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A Packed Suitcase reader needs a little advice from their favorite mid-atlantic travel blogger. You know what that means... It's time for another edition of "Ask Chris." Here we go! Chris, I just stumbled across your web-site.  It’s great. I love the mid-atlantic focus as it seems to be an often overlooked

I first began blogging 6 years ago, when I worked for the Travel Channel in 2008. After I left the network in 2010, this blog continued on as a hobby-- a way for me to share my travels with family and friends. [caption id="attachment_1136" align="aligncenter" width="320"] My very first photo, on my very first

  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

After several trips down to Southwestern Virginia in the past year, I've realized a few things about myself. One: There's a big part of me that wishes I had a southern accent Two: Pimento cheese slathered on ritz crackers is amazing... especially when washed down with a cold glass of sweet tea And three: I really, really like bluegrass

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

  Located in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville, Virginia is a city that really celebrates its historic roots. The area in and around Charlottesville was once home to 3 of our nation’s earliest presidents--- Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe--- and today over 200 years later,

Located 15 minutes outside of downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, Keswick Hall is known as one of the most esteemed resorts in the U.S. Recently named one of Travel + Leisure's 500 "World's Best Hotels," the historic property is a peaceful oasis set on a picturesque, 600-acre private estate at the foot of the Blue

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

Recently, I've felt like I've been moving at over 100 miles per hour. Work, travel, this blog and just... life has been moving at a rapid-fire pace, with no signs of slowing down in sight. Last Friday, as I drove down Route US-211 West, towards the small town of Sperryville, Virginia and

Walking into Asheville's Omni Grove Park Inn for the first time, I immediately felt right at home. The gigantic stone fireplaces, the Great Hall's huge and open space, the attentive concierges and the air of history all were so comfortingly familiar... reminding me of the old National Park lodges from out west that I love. My

Ah, summer! With the season's long days and warm nights comes ample opportunities for fun in the sun throughout the whole mid-Atlantic region. Whether you're aching to paddle down a river, hike to a waterfall, sit on a beach, roast s'mores over a campfire, chase lightening bugs, hit up a historical