Wednesday, April 19, 2017

THE WEEKENDER

Well, what can I say? It was a very nice five day weekend, and much relaxing going on. The Mistress was on good behavior since I was around my family for most of it. It was also a rare weekend when the Mistress got to hang out with my mother for some quality time. Since it was a gorgeous weekend, we headed to Hershey. I don't know if I ever mentioned, but where I grew up in Harrisburg it is a very short 15 minute jaunt to Hershey PA...yes!!!!! The chocolate Hershey. It is small, but a very chic , quaint little town. You probably guessed, most of the town revolves around chocolate, which is not a bad thing. Even the tan bark there for gardening contains cocoa, the whole town smell of cocoa, and the street lights look like Hershey Kisses.

They have their own world class theater...

Then there are the magnificent mansions along Cocoa Avenue, like Milton Hershey's home...

The beautiful back entrance to the Hershey Spa...
You may recall a while back I went to the Hotel Hershey's Spa, where I got a cocoa body wrap, massage, facial and mani/ped. What can I say...I'm a huge spa whore. Just because the case line is almost middle aged, doesn't mean I shouldn't keep it polished!!! During the body wrap all I wanted to do was lick and eat myself!!!  The opening picture is the Hotel Hershey on Saturday when we were there. The tulips were awesome to see. The reason for being there? My mother surprised me by taking me to the Butterfly Atrium
It was a pretty cool place, and one can walk among 500 - 600 butterflies from around the world in a tropical setting that features colorful plants and a soothing water feature. Only one of 25 indoor, tropical butterfly atriums in the country, Hershey Gardens’ Butterfly Atrium is home to dozens of rare butterflies from South and Central America, Africa and Asia. Another cool thing was a whole area  devoted to the chrysalis that offers guests a rare glimpse into the pupal stage of the butterfly. Hundreds of jewel-like chrysalids hang in the special area until they emerge and are released into the Atrium with the others. It is pretty darn cool to walk amongst some many butterflies.
Butterflies are probably the only bug I would let climb on me, and allow myself to get near. The day put me into the spring mood for sure.  Not to mention my aunt's mouth watering Easter dinner on Sunday. Upon getting back, I even got to see the Lad who was in NJ to see his family for Easter, so we were able to get together to rendezvous for a day. And all we did was relax and  "hang out" . Among other activities.
We did our own cocooning.

27 comments:

  1. Another great tour! Always enjoy them :-)

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  2. What a wonderful Easter weekend. Beautiful pictures as always. Especially loved the butterfly's. Callaway Gardens has one and to stand there as they flutter about ever so gently lighting on you was amazing. Hope your cocooning was just as amazing.

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  3. Wait a damn minute. You mean to say you were in Hershey and I didn't get to meet you?!?!?! I live like, seriously 10 minutes from the hotel!!!!! Just as
    well, I may have jumped you, and your mother may have been upset, lol!!!! The butterfly house is amazing, as is the hotel.

    And those legs.........

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    1. Unfortunately I didn't know she was taking me there. What's to say I wouldn't have jumped you!?!?

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  4. "During the body wrap all I wanted to do was lick and eat myself!!!" - I am SURE you would find many willing volunteers to do this for you, mistress. for one, the lad...

    OMB, those butterflies! :)

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    1. If you love butterflies, this would make for a wonderful day trip for you and spouse.

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  5. It su re has changed since I was there in ... 1968! We did the tour then and were actually allowed to sample along the way and, at the end, they gave us handfuls of free Hershey's chocolates! I don't remember those fun street lamps but I didn't care... free chocolate.

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    1. Mitch, I have never been to the hotel to stay overnight, but I understand they still do give chocolate to guest in their room every night. The factory and Chocolate World still give out candy bars at the end of the tours. The hotel has certainly changed with amenities since you were there.

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  6. How long have you had this blog? And I'm still learning things about you! Never knew you live so close to Hershey. I'd probably been fay of I lived anywhere near there. But the town and hotel looks magnificent!

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    1. I've been known to graze on the tan bark.

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  7. Looks like a great weekend -

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  8. Coco-oning looks coco-mfortable.
    Love the butterflies; we've been to several butterfly houses at various gardens and they are amazing places,

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  9. I'm glad you had a lot of fun this weekend, and those pictures are beautiful!

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  10. My word, what a lovely post. A blast from the past. William and I had our honeymoon night in Hershey and then spent a day before flying to Aruba. I was a lovely hotel and beautiful gardens if I recall. Looks like a great afternoon. Those butterflies are stunning.

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  11. Fantastic photos!!! The tulips and butterflies are amazing - - and I like those Hershey street lights.

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  12. I loved this post!!! Butterflies always make me happy. And those street lights have made me stop after work to get a bag of Hershey Kisses. Like my ass needs them!

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  13. I have been to see the butterflies once and the gardens there. Not as grand as Long Wood Gardens but the butterfly house was exceptional, which Longwood doesn't have. It made for a nice outing.

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  14. What a weekend! Looks so fun and enjoyable. Beautiful pictures. I can't decide if I should lice those lamp posts or those sexy legs?

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  15. Someone gave us a tin of Hershey Kisses once. They were so horrid ("rather reminiscent of earwax" was the general consensus) so we threw them out and kept the tin! Jx

    PS Butterflies!
    PPS Legs!!!

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  16. It's great to take the time to visit a special place. It must be like living in Willy Wonka's town, no?

    Now do you two need a nice rub down on those legs?

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  17. Spectacular scenery...you never disappoint with a weekend...and were almost upon another one. Those legs sure are nice too.

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  18. That atrium looks like a real jungle habitat! Maybe you should hire the place, Mistress. You could take off your clothes like a primitive human and invite some cannibals to eat you!

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  19. What a magnificent place to spend the day. Its nice you and your mother are close to do such things like this. The butterflies are cheering up a rather dreay day here.

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  20. I love butterflies! Your shots are amazing. Now, on those legs.....if you could pan up just a bit further........

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  21. Oh, those two pair of legs in such close proximity to each other was too much of a turn-on for me. I'll have to comment on the rest of the pictures some other time.

    Um...you were in Nestle, Pa, right?

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