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All throughout the mid-Atlantic, a change is taking place. Yes, friends, it’s time to say goodbye to summer and celebrate fall once again! Fall is arguably my favorite time to plan a weekend trip in this part of the U.S. The weather’s consistently temperate and mild, the natural scenery is at

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

For the past 30-some years, minstrels-in training, ladies, lasses and squires, beggars, wenches, knaves and even kings have been conveying on a 27 acre bit of forested land in Crownsville, Maryland each fall. No, it's not a time machine. It's the Maryland Renaissance Festival! Here, people come to step back in time, to

A few weeks ago, I had a hankering for my mom's famous peach pound cake. Baking it was no problem -- I've been making it annually for the past few years -- but I had a dilemma. I needed peaches. It's the peak of summer and ordinary grocery store peaches just

Today, I'm unveiling a new feature on Packed Suitcase: My "IT" List-- a snappy roundup of my absolute favorite things about places I've been. First to get the "IT" List treatment... Dewey Beach, Delaware! [caption id="attachment_4798" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: Dewey Beach Vacation Rental[/caption] This tiny .3 square mile stretch along Delaware's Route

Last weekend, my Godmother asked me a question. She said, "I see all of those photos you post on Instagram of fabulous food you eat on your travels. You just take a bite or two and then stop... right?" [caption id="attachment_4742" align="alignleft" width="199"] Noshing on Poutine in for my "2 Days

After my time with the bears in Katmai National Park, I wasn't sure how anything else could possibly come close to topping that experience. But Alaska kept showing me her best, and the second half of my trip was filled with stunning scenery, diverse wildlife and amazing experiences. A real highlight was

Every July, the largest sockeye salmon migration in the entire world occurs on the Brooks River in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve. The guarantee of a bountiful food source draws many of the park's 2,300 brown bears-- which are like grizzlies, but 100-150 pounds heavier!-- and around 10,000 tourists

I’ve been in Alaska for just over 4 days now. I arrived on Saturday after a very long day of flying, exhausted but eager to explore the “Last Frontier.” The first part of my trip, and my main reason for making the trip to Alaska, was to visit Katmai National Park,

I sit in a stone nook inside a very warm, dimly-lit room. In my nook, I'm secluded as I stare, transfixed, at the glittering walls that surround me. Blue mosaics sparkle as tiny overhead lights slowly change from white, to blue, to green. The scent of lavender dances all around me, pulling