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A lot of us have been there: You’re fulfilling a lifelong dream of seeing an iconic location, climbing to a high peak, or exploring a new city — but you’re feeling worn out.

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If you feel like you saw a rise in engagement photos on social media around the holidays, you weren’t dreaming. A study by Brides magazine found that 19 percent of engagements in the United States happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, with the majority of them occurring in December.

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After living in the White House for four years, Georgia Governor’s Mansion for four years, and various Navy posts for eight years, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter returned to their hometown of Plains, Ga., in 1981. Since that time, they have managed to pursue a quiet, simple life, living in the on…

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While multi-generational travel remains a hot topic in the tourism world, it’s actually a natural evolution of the traditional family reunion. Getting the extended family together to share experiences and make new memories needn’t be at grandmother’s house. These days, a reunion can be at a …

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Don’t let the word “resort” scare you off of holding your family reunion at Wintergreen. The Blue Ridge Mountain getaway offers reunion packages customized to your family’s size and interests, all in a place that’s beautiful in every season, and served up with zero snootiness. Below are the …

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More than a century ago, people flocked to the land now known as Lost River State Park to drink or bathe in its sulphur springs, which were considered to have healing properties. Today, this 3,934-acre wooded territory offers a different form of respite, offering a serene mountain getaway.

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Create your own adventures at Massanutten Resort with a frosty challenge on the ski slopes and a relaxing plunge into their tropical indoor waterpark. Less than two hours from Washington in Virginia’s gorgeous Shenandoah Valley, the four-season resort is situated at 2,922 feet of elevation n…

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Kim Folk of the Garrett County Maryland Chamber of Commerce is not boasting when she says “We can get a foot of snow here and have less difficulty getting around than [Baltimoreans] in six or less inches. When we get that much, or more, we know that within a couple of hours, we’ll be back up…

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At a time when many northeast cities hunker down for the season, Chambersburg, Pa. is revving up to celebrate a winter wonderland of sculptured ice and shimmering blue lights at its 18th annual IceFest, Jan. 30-Feb. 2.

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Whenever I begin to think about a new year, I begin to reflect on the memories that made the previous one so special. What were the big moments? What were the small ones that stick out?

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Why are you working? On the one hand, the answers vary by each individual; on the other hand, they are all variants of just a few themes. Most commonly stated ones are: “I need to work to earn money to survive,” “I love my job,” “I need to get a certain amount of years in for retirement,” “I…

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For soldiers Blue and Gray during our Civil War, Christmas away from home provided not only stark memories but demanded daunting attention to duty. When the war began in 1861, few soldiers believed the war would be waged for more than a few months. Yet when Christmas found them still in the …

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I have always viewed recipes as guidance rather than instruction. I alter many recipes, scaling down ingredient amounts and corresponding cooking time. Also, much of my cooking focuses on historic recipes, written before our current measurements or technology.

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The Poconos are a year-round destination, but one of the best times to visit is during the winter. The cold months mean snow on the slopes, a fire in the hearth, and no shortage of family activities.

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Yes, Vail Resorts Inc. now owns Whitetail Ski Resort and Liberty Mountain in south central Pennsylvania which acquired them and 15 other ski areas from Peak Resorts Inc. For skiers and snowboarders, the major changes focus on lift ticket policy:

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For 55 years sow lovers have been heading to Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Pa., near Harrisburg. There’s a wide variety of terrain and something for all types of snowboarders and skiers. I’m no exception.

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Garrett County has given visitors every reason to come by for the day or for the week this winter. Home to Wisp Resort, several state parks and plenty of small-town charm, Garrett should make the top of your list of getaways this holiday season.

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You may not have snow in your backyard, but Zach Marlowe has Wintergreen covered. Just shy of a three-hour drive from Washington D.C. and nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Wintergreen Resort is the only ski area on the East Coast to have 100 percent of its terrain covered by automa…

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Looking for the getaway of a lifetime? What would the best ingredients be? For most people it would be a mix of elements, each getting different weight, based on the individual. For most folks, the list would include some of these items: adventure, relaxation, exploring new places, experienc…

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Holiday celebrations are well underway in cities and towns across the Mid-Atlantic, and December promises plenty of opportunities for joining in the fun. Whether you choose to make Christmas cookies, read Clement Moore’s “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” attend a special showing of “The Nu…

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Certain foods, though humble and unassuming, nevertheless become icons. Through circumstance, the foods take on meaning and importance that far exceed any gustatory enjoyment or nutritive value.

