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Newport News, a Virginia tidewater city rooted in the 1600s, is a technological and cultural ready for discovery. Today’s lively arts scene involves performing arts, public sculpture, visual arts and, above all, the art and design of boatbuilding.

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As summer draws to a close, we’ll be looking for places to experience the splendors of autumn. The Mid-Atlantic harbors a plethora of places where you can view the colors, breathe in the cool air, enjoy a concert, sample homemade apple butter, indulge in a wine-tasting, and store up memories…

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What better way to celebrate the start of fall than with a celebration of agricultural heritage? In Howard County, Maryland, events and destinations highlight local agriculture and the impact it has on the region.

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After a brutally hot summer that kept us inside almost as much as the quarantine did, it’s time to enjoy the cooler temperatures and freedom of being outside again. Few places offer better opportunities to enjoy the outdoors than Somerset County.

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Have you ever visited a place where you immediately felt welcome and just knew that you would come back again? Kent County, Maryland, is just that place.

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A friend informed me that she was about to take her first camping trip. She planned to join a woman’s group for a weekend camping in a state park. Having camped a time or two myself, I gifted her with several slabs of classic camping fare: beef jerky.

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August is here already, And we’re scratching our heads and asking, “Where did the summer go?” With a few weeks left to celebrate summer, why not head to one of your favorite Atlantic beaches to wrap up the season? Give these coastal destinations some thought when planning your next beach trip.

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Summer is still going strong — especially at Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains. One might argue that late summer and early fall is the best time to visit, with fewer visitors and more comfortable temperatures.

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When the dog days of August make you want to run for the hills, head southwest from D.C. to Lake Anna, a Virginia haven for boaters, fishers and lovers of all types of water sports. Boating is king here and if you don’t own your own float you can rent all types of boats for a day or half a d…

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It’s no secret that Somerset County, Maryland, ,is a destination for waterfront wonders. With direct access to the Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds, plus several rivers and creeks, which all lead to the Chesapeake Bay, there are endless ways to enjoy Maryland’s waterways. From kayaking, to fishin…

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Located in the Blue Ridge Highlands region of Virginia, Wytheville is a true original. Not only is there no other town in the country that shares its name, but the small community’s rich history and stunning landscape make it a one-of-a-kind destination.

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Once summer hits Indiana County, visitors and locals look forward to two of their favorite warm-weather activities: fishing and festivals. With a variety of natural parks and areas, the county offers plenty of opportunities to cast a line in the sunshine. On top of the waterside fun, the cou…

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Gettysburg, PA stands uniquely positioned as one of our nation’s premiere historic travel destinations. Nestled in idyllic Adams County, it offers breathtakingly scenic landscapes, wide-ranging outdoor activities, adventurous dining and – perhaps most famously – an unparalleled, firsthand lo…

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Allegheny National Forest is a world away from the concrete jungle of D.C. Once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the ANF has plentiful trails, quaint towns and fascinating historical sites. Despite this bounty, it’s just a $39, hourlong flight away.

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The reward of taking a new trail into uncharted territory is usually all it takes to draw outdoor enthusiasts into the backwoods. Two North Carolina state parks, both accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway, offer backwoods adventures that are sure to please the savviest hiker. Grandfather Mo…

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According to legend, some 5,000 years ago a Chinese Emperor required that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution. While visiting a distant region, he stopped to rest and boiled some water to drink. Dried leaves from a nearby bush fell into his boiling water, and he found the r…

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Cutting through the entire length of Pennsylvania from the border of New York down to Maryland, the Susquehanna River is a treasure for all who find themselves on its waters. On any given day, visitors and locals alike can be spotted kayaking, canoeing, fishing, tubing, boating, observing wi…

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There is certainly no shortage of “Hot Travel Destinations” or “Best Places to Visit” lists circulating these days. But we find that most of these lists include many of the usual or well-known travel destinations. Why not add a twist to your traditional travel list this year and add an off-t…

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One of the nearest counties to Washington D.C. and other cities, Hardy County, West Virginia, offers a wide range of family getaways. Only 2 hours and 15 minutes from the nation’s capital, it was founded in 1786 as a spinoff of Hampshire County and is named for Samuel Hardy, a Virginian. Fro…

