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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is an explosion of the senses in the spring and summer months. Beautiful blossoms pop up on our orchard trees, the aroma of fresh greenery fills the air, and the tastes of ripe local produce sold at roadside country markets come together to form the makings of a bli…

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Southern Delaware’s Sussex County has long been a vacation destination for a multitude of reasons. There’s something for everyone, every family member, every age and every interest. Four basic reasons are the offerings to shop, eat, play and sleep!

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Howard County natives know that once the daffodils begin to pop and the frozen ground begins to thaw, more than just spring is on its way. Once the weather begins to warm, the charming, suburban region doesn’t waste a moment before a myriad of festivals begin, ranging from all types of arts …

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A visit to Franklin County, Pennsylvania, is like opening a tightly-packed suitcase teeming with snippets of American History. Intriguing facts, places, architecture, museums, period homes and hallowed ground are spread out over a 300-year old living tapestry of our Nation’s struggles and triumphs.

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Located along the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of Coastal Virginia, the City of Chesapeake is full of parks, trails and waterways, a perfect spot for a spring getaway. From the scenic Northwest River Park & Campground to the hauntingly beautiful and historic Great Dismal Swamp Nati…

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Every stage in life has its pros and cons. One of the cool things people in their 50s or 60s know is what it was like to be in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. An honest introspective view will yield both victories and defeats, home runs as well as plays that could have been better. While yes, one i…

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I’ve held off until the last minute possible to write my Editor’s Note for this month’s edition of Recreation News. And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you why: Amid the outbreak of COVID-19, the state of travel across the nation is constantly evolving.

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It’s about this time of the year that most of us begin to think about fishing. Sure, there are those hardy anglers who brave winter’s Arctic vortex, or maybe sidle down to Florida or points south for a fishing getaway. But, for the majority of us, active fishing begins in early spring.

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All aboard! The Mid-Atlantic is filled with opportunities to board a train. Highlights across the region include traveling on the historic first mile of commercial track, seeing one of the world’s largest model train layouts, checking out the trolleys of bygone days or visiting the museums t…

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Our new shepherd puppy needed a lesson in traveling to learn our on-the-road routine. An overnight to Frederick, Maryland, well known for its municipal dog-friendliness, proved an ideal first trip.

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Spring arrives in the Mid-Atlantic this month with a whirl of exciting events and activities. Baltimore celebrates St. Patrick’s Day downtown and around the Inner Harbor, with a parade from Washington Monument to Market Place on March 15, while the Maryland towns of Ocean City, Denton, Gaith…

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“Have the courage of your convictions,” was a favorite expression of the Irishman who founded the Virginia Distillery in Nelson County, Virginia. It’s that expression that serves as a guiding principle and motto for this professionally run spirits producer in Lovingston. The Prelude to Coura…

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In the 1860’s, instead of the calm, open waters of today, the Potomac River was the frontline of battle. It was the main lifeline out of Washington D.C. and for the federal government it was the dividing line between the warring sections of the North and South. For the people of St. Mary’s C…

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America’s origin story is rooted far beyond the prestige of stately monuments and political heritage. Within reach of the nation’s capital, Virginia’s historic cities and towns have long played an influential role in U.S. history. Among them is the quaint and scenic city of Fredericksburg.

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When folks think of visiting Civil War sites within an hour or so of our nation’s capital, Manassas, Gettysburg, Sharpsburg or Fredericksburg always grab the most attention. But extraordinary other stories of the war between the states await your discovery in communities and crossroads we ra…

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Few areas of Maryland escaped the trauma of the Civil War (1861-1865), and today thousands of tourists visit the battlefields, museums, cemeteries and monuments. From Point Lookout in southern Maryland to Antietam in the central part of the state and as far west as Hagerstown and beyond, the…

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In the heart of Blair County, you can hear the call of Pennsylvania’s industrial history chugging along with the whistle and wheels of a steam engine train. Inside the cars and coal-fueled locomotive, Everett Railroad Company carries along the stories of success and turmoil in the face of te…

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Patapsco Days, an annual exploration of the histories of the Patapsco Valley, is planned for the month of March 2020. Patapsco Days grows out of the History Days that Patapsco Heritage Greenway held for many years and is an opportunity for a thematic exploration of the Patapsco Valley.

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They say you never forget how to ride a bike. How many took a decade or longer hiatus from bicycling and picked it back up later in life? It could have been the result of seeking a fun healthy new pastime, a new family or couples activity, or simply wanting to experience the outdoors without…

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When most people think of Presidents Day, the first thing that may come to mind is our first president — or maybe a day off work. Either way, James Monroe probably doesn’t make the cut of presidents associated with this holiday, but the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library is ready to pu…

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Since 1997, the Virginia Arts Festival has brought world-renowned performers to coastal Virginia, making this beautiful region — with its white sand beaches and wildlife-rich waterways, lively family recreation options, and centuries of history to explore — a destination for performing arts lovers.

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Struggling to come up with ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? If you ask us, Valentine’s Day should go beyond fluffy teddy bears and boxes of chocolates. And destinations across the Mid-Atlantic agree: Each region offers a host of activities, specials and discounts and more to cele…

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John Moore rests his hand affectionately on his wife’s shoulder as they relax at the bar at The Edge restaurant at Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort. Earlier, they had enjoyed a quiet dinner in the dimly lit Copper Mine Bistro after a day of skiing.

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When you need to escape the partisan tension, media blather and traffic gridlock in the capital, head east. Just across the Bay Bridge, there’s an oasis where the only sounds are the soft honks of geese, where the roads are traffic-free, where the vistas are of open water and the pace of lif…

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“Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” (Let the Good Times Roll) is happening in New Orleans, Louisiana, this month as people gather in local bars and restaurants and on the streets of the French Quarter to celebrate Mardi Gras. Parades bring a sea of elaborate floats, marching bands, beauty queens,…

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There are plenty of reasons to visit the Poconos this winter. Majestic mountains and serene woodlands are stunning when blanketed with an average of 50 inches of annual snow. You can ski, snowshoe, or ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. Charming towns offer holiday festivals, sightseeing tours and…

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Mark your calendar, book your hotel room, and pack your comfy pants because Atlantic City Restaurant Week is taking place Sunday, March 8 through Friday, March 13, 2020! More than 70 of the destination’s best restaurants will once again offer special fixed price lunches for $15.20 per person…

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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?