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A Year of Escapes


Like, Later: After Labor Day, the seasonal work force leaves Ocean City – and the locals take over. (9/6/00)

It Takes the Village: Prospective college students take a tour of lower Manhattan. (8/30/00)

Country Roads, Take Me Om: At the Rat-race refugees flock to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch Colony in the Catskills. (8/23/00)

Gag Me With a (Wooden Spoon): An ice cream ritual at the mid-point of the Appalachian Trail. (8/16/00)

Better Living Through Mind-Boggling Wealth: The Du Pont family's Delaware legacy. (8/9/00)

Mark Plotkin Whigs Out: Washington's most notorious statehood agitator goes to Colonial Williamsburg. (8/2/00)

14 Hours, 2 Flights, 1 Coaster: Would you fly to Ohio just to ride a rollercoaster? (7/26/00)

Ready-to-Wear History: Historical reenactors around the region are wearing period dress to bring the past to life. (7/19/00)

Salisbury Stakeout: With a new ballpark, a charming pedestrian mall and an intriguing small zoo, Salisbury, Md. is worth a stop. (7/12/00)

Water Powered: Cunningham Falls State Park: hiking trails, swimming lake, cascading waterfalls. (7/5/00)

A Long Way From Home: Carlisle, Pa. was home to the first federal boarding school for Native Americans. (6/28/00)

An Off the Mall Fourth of July: Celebrating Independence Day in Washington, Va. (6/21/00)

At Home on the Range: At Nemacolin Resort in southwestern Pa., the grandest skeet course in the country. (6/14/00)

Chesapeake on the Half Shell: The town of Rock Hall on Maryland's Eastern Shore offers equal portions history, food and charm. (6/07/00)

Lewes? Never Heard of It: Charming Delaware town provides the perfect antidote to the throngs in Ocean City and Rehoboth. (5/31/00)

A Cut Above: The Meatpacking District has become one of Manhattan's dining and nightlife hotspots. (5/24/00)

No Passing Zone: Why residents of Loudoun County are fighting to preserve the Snickersville Turnpike. (5/17/00)

Be Thrifty, Get Hostel: For cheap sleeps near some of the region's best attractions, try a youth hostel. (5/10/00)

The Best Beach in the Hills: Half Moon Beach in Strasburg, Va., offers sand, swimming – and mountain views. (5/3/00)

Bargain Bahamian: When it comes to a quick escape, how far can you get on a few hundred dollars? (4/26/00)

Endless Supper: Taking stock of the myriad dining options in Rehoboth Beach, Del. (4/19/00)

Warrenton and Peace: To discover the charms of this Va. crossroads town you must bypass the bypasses. (4/12/00)

Hope and Glory: In Irvington, Va., a modest schoolhouse becomes the highly-rated Hope and Glory Inn. (4/05/00)

A Day Off the Beach: Places and activities to add variety to your Maryland/Delaware vacation. (3/29/00)

The Hills Are Alight: An unlikely repository of Old World churches in Scranton, Pa. (3/22/00)

Little Things Mean a Lodge: A couple's labor of love results in the Savage River Lodge. (3/15/00)

Grand Central: The Northern Central Rail Trail offers history, charm, natural beauty and hassle-free cycling. (3/8/00)

Next Stop . . . : At the crossroads of the C&O Canal, B&O railroad and the National Road in Cumberland, Md.(3/1/00)

Bike Shoppe: New Castle, Del., home to 350 years of American history and a Harley Davidson theme park. (2/23/00)

Knee Deep: Calvert County's Battle Creek Cypress Swamp offers an intruguing view of the area's past. (2/16/00)

Ski In, Pig Out: A dining guide to the Seven Springs/Hidden Valley ski area of Pennsylvania. (2/9/00)

Philadelphia on a Roll: With a busy calendar in the year 2000, now may be the right time to take stock of the city's improvements. (2/2/00)

Stops and Shops: Places to stop to make your trip to the outlet malls more than just a drive-by experience. (1/26/00)

Times Squared: Visiting the "new" Times Square. (1/19/00)

Back to the Future: Known primarily as a gateway to Skyline Drive, Front Royal has much to offer on its own. (1/12/00)

The Sands Off-Time: A genuine city by the sea, the best time to see the real Virginia Beach is in the offseason. (1/5/00)

No Crowds, Just Crunch: Winter can make for great hikes if you know where to go – and what to wear. (12/29/99)

Where the Hearth Is: Overnight trips centered around some of the region's nicest fireplaces. (12/22/99)

Words to Drive By: Three new guidebooks help you experience the joys of regional travel, one page at a time. (12/15/99)

Frame and Fortune: There's more to Cape May than Victoriana, and more to Victoriana than fussy-frilly-doily details. (12/8/99)

Bay Run: Using the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel for a tour of Virginia and Maryland. (12/1/99)

Island Vacation: A visit to City Island, N.Y. will shatter all your stereotypes about the Bronx. (11/24/99)

A Most Civil Holiday: Richmond puts on a Christmas display that harkens back to the old South's Victorian heyday. (11/17/99)

The Country in the County: In scenic towns like Boyds and Barnesville you can find a slice of the rural past in present-day Montgomery County. (11/10/99)

Path Minders: You may be surprised to learn that many of the area's excellent hiking trails are maintained entirely by volunteers. (11/3/99)

Deep Woods: West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle offers many recreational options within easy driving distance of Washington. (10/27/99)

