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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.

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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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Deep in the heart of the verdant, rolling Keystone State, just a three-hour drive from Washington D.C., stretches one of the East’s best places to enjoy the great outdoors. Pennsylvania’s Huntingdon County — distinguished by lush forests, which seem to unspool for as far the eye can see, and…

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It’s a history lover’s paradise chock full of small-town charm. No wonder Gettysburg is the perfect antidote for cabin fever, according to Carl Whitehill of Destination Gettysburg. At a time when crowds and airports might seem less than appealing, this south-central Pennsylvania town is an “…

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From the 17th into the 19th century, the “Grand Tour” was a quasi-educational journey undertaken by the wealthy to explore foreign lands and cultures. Today, many urban areas present opportunities for foodies to embark on culinary Grand Tours, without the need for a passport. The Baltimore N…

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Nelson County is home to a wide variety of wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries, each with its own unique setting. Taste and enjoy some of Virginia’s award-winning wines, perhaps with bread and cheese or a picnic lunch, while overlooking verdant valley views and mountain vistas.

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Get your motor running and head out on the highway to Bath County, Virginia. Whether you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or are more comfortable behind a steering wheel, the county, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, has miles of gorgeous scenic drives to wow even the most jaded road warrior.

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Benjamin Banneker, one of this nation’s first great scientists, lived on his family’s modest tobacco farm in Maryland’s Patapsco Valley. Born in 1731, his résumé ultimately included astronomer, mathematician, surveyor, author, publisher, farmer, and urban planner. Making his accomplishments …

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f you find yourself stressed and need a break, consider spending some time reconnecting with nature in Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors region.

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Rocky Gap Casino Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Hotel nestled in the Appalachian Mountains with lakeside views, offers award-winning restaurants, exhilarating outdoor activities, luxurious amenities, an impressive golf course, and a thrilling casino, all set to the natural beauty of Rocky Gap St…

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The Pocono Mountains has been a trusted and beloved vacation destination for generations of families, so it’s no surprise that the region is a perfect setting for milestone occasions like weddings and family reunions.

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Just under two hours from Washington, D.C., lies a winter wonderland with some of the most spectacular winter fun ― Tucker County in West Virginia. Being just west of the Eastern Continental Divide, the skiing begins earlier, lasts longer, and is far more reliable snow than any other driving…

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Many threads makeup the fabric of our American culture. The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va., dramatically and engagingly brings alive the threads of the early pioneers of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

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The Hardy County Tourism office tells you right off the bat: “Enjoy the natural beauty and genuine hospitality of ‘Almost Heaven’ West Virginia, the heart of Appalachia. Experience the Hardy Effect!

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Life in the mountains of Garrett County in Maryland brings beautiful highs for each season, and winter is no exception, with more than 100 inches of snow falling on the area annually.

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When Richard Smith penned the lyrics of the classic song “Winter Wonderland” in 1934, the glistening, snowy scenery he had in mind was his hometown of Honesdale, Pa., and the surrounding countryside of the Pocono Mountains. Just a 90-minute drive from New York City and Philadelphia, the Poco…

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Virginia’s Crossroads is an area filled with American history, including countless sites to visit and explore that further your understanding of the region and its role in our nation’s development.

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Did you ever notice that holidays always seem to come packaged with nostalgia? There’s such a warmth about it. All the great movies seem to take place in times gone by and have fires in the fireplace and friendly, old towns. We are so fortunate to have in our midst Annapolis, Maryland, with …

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The holidays are a very special time of year in Gettysburg — when the past comes alive in festive celebration. It’s the ideal way to experience our incomparable history, enduring charm, endless recreational fun and mouth-watering foodie opportunities.

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The holidays are coming, and the Pocono Mountains is the perfect place to celebrate with family and friends. Located within easy driving distance of major metropolitan hubs like New York and Philadelphia, the Poconos is home to picturesque small towns, seasonal activities, exciting outdoor a…

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While growing up in the days before color TV, the term “smoothie” generally denoted a glib-talking, well-groomed, probably rascally gent. How did smoothie become something we feel good – or even righteous – about drinking?

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Positioned at the confluence of art and nature, The Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art has reopened its doors, offering both virtual presentations and in-person programs.

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History and hospitality await in Yorktown – just a short drive from Williamsburg and Jamestown, connected by the scenic Colonial Parkway. Whether you book a riverfront hotel room or choose a quaint bed and breakfast, you’ll find yourself within walking distance of a charming waterfront villa…

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One of the best ways to get to know a place is to talk with the locals — not only are they familiar with the destination, but they know what makes it special year-round. In Maryland’s Somerset County, this means extending the laid-back, nature-loving way of life into another season.