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Taneytown

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An Enchanting Inn May Put Love on Track

This local inn is one of the most enchanting and romantic places we've seen. Without doubt, it is worthy of a visit; even if your only outside activity is a stroll around town.

Antrim 1844 - An Antebellum Country Inn is at 30 Trevanion Road, just off Route 140 (East Baltimore Street) and a few hundred yards east of Taneytown. It is easy to miss, but if you can locate the Taneytown Bank & Trust, at the junction of Route 140 and Trevanion, you'll be warm. (The entrance to Antrim is just to the rear.) At first glance, the environment seems rather ordinary, but don't be fooled. As soon as you pull into the drive, you'll realize it's far from that. This magnificent three-story square mansion is distinguished by majestic porticoed entrances, as well as a smaller two-level addition on one side.

Antrim 1844

Once inside, you're transported back - in the twinkling of an eye - to a time of genteel grace and elegance. This inn has an authentic mid-19th century ambience that tends toward the formal. Yet it is not at all pretentious. The hosts' southern hospitality will put you right at ease, setting the tone for what will prove a relaxing weekend. Your key will be waiting for you by the door, accompanied by a hand-written card bearing your name.

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Maryland's Capital Region

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Smith Mountain Lake

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If the Fish Aren't Biting, Take a Hike

It all started with a dam. In 1966, the Appalachian Power Company completed construction of a 235-foot-high, $85-million dam across the Roanoke River. As a fringe benefit of power production, one of the premier lakes in the eastern United States was created. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and contained by over 500 miles of shoreline, the 22,000 acres of clear, clean water have become a recreational paradise. Although people own condos or vacation homes there, it remains free from the negative effects of mass tourism. It is not that remote, either - just a half-hour or so from Roanoke and Lynchburg. So, before too many people catch on and commercialization takes hold, visit Smith Mountain Lake for a weekend.

The first thing you'll need to do is decide where to stay. Although there are not too many options, the ones that exist are good. The topography of the lake shore makes it a trifle inconvenient for those coming in from the south, but most facilities are on the northern side of the lake shore. Therefore, this is the area of choice when it comes to accommodation.

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Copenhagen

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Copenhagen & the Best of Denmark

2nd Edition

 

Norman P.T. Renouf

 

Hunter Publishing, Inc.

 Hunter Publishing, Inc.

2012

 

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

This guide focuses on recreational activities. As all such activities contain elements of risk, the publisher, author, affiliated individuals and companies disclaim any responsibility for any injury, harm, or illness that may occur to anyone through, or by use of, the information in this book. Every effort was made to insure the accuracy of information in this book, but the publisher and author do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any liability for loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential travel problems caused by this guide, even if such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause.

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Charles City County

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Plantation-Hopping in the Land of Tobacco

Everyone knows about the grandeur of the South's great plantation houses. Not many realize, however, that in one small corner of Virginia, you can not only visit a half-dozen such houses, but you can also stay in two. And the area has more to offer. Follow Route 5 - which runs between Richmond and Williamsburg - along the banks of the river that hosted the first American settlers.

The men who arrived here early in the 17th century were adventurers and loyal to their homeland; hence the names given to the river (the James) and the area (Virginia, for the virgin queen). Life here was not easy. The ravages of disease and the threat from Indians delayed the establishment of a permanent colony. Once tobacco was found to be a profitable crop, plantations were established. These boasted beautiful homes staffed by slaves. Many of these survive today, offering an intriguing glimpse into America's past.

Almost halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg you will find one of the most unusual and delightful bed and breakfasts anywhere. Edgewood Plantation,(804) 829-2962, (800) 296-3343 or wmbg.com/edgewood, is at 4800 John Tyler Memorial Highway (Route 5). The Gothic-style home was built in 1849 for Spencer Rowland, who had recently moved here from New Jersey. It was actually constructed on land that was originally part of Berkeley Plantation, just across the road. Much of the area's folklore centers around Edgewood's role in the Civil War. The third floor was used as a Confederate lookout; here, rebels spied on Union troops that were stationed at Berkeley. The ancient gristmill ground corn for both armies. Legend has it that Jeb Stuart once stopped here for a coffee break en route to Richmond; he carried information for Robert E. Lee regarding the strength of the Union forces. There is a sad story associated with Edgewood, too. Rowland's daughter Lizzie died of a broken heart when her lover failed to return from the war. Her name is inscribed on one of the bedroom windows, but you may see a more ephemeral presence. Don't worry; by all reports, she is a friendly ghost!

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