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West Virginia wintertime family fun



Getaway for 2 to Cacapon Resort Lodge or Ski Lift Tickets from Big Boulder, Blue Mountain, Jack Frost, and Shawnee Mountain


West Virginia getaways • Encore weddings in Smithfield • Winter biking in Caroline County • New West Virginia railroad adventures Family time at Woodloch • Take a hop-on, hop-off tour

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Always moving forward to keep from falling behind

It’s said these days that if you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind. That is certainly a commentary on the rapid changes we see all around us in nearly every aspect of our lives. The technology we use today changes so rapidly that even early adopters have trouble keeping up with the latest gizmo. Customers now want to communicate with tablets and smart phones as much or more than desktops and laptops. And they not only want to communicate with each other that way, but they also want the option to receive information and publications that way. After a lot of study of the tourism industry and our readers, Recreation News rolled out a new responsive design website ( in late November. The site features all the content in the print edition, plus additional content and links to plenty of other information. You’ll find an updated calendar of events, hot deals, tips from our travel experts, special pages for federal employees, and an archive of past issues. You can search for content based on a state or season and check out family travel, food and beverage, or cultural opportunities. Hear my radio travel segments, sign up for our weekly opt-in

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eblast, or subscribe to the paper version. Search the calendar of events, or enter the monthly getaway contest. And, you can view it all comfortably on most any device you happen to be using. Suffice it to say, none of these devices were around during most of my career, but now folks can’t seem to do without them. Even the youngest among us seem to be “connected.” Our grandson, who’s not yet 2-1/2, seems to be able to figure things out on a tablet or ereader that baffle us. When he starts talking in complete sentences, I hope to find out how he does it!

Those who commute on the Washington Metro and work in many facilities where public Internet isn’t available also find the print edition helpful. All this is why Recreation News keeps investing in ways, both electronically and in print, to keep you informed so that you can make the best choices about how to spend that leisure time. If your world is moving too fast to enjoy leisure, then it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution to take the time off you’ve earned. You’ll be better off for it and your family will thank you, too.

Is print dead?

◆ The UberMom group now produces hard plastic flip-top boxes for travel tissues and baby wipes that are sized for handbags or diaper bags. While they come with a variety of decorative design options and are convenient sizes, the plastic hinge seems susceptible to breaking. (ubermom. com)

With this in mind, there are those who routinely proclaim that print publications are dead, but recent studies at Virginia Tech and by the Vermont Tourism Office tell a different story. The Virginia Tech study showed that people actually recalled receiving a printed publication more than an electronic one and had better recall of the contents. Even millennials preferred the time spent with a printed publication in hand, saying they considered it valuable “me” time. The two-year Vermont study determined that, for vacation planning, friends and family remain the greatest influencers, but print publications were the second-most cited and were used more for planning and had greater influence than electronic communications and websites.

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Correction: In December, we used an incorrect website for the Baltimore Ski Club. The correct url is Recreation News regrets the error.

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Breaking the routine can be valuable for YOUR body and mind

Just how old is the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions? The answer is debatable, but most major religions have some form of a resolution period, a tradition traceable through multiple millennia. Most resolutions involve breaking routines. For example, weight loss, the most common resolution, involves breaking the routines of eating habits and exercise habits, replacing old habits with healthier ones. Other resolutions may be cleaning up one’s language, finishing up a perennially incomplete project, quitting smoking or nail biting, or reconnecting with friends or loved ones. What do they all have in common? Breaking a routine. Why are routines so hard to break? Well, repetition, with all its positive attributes, does make change difficult. Repetition can be a great thing. It allows efficiency at work and in everyday tasks, it eliminates constantly rethinking plans, and it makes things that have to be done easier and quicker. Your body loves repetition, too. Regular sleeping patterns are a key to good health. As a diabetic, I am very familiar with the benefits of regular eating habits. Diet resolutions pose a challenge because you

must eat, so you are forced to face the challenge constantly. Similarly, many feel challenged by vacations, too. They must break the routine of work schedules as well as other day-to-day habits, such as where they eat and sleep. But these daily routines also need to be broken. Perhaps it’s that freshness that makes a vacation not just enjoyable, but necessary for working efficiently, too. Just as sleep deprivation can make your mind less sharp, your spirit and energy less robust, and your productivity and mental acuity suffer, a lack of vacation time can also be detrimental. Think of it as getting your rest, but on a longer cycle than a day. Studies routinely show that those “martyr” employees who never take a vacation day are among the least productive workers. Similarly, European employees, noted for keeping closer to the 40-hour-a-week mark than our stateside workaholics, and averaging six weeks of vacation time annually, tend to be more productive and efficient. This should be no surprise. Who would you want to babysit your child, the college student who just finished an all-nighter of studying or someone more refreshed? How many of us return from a vacation revitalized and ready to conquer that project that we’ve been avoiding? So, this year, continue the noble, healthy activities for your body, like quitting smoking or losing weight. But add to that a healthy mind. Read for enjoyment. Visit a museum with a friend. Take that week-

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 ~ Editor’s Note 3 ~ Publisher’s Note 4 ~ Encore weddings in Smithfield 6 ~ Woodloch remains a family favorite 8 ~ Travel Line 10 ~ Winter biking in Caroline County 12 ~ Ocean to Bay Bike Tour 14 ~ Towns of West Virginia’s Panhandle 16 ~ Mountain Rail Adventures 18 ~ Ski the Canaan Valley 22 ~ Calendar of Events 26 ~ Discovering cultural delights 27 ~ Family friendly skiing 28 ~ Adventures in Taste 29 ~ Wine Doctor 19 ~ Cruise Corner 31 ~ Classified end getaway. Heck, take a lot of them. And, by all means, take your vacations. It’s good for you and your employer and coworkers. Happy New Year — don’t just say it, make it happen!


On our cover Tubing is just one of the popular winter activities at West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort State Park. (Steve Shaluta)


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‘Here Comes the Bride’ again in romantic, historic Smithfield

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Michael and Michelle Hotte celebrated their encore wedding at historic St. Luke’s Church and other venues in Smithfield, Va.

Wedding Destination: Smithfield

“Smithfield is a wonderfully romantic town,� said Lois Tokarz, who promotes the area. “There’s something in the air that makes couples hold hands and cuddle a bit as they stroll down Main Street. Maybe it’s the slower pace or the historic charm — whatever it is, we see it all the time!� With such a romantic atmosphere, it’s no wonder the small, picturesque town of Smithfield has become a popular destination for weddings — especially “encore� weddings. An encore wedding is a new concept for brides who are planning their second weddings, often with their children involved. The folks in Smithfield are helping them enjoy an unforgettable experience on a more intimate scale. When Michelle Hotte and her husband, Michael, of Hampton Roads, Va., began planning their encore wedding, there were more questions than answers. “Marrying on a tight budget, we didn’t know what to do — should we elope, or just marry at the house?� said Hotte. “Then, we visited Smithfield and knew instantly this was it.� The town is the perfect combination — a unique destination location and surprisingly easy to get to from the Washington, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas.

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Visitors feel as if they’ve stepped back in time, while still enjoying diverse options and all the modern conveniences. The town takes its motto “Hams, History, Hospitality and HeART” seriously, emphasizing “Hospitality and HeART” when it comes to weddings. The Hottes were married a few months ago at historic St. Luke’s Church. Hotte described the experience, saying, “The staff at the church diminished my stress level, knowing what I needed at every turn. I’m pretty sure the folks at St. Luke’s even made the weather cooperate. Smithfield is definitely a special place.” Everything needed for an affordable, unique wedding is within the boundaries of the small town of Smithfield — often within walking distance. Lodging choices vary from elegant 18th- and 19th-century bed-and-breakfasts to the historic Smithfield Inn to modern waterfront rooms and even a lighthouse at the popular Smithfield Station where you can arrive by car or boat to enjoy your stay or just a meal. Numerous wedding venues range from a large, modern indoor/outdoor facility to a small wedding chapel on a 100-acre farm, and, of course, St. Luke’s Church. Local businesses meet the needs of brides and grooms, too. The Main Event features planning services. The Taste of Smithfield has country ham biscuits and specialty items for hospitality bags. There’s even full-scale catering available. The Smithfield and Isle of Wight Convention and Visitor Bureau believes in the romantic appeal of the town so much that it will give encore brides and grooms a personal tour of the many wedding venues available, as well as help them decide what best suits their needs. Visitors should call ahead; the

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The Hottes spelled out their thanks for all the help they received planning their encore wedding. tour is free. Couples can also visit the bureau’s website and view the “Genuine Hospitality” video, which features wedding venues.

