Adventure U.S.

Cacapon State Park: My New Deal Getaway in West Virginia

Cacapon State Park offers a 4-star resort experience for anyone visiting nearby historic Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. But I wanted to experience what life was like 90 years ago when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the cabins, stables, lake, dam, and beach at Capapon State Park. Now for anyone who doesn’t know about the CCC, it was a service-in-America option for young men during the Depression in the 1930s. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) established the New Deal as…

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Exploring Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Berkeley Springs is the “Country’s First Spa” town. Located in West Virginia, this town was named Bath when founded in the 18th century. And it is still a resort town that celebrates the medicinal power of bathing. “Established as the town of Bath by the Virginia Legislature in 1775, the settled area around the famous warm mineral springs began developing several decades earlier.” Chamber of Commerce Located just a 100-mile drive from Washington DC and Baltimore, this resort town is…

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Adventure International

Museo Teatro Romano in Lecce

I am standing in Museo Teatro Romano in Lecce, Italy. But it is the 21st Century, not the 2nd Century AD. If I put on a long white toga and don a face mask, I might believe that I have been time transported back to Lupiae, a Roman colony now known as Lecce, and acting in a comedy. Instead of a plane, train, or time travel, I arrive at Fundazione Memmo Museo Teatro Romano as part of a 7-day hiking…

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Adventure Pet-Centric U.S.

Top 10 (Mostly Dog-Friendly)Washington DC Gardens

Even if your main pursuit is museum-hopping in the nation’s capital, tourists should devote a day exploring one of these Top 10 Washington DC Gardens. Whether you are chasing a cool place to rest on a hot muggy city day or hunting for a snowy retreat, garden time is zen time. Find a quiet bench to stare at a rose. Sit underneath a tree to read a book on your Kindle. Walk through a labyrinth and meditate. Relax in nature.…

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Historic Hendersonville, NC

Historic Hendersonville, North Carolina will provide top-tapping fun for visitors during the summer. Come lay down on a quilt or bring a lawn chair and enjoy Music on Main. The weekly concert is held every Friday evening from June through mid-August. The location is the Visitor Center stage (located at Main Street and Barnwell Street). If you are not visiting on a weekend, don’t despair. Hendersonville also programs a Monday Night Live concert on a bi-weekly schedule in June and…

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Activities Walking Washington DC

Best Parks in DC: Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island is a memorial to our "Conservationist President."

Best parks in DC always include Theodore Roosevelt Island (TRI). It is nestled in the pocket of the Potomac and hugged by the George Washington Memorial Parkway. This is a place to find solace and serenity. Here one can escape the blaring car horns and screeching brakes of Washington, DC’s traffic-snarled city streets. You can wander in a green refuge. This is also an educational place to visit for families. It is one of the best places in the city…

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Black Mountain, NC

Black Mountain, North Carolina is known as the “Little Town that Rocks.” And I can’t imagine a better way to spend a day than sitting in one of the hand-painted rocking chairs in this mountain hamlet. Visitor Center My visit begins at the Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center located at 201 E. State Street. There is the “Big Red Rocking Chair” in front of the building. A “Visitor Ambassador” named Gretchen greets me. She quizzes me on…

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