Hit the Trail, Not the Ground: The George Washington National Forest offers serious mountain biking trails for serious riders. (10/20/99)

On the Way Up: Home of the original roller coaster, the Pennsylvania village of Jim Thorpe is enjoying a renaissance. (10/13/99)

'Lubbers and Mates: On the sailing vessel Victory Chimes, you can cruise the Chesapeake while riding aboard a piece of bay history. (10/6/99)

Moving Mountain: How you arrive at a Civil War battlefield (Cedar Mountain, Va.) is as important as what you see once you get there. (9/29/99)

A Happy Confluence: The tiny town of Confluence, Pa., offers peace, quiet and easy access to the attractions of the Laurel Highlands area. (9/22/99)

The Dig Event: London Town, Maryland is an archaeological work in progress where the public can join in the hunt for history. (9/15/99)

Metro-Trail: Lose yourself amid 1,700 acres of Appalachian-class scenery in Washington's overlooked national park Rock Creek. (9/8/99)

Charlottesville Education: On a first visit to the historic college town, a couple find themselves contemplating a career in academia. (9/1/99)

Tomb Service: In the village of Church Creek, Md., an old burying ground offers a haven of tranquility for a traveler who is weary of this world. (8/25/99)

Climbing With Mother: Clinging to a scarp face in Nelson Rocks Preserve, W.Va., bonds a mother and daughter with nature – and each other. (8/18/99)

Crowd Surfing Dominion: Sharpen your elbows, for a trip to Kings Dominion's Big Wave Bay will teach a lesson in crowd negotiation. (8/11/99)

Taken for a Ride: Situated amid spectacular green cliffs, Kennywood Park harkens back to the golden age of amusement parks. (8/4/99)

More Skyline, Less Drive: To make the most of your visit to Shenandoah National Park, you have to ditch your car. (7/28/99)

Orange Appeal: Civil War history, a firehouse converted into a cafe and a world-class marble sculptor create an idiosyncratic local charm. (7/21/99)

Washington's Weekendland: Frederick, Md. is a place where Civil War lore and B&Bs abound, and the laws of the Beltway no longer apply. (7/14/99)

Heaven on Wheels: Touring the countryside on skates is the perfect way to see the sights of Pennsylvania's Amish country. (7/7/99)

Break From the Fast Lane: On Route 55 in Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley is peppered with small towns brimming with Southern character. (6/30/99)

Main Street Maryland: Pie a la mode and vintage Pepsi signs make Galesville an area example of small-town Americana. (6/23/99)

Chesapeake Bay Excursions: From beach to bay, the Chesapeake offers its visitors a multitude of maritime adventures. (6/16/99)

Elements of Assateague: Assateague Island offers a unique chance to experience all the elements that make for a good beach vacation. (6/9/99)

Holding Forth at Fort Lewis: On 3,200 pristine acres in Bath County, the Fort Lewis Lodge offers Virginia at its most scenic and most friendly. (6/2/99)

Low and Behold: Shenandoah Caverns has its own interstate exit, post office and a collection of old department store window displays. (5/26/99)

Richmond's Other Riches: African-American heritage comes alive in Virginia's capital city. (5/19/99)

Va.'s Water Ways: Pedal, paddle or hike your way around the Eastern Shore of Virginia. (5/12/99)

A Tourist in Your Own Town: A Post reporter sees the sights in a place she had long overlooked – Washington, D.C. (4/21/99)

Operation Outta Here: Road trip options for times when Washington is overrun with visitors. (4/21/99)

Life Beyond Crab Cakes: The Eastern Shore town St. Michaels, Md. has evolved into a serious epicurean destination. (4/14/99)

Castles of Bucks County: Exploring philanthropist Henry Chapman Mercer's three theatrical "castles" and the James A. Michener art museum. (4/7/99)

Jefferson's Other House: Monticello attracted too many guests, so Thomas Jefferson built Poplar Forest, an Italian-style villa near Lynchburg. (3/31/99)

Where History Took a Dip: Built in 1761, the bathhouse at Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs, Va., is the oldest spa structure in the country. (3/24/99)

Pittsburgh's Pop Heart: Visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, the world's largest single-artist museum, in his home town of Pittsburgh. (3/17/99)

For a Goo Time, Call…: With thousands of trees on tap, the Indian Water Maple Co. is out to prove that W.Va. is maple syrup country. (3/10/99)

You've Got Whale: Real life transcends the Nature Channel on a Virginia Marine Science Museum whale-watching cruise. (3/3/99)

Civil Wares: Taking stock of Fredericksburg's Civil War legacy and an underappreciated 18th-century American artist. (2/24/99)

Garden Angels: Richmond's Maymont estate proves that children and Victoriana can mix. (2/17/99)

Stall Tactics: At Middleburg's Goodstone Inn, a stable converted to a Bed & Breakfast fulfills your fantasies of owning your own horse farm. (2/10/99)

Blahs Busters: Don't spend the whole winter in front of the television. Try one of these easy-to-reach weekend escapes. (2/3/99)

The Tireless Tube: Snow-tubing offers fun for the entire family with a minimum of hassles and expense. (1/27/99)

Yet Another 'Other Washington': A search for the perfect spot to celebrate Presidents' Day led our reporter to Washington, N.C. (1/20/99)

Winter, No Discontent: Discover the beauty and solitude of the West Virginia woods in winter. (1/13/99)

Inn-Side Advice: The author of a how-to book for innkeepers tells how to find the right B&B for your tastes. (1/6/99)

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