Ever wondered what more there might be to the Fourth of July than fireworks and blueberry cobbler? While we love celebrating with pie and pyrotechnics, there are plenty of opportunities to expand July 4th traditions to include something more … traditional. In honor of the holiday, here are some ideas for discovering American history from the comfort of a Select Registry bed and breakfast.
It seems appropriate to start with the town where it all began: Concord, Massachusetts, the site of the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War. While it would be over a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, the historic town of Concord is home to many an American legend. Paul Revere rode here; Minute Men rushed into battle here; Thoreau, Emerson and Alcott lived and wrote here.
In the heart of it all is the Hawthorne Inn, a 19th century Italianate bed and breakfast in Concord. At only 19 miles from Boston, guests also have an opportunity to explore Boston’s history, or its museums, shopping and restaurants.
Philly was the nation’s capital until 1800, and it’s also where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. Feel Philadelphia’s history simply by strolling places like Elfreth’s Alley and the Society Hill neighborhood, or skip the crowds at the Liberty Bell and explore Philly’s uncommon historic sites.
You’ll find several Select Registry bed and breakfasts near Philadelphia. The picturesque Brandywine Valley is home to The Fairville Inn and Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast, both near Chadds Ford, PA, and The Inn at Montchanin Village and Spa, in Wilmington, DE.
Little explanation is needed for this city – national monuments and free museums make the Capitol a destination anytime. Don’t limit yourself to D.C. proper, however; George Washington’s hometown of Alexandria, VA, is a bustling city with cobblestone streets, colonial buildings and great shopping.
Visitors often spend long hours exploring, making it especially nice to know where to find a relaxing bed and breakfast in the heart of Washington, D.C. Try Embassy Circle Guest House, on Embassy Row, or Swann House in Dupont Circle.
And because it just doesn’t feel like the Fourth of July without fireworks, the cities of Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. usually rank on lists of Top Places to See July 4th Fireworks. So you can have your history, and your fireworks, too.