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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

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

The Christmas holiday may feel long gone, but with the upcoming President's Day and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, 'tis is the season for the 3-day weekend!  If you’re tight on vacay-days, then a 3-day holiday weekend is the perfect solution for your restless and travel-deprived soul. A 3-day weekend allows you to have

  I’ve always considered Harrisonburg, Virginia to be the quintessential college town. Well, I guess I should clarify... From 1999 to 2003, it was my quintessential college town. I loved calling it my home during those few fleeting years that I attended James Madison University. It was a really affordable and fun place

Hello, friends! I've taken a little blog breather since I have so many upcoming travels that I'll be writing about over the next few months. But a new "Ask Chris" question has me back in action once again! This question comes from Facebook. And, here we go! Dear Chris, I'm going

As a fledging “mid-Atlantic travel expert,” I’ve been road-tripping around the region practically every weekend for the past year in an effort to find the best and most unique experiences the mid-Atlantic has to offer. As a result, I frequently receive emails from people looking for help planning specific travels

A few weeks ago, I waxed poetic about the wonders of Ottawa after my very first visit to Canada's capital city. Today, the sheen still hasn't worn off. I dream of returning and revisiting some of the places that I discovered on my trip. Thankfully, Ottawa's just a brief plan ride from many

Growing up, I visited Maryland's Calvert County beaches just one time each summer. My great-Uncle Tip and great-Aunt Ann would host dozens of guests to celebrate summer in a most traditional Maryland way: a crab feast! It was so long ago that my memories are hazy. Images float to mind, of picnic

Last Thursday, I spent the night sprawled out on a row of benches in Toronto's Pearson Airport. Would you believe it was my first time sleeping in an airport? Considering how much travel I've done in my lifetime, that's no small feat! But there's a first time for everything, and this time, the

  Trip Overview: This DC Road Trip takes you into the heart of Virginia's picturesque Rappahannock County. Farm-fresh produce stands, artisans, wineries, taverns and hidden-gem natural wonders are along every mile of the route as you drive out of the city and towards the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Total Mileage: Around 180

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

When most people think of Walt Disney World in Florida, visions of Cinderella’s Castle, mouse ears, fast roller coasters and a hearty dose of Disney magic immediately rush to mind. But much more than theme park fun, I recommend taking some time during your trip to explore some of the official