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Big News… An Ending and a Beginning!

You may have noticed it’s been very quiet here on Packed Suitcase recently. I’m happy to report that’s about to change, because I’ve got some BIG NEWS and wanted you all to hear it straight from me. Today I’m packing up my desk at National Geographic and heading out in to the wild world of […]

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Annapolis, MD: A Foodie Getaway

    Today, I’m taking you on a D.C. road trip from one capital city to another to explore the burgeoning food scene in Annapolis, Maryland! Annapolis has long attracted visitors with its charming colonial buildings, history-laden downtown and laid-back maritime vibe. Over the past few years, a number of new restaurants have sailed into town, which […]

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My Very Bavarian Road Trip

Today I’m taking a quick break from my usual mid-Atlantic travel coverage to feature my recent road trip through Bavarian Germany and Salzburg, Austria.   Bavaria is best known for its abundance of picture-perfect villages with ornately painted wood houses, fairy tale castles, green farmland dotted with friendly tan and white cows, traditional bierhauses with overflowing […]

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Best Mid-Atlantic Breweries Worthy of a Road Trip

The mid-Atlantic is known for many things: historic cities and quaint small towns, stunning displays of fall leaves, beaches and bays… and now, lucky for us, beer! Over the past few years, the craft beer craze has settled in nicely in the mid-Atlantic, with new microbreweries popping up seemingly every day featuring the best ingredients, […]

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Itinerary: 2 Days in Bucks County, PA

  Trip Overview: Located about one hour north of Philadelphia, Bucks County is a pastoral playland that combines history, natural beauty, charming accommodations, unique dining and more to create a relaxing getaway in the Pennsylvania countryside. Here, there’s truly something for everyone, with cultural anchors like New Hope and Doylestown to round out the experience with a dash of […]

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Hotel Review: The Lovely Airlie in Warrenton, Virginia

Located about 50 miles outside of DC, just before you reach Warrenton, Virginia’s quaint downtown district, is a unique retreat for those looking to get away from it all. The destination: Airlie— a gorgeous historic property based at the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains with an esteemed past and an aura of exclusivity. For over 50 […]

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5 Things I Love About New Hope, Pennsylvania

  A few weeks ago, I spent a lovely long weekend away in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Located about one hour north of Philadelphia, upon arriving I was immediately taken by the winding back roads, the abundance of gorgeous 19th century stone farmhouses and the charming small towns that dotted the county’s countryside. I will be sharing […]

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DC Day Trip to Manassas, Virginia

  Trip Overview: If you’re looking for a quick jaunt out of the city, historic downtown Manassas in Prince William County is calling your name! From the boutiques, to the breweries, to the nearby battlefield, visitors can expect to find an easily walkable small town with some seriously big time charm. Time needed: 6 hours Distance from DC: Around 60 miles, roundtrip […]

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Omni Bedford Springs: A Restful Mountain Retreat

  Located about 3 hours north of Washington, DC, Omni’s Bedford Springs Resort is a restful retreat in the heart of south Pennsylvania’s scenic Cumberland Valley. The historic property first opened its doors in 1804 and has since been attracting weary travelers and distinguished guests (like Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan!) seeking the curative powers of the […]

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The Ultimate Mid-Atlantic Bucket List

It’s no secret that I love travel bucket lists… In 2009, I sat down and put pen to paper to write my 55 Places Travel Bucket List, showcasing the destinations I most wanted to visit in the entire world. But, while dreaming of faraway adventures like the Galapagos Islands, Japan and Bora Bora is always a good thing… I think people […]

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Frederick County, MD: An Agritourism Road Trip

With more than 1,400 farms spread out over 200,000 acres, Frederick County, Maryland is at the heart of the D.C. area’s thriving agricultural scene. Its close proximity to Washington gives day-trippers the opportunity to experience the farm-focused culture for themselves. So fill up the car and hit the road… the winding back roads and fresh county […]

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Out and About: Richmond’s Underground Kitchen Pops Up in DC

About this time last year, I traveled down to Richmond, Virginia for one of my many weekend road trips. I loved my visit and found the city to be a hip destination with more than enough to keep this traveler occupied. But more than anything else, I discovered that Richmond had a huge food scene, with emerging […]

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