Have you heard of Literary Destination travel? One of my favorite ways to plan a vacation is to plan it around a book or story that I’ve read and enjoyed! And, since Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors, it was a lot of fun to think of ways to celebrate her!
Are you a Jane Austen fan? I enjoy Jane Austen both in book & movie. My personal favorite being Sense & Sensibility! I have some fun ideas to celebrate ~ some easy, some adventurous, and some making travel a literary destination!
Born in Steventon, England on December 16, 1775, Jane Austen lived a filled with family, friends, and words. Jane penned several books, but their rise to acclaim only happened after her death. She passed away on July 18, 1817, making 2017 the 200th anniversary of her death. There are big plans for Celebrating Jane Austen in many places around England.
Small, Easy Ways to Celebrate
Read Jane Austen Books
I suppose this one is obvious, but who knows! Re-read or read one you haven’t read before.
Here’s a list of her books in the order of date written:
- Sense & Sensibility 1811
- Pride & Prejudice 1813
- Mansfield Park 1814
- Emma 1815
- Persuasion 1817
- Northanger Abbey 1817
I think I’m going to commit to reading a couple of new (to me) books by Jane Austen this year. Maybe even a few of the remakes!
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Go to a Tea Room
If you’ve not gone to high tea before, you’re in for a treat! For those of us living in the United States, going to tea is not a “normal” activity. Which, frankly, is too bad because it is such a lovely thing to do! Look around your area and see if you have any local tea rooms. Try a few different places if you have the options to do so.
Here are a few options for Orlando/Central Florida:
- Windsor Rose Restaurant & British Tea Room in Mount Dora, Florida
- Dickens Coffee & Tea Room in Lake Mary, Florida
- Lavender N Lace Tea Room in Lake Alfred, Florida
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Ritz Carlton Orlando also has a high tea, and is regarded by many to be the best in Florida!
Go a Little Bigger!
Host a Jane Austen Party
There are plenty of great ideas on Pinterest for hosting a Jane Austen tea party. This could be a tea party, a book club party, a dinner party – whatever you like! So, here’s a link to my Pinterest board Celebrate Jane Austen. Have fun with it!!
Join the Jane Austen Society of North America
Jane Austen Society of North America. I’m sure there’s a branch somewhere near you, so click on the link and find out. They host meetings and celebrations throughout the year. And, you’ll get to hang out with other Jane Austen fans!!
Jane Austen Literary Festival
Held in Old Mandeville, LA, the next festival is April 1-2, 2017. Check out the details at The Tenth Annual Jane Austen Literary Festival. Check this out – they have a “Perfect Love Letter Competition”!! I think if you are anywhere near Louisiana, this would be a fabulous experience!
Go Big – Travel Jane Austen Style!!
The Governor’s House
Enjoy Jane Austen in style (and period costume) in Hyde Park, VT. Travel to the Governor’s House in Hyde Park, VT for one of their “literary-inspired diversions.” Their next Jane Austen Weekend is January 6-8, 2017, so check your calendar! They have several Jane Austen Weekends throughout the year, so check out their calendar!
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Hampshire played an important role in Jane Austen’s life. The city influenced many of her novels, and so is an ideal destination for Austen lovers! With 2017 being the two-hundredth anniversary of Austen’s death, Hampshire has a lot planned for next year! It would be a great time to visit and fall in love all over again with Jane Austen!
Only two hours outside of London, Hampshire is an easy day-trip to visit Jane Austen’s House Museum. Jane Austen’s House Museum is the only house that Jane lived and wrote in that is open to the public. The House Museum is typically open throughout the year, with the exception of a few days during the Christmas holiday. However, if you plan on going in 2017, check their calendar! They will be closed for 2 months during the beginning of the year!
Bath, United Kingdom
Bath is another city that Jane Austen lived in. It also influenced much of her writing. It was to her a spa resort town and very fashionable. There are guided (and self-guided) tours that you can take around the city to discover Jane’s Bath.
The Jane Austen Centre is a fun place to visit to get a good glimpse of what life what like during the Regent period. You can learn a lot about Jane’s life and how Bath influenced her. You can dress up in period clothes and have high tea.
Celebrating Literature through travel
Are you thoroughly inspired to try Literary Destination travel?! I know I am. In fact, I’m going to go look for my copy of Sense & Sensibility right now and see where we need to go!
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