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My Love Affair with the Cherry Blossoms in DC

Last Thursday, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. Unable to sleep as morning’s light began to steadily peek through the slats in my Venetian blinds, I tossed and turned for another hour before I realized the source of my restlessness: Flowers. Specifically, I was being kept awake by the tempting thoughts of the cherry blossoms [...]

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Itinerary: 2 Days in Richmond, Virginia

“While you weren’t looking, Richmond got cool.” This statement from Frommers as it named Richmond one of its top places to visit to 2014 has recently kicked off a flurry of national recognition for Virginia’s capitol city that to many is long overdue. Indeed, Richmond offers visitors much more than just a rich history dating [...]

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Spring at the National Arboretum

After an especially brutal winter, I think everyone is like me: eagerly awaiting the warmth and new life that comes with spring this year. This weekend, I spent an afternoon the National Arboretum, a place I’ve long heard about but hadn’t yet visited. I can happily report some good news… spring is finally here! For [...]

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Ask Chris: I.S.O. Baby-Friendly Getaway

A brand new “Ask Chris” question, comes to us fresh from Facebook. And, off we go! Dear Chris, My hubby and I are hoping to do a short trip away with our baby for the first time next month during spring break. Do you have any favorite local spots (within 1-2 hours driving) that would [...]

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The First EVER Packed Suitcase Reader Survey

Hello, my wonderful community of Packed Suitcase readers! Over past year or so, I’ve noticed that my passion of local, mid-Atlantic travel has really begun to resonate with many of you. I’m constantly overwhelmed by your support, which encourages me to keep on exploring the region to share on my site and on social media. [...]

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Top 5 Spring Getaways from D.C.

There’s nothing like springtime in our nation’s capital. Once the ground thaws and the trees finally start to blossom, Washington D.C. becomes abuzz with cheery positivity… just about everyone seems to have an extra spring in their step. But, the secret’s out and people come from all over the nation to experience spring in D.C. [...]

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Exploring Richmond’s Food Scene (with pics!)

Richmond, Virginia is in the midst of a serious foodie revolution. Craft breweries, artisan bakeries, mixology hotspots, independent coffee houses and inspired farm-to-fork eateries are popping up all over Virginia’s capital city, giving this southern gem a surprisingly hipper, Pacific Northwest vibe. In recent months, publications like Frommer’s and the New York Magazine have touted Richmond’s emerging food-driven [...]

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DC Day Trip to Frederick County, Maryland

Trip Overview: This DC Day Trip is perfect for those looking for a last minute afternoon out of the city.  With more than 1,400 farms spread out over 200,000 acres, Frederick County is truly an escape to a simpler time. Here, winding country roads, open fields and fresh country air await in some of Maryland’s best farm [...]

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A Preview of Frederick, Maryland’s Restaurant Week

This past weekend, I drove to Frederick, Maryland for a blogger preview of it’s upcoming 2014 Restaurant Week (March 3-9, 2014). Frederick is my hometown, and I was particularly excited to participate in the event to see what’s changed with the culinary scene in the years since I’ve left. I’ve named Frederick one of my 10 [...]

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Bluegrass at the Floyd Country Store

The town of Floyd is a quick detour off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwest Virginia. Part of the famed Crooked Road musical heritage trail, Floyd is a renowned stop for music-lovers seeking their salvation in the twang-y notes of traditional Americana bluegrass. This November, I spent less than 12 hours in Floyd and [...]

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