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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 …

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The Elk County Commissioners and the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce the 2021 versions of the popular Elk Viewing Guide and Elk County Trails Guide are now available. The Elk Viewing Guide is the quintessential guide to seeing elk in Pennsylvania’s “Wild E…

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My husband and I have three young children so it is rare that we get any time alone, least of all a weekend away. During the pandemic, it has been especially hard to find time to get a break from the kids and reconnect as a couple.

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Now, more than any other time in recent history, civil rights conversations have really sparked up. What a great time to visit some local civil rights history. Let’s first focus on Prince Edward and Appomattox counties in Virginia. There are many sites of historical significance to see.

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As the Recreation News team sifted through a few hundred nominations for the Top 10 Small Towns in the Mid-Atlantic feature we’re working on for the April edition, there was one theme that shined: Most of those that made nominations loved a place because of its charm.

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The pandemic has taught us many things, including the importance of love and compassion for others and how precious life is. As we begin 2021, we should celebrate love, family, and togetherness.

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Dover, DE (January 19, 2021) - Delaware, as President-Elect Joe Biden has recently said, is “a place of hope, and light, and limitless possibilities.” And to celebrate recent historic moments, you can now take a driving tour through the state where Biden’s journey to Washington began and dis…

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Wintertime. For many, it’s a time to escape for warmer climates, but for others the crisp winter air on the cheeks, the beauty of snowfall, the broader vistas while hiking, or simply snuggling by a fireplace conjures up images of the ideal getaway. Better yet, take the whole family or group …

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January is a perfect winter month to plan a wedding, and couples looking to combine natural beauty with quality service find both in Luray and Page County, Virginia. Distinguished by sublime mountain and valley scenery, the quaint town of Luray is known as one of the top wedding spots in Ame…

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Now that masks have become as essential as your wallet when dining out, social distancing and customer safety comes naturally to most restaurants. As such, Howard County, Maryland, is excited to host Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages from Jan. 18 to 31. Over 20 restaurants with a variet…

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Snow enthusiasts took to the slopes at Mid-Atlantic resorts in November and will continue to pursue winter fun at resorts opening this month. All resorts have COVID-19 restrictions in place, so visitors can expect to wear masks, keep a safe distance from others, and wash hands or use sanitiz…

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It’s a truly delicious way to help improve the Chesapeake Bay: Go eat some oysters! It seems counter-intuitive, but slurping a dozen raw, serving them steamed or in chowders, or munching them fried with tartare or cocktail sauce actually gives you an opportunity to promote the Bay’s health.

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Even though he spent much of his life away from home, President George Washington’s heart was always in Virginia. The same was true for President Thomas Jefferson. He often spoke of Monticello, his beautiful home just outside of Charlottesville. As residents, they both saw the beautiful, ric…

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Besides sunny beaches, top-notch restaurants and picturesque sunsets, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is known for its hunting and fishing opportunities. With 600 miles of Chesapeake shoreline and thousands of acres of public hunting lands, Somerset County in particular calls to sportsmen and women…

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Skiers and snowboarders in the Mid-Atlantic will be heading out to the Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Laurel Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort in southwest Pennsylvania. They are among the state’s 21 ski areas open to the public.

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It’s the biggest news for snow sports enthusiasts in decades. The long troubled Timberline Four Seasons Resort, following bankruptcy and closure, was purchased almost a year ago by Perfect North Slopes, a truly class act in the industry with four decades of experience.

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Recreation News wants to know: What are the Top 10 small towns in the Mid-Atlantic? Now through January 15, nominate your favorite small town to appear in our first Top 10 Small Towns in the Mid-Atlantic feature in the April edition of the magazine. The feature puts an emphasis on why these …

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Ski well and be well, it’s a great healthy motto these days. Coined by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), an organization founded in 1962 as a trade association for 320 alpine resorts and 90% of skier and snowboarder visits nationwide, the slogan keeps a healthy sport healthy during …

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As our nation continues to deal with COVID-19, the very thought of holiday lights should bring smiles to our faces. And we need look no farther than the Mid-Atlantic to find stunning light displays, starting in early November and continuing into January. The displays may be walk- or drive-th…

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Nothing beats a holiday at the beach, and here’s a way to make it a little brighter: check out Ocean City, Maryland’s, Winterfest of Lights, a half-mile long walking holiday event. Stroll through thousands of sparkling holiday lights and many animated light displays in Ocean City’s Northside…

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Organizers of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania’s, annual Victorian Christmas event have come together for 2020 to offer a COVID-19 friendly celebration. The event is planned for Dec. 11 and 12 in the small community, just 12 miles from Penn State University.

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If you’re visiting Berkeley County in the wintertime, and it seems you’ve awakened to what looks like the North Pole out your window, chances are Martinsburg has begun its annual transition into “Christmas Town.” Every year, Martinsburg vendors and residents dedicate every effort into celebr…

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My husband and I made a pact when we started our family that we would be “cool parents.” We vowed to always take the time to do the thing we loved most — travel. Ten years and three kids later we love finding a mix of outdoor activities, fun museums, great restaurants and a kid-friendly brew…

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Once in a blue moon, we discover a place with all the elements we could want on a trip — a place that balances beauty with creativity and human kindness. With all those attributes and more Harrisonburg, Virginia, is a great mountain getaway.

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For most of us, this year’s holiday season carries an unprecedented amount of anxiety over family gatherings and the usual celebratory get-togethers.

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If you’ve ever walked down Main Street of Historic Ellicott City, you instantly feel yourself leaving the hustle and bustle of suburban and city life into a quainter, quieter way of living. Warm brick buildings line the narrow road, and every face (even from behind masks) is smiling and frie…

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If you’ve been following the Recreation News editor’s note, you know that in September, copy editor Sean and I were “Whisked Away” on a surprise trip. Booked through Whisked Away Surprise Travel based in Charlotte, North Carolina, these trips are totally planned for you — and you don’t find …

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Chicone Creek empties into the Nanticoke River just above Vienna, Maryland. The placid stream flows through a shallow valley that looks primordial, much the same today as it did before the European invasion. Broad-leafed spatterdock, arrowhead, and tuckahoe swath the creek’s edges, backed by…

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Amid the mountains and valleys of the Mid-Atlantic, if you listen close, you can hear the soft hum of a barreling train in the distance. Stand near enough to a railroad crossing, and you’ll hear the unmistakable, one-note song and feel its beat on the ground. The train and its whistle are a …

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With the pandemic dragging on for months now, travelers are exploring more virtual tours than ever. Some tours may be arranged online through special companies that take care of the arrangements, from start to finish, while others are booked through various attractions and/or destinations. Y…

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An established Civil Rights educational trail in Virginia is getting an expansion. Virginia Crossroads recently announced that 12 new sites will be built on the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail’s original 41 locations, expanding the stories which recount how African Americans, Native…