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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Over the past few hundred years, Philadelphia has served as a Quaker colony, a meeting place for the Founding Fathers, the long-ago capital of the newly formed United States and, more recently, the birthplace of one very beloved cheese-drenched steak sandwich. If I had to describe Philadelphia in 1 word, I would say that Philadelphia […]
Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia is the oldest indoor farmers market in the country. First opening its doors in 1892, today the historic market has over 80 vendors and sees around 17,000 visitors each day. Inside, a sea of people await— some brazenly shoving their way through the crowd, others politely squeezing through and many standing still in lines […]
As the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, the Philadelphia Flower Show has been delighting visitors from all over the globe since 1829. Smartly running during the bleakest time of the year, the show attracts a staggering 260,000 attendees each year with promises of vivid color, of spring-like fragrance and of elaborate floral displays. […]
Last night, I fell in love with the small town of Clifton, Virginia. Perhaps it was the lack of stoplights or the epic sunset after an otherwise rainy day. Or maybe it was the Amtrak zipping across Main Street or the ease in which I was able to buy cupcakes from one shop and sample wine […]
Welcome to Packed Suitcase!
Packed Suitcase is a travel blog featuring quick, satisfying trips that can easily be done in a weekend from a mid-Atlantic home base.
All throughout the site, you'll find inspiration, tips, gorgeous photography and itineraries for the best quick-trip destinations, with special emphasis on showing the awesome side of lesser-known places and experiences.
Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.
My name is Chris and I'm a National Geographic Channel producer by day and a freelance travel blogger and photographer by night.
I’m passionate about empowering and enabling readers to find accessible ways to travel within their time-off constraints to become weekend warriors.
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The Day I Drank 282 Year-Old Rum
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On a recent trip to Southern Delaware, I was given a shot of rum from a 282 year-old bottle recovered from a 1733 Spanish shipwreck. Whoa...