Winter at Mount Vernon - by David Baron

Winter at Mount Vernon – by David Baron


The Travel Hags are headed for Mount Vernon this month. Why? Because chics love Christmas at Mount Vernon just like they love cooking shows, fashion, decorating ideas, gardening, celebrating (especially with girlfriends), shopping, chocolate, hot hunky men in uniforms, and listening to a good romantic story.

Christmas at Mount Vernon – a venue put on by the most visited historic estate in America – plays to these quirks of the female traveler.  Please join us.  For about $125 you can have two days of fun with girlfriends at a place the AAA named “One of the Top 12 Places in America to catch the Christmas Spirit.”

Travel Hag Adventure – Christmas in Mount Vernon

DATE:  Dec 21-22, 2012


Check in –
the Best Western Mount Vernon in Alexandria (each hag makes her own reservation) Rooms are $67.99 plus tax.  Refer to the Burgoyne 278077 group when making your reservation
7:00 pm DINNER – We’re dining at King Street Blues Restaurant Famous for Barbeque and southern style comfort food.

9:00 am – Mount Vernon – Hags will enter Mount Vernon when it opens and spend about 4 hours there.
1:00 pm – Shopping in Old Town – One of the prettiest Christmas Shopping towns in the Mid-Atlantic
2:30 pm – Lunch  – The Wharf Restaurant in Old Town.
3:30 pm – More Shopping in Old Town …. then home

COSTS:  Each Travel Hag pays her own way.  Here are the estimated costs for the weekend.
$20 for dinner on Dec 21
$74.11 for hotel (includes tax)
$15 for Mount Vernon tickets
$20 for lunch
$$$$ for Shopping (depending on your budget

Are you a Travel Hag?  All hags are welcome and bring your hagman if you want, just remind him that it’s all about us girls.  To sign up go to the Facebook event page and click JOIN.   Not on Facebook?  Email to let us know you want to come.

….a little more about Christmas at Mount Vernon…


Christmas in the eighteenth century was more about food and drink than trees and decorations.  People entertained in their homes, and yes, they did decorate, but the focus was on what special food items would be served.  Christmas was a time for the finer wines and spirits, for dancing and singing, for large parties.  The Washington’s were excellent hosts, and Christmas in Mount Vernon strives to give the visitor an authentic 18th century Christmas experience.

Mount Vernon Soldier by Luigi Crespo

Soldier at Mount Vernon – by Luigi Crespo

What woman doesn’t like recipes, food, party arrangements, dancing, singing?  Even if I’m not cooking I love to hear what the others are making and how it’s being served. I also love kitchen gadgets. How about you?  And chocolate – PLEASE!  Then there’s hunky men in Revolutionary War garb meandering around the estate.  All the while the visitor is hearing the stories of George Washington and Martha and their love affair with each other and the place they called home for 40 years.

Kitchen stuff – Oh, and the “serving of food” is also a big focus.  There are over 100 kitchen objects that are original to the Washington’s kitchen, and the table is set with the Washington’s china in the 18th century style.

Recipes – Every visitor receives a special recipe for attending Christmas at Mount Vernon.  Plus there are scores of other traditional holiday recipes from Martha’s kitchen in books sold in the Mount Vernon Shop. <– fabulous shopping right inside the museum.

Chocolate Making Demo – To remind visitors that Christmas was a time for special foods, there is a chocolate making demo. Whilst taking in the thick scent of melting chocolate,  visitors can see just how tedious and difficult it was to make this rare food.

Fashion – In addition to the men in uniform, the museum has docents and volunteers dressed up in period costume.  Additionally, they have exhibits of clothing that was owned by the Washingtons – some of it quite remarkable.

Artifacts – The museum houses over 700 artifacts which include George Washington’s personal copy of the U.S. Constitution with side notes he made in the margins.  And, of course George’s famous dentures.  Everyone remembers seeing the dentures.

Shopping  – The Mount Vernon Shop has an amazing inventory of small mementos, Christmas decorations, books, videos, and upscale glassware and china reproductions.

For a more complete description of Mount Vernon, read my blog post Christmas in Mount Vernon – Catch the Christmas Spirit.

Please consider joining us for this Travel Hag Adventure.

Credits – Mount Vernon photo by David Baron used under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License
Soldier Photo by Luigi Crespo Photography used under the Creative Commons Attribution License




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