Breaking into Spring – Time for Spring Break in the Mid-Atlantic February 1, 2023 by MATPRA Admin Goodbye winter woes, hello sunny skies! As the days grow longer and temperatures rise, it’s time to get out from under the covers and into the sunshine! Maybe hiking in a national park is your family’s favorite pastime. The season for kayaking is starting! Or maybe simply having a picnic at a local winery, brewery, cidery, or distillery will put a smile on your family’s face. Whatever the draw might be, get outside with your loved ones and enjoy the upcoming season. Check out the outdoor excursions available in the Mid-Atlantic region. Delaware Kent With warmer weather, comes the beauty of nature in Kent County, Delaware! Killens Pond State Park in Milford has a 2.6-mile trail and follows the stunning 66-acre pond. It also features a Nature Center with live animals, and a picnic area to eat lunch with a beautiful view. Delaware’s Quaint Villages, VisitDelawareVillages.com, Catherine Jenkins, [email protected] Maryland Allegany From incredible outdoor recreational activities to amazing historic sites, dining and entertainment venues, there’s a trail for every type of adventurer to discover on The Mountain Side of Maryland. Allegany County’s hyperlocal culinary trails will fuel you up for the many outdoor and history trails you can explore here! Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, mdmountainside.com, Mindy Bianca, [email protected] Cecil Get off the beaten path and experience Cecil County’s scenic beauty at 3 State Parks. Discover hiking, bird watching, biking, paddling, and horseback riding, surrounded by peaceful countryside and history. Enjoy nearby vibrant small towns with shopping and authentic local dining. Elk Neck State Park, Fair Hill NRMA, and Bohemia River State Park. Cecil County Tourism, SeeCecil.org, Sandy Turner, [email protected] Hagerstown & Washington If you love unique festivals, make your way to the 2023 South Mountain Spring Festival on May 20th and 21st, 2023. This is a drive-to tour/event, where you can visit artisans, farms, and local crafters – jewelry, mosaics, pottery, cheese, moonshine and more! Visit Hagerstown, VisitHagerstown.com, Betsy DeVore, [email protected] Harford Become one with nature this spring when you take a scenic hike through Rocks State Park in Harford. Veer off your path to experience the breathtaking Kilgore Falls and see the jaw-dropping views of the land when you hike all the way up to the King and Queen Seat. Visit Harford, VisitHarford.com, Megan Hallett, [email protected] Kent While Kent County, Maryland is known for its awe-inspiring nature, one best-kept secret is Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, which offers extraordinary birding experiences. Located where the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay converge, the island encompasses 2286 pristine acres for visitors to also enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, crabbing—and tranquility. Kent County Tourism, MD, KentCounty.Com/Visitors, Penelope Young-Carrasquillo, [email protected] Wicomico Get outside this spring in Wicomico County. Take a walk through the Salisbury Zoo, which offers free admission, learn stories of the past at Parsons Cemetery or Houston Cemetery, ride the historic Whitehaven Ferry, and take in the blooms of the Salisbury University arboretum. Maryland’s Wicomico County, WicomicoTourism.org, Niki Wheatley, [email protected] Pennsylvania Armstrong Spring is in full bloom in Armstrong County, and there’s no better way to experience it than by getting outdoors! Pedal the 35.5-mile Armstrong Trail, immerse yourself in the flora and fauna at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek, or plan a paddle along the Allegheny River. Experience Armstrong, Inc., ArmstrongCounty.com, Cheyenne Filous, [email protected] Bradford Spring into great health when you discover the wide variety of fresh farm-to-table products and foods you will discover at Berry Fields Farm in beautiful Bradford County. This popular farm grows herbs and produce throughout the year and offers visitors seasonal favorites perfect for healthy eating. The popular pizza is a local “MUST HAVE” when in the area! Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, VisitBradfordCounty.com, Morgan Christopher, [email protected] Butler The annual Cherry Pie Hike commemorates George Washington’s mission through Butler County to demand France’s withdrawal from the region, leading to the French and Indian War. Included are nature walks and history hikes, recreating the1753 assassination attempt on Washington. Participants can choose hike options and enjoy cherry pie! Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, VisitButlerCounty.com, Jeff Martinelli, [email protected] Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania Waterfall trails across the Endless Mountains offer visitors lush displays of natural runoffs as the winter snows melt to make way for spring growth across our parks and forests. Ricketts Glen State Park, Worlds End State Park, and Salt Springs State Park are but a few of the destination trails to discover these magnificent natural displays. Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, EndlessMountains.org, Morgan Christopher, [email protected] Juniata River Valley Southern Juniata County is the true “heartland” of Pennsylvania with many charms hidden among the sweeping landscape. This spring, find yourself fishing or camping along the river, hiking the mountains, visiting a farm, touring historical landmarks, or feeling the rush of excitement at Port Royal Speedway. Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, JRVVisitors.com, Buffie Boyer, [email protected] Lancaster Enjoy the links in Lancaster County, PA. A dozen-plus public golf courses range in skill level from beginner to experienced and often boast spectacular scenery too. From splendid layouts like Pilgrim’s Oak and Tanglewood amid the rolling hills of the “southern end,” to other appealing tracks like Foxchase and Crossgates. Discover Lancaster, DiscoverLancaster.com, Joel Cliff, [email protected] Lawrence Expand your mind at Arts + Education at the Hoyt! Tour the 1917 Hoyt West Mansion and explore the history and architecture of New Castle’s “Golden Age.” View rotating art exhibits in Hoyt East, along with opportunities to take art classes and participate in year round events. Visit Lawrence County, VisitLawrenceCounty.com, Ginny Jacob, [email protected] Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of) Winter’s transition to spring marks maple tapping season! Pennsylvania is bustling with maple production and VisitPA has your guide to the farms and institutions that bring the season to life. Tapped: A Maple Trail features two road trip itineraries with 23 total stops throughout the Laurel Highlands and PA Wilds. Pennsylvania Tourism Office, visitPA, VisitPA.com, Michael Chapaloney, [email protected] Potter-Tioga The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum’s exhibits, sawmill and lumber camp are great spots to discover the region’s rich history as the state’s premiere producer of lumber. Include a visit to nearby Cherry Springs State Park, home of the incredible Dark Skies, where viewing the solar system with the naked eye for an unbelievable experience as part of a spring trip. Visit Potter-Tioga, VisitPotterTioga.com, Morgan Christopher, [email protected] Virginia Fairfax Immerse yourself among evanescent Virginia bluebells or those famous pink cherry blossoms as you search for wildlife along the riverbed. For a change of pace, take a self-guided public art tour in one of America’s first planned communities or soak up history lessons with a springtime view at a presidential estate. Visit Fairfax, FXVA.com, Ali Morris, [email protected] Giles Bring your own or rent from our outfitters to fish, float, paddle, and relax along the New River Water Trail this spring. The New River flows 37 miles through Giles County! Boys trips’, girls’ getaways, family vacation, or Spring Break destination- find it Virginia’s Mountain Playground. Giles County, VA Tourism, VirginiasMtnPlayground.com, Cora Gnegy, [email protected] Loudoun Loudoun is home to the greatest hiking trail in the world: the Appalachian Trail. Make your way to Bears Den Overlook above Bluemont and hike “The Rollercoaster”. The rugged, swooping trail runs for 13 miles in Loudoun, taking you up and over rocky outcrops and boulders, pine trees overhead, stunning views all around. Visit Loudoun, visitloudoun.org, Jen Sigal, [email protected] Norfolk Welcome in Spring with a day at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Stroll through 175 acres of beautiful gardens blooming with daffodils, tulips, camellias and so much more. Explore the gardens on foot, by tram or boat as you learn more about the native species, wildlife and blooms around you. Visit Norfolk, VisitNorfolk.com, Paige Hawsey, [email protected] Shenandoah Spring inspires us to re-energize. A trip to Shenandoah County, VA is the best place to enjoy the great outdoors, cool breezes, and mountain views. Meet small business owners, dig into delicious local fare, shop for fine art, go underground at the caverns, slow down, and take it all in. Visit Shenandoah County, VisitShenandoahCounty.com, Brenda Black, [email protected] Stafford Kids off from school? Stafford has you covered. Tour Stafford, VA in D.C.’s backyard has 10 sample itineraries which will make spring break planning a breeze. Find budget-friendly fun, multi-generational trips, explore where American history meets the great outdoors, or create your own itinerary with our website’s free itinerary builder. Tour Stafford Virginia, TourStaffordVA.com, Courtney Swenson, [email protected] Staunton Staunton offers a variety of hiking opportunities for those looking to spend some time outside enjoying the fresh air. Explore pastoral hills, rugged forest terrain, waterfalls, and more. A vast selection of trails invites hikers of all skill levels to experience our natural beauty. Lace-up the shoes, and let’s go! Staunton, VA, VisitStaunton.com, Jessica Williams, [email protected] Town of Culpeper Swim, sip, tube, camp, paddle, fish and so much more this spring in Culpeper, VA. Spend a long weekend or spring break getaway enjoying an array of outdoor recreation, small-town shopping, craft beverages, farm experiences, and history. A small town with modern charm, Culpeper is your next springtime adventure destination. Culpeper Tourism and Visitors Center, VisitCulpeperVa.com, Nicole Warner, [email protected] About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance Our goal is to make your job as travel journalists easier! These once-a-month emails provide a one-stop-shop for unique travel ideas, roundups, and in-destination experiences to uncover and explore across the Mid-Atlantic region. We work directly with destinations across Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to put together roundup stories. Understanding your timelines and lead time needs, we’ve preplanned hot industry and travel topics months readily available to you. We encourage you to reach out to each destination contact above if you’re interested in covering their story, and also welcome you to email us at [email protected] if you’re looking for a roundup on multiple destinations or a different story topic altogether. 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