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5 Things I Love About Marion, Virginia

Over the past 18 months, the small town of Marion, Virginia has experienced an incredible revitalization. Prompted by a community-wide determination to stimulate the local economy, new entrepreneurs and small businesses are flooding the historic downtown district to show that in terms of tourism, Marion means business. Located about a mile off route I-81 in Southwestern Virginia […]

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A Scenic Stay at Shenandoah’s Skyland Resort

Before last weekend, I had never stayed at one of Shenandoah National Park’s lodges, opting instead to “rough it” and camp outside with friends. After one glorious night at the historic Skyland Resort… well— sorry, friends— I don’t think I could ever go back to camping again! Here in the heart of Shenandoah National Park, honestly it’s a luxury […]

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3-Day Weekend: Last Minute Travel Tips

The Christmas holiday may feel long gone, but with the upcoming President’s Day and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, ’tis is the season for the 3-day weekend!  If you’re tight on vacay-days, then a 3-day holiday weekend is the perfect solution for your restless and travel-deprived soul. A 3-day weekend allows you to have a little adventure […]

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Harrisonburg: More than a “College Town”

  I’ve always considered Harrisonburg, Virginia to be the quintessential college town. Well, I guess I should clarify… From 1999 to 2003, it was my quintessential college town. I loved calling it my home during those few fleeting years that I attended James Madison University. It was a really affordable and fun place to live, energized by […]

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Ask Chris: DC Dining around the National Mall

Hello, friends! I’ve taken a little blog breather since I have so many upcoming travels that I’ll be writing about over the next few months. But a new “Ask Chris” question has me back in action once again! This question comes from Facebook. And, here we go! Dear Chris, I’m going to be in DC […]

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Ask Chris: Looking for an Outdoorsy Anniversary Getaway

As a fledging “mid-Atlantic travel expert,” I’ve been road-tripping around the region practically every weekend for the past year in an effort to find the best and most unique experiences the mid-Atlantic has to offer. As a result, I frequently receive emails from people looking for help planning specific travels of their own. I’ve been […]

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Itinerary: 2 Days in Ottawa

A few weeks ago, I waxed poetic about the wonders of Ottawa after my very first visit to Canada’s capital city. Today, the sheen still hasn’t worn off. I dream of returning and revisiting some of the places that I discovered on my trip. Thankfully, Ottawa’s just a brief plan ride from many North American cities, […]

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Fossil Hunting in Maryland: Be a Paleontologist for a Day!

Growing up, I visited Maryland’s Calvert County beaches just one time each summer. My great-Uncle Tip and great-Aunt Ann would host dozens of guests to celebrate summer in a most traditional Maryland way: a crab feast! It was so long ago that my memories are hazy. Images float to mind, of picnic tables draped with red […]

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How to Sleep in an Airport… and Survive the Next Day

Last Thursday, I spent the night sprawled out on a row of benches in Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Would you believe it was my first time sleeping in an airport? Considering how much travel I’ve done in my lifetime, that’s no small feat! But there’s a first time for everything, and this time, the perfect storm of circumstances […]

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DC Road Trip to… Sperryville, Virginia

  Trip Overview: This DC Road Trip takes you into the heart of Virginia’s picturesque Rappahannock County. Farm-fresh produce stands, artisans, wineries, taverns and hidden-gem natural wonders are along every mile of the route as you drive out of the city and towards the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Total Mileage: Around 180 miles, roundtrip Time […]

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