“Our wedding day could not have been more perfect!” said Hotte. “Starting with the rehearsal dinner at Anna’s Ristorante and ending

with dinner and a stay at Smithfield Station, Smithfield gave this encore bride and groom fabulous wedding memories.”

d SMITHFIELD HIGHLIGHTS FOOD AND DRINK FOR GREAT FUN THIS WINTER AND SPRING “Pig Out and Feel Good About It” is the motto of Smithfield’s third annual Restaurant Week, being held Jan. 30–Feb. 7. A dozen restaurants will offer daily specials, including healthy choice selections, dessert, and beverage, for lunch ($10) and dinner ($20). The BOB Fest, on Jan. 17 at Windsor Castle Park, begins with the 8K Chilly BOB Roadrace and continues with a party featuring bloody marys, oysters, Brunswick stew, and barbecue. (

On the horizon is the new Wharf Hill Brewing Company, opening in January or February and located in a historic building at the end of Main Street near the river. The Smithfield Winery will be opening in the spring and will offer wine made from grapes grown at Smithfield’s own Windsor Castle Park.

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Woodloch, in the Pocono Mountains, has been attracting families since 1958 and continues to expand its offerings in all seasons.

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Since 1958, Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, Pa., has represented the classic family vacation. Think bumper cars and boats, kayaking, ice-skating, family competitions, game-show spinoffs, miniature golf, volleyball, and scavenger hunts. In winter, guests can participate in snow tubing — the resort makes its own snow — or visit nearby ski slopes. At night, picture a Broadwaystyle review, comedy routines, live music, and juggling. If it all sounds like scenes from Dirty Dancing, you’re not too far off the mark. However, Woodloch Pines — located in the Pocono Mountains — is far from archaic. Not only has the 160-room property been updated over the years, but it’s also expanded to suit a variety of tastes. Woodloch Springs features guest homes sprinkled around a golf course and the Lodge at Woodloch, which opened in 2006, is a spa resort. Meanwhile, the original Woodloch Pines continues to draw generations of fans.

“There are activities for all ages, from toddlers to teens,” said Carol Dandolos, of Wilmington, Del., who visited the resort when her son was 13. “The go-kart course was a big hit and so was the game room. I loved the nightly shows. The spa, which is close by, was fun; I could have some ‘me’ time.” Mariah Calagione, of Lewes, Del., is also a fan of the spa. “It’s super awesome — great services and great food.” Calagione and her husband, Sam, founded Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery, which for three years has held a promotion at the Lodge at Woodloch that includes beer-infused spa treatments, beer-paring dinners, talks, cooking demos, and a session foraging for brewing herbs. The next event is scheduled for Sept. 11–13. Which venue to choose? It depends on your preferences and your traveling companions.

Rooted in family fun Located four hours from Baltimore, Woodloch was founded by Harry and Mary Kiesendahl as a 12-acre property in 1958. The resort now spans more than 1,200 acres and the combined properties can accommodate 1,000 guests. Woodloch’s current president and CEO is the couple’s oldest son, John. He and his wife have Woodloch Resort

seven children, and visitors to the resort will undoubtedly encounter the Kiesendahls during their visit. Woodloch Pines is a family affair in more ways than one. “A lot of people who came here as children bring their children and grandchildren,” said the resort’s Erica Filstein. The resort has kept up with the times. The new indoor pool area, completed at the end of last year, includes a playland section and slide. There’s a Nintendo Wii center, a climbing wall, Segway tours, and a 1,500-square-foot fitness facility.

Adult options Families who don’t want a meal plan or need some alone time can rent one of the 68 fully furnished, two-to-three-bedroom homes and townhomes surrounding the 18-hole Woodloch Springs Golf Course. These homes are also perfect for groups, whether friends or coworkers. The luxurious adults-only Lodge at Woodloch has 58 guestrooms, each of which has a private veranda with water views. There are indoor and outdoor whirlpools, an indoor pool, a fitness center with classes, speakers, and workshops. Insider tip: There is typically a two-night minimum on weekends, but there is some flexibility, depending upon the season. Spa rates generally start at around $300, although a mid-week package is $219 per person, per double oc-

cupancy, per night. This month and in February, Woodloch Pines is featuring a Red Mitten Getaway with midweek prices starting at $129 per adult, per night, and weekend rates starting at $199.

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Find your fun this winter with activities across the Mid-Atlantic Fireworks celebrations ushered in the New Year all around the world as people said goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015. It’s time to make bucket lists, catch up on projects, read magazines and books, watch the latest movies, get in shape, and plan travels. This month, many travelers are hitting the slopes, heading south to sunnier climes, or boarding luxury cruise liners, while others are finding interesting and fun things to do right here in the Mid-Atlantic. One great winter activity is stargazing at Primland, a world-renowned resort near Meadows of Dan, Va. Visitors can view stars, planets, nebulae, and other celestial objects from the resort’s Observatory Dome using a Celestron CGE Pro 1400 telescope. Arrangements can also be made to see closer celestial bodies with a smaller telescope on the terrace outside the Great Hall. Additionally, Primland boasts a destination spa where Native American health and European spa rituals are combined to restore balance to the body, soul, and spirit. ( There are several opportunities for outdoor ice skating in Montgomery County, Md. Check out the possibilities at the Rockville Town Square, the largest outdoor skating rink (7,200 square feet) between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Or, visit the Silver Spring Outdoor Ice Skating Rink at Veterans Plaza, close to the Metro stop. ( Skating also returns to the National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden, downtown at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW in Washington through March. There’s a wider range of lessons and activities this year. ( Follow-ups to the Hibrewnation Festival of Beer, which was held in Harrisburg, Pa., last November, will be staged at the Allstar Events Complex in Gettysburg on Jan. 17 and at the York Fairground’s Memorial Hall West on Feb. 7. Visitors 21 and

older may sample more than 80 hand-selected and international brews and meet local brewmasters who will do demos and talk about the brewing process. Food trucks will be on-site providing eats, plus, there are many dining options in the area, including period, ethnic, and American cuisine served in historic and unique locations. General admission to the festival is $40 per person, VIP admission is $55, and designated driver admission is $20. ( First Saturdays in the First State continue at Heritage Park in Dover, Del. Programs include tours of the Old State House and Legislative Hall and walking tours that depart from the John Bell House. There also are guided tours of Woodburn, the Governor’s House, and Courtroom 1 in Historic Kent County at selected times of the day. Plus, there are exhibits and monthly kids’ programs at the Biggs Museum of American Arts, as well as displays at the Delaware Public Archives, the John Victrola Museum, and the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries. Admission and parking is free at all sites. ( The B&O Railroad Museum in Ellicott City, Md., continues its Holiday Festival of Trains, Wednesdays through Sundays until Jan. 26. You can see the custom-built Lego train exhibit, Thomas the Tank Engine in miniature, and many other train layouts. The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore offers train rides, including some to Mount Clare Museum House, on Saturdays and Sundays. On Jan. 25, at noon, you can watch the museum staff operate the roundhouse’s 50-foot-diameter turntable to move a historic railcar. ( Prices at the National Aquarium in Baltimore take a dive on Fridays after 5:00pm through March 27, but that’s only one way to enjoy the many facets of this attraction. Check out the long list of immersion tours and experiences from dolphin encounters to guest diver programs to behind the

scenes with the veterinarians. (

Mid-Atlantic skiing The great thing about skiing in the Mid-Atlantic is that most resorts are within a few hours’ drive of major cities and you don’t have to board a plane or a train to get to the slopes. Thanks to the cold weather, many ski resorts in the Mid-Atlantic opened during the Thanksgiving holidays, with hopes of conditions remaining perfect for all type of winter activities through March. Virginia is home to four major ski resorts that offer a variety of activities: Wintergreen Resort at Nellysford; The Homestead Resort, Hot Springs; Massanutten Ski Resort, McGaheysville; and Bryce Resort, Basye. You can even ski year-round at Snowflex in Lynchburg. West Virginia usually has an abundance of natural snow, as well as manmade snow, at its resorts — Snowshoe Mountain at Snowshoe; Winterplace Resort, Ghent; and Canaan Valley and Timberline resorts in Davis. All offer downhill and/or crosscountry skiing, snowboarding, tubing, accommodations, and dining. Many winter activities — from skiing to ice skating to snow boarding — are available at almost 20 Pennsylvania ski resorts. The southern Pennsylvania slopes closest to Washington include Ski Roundtop, Ski Liberty, and Ski Whitetail. Maryland is home to Wisp Ski Resort at Deep Creek Lake, where the resort is offering a Rookie Season Pass for the first time this year to those who complete five classes.

