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Often called one of the seven natural wonders of the world, 20-story Natural Bridge has been attracting tourists since Thomas Jefferson built a cabin there for his guests. Now the grand old Natural Bridge Hotel accommodates visitors who want to hang out at the landmark rock bridge and its na…

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The Kutztown Folk Festival (June 29-July 7) is not only a Pennsylvania tradition, it’s been named “Best of the Best” by the American Bus Association and called “one of the most unique festivals on the East coast,” by the Washington Post. What can you expect? You’ll find insight into the trad…

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The sky is the limit when Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley Music Festival summer outdoor concert series shines next month with iconic musical stars and 50th anniversary salutes to the first moon landing and the original Woodstock festival.

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Wytheville’s location in the Virginia mountains at the intersection of I-81 and I-77 makes it a convenient overnight stopping place, but there’s a lot more to enjoy in this town named for patriot George Wythe.

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A recent gastronomic road trip along Delaware’s Atlantic coast offered an opportunity to visit three culinary education “institutions.” While all three were thoroughly professional, knowledgeable, and engrossing, each was also absolutely different from the others.

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When the Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival rolls around again in July, you can bet Annie Young of Waldorf, Md., will get there early to set up her chair near the stage for a close view of the musicians and, if the spirit moves her, get up and dance.

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June ushers in the official beginning of summer and is there anything better than counting down the days to a weekend away? If you need some ideas on what to plan for this summer, a plethora of count down-worthy events are being held in Calvert County. From family fun to couples’ retreats, h…

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Animal lovers can find a variety of activities in Frederick County that revolve around their admiration of all things furry and feathered. Check out a host of dog-friendly shops and restaurant patios in Downtown Frederick, as well as other animal experiences from feeding calves to wildlife t…

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You can just relax and enjoy the scenery of the majestic hills or discover excitement in a variety of different racing events such as bikes and all-terrain vehicles in Pocahontas County, W.Va., just a mere four hours away from the Washington and Baltimore areas. It’s a short trip to a differ…

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While John Denver’s “Country Roads” lyrics are known worldwide, one of West Virginia’s best kept secrets is the “country rides” in and around Mountaineer Country. Its winding byways, fresh air and scenic overlooks are perfectly suited for motorcycle enthusiasts.

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Wintergreen summers are full of cool breezes, sun-kissed smiles, stories and s’mores around the campfire, picnics at the lake, cannonballs in the pool, and magnificent sunrises and sunsets. You can hike to waterfalls and magnificent overlooks, spy on birds and squirrels, chipmunks and deer, …

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If only one place in the Chesapeake were to be crowned “The Crab Capital of the World,” Crisfield would be a top contender. Located in the Eastern Shore’s Somerset County, Maryland’s southernmost city has its roots firmly planted in the seafood industry and harvesting the Chesapeake Bay’s bounty.

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If there’s one thing that’s true about travel, it’s that it’s best when shared with someone else.

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Songs often tell the common stories of our lives. As a father, Father’s Day is a time of reflection and many of these songs come to mind. There’s the nostalgic feeling in John Cougar Mellencamp’s “I grew up like my daddy did, my grandpa cleared this land; When I was five I walked the fence w…

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If you’ve got a hankering for country music, you’re gonna want to boot up for what’s coming Aug. 23-25 in southeastern Pennsylvania. It’s the Citadel Country Spirit USA Music Festival, featuring some top names in country music.

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If you like festivals and fun for all ages, Howard County, Md., has plenty to entice you this summer. Live music, a film festival, a one-man circus, art created as you watch, plays performed in a stone “castle,” and a fairy-tale farm are among the rollicking options in this central Maryland …

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The Town of New Market, Va., returns to the spotlight during the weekend of May 18-19 for the longest continual reenactment in the United States. Hundreds of living historians from around the country will bring the epic event to life on the very ground where the actual battle occurred on May…

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The big news in Lancaster this summer is that the Cartoon Network is coming to town in the form of the world’s first Cartoon Network Hotel. The new lodging option, adjacent to Dutch Wonderland, “will be filled with ways to interact with the network’s shows and characters — not just on TV scr…

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My husband, Tom, and I — who grew up, respectively, along the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean — are like mythological merfolk (mermaids and mermen), who often need our “water-fix,” which includes oceanfront meditation and listening to the roar of the sea within the same city block.

