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GETTING THERE: West Chester, Pa., is about 125 miles from the Beltway. QVC and the American Helicopter Museum are in adjacent industrial parks on the north side of town.

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WHERE TO STAY: Chain motels abound. The Holiday Inn Express in nearby Exton (120 N. Pottstown Pike, 610-524-9000, http://www.hiexpress.com) is a five-minute drive from QVC. Doubles from $103 per night. Faunbrook B&B (699 Rosedale Ave., West Chester, 800-505-3233, http://www.faunbrook.com) is a Civil War-era house with six guest rooms starting at $125 per night.

WHERE TO EAT: High Street Caffe (322 S. High St., West Chester, 610-696-7435, http://www.highstreetcaffe.com) offers Cajun and Creole specialties in a purple-walled storefront in the shopping district. Dinner for two (warning: BYOB), about $50.

WHAT TO DO: QVC (1200 Wilson Dr., West Chester, 800-600-9900, http://www.qvctours.com) offers general tours daily. Starting times are 10:30 a.m.; and noon, 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. $7.50, $5 ages 6 to 12. All-access tours are offered Fridays at 9 a.m.; the $75 price includes a meal in the QVC commissary. Bring a photo ID for all tours.

The American Helicopter Museum & Education Center (1220 American Blvd., West Chester; 610-436-9600; http://www.helicoptermuseum.org) is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. $6.

Baldwin's Book Barn (865 Lenape Rd., West Chester, 610-696-0816, http://www.bookbarn.com ) is open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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