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Ask Chris: ISO Romantic Weekend in Alexandria, Virginia

A Packed Suitcase reader needs a little advice from their favorite mid-atlantic travel blogger. You know what that means… It’s time for another edition of “Ask Chris.” Here we go! Chris, I just stumbled across your web-site.  It’s great. I love the mid-atlantic focus as it seems to be an often overlooked area.  Have you […]

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DC Day Trip to Occoquan, Virginia

  Trip Overview: The quaint, riverside town of Occoquan, Virginia in Prince William County is a quintessential day trip that has it all– rich colonial history dating back to the 1700s, some serious small town charm, boutique shops, great dining and a relaxed, waterfront vibe. And the best part? It’s all a mere 35 minutes drive from downtown […]

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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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Where I’m Eating: Pasture Charlottesville

I’ve been dreaming about the crispy ham-cured pork ribs from Pasture, the Southern small-plates restaurant by co-owner and Executive Chef Jason Alley, ever since visiting the Richmond location this past spring. On my recent trip to Charlottesville, my wish was granted, and I was able to have pork ribs part deux at his newest restaurant, Pasture Charlottesville. WHAT DOES THE […]

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Keswick Hall: A Luxurious Escape in Charlottesville, VA

Located 15 minutes outside of downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, Keswick Hall is known as one of the most esteemed resorts in the U.S. Recently named one of Travel + Leisure’s 500 “World’s Best Hotels,” the historic property is a peaceful oasis set on a picturesque, 600-acre private estate at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains. I recently spent […]

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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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Where I’m Eating: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

OVERVIEW: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm is both a revered establishment for DC foodies, as well as a bit of a hidden gem. This restaurant frequently makes appearances on regional “best of” lists, yet many have never heard of it. It features a creative, regionally-focused tasting menu that changes weekly. Only the freshest ingredients are […]

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