Yes, I am that person who is excited about their birthday every year. My mother says as soon as the new year comes around, I start talking about my birthday plans. Most of the time I like to take a trip or keep it simple and do something fun close to home. This year I decided to do a drive-able vacation that was a mixture of rest, relaxation and quality time with loved ones.
While doing an online search for wellness resorts nearby, I stumbled upon a black-owned bed & breakfast, Wellspring Manor & Spa in Upper Marlboro, Maryland about 2 hours away from Philadelphia. It is owned by the lovely husband and wife Kevin Alexander and Lisa Brown Alexander, who we had a chance to meet while there. The guest amenities include daily made to order breakfast, complimentary toiletries, an outdoor pool, daily snack service, an art gallery, and concierge services. You can also hire a chef to cook your dinner! We took advantage of their Tranquility Tuesday package which comes with early check-in and a 60-minute Wellspring Manor Signature Massage for each guest at their Spa Sanctuary.
When we first arrived, we were in awe of the landscape. Acres of beautiful trees and greenery getting ready to change colors for the Fall. We were met by the Guest Services Manager, Shelia Robinson. She was phenomenal. She helped us with our bags, and she let us know everything available to us while at Wellspring Manor & Spa. She gave us a tour of the property, offered us suggestions for dinner in the area, she escorted us to the spa on-site, and prepared our evening snack. Lisa and Sheila prepared and served us breakfast the next day.
While in Prince George County we decided to check out the local attractions. We visited the National Harbor which was quite nice. We checked out the MGM, Tanger Outlets, The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shop and had lunch at the Crab Cake Café. We also rode The Capital Wheel (a ferris wheel), which is 180 feet above the Potomac River with 42 gondolas. The views from above were quite breathtaking. The next day on my actual birthday, I decided to take a yoga and meditation class with Zen With Wen at Running Hare Vineyard. It was a beautiful experience; the scenery was lovely and the class was easy to follow along. Later that evening we checked out Maryland Meadworks and had dinner at SoBe Restaurant & Lounge. They serve a fusion of Latin, Asian, American and Italian fare.
So, there you have it. You don’t always have to jump on an airplane to have a good time or experience something new. Your next great adventure can be right next door!