Satisfy Your Desire for Sweets at the Highland Maple Festival in Virginia

    5/04/15 •

    The best place I’ve found to satisfy a sweet tooth is at the Highland Maple Festival in scenic north-central Virginia, where you can tour five maple-sugar camps. It’s fun to watch the “sugar making” process from tapping the trees to bottling the syrup. It harkens back to a time when “opening” the trees and boiling…

    New River Gorge, West Virginia: Some of Most Incredible Views in the Eastern US

    5/23/20 •

    For some of the most breathtaking views in the East, you can’t beat the New River Gorge in the heart of southern West Virginia. The New River — actually one of the oldest rivers in the world–flows north from North Carolina. Over the eons, it has carved its way through the Appalachian Mountains, creating a…

    Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, Virginia: See Restored Vehicles From the 1700s

    7/25/18 •

    Luray Caverns in north-central Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley boasts a host of attractions. But my favorite is its Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, with authentically restored vehicles from the 1700s to just before World War II. The vehicles range from a Conestoga wagon to an 1892 German Benz, one of the oldest operable cars in America….

    Pocahontas County in West Virginia: For Natural Beauty and Rich History

    8/14/19 •

    My family’s favorite fall getaway is Pocahontas County, tucked in the rugged mountains of east-central West Virginia. It’s packed with beautiful scenery, historic attractions and virtually unlimited recreational opportunities. There’s something for everyone! For instance, I love old country general stores, and there are several to browse through here. The Hillsboro Country Store in Hillsboro,…

    Two Ghost Towns for the Price of One: Virginia City & Nevada City, Montana (3)

    2/04/19 •

    During a trip through the Rocky Mountains in Montana, my husband and I stumbled onto two of the most exciting ghost towns we’d ever seen — Virginia City and Nevada City. Located in a remote area of southwest Montana, Virginia City sprang to life after gold was discovered in nearby Alder Gulch in 1863. The…

    Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee in West Virginia (3)

    12/28/16 •

    What started as a small gathering of crafters and musicians more than 25 years ago has grown into one of West Virginia’s finest festivals — the Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee. This exciting 4-day event is held over Labor Day weekend near Weston at Jackson’s Mill, the boyhood home of famous Confederate Civil…

    Humpback Covered Bridge in Lexington, Virginia: The Oldest of Its Kind

    3/04/20 •

    On a leisurely trip back home from Florida, we drove through the mountains of Virginia and spent the night in Lexington. At a restaurant, we saw a postcard of the Humpback Covered Bridge near Callaghan and decided we had to see it. This is the state’s oldest and most famous covered bridge. Built back in…

    Cass Scenic Railroad State Park: Take a Train, See the West Virginia Mountains (1)

    10/23/15 •

    For an enjoyable ride through the West Virginia mountains, hop a train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Once used for logging, rare geared Shay locomotives now pull open passenger cars through switchbacks, steep grades and unspoiled wilderness to Whittaker Station, a restored 1940s logging camp. A round-trip ride takes 1-1/2 hours. A longer 4-1/2-hour…