Viewing: Pennsylvania

Macabre Philadelphia PA; Not Just for Halloween

WHY GO: When Charles Dickens came the United States in 1842, he wanted to visit just two tourist sites: Niagara Falls in New York and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Eastern State, the first penitentiary in the world, was a prison unlike any other at the time, luring more curiosity seekers than even Independence […] Read more

Lancaster County PA Settlers; Religious Leaders, Brewers, Watchmakers With Some Trainspotting on the Side

WHY GO: There are quite a few ways to approach Lancaster County PA; experiencing the city itself as an arts magnet, getting lost among the “Simple Folk” in the surrounding farmlands – or stepping back in time to study the seeds of Amish and Mennonite life in the region. The oldest Mennonite Meeting House – […] Read more

York County, PA; Snack Food Capital Getaway

WHY GO:  As you drive through York County, the air is pungent with manure and frying potatoes in alternating blasts.  Factories large and small spew out the junk, er, snack food favored by teens and Superbowl fans. In the spirit of discovering where food comes from, this Getaway is quite the departure from our usual […] Read more

Valley Forge National Park With Eccentrics On the Side

WHY GO: Because Valley Forge was the third of eight Revolutionary War Winter Encampments, and you’ll discover why it was important enough to commemorate.  Because an 18 year old James Audubon was dispatched here (by his French father) to avoid conscription in Napoleon’s army. Because you can hear and see hundred-year-old Wurlitzer Organs and Nickelodeons […] Read more

Pennsylvania’s Medieval Cathedral and the Temple of the Three Stooges

WHY GO: Why go? Because a Pennsylvania Rags to Riches Captain of Industry, John Pitcairn, founded a whole new religious branch of Christianity about 15 miles north of Philadelphia, and built a cathedral on his property. Because his son, Raymond, continued his work and in the process amassed the largest collection of Medieval stained glass […] Read more

Philadelphia’s Backyard – Perkiomen Trail, Skippack Village and Foodie Treasures

WHY GO: Where do Philly folk go when they’ve had enough of the city? Philadelphians have trekked 30 miles West for over a hundred years to recreate in the hills of Montgomery County. The train tracks that once carried them have been turned into a lovely paved and graveled bike and jogging path along the […] Read more

Gettysburg, PA; Beyond 150 Years

WHY GO: A decisive battle of the Civil War, and the place where President Abe Lincoln chose to commemorate the dead while attempting to reunify a nation, Gettysburg tells the story of our county’s bitter divide better than any other site in the country. Millions of people from all over the world visit this town […] Read more

Philadelphia PA; A Garden of Delights

WHY GO: It’s amazing how many gardens you’ll discover in Philadelphia; some landscaped, others with nary a fern, plant, or even dirt.  You’ll find that the word “Garden” can be interpreted in many ways, from shops to restaurants (no, not the one that starts with Olive) to eccentric creations.  This Weekend Getaway highlights some well […] Read more

Lancaster, PA: Arts, Crafts and Theater Getaway

WHY: Though more and more cities are saving important buildings from the wrecking ball, the award for the most repurposed downtown goes to that bastion of Amish Culture, Lancaster, PA.  Most tourists visit this region for a glimpse of the austere, electricity-shunning PA Dutch, but there is a new reason to make the trip out […] Read more

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