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After months of breathing stale air and staring at the same boring view from your window, you’re aching for a change. Quick! Cross the Bay Bridge and head for Somerset County, where fresh air and wide-open spaces beckon. With 600 miles of shoreline, open vistas, and impressive forests, it’s …

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West Virginia’s Tygart Lake State Park, four hours west of D.C., has been called West Virginia’s best-kept secret for years. Now, with splashy new waterpark features, float excursions and active water adventures, word is getting out about the 10-mile long mountain lake.

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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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Spring has sprung and it is time to pack your bags for an epic WanderLOVE road trip to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Once you cross our causeway surrounded by marshes that are turning greener by the day, it is time to leave the road behind and take to the trails to discover our outdoor splendor.

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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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The seventh-generation Clark family farm at 10500 Clarksville Pike near Ellicott City is in the business of selling its own produce, but also has created a wonderland for families. Meet the goats, pigs, sheep, donkeys, chickens, emus, ducks, rabbits and more at Clark’s Elioak Petting Farm, a…

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Civil War Trails, Inc. has teamed up with Fairfax County Parks and Recreation, Old Baldy Civil War Round Table and several local stakeholders to launch a new bilingual sign at Ox Hill Battlefield Park. This new sign offers a new amenity for the many Korean and Spanish speaking residents and …

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The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has recently received the highest designation a road can receive from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration — an All-American Road. Forty-nine new designations as an All-American Road in 28 state…

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Since 1920, the Monongahela National Forest, or “Mon Forest” as the locals call it, covers about a million acres of National Forest system lands in the north central highlands of West Virginia. This ecologically diverse land has elevations ranging from less than 1,000 feet to a whopping 4,86…

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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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For rest and relaxation, Shenandoah National Park is a natural choice. This is the escape you need. Skyland, Big Meadows Lodge and Lewis Mountain Cabins are located right inside the park, which helps you see more of it.

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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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Since 1997, the Virginia Arts Festival has transformed Southeastern Virginia’s arts and cultural scene, bringing world-renowned acts of music, dance and theater, as well as educational programs from today’s most influential composers, playwrights, and choreographers to Virginia. Now, the Vir…

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Let’s face it, this has been a challenging year and many of us are especially happy to bid goodbye to winter. Warmer temperatures paired with the greening of the landscape and the sprouting of happy little flowers like daffodils and crocuses can turn many a dour disposition sunny.

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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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For anglers, social distancing is nothing new. Our sport’s generally accepted etiquette mandates keeping some distance between each person on the water. However, the increasing number of people on the water is definitely something new.

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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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Whether you’re an experienced angler or long-time hobbyist, the coastal city of Hampton, Virginia, boasts a series of diverse waterways and plenty of opportunities for you to cast a line.

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WELLSBORO -- The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center) announced Monday it is opening its second PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Leonard Harrison State Park via a mobile unit this summer, expanding visitor services at the busy state park and improving market access for rural e…

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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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Adventures in the Lebanon Valley await the bicycling enthusiast, where there’s everything from leisurely country roads to miles upon miles of off-road trails. Mountain bikers and trail aficionados up for the challenge can test their skill on single track trails and designated trails, each wi…

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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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The Elk County Commissioners and the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce the 2021 versions of the popular Elk Viewing Guide and Elk County Trails Guide are now available. The Elk Viewing Guide is the quintessential guide to seeing elk in Pennsylvania’s “Wild E…

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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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Now, more than any other time in recent history, civil rights conversations have really sparked up. What a great time to visit some local civil rights history. Let’s first focus on Prince Edward and Appomattox counties in Virginia. There are many sites of historical significance to see.

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As the Recreation News team sifted through a few hundred nominations for the Top 10 Small Towns in the Mid-Atlantic feature we’re working on for the April edition, there was one theme that shined: Most of those that made nominations loved a place because of its charm.

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The pandemic has taught us many things, including the importance of love and compassion for others and how precious life is. As we begin 2021, we should celebrate love, family, and togetherness.

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Wintertime. For many, it’s a time to escape for warmer climates, but for others the crisp winter air on the cheeks, the beauty of snowfall, the broader vistas while hiking, or simply snuggling by a fireplace conjures up images of the ideal getaway. Better yet, take the whole family or group …

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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…