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In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Sites in Boston, Baltimore, and Beyond

Edgar Allan Poe has been an icon of English language literature for over a century. Between the chilling and killing of Annabel Lee to a raven rapping at a chamber door, his works are amongst some of the most celebrated and reenacted in our culture. A Poe fan, but not an expert, I’ve stopped in many places where Mr. Poe lived during my travels. And it occurred to me: just how many sites are there to visit for Poe enthusiasts?

Edgar Allan Poe

Surprisingly, I couldn’t find a comprehensive list of Edgar Allan Poe sites. I did some digging around and compiled this … Continue reading

Posted on Sunday, August 28, 2022 in Uncategorized
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Seeing the Ponies (& More) in Chincoteague, VA – Things to Do & Travel Guide

Chincoteague, Virginia is one of the mid-Atlantic’s hidden gems. Shadowed by Ocean City, Maryland, Chincoteague (also called Chincoteague Island) a small town located on the Atlantic Ocean. Like neighbouring Assateague Island, Maryland, Chincoteague is known for its wild ponies and the annual pony swim (details below). We opted to visit Chincoteague as a social distancing trip and it became one of my favourite places on the eastern shore.

Chincoteague Ponies

The History of Chincoteague

Despite being named after the Chincoteague tribe, Native Americans are not known to have inhabited this specific area. Very few European settlers lived on Chincoteague Island, which was … Continue reading

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Destinations
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The Colonial City of Williamsburg, VA – Things to Do & Travel Guide

Williamsburg, Virginia has been one of my favourite destinations for a very long time. I’ve gone there several times as a kid and as an adult for various reasons. While a college town, Williamsburg, mainly sparks images of people in colonial attire wandering around a centuries-old village. That’s the main part of this post, but I hope to touch on other parts of Williamsburg as well. It’s an excellent place to visit for people of all types.

Williamsburg, Virginia

The History of Williamsburg

Williamsburg’s native history is a little bit more known because it’s near Jamestown. This area is where the Powhatan … Continue reading

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in Destinations
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Exploring Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Monticello is the famous home of 3rd U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Located in Charlottesville, VA, it makes a good day trip from DC and is an essential stop for any Virginia tour. Meaning “Little Mountain,” Monticello was built initially in 1768 and wasn’t the product we see today until much later, in 1809. Jefferson was a creative talent so he designed the home himself, and much of it was influenced from his time abroad in France. He designed it with his own interests and experiments in mind, rather than relying on whatever was popular at the time. That’s what makes … Continue reading

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Destinations
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10 Easy Day Trips from Washington, DC

There are lots of places to visit in and around the immediate DC area, but many more areas to be explored in the areas surrounding the nation’s capital. If you’re live in DC or are looking to take some day trips, here are some great ideas for nearby places to explore for an easy day trip from Washington, DC.

How to get there? To be honest, many routes are best done by driving your own vehicle or renting a car. Trains aren’t super fast, cheap, or popular in America, so I’d recommend looking into Greyhound or Megabus. If you … Continue reading

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Destinations
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A Look at the Underrated City of Richmond, VA – Things to Do & Travel Guide

The capital of Virginia is very overlooked as a travel destination, even by people who live relatively nearby. However it’s actually a very nice city and worth visiting at least once. If you live within driving distance or are visiting the U.S. east coast, here’s a short guide to Richmond, one of America’s hidden gems.

A Little About Richmond

Richmond

So Richmond kind of has a bad rep. It’s steeped with history – it’s near Jamestown and Williamsburg (other great VA destinations), and European Richmond dates back to the colonial and revolutionary eras. It became the capital of Virginia during the … Continue reading

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Destinations
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Exploring George Washington’s Mt Vernon

Mt. Vernon is the famous home of first president and military leader, George Washington. He inherited it as a small home when his older brother died and slowly built onto it until it became what it remains today. George Washington lived and died at Mt. Vernon, where he is buried. A national landmark, many tourists in the Washington, DC area make their way to Mt. Vernon to see the home of one of our most important founding fathers.

Mt. Vernon

If you don’t know much about George Washington or American history, I’d recommend visiting the museum in the visitor’s centre to gain … Continue reading

Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Destinations
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