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  Trip Overview: If you're looking for a quick jaunt out of the city, historic downtown Manassas in Prince William County is calling your name! From the boutiques, to the breweries, to the nearby battlefield, visitors can expect to find an easily walkable small town with some seriously big time charm. Time needed: 6 hours Distance from DC: Around 60

  Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia is the oldest indoor farmers market in the country. First opening its doors in 1892, today the historic market has over 80 vendors and sees around 17,000 visitors each day. Inside, a sea of people await--- some brazenly shoving their way through the crowd, others politely squeezing through and many

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

It's been just two days since our epic Memorial Day road trip down to Asheville, North Carolina. I had the highest hopes for this city, and I'm so pleased to say that Asheville exceeded my highest expectations. We packed a lot in during the 4-day getaway, and I wanted to share some of my

“While you weren’t looking, Richmond got cool.” This statement from Frommers as it named Richmond one of its top places to visit to 2014 has recently kicked off a flurry of national recognition for Virginia’s capitol city that to many is long overdue. Indeed, Richmond offers visitors much more than just

Trip Overview: For this DC Road Trip, we focus on the quaint town of Middleburg, Virginia. Known as the nation's "Horse and Hunt Capital," Middleburg is an upscale rural escape that's just about an hour away from the nation's capital. Its historic district dates back to the 1700s and is listed

This 4th of July, I was lucky enough to have a 4 day weekend. That meant there was plenty of time for local travel adventuring! Here are a few photo highlights from my holiday... THURSDAY, JULY 4 [caption id="attachment_4154" align="aligncenter" width="360"] The view from Old Rag - an 8 mile hike in Shenandoah