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Weekend Getaways 2011

Whether you want to relax at a spa, see great art, eat at a culinary retreat, race around a NASCAR track, stroll through gardens in bloom, or unwind at quiet waterside in, here are 16 terrific ideas for easy spring escapes, all within an easy drive. Happy travels.

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City Escapes

Revisiting Richmond: Picasso and fine dining bring new energy to Virginia’s
capital city.
New Theater in New York: See shows starring Hollywood celebrities and life size horse puppets.

Adventures & Activities

Greenbrier Casino Club: Play golf or hit the slots.
Dover Speedway: Live your NASCAR dreams.
Hersheypark: Fun for all members of the family includes an amusement park, a zoo, gardens, and golf.
Bull-Ride Wyoming, Delaware: Cowboy-up at this two-day bull riding clinic.

Food & Drink

Culpeper, VA Wineries: Raise a glass to new spring vintages at three Virginia wineries.
Town House Restaurant: Food & Wine’s Best New Chef John Shields heads up a Chilhowie, VA kitchen well worth the drive.

Outdoor Escapes

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge: The return of migratory birds to Cambridge, MD is one sign that winter is over.
Longwood Gardens: A cozy B&B adjacent to a 134-acre wildflower preserve.
Lewes Tulip Festival: A flower lover’s paradise awaits in Lewes, Deleware.
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Reserve: A cozy B&B adjacent to a 134-acre wildflower preserve.

Spas & Relaxation

Spas of Colonial Williamsburg: Relax, tone up, and forget winter at one of the region’s best spas.
North River Inn: Guests love North River for its unhurried pace and low-key water sports.
Inn of Silent Music: Smyth Island has no cars, no noise, and no neighbors—unless you count the blue herons.
The Inn at Willow Grove: Sink into Luxury This historic country inn has great food and beautiful rooms.

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