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Julie Snyder has been an exhibitor in the Berkeley County Youth Fair near Martinsburg, West Virginia, since she was 10 years old. But when Snyder, now 19, shows her four dairy cows and market steer this year, the event won’t be at the fairgrounds as usual. It will be a virtual fair due to th…

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So many of us exited the spring in a frenzy and need a summer getaway — big time! With many still hedging bets on COVID-19 and the moving target that it is, Atlantic City, New Jersey, may be just what you need. The casinos have reopened with certain limitations such as dining in their outdoo…

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Virtual events and virtual tourism. It’s been the rage during COVID-19 quarantine. With no guarantee of how this chapter of inconvenience and health concerns unrolls in the future, hedging bets can be a challenge. Let’s not cancel the festival, let’s make it virtual. Well, that does have a l…

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For the first time since April 2020, Recreation News has events within its Calendar pages. Can I hear you jumping for joy from my Central Pennsylvania home?

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There’s no doubt that West Virginia’s mountains are some of the most majestic in the Mid-Atlantic. Attractions across the state allow for opportunities to step back from your busy, daily life.

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A friend told me that, due to COVID-19 panic buying, her supermarket was completely out of flour and yeast. A lot of people seem to be using this period of hunkering as an opportunity to explore bread making.

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The Mid-Atlantic’s caverns have an underground average temperature in the mid-50s, making them a cool (in more ways than one) adventure on a hot summer day. About 20 commercial show caves welcome visitors in the region, each offering their own gift shops, additional entertainment options and more.

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As the long line of horseback riders crossed Taneytown Road, a young girl in a waiting car turned eagerly to her parents. We riders could imagine their conversation for the rest of their vacation.

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The time has finally come for hikers, bikers, and adventurists to stretch their legs or hop on their favorite set of wheels and explore more than just their backyards.

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Spring is a great time to take a road trip to the Laurel Highlands where the journey is almost as interesting as the destination. The winding roads, tidy farms and sun-dappled woodlands are a wonderful reminder of the beauty of Pennsylvania.

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To say the coronavirus has turned our world upside down is an understatement. Many things we used to take for granted, including family vacations and bucket lists, have been put on hold indefinitely. Now hunkered down in our homes with no end to the pandemic in sight, we are thankful for hav…

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Nature has a way of giving us a big dose of good feeling and now is the time to take advantage of the health benefits we all crave. Virginia’s state parks welcome visitors to enjoy May’s bounty while abiding by health safety guidelines during nature’s showcase month. While Virginia Gov. Ralp…

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When exploring the vast hiking opportunities in Luzerne County, the two state parks situated on either side of the county, Ricketts Glen and Hickory Run, should be at the top of your list. Located here are two of Pennsylvania’s 27 National Natural Landmarks, America’s designation that honors…

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Wytheville, Virginia, is only a half-day drive from Washington, D.C. But when Sand Mountain begins to loom large in your windshield, you know you’ve escaped to Southwest Virginia. You won’t find traffic here. Or crowds. Nature takes center stage, especially now.

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As tempting as it is to keep this hidden gem a secret, I know it’s only fair to share Harman’s Luxury Cabins with our readers. Located only twelve miles from Petersburg West Virginia this beautiful resort is closer than you might realize. Getting to “almost heaven” takes just three hours fro…

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Tucked in rural Blair County, Pennsylvania, Fort Roberdeau offers a respite for historians, school and scouting groups, nature lovers, families and even astronomers.

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If you were heading to Ocean City and made a right turn in Salisbury, in minutes you would be in Somerset County, which is filled with all the splendors of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Pristine countryside, rural farms, small towns and countless miles of waterfront create the quintessential eas…

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Nature’s Mountain Playground is an appropriate name for the county with the highest average elevation of any county east of the Mississippi. Pocahontas County, West Virginia, covers 941 square miles, with more than 62% that is either state or federal property. Five state parks and two state …

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It’s only natural. Uncertainty often leans to fear, after all, what you don’t know CAN hurt you. However, even if something is dangerous, if you know something about it you can protect yourself or at the very least improve your odds. During these times of pandemic fear persists at many level…

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Did you hunker down? Shelter in place? Self-quarantine? Or simply hang out at home, waiting for COVID-19 to become history? Regardless of the terminology used, cabin fever is an expected consequence. For many of us, the kitchen becomes our refuge.

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With cruise ships idled in ports, few airplanes flying, many hotels shuttered and restaurants offering pick-up and delivery only, travel has come to a near halt because of the spread of coronavirus around the world. During the pandemic people are staying close to home and doing whatever they…

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The National Museum of the United States Army, now in the final stages of construction at presstime, is preparing to open at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, near the nation’s capital. So far, the museum has raised $180 million toward the needed $200 million.

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Nature has a way of giving us a big dose of good feeling and now is the time to take advantage of the health benefits we all crave. Virginia’s state parks welcome visitors to enjoy May’s bounty while abiding by health safety guidelines during nature’s showcase month. While Virginia Gov. Ralp…

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Discover, explore, and experience charming Martinsburg and scenic Berkeley County, where you find “Every Day Extraordinary.” Here, you can shop in eclectic stores, browse vibrant farmers markets, visit the galleries of amazing artists and savor delicious delights.

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After having vowed to spend more time offline, with nature or art, my friend Pam proposed a day-trip to a museum in Potomac, Maryland. I agreed, even though I didn’t really get what Glenstone was. Hats off to promises kept! If you’re in the DMV area with a half day free — but a longer reprie…

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May tourists flock to Lancaster to get a taste of Pennsylvania’s Dutch country and see the Amish farms, horse-drawn carriages and a really cool small town. But just 10 or 15 minutes from downtown Lancaster are some fantastic places to visit in Strasburg and in Wrightsville.

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While the nation continues to practice social distancing and takes extra precautions to stay healthy, we may feel we are neglecting the places and activities we love the most. Shenandoah Valley in particular is full of adventures and excursions that visitors and residents are itching to get …

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We’re all looking for some silver linings in today’s clouds of uncertainty. What do you want to do AFTER the pandemic? Should you stay or should you go? For some, travel plans are still a faint daydream but for those eager to escape isolation, River Expeditions in West Virginia’s New River G…

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There’s music in the air this summer in Chestertown, Maryland, as the National Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. The annual two-week long event is scheduled from August 8 to 15, 2020 (originally planned for May 31 to June 13). Audiences will enjoy over 30 concerts and 200 rehea…

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In my house we have two working parents and three energetic (adorable, but high maintenance) kids under the age of six. Needless to say we are busy. In order to unwind and create fun memories I try to plan several family vacations each year as well as a few long weekends away. Lately, we’ve …

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We all feel it: Too long cooped up during quarantine. We miss getting out and doing things. We miss our friends. We miss events. Heck, we miss everything other than being at home. But we are still leery of a getaway that involves the close quarters of an airplane or the shoulder to shoulder …

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A change of location and use of time are the fundamentals of vacation. We all need a break from routine to reset the mind, avoid becoming mundane, stimulate the soul, spend time together, shed some daily responsibilities and bathe yourself in things that please you rather than things that ar…

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You don’t really realize how much you travel until it’s taken away from you.

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Salami: Often maligned; the punchline or butt of jokes, salami lies at the far end of most meat lover’s pantheon of delights. Even my venerable Oxford English Dictionary dismisses salami as simply “A kind of sausage.”

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Whether you’re a beach lover, or like to get into the woods; whether you’re into family-friendly activities or are looking to tour some breweries; or maybe if you’re even just looking to relax a little, North Carolina is a state filled with opportunity for every kind of traveler.