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Polar pedaling: Winter biking in Caroline County, Maryland While many people store their bicycles for the winter, there are plenty of pedal adventures to still be had in Caroline County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The winter landscape of open fields and quiet waterways, accented

with flocks of geese flying formation or bobbing on ponds, creates an entirely different experience than riding the same route in the summer. Most of the terrain is flat, although the northern stretches of the county feature rolling hills. It’s popular for

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bikers who want to stay in training for long-distance rides or triathlons. And — polar vortexes notwithstanding — the average temperature in the area during the winter is a nonetoo-challenging 36 degrees. The “Cycling in Caroline County� brochure is a thorough, well-designed guide featuring trails, rules of the road, accommodations, attractions, dining, and other information for bikers. The highlight is the color-coded map, which details 11 different trails varying in length from 14 to 38 miles. The routes are broken down by mileage, directions, and landmarks — this allows you the opportunity to change routes to suit your needs.

The map also shows locations of places of interest, such as museums, historical markers, and nature centers. Many of the places are opened seasonally, so check ahead if there is something that piques your interest. The routes also go through the villages, so you can check out the antique shops, galleries, and restaurants in Denton, Preston, Hillsboro, and Ridgley.

Something for mountain bikers, too For mountain bikers, winter cycling can’t get much better than Tuckahoe State Park and Idylwild Wildlife Management Area. The

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3,800 acres of Tuckahoe State Park are laced with 20 miles of multi-use trails that wind across open fields, through wetlands and forests, down ravines, and across streams and bridges. Most of the trails are multiuse, so bikers must be aware of hikers and horseback riders. Insider tip: Remember that most horses are not used to bicycles of any sort, so stopping while the horses pass is courteous and safe for all involved. You can download the trail map on One area that is solely for bikers and hikers is Adkins Arboretum,

which is within Tuckahoe’s grounds. The nature center is renowned for its gardens and woodlands planted with native species. Stop by the visitor center for a map of the 4 miles of trails. After biking, you can walk the trails and use the key to spot the flora and fauna unique to the arboretum. The arboretum’s website ( provides a calendar of events, which includes such wintertime specials as “Chocolate Making for Locovores” on Jan. 24. Even if you know where to look, it’s easy to drive past the parking for

Idylwild Wildlife Management Area near Federalsburg. The small gravel lot on Route 306 is the gateway to a pristine, almost-always deserted 1,500-acre chunk of land that’s bordered by Marshyhope Creek. There are about 25 miles of trails meandering through the forest and wetlands, including at least one robust stream crossing several large sand dunes. Wildlife is plentiful, with deer, fox, rabbits, wild turkey, and beaver calling the area home. Download a trail map, because the

trails are not well marked. (dnr.state. idylwildmap.pdf) Also, be aware that both Tuckahoe State Park and Idylwild Wildlife Management Area allow hunting and trapping in season, so be sure to wear bright orange safety vests and clothing if you are in hunting zones in season.

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Ride the beaches, bays, and beyond on Ocean to Bay Tour Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing quite like the salt air of the ocean, the flat riding surfaces of the coast, the scenery, and the breaking of spring to bring cyclists to the southern end of Delaware. While known for summer activities along the beaches and the waterways, Sussex County â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the Bethany Beach Indian River area in particular â&#x20AC;&#x201D; offers a fantastic reason to visit this spring and to plan that visit now. The 26th annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour is the perfect reason to visit the area, enjoy the springtime, do something healthy, and shake off the remains of the winter blues. Registration is now open for the event, which takes place April 18 in Bethany Beach. The earlier you register, the lower the rate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so do it now, before your calendar fills up with less important

things. The annual event now attracts 2,000 cyclists, of all ages and skill levels. At the easier end of the spectrum is the 5-mile family fun ride. Registration is only $25 for the first registrant and $15 per additional cyclist; children 5 and under are free (although bag and shirt are not included). More experienced riders can opt for the 5-mile, 30-mile, 50-mile, or metric century (100km) routes. Completing the routes is optional. Discounts are available for teams of six or more cyclists on these routes; check for details on this during registration.

Stops along the way Part of the popularity of cycling near the shoreline comes from the views. Enjoy scenic vistas

from Holtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing State Park and the commanding views of the Indian River or the wildlife seen at Salt Grass Point and Diricksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creek. Holtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing is one of the rest stops for the 30mile, 50-mile, and metric century riders. Support is available there from 8:00 to 11:30am. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not been there, the park offers great views of the Indian River and Bay from its expansive fishing pier. The Bishopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landing Club House is a stop for the 30-mile riders from 8:30am to noon, while 50-mile and metric century riders have stops set up at the PNC Bank in Selbyville from 9:00am to 1:00pm, and the Bayside Clubhouse from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Selbyville is the town you see on Route 54 heading from 113 toward Fenwick Island and Assawoman Bay. Bayside Clubhouse is located in the community. You might recognize Freeman Stage, where big-name entertainers such as Sheryl Crow please the summer crowds. Bishopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Landingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club House is beautiful and is located further north near Route 26 in Oceanview. While these stops offer support for the bike tour, there are plenty of other worthy sights along the way. The mostly flat countryside is spotted with old farmhouses, chicken coops, turn-of-the-century buildings, and cool little shops, as well as marshlands and waterways that all lead to the bays and eventually the ocean. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the waterfowl, which will be returning from their winter roosts. If you are lucky and have a sharp eye, you may spot beaver, deer, bald eagles, egrets, herons, and hawks.

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All routes, regardless of length, begin and end in Bethany Beach. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Show & Goâ&#x20AC;? ceremonial start is at 7:30am. Registered cyclists receive bibs and event shirts at check-in, and must be wearing their bib numbers to have access to support services. From 8:00am until 3:00pm, a sag wagon provides the necessary support services, in addition to the designated rest stops which are equipped with restrooms, food, music, door prizes, and beverages. The routes and rest locations are strategically located to break up the trip into reasonable segments and help keep you energized. At the end of the day, reward yourself with the after party. Again this year, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and local businesses offer a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Continue the Tourâ&#x20AC;? bonus. Each rider receives a $5 voucher attached to their bib that can be used any time following registration and packet pick-up in many participating businesses. Offered specials are geared towards cyclistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs. Stay tuned for details. Need a place to stay? ResortQuest, as a supporting sponsor, offers a 10 percent discount on lodging options. Just use the code INT-OTB (Ocean to Bay) at the time of reservation.

Need to know Ocean to Bay tour director Lauren Weaver, of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, can answer questions (302-539-2100 ext. 118 or

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Head to the towns of the West Virginia Panhandle Close enough for a Sunday drive or perfect for a longer getaway They’re sprinkled across the northeast corner of West Virginia known as the Eastern Panhandle and offer great opportunities for small town shopping, an interesting Sunday drive, or a longer getaway. The five towns of Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, and Berkeley Springs share the area’s earliest history as well as plenty of contemporary touches. The Washington Heritage Trail celebrates

the connections to George Washington, who surveyed the area as a young man and returned often, and to his extended family. It also conveniently connects the towns. First, and possibly most familiar, is Harpers Ferry, which sits at the juncture of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland where the Shenandoah River flows into the Potomac. Though perhaps best known for its Civil War-era connections to John Brown’s Raid, the town served as a gov-

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ernment supply base and manufacture even in 1803 when Meriwether Lewis spent six weeks in town preparing for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Within the park you can view the 580-yard Shenandoah Canal, built in 1807 to improve navigation on the Shenandoah River. Today, in addition to the National Historical Park, you’ll find restaurants and quaint shops along its steep streets. You can stand on Jefferson Rock, where Thomas Jefferson stood in 1783, and take in the same view of the confluence of the two rivers. Charles Town was founded by George Washington’s youngest brother, Charles, in 1786. Several members of the Washington family settled in the area, and at least six Washington family homes are still standing. Today, visitors enjoy the historic sites, as well as modern-day horse racing with Colonial roots and a casino. The courthouse and museum was the site of two major treason trials. The first was the trial of John Brown and his followers after the1859 raid at Harpers Ferry. The second was the 1922 trial of William Blizzard, who was acquitted of murder and treason charges resulting from his leadership of 7,000 miners who battled federal troops in the southern part of the state. Shepherdstown is West Virginia’s oldest town and sits on the Potomac River where James Rumsey tested his steamboat in 1787. It’s only 70 miles from Washington and retains arts and

