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Imagestormyla
Feb 18, 2010 11:24 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sometimes just an overnight stay somewhere within 1 or 3 hours from home is a nice break from our busy lives. Even a day spent in another area not far from home can be a wonderful outing.

This weekend I went Eagle Watching at the Conowingo Damn and stayed in Havre de Grace Md. It was a great area to explore, although the surprise snow storm somewhat crimped our activities.

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Imagestormyla
Feb 23, 2010 10:39 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
The NewHope, Pa and Lambertvilee NJ areas are great destinations for me for a weekend or a day trip. They are both great locations in Bucks County, Pa. and just a walk across the Delaware river on the Jersey side is Lambertville.

These towns have long been known to attract many artists and writers from New York. The local artists also enjoy a lively community in both towns. There are many neat B&B's, wonderful restaurants, great Galleries and Antique shops.

The tourists are very diverse group. I prefer to visit there anytime but the dead of summer. It's a lively community and the winter is a great time to engage in fun talks with the locals in all of the shops and restaurants. They are a neat mix of artists, eccentrics and just nice, fun folks.

http://www.newhopepa.com/

http://www.newhopepennsylvania.com/
Imagestormyla
Jun 3, 2010 9:31 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Anyone take any quick trips?
Imagewoodthrush
Jul 17, 2010 1:18 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
This should be a fairly easy day trip for many. Visit Jim Thorpe PA
Quaint shops, white water rafting, short train rides, museum with local history,
final resting place of Jim Thorpe (at least for now - Grumbling )

http://www.jimthorpepa.com/

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Imagestormyla
Jul 17, 2010 1:49 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Jim Thorpe makes a great day or weekend trip, Pam! Thanks for mentioning it. And that state park just near there has lots of bird watching opportunities. What's it's name? Is it Beltzville?
Imagewoodthrush
Jul 17, 2010 2:08 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
Mauck Chunk Lake is outside of town on Broadway. Boating, swimming and birdwatching, hiking, camping, even cabin rentals. Beltzville, is hiking, swimming, bigger boats and ski jets. A bit more crowded and noisier. Seems to be a few problems at Beltzville lately. Swimming water becomes unsanitary often. Beach littered with dirty diapers. Lots of people from Allentown area using the free beach and acting rather uncivilized. Hickory Run state park is 13 miles outside of Jim Thorpe. Swimming, camping, hiking, birdwatching, etc. Boulder Field there is a must see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hickory_Run_State_Park
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Imagesheryl
Jul 18, 2010 10:48 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
I don't know if this is a 'quick' trip for anyone - it will be quite a drive for us if we go, but we're supposed to go to the Shipshewana Amish auction/ flea market in Indiana at the end of August. Supposedly they have terrific buys on all sorts of things - lots of handcrafts, quilts, etc. Has anyone else heard of it?

http://www.backroads.org/php/attractions/detail.php?attr_lis...
Imagewoodthrush
Jul 18, 2010 11:06 AM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
I love Shipshe! Been there many times. Gary's folks live in Wisc, so our on trips to visit them, Shipshe was our overnight stop. There are great shops in the town.
The flea market itself has become mostly buy/sell stuff, lost most of its charm but there are still some handicrafts.
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Imagesheryl
Jul 18, 2010 6:39 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Aw, sorry to hear about it losing some of it's home-grown appeal. I'm not completely sure we'll make the trip, it really is out of the way...
Imagestormyla
Jul 19, 2010 9:13 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Pam, I've been to Hickory Run State Park and it really is one of the nicest ones in Eastern Pa. That boulder field is incredible. There are some good fossil hunting spots in the area. The areas surrounding the French Creek here in Chester County are very good for fossil hunting.

Sorry to hear about the problems at Beltzville. The Green Lane Resevoir park here in Montgomery County is very good for naturalist activites and picnicing and fishing, but the water is often too contaminated for swimming. It's not the humans causing the problem, it's the geese.
Imagesallyg
Jul 22, 2010 10:37 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I heard of a boulder field too- I bet thats the place.

Drives me nuts that pigs can leaves their used diapers next to a stream or river . What the heck?!??!?! You come all the way out here for nature, and symbolically crap on it for the rest of us? Seriously, why the heck are used diapers one of the top five things you find next to a stream Grumbling
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesheryl
Jul 23, 2010 4:14 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
'Cause who wants to carry a dirty diaper back?