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The road winds up the mountain for about seven miles from the highway west of Blacksburg, Va. When you enter the 2,600-acre nature preserve, you know that you’re heading someplace special. At the crest of a mountain ridge you turn to a scene familiar to generations of movie and television wa…

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Cooking the local specialties can be an essential part of a foodie’s vacation. Delaware’s beach resorts have fully embraced gastronomy as a holiday activity. Along with traditional seaside fare and a wide spectrum of restaurants, Sussex County has attracted numerous specialty providers offer…

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Celebrate that someone special with a private escape to Mountaineer country. Brilliant mountain landscapes and farm-to-table dining will leave lovers at a loss for words during a three-day getaway to the university city of Morgantown, W.Va.

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Folks coming out to Moorefield, W.Va., for the admission-free South Branch Riverfest on May 25th can celebrate the river with activities along, on and under the waters of this Potomac tributary.

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There are a couple things that come to mind when you hear the term “tea party.” One of those things may be the Boston Tea Party, the protest that took place in Boston on December 16, 1773, when angered colonists took out their frustrations on Great Britain for what they deemed unfair taxatio…

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Memorial Day weekend kicks off Smith Island’s main season as well as the Smith Island Cultural Center’s Fourth Annual Smith Island Arts Festival. More than thirty regional and local artists will display their work during the festival on Saturday, May 25, starting at 11 a.m. From photography …

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The Mt. Lion Observatory — built just last year at Fort Roberdeau in Altoona — will be a prime place to look to the stars this summer. The new facility features an enclosed structure housing a high-powered telescope, as well as outdoor, leveled observation pads for those to bring and set up …

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Precision Rafting (PR) started in 1981 after we decided to try and make a living on one of our favorite kayak runs. Since the mid 1970’s the Upper Youghiogheny River was considered to be unraftable, too steep and technical and too wild of a place to make a go of it. The water release in the …

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Ace Adventure Resort resides adjacent to land designated by the National Park Service as the New River Gorge National River. The 1,500-acre base is home to onsite rock climbing, a zipline course that offers views of the stunning New River Gorge, hiking and biking trails, a paintball course, …

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Two legends closely connected to WWII mark 90th anniversary milestones with special tributes in Maryland. Though she is forever 15 years old for many who have read her famous diary,

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It’s quiet in Pocahontas County, W.Va., but quiet can be a precious commodity for noise-jaded residents of the Mid-Atlantic. In Pocahontas County, home to the Monongahela National Forest, Cranberry Glades Wilderness, seven state parks and forests, and miles of highland trails, the sounds of …

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Get your senses ready for an exciting summer in Atlantic City — Can you smell that fresh ocean breeze and hear the waves lapping along the shoreline? Are you dreaming about digging your toes in the sand and thinking about a refreshing dip in the ocean? There is something soothing about heari…

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Home of The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, constructed between 1858 and 1881, is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America, and is reportedly the second largest in the world, next to the Kremlin. The original hospital, designed to house 250 souls, was open to patients in …

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It’s become a sort of weekend ritual that on Sundays, my husband and I venture out to explore breweries in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. But on May 11, the breweries will come to us for the Maryland Craft Beer Festival held on the beautiful Carroll Creek Linear Park in historic downtown Frederick.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway winds 469 miles through the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina and is well-known for its scenic natural beauty and biodiversity. Come June, however, eyes will turn to one of the most striking man-made structures near the Parkway: The National D-Day Memorial. The …

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The slogan is so iconic that it was named to the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame in 2009 along with the Budweiser Clydesdales and State Farm’s “Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There” slogan. And, like these other iconic slogans, it has endured the test of time.

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Cooking the local specialties can be an essential part of a foodie’s vacation. Delaware’s beach resorts have fully embraced gastronomy as a holiday activity. Along with traditional seaside fare and a wide spectrum of restaurants, Sussex County has attracted numerous specialty providers offer…

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Despite its world-renowned trout fishing stream, easy access to hiking and biking trails and abundance of beautiful parks, Bellefonte, Pa., isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking about outdoor adventure.

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Federal law gives it the name John H. Kerr Lake after the North Carolina congressman who secured funding for the dam project that created it. But a 1952 Virginia law decrees its name to be Buggs Island Lake, reflecting the legislature’s anger about the name imposed in Washington.