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Cass Scenic Railroad joins Mountain Rail Adventures Cass excursions remain available The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad and Cass Scenic Railroad have partnered to provide new schedules and services to make West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures even more exciting for the 2015 travel season! In October, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources began working with the West Virginia State Rail Authority (SRA) to streamline operations at the historic Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, transferring Cass rail operations to the SRA. The State Rail Authority oversees railroad matters in West Virginia and owns three other railroads: the West Virginia Central Railroad, the Durbin Railroad, and the South Branch Valley Railroad. The West Virginia Central Railroad (WCVR) is a 132-mile line that operates in Pocahontas, Randolph, Barbour, and Webster counties. Dayto-day operation is handled by the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, which began operations in 1997. Through the years, the company has experienced steady growth with tourist excursion trains and now departs from depots in both Durbin and Elkins. Multiple excursion train options include the Durbin Rocket, the Cheat Mountain Salamander, the New Tygart Flyer, the Mountain Explorer, and the highly popular Polar Express™ train ride. The organizational change initiated by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources adds the 11-mile Cass Scenic Railroad line to the

West Virginia Central’s day-to-day operations, and the Cass Scenic Railroad excursion experience will be marketed and promoted with the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad brand, Mountain Rail Adventures.

Cass excursions remain Operations at Cass will remain much the same as in past years, offering the Whittaker and Bald Knob excursions, plus several well-attended special events. The State Rail Authority’s Cindy Butler says the agency will oversee the Cass properties just as it does the WVCR and will strive to assure that the historic aspect of the Cass Scenic Railroad is maintained and expanded to promote even more tourism. The new partnership opens an additional opportunity to connect the rail line from Elkins to Cass, not only opening a brand new excursion for 2015, but also to feature new special events and ultimately increasing overnight stays in the region. A new “Wild Heart of West Virginia Adventure” package offers a combined ride on two trains — the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Cheat Mountain Salamander — with overnight options in Elkins or in Cass. Both groups and individual visitors have the opportunity to ride the steamdriven early 1900s Cass Shays to Old Spruce, continued on page 20

d WILD HEART OF WEST VIRGINIA EVENTS The 2015 “Wild Heart of West Virginia” event schedule features at least one major event every month. Trains carrying passengers to these events depart at different times of the day and night. This new wilderness event option takes place in one of the most remote areas of the Mountain State — Spruce — and there is only one way to get there — by Mountain Rail! Here is a sampling of event options: Mountain Music Trail Picnic Saturday, May 23 Traditional Appalachian music and cookout. Part of the Mountain Music Trail Summer series. Father’s Day Cookout Sunday, June 21 We do the grillin’, Dad does the chillin’! Cookout and live entertainment. Great WV Train Race Saturday, July 18 Shay & Diesel vie for “Most Powerful Mountain Climbing Locomotive.” Cookout and live bluegrass entertainment. SpamTrak Friday, Aug. 7 Spam Jam on the Mountain. Concerts, camping, and picnic featuring Spam. 1940s SpamGala Saturday, Aug. 8 Celebrating the heritage of the 1940s and the food we know as Spam. 1940s big band and Spam luncheon. Night with the Stars Saturday, Sept. 12 NRAO staff guides you through the night sky with telescopes. Campfire and s’mores. Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch and Picnic Saturday, Sept. 26 Cookout and campfire and pumpkins galore! Lunar Eclipse at Spruce Sunday, Sept. 27 Bring a blanket and dress warmly! A full Lunar Eclipse in the mountain sky, weather permitting. ( | 800-225-5982 | #GoToWV | 16 recreation news I january 2015 I

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Ski, sled, and see beautiful Canaan Valley this winter Skiing in Canaan Valley means a choice of more than 80 ski and snowboard slopes, miles of groomed Nordic ski trails, an ice skating rink, and terrain and tubing parks at two neighboring resorts, Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Timberline Resort. Skiers have been coming to Canaan for 60 years because this high valley is likely to be blanketed with the white stuff when other spots in the Southeast are bare and brown. And, while

it’s often snowy in the winter, Canaan Valley isn’t remote, especially since West Virginia’s Corridor H (Route 48) has cut drive time from the Washington, D.C., area to between three and 3-1/2 hours.

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$34 million renovation last year, Canaan Valley Resort State Park has 160 “woodsy-elegant” guest rooms, a spacious stone lobby, Seasons Café restaurant, increased conference space, an upgraded pool area, and much more, including a full-sized ice rink. The state invested $8.6 million on ski area improvements: chair lift renovations, more warming areas, more tubing runs, a new snowmaking system, and “people movers” to transport guests quickly from the resort’s parking lot to the Bear Paw ski lodge and lifts. The lodge’s guest rooms are designed with a rustic elegance — plush beds and linens, oversized bathrooms, mini refrigerators, and flat-screen televisions await guests. Wall-sized forest scenes give a feeling of oneness with nature in some rooms, while others feature balconies, fireplaces, and wheelchair accessibility. Perched upon a plateau with sweeping vistas of the surrounding mountains, Canaan Valley Resort offers guests a variety of accommodations and the proverbial “room with a view.” Ten miles away, Blackwater Falls State Park also offers a lodge and restaurant, as well as more than 10 miles of trails for cross-country skiers. A full service cross-country ski center dispenses lessons and equipment rental. The legendary sledding hill at Blackwater stays smooth, groomed, and ready to give sledders a thrilling quarter-mile slide. The hill offers a tow ride to the top and sled rentals. On Feb. 28, the slope will come alive with sliding cardboard creations during the park’s annual Cardboard and Duct Tape Sled Race. Prizes are awarded for speed, spirit, and beauty. Canaan Valley Resort, Blackwater Falls, and Timberline all make the season merry by throwing New Year’s Eve parties, and the resorts will be offering special long-weekend packages during January and February. Timberline features music and festivals at least every other weekend and is a recognized mecca for telemark skiing. Canaan’s rail jams will be stirring up excitement on Jan. 24, Feb. 14 and 28, and March 14; its Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 17 features two lift or tubing tickets for the price of one. Any time is a good time to visit this lovely open valley where deer wander

past lodge windows and the sun sets cranberry red. In the valley town of Davis, Blackwater Brewing Company practices the art of making artisanal, Europeanstyle beer to accompany wings or tasty entrees. Four blocks up the street, West Virginia Highlands Artisans Gallery sells the juried work of 25 West Virginia artists; gift potential runs high among this eclectic assortment of hats, pottery, wholesome soaps, and wooden items. Insider tip: Sirianni’s Café, on the same street, remains a proven favorite among visitors and locals alike for its assortment of homemade pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, beers, and wines; specialties include stuffed peppers and “Ellie Mae’s Big-Breasted BBQ Chicken Pizza.”

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Panhandle continued from page 14 cultural opportunities you wouldn’t expect, including one of the most respected theater festivals in America. The Contemporary American Theater Festival celebrates its 25th season July 10–Aug. 2. Exploring German Street, you’ll find the Opera House, which began showing films in 1909 and the new talkies in 1928. Today, it is an intimate performance venue that also continues its film tradition. German Street also features interesting boutiques, good restaurants, and an outfitter to help you explore the outdoor adventures just blocks away. Just outside of Shepherdstown, Morgan’s Grove Park is the site where Capt. Hugh Stephenson and his company began their “Bee Line March to Cambridge,” a 24-day, 600-mile journey to join Gen. George Washington outside Boston in 1775. The site is recognized as the birthplace of the U.S. Army. Martinsburg’s railroad yards and roundhouse made it a prime target for both armies during the Civil War and the town changed hands numerous times. The cast-iron roundhouse is the last remaining of its kind. A nearby restored hotel houses the Berkeley

County Interpretive Center of the Washington Heritage Trail. The Belle Boyd House recalls the Civil War and the life of Confederate spy Belle Boyd, and features artifacts from later wars. Other sites, such as the General Adam Stephen House and the Triple Brick Museum next door, preserve Martinsburg’s Colonial and post-Civil War history. The western end of the Washington Heritage Trail is officially Bath, but the world knows it better as Berkeley Springs. Taking the waters here is a tradition that dates back to Colonial times and they have the only outdoor monument to presidential bathing to prove it. George Washington’s Bathtub is a stone tub built to represent the bathing conditions in the Colonial era. Washington visited nearly a dozen times, bathing in the warm mineral waters flowing into what is now a state park in the center of town. Eclectic restaurants and shops make this stop along the trail worthwhile. Whether you visit the towns of the Eastern Panhandle for history, health, or just a day away from the bustle, there are plenty of places to eat, shop, and stay along the way.

