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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

GETTING THERE: Duncannon is about 2 1/2 hours from the Capital Beltway. Take Interstate 95 to I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) toward I-83/Towson. Follow I-83 north toward York, Pa., then take Exit 43 toward State Capitol/Second Street. Follow signs to Route 22 west and take that up to Route 849 west, which will take you into Duncannon.

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STAYING THERE: In town, the Doyle Hotel (7 N. Market St., 717-834-6789, http://www.doylehotel.com) is Appalachian Trail hiker- and pet-friendly. Bare-bones rooms (no TV, no phone, bathroom down the hall) are $20. Four miles north is the Stardust Motel (3418 Susquehanna Trail, 717-834-9883); doubles -- with paper bathmats and paper-thin walls -- are $45 on the weekends. Venture farther out for some B&Bs, including the Dragonfly Inn in Honey Grove (717-734-3555, http://www.dragonfly-inn.com; doubles from $105) and Warm Springs Lodge (717-789-9927, http://www.warmspringslodge.com; from $55) in Landisburg.

EATING THERE: The Red Rabbit (Route 322, 717-834-4694; closed December and January, open for lunch and dinner Friday-Sunday starting Feb. 1) is a '50s-style restaurant where the price is right and the food (Bunny Burgers, barbecue, fried chicken) arrives at your car window. Burgers are $4.40. For hot drinks and a toasty atmosphere, consider the Espresso Yourself Cafe (8 S. Second St., Newport, 717-567-9882). Sandwiches are $8.95, or $7.05 for a half-sandwich and soup. The Ranch House (routes 11 and 15, 717-834-4710), which offers steak, seafood and home-style food (beef pot pie), is one of the town's few nonsmoking spots. Burgers and entrees start at $6.

INFO: Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau, 800-995-0969, http://www.hersheyharrisburg.org.


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