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Franklin County PA: Mercersburg, Chambersburg and Greencastle

WHY GO: Franklin County PA, in the middle of Pennsylvania on its Southern border, was once our country’s “frontier.” In many ways, it still is, as not much has changed, landscape-wise, since our country’s founding. But, of course the Getaway Mavens turn up some pretty impressive reasons to visit: learning about and sampling the hamburger [...]

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Inn @ Ragged Edge, Chambersburg PA

The Inn at Ragged Edge is a wonder of woodwork, the stream-view out of the massive picture window, breathtaking, but it’s the 1901 Steinway piano - commissioned by Harrods’s of London now sitting in the stately parlor - that beckons World Class musicians and romantics of all kinds to this rural area of Chambersburg PA halfway [...]

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Original Zombie Town, Evans City PA

Last week, I tweeted out this photo, taken at Wolf Hills Brewery in Abingdon VA, of a zombie chasing a tractor. Someone had added an “s” to Eat Local, so the result was both a sarcastic commentary on that over-ripe concept and a witty nod to dead flesh-eating humans. It was retweeted more than any [...]

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Boyertown PA; The Little Town That Could

WHY GO: Check out the full write up of Berks County PA wonders on THIS POST. VISIT: Building a Better Boyertown. In the 1870's the railroad brought prosperity to this town about 15 miles from Reading Pennsylvania, so it’s kismet that the revitalized Tourist Railroad is doing the same. The town's largest employer,  Boyertown Burial Casket Company, opened in 1893, [...]

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Scrappy Reading and Other Delightful Towns In Berks County PA

WHY GO: If you’ve ever played Monopoly, you’ll recognize Reading PA as one of the board game’s four Railroads, or, if you follow such things, the birthplace of pop icon, Taylor Swift. But this former iron and industrial city was also familiar to bargain shoppers as an Outlet Center long before outlets were “premium.”  The [...]

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Stirling Guest Hotel: Reading PA

Stirling Guest Hotel, the mansion on a hill in Reading PA built in 1890 for iron industrialist and engineer, James Hervey Sternbergh (who designed and patented machinery in the manufacture of nuts and bolts) was named for a castle in Scotland, and is now one of the most regal places to stay in Reading PA. Sternbergh had [...]

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Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley PA

In the Pennsylvania woods, about 100 miles from New York City (35 miles from the nearest city of Scranton PA), The Lodge At Woodloch in Hawley PA is the upscale, luxury-spa component of The Woodloch Pines Resort – situated about 2 miles away. While the family-friendly Woodloch Pines has been family owned and operated for [...]

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Scranton PA: Trains, Coal And A Whole Lot of Magic

WHY GO: Nicknamed “The Electric City,” Scranton PA was the first city in the country with an electric trolley system in 1886, though, ironically, electricity didn’t put Scranton on the map. Anthracite coal and a major railroad center did. Scranton, in fact, once fueled the country, and its wealth attracted world-renowned architects like Raymond Hood [...]

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WHY GO: New Hope and Doylestown seem to get all the glory in Bucks County PA, but there are other cool, praiseworthy spots in both the Upper and north-central regions. “Upper Bucks” is home to several very quirky attractions (hint: handbells and “ringing” rocks), and an inordinate number of antique covered bridges. You’ll be surprised [...]

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The Organs of Greater Philadelphia: Some Might Surprise You

Kimmel Center Verizon Theater: The Verizon Theater, a violin-shaped burnished wood space nestled within the vast glass Kimmel Center, is home not only to the Philadelphia Orchestra, but also to the largest mechanical-action concert hall organ in the U.S., with nearly 7,000 pipes. The smallest, made of metal, is the size of a drinking straw. [...]

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