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Hiking / Published / Travel By On July 8, 2019

Hike, paddle, relax, repeat–in Cook Forest State Park

This post originally appeared in Recreation News. Step into Cook Forest — in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region —to relax, unwind, disconnect from the world and enjoy nature. Cook Forest is one of those special places — there’s few left — where you can always hear the mountain breeze, the sound of small animals scurrying around in their natural habitat…

Hiking / Published / Travel By On July 6, 2019

The forest is calling: Hiking and mountain biking opportunities in ANF

This post originally appeared in Recreation News. Thinking about leaving the city behind and getting back to nature? In the Allegheny National Forest of Pennsylvania, you can do just that. The Allegheny National Forest is home to 13 hiking trails, covering more than 200 miles. So which ones should you hike during your visit? Tuna Valley Trail System According to…

Hiking / Published By On March 1, 2019

First hike of 2019

This post originally appeared in Recreation News. It took some convincing, but I finally got out for our first hike of 2019. As most of our Mid-Atlantic readers know, it’s been a more brutal winter than usual — especially in my home base of Pennsylvania. Getting outdoors gets to be more difficult, and motivation to get moving even harder. But…

Hiking / Published / Travel By On February 4, 2019

Five things to do during a romantic getaway in Clarion, Pa.

During the month of celebrating love, there’s nothing more romantic than cozying up in a cabin in a remote location — and the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region is full of them. The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region consists of five counties in the northwest and central part of the state: Forest, Elk, Cameron, Jefferson and Clarion. It’s also home to outdoor…

Published By On January 1, 2019

Wintergreen, a picturesque wedding destination

Sure, when you think of Wintergreen Resort you probably think of its great slopes just about an hour and a half from Washington, D.C. But did you know it’s one of the most scenic spots to plan a wedding? Wintergreen boasts a “magical setting for an unforgettable wedding experience.” Because the resort is nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the…

Published By On January 1, 2019

Franklin County, Pa., offers cure for mid-winter blues

Now in its 17th year, Franklin County, Pa.’s IceFest is a sure way to “help shake the mid-winter blues that fall upon us,” organizers say. The festival kicks off on Jan. 31 and continues through Feb. 3, featuring live ice carvings, a Snowfall Ball, chili cook-off, Polar Dunk Plunge, live glass-blowing demonstrations, and more. Make sure to be in town…

Published By On December 1, 2018

Editor’s Note: Remember to disconnect

During the fall season, I was able to take two trips that really allowed me to “disconnect.” The first was to a cabin near Wellsboro, Pa., with family, and the second was to a leadership retreat at a camp, where use of cell phones was actually not allowed. These two trips were great reminders of the importance of disconnecting from…