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A Creepy Peek Inside Eastern State Penitentiary

Happy Halloween! I’m celebrating the day with a glimpse into one of the creepiest places I’ve been during my travels: Eastern State Penitentiary in downtown Philadelphia. Upon opening in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary once aimed to rehabilitate prisoners using a strict Quaker-inspired method of isolation and penitence. Critics like Charles Dickins denounced the inadvertent cruelty of isolation-based inprisonment prompting […]

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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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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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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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Itinerary: 2 Days in Philadelphia

  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 […]

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The Best Things to Eat at Reading Terminal Market

  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 […]

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Out and About: The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show

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. […]

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