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Charleston, which dates back to 1670, is known for its history, architecture, churches, culture, friendliness, Southern charm, and food. It’s no wonder the South Carolina town was named the Best Small City in America in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022! 

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Rocky Gap Casino Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Hotel nestled in the Appalachian Mountains with lakeside views, offers an award-winning golf course, a variety of restaurants for all occasions, outdoor activities, a high-energy casino, and luxurious amenities, all set to the natural beauty of Roc…

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For many Americans, hasty pudding is the essence of Yankee Doodle. In that traditional song and nursery rhyme, the gathering “men and boys” of the American Revolution are declared to be “As thick as hasty pudding.” 

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For those planning a wedding in Howard County, the choices are a lot like this central Maryland destination itself: a perfect combination of historic and hip. Where to begin?

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Who’s up for a holiday road trip? It’s an old tradition. The first Christmas had Mary and Joseph traveling via donkey to the “little town of Bethlehem” for a census (I guess it was technically a business trip). 

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From Thanksgiving through New Year’s to Super Bowl Sunday, all seasonal festivities are celebrated, at least in part, with food. An invitation to dine with family and friends can be a joy, but it can also raise a dilemma: What to bring along as your contribution to the table? 

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The holiday gift-giving season is upon us, and now is the time to make your list and check it twice! Does this realization catapult your mind into panic mode? Not to worry, the Maryland Office of Tourism has unwrapped a list of gift ideas sure to produce warm, fuzzy feelings for both the gif…

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“Useless as a patch of pumpkins on the first of November!” 

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This is the time of the year to hear that primordial call—that urge to prepare, to stash away some of the harvest’s abundance as insurance against the coming lean winter months, to defeat time by ensuring that we can taste summer even on the darkest days of winter. 

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Sign up for the EAT. DRINK. LOVE. Pass—a mobile passport that connects you with local producers of craft spirits, wine, cider, and beer, as well as the most LOVED places and spaces in Nelson County. The pass awards prizes for different numbers of check-ins.

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For a breathtaking botanical experience, discover autumn in the heart of America’s Garden Capital: Chester County’s vibrant Brandywine Valley. Nestled in the countryside near Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley is a charming destination, home to the highest concentration of gardens in the nation.

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Fall is the perfect time to head to the mountains! Bedford has more mileage along the Blue Ridge Parkway than any county in Virginia, making it the perfect place for a scenic drive. With multiple exits from the Parkway, it is easy to explore local wineries, orchards, and trails for hiking, b…

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Escape the stress of everyday life and retreat to some of West Virginia’s most beautiful mountain towns. Discover the peace you need with a fall getaway full of relaxation. Our scenic landscapes with few distractions provide the perfect places to travel solo. Time spent alone in Almost Heave…

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On the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Brooklyn’s Coney Island, a low building sprawls across a full city block but seems almost hidden by billboards and glaring yellow signs. One billboard boldly proclaims: “This is the original Nathan’s Famous.”

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Visit Nelson County like a local. Sign up for the EAT. DRINK. LOVE. Pass, a mobile passport that will take you to the local eateries and producers of craft spirits, wine, cider, and beer, as well as the most LOVEd places and spaces in Nelson County. The pass awards prizes for different numbe…

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Tired of driving in the city and need to stretch your legs? Want to enjoy nature, shopping, and dining all in one place? Warsaw in the Northern Neck of Virginia has it all, and we’re excited to share a sample of what the perfect day could look like. 

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Just when you thought summertime was over, the scenic beaches of the Brunswick Islands of North Carolina continue to beckon sunlovers. With September air temperatures in the 80s (and in the upper 70s in October), “It still feels like summer here,” according to Mitzi York, executive director …

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Nestled on the banks of the Potomac River in the Northern Neck of Virginia, Stratford Hall has welcomed visitors for nearly 300 years. Built in 1738, the Georgian-style mansion was the boyhood home of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee…

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Fishing, camping, and axe-throwing? Distilleries and craft beers? Guys looking for a bro-and-dude getaway should set their GPS for Virginia’s Spotsylvania County. Bordered by Fredericksburg on the north and the expanse of Lake Anna to the south, it’s a quick drive from D.C. and a complete ch…

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Hugged by the beautiful waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, Door County in Wisconsin has blossomed into one of the most popular year-round destinations in America. Primarily a 70-mile long peninsula, the area was discovered in the 1600s by French fur traders and settled in 1851 by Norther…

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We keep souvenirs as reminders of our travel experiences. In Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain wrote about American travelers on a late 19th-century grand tour who took souvenirs by using a hammer to crack pieces from renowned architecture and statuary.

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Rocky Gap Casino Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Hotel nestled in the Appalachian Mountains with lakeside views, offers an award-winning golf course, a variety of restaurants for all occasions, outdoor activities, a high-energy casino, and luxurious amenities, all set to the natural beauty of Roc…

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Five wineries, two breweries, and a distillery: Spotsylvania County, Virginia, offers a myriad of destinations, each unique in its own way, where visitors can savor locally produced adult beverages (and often local fare, courtesy of visiting food trucks).

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When it comes to selecting a travel destination, sometimes big things really do come in small packages. And so it is with Altoona, where “Small Destination, Big Adventures” aptly describes the wide-reaching opportunities this Central Pennsylvania city offers when it comes to summertime fun, …

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It seems contradictory to use words “premium-quality wines” and “do it yourself” in the same sentence. But at Tin Lizzie Wineworks in Clarksville, Maryland, avid do-it-yourselfers, coached and abetted by certified winemaker and instructor Dave Zuchero, produce startlingly good wines. 

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Inhabited by the Calusa and Tequesta people for 3,000 years before Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León happened upon the string of islands in 1513, the Florida Keys have intrigued and lured visitors for millennia.

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From the majestic heights of the Seneca Rocks to the biodiverse peat bogs of the Cranberry Glades, the Monongahela National Forest offers some of the Mid-Atlantic’s most breathtaking landscapes. With more than 115,000 acres of wilderness, it’s easy to forget you’re within a few hours’ drive …

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In one of Nature’s little ironies, I’m a food writer with a food allergy! Nothing serious, but I am calamitously allergic to fast-food fried potatoes. After just a few fries from a drive-thru window, I get totally congested, with sneezing, watery eyes, and a stuffed-up nose.

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Virginia’s Bath County, four hours southwest of Washington, D.C., has no stoplights and no congestion, only sweeping mountain views. In a region half the size of Rhode Island, fewer than 20 people had COVID at any one time at the height of the pandemic.

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Who says you have to wait until fall to enjoy all the fun of an old-fashioned fair? That's certainly not the case in Caroline County, Virginia. On May 7 and 8, The Meadow Event Park near Doswell will be holding the second annual Virginia Farm Festival. The festival is a celebration of spring…

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Spring is in full bloom, and Frederick County, Maryland, has plenty of ways to celebrate. Just a short drive from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, you’ll find a full roster of fairs and festivals to welcome the warmer months.

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As a hardcore foodie, I wonder whether my diet can boost my ability to dodge communicable diseases such as the flu and even COVID. Can diet serve as an additional weapon to defend against the current contagions? Are there specific foods to eat more of — or less of? And what about supplements…

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Shenandoah National Park is a welcoming natural world. Whether you’re looking to wear out the soles of your hiking boots or to kick back your heels and unwind, you can do it here. People have been coming here for generations because there’s so much to explore in the Blue Ridge Mountains.