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continued from page 16 change over to the 1940s vintage diesel-powered Cheat Mountain Salamander, be served lunch onboard, ride into Elkins to enjoy a theater show, and return by the same route to Cass. On the other side of the coin, passengers can board in Elkins or Cheat Bridge, ride to Old Spruce, board the Cass Scenic Railroad, ride to Bald Knob, and ride back down to Cass. They can then choose to stay in the historic company houses at the Park, or, as a group, stay at Snowshoe Resort. The options to the package are as diverse as the trains and attractions within the region. The new “Wild Heart of West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventure” explores the most remote areas of the Mountain State, including some that even automobiles cannot access. It will give travelers the ability to take in the sights of West Virginia’s most pristine rivers and enjoy the views from the highest mountains in the Mountain State — all by Mountain Rail.

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SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL Jan. 30–Feb. 1. A well-deserved opportunity to browse and buy items and fine art created by more than 250 celebrated American artists. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, Va. 800-210-9900, OYSTER AND BEER FESTIVAL Jan. 31, noon–4:00pm. Heavy Seas hosts this all-you-care-totaste beer, oyster, and pit beef affair at the actual brewery with live music. 4615 Hollins Ferry Road, Halethorpe, Md. 800-8303976,


A BRANDYWINE CHRISTMAS Through Jan. 4. Experience the O-gauge train display and marvel at thousands of “critter” ornaments displayed throughout the museum. Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pa. HOLIDAYS AT HAGLEY Through Jan. 6. Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America, will be festively decorated with dried flowers, greenery, fruit, and other natural materials. Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Del. 302-658-2400, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY Jan. 17–20. Anna Deavere Smith headlines three days of activities including a performance, the Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Keynote Address, and school performances. 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, Va. 703-390-6166,


INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW Jan. 1–4. With more than 30 manufacturers showcasing the latest cars, trucks, and crossovers, the show is an exciting, pressure-free environment for consumers to compare hundreds of vehicles at once, kick the tires, and breath in that new-car smell. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. GREAT SCALE MODEL TRAIN SHOW Jan. 3–4. See and buy the most extensive selection of model railroad items and accessories in the United States. Appearances by Choo Choo Blue and Lego Man, train rides, and indoor carousel rides. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-752-2490, HORSE WORLD EXPO Jan. 16–18. Top-quality seminars and clinics. Enjoy mounted demonstrations, stroll down Stallion Avenue, and do some world-class shopping. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 301-916-0852,

KOZIAR’S CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Through Jan. 1. Entertaining families for 65 years, the village includes outdoor light displays and buildings with more to explore. Named a top 100 destination by the American Bus Association. Bernville, Pa.

CAMPING RV EXPO Jan. 16–18. Well-known brands such as Airstream, Winnebago, and Tiffin will be on display. There will also be campgrounds and associated products and services to choose from. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va. 804337-6479,

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Through Jan. 1, 5:00-9:30pm. See 1 million lights in a fantastic drive-thru display that changes each year. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md.

BRIDAL SHOWCASE Jan. 17, noon-3:00pm. Meet a variety of local wedding vendors. Stop by, enjoy a glass of wine, and check out the fun. Quattro Goomba’s Winery, 22860 Monroe-Madison Memorial Highway, Aldie, Va. 703-327-6052,

WINCHESTER WINTER WONDERLAND Through Jan 4. Walk through the light display in Clearbrook Park and stop in the cabin for refreshments and a visit with Santa. Winchester, Va.

WORLD OF PETS EXPO Jan. 23–25; Friday, 2:00–8:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am–7:00pm; Sunday, 10:00am–6:00pm. Hundreds of pet products and services, interactive pet exhibits, free seminars by national experts on pet care and training, DockDogs, and petting zoo. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 800-8829894,

PRO SPORTS WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT HOME Wednesday, Jan. 7, vs. Knicks, 7:00pm Friday, Jan. 9, vs. Bulls, 8:00pm Tuesday, Jan. 13, vs. Spurs, 7:00pm Friday, Jan. 16, vs. Nets, 7:00pm Monday, Jan. 19, vs. 76ers, 2:00pm Wednesday, Jan. 21, vs. Thunder, 8:00pm Saturday, Jan. 31, vs. Raptors, 7:00pm

The Wizards play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-661-5050 or visit

WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT HOME Thursday, Jan. 1, vs. Blackhawks, 1:00pm Sunday, Jan. 4, vs. Panthers, 3:00pm Saturday, Jan. 10, vs. Red Wings, 7:00pm Monday, Jan. 12, vs. Avalanche, 7:00pm Tuesday, Jan. 20, vs. Oilers, 7:00pm Wednesday, Jan. 28, vs. Penguins, 8:00pm

The Capitals play home games at Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004. For more information, call 202-397-SEAT or visit washingtoncaps. com.


Saturday, Jan. 10, vs. Silver Knights, 7:35pm Saturday, Jan. 24, vs. Lancers, 6:05pm The Blast plays home games at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Md. Call 410-347-2020 or visit

FREDERICKSBURG BOAT SHOW Jan. 23–25. The place to get show-only specials on powerboats, fishing boats, pontoons, kayaks, canoes, and personal watercraft. 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 540-5485555, BALTIMORE BOAT SHOW Jan. 29–Feb. 1. Shop hundreds of new boats, from luxury cruisers and fishing boats to family runabouts and pontoons. Plus, visit dozens of booths boasting the latest in marine accessories and electronics. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 410-224-7633, GREAT SCALE MODEL TRAIN SHOW Jan. 31–Feb. 1. Take your magical excursion into miniature worlds that show life as it was, as it is, or as it could be. Fantastical, exquisite layouts built by skilled modelers will transport you to times and places you’ll enjoy and remember. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md. 434-823-4809,

OUTDOOR FUN RESOLUTION RUN 5K Jan. 1, 10:00am. Start the New Year by participating in this benefit 5K. Wiley Drive, Roanoke, Va. 540-343-4261, ext. 305, PENGUIN SWIM Jan. 1. Registration at 11:30am, swim at 1:00pm. Everyone looks forward to this annual dip into the chilly Atlantic Ocean to benefit Ocean City’s local hospital, Atlantic General. 91st Street, Ocean City, Md. 410-641-9671,

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SKI CLUB AND BOY SCOUT WEEKEND Jan. 2–4. A variety of fun activities, including the Alpine Fun Race, the Retro Fashion Show, and live entertainment. Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen, Va. 434-325-2200, FULL MOON HIKE TO SHARP TOP Jan. 5, 5:00–10:00pm. Take in inspiring views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as the moon rises over the mountains and surrounding valley. Listen for owls and absorb the peace, tranquility, and beauty of the trail after sunset. 85919 Blue Ridge Parkway, Bedford, Va. HERO’S DAY Jan. 9. Wisp Resort is honoring our nation’s military and rescue personnel with a complimentary one-day lift ticket, half-priced equipment rentals, and half-priced lessons. The hero’s immediate family members can receive a $14 one-day lift ticket. Wisp Resort, 296 Marsh Hill Road, McHenry, Md. 301-859-3159, GROOM TERRAIN PARK EVENT Jan. 10, 24. A special park event for skiers and riders 13 and under. Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry, Pa. 717-432-9631, SUBARU WINTERFEST Jan. 10–11. The Subaru Winterfest team is traveling to Wisp Resort bringing music, giveaways, and free activities for people to enjoy. Wisp Resort, 296 Marsh Hill Road, McHenry, Md. 301-8593159, YOGA ON THE WINE TRAIL Jan. 17, 9:15am–12:30pm. Start your morning with a flowing yoga practice at the vineyards along the Loudoun Wine Trail, followed by a fun-filled and joyful journey touring the winery. North Gate Vineyard, 16031 Hillsboro Road, Purcellville, Va. 703472-3423, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEKEND Jan. 17–19. Demo Days by Freestyle, Wintergreen Rail Jam, kickoff of the National Ski Areas Association’s Safety Awareness Week, a DJ mixing up the tunes slope side outside the rental shop, and live entertainment. Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen, Va. 434-325-2200, WINTERFEST WEEKEND Jan. 23–25. Key highlights for the weekend include women’s ski clinic (Friday and Sunday), USASA slope styles/double cross (Saturday and Sunday), and freestyle double cross (Sunday). Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen, Va. 434-325-2200, CARDBOARD DERBY Jan. 25. Check-in begins at 3:00pm, judging at 4:00pm. Create your sled with the theme of a favorite childhood toy or game and use cardboard, paper, glue, string, and tape to construct it. You’ll race the rest of the toy boxes to the bottom of hill. Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry, Pa. 717432-9631,

