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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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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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Snow enthusiasts took to the slopes at Mid-Atlantic resorts in November and will continue to pursue winter fun at resorts opening this month. All resorts have COVID-19 restrictions in place, so visitors can expect to wear masks, keep a safe distance from others, and wash hands or use sanitiz…

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Besides sunny beaches, top-notch restaurants and picturesque sunsets, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is known for its hunting and fishing opportunities. With 600 miles of Chesapeake shoreline and thousands of acres of public hunting lands, Somerset County in particular calls to sportsmen and women…

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Skiers and snowboarders in the Mid-Atlantic will be heading out to the Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Laurel Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort in southwest Pennsylvania. They are among the state’s 21 ski areas open to the public.

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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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Ski well and be well, it’s a great healthy motto these days. Coined by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), an organization founded in 1962 as a trade association for 320 alpine resorts and 90% of skier and snowboarder visits nationwide, the slogan keeps a healthy sport healthy during …

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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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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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If you’ve been following the Recreation News editor’s note, you know that in September, copy editor Sean and I were “Whisked Away” on a surprise trip. Booked through Whisked Away Surprise Travel based in Charlotte, North Carolina, these trips are totally planned for you — and you don’t find …

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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.

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Few things are better than autumn in the Pocono Mountains. The region, collectively covering Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania covers 2,400 square miles of spectacular scenery and natural wonder. And in the fall, it is ablaze in color!

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With fall approaching, many travelers who may have been reluctant to plan a road trip at the height of summer due to crowds and safety concerns are looking to hit the roads for some adventures of their own. Fall is a great time of year to plan escapes and it’s an especially great time of yea…

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Thinking about taking a road trip? Consider Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, which is idyllic in autumn. Not only is the county easily accessible, but it boasts four state parks and a myriad of trails for fun and safe social distancing.

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While most visitors come to Stratford Hall for its appeal of American history, Stratford Hall is also a place for nature lovers. With nearly 2,000 acres of picturesque wooded land, Stratford Hall has six scenic trails to take that are friendly to experience and endurance levels. With the pur…

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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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In a remote corner of West Virginia, a small town named Gad once existed on a riverside. Primarily a farming community, the town was purchased by the US Army Corps of Engineers during the 1960s and the residents of the town relocated. This paved the way for the building of a dam, part of a f…

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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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It’s got to be the biggest news for skiers in the mid-Atlantic area. The sale of Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Davis, West Virginia, to Perfect North Slopes. It’s been a long sad history over the past decade or so as this prime piece of mountain and resort for skiing slid into decline.

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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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With COVID-19 still looming large, people have been sticking close to home this summer. However, if you are feeling just a little adventurous and want to celebrate summer’s end, consider a road trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, aka OBX. It’s a straight shot from the D.C. area to the…

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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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Julie Snyder has been an exhibitor in the Berkeley County Youth Fair near Martinsburg, West Virginia, since she was 10 years old. But when Snyder, now 19, shows her four dairy cows and market steer this year, the event won’t be at the fairgrounds as usual. It will be a virtual fair due to th…

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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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There’s no doubt that West Virginia’s mountains are some of the most majestic in the Mid-Atlantic. Attractions across the state allow for opportunities to step back from your busy, daily life.

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As the long line of horseback riders crossed Taneytown Road, a young girl in a waiting car turned eagerly to her parents. We riders could imagine their conversation for the rest of their vacation.

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The time has finally come for hikers, bikers, and adventurists to stretch their legs or hop on their favorite set of wheels and explore more than just their backyards.

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Nature has a way of giving us a big dose of good feeling and now is the time to take advantage of the health benefits we all crave. Virginia’s state parks welcome visitors to enjoy May’s bounty while abiding by health safety guidelines during nature’s showcase month. While Virginia Gov. Ralp…