A Little Getaway to Easton, Md
Saturday, October 10, 2009
My wife, Elvira, and I decided we needed a little getaway. We both just retired and have been busy trying to make up for twenty years of neglect in getting the house in order and fixing all the little things that need repairing. I had a few extra dollars from my last paycheck so I offered to splurge on an overnight getaway to some place not too far away. I also wanted to be able to bring our four month old Belgian Malinois puppy, Sophie, with us. Elvira has wanted to visit Easton, Maryland for quite some time now because of the quaint little shops and the little art galleries. Elvira went on the internet and found a place to stay in Easton that would allow us to have our puppy with us. It was the Tidewater Inn in historic downtown Easton. We got a room on the third floor at a good price, but had to pay a $30 pet surcharge for Sophie. The Inn was really nice and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Included was a Continental breakfast. There were only a couple of problems with our accomodations. The room was too hot for me to sleep comfortably and there was no air conditioning. The other problem was having puppy on the third floor and it's a long way down to go pottie. I tried to keep Sophie from drinking very much before bedtime, but she got into the bathroom, lifted the toilet lid with her snout and proceeded to drink for what seemed like three solid minutes (Mals need a lot of water). I was sure I was going to have to get up in the wee hours to take Sophie down the elevator to the ground floor to get outside. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Sophie made it through the night. She was quietly playing (actually tearing a black plastic trash bag into tiny pieces) at eight am the next morning. Elvira and I took turns getting our breakfast while the other watched Sophie. Elvira then took Sophie walking along the streets in Easton looking at the shops while I went back to our room and picked up a thousand little pieces of black plastic off the floor.
The highlight of the trip for me was dinner at a restaurant called "The Crab Claw" in the nearby town of St. Michaels. While Sophie slept in the car in the parking lot, Elvira and I had one of the best seafood dinners we have ever had. The acme of the meal was the crab vegetable soup. This was made with chunks of sweet crab meat, not the stringy crab you find in a lot of crab vegetable soup. The broth was seasoned delightfully and the vegetables nice and tender. I would go back again just for the soup. All in all it was a very pleasant getaway.