MUSIC Orchestra/Band/Classical/Choral THE YING QUARTET Jan. 9, 8:00pm. The Ying Quartet excels in delivering chamber music. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. 703255-1900, GREAT MUSICAL FAMILIES CONCERT Jan. 11, 3:00–4:30pm. The concert features baritone Jonathan Lasch and his wife, soprano Caitlin Lynch, performing opera arias, art songs, and Broadway tunes with collaborative pianist and vocal coach Lydia Qiu. Winterthur Museum, Copeland Lecture Hall, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Del. 800-448-3883, ALL-CHOPIN CONCERT Jan. 18. Brian Ganz, affiliated with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore, continues his quest to perform all the works of Chopin over a 10-year period. Calvary United Methodist Church, 131 W. 2nd St., Frederick, Md. 301-662-1464, BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Jan. 23, 8:00pm. Fischer returns with a program that links to two dramatic works — The Magic Flute and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100, BRAHM’S VIOLIN CONCERTO Jan. 23, 8:00pm. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jonathan Carney takes the stage to conduct the beloved violin concerto of Brahms, as well as Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat. The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-600-2828, SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF MEXICO Jan. 31, 8:00pm. This esteemed Latin American orchestra pays tribute to its Spanish roots with an exquisite performance featuring the works of Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, and other great Spanish composers. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 888-945-2468,



1964 – THE TRIBUTE Jan. 16. Relive the magic of The Beatles with the same music, hairstyles, costumes, and unbeatable sound that took the iconic band to the top of the charts in the 1960s. The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-600-2828,

SHEN YUN 2015 Jan. 30–Feb. 1. Classical Chinese dance, song, and music with choreography ranging from grand processions to legions of thunderous drums, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in synchronized patterns. 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Md. 888-9743698,

LET FREEDOM RING! Jan. 19, 6:00pm. Natalie Cole headlines a musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Free tickets distributed beginning at 5:00pm. Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. VADIM NESELOVSKYI, JAZZ PIANO Jan. 29, 7:30pm. See pianist, composer, Berklee College of Music professor, and former Gary Burton sideman Vadim Neselovskyi. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5200,



AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, Md. 410-2441900,

COMEDIAN SHERYL UNDERWOOD Jan. 2–3. One of the most brilliant comics on the scene today, Sheryl Underwood’s claim to fame is that she dares to say what people are really thinking and makes no apologies for it. DC Improv Comedy Club, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-296-7008, THE CAPITOL STEPS Jan. 3, 8:00pm. This show always sells out, as the audience looks forward to finding out who will be the butt of bipartisan jokes this time. The Alden, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va. FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL Jan. 15, 7:30pm. The musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke, Va. 540-853-5374, BLUE MAN GROUP BROADWAY SHOW Jan. 20, 7:30pm. Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, 500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, Md. 410-5484911, ANNIE Jan. 20–Feb. 1. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Little Orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. The Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, Md. 410837-7400, MARY STUART Jan. 27–March 8. Peter Oswald’s bold new translation of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart breathes life into a Tudor world flush with subterfuge and revenge and ruled by two extraordinary women. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. 202-544-4600,


DANCE PROGRAMS Weekends, 7:30–11:30pm. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR CENTER AT HISTORIC TREDEGAR 490 Tredegar St., Richmond, Va. 804-788-6480,

MARY POPPINS Through Feb. 22. Get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical. Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton, Md. 410-822-7299,


CIVIL WAR BALL DANCE CLASSES Jan. 8, 15, and 22, 7:30–9:30pm. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, Va. 703-746-4242,

THE LOVEJOY GROUP Jan. 30, 7:00pm. This 2006 Jazz Jammie Awardwinning group brings rich vocals, rhythm, energy, and musical intrigue while serving up energetic jazz, funky blues, and smooth Latin rhythms. Colonel Richardson High School, 25320 Richardson Road, Federalsburg, Md. 410-479-1343,

DEATHTRAP Through Jan. 11. Sidney and his wife concoct a deadly plan to make a manuscript their own. Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, Md. 410-752-2208,



Resources and Institutions Directory

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AT THE KATZEN ARTS CENTER Ward Circle, Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues, Washington, D.C. 202-885-1300,

THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700, CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY AT EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. 609-8845404 or 800-275-4278,


CARROLL ARTS CENTER TEVIS GALLERY 91 Main St., Westminster, Md. 410-848-7272, HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, LADEW TOPIARY GARDENS 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, Md. 410-5579570, MARYLAND HALL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 410-263-5544, MONTPELIER ARTS CENTER 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1993, NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART National Mall between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 202-737-4215,

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 301-695-1864, THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION 1600 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-3872151, REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM OF MARYLAND AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 443-263-1800, SHAKESPEARE GALLERY Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077, SURRATT HOUSE MUSEUM TOURS Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Md., 301-868-1121, THE TEXTILE MUSEUM 2320 S St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-667-0441, TUDOR PLACE HISTORIC HOUSE AND GARDEN 1644 31st St., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202-965-0400, ext. 109,




VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000,

Featured Exhibitions ENCHANTED CASTLES AND NOBLE KNIGHTS Through Jan. 4. A selection of Howard Pyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intricate, compelling pen drawings depicting Arthurian legends, and N.C. Wyethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s romantic paintings for illustrated editions of The Boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s King Arthur and The White Company, as well as works by Walter Crane, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Maxfield Parrish, Louis Rhead, and Frank Schoonover. Brandywine River Museum of Arts, Chadds Ford, Pa. TREASURES FROM THE PALACE MUSEUM Through Jan. 11. This landmark exhibition features more than 180 works of art from the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, China. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. 804-340-1400, THE ART OF JAMES CASTLE Through Feb. 1. Features a representative selection of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immense oeuvre, including drawings, handmade books, texts, and constructions. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW, Washington, D.C. 202-633-1000, ANRI SALA AND MICHAEL FRIED Through Feb. 22. This exhibition will feature one of Salaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent works, selected by the art historian and the artist. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700,








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DECODING THE RENAISSANCE Through March 1. This exhibition features the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. FRONT ROOM: DARIO ROBLETO Through March 29. This exhibition features Robletoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Setlists For a Setting Sun, a body of poetic sculptures, prints, and cut-paper works that weave together the histories of recorded light and sound. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, ON PAPER: ALTERNATE REALITIES Through April 12. This exhibition presents 26 prints never before on view by a diverse group of artists who are playfully exaggerating and reimaging the visual language of popular culture â&#x20AC;&#x201D; religious stories, myths, and folk tales â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to consider larger issues of class, gender, and politics. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, PICTURING MARY Through April 12. The exhibition brings together master works from major museums, churches, and private collections in Europe and the United States. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-783-5000, OUTSIDE THE WALLS Through May. An interactive exhibition where visitors can explore daily life in imperial China. This hands-on exhibition will provide a glimpse into the home of a merchant-class family who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Richmond, Va. AMERICAN SCHOOLGIRL EMBROIDERIES Through May. The exhibition features more than 20 samplers and silk embroideries made by American girls who attended schools in Maryland and other East Coast states during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-573-1700, FREE COMMUNITY DAY Jan. 4, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:00pm. Visit on Community Day for free admission to the museum. Take this opportunity to explore the collection and current exhibitions. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 800-222-7270,

JAMIE WYETH Jan. 17â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 5. A major retrospective exhibition of artist Jamie Wyeth will examine his distinctive approach to realism over the course of six decades, from his earliest portraits to the present. Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pa. 610-3882700,

