ESCAPE KEYS: Pottsville, Pa.
GETTING THERE: Pottsville is slightly less than three hours from the Capital Beltway. Take Interstate 95 to I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) and follow signs to Towson, Md. Follow to I-83 north to Harrisburg, Pa., then take I-81 north. Take Exit 104, at Ravine, to Route 125. Follow to Route 209, which after several miles turns into Market Street in Pottsville.
WHAT TO DO: The Yuengling Brewery (Fifth and Mahantongo streets, 570-628-4890, http:/
STAYING THERE: Some lovely old houses have been converted into bed-and-breakfasts. The well-appointed Angel Rose (616 W. Market St., 570-628-4850, http:/
EATING THERE: Maroons Sports Bar & Grill (556 N. Centre St.) features good pub food in a friendly atmosphere; most entrees are under $12. Greystone (315 N. Centre St.) offers more upscale dining (lobster pot pie, bouillabaise), with entrees starting at about $18. John F. Kennedy reportedly visited the Garfield Diner (402 W. Market St.) while campaigning in 1960; no word if he tried the scrapple. You can get specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner for less than $5.
INFO: Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau,800-765-7282, http:/