visiting colleges... a daunting process selecting one I'm sure! Thanks for having me this week :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

oooo I remember the college hunting. My son decided late in the year, so we had to do some scrambling, but thankfully he was accepted in the college of his choice. He will be completing his second year ;-)

Sarah said...

What fun to be exploring collages, especially with the entire family. Glad you and Yvonne met up. I know that was a special time. Needless to say, I'm thrilled she is considering a return to blogging. I've missed her beautiful tables.

Aledia said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed your trip. Your photos are super!

Thank You for hosting and I hope you have a fantastic Sunday!


SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thank you for hosting, week after week :)
... sounds like a wonderful trip!

Greetings from Australia♥

SavannahGranny said...

Oh my, The fun has just begun. Keep your checkbook handy for the next few years. I have two grandsons graduating in May, one day and then the next.
They are brothers. One will be finishing masters program and the other bachelors. My daughter is elated. She say it will be like getting a raise. Hope they find jobs.
Enjoy this time of your life. It will be facinating.
Blessings, Ginger

Marlis said...

Lucky you to get to meet up with Yvonne. How fast the young ones grow up. I bet the trip was filled with lots of excitement, but might have been a bit bittersweet too. Thanks for hosting. xo marlis

Deanna said...

Sweet blessings to you and may the rest of February be wonderful!

I'd love to stay at this beautiful Hotel.
God bless,

Poppy said...

College trips have been on our schedule for this week as well, since it's spring break for us... to Penn State. Wishing your son all the best in his college search. I'm so happy to know about Yvonne, I've missed her wonderfully creative posts:)Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures of Bethlehem and the beautiful hotel and for the party. Have a great weekend!~Poppy

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

You were only about an hour and 15 minutes from me when you went to Bethlehem!! Isn't it a lovely town. I have also been to the Hotel to eat. And didn't you love the Moravian Book Shop?
Thanks so much for hosting!


Denise said...

How fun that you got to meet and spend time with Yvonne! It's great that she's returning to blog land.

It's quite a job looking at colleges, but fun too, I thought. Paying for it is not so much fun. ;)

I really liked this post. I was so excited to see your pictures of Bethlehem,PA, as my parents and sister all go to the Moravian church here. Our town was originally founded by Moravians. I'm going to share this post with my mom.

Thanks again for hosting and have a great week!

Denise at Forest Manor

Rettabug said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip & how fun to meet Yvonne in person, too!! I can just imagine the chatter!

This is a new phase of your life, as your children start to leave the nest. Exciting & stressful & happy & sad...expect to run the full gamut of emotions on his first day.

Hugs & Thanks for hosting SS again.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I am so happy you also got to visit with such lovely lady from Stonergable, She is a sweetie.I also miss her very much!! I maybe going to the ER tonight.I hope not.. I don't like the way I'am been feeling today.I my have the Flu. I hope not!!! If I can get a good night rest tonight maybe this will help Me.
xxoo Diane
You take care sweet lady.

Chris said...

Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Dianne said...

i love exploring shops in other towns. That duck display is awesome! Thanks for sharing Dianne

Diann said...

What a fun and exciting trip you had. I love little historic towns with wonderful shops. thank you for hosting!

Kathleen said...

You left out one of the best stops, the china store!

Glad you had a safe trip, and a fun one too!

bj said...

What a great trip...and the two of you bloggers meeting is awesome.

Thanks so much for hosting.
xoxo bj

Cindy F. Adkins said...

What a beautiful hotel! Your photographs are always SO gorgeous! Thanks for hosting. My cat Buster wrote today's post for Seasonal Sundays!! I hope that's okay!
Hugs, Cindy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sounds like a fun trip and going college hunting is exciting! Thanks for hosting this fun party each week! Hugs, Linda

Barbara F. said...

I forgot to ask you if you had a chance to have tea at Granny McCarthy's tea room in Bethlehem? A cute place. I like visiting there, stopping at the Sands, eating at one of Emeril's restaurants. xo

Nicole Blean said...

What an adventurous road trip! I want to go to the Moravian bookstore. I could spend hours there. Good luck to your son!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Great travel photos-would love to visit, too.

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

What a trip!
All the best to your son and thanks for hosting :)

Diane said...

