If You Like This, You Will Like That In The Mid-Atlantic Region May 13, 2022 by MATPRA Admin (Mid-Atlantic Region, May 13, 2022)- We all have our “go-tos” when visiting our favorite destinations across the Mid-Atlantic Region. Destination experts across Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have compiled some “This & That” suggestions for their regions (if you like this, you will like that). For more information on any of the following, contact the destination marketing organization listed below. For general information on the Mid-Atlantic, visit MATPRA.org. DELAWARE Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley If you like history and mystery, you’ll like visiting Rockwood Manor. It’s rumored to be haunted! If you like live music, then you’ll love taking in one of the shows at The Queen. If you like bespoke clothing, then you’ll love Town & Shore Handcrafted on Wilmington’s Market Street. If you like adventure, you’ll love the ropes courses at Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park. Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jennifer Boes, VisitWilmingtonDE.com, [email protected] MARYLAND Alleghany If you like road trips, you’ll like the Historic National Road Scenic Byway in Mountain Maryland. Here you’ll discover the country’s early transportation history, including Mile Marker “0” of the Historic National Road – America’s first federally funded highway – and the LaVale Toll Gate House, which just reopened for tours. Allegheny County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, Mindy Bianca, MDMountainside.com, [email protected] Calvert If you like Atlantic Ocean beaches but are searching for something less crowded, check out Flag Ponds Nature Park. A short, half-mile hike brings you to a sandy beach on the Chesapeake Bay where you can swim, play, hunt for fossils and watch skates and rays play in the surf! Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Hilary Dailey, ChooseCalvert.com, [email protected] Harford If you like living history and covered bridges, you will like Jerusalem Mill Village in Harford County. Visit Harford, Matthew Scales, VisitHarford.com, [email protected] Kent (MD) In a world of “likes” on social media, Kent County presents a great case for “liking” us. If you like outdoor recreation and dining, you’ll like chartering a boat to crab for your dinner in the Chester River. If you like art, you’ll like crafting furniture at Bob Ortiz Studios in Chestertown. Kent County Tourism, MD, Jana Carter, KentCounty.com, [email protected] Maryland (State of) If you like paddling, then Maryland’s water trails will certainly float your boat! With a Trail System Second to None, paddlers can choose between saltwater estuaries, rushing mountain streams or placid lakes – there’s even a National Marine Sanctuary with sunken ships known as the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. Maryland Office of Tourism, Connie Spindler, KentCounty.com, [email protected] Prince George’s If you like bird-watching, you will like Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Lake Artemesia, and Indian Creek Park. These beautiful spaces are year-round habitats for a variety of stunning warblers that enjoy fluttering their wings through the sky and along the waterways. Some of our feathered friends include orioles, sparrows, and ducks. Experience Prince George’s, Kaletha Henry, ExperiencePrinceGeorges.com, [email protected] Talbot Like shopping? You’ll love a Talbot County SPREE! Three towns, unique, chain-free shopping. St. Michaels’ mile-long district and Easton’s picturesque downtown feature boutiques and galleries offering fashionable clothing, homewares, art, and more. Find antiques, artist-made gifts, and Chesapeake Bay views in Oxford. Plus, the restaurants and hotels are singular too! Talbot County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, Krista Boothby, TourTalbot.org, [email protected] Wicomico If you like unique museums, you’ll like visiting the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, located in Salisbury, Maryland. See the world’s largest public collection of decoys, learn about the history of the carving craft, and see changing exhibits featuring other types of art. Wicomico County Tourism, Vanessa Junkin, WicomicoTourism.org, [email protected] PENNSYLVANIA Allegheny National Forest Region If you like outdoor recreation, you will like the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). The ANF offers year-round fun at their 14 campgrounds and cabin rentals, with fishing and boating on the mighty Allegheny Reservoir. Over 513,000 acres of lush green forest with miles of hiking/biking & mountain biking trails to enjoy. Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Linda Devlin, VisitANF.com, [email protected] Butler If you like biking, you’ll love the bike trails at Moraine State Park. Take in amazing views as you pedal along the park’s scenic 7-mile paved bike path located on the north shore. This trail winds throughout prairies, bubbling creeks and alongside the shoreline of Lake Arthur. Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Tiffany Hernandez, VisitButlerCounty.com, [email protected] Columbia-Montour If you like amusement parks, you will love Knoebels in Central Pennsylvania! The nostalgic park has 60+ rides including iconic wooden roller coasters, a historic carousel, museums, and a trackless wooden bobsled-style coaster that’s the only of its kind in existence. Plus, the park offers FREE admission and FREE parking! Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Linda Sones, ITourColumbiaMontour.com, [email protected] Juniata River Valley If you like fly fishing in the world-renowned Penns Creek, then try fly fishing in nearby Honey Creek in Reedsville, Mifflin County. Honey Creek is often described as a scaled down version of its more famous, larger twin. This creek is a premier, Class A midsized wild brown trout fishery. Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, Buffie Boyer, JRVVisitors.com, [email protected] Lancaster If you like Broadway-level shows without a trip to the Big Apple, then you’ll love the epic, innovative productions of Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster County. This year’s debut of “David” brings the Bible’s most legendary king to life, with original songs & choreography and incredible special effects. Discover Lancaster, Joel Cliff, DiscoverLancaster.com, [email protected] Lawrence If you like The Hatfield-McCoy Trails, you’ll like Mines & Meadows ATV/RV Resort. It’s the only ATV, dirt bike, and side by side riding resort where you can ride underground in abandoned limestone mines! Visit Lawrence County, Janet Falotico, VisitLawrenceCounty.com, [email protected] Lehigh Valley If you like scenic cycling views, you’ll love Lehigh Valley, PA. Bike the 48-mile stretch of the 165-mile Delaware & Lehigh National Corridor and explore nearby craft breweries including Two Rivers and Weyerbacher, known for big, bold beers like “Merry Monks,” perfect for that well-deserved post-bike ride. Discover Lehigh Valley, Alicia Quinn, DiscoverLehighValley.com, [email protected] VIRGINIA Hampton If you like intriguing adventures, then you’ll like Fort Monroe! With a long history, Fort Monroe has witnessed some of our nation’s most significant events. Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay you can enjoy the panoramic waterfront views, nature trails, historic homes and buildings, restaurants, and beaches. Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau, Yuri Milligan, VisitHampton.com, [email protected] Harrisonburg If you like Colonial Williamsburg, you will love Harrisonburg’s Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center, showcasing the lives of early settlers of the Shenandoah Valley. Explore authentic period buildings; an early 1900’s one room schoolhouse, a 1790’s shoemaker’s shop, a pre-civil war log house, blacksmith shop and much more. Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services, Jennifer Bell, VisitHarrisonburgVA.com, [email protected] Fairfax In Fairfax County, you’ll find something for all interests. If you like presidential history, you’ll love Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home. If you like nature’s wonders, you’ll love Great Falls Park. If you like equal rights, you’ll love the new Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. For these and more, visit us! Visit Fairfax, Ali Morris, FxVA.com, [email protected] Giles If you like scenic drives and history combined then you’ll love Giles County Driving Tours where you can walk across the Sinking Covered Bridge before traversing past Mountain Lake Lodge and finishing out your loop at Glen Alton. Because you can’t be in the car forever! Giles- something to see and do for everyone in Virginia’s Mountain Playground. Giles County, VA Tourism, Cora Gnegy, VirginiasMtnPlayground.com, [email protected] Loudoun If you like mountains you will love Loudoun. Come hike a rollercoaster section of the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge above historic Bluemont, soak in spectacular Shenandoah Valley views, then cross the road for a craft beer at popular mountain top brewery Bear Chase, vistas of the Piedmont below. Visit Loudoun, Jen Sigal, VisitLoudoun.org, [email protected] Prince William If you like Sunflowers and baby goats, then you would like Burnside Farms and The Little Goat Farm at the Lake in Prince William, Virginia. Goat Yoga and The Summer Sunflower Festival are just two of the memorable farm experiences found here, just 30 miles outside of Washington D.C. Visit Prince William, Virginia, Nicole Warner, VisitPWC.com, [email protected] Richmond If you like adventure, you’ll love the newest ride at Kings Dominion. Tumbili, Virginia’s first 4D spin coaster, is a thrilling roller coaster that suspends riders on either side of the track as the cars flip continuously throughout the ride. Riders experience the feeling of weightlessness as they cruise and spin over the rainforest tree canopy. Visit Richmond VA, Meghan Gearino, VisitRichmondVA.com, [email protected] Shenandoah If you like an adrenaline filled Ariel adventure, you are going to get a whole new perspective from the area’s best hang gliding and paragliding sites in the Mid-Atlantic region at the Edith Gap Launch site and Woodstock Hang Gliding site with guides from Capital Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association. Visit Shenandoah County, Brenda Black, VisitShenandoahCounty.com, [email protected] Staunton If you like magic and wizardry, you’ll like visiting Staunton for Queen City Mischief & Magic. Staunton’s historic downtown is transformed into the village of Hogsmeade. Local businesses reinvent themselves offering magically themed shopping, dining and hands-on activities for all ages. This family-friendly festival is not to be missed! Staunton, VA, Jessica Williams, VisitStaunton.com, [email protected] Virginia’s Blue Ridge If you like outdoor adventure, you’ll like Roanoke County’s Explore Park in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Explore Park features trails for hiking, mountain biking and paddling. Toast the end of your day at on-site Twin Creeks Brewpub before turning in to your cabin. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Kathryn Lucas, VisitVBR.com, [email protected] Take a look at even more images from across the Mid-Atlantic. Please be sure to provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance The Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) is a cohesive unit of regional tourism partners encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The group serves travel journalists by creating a regional resource that ignores geographical boundaries to better promote common threads, offering story ideas about the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. For more information, visit MATPRA.org.