What DAY TWO may look like:
Breakfast/coffee at the hotel. Then a nice drive to nearby Emmitsburg.
Miracles Amid the Fire Storm. National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (www.setonheritage.org, 339 S Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.Tours Friday & Saturday afternoons. Free)
Minutes from Civil War battlefields at this national shrine learn how the Sisters and Daughters of Charity served soldiers during the war. These Sisters wore free-flowing garments and headdress similar to episodes of the Flying Nun…appearing as angels, I’m sure, to the wounded. Hear stories of rescues, healing, and miracles on the battlefield. More importantly, hear of one woman, Elizabeth Ann Seton’s, trials, rejection and becoming an over comer of women’s prejudice by extending grace and courage to others. This side trip qualifies as the spiritual awakening part of your journey.
Lunch/Shopping back in downtown Frederick:
Downtown Frederick is where history meets martini bars, where shop owners really do know your name, where high tech mingles with old school and where you can always find the perfect plate to satisfy your hunger. Local paper inserts alert you to the live entertainment choices and a weekly calendar chockfull of events.
Some of our favorite shops include:
Firestone’s Market on Market (109 N Market Street, www.firestonesmarket.com) – Homemade pastrami sandwiches are the best feature but unusual items to purchase are second.
North Market Pop Shop (237 N Market Street, www.northmarketpopshop.com) – A nostalgic glass bottle soda & ice cream shop. Ever try NeHi Grape or Orange, Butterscotch Root Beer or Birch Beer? Plus your favorite sodas in glass bottles. Bottles are better, you know…
Zoe’s Chocolate Company (121 A N Market Street, www.zoeschocolate.com) – Local artisan chocolates with a Mediterranean flair. Try a caramel or Aegean Pistachio:
Beautifully naturally vivid green Mediterranean pistachios ground to a fine paste and mixed into a white chocolate ganache, flavored with a hint of Tahitian vanilla & almond.
Griffs Landing – (43 S Market Street, www.griffs-landing.com). This seafood galley & tiki room has been around for a while and may be the best place to start your evening eats. Any form of crab cake is a must but their hush puppies with unique Cajun sauce are a close second. Wash it all down with a powerful punch – Pirates Painkiller.
Isabellas Taverna & Tapas Bar – (44 N Market Street, www.isabellas-tavern.com. Brkfst/lunch/dinner) The atmosphere on a weekend night was boisterous and festive but not offensive. We ordered their specialty martini of the day (recommended if not ordering from their wine list) and ate several tapas before the DJ music club environ began. Our waitress made good food suggestions, the best being the Esparragus Fritos con Salsa Alioli Tomate – fried asparagus stalks with a smoked tomato aioli…delicious. The presentation almost begs you to just admire the food…almost!
Since we weren’t stuffed, we stayed for hours dancing on the crowded dance floors and making new friends (and dance partners) with the many folks meandering up and down the long bar with a dance area on either end. Good food. Good company. Ahhh.