Mid Atlantic US

Mary on May 24th, 2011

I’ve heard that some foreigners think we’re all about hamburgers.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Yes, we like our beef, but there is so much more.  While hamburgers and hotdogs somehow gained the top spot, the best American food is left to be discovered within the regional cuisines.  This is one of the […]

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Mary on April 24th, 2011

While I don’t usually travel to my local gardens with youngsters, I find it refreshing to explore the children’s gardens.  I’m referring to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware.  Both former du Pont estates that are now open to the public.  These amazing gardens are only about 20 minutes apart […]

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Mary on April 20th, 2011

Ever since I visited Winterthur (“Winter-ter”) in mid-summer a few years back, I wanted to return to see the March Bank. I am pleased to report that I finally made it! It was worth the wait to see the thousands of spring-flowering bulbs. Henry Dupont skillfully established an extensive naturalistic garden on this country estate. The […]

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Spring has sprung and I find myself thinking about gardens more and more. My absolute favorite (of those I’ve visited thus far) is Longwood in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  Lucky for me, it’s nearly in my backyard.  One cool thing about Longwood is you can visit at any time of the year and there will be […]

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Mary on October 25th, 2010

Longwood Gardens is one of the top gardens in the world, and conveniently located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This amazing garden is family friendly and has plenty to astound even the most experienced gardener.  Longwood has a seemingly infinite variety of changing displays, and continues to reinvent itself.  Check out the clever children’s garden with fountains, […]

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We’re off to Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware, where Henry Francis du Pont was born, lived, farmed, and developed a naturalistic garden. A direct descendant of E.I. Dupont, the man that started it all with the gunpowder mills at Hagley, Henry was an avid collector of Americana. He acquired a large collection of antiques, which continues to grow to this day.

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Each fall, various boroughs throughout Lancaster County host fairs with parades, agricultural and livestock competitions, old-fashioned games, parades, and (of course) food. We’ll discover pig chases, a hay bale throwing contest, pedal tractor races, a livestock dressup contest, and fireman’s olympics. The festivities include traditional parades, baby parades, and tractor parades, as well as games […]

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One of the highlights of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is the abundant Farmer’s Markets.  The three main markets are Root’s, Green Dragon, and Lancaster Central Market. I like them all, and for different reasons. I also miss them intensely since moving away from the area. Root’s was my first farmer’s market experience as a teenager and […]

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You’re bound to see the infamous roadside farm stands when traveling around Lancaster County.  They will be open in the spring, summer, and fall. Here are a few of my favorites… The “corn wagon” on Route 741 in New Danville (about 10 minutes south of the county seat).  They’re known for the long wagons loaded […]

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Mary on July 17th, 2010

Here’s one for the “explore in your neighborhood” file. Near our home in southeast Pennsylvania, there is a tiny town called Chatham, which is not much more than a crossroads on route 41. A simple two lane highway, Route 41 serves as a major truck route during the week. On summer weekends, it becomes a […]

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