Oh, the memories of the road trips visiting colleges - what a wonderful time in a young person's life! Thanks for the travelogue, as well. You did see some interesting shops and the hotel looks wonderful!

Tanya@takesix said...

What a fun road trip! I love poking through little shops in towns. Thank you for hosting such a great party!

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Hi, so happy to be back on Seasonal Sundays! We love Bethlehem too. A great tapas bar is the Apollo - a huge yummy list of delicious tapas that we love eating right at the bar. Another sweet little restaurant a little outside of the downtown is Bolete - a small restaurant in an adorable stone house. Great chef and delicious food! We always told our kids (tongue in cheek) that they needed to choose a college in a town or city with great restaurants -we love to eat!! Ciao, bella! xxoo

Donna Patrice said...

Your blog is beautiful! I enjoyed reading about your trip - and I just LOVE the photos of all the ducks! =) Thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting this!

Cynthia said...

Beautiful pictures I love the light post. I always wanted to go there.

Jojo said...

This is my kind of college tour! Family, friends, shopping and sightseeing!! When my youngest was doing the tours, we loaded the car with moms and daughters so it became a mother/daughter event and I still cherish the memories.

Happy Seasonal Sunday!

kitty said...

What a fun road/college hunting trip for you & the family! How great that you & Yvonne were able to spend time together. Thank you letting us know that she will be back...hooray!! Thank you, too, for hosting SS!!

AshTreeCottage said...

I love Bethlehem, PA! Years ago when David and I lived in Middleburg, Virginia, we took a trip up to Bethlehem and stayed in that very same hotel. We had our first Yorkie ~ Bitterman back then and he always traveled with us. Bitterman was a very well behaved little gentleman and the hotel staff fell in love with him and made a special point of inviting HIM back whenever we came to town. Needless to say, we have very fond memories of that hotel and the very charming town as well. I also remember having a very lovely dinner there.
Thanks for giving me pleasant memories to think of this Sunday and thanks for hosting!

Susan and Bentley

Designs By Pinky said...

I had heard fromYvonne that you were there and had a GREAT visit! Isn't she wonderful??? I am blessed to be her friend. The trip sounds like it was fun. Thanks for hosting. XO, Pinky

Sunny said...

Where does the time fly? Sems like yesterday we were doing the our oldest is getting ready for her research presentation..sigh.Love the spots you were showng us..It makes me want to visit too. Thank you for the mini-cation!I needed Sunny109

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

What a fun trip and your photos are so well done. Some of those shops look wonderful. Now I want to go. So glad to hear about Yvonne. She stopped her blog about 2 weeks after I started blogging and I was just heartsick. She is such a genuine, caring person. Both of you are mentors to me without you knowing. And I so appreciate your beautiful blog. You inspire me!!

Hugs dear friend!


Nann from At Nann's Table said...

PS a BIG thankyou for hosting your wonderful party. Its a joy to come here and hook up.


CailinMarie said...

fun trip! and I love those ducks. Well, I am not sure what my blog post really does have to do with "table scaping" but sure, I joined in the linky party. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the invitation :-)

CailinMarie said...

gosh, I started to leave a comment and then i think i went a little adhd and clicked on "more fun less laundry" (great title) before publishing my comment? or not? I am not sure! yeesh, I'd better go to sleep now! :-)

Scribbler said...

What a fun trip -- it is always a shocker when we realize our first born is about ready to leave the nest, isn't it?

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Always looove a road trip ... but probably not the one where you have to leave your baby at college!

Debbie said...

Now THAT is one season I remember well. It was so fun to visit the colleges. Mine ended up going to the same one after all that searching. I really didn't think that would happen, but it did.

I'm so glad you had a nice time with Yvonne. I had a feeling that when she had a well deserved rest, she would consider a return. I have a great deal of respect for her for putting God first.

Entertaining Women said...

I remember making this trip with both of our kids when they began to explore options for college. Such an important time for our children...and we enjoyed the blessing of sharing the experience with them. Thanks yet again for hosting us for Seasonal Sundays. Cherry Kay

Jeanie said...

What a fabulous get away! I simply love the duck store. Finding my inner duck -- I need to do that!

Thanks so much for taking us along!