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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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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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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…

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There’s a lot to love about fall. Cooler temperatures, vibrant landscapes and scenic mountain drives. Whether you’re winding along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway or traversing southwest Virginia’s major highways, the Town of Wytheville should be a primary stop on your fall travel itinerary.

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Take a walk around town. Stroll slowly up and down the hilly streets, past more than 300 grandiose beautifully detailed, dashingly painted historic homes. Stare at one house, larger than the next, as the newly rich, without land to inherit, tried to outdo one another with opulent living. Mak…

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When you hear “Happy Valley,” you probably think first of Penn State football and the long list of fall activities that go along with one of Pennsylvania’s biggest tourism draws. But in a fall without football, there’s still plenty to see and experience in the scenic center of the state.

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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…

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There’s a lot to love about fall. Cooler temperatures, vibrant landscapes and scenic mountain drives. Whether you’re winding along the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway or traversing southwest Virginia’s major highways, the Town of Wytheville should be a primary stop on your fall travel itinerary.

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Take a walk around town. Stroll slowly up and down the hilly streets, past more than 300 grandiose beautifully detailed, dashingly painted historic homes. Stare at one house, larger than the next, as the newly rich, without land to inherit, tried to outdo one another with opulent living. Mak…

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When you hear “Happy Valley,” you probably think first of Penn State football and the long list of fall activities that go along with one of Pennsylvania’s biggest tourism draws. But in a fall without football, there’s still plenty to see and experience in the scenic center of the state.

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Few things are better than autumn in the Pocono Mountains. The region, collectively covering Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania covers 2,400 square miles of spectacular scenery and natural wonder. And in the fall, it is ablaze in color!

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With fall approaching, many travelers who may have been reluctant to plan a road trip at the height of summer due to crowds and safety concerns are looking to hit the roads for some adventures of their own. Fall is a great time of year to plan escapes and it’s an especially great time of yea…

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This has been a challenging year for everyone, especially for those who love annual festivals and events, many of which have been canceled. The good news is that Franklin County has decided to move forward in celebrating both Market Day and Applefest this year.

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Despite multiple requests from my kids, a trip to Orlando is not in the cards for 2020. Sure I can blame COVID, but the truth is flights for a family of five are just not in our family budget, pandemic notwithstanding. Fortunately, my husband and I love road trips; tacking an extra day onto …

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Thinking about taking a road trip? Consider Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, which is idyllic in autumn. Not only is the county easily accessible, but it boasts four state parks and a myriad of trails for fun and safe social distancing.

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While most visitors come to Stratford Hall for its appeal of American history, Stratford Hall is also a place for nature lovers. With nearly 2,000 acres of picturesque wooded land, Stratford Hall has six scenic trails to take that are friendly to experience and endurance levels. With the pur…

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In the fragrant gardens at Beagle Ridge Herb Farm near Wytheville, Va., the herbs and butterflies continue to flower, flutter, and bring loveliness to the world as if COVID-19 didn’t exist.  Proprietor Ellen Reynolds welcomes visitors to her gardens, her butterfly-shaped lavender maze, and t…

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Pack your bike or kayak and head out for adventure in Virginia’s river-bound Northern Neck, only 90 minutes from Washington. America’s first presidents, revolutionaries and constitution builders were born here and their estates welcome visitors to tour their grounds. Winemakers, river runner…

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My sister-in-law and brother-in-law both graduated from James Madison University, so when I think of Harrisonburg, Virginia, I’ve often thought of it as just a college town. Luckily after a weekend stay with my husband and three kids, I learned that Harrisonburg, located in the Shenandoah Va…

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The colors are changing, the air has become crisp and life is starting to slow down. All of this can only mean one thing: autumn has finally arrived. Page County, like many other places, takes on a whole new beauty during the fall months and is the perfect time to plan your visit. While you …

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It’s got to be the biggest news for skiers in the mid-Atlantic area. The sale of Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Davis, West Virginia, to Perfect North Slopes. It’s been a long sad history over the past decade or so as this prime piece of mountain and resort for skiing slid into decline.

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One of the most unique things about farm markets around Martinsburg, West Virginia, is that each offers a different experience. Whether you want to see farm animals, pick-your-own fruit, dine in an on-site restaurant enjoying seasonal specialties, stock up on farm-raised beef or fresh milk, …

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Have you heard of Smith Island? Most non-locals can’t pick it out on a map. But almost everyone in Maryland and Virginia and the surrounding areas know the world-famous Smith Island Cake! Some may also recognize the tag lines: “Got Cake?” “A Sweet Tradition,” or “Bring on the Cake!” It’s als…

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Lewis County is home to two well-loved lakes that are home to some of the best views, fishing, and waterfront activities. Fall is especially magical lakeside Lewis County. As the leaves change and the air cools, visitors are drawn to campgrounds and lakesides to take advantage of the many ac…

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Discover the whole world of agriculture inside Howard County, Maryland

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The Beatles said it well with their song, All You Need is Love. The city of Newport News echoes that sentiment beginning with their six-feet tall L-O-V-E letters prominently displayed at City Center. Their new WanderLOVE road trip campaign highlights outdoor recreation, hidden gems and sight…

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With COVID-19 still looming large, people have been sticking close to home this summer. However, if you are feeling just a little adventurous and want to celebrate summer’s end, consider a road trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, aka OBX. It’s a straight shot from the D.C. area to the…

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If you need a change of scenery to celebrate the cautious lifting of quarantine rules, St. Michaels is ready to welcome you. This small historic town on the Miles River on the Eastern Shore is a perfect getaway for a long day trip, overnight visit or weekend escape.

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In a time of social distancing, visitors to western Pennsylvania’s Indiana County can still get up close and personal — with history, whether on two feet or four wheels.

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While some of our favorite Maryland summer activities may have been postponed another year for the sake of safe social distancing, luckily Somerset County is providing us with some of our favorite festivities this Labor Day weekend while still staying safe and sanitary. Get your fill of crab…