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TRIANGLE, VA - The National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC) will reopen to the public on 17 May, after a temporary closure related to COVID-19. The Museum team is excited to welcome visitors while taking great care to ensure the wellbeing of visitors, volunteers, and staff.

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Civil War Trails, Inc. has teamed up with Fairfax County Parks and Recreation, Old Baldy Civil War Round Table and several local stakeholders to launch a new bilingual sign at Ox Hill Battlefield Park. This new sign offers a new amenity for the many Korean and Spanish speaking residents and …

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The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has recently received the highest designation a road can receive from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration — an All-American Road. Forty-nine new designations as an All-American Road in 28 state…

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Home to historic Ellicott City, Patapsco State Park trails and countless culinary destinations, Howard County is known for its wide range of activities and attractions all within one central location. Adding to the list of things to do in Howard County is its variety of museums and galleries.

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In the oldest house in one of West Virginia’s oldest towns, a major restoration has begun. Moorefield’s Robert Higgins House, completed in 1788 by a Revolutionary War officer, is being transformed into a museum that will interpret the regional history this house witnessed.

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While many people travel to Mountaineer Country to enjoy the great outdoors, there are quite a few attractions that provide another reason to visit. The area around Morgantown, West Virginia, is home to a wide mix of museums that offer visitors everything from the chance to view modern and f…

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Since 1920, the Monongahela National Forest, or “Mon Forest” as the locals call it, covers about a million acres of National Forest system lands in the north central highlands of West Virginia. This ecologically diverse land has elevations ranging from less than 1,000 feet to a whopping 4,86…

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National Geographic states “America’s newest national park is a haven for hiking, climbing, and rafting. West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is well-suited to welcoming adventurers in a time of pandemic.” And we are lucky to have this gem so close to us we can drive th…

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What is there not to love about a small town? Quaint beautiful places where you meet your friends at a baseball game. Places where you share a pot-luck supper at a neighbor’s house, gather for a picnic in the park or enjoy a sundae at a local ice cream shop. Places where you still keep up wi…

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With spring bringing an end to a particularly snowy and distanced winter, it’s no wonder folks are itching for weekend vacations to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and longer days. However, with social restrictions still in place, spring fever poses a new challenge for travelers as c…

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When Larry Lange retired from the Department of Justice, he focused on finding the perfect retirement lifestyle. At Buckingham’s Choice, a premier Acts Retirement-Life Community in Frederick County, MD, Larry chose a charming cottage on the beautifully situated campus and selected his favori…

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For rest and relaxation, Shenandoah National Park is a natural choice. This is the escape you need. Skyland, Big Meadows Lodge and Lewis Mountain Cabins are located right inside the park, which helps you see more of it.

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“Everything is open for business in Wytheville,” says Shane Terry of the Wytheville Convention and Visitors Bureau. With terrific cultural amenities and the lure of surrounding mountains and streams, Wytheville is the envy of many communities this spring. Here, at the crossroads of the Blue …

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Established in 2004, Virginia’s Civil Rights Education in Heritage Trail features local landmarks that tell the story of the Civil Rights struggles and triumphs for African Americans, Native Americans and women in Virginia. Originally comprising of 41 unique sites, Virginia’s Crossroads has …

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The year was 1929. A crowd of Irvington residents stood on the dock along the Rappahannock River waiting to board the steamer Potomac. Five-year-old Lee Williams boarded the boat with his mother, and the captain invited them into the wheelhouse. Williams remembers how excited he was to touch…

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Since 1997, the Virginia Arts Festival has transformed Southeastern Virginia’s arts and cultural scene, bringing world-renowned acts of music, dance and theater, as well as educational programs from today’s most influential composers, playwrights, and choreographers to Virginia. Now, the Vir…

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Let’s face it, this has been a challenging year and many of us are especially happy to bid goodbye to winter. Warmer temperatures paired with the greening of the landscape and the sprouting of happy little flowers like daffodils and crocuses can turn many a dour disposition sunny.

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The first blossoms of spring are always exciting to watch. Buds of green and blowing flower petals seem to spark a spring fever that’s hard to ignore. For those that are itching for outdoor activities to enjoy the warm weather and awakening trees, Howard County invites onlookers to view its …

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Since our Recreation News readership reaches pretty far and wide, it’s not likely that I’ve crossed paths with you in person. But if I have, you might know that I have a bit of an obsession with small towns.

