As I get older taking time for me is very important to me. I believe in the saying that “you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.” That said I am very much a hermit who suffers from severe anxiety— especially about going out into public places alone. I wasn’t always this way and want to break free of whatever this is. Additionally, I work from home which means I have very little interaction with the public. It’s because of this I choose to take weekend retreats alone.
Sometimes this means checking into a local hotel or when the mood hits me traveling to a state that’s close by and treating myself into an upscale hotel. When I do this I am looking for hotels that offer room service, spas, wine hours, have their own restaurants and more.
I recently made my way to Old Town—Alexandria, Virginia. This is a beautiful hip, historic, trendy area with lots of shops, museums, restaurants, and just an Uber away from Washington, DC. I stayed at the Alexandrian Autograph Collection Hotel located on the main hub of King St. Minus the spa, this historic lively hotel had everything I needed. This included a great restaurant called “Jackson 20” for room service, complimentary infused water, and coffee in the lobby, a complimentary champagne reception and an awesome lobby to people watch in. There are even green apples at the counter, a popcorn machine in the evenings where they make fresh popcorn, and doggy treats if you bring your pet.
Here’s some highlights from my weekend:
I was given an awesome room on the 2nd floor in the front of the hotel that looked right down onto the main street. The rooms are beautifully decorated and have a sitting area for people like me who love to lounge. I was lucky enough to get a room with 2 huge picture size windows to look out of.
The Lobby and Champagne
After sitting in my room I headed downstairs to people watch and work. I got my free glass of champagne and got comfy on the couch.
I’ve never really done this before and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I ate at a random spot on King Street called “The Warehouse“. I enjoyed freshly fried calamari as my appetizer, an amazing lobster roll for my entree, and a Peach Sangria for my drink.
I’m totally lazy and usually walking is not even in my vocabulary. I’m not even about that life. However, the location I was in was mainly for strolling and so I joined in. I browsed, did some shopping, brought ice cream and then went and sat by the water.
When done with all of that, I came back to my room and ordered room service, ate donuts, watched all the Bravo channel and CNN that I wanted and did more people watching.
I took Amtrak home and came back feeling rejuvenated and ready to work. Every mom should take a weekend or just a little time to herself and it doesn’t have to be extravagant or extreme.