History CHOCOLATE AND SILVER Jan. 24, 3:00â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:00pm. Warm up on a cold winter afternoon by tasting Colonial hot chocolate and other delicious treats at the James Monroe Museum. Enjoy a display of silver pieces â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a hot chocolate pot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the Monroe silver collection. 540-654-1043, OLD MARYLAND FARM ACTIVITIES Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md. 301-218-6770 or 301-699-2544, MONTPELIER MANSION TOURS Sundays, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Montpelier Mansion, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel, Md. 301-953-1376

Lectures/Workshops/Classes GALLERY TALK: THEMES OF PICTURING MARY Jan. 7, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12:30pm. Museum staff members facilitate interactive talks that encourage close looking and the investigation of mediums, techniques, or overarching themes of the exhibition. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. SOUTHERN BAY FISHING Jan. 7, 7:30pm. Fishing guide â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walleyeâ&#x20AC;? Pete Dahlberg will be speaking about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Southern Bay Fishing.â&#x20AC;? Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville, Md. 301-249-6399 WINE 101 Jan. 11. Learn techniques in wine-tasting basics, wine making, and grape growing, and learn about the growing regions around the world. Wine and appetizers. Elk Run Vineyards, 15113 Liberty Road, Mt. Airy, Md. 410-775-2513, GALLERY TALKS Thursdays, 1:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 443-5731700,













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SECOND SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT TALKS Second Sunday of every month, 2:00pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md. 410-547-9000,

TOURS NORTH PARK TRAIL FROSTBITE TOUR Jan. 10, 10:00am. This guided nature and historic walk is free to the public. Meet at the Lock House, 817 Conesteo St., Havre de Grace, Md. 410-939-5780, MARITIME HISTORY WALKING TOURS Second and fourth Saturdays, 10:00am. Fells Point Visitor Center, Baltimore, Md. 410-675-6750,

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O THER PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS BUILT-FORD-TOUGH SERIES Jan. 2–3, 8:00–11:00am. Every event begins with pyrotechnics, explosions, and flames. Each event has a winner, and riders accumulate points toward the ultimate goal, the Professional Bull Riders World Championship. 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Md. 719-242-2800, INTERNATIONAL CHEESES Jan. 2–30. Sample cheeses from around the world paired with a variety of wines and find a new favorite. $10. Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mt. Airy, Md. HAGLEY’S INVENTION CONVENTION Jan. 17-19, 10:00am-4:00pm each day. Hands-on activities and experiments to spark curiosity and creativity in both children and parents. Each day features a different light-themed science show in addition to other activities. Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Del.

FREDERICKSBURG RESTAURANT WEEK Jan. 17–27. Indulge in three-course prix fixe meals in the historic district of downtown Fredericksburg, which boasts more than 30 chef-owned restaurants. Two-course lunches are priced at $10.14, while three-course dinners are priced at $20.14. Downtown Fredericksburg, Va. 800-678-4748, SMITHFIELD REATAURANT WEEK Jan. 30–Feb. 7. “Pig Out and Feel Good About It” is the motto of Smithfield’s third annual Restaurant Week. A dozen restaurants will offer daily specials, including healthy choice selections, dessert, and beverage, for lunch ($10) and dinner ($20). Smithfield, Va. WINE DINNER Jan. 24, 6:30–9:30pm. This unique wine dinner will have a romantic Lady and the Tramp vibe. It’s an entertaining and educational experience that can’t be missed. Limited seating available, pre-purchased tickets are required. Potomac Point Winery, 275 Decatur Road, Stafford, Va. I advertorial member companies: To have your event or company featured on this page, contact or Karl Teel at 410-638-6901.

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Family-friendly slopes are NEARBY Families in the region are fortunate to have so many family-friendly ski resorts where even the smallest skiers and boarders are welcome. Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Pa., offers a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including snow tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. Learn-to-ski packages start at age 3 and include a lift ticket, lessons, and rentals for $68 on weekends and holidays. Reduced rates are available for midweek and no reservations are required. “Our packages are designed to allow time for kids and parents to ski or snowboard together,” said the resort’s Chris Dudding. According to Dudding, new this year at Roundtop are 20 automated snowmaking stations on one expert and two beginner and slopes. The resort has also added a Prinoth snow-grooming vehicle, snowboard rental equipment, and a renovated food court. Special learn-to-ski packages are also available at nearby Ski Liberty and Ski Whitetail. (

In nearby Virginia With activities geared for the whole family, Massanutten’s full-service resort near Harrisonburg, Va., truly offers something for everyone. Winter family activities include snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating — and the indoor waterpark. January is “Learn a Snow Sports Month,” with inclusive beginner Pathway packages starting at $59. There will also be late-night tubing sessions on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day weekends. With an overnight stay, guests have complimentary access to indoor pools, workout facilities, arcade rooms, hot tubs, saunas, and

other activities. A new addition to the resort is a 13,000-square-foot snow sports learning center building which will be completed in the spring. Massanutten is also offering new arts-and-crafts classes, as well as new services in the spa. ( Wintergreen Resort in Roseland, Va., is geared for families, with learn-to-ski and snowboard programs (for either a half or full day), snow tubing at The Plunge, tubing at Ridgely’s Fun Park, ice skating, and other indoor and outdoor activities. Mother Nature provided 74 inches of snow last winter, but the resort is ready to make snow, too. There’s a new-and-improved snowmaking system, which will help increase overall production and coverage. Wintergreen has also added more lighting for night skiing and grooming vehicles to improve conditions on the slopes. Winter Escape packages start at $83 per person, offering savings on lodging and lift tickets. ( Bryce Resort is among the closest slopes to Washington, D.C., and considers itself one of the best learning mountains in the Southeast. “Our award-winning ski school has consistently been voted as one of the best places to learn how to ski and snowboard in the Mid-Atlantic,” said the resort’s Doug Grayson. This year, Bryce has added covers to the carpet lifts, providing beginner skiers with a more comfortable ride. The resort has also expanded snowmaking on the beginner trails, has a new rental system to make it easier to get out on the slopes, and has easier access to learning packages with an online sales portal. (


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On a “food run” to Brooklyn Every couple of years, I take a trip home. Though I have lived in Baltimore most of my life, I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., one of the world’s truly great food cities. For generations, immigrants from scores of nations settled in New York City’s southernmost borough, clinging to their native languages, traditions, and foods and forming into cloistered neighborhoods even as they adapted to American culture. Today’s Brooklyn retains those ethnic flavors, but some neighborhoods also have been gentrified by young professionals, many working in Manhattan and looking to escape the Big Apple’s towering housing costs. That combination of polyglot newcomers and brownstone renovators has sparked a culinary renaissance of amazing breadth. It’s a long daytrip to make for the food, but I can visit dozens of ethnic markets, specialty shops, and food producers, returning to Baltimore with a van full of gustatory delights. My first stop is Sunset Park, Brooklyn’s “Chinatown.” Don’t expect an Americanized Asian experience; this place is for real. From the crowded New York Mart — a sprawling pan-Asian supermarket — to the storefront herbalists and produce vendors lining 8th Avenue, English is the foreign tongue. From Sunset Park, head uptown to Atlantic Avenue and Sahadi’s, where they “cater to the fine tastes and discriminating needs of those seeking unique products from the Far and Middle East.” But, Sahadi’s is more than just hummus, baba ghannouj, and tabbouleh. Bulk containers of ol-

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ives, nuts, and dried fruits mix their fragrance with cumin and coffee beans, 150 varieties of cheeses, and an astounding selection of prepared foods. “I am partial to Brooklyn,” explained owner Charlie Sahadi. “It’s a mix of cultural and ethnic flavors where you can get a wide variety. Everybody is making something here.” Sahadi’s anchors a Middle Eastern commercial district along Atlantic Avenue, complete with restaurants, food and music stores, and the Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop, an absolute haven for lovers of exotic baked goods such as herb-crusted zaatar bread.