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It started as a Christmas gift from a daughter, a 23andMe DNA kit. Open up a test tube, fill it with saliva, seal it, log the kit’s serial number on the website, send it in the prepaid envelope and away we go! My wife did the same procedure with her kit as well. A few weeks later, the report…

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For anglers, social distancing is nothing new. Our sport’s generally accepted etiquette mandates keeping some distance between each person on the water. However, the increasing number of people on the water is definitely something new.

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Tastes can be powerful memory triggers. Just one taste of horseradish returns me to childhood Passover Seders in my grandfather’s Brooklyn, New York, home. Horseradish on the seder plate represented maror — or bitter herbs — an integral element of the Jewish ritual meal.

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“Spotsylvania County, Virginia, is the place to be for anglers,” said Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Biologist John Odenkirk. In his 30 years on the water, “the bass population has never been better,” he said. “Add in the monster crappie, striped bass and hybrid striped bass, and …

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Allegany County Tourism, the C&O Canal Trust and the Canal Towns Partnership have launched the C&O Canal Libations Trail, created to celebrate the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park’s 50th anniversary of joining the National Park Service (NPS). The trail includes wi…

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Many of us are familiar with the 1930s children’s book, The Little Engine That Could. The story tells of a little blue steam engine overcoming adversity with perseverance and an “I think I can” attitude that saved the day. That same attitude marks the Lee Hall Train Station Foundation and th…

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Whether you’re an experienced angler or long-time hobbyist, the coastal city of Hampton, Virginia, boasts a series of diverse waterways and plenty of opportunities for you to cast a line.

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The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station in Ellicott City, Maryland, has always been a staple to Howard County’s history and culture. As the oldest remaining passenger train station in the U.S., the museum is a significant part of the country’s locomotive and industrial history as its exhib…

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WELLSBORO -- The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center) announced Monday it is opening its second PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Leonard Harrison State Park via a mobile unit this summer, expanding visitor services at the busy state park and improving market access for rural e…

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Nelson County social-distanced long before it was fashionable. Enjoy plenty of wide-open spaces in 471 miles of a playground that includes the first 30 miles of the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway and the mighty James River. Explore the coolest hike in Virginia, the Blue Ridge Tunnel, Nelson’s n…

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A trip to Grant County is the cure for any family’s case of winter blues or cabin fever. With a variety of opportunities for outdoor adventures, the area has a getaway in store for families of all experience and comfort levels. Choose from a plethora of activities, locations and lodging to f…

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Adventures in the Lebanon Valley await the bicycling enthusiast, where there’s everything from leisurely country roads to miles upon miles of off-road trails. Mountain bikers and trail aficionados up for the challenge can test their skill on single track trails and designated trails, each wi…

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Baking something — be it a pork chop, potato or pecan pie — requires applying heat all around the top, bottom and sides. One of humankind’s watershed inventions — the oven — does exactly that.

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The month of February, including Valentine’s Day, is that time of year when we want to be with the special people in our lives. We arrange romantic dinners and resort stays, take rare excursions and buy special gifts. Some couples get engaged or married. Though this year’s celebrations are b…

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This month, Recreation News has teamed up with Spotsylvania County Tourism to give away at two night stay that includes a ton of great activities! Scroll down to fill out the form and enter to win.This prize includes:Two night, 3 day stay at Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania, Virginia*Gift cer…

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We are lucky to have Valentine’s Day fall on a Sunday this year, giving couples a chance to plan a weekend trip without fear of using up precious vacation time for warmer months. The theme of this year’s Valentine’s Day festivities seems to be safe and secluded getaways close to home. Couple…

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To celebrate Southern Delaware and to keep it top of mind throughout the winter with visitors planning 2021 travel, Southern Delaware Tourism has launched its 5th Annual Southern Delaware Tourism Photo Contest. Both locals and visitors are invited and encouraged to enter. Entries will be acc…

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Romance, it’s a state of mind. And, like any other state of mind, it can be enhanced by location. There are some locations that combine a variety of elements enhancing this state. Certainly, a romantic dinner by candlelight at a fancy restaurant, perhaps in a dimly lit nostalgic building by …