Viewing: College Towns

Greater Charlottesville VA: Art and Culture in the Land of Jefferson

WHY GO: First and foremost, Charlottesville VA is a college town: home to the Thomas Jefferson designed University of Virginia. But it’s also part of a region rich in the arts, spirit making, and full of creative entrepreneurs and chefs with diverse backgrounds. Contrary to the tiki-torch-toting Neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville in the summer […] Read More

Lexington VA: VMI, Washington & Lee, and Thomas Jefferson’s Favorite Attraction

WHY GO: Virginia Military Institute (VMI) dominates Lexington Virginia like a fortress. Right next door, Washington & Lee University, a Liberal Arts College founded by George Washington and presided over by Robert E. Lee after the Civil War, draws students from all over the country and the world. There is so much USA History in […] Read More

Ithaca NY: Do Go Chasing Waterfalls

WHY GO: There are over 100 waterfalls within ten square miles of Ithaca NY. Most cascade through fractures in the earth: a landscape that endows the town with the perfect tagline, “Ithaca is Gorges.” Throw in the longest of the 11 Finger Lakes – Cayuga – and you’ve got yourself a region that is downright […] Read More

Greater State College PA: Stamp Collecting, Christopher Columbus, and Water Caves in the Land of the Nittany Lions

WHY GO: Penn State in State College PA is on the college tour, of course! But there’s so much more here than the Campus, its Museums, and Arboretum. Drive a few miles and you’ll find yourself at the center of the Stamp Collecting world, inside the Country’s Only “All-Water Cave and Wildlife Park”, and, incredibly […] Read More

Hanover NH: Dartmouth, Assyrian Reliefs, Mexican Murals and the Appalachian Trail

WHY GO: It’s no big secret that Hanover NH is Dartmouth College. The campus takes up most of Hanover, including the Town Green and some shops. But there are several reasons why even non-college bound explorers flock to this quintessential New England community: for the world-renowned Assyrian Reliefs dating back to Biblical times, to hike […] Read More

Kent County MD: The Surprising Personalities of Chestertown, Betterton, and Rock Hall

WHY GO: You won’t believe who washed ashore and stayed in Chestertown, Betterton, and Rock Hall MD in Kent County on the Upper Chesapeake. There’s a Bobby Flay/James Beard House/NY Bistro Philly born Chef with her own restaurant in a population-300 beach town. There’s a retired Ivy League college professor who opened a shabby chic […] Read More

Elmira NY: Twain Slept (and Wrote) Here

WHY GO: If you’re a Mark Twain fan, you don’t even have to ask. Things to Do in Elmira NY VISIT: Mark Twain’s Study on the campus of Elmira College, Elmira NY. All Twain devotees will want to step right in to where America’s best humor writer and social critic did much of his thinking, writing, […] Read More

Indiana County PA: Blairsville, Saltsburg, Indiana, and a 150 Year Old Groundhog Named Phil

WHY GO: Jimmy Stewart and Punxsutawney Phil are just the beginning in the Indiana County PA region, also known as an Abolitionist stronghold, and for its Christmas Trees, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and, interestingly, its “Salt Wells.” Indiana County became the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” after coal companies had denuded the land, discovering, […] Read More

Raystown Lake Region PA: Historic Huntingdon and Watersports Galore

WHY GO: Rimmed by mountains, the stunning Raystown Lake in Midwestern PA is 30 miles long with 118 miles of shoreline – nearly all of it managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. As the least developed, most pristine and dramatic of all the water bodies in the state, Raystown Lake is the only Pennsylvania […] Read More

Gage Mansion B&B, Huntingdon PA

If you want to stay in Victorian-age grandeur, without the clutter and frou-frou that are hallmarks of the era, choose the Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast, a beautifully restored brick and multi-colored trimmed Queen Ann Victorian right in downtown Huntingdon PA. Built by Colonel George Gage, inventor and railroad man who was hired in the […] Read More

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