Driving south to Frederick, we spotted a sign to Saint Elizabeth Seton Shrine. It caught our eye because of the plaque on St. Peters in New York, and our visit to Halifax to the Sisters of Charity, which was one of the orders she founded. There was also a sign for the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes very near. Since we look up mass times on the internet when we are traveling, we figured we would find one near here, and we were right-9:00 Sunday at the Basilica on the grounds of Mother Seton's shrine. It is near Mount Saint Mary's University and also by the Grotto, which is the oldest North American replica of the Grotto of Lourdes in France. Sunday morning's spontaneous tour (which is an advantage of this travel lifestyle) was hatched.
The Basilica was beautiful and the historic tour of Mother Seton's life in the Emmitsburg area and her amazing influence on the world was well worth our time. We drove 2 miles to the Grotto afterward and found a beautifully landscaped trail. It was established in 1805 and was a lovely peaceful retreat. A great "surprise" stop.