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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…

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Baking something — be it a pork chop, potato or pecan pie — requires applying heat all around the top, bottom and sides. One of humankind’s watershed inventions — the oven — does exactly that.

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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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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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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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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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People have told me how fortunate I am to be a food writer. “You must get to eat some great stuff,” I’ve heard them say. Well, yeah, I have been able to taste some culinary gems, but I have also had to sample foods that can only be called challenging.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.