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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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Niagara Falls: A Photo Journey

Niagara Falls. Immense. Larger-than-life. Beautiful. Before last year, I had never been to Niagara Falls. On a whim, I decided to make the drive by myself after a trip to Erie last fall. Visiting the falls is utterly captivating. I could spend hours soaking it all in– the emerald green water tumbling over so edge and turning into […]

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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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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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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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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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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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