24 Hours in Boston for Art & History Lovers

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Experience art and history in just 24 hours in Boston.

Even in a city that is unfamiliar, it is pretty amazing how much you can experience in 24 hours if you try. Boston may not be a big city like New York or London, but you can still get a real taste of the city in only a single day. Indeed, for lovers of art and history, Boston is rewarding and a lot of fun. You can indulge in remarkably fresh seafood, gaze at spectacular artwork, and experience firsthand a bit of the history that helped form the United States, here’s how to spend 24 hours in Boston!

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Outer Banks Dog-Friendly Vacation Guide

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The Outer Banks' Jockey's Ridge State Park is a dog-friendly attraction that's free to visit.

With miles of unspoiled beaches, historic sites, and parks, North Carolina’s Outer Banks is fun for the whole family — and that includes the ones with four legs! If your dog is anything like mine, he or she will love watching the sanderlings on the beach and getting a good sniff of those famously strong winds that lured the Wright Brothers a century ago. But there is more than just the beach as the Outer Banks is extremely dog-friendly! From the Outer Banks’ most dog-friendly restaurant to plenty of activities, here’s your guide for a vacation that is truly for the whole family!

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Post by . Originally published December 30, 2019. Last updated December 30, 2019.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow Style Comes to USA

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Posters at Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style exhibit at Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

At the turn of the 20th century, Glasgow, Scotland was undergoing a change. The economic boom of the United Kingdom’s second most important city afforded them a chance to indulge in the arts. Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style is a new exhibition touring the United States that explores this innovative time in the city’s history. The exhibit puts a focus on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the movement’s most important contributor (and perhaps the city’s most well known). But there are also much deserved bright lights on Mackintosh’s colleagues. The exhibition is making the rounds and will be on display in the United States through 2021.

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Swept Away: Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Outer Banks

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Plants growing through the dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

While not technically a desert, the more than 400 acres of sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in North Carolina’s Outer Banks inspire awe. Nestled a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and just next to the Roanoke Sound in Nags Head, these are the tallest living sand dunes on the eastern coast. But there is more to Jockey’s Ridge than just sand that makes it an important Outer Banks attraction. With multiple ecosystems, it is a fascinating exploration of nature that many don’t frequently experience that’s an Outer Banks adventure.

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Post by . Originally published December 12, 2019. Last updated December 31, 2019.

Yo! Philadelphia Gifts Guide

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Looking for a gift for a special someone? Spoil someone dear to you with one of these unique Philadelphia gifts from tasty treats to wearable items! #philadelphia #philly #visitphilly #gifts #giftguide

Do yous guys need a thoughtful gift for someone special? If your special someone hails from the City of Brotherly Love or you simply want to remember a special trip, then I have just the gift guide for you! Give your friend or family member a taste of Philly with one of these ten Philadelphia gifts.

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What to Expect Visiting Philadelphia in Fall

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Fall foliage in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia in autumn is delightful. Yes, the days are all shorter, cooler, wetter, and often cloudier. But crowds decline in the offseason and with locals home from summer vacations “down the Shore” (or elsewhere), festivals and events go into full swing. There are so many fun fall things to do in Philadelphia. A visit during autumn can be a great way to experience the City of Brotherly Love and get a feel for what the city (and the region) is all about!

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Christmas Events In Philadelphia Region (New Year’s, Too!)

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One of the most popular Christmas events in Philadelphia is the Christmas Village in Philadelphia, just in front of City Hall.

Ready to feel holly and jolly? You could spend the entire month of December celebrating the holiday season. From parades to markets and festive rides, there is really something for everyone and every age to enjoy. And then, as 2019 winds down and 2020 comes into focus, it’s time to really party! I’ve pulled together more than 65 of the best, most unique, and fun holiday and Christmas events in Philadelphia and across the region plus New Year’s Eve events, too!

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Historic Dover Day Trip Delivers Charm Without Crowds

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Historic buildings line The Dover Green.

While doubledecker sightseeing buses full of tourists clog the downtown city streets of Philadelphia and Boston, historic Dover, Delaware, is remarkably quiet. The capital of The First State is only an hour from Philly and features many of the same important highlights: historic buildings, cobblestone streets, and no shortage of stories that reveal just how important the petite state really is in the nation’s founding. I recently was invited for a day trip to Dover with my husband. And even for a Friday in June, we practically had the city to ourselves!

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Post by . Originally published July 10, 2019. Last updated July 14, 2019.

You’ll Forget You’re in New Jersey: Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival

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Examining one of the beautiful yellow tulips at Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival.

New Jersey is famous for many things. But tulips isn’t one of them. But the Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival is changing all that. Where a trip to the Netherlands to stroll through tulip fields crowded with other tulip fans may not be an option for some of us, a drive to the Garden State is a possibility. Here’s why you’ll want to head to central New Jersey for this beautiful and fun festival!

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Why You Should See The Philadelphia Cherry Blossoms

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Flowering cherry trees in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

While the Washington, DC cherry blossoms are famous and remarkably beautiful, don’t overlook other regions for their flowering trees! The City of Brotherly Love celebrates the flowering cherry trees in bloom each spring with a Philadelphia cherry blossom festival that is a week long. Full of a variety of events, the festival culminates with Sakura Sunday. But you can see and enjoy the Philadelphia cherry blossoms across the city whenever Mother Nature lets them arrive. And boy are they worth seeing! I’m recommending a few cherry blossoms spots in Philadelphia, tips for viewing, and an overview of the Philly cherry blossom festival.

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Avoid the Crowds: Washington, DC Cherry Blossoms

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Looking across the Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial during Washington, DC cherry blossoms season.

There’s no surer sign that spring is here than the cherry blossoms! In Japan, the practice of hanami, or the viewing of flowering trees (usually cherry), is a long-standing tradition with hundreds of years of history. And while the arrival of blossoms on flowering trees is always special, in recent years the Japanese enthusiasm for this natural phenomenon has been adopted in the West. The cherry trees that encircle the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC are famous for their fluffy pink blooms. The trees are so famous, in fact, that each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the blossoms’ arrival. Everyone should see these beautiful cherry blossoms at least once. It’s too spectacular to miss!

With the short window of opportunity for cherry blossom viewing, you can expect huge crowds. But I’ve got a few tips for seeing the Washington, DC cherry blossoms while still avoiding the crowds!

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Post by . Originally published April 2, 2019. Last updated May 31, 2019.

Enjoy a Cape May Dog-Friendly Getaway

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White mini schnauzer walking on the beach in Cape May. The beaches are the best part of a Cape May dog-friendly vacation.

New Jersey’s southernmost point, Cape May, is a beach town that many know for its charming Victorian architecture, cozy B&Bs, and miles of beaches. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your pets at home. Bring your furry friend along for a Cape May dog-friendly vacation. There’s so much fun for you both to enjoy without sacrificing.

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