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Hotel Review: Annapolis Waterfront Hotel

Gearing up for your first getaway of 2017? I’ve got just the place to help you leave winter’s chill behind and vault into spring: The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel! Recently renovated and reopened as one of Marriott’s premier Autograph Collection properties, the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel is quite frankly one of the best waterfront hotels in the […]

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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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A Holiday Day Trip to the National Harbor

  Trip Overview: When it comes to decking the halls for the holidays, few local destinations do it better than the National Harbor. Located in Oxen Hill, Maryland, the 300 acre-development features hotels, restaurants, shops and the sleek, eye-catching Capital Wheel ferris wheel. But from late November through December is when the Harbor shines the brightest, with spectacular decorations, attractions and event […]

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The Merriest Places to Celebrate the Holidays Near DC

Throughout the month of December, life shines a little more brightly in the DC area. Cars line up at regional parks to drive through stellar Christmas light displays. Theaters and symphony halls host annual performances of the Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah. Even the White House gets in on the holiday action as home to the National Christmas Tree! But when a quick […]

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Annapolis, MD: A Foodie Getaway

    Today, I’m taking you on a D.C. road trip from one capital city to another to explore the burgeoning food scene in Annapolis, Maryland! Annapolis has long attracted visitors with its charming colonial buildings, history-laden downtown and laid-back maritime vibe. Over the past few years, a number of new restaurants have sailed into town, which […]

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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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