Smoked fish Turn south on Court Street into Cobble Hill for an array of neighborhood cafes, restaurants, and markets. Stop at Shelsky’s for a bagel with Nova lox, or smoked white fish, or pickled herring, or fatty smoked sturgeon, all traditional Ashkenazi Jewish tastes. “This is quintessential Brooklyn cuisine,” said owner Peter Shelsky. “Smoked fish has become a luxury item.” Continue down Court Street to Caputo’s Fine Foods, where you’ll find a range of Italian delicacies including pastas, smoked mozzarella, and delicious mini-canolis, rich with silky ricotta. From Court Street, head east into the trendy Park Slope neighborhood and Fleisher’s PastureRaised Meats. Fleisher’s carries only meats raised on small, local, sustainable farms. The animals have never received antibiotics or hormones and have had strictly vegetarian diets. The finest cuts of beef, pork, and lamb vie for attention with poultry, specialty bacon, smoked meats, and ground beef. The dry-aged, bone-in New York strip steak is not to be missed. If you’ve worked up a thirst, cross the street to Bierkraft for beer, cheese, chocolate, and charcuterie. Bierkraft keeps 16 brews on tap available for pours and growlers, plus literally hundreds of bottled varieties. True beer lovers may want to simply move in. From Park Slope, go east until you hit the Grand Army Plaza and Flatbush Avenue. Turn south, and, after passing Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, continue on the archetypal Brooklyn shopping street. For much of its length, Flatbush

Avenue is literally wall-to-wall with vintage apartment buildings, each offering a street-level storefront: Caribbean next to sushi, next to pizza, next to bagels, next to falafel, next to barbecue, in a colorful, redolent welter.

Little Odessa Brighton Beach was once an oceanfront retreat for Jewish retirees, but was transformed in the 1970s and 80s into “Little Odessa” when thousands of Russian and Eastern European immigrants settled, almost overnight, in the apartment blocks and sagging rowhouses. Like the New York Mart or Sahadi’s, the Brighton Bazaar on Brighton Beach Avenue, is gastronomically overwhelming, a vast selection of Eastern European imports and fresh Slavic delicacies. Piles of sausages, smoked fish, pickled vegetables, and Russian packaged goods share display space with pastries, chocolates, borscht, pirogis, stuffed cabbage, and other prepared foods. Most of the signs and labels are in Cyrillic only, and the waitstaff assumes that everyone speaks Russian. Brooklyn is a dining experience of unparalleled dimension. (I haven’t even mentioned the benchmark, thin-crust pizza at any corner pizzeria, or the Mill Basin Kosher Deli’s kishka, or the double-dipped roast beef at Brennen & Carr, or the original Nathan’s frankfurters.) Visiting the city reminded me of how acutely we can remember tastes, even after so many years. This month’s recipe — the classic Brooklyn egg cream — is a perfect example. By the way, egg creams contain neither eggs nor cream.

Classic Egg Cream In a tall glass, pour 1/2 inch of Fox’s U-Bet Chocolate Flavor Syrup (or equivalent brand, though there really is no equal). Add 3/4 inches of whole milk (never skim milk), followed by seltzer to fill 3/4 of the glass. Mix briskly until the head rises. The drink will separate with white foam on top of the darker chocolate. Drink immediately and enjoy. Reed Hellman is a professional writer living in Alberton, Md. Visit his website at reedhellman or email questions and comments to

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wine doctor I edward finstein

Imbibe safely when enjoying a Caribbean holiday THIS YEAR Winter is here and many of us will be heading south for a vacation. The Caribbean is a prime destination for folks wanting to escape the cold. And, why not? The islands of the West Indies are abundant with tropical breezes, glorious sun-soaked beaches, pristine seas, and exotic flavors. However, not all is rosy in these warm climes, especially when it comes to food and drink. I’m sure you’re all aware of the “do’s” and “don’ts” of what to eat while there, but perhaps not as clear on the rules of what you should or should not drink. The most common concern among travelers is drinking water. Although most resorts and hotels claim they have water purification/filtration systems attached to all the water coming out of their taps, don’t take a chance by drinking it, brushing your teeth in it, or even rinsing anything in it you are going to ingest. It’s fine for bathing and that’s it; for consumption, bottled water is always your safest and best bet. I’m sure you’ll want to try the local spirits, especially the rum that the islands are known for. Straight up, right out of the bottle is fine, however, avoid it “on the rocks” (over ice). The cubes could very well be made from local water and not safe. If you’re thinking that the bodacious amount of alcohol in this spirit will kill any germs or bacteria present, think again. Tropical drink concoctions utilizing rum are extremely popular and can be found virtually ev-

erywhere. Just remember that, beyond the colored umbrellas and swizzle sticks, other mixers (sometimes including local water and ice) and fresh fruit (often rinsed in local water) are utilized. Cream or milk-based cocktails such as a “mudslide” can be problematic, too. Keep in mind that the hotter temperatures of these climates cause product to break down a lot quicker, so any dairy product that is not kept well refrigerated constantly can be questionable. Dairy mixers should not spend any time whatsoever outside of a refrigerated environment, other than for immediate use. If you see your bartender using any of these dairy products behind the bar that looks like it has been sitting out, don’t order that drink. A good rule of thumb is to ask the barkeep exactly what goes into that fancy drink, where any suspicious ingredient comes from, and how it was kept. Sounds overly cautious, I know, but better safe than sorry.

ples are present everywhere. These are another very safe imbibe that won’t jeopardize your health. Because the water is boiled, coffee and tea are usually fine. Just keep an eye on the cream or milk used. Bottled juice and soda are also fair bets. Much of this is common sense. Remember that our bodies are simply not used to certain strains of bacteria present in the tropics and we’re more susceptible to them. Furthermore, the intense heat accelerates bacteria growth much more quickly down there. I’ll be the first to admit that, while away on vacation in the hot, tropical sun, enjoying myself and perhaps indulging a little more than usual in alcohol, it’s easy to forget about these important issues. Take it from me and countless others, though — it’s no fun spending any part of your long-awaited vacation sick in the bathroom of your room rather than boogie-boarding in the surf. Drink safely and thoroughly enjoy your holiday.

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Beer is also plentiful on the islands and there are many, many breweries creating wonderful, refreshing, and interesting brews for you to sample. In the heat, nothing takes the edge off better than a frosty cold one. In my opinion, this is one of the safest alcoholic beverages to indulge in. Wine is not produced to any extent in the tropics — it’s simply too hot. However, imported sam-

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Take it from the top during a bus tour of a new destination You finally made it to that exotic destination you’ve been waiting to see. It doesn’t matter what mode of transportation you used to get there — you need to decide what you’re going to do now that you’ve arrived. It could be a city where you’ll spend a week, or just a one-day stop on a larger itinerary. Either way, we have an idea for you — take a tour bus. You’ll especially enjoy the view from the top of a double-decker bus if one is available. Virtually every tourist destination with a variety of sights to see has a bus tour. We’ve found these to be quite economical, as well as informative. It doesn’t matter if you are in a large historic city, such as Rome, or in a Caribbean port, such as St.

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CRUISE CORNER continued from page 29 shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excursions were between $150 and $400 each, but we found the hop-on, hop-off bus a bargain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it left right from the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pier for only 27 euros (roughly $35). There were two routes, and you could do both on one ticket. The routes averaged 1-1/2 hours each and there were roughly 20 stops where you could get on or off. With the number of buses operating, we never had to wait more than 15 minutes to catch one. Complimentary headphones allowed us to hear information along

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the way in seven different languages, including English. A complimentary map highlighted the route and noteworthy sights along the way. Panoramic vistas offered photo ops of the city from the site of the Olympic complex atop the highest elevation. We continued on to see Roman ruins, numerous beaches, the cathedral, the shopping district, the old town center, and winding side streets. All of this was narrated by an interesting and informative tour guide. We filled our 8-hour day and had time to take in mass at the cathedral, shop, eat, and hit the beach. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anyone got more out of their day, and certainly not for less money. A hop-on, hop-off bus tour is great for people with mobility limitations. Depending on the city, there are some that are wheelchair accessible. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to conserve your energy and strength. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found these excursions to also be superb in Rome, Greece, Paris, and a variety of Scandinavian cities. In Stockholm, Sweden, nestled in an archipelago of islands, the hop-on, hop-off was actually a boat instead of a bus. Once again, we felt the tour guides were the experts. They knew where to go, what to see, why it was special, and the fascinating historical notes that really rooted in our memories.

In the Caribbean, too While our European hop-on, hop-off bus tours were all similarly delightful, we also found this option to be fantastic in the Caribbean. St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was a stop on a family cruise. This increased the need to economize and the larger group multiplied the savings. Once again, the price was about a third of the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate and the tour departed from the cruise ship terminal. This time, the commentary was from our driver and not through headphones. As expected, great photo ops were available from points along the mountain ridge. We found fewer places we felt like hopping on or off, but the stops we made were superb. For example, the

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