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You may or may not already know that Delaware's nickname is the "First State." That's because Delaware was the very first state to ratify the US Constitution in 1787. But did you know that for a short period of time, Delaware was the only state in the United States? The next state to

I've driven through the inland town of Georgetown, Delaware more times than I can remember en route to the more popular Delaware beaches. As I've driven around the picturesque town square's traffic circle, I've thought "Oh, that looks so quaint!" but in my rush to make it to my final destination,

I've been spending my summers down at Southern Delaware's beach towns for as long as I can remember. The memories I have there are some of my childhood favorites... lazy days playing in the ocean, riding bikes on Rehoboth's boardwalk, watching salt water taffy being pulled at Dolly's, checking the crab

With 2,500 lavender plants and 35 different varieties, the Lavender Fields Farm is a peaceful and picturesque retreat, located less than 10 miles inland from the beach towns in Southern Delaware. Lavender is often used in aromatherapy to assist relaxation, and as you walk the grounds, gentle wafts of lavender

I grasped the small shot of rum that was handed to me with delicate care. I took a whiff and listened, transfixed, to the instructions that I was being told: Now, here’s what I want you to do… I want you to take the whole shot into your mouth, but do not swallow

It's Day 10 of Local Travel Month, and I sure have been busy!! Here's a round-up of what I've been up to so far! Brunch at the historic Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia -- 24.3 miles away [caption id="attachment_2997" align="aligncenter" width="480"] George Washington ate here![/caption]   Dinner at Oyamel -- 10.9 miles away (One of José Andrés' restaurants...

I've been talking about doing a Philadelphia Cheesesteak Taste Test for years. Living right outside of Washington, DC (a mere 2 1/2 hours away) it should have been an easy weekend activity to do. But year after year has gone by, and no Philly cheesesteaks. Until now! As part of October's Local

Today I hereby proclaim that October is "Local Travel Month" here at Packed Suitcase. For the entire month of October, I will be answering the question “Why Travel Local?” by traveling to places within a few hours driving from my hometown. I'll share my experiences along the way while providing local-travel

As a kid, I was fascinated with the concept hidden passageways and the thought that there could be a whole world of secret doings behind an otherwise ordinary facade. I've never found a hidden passageway of my own... until one recent night in DC I stepped through a secret doorway

I've always loved photographing windows. The structure, the architecture... the promise of what view lies outside it. Something about them always has enticed me to whip out my camera and snap a quick shot. And sometimes, it isn't even the actual window itself, per se, but the way a reflection bounces off

Earlier this summer, I visited Thomas Jefferson's house, Monticello. I went to college just over an hour from the 5,000 acre plantation and, would you believe that this was my first visit? (Sidenote: I'd traveled to Charlottesville just once during my tenure at JMU, and that was to go to

Living right outside DC, I see the Washington Monument all the time! Despite the relative normalcy of it, whenever I pass it by I always bring out my phone to snap a quick picture. Except, one day about a month ago, I was walking by the stone obelisk. It was ridiculously,