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Each year, we anticipate the start of another holiday season. Fall begins turning into winter, and our sights get set on holiday shopping, travel planning and more. And what truly kicks the season off are some important national holidays: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday a…

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It’ll make you feel like you’re wandering the streets of a German-style market, under a canopy of bistro lights on a chilly December evening: It’s the Under the Lights: Winter Market, in Bellefonte, Pa.

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Christmas is a magical time for both young and old, and Main Street Gettysburg is helping families celebrate the season by hosting an event that has been 11 months in the making. What was once “A Victorian Christmas” and limited to the Steinwehr Avenue area, was replaced last year with “A Ge…

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Most West Virginia visitors know that Dolly Sods is great for its extraordinary sights and blueberry picking in the spring and summer, but this section of the Monongahela National Forest isn’t just a destination for the warmer months. With over 17,000 acres to explore, Dolly Sods’ vistas ush…

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There’s a chill in the air, and the holiday season is fast approaching. If you haven’t crossed a trip to Atlantic City off your wish list this year, it’s not too late. In fact, it could be just the right time to take advantage of lower hotel rates and all of the entertainment and events happ…

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While Thanksgiving and Massachusetts Pilgrims are intimately embedded together in American tradition, the fact is we need to look back 400 years, to Dec. 4, 1619, to discover the first English Thanksgiving in the New World. On that date, a group of 35 settlers, led by Captain John Woofdlief,…

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While not confined to autumn, most of the region’s artist’s studio tours take place during months when visitors can combine a colorful drive in the country with visits to places where art of all kinds is actually created. There’s also the added benefit of starting holiday shopping!

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About four decades ago, a few hardy souls planted grape vines in Mid-Atlantic soil hoping to resurrect a wine industry. The wineries began banding together into wine trails and, much later, began embracing an infant craft beer industry. More recently, other craft beverages — distilled spirit…

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Wytheville is an old Southwest Virginia town with established attractions that include a long-running musical dinner theater, the birthplace museum of the spunky First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson, and nearby New River Trail, Virginia’s longest, skinniest rail trail park.

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My partner loves visiting wineries, while I enjoy exploring new places, walking paths through parks and preserves, and following both urban and rural trails. In Fredericksburg, Va., and surrounding Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties, the wineries can be “paired” with hiking trails, making th…

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If you’re a car camper, an RVer or a moto lover who thrives in the out-of-doors trekking through the wilderness, you just might be an overlander. A burgeoning industry with products and services catering to do-it-yourself outdoor enthusiasts has taken root in America and is coming to Infinit…

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Split Rock Resort in beautiful Lake Harmony Pennsylvania embraces all the ways beauty, blended with festivities, comes to be in the Pocono Mountains. Escape to the great outdoors with spectacular four-season attractions.

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To hear Nancy Ross tell it, the Artisans Studio Tour around Charlottesville, Va., (artisanstudiotour.com) area is the original tour of its kind in the state, and she points to the tour’s 25th annual tour Nov. 9-10 as proof. “This year there are 45 artisans in 25 studios in Charlottesville an…

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The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region of the state is one that’s filled with endless opportunities for adventure. Made up of five counties — Clarion, Cameron, Elk, Forest and Jefferson — the region offers unique wildlife viewing, outdoor adventure like no other, and the opportunity to visit…

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The constant underground temperatures of the Mid-Atlantic’s commercial caverns stay in the mid-50s and can cool you on an Indian summer day or even warm you a bit in chilly winter weather. Today’s commercial show caves offer educational tours and a host of additional entertainment options ra…

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Martinsburg, despite being so convenient to Washington D.C. and Baltimore is a world away, and in October it’s even more eerily different! Check out what’s going on in October.