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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.

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When people think of Adams County, their thoughts usually turn to Gettysburg and Civil War history, but did you know that the area is also known for its agriculture? Adam’s County is home to approximately 20,000 orchards and people come from miles around to avail themselves of some of the fi…

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Though famous for the caverns of the same name, Luray, Va., is an ideal antidote to the Washington area’s nonstop pace. Cradled in a valley on the western edge of Shenandoah National Park, the Luray area earned the official designation as Virginia’s Cabin Capital because of the multitude of …

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Celebrate autumn at Ladew Gardens’ second annual Garden Glow. Fall can be a magical time of year as cooler weather energizes people and crisp colors grab the senses.

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Thanks to J.K. Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series, thousands of children around the world have been turned on to reading, especially when they delve into the author’s enticing books, which transport them to a magical world!

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Scandinavia has been on my list of places to visit for many years. A few months ago, my dream of visiting that part of the world come true when my travel colleague Nancy and I took a Baltic cruise on the Regal Princess, aka “The Love Boat.” Over the course of the 11-day cruise, we got to hea…

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The Federal News Network speaks with Recreation News Publisher Karl Teel about interesting things to do in and near the nation’s capital. This week:

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You may think you know the capital city, but your appreciation for Washington will remain incomplete until you’ve experienced at least one of the many tours offered by Washington Walks. And, even better, federal civilian and military employees enjoy a 25 percent discount with ID.

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This summer’s most beautiful “road less traveled” may well be into the Virginia’s Western Highlands, a sprawling four-county region. The three-and-a-half hour drive from D.C. is a recreational event in itself for sports car enthusiasts and motorcyclists, and everyone can stop to gaze at site…

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“On to Richmond,” once a Civil War battle cry, now calls visitors to experience this vibrant city in a surprising new way. On one of the most valuable parcels of land in Richmond’s downtown riverfront, a shining new $25 million museum to the Civil War tells the American story of the most sem…

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Think of Howard County, Md., and chances are, it’s all about upscale boutique shops and a variety of restaurants sure to please the most discerning gourmand, as well as cultural events and relaxing recreational offerings.

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It’s the best of both worlds, the majesty of nature and the luxury to provide the utmost comfort for modern times. For the past 80 years, family owned Harman’s Log Cabins transformed into Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins to meet this need and raise the bar to create awesome memories. Although it’s…

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For over 40 years, the Asam family’s Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., has been hosting friends and neighbors for relaxing getaways in their 72-room inn. Luxurious features include gourmet meals such as wild game, fireplaces, whirlpool baths and an infinity pool. Perched on a spectacular…

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Summer is disappearing in our rearview mirror, so why not aim the car toward Mountaineer Country, West Virginia for an autumn getaway weekend? The Appalachian Mountains are well-known for their stunning fall foliage that boast vibrant hues of amber and russet. Better yet, this is the season …

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More than 60 years ago, a group of women in Hardy County, W.Va., decided to arrange a fundraiser to support the public library. Their signature event — the Hardy County Heritage Weekend — is still going strong today, and continues to be the only countywide fair and festival held in West Virginia.

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Oysters are staples along the East Coast and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Fall brings a host of oyster festivals, roasts and other events that put the delectable bivalve front and center for enjoyment, whether you like them raw, steamed, roasted, fried or mixed into stews or other rec…

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Geocaching has come a long way and is far more accessible than its early days as a hobby of a small group of GPS junkies in the early 2000s. It’s evolved from internet message boards and expensive devices to smartphones with built-in GPS capabilities and apps with countless caches. 

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Quilts are a simple comfort that served as a stark contrast to the rugged world our forefathers toiled in. And they were more than just an item of comfort, they became an outlet for creativity and often, recycling of household textiles that have outworn their initial purpose. Harford County,…

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In Maryland’s Somerset County, a “grand slam” might not have anything to do with baseball. Rather, it could entail catching fish, four different ways, all in one weekend!

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There’s nothing like autumn in Chesapeake, Va., and it all comes alive in September. Located in the heart of Coastal Virginia, the water is warm, the weather is mild and the trees are transforming to a rainbow of vibrant colors.

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It’s one of those days with a vexing heat index but biking on the shaded Newport News Park Trail, only a 3-hour drive from D.C., instantly transports you to a more temperate climate, complete with deer placidly feeding in the woods. The 5.3-mile, hard-packed gravel loop is rideable for most …

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Here in Virginia’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains September days are pleasantly warm, but the evenings are deliciously cool. These are the golden days when there’s a bit of summer to savor but fall is creeping in to paint the landscape with vibrant colors. Come make the most of this magical …