Viewing: Road Trips

Washington County MD: Hagerstown, Antietam, Nora Roberts, Sophisticated Wine, and Art

WHY GO: It’s rare that an Eastern State has more than two National Parks, but Washington County MD, just one county on the PA border, has five: Antietam Civil War Battlefield, part of the Appalachian Trail, the longest stretch of the C&O Canal, a good deal of Harper’s Ferry NP, and the Potomac National Scenic […] Read more

Caroline County MD: Towns of Preston and Denton With Fancy Food And Fine Furnishings

WHY GO: The Harriet Tubman story continues up into Caroline County MD, but though a powerful draw, that’s not the only reason to come and stay a few days. There are some surprisingly sophisticated restaurants and inns, funky and cool local-arts and craft stores, and a Specialty High School for the Culinary Arts in tiny […] Read more

Dorchester County MD: Cambridge, Harriet Tubman, and Big Time Birding

WHY GO: This is the time to ponder the historic significance of Harriet Tubman, a small woman of large stature, born into slavery in 1822, who was supposed to grace the new US $20 bill in 2020 (though that is now in limbo due this current administration) . This snag does not take away from […] Read more

Wicomico County MD: Quiet Whitehaven, Emerging Salisbury on the Eastern Shore

WHY GO: Wicomico County MD (population 100,000) encompasses several burgs and the emerging  town of Salisbury. Constantly reinventing itself economically – from tobacco and grain, to timber, seafood, “truck farms,” and now as headquarters of chicken producer, Perdue – wealth came from a succession of industries and Wicomico County thrived. But with the completion of Route […] Read more

Berkshires MA: Stunning in Every Season

WHY GO: Arlo Guthrie made Alice’s Restaurant famous here. Norman Rockwell lived and composed his iconic Saturday Evening Post covers here. Inexplicably, Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick here, far from any sea, and Edith Wharton designed her own ideal home here. In the summer The Berkshires MA towns are jammed with Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow […] Read more

Road Trips Are More than Just a Means to Get from Point A to Point B

I am a road trip junkie. My mother, Mirta, never got a driver’s license and neither did her mother. In my grandmother’s time that wasn’t so unusual. Meme was of a generation where the man of the family did all the driving, but an automobile was always more than a mere mode of transportation. The first […] Read more

Southbound on Taconic State Parkway

New York’s answer to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Taconic State Parkway is the longest parkway in the state and arguably the most scenic. Running 104 miles from Chatham, NY to Kensico Dam, the parkway is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places for its role in developing American roadways. The entire drive can […] Read more

Madava Farms, Home of Crown Maple Syrup, Dover Plains NY: Open Select “Maple Weekends”

FYI – Madava Farms only open to the public now on “Maple Weekends” only. To find the source of what many believe is the best tasting, organic, premium maple syrup on the planet, you’ve got to drive on some rutted, muddy roads on land so secluded, asphalt hasn’t reached it yet. And then, just when […] Read more

Savannah In a Day

One of my favorite stops on the 20-hour road trip between New York and Florida is in Savannah, Georgia. Besides being one of America’s most beautiful cities, it’s a wonderful place to stretch your legs and fill up on comfort food. The first time I visited Savannah, GA it was with a plan to tour the birthplace of […] Read more

Smethport PA to Linesville PA on PA Route 6 (120 Miles)

WHY GO: Right on PA Route 6, Monster Truck driver, Joey Sylvester, made his World Record Jump in northwestern PA at the annual Cornfield 500. That should give you some idea of recreation in this seldom visited region of this long state. You’ll also find penitentiaries of fish (I’d say “schools,” but these carp are […] Read more

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