Thanksgiving Week Staycation

My Thanksgiving Week Staycation included Monday Night Football, eating all the seafood with my family, a turkey trot, and sightseeing in Washington, DC.


My mother and brother made the trip to Baltimore to celebrate Thanksgiving. They say they are coming to see me but really they are here to eat all the seafood. We ate crabcakes, oysters, shrimp, lobster, and clams while they were here.

Shrimp Salad from Thames Street Oyster House:

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My favorite restaurants to take my family to are Ryleighs for $1 oysters during happy hour, LP Steamers for my mom’s favorite fried clams, the famous lobster roll at Thames St. Oyster House, Mama’s on the Half Shell for crab dip.

Lobster Roll!

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Someday we will feel like eating pizza and have some crab pizza at 8 Ball or Matthews!

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The night before Thanksgiving, Lion King the musical, was playing at the Hippodrome Theatre. Tickets were pricey but the musical was amazing! All the animals, costumes, and music made for one of the best shows I’ve ever seen!

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Turkey is the main event on Thanksgiving but we prepare for it by running the local Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot at 8am sharp. This year Mandy, my brother, and I had to hustle to the start line- we made it 30 seconds before the gun went off this year. Oops!


The Thanksgiving turkey was a little bit undercooked when we were ready to eat so we had to wait, and wait, and wait. I’m so impatient when I’m hungry!

Over the weekend we drove to DC to see the newly renovated (a few years ago anyway) American History Museum and the Natural Science Museum. The Natural Science Museum was a zoo of course because of the Thanksgiving holiday but the new narwhal exhibit was so cool. I need to learn more about narwhals. The gems and minerals room is always a favorite of mine. And of course the dinosaurs and ocean exhibits are thrilling.


Before the family left on Tuesday we got really good tickets (and inexpensive because we did it so last minute) to Monday Night Football- the Houston Texans versus the  Baltimore Ravens. My Ravens won in a very exciting game 23-16. The problem with Monday Night Football on the East Coast is that it starts at 8:30pm and doesn’t end til around midnight. It was a sleepy Tuesday at work- zzzzzzz…….

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Having the family come around Thanksgiving is fun- we explore like tourists while having local knowledge. It is really like a staycation- the art of exploring your hometown.

Reader Question: Do you travel for Thanksgiving or do people travel to you? Late night football- yay or nay?

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2 Responses

  1. Chaitali says:

    Sounds like a great Thanksgiving staycation! I’m sure your family had a good time 🙂

  2. Mom says:

    All that and a two season binge of Stranger Things!

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