Oh... I bet that was rhetorical, huh?.... Regardless, you're absolutely right. If people who have pets can carry do-do bags on their walks, people can do the same for diapers. It's nasty.
Imagestormyla
Jul 23, 2010 4:54 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Now you're getting into the whole catering to mothers of small children thing. Many, many of them think anything about their little darlings should be acceptable to all of us. I've seen them left on beaches, picnic grounds, beside pools and all sorts of places. Ha! and don't you bet that mother would be the first one to freak out over dog poo or a used condom left somewhere?? Or a cigarette butt on the ground?? Why don't they think about other people's children?

It doesn't have to be carried home, just to the first appropriate waste drop off spot. Lots of times they don't even dispose of them when they change them in public restrooms. They're often left sitting on the changing table and other spots.

Boy Sally, hit a hot topic here.
Imagesallyg
Jul 30, 2010 8:44 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Ugh! So let's drop it.
I took a Quick Trip to Bird in Hand PA last week. My hubby takes his plane there for annual inspection so I had to drive up and pick him up. Had no idea there was so much corn in PA!! It looked nice and lush too, glad they re having a good year after all.
Hey there is hotel shaped like a huge steamboat. Cracked me up!
Saw several carragies (Amish) and the dog saw them too and started barking. Glad I had my windows up, but still-- amazing how horses can trot along with fast cars and not flip out.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Jul 30, 2010 9:23 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! Sally, when my friends from Jersey come over and want to go to the outlets in Lancaster for a girls shopping weekend, we stay at that Motel.. It's actually pretty nice and reasonable rates. I don' t shop much. I just like spending the weekend with them. Smiling
Imagestormyla
Jul 30, 2010 10:28 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
If you are an antique lover, the absolute best quick trip around is a weekend trip to Adamstown Pa . It's accessed just off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It's located about an hour west of the Valley Forge Exit and about an hour east of the Harrisburg exits.

The famous Stoudts Brewery and Bavarian village are there and Octoberfest is a big thing there. The Renninger's Antique mall is there, but I warn you, avoid the 2 weekends a year of the big extravaganzas. There are literally thousand of antique dealers and flea market vendors all within about a 4 mile stretch of road.

Some of the bigger places with mulitple dealers are only open on Sunday. It takes more than a day to cover them all, so go Friday night and stay the whole weekend. The Holiday Inn there charges less than $70/night and they serve a wonderful breakfast buffet on weekends that is $5 for guests.

The Black Angus is a great restaurant to have dinner. If you love antiques, this is the place for you. My DSO calls it the recycling capital of the world. Thumbs up Thumbs up
Imagestormyla
Aug 14, 2010 4:46 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I'd like to take a quick trip out to Western Pennsylvania to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Waters

http://www.fallingwater.org/2


Imagesheryl
Aug 14, 2010 9:14 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Mmm - something I've always wanted to see, as well. I've been to Taliesin West, but that's all.
Imagestormyla
Aug 24, 2010 11:51 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Has anyone ever been to "the Antiques Capital of the US" Adamstown, Pa? LOL It is a wonderful day or weekend get a way.

My DSO calls it the recycling capital of the world.

http://www.antiquescapital.com/

If you are an antique enthusiast, you can not beat the selection to be found in Adamstown. The very near town of Denver also has quite a few. It takes at least a weekend to visit all of the shops and dealers. There is a very nice Holiday Inn right off of the turnpike entrance just a half mile from the start of the antiques shops. Room costs are roughly $70/night. They serve a very nice breakfast buffet for about $5. It's quite a nice deal.

There are at least 2 diners, 3 or 4 family restaurants and 2 or 3 very nice upscale restaurants. The Stoudt's Brewery & German Village is located there and has lots of fun activities year round. If you enjoy antiquing, this is one of the greatest weekend getaways in the US.

A few of the larger antique centers are only open on Sunday, so plan what you want to see well.The antique prices range from dirt cheap to you've got to be kidding. Most however fall into the, that's going home with me range.
Imagesheryl
Aug 25, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Sounds like a good time. For me, antique shopping is more like going to a museum, I rarely buy anything, but enjoy browsing.

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