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Old 12.03.2012, 17:29
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Re: a couple of weekends in US - where to go?

personally, philly is nice but there's not soooo much to see. i would highly recommend baltimore- a quirky city but a lot of good stuff to do and so many interesting people come from there. also boston is a great place to see, and i'm biased as an nyc-er, but you can never see everything there.
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Old 12.03.2012, 17:33
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Re: a couple of weekends in US - where to go?

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I second Philly and also recommend Bawlmer, Merlin (Baltimore) where Bertha's Mussels, crab cakes and scrapple are delicious local treats. NYC, too, for bagels, the Village and the Milk Bar's crack pie.
Philly is the only one of those places I've done but I'd second that and say it's worth spending some time. But you might do well to prepare and plan as Philly isn't exactly a red carpet kind of city where you'll find all the interesting stuff just by walking around.
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Old 12.03.2012, 17:40
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Re: a couple of weekends in US - where to go?

ug. i just saw you mentioned atlantic city? i would never recommend that anyone goes there- it is pretty seedy and gross, unless you want to gamble and stay inside, otherwise it is really depressing.
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ug. i just saw you mentioned atlantic city? i would never recommend that anyone goes there- it is pretty seedy and gross, unless you want to gamble and stay inside, otherwise it is really depressing.
No does not sound like my kind of thing then, will skip.
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Re: a couple of weekends in US - where to go?

I'd definitely recommend Boston, but if you like to drive, why not stick closer to D.C.? For example, if you like scenic routes and history, you could drive out to Harper's Ferry and Shepardstown in West Virginia - it is a beautiful drive. Harper's Ferry has tons of history - slavery, abolition, civil war etc. Basically, on the drive anytime you see a brown sign, you can get off and stop in the park museum and learn some strange historical things about the area. Shepardstown is almost too cute with great craft and artsy shops and a good inn, the Bavarian. A B&B guide of the area will get you to some great places. The other possibility is to drive in the other direction, across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, stop and eat some crabs and keep going until you hit the ocean. Beautiful drive as well, with quirky B&Bs and other possibilities. Or go further south through Virginia.
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Old 12.03.2012, 19:13
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Re: a couple of weekends in US - where to go?

For charm, character and warm weather:

1. Alexandria, Virginia
2.. Charleston, SC
3. St. Augustine, FL

For charm, character and cold weather:

Boston, MA

For the most wonderful island experience:

Bermuda
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Old 12.03.2012, 19:20
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Re: a couple of weekends in US - where to go?

Oh, The Bavarian is a nice place. Stayed there a while back and have fond memories of the area. The Eastern Shore is nice, too, but a bit sleepy on the weekend unless you hit Ocean City...bit early for that though.

Boston is good, too, as I've lived there a number of years. There's a lot of cool history, universities (MIT, Hahvahd), the North Shore, the South Shore, the Vineyard, Plymouth Rock, cranberry bogs, the Common, Old Town, Newberry Street, etc. However, if I were given a choice between all the suggestions, I'd probably choose either Memphis (even Texans know real BBQ ) and Philly...probably Philly since it's a quirky little town that has a lot of fun stuff to do (and it's a nice place to walk around) and I can never turn down the opportunity to eat a cheese steak.

Also, you'll be in DC just in time for the Cherry Blossom Festival which is always lovely and you can always drive up to Baltimore in the evening for crab cakes and scrapple.
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Old 12.03.2012, 21:19
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Re: a couple of weekends in US - where to go?

Thank you all, a lot of interesting ideas.
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