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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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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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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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Maryland can have some hot, muggy days in the summer and few things offer that refreshing relief like a snowball, a treat of shaved ice and syrup that quenches thirst and cools you off, and they seem nearly impossible to find outside of Maryland. Whether you are just finishing cutting the la…

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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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Just as soon as I can, I am going food shopping again in Wilmington, Delaware. As a culinary road-trip destination, Wilmington does everything its own unique way! Take pizza, for example. While other cities feud over the crust, Wilmington’s tomato pie does the whole thing differently.

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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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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…

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So many of us exited the spring in a frenzy and need a summer getaway — big time! With many still hedging bets on COVID-19 and the moving target that it is, Atlantic City, New Jersey, may be just what you need. The casinos have reopened with certain limitations such as dining in their outdoo…

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A friend told me that, due to COVID-19 panic buying, her supermarket was completely out of flour and yeast. A lot of people seem to be using this period of hunkering as an opportunity to explore bread making.

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The Mid-Atlantic’s caverns have an underground average temperature in the mid-50s, making them a cool (in more ways than one) adventure on a hot summer day. About 20 commercial show caves welcome visitors in the region, each offering their own gift shops, additional entertainment options and more.

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Wytheville, Virginia, is only a half-day drive from Washington, D.C. But when Sand Mountain begins to loom large in your windshield, you know you’ve escaped to Southwest Virginia. You won’t find traffic here. Or crowds. Nature takes center stage, especially now.

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Did you hunker down? Shelter in place? Self-quarantine? Or simply hang out at home, waiting for COVID-19 to become history? Regardless of the terminology used, cabin fever is an expected consequence. For many of us, the kitchen becomes our refuge.

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With cruise ships idled in ports, few airplanes flying, many hotels shuttered and restaurants offering pick-up and delivery only, travel has come to a near halt because of the spread of coronavirus around the world. During the pandemic people are staying close to home and doing whatever they…

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Discover, explore, and experience charming Martinsburg and scenic Berkeley County, where you find “Every Day Extraordinary.” Here, you can shop in eclectic stores, browse vibrant farmers markets, visit the galleries of amazing artists and savor delicious delights.

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After having vowed to spend more time offline, with nature or art, my friend Pam proposed a day-trip to a museum in Potomac, Maryland. I agreed, even though I didn’t really get what Glenstone was. Hats off to promises kept! If you’re in the DMV area with a half day free — but a longer reprie…

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While the nation continues to practice social distancing and takes extra precautions to stay healthy, we may feel we are neglecting the places and activities we love the most. Shenandoah Valley in particular is full of adventures and excursions that visitors and residents are itching to get …

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We all feel it: Too long cooped up during quarantine. We miss getting out and doing things. We miss our friends. We miss events. Heck, we miss everything other than being at home. But we are still leery of a getaway that involves the close quarters of an airplane or the shoulder to shoulder …

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Salami: Often maligned; the punchline or butt of jokes, salami lies at the far end of most meat lover’s pantheon of delights. Even my venerable Oxford English Dictionary dismisses salami as simply “A kind of sausage.”

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Whether you’re a beach lover, or like to get into the woods; whether you’re into family-friendly activities or are looking to tour some breweries; or maybe if you’re even just looking to relax a little, North Carolina is a state filled with opportunity for every kind of traveler.

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The LOCKN’ Festival draws folks to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains like, well, true-blue Deadheads to the Grateful Dead. LOCKN’ is the premier jam band event of the east, and an all-star celebration of Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh’s 80th birthday this summer makes the eight-year-old festi…

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Roanoke, Virginia, has blasted onto the American beer scene. Some locals even call the city of 96,000 nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia the “new Asheville,” a nod to the well-established beer city of Asheville, North Carolina. It’s a worthy comparison. With over 20 breweries in…

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Amid the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, the Town of Wytheville boasts a stunning landscape ripe with natural beauty, an abundance of recreational options and a wealth of events and activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. Usher in the season’s warmer weather …

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If you ask any member of the Inner Circle of Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, or a local Punxsutawney business owner, they’ll tell you that the unique town has more to offer than just a trip to Gobbler’s Knob.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is an explosion of the senses in the spring and summer months. Beautiful blossoms pop up on our orchard trees, the aroma of fresh greenery fills the air, and the tastes of ripe local produce sold at roadside country markets come together to form the makings of a bli…

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Southern Delaware’s Sussex County has long been a vacation destination for a multitude of reasons. There’s something for everyone, every family member, every age and every interest. Four basic reasons are the offerings to shop, eat, play and sleep!

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Howard County natives know that once the daffodils begin to pop and the frozen ground begins to thaw, more than just spring is on its way. Once the weather begins to warm, the charming, suburban region doesn’t waste a moment before a myriad of festivals begin, ranging from all types of arts …

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Located along the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of Coastal Virginia, the City of Chesapeake is full of parks, trails and waterways, a perfect spot for a spring getaway. From the scenic Northwest River Park & Campground to the hauntingly beautiful and historic Great Dismal Swamp Nati…

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Our new shepherd puppy needed a lesson in traveling to learn our on-the-road routine. An overnight to Frederick, Maryland, well known for its municipal dog-friendliness, proved an ideal first trip.

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“Have the courage of your convictions,” was a favorite expression of the Irishman who founded the Virginia Distillery in Nelson County, Virginia. It’s that expression that serves as a guiding principle and motto for this professionally run spirits producer in Lovingston. The Prelude to Coura…