What’s Old is New Again in the Mid-Atlantic August 30, 2023 by MATPRA Admin (September 2023) – While trendy hotspots often steal the limelight, it’s time to shine the spotlight on some well-deserved staples across Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. From historic landmarks to breathtaking natural wonders to the beloved mom-and-pop shop, we invite travelers to celebrate the tried-and-true in the Mid-Atlantic’s destinations. We’ve got a one-stop-shop for unique travel ideas, roundups, and in-destination experiences to uncover and explore across the Mid-Atlantic region. Click here to view the photo gallery, and please provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. 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 Kent (DE) Experience history in the First State at the John Dickinson Plantation, where you can get a glimpse of colonial-era plantation life and learn the stories of those who lived, worked, and died on the plantation. Also, try the brand-new walking path with a scenic route to St. Jones Reserve Estuary! Delaware’s Quaint Villages, VisitDelawareVillages.com, Catherine Jenkins, [email protected] MARYLAND Calvert County Wander through quaint and charming shops along the Calvert County Arts & Antiques Trail and discover the ideal keepsake to commemorate your visit! What treasures will you find? Calvert County Department of Economic Development, VisitCalvert.com, Hilary Dailey, [email protected] Harford Don’t throw away your shot! Visit the statue of the Marquis de Lafayette as you enter the town of Havre de Grace. From there, you can satisfy your sweet tooth at Pylesville’s Eats and Sweets or partake in some local libations at AleCraft Brewery in Bel Air. Visit Harford, VisitHarford.com, Tyler Zeisloft, [email protected] Howard Fall into fun in Howard County! Capture picture-perfect moments at sunflower fields and pick your own apples. Some must-see events are the Festival of India and Rocky in Concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Plus, you’ll want to discover shops and boutiques in historic Ellicott City, Savage Mill, and Maple Lawn! Visit Howard County, VisitHowardCounty.com, Theresa Meeker Pickett, [email protected] Kent (MD) Nestled in a perfect spot on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Kent County features remarkable highlights sure to pique the interest of any history buff. Surrounded by the natural beauty of sweeping fields and stunning water views, a history lover cannot help but feel the desire to explore stories of the past. Kent County Tourism, MD, KentCounty.com/Visitors, Shalyn Boulden, [email protected] Talbot Talbot County’s small but mighty museums share the unique stories of its towns and villages. Since 1964, the Oxford and St. Michaels Museums have interpreted the more than 325 years of history of these towns. At the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum, the watermen’s enduring way of life is recorded and chronicled. Talbot County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, TourTalbot.org, Krista Boothby, [email protected] PENNSYLVANIA Allegheny National Forest Region Kinzua, meaning land of many fishes, in the Seneca language, is the name of many geographic features in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Following the tornado of 2003, six towers of the historic Kinzua Viaduct were reinvented as the amazing Kinzua Sky Walk, “One of the top 10 most scenic in the world,” Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, VisitANF.com, Linda Devlin, [email protected] Bradford The French Azilum was built in the 19th century as a refuge for aristocrats fleeing the French Revolution. Today the historic grounds and the scenic Marie Antoinette Overlook offer a great story and incredibly scenic views to discover as part of a fall visit to Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, VisitBradfordCounty.com, Morgan Christopher, [email protected] Butler This historic village, founded in 1804, retains its old-world German architecture in more than 50 buildings. Tour the Harmony Museum and log house. Visit antique, gift, floral, and coffee shops, some in historic buildings. Enjoy lunch or dinner in a former railroad president’s Victorian mansion. It’s harmonious! Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, VisitButlerCounty.com, Jeff Martinelli, [email protected] Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania Ricketts Glen State Park harbors the Glens Natural Area – a National Natural Landmark. Hike the Falls Trail System to explore the glens, which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts. Breathtaking fall foliage and fantastic topography make this a “must-visit” for hikers. Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, EndlessMountains.org, Morgan Christopher, [email protected] Juniata River Valley For decades, every Wednesday in Big Valley is known as “Sale Day” as local farmers and merchants bring their wares to the weekly Belleville Livestock Sale and Flea Market. Here you’ll find a unique blend of great deals and Amish culture. In the afternoon, feel the thrill of adrenaline as you listen to the auctioneer’s chant as bids come in at the livestock auction. Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, JRVVisitors.com, Buffie Boyer, [email protected] Lancaster Opened in 1955, the Amish Farm & House is Lancaster’s original interpretive attraction. It offers a guided farmhouse tour, exploration of its 15-acre farm, a countryside bus tour, and many special events. Even with a busy Route 30 location, it all just melts away once visitors step inside the property. Discover Lancaster, DiscoverLancaster.com, Joel Cliff, [email protected] Lawrence Home to six breathtaking waterfalls, all-natural wonders, and hikes ranging from easy to moderate. Four are located inside the beautiful McConnells Mill State Park; Alpha Falls, Breakneck Falls, Hell’s Hollow and Killdoo Falls. While Quaker Falls and Big Run Falls are stand-alone. Visit Lawrence County, VisitLawrenceCounty.com, Ginny Jacob, [email protected] Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of) This September 24th will mark 100 years since the establishment of Allegheny as a National Forest. Join us in celebrating a slew of activities and events, including the ANF Centennial Celebration at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area on Sept. 24th for food, live music, guided hikes, and giveaways. Pennsylvania Tourism Office, VisitPA, VisitPa.com, Michael Chapaloney, [email protected] Potter-Tioga Dark Skies at Cherry Springs State Park is the only gold-certified program in the Mid-Atlantic to experience the wonder of exploring the galaxy with your naked eye. Photographers, astronomy fans, and those with a sense of awe will relish the experience of counting the stars on a clear night when they visit this natural wonder. Visit Potter-Tioga, VisitPotterTioga.com, Morgan Christopher, [email protected] Raystown Region Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Raystown Lake Project. This milestone is the perfect reason to experience all that Raystown Lake has to offer. Visit the dam or numerous breathtaking overlooks, hike or bike the trails and partake in boating, fishing and more from on the water. Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, Raystown.org, Lissy Kinder, [email protected] VIRGINIA Giles Unique treasures created by over 40 artisans make up New River Vendors Village in Giles. The second oldest river in the world, the New River, is depicted here in needlework by Shirley Sellers. What’s old is new again and elicits a smile and connection to the pieces and places. Giles County, VA Tourism, VirginiasMtnPlayground.com, Cora Gnegy, [email protected] Hampton Visit several Hampton staples this season. From exploring Fort Monroe National Monument, swimming at Buckroe Beach, to taking a stroll through historic Phoebus for dining and shopping, Hampton is full of local classics and landmarks that help to make our community great. Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau, VisitHampton.com, Mahogany Waldon, [email protected] Harrisonburg Enjoy the historic Joshua Wilton Inn, a lovely Queen Anne Victorian home (circa 1880s) in charming downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. Stay in one of five rooms each newly remodeled with a smart tv or enjoy a fabulous meal prepared by Tom French who interned at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitors Services, VisitHarrisonburgVA.com, Jennifer Bell, [email protected] Loudoun Built in 1931 as a cinema – it first screened silent movies – downtown Leesburg’s iconic Tally Ho Theater is now a popular live music venue that hosts big-name touring acts and retro cover bands, the performers’ names billed on the original Art Deco marquee façade just like in the old days. Visit Loudoun, visitloudoun.org, Jennifer Sigal, [email protected] Norfolk Ice cream never gets old, especially ice cream in a waffle cone. That’s why there is something special about stopping at Norfolk’s Doumar’s Cones and Barbecue, home to the original waffle cone. Perfect in all seasons and at all times of day, this diner transports you back in time and truly makes what was old feel new. Visit Norfolk, VisitNorfolk.com, Paige Hawsey, [email protected] Shenandoah The Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at Edinburg Mill a recently certified Tourist Information Center of Virginia entertains and educates with hands-on exhibits and a theater. Visitors can browse the gift shop, wine shop, dine in the restaurant, and enjoy feeding the ducks on Stony Creek at the biofiltration garden. Visit Shenandoah County, VisitShenandoahCounty.com, Brenda Black, [email protected] Stafford Stafford County, Virginia offers a charming blend of old and new. With historic sites like Belmont and Ferry Farm, visitors can step back in time. But there’s also plenty of modern attractions, like wineries and breweries, to enjoy. Come explore this unique destination and discover what’s old is new again! Tour Stafford Virginia, TourStaffordVA.com, Morgan Garrison, [email protected] Staunton The American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, nestled in Staunton, VA, is a renowned theatrical gem. This replica of Shakespeare’s indoor theater offers a unique experience with its intimate staging and vibrant atmosphere. The center’s dedication to Shakespearean works and dynamic staging creates a unique and immersive theatrical experience. Staunton, VA, VisitStaunton.com, Jessica Williams, [email protected] Virginia’s Blue Ridge Lighting up the valley for 75 years, the Roanoke Star is the largest free-standing illuminated star in the world. To see the Star and its aerial view of the region, hike Mill Mountain or drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains for an easily accessible road trip stop minutes from downtown. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, VisitVBR.com, Kathryn Lucas, [email protected] Waynesboro The Virginia Metalcrafters building has a rich history beginning with its fabrication of decorative metal. Now, with the help of a revitalization grant, the building is the Virginia Metalcrafters Marketplace housing Basic City Beer Co. and Showroom, Common Wealth Crush & Tasting Room, The Foundry, Happ Coffee Roasters, and Patina Restaurant. Visit Waynesboro, VisitWaynesboro.com, Stephanie Duffy, [email protected] WEST VIRGINIA West Virginia (State of) Find one of Almost Heaven’s most iconic natural wonders tucked within Tucker County. Blackwater Falls is a 57-foot cascade tinted by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. Rising nearly 900 feet above the North Fork River, Seneca Rocks continues to attract hikers and rock climbers worldwide. West Virginia Department of Tourism, WVTourism.com, Lindsey R. Funk, [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 D.C., 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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