With a touch of history...
Summer is here, and for many Americans, that means it’s time for a vacation!
|New Smyrna Beach, FL|
According to Cindy Sondik Aron’s book Working at Play: A History of Vacations in the United States, Colonial America thought vacations were equivalent to idle time. They believed that work made a person closer to God and so only the lazy took off time from work.
|The Arlington Hotel|
In 1893, the original building was razed to make way for a new 300-room Spanish Renaissance structure. The new Arlington was referred to as “the most elegant and complete hotel in America” in Charles Cutter’s 1892 Guide Book.
|The Ponce de Leon Hotel|
The Ponce de León Hotel was an exclusive hotel in St. Augustine, Florida, built by millionaire developer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry M. Flagler. The building was completed in 1888 and was the first of its kind constructed entirely of concrete and local coquina stone. The hotel was wired for electricity at the onset, with the power being supplied by D.C. generators from Flagler's friend, Thomas Edison. Henry M. Flagler had to hire a special staff to turn power on and off for his residents who were too afraid to touch the switches. The building and grounds of the hotel are today a part of Flagler College.
My family and I just got home from a week trip to our home state, Michigan. We stopped in Sault Saint Marie, Mackinaw Island, and Saint Ignace. We loved every moment and are already planning to return next year. This time we want to travel further into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I can’t wait!
Are you taking a holiday this summer? Someplace new or are you returning to a favorite destination? I’d love hear about your adventures! Will you share your vacation plans with us?
Remember, for safety reasons, never post on any website or social media when you plan to be away from home.
Though vacations have changed through the course of time, one thing has stayed the same . . . we come home refreshed and ready to return to work so we can save our money for the next adventure.
I wish you happy and safe summer adventures, HHH readers!