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Virginia’s Crossroads is a region of South Central Virginia that spans 11 counties, two cities, a few state and national parks plus rivers and lakes. A rich tapestry of historical sites, outdoor recreational, adventure, culture and leisure activities await those who visit. Why not plan your …

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It’s an old adage: “Timing is everything,” and timing couldn’t be better for Howard County, Maryland’s Restaurant Weeks. From July 12 through 25, celebrate the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel by enjoying “Summer Menus, Big Flavors” at more than 30 participating restaurants throughout…

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Great wilderness and outdoor adventure has always been a stark contrast to the concrete jungle of D.C. or the gridlock of traffic that surrounds it. Many folks wish they could get away but lack the money or the time to do it. One such destination is The Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Many …

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I experienced a gastronomic classic in a backroads café in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The place was an absolute hole-in-the-wall, but it served barbecue: Not some catsup-infused ground meat foisted by barbecue imposters; but, real slow-cooked-til’-it-could-be-shredded-with-a-fork pork! He…

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Less than an hour from our nation’s capital lies Charles County, Maryland, which hugs the Potomac and Wicomico Rivers near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Most known for its scenic backroads, bald eagle nesting areas and convenient access to waterfront activities, Charles County brings fami…

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Is your face chafing from wearing masks? Have your hands chapped from all the sanitizing? Are you constantly calculating a 6-foot distance from everyone? Well, maybe you oughta’ take it outside!

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In central Virginia lies a charming town in Prince Edward County named Farmville. Home to a variety of eclectic activities and attractions, Farmville is a magnet for visitors with a knack for arts and history. The area’s museums, shops, and galleries make up the perfect day trip for anyone l…

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As we continue through our second year of social distancing, wearing masks and enforcing public safety, some of our favorite indoor activities become possible again. However, with a newfound appreciation for outdoor activities that give us a little more breathing room, destinations with a mi…

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TRIANGLE, VA - The National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC) will reopen to the public on 17 May, after a temporary closure related to COVID-19. The Museum team is excited to welcome visitors while taking great care to ensure the wellbeing of visitors, volunteers, and staff.

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In the oldest house in one of West Virginia’s oldest towns, a major restoration has begun. Moorefield’s Robert Higgins House, completed in 1788 by a Revolutionary War officer, is being transformed into a museum that will interpret the regional history this house witnessed.

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National Geographic states “America’s newest national park is a haven for hiking, climbing, and rafting. West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is well-suited to welcoming adventurers in a time of pandemic.” And we are lucky to have this gem so close to us we can drive th…

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With spring bringing an end to a particularly snowy and distanced winter, it’s no wonder folks are itching for weekend vacations to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and longer days. However, with social restrictions still in place, spring fever poses a new challenge for travelers as c…

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“Everything is open for business in Wytheville,” says Shane Terry of the Wytheville Convention and Visitors Bureau. With terrific cultural amenities and the lure of surrounding mountains and streams, Wytheville is the envy of many communities this spring. Here, at the crossroads of the Blue …

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The first blossoms of spring are always exciting to watch. Buds of green and blowing flower petals seem to spark a spring fever that’s hard to ignore. For those that are itching for outdoor activities to enjoy the warm weather and awakening trees, Howard County invites onlookers to view its …

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Tastes can be powerful memory triggers. Just one taste of horseradish returns me to childhood Passover Seders in my grandfather’s Brooklyn, New York, home. Horseradish on the seder plate represented maror — or bitter herbs — an integral element of the Jewish ritual meal.

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“Spotsylvania County, Virginia, is the place to be for anglers,” said Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Biologist John Odenkirk. In his 30 years on the water, “the bass population has never been better,” he said. “Add in the monster crappie, striped bass and hybrid striped bass, and …

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Allegany County Tourism, the C&O Canal Trust and the Canal Towns Partnership have launched the C&O Canal Libations Trail, created to celebrate the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park’s 50th anniversary of joining the National Park Service (NPS). The trail includes wi…

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Nelson County social-distanced long before it was fashionable. Enjoy plenty of wide-open spaces in 471 miles of a playground that includes the first 30 miles of the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway and the mighty James River. Explore the coolest hike in Virginia, the Blue Ridge Tunnel, Nelson’s n…

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A trip to Grant County is the cure for any family’s case of winter blues or cabin fever. With a variety of opportunities for outdoor adventures, the area has a getaway in store for families of all experience and comfort levels. Choose from a plethora of activities, locations and lodging to f…