Suggestions from staff and contributors
Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
For anyone up for a mini road trip, this picturesque town just under three hours away is an autumnal treat. Nestled serenely in the mountains between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, it’s a small village with intriguing—and important—colonial and Civil War-era roots. Small shops, pubs and cafes dot the hilly, cobbled sidewalk that winds through town. Lush woodlands and hiking paths, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail, surround Harpers Ferry. Walking a few miles along the trail through the foliage during this time of year is enchanting.
—Krista Connor, Associate Editor
Incline at Manitou Springs
OK, so this is a bit of a hike (pun intended), but if you ever find yourself in Colorado Springs, you have to tackle this unique physical challenge. Originally built as a cable car to carry materials to help build pipelines on Pike’s Peak, The Manitou Incline is now a strenuous one-mile vertical hike up approximately 2,744 railroad ties that has become a must-do for Olympians training in Colorado Springs and a bucket-list cardio challenge for locals and visitors from around the world. It ascends 2,000 feet over the one mile with an average grade of 41 percent and the steepest grade at 68 percent. Oh, and there’s a false summit…and you’ll be hiking above 6,000-feet of elevation. But you can do it (just rest frequently) and you’ll take great pride in saying you did. The hike is free; parking is $5. manitouincline.net
—Jerry duPhily, Publisher
Terrain at Styer’s
Go north on Rt. 202, turn right on Rt. 1 and look for this hidden gem on your right. It’s a nursery, mammoth gift shop and high-end restaurant all in one location. The furniture, kitchenware and gardening supplies include many unusual, even unique (and often pricey) items. The restaurant features hand-selected local produce, meats, and dairy products, with menus created from the seasonal harvest of nearby farms. Careful, though: despite the size of the place, the entrance is easy to miss—at 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, Pa.—610-459-2400.
—Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor
It’s easy to take the good things in life for granted, like Wilmington’s rich heritage of savory sandwiches that we all know as subs. Within a mile radius of the intersection of Lancaster and Union, we have perhaps the best collection of sub shops on the East Coast. Yet where’s the fanfare?
The Union Street Capriotti’s, where the world-famous Bobbie was born, merits a plaque or monument in the street simply for putting our city (and state) on the map for foodies nationwide. Slightly north, Yatz’s goes so far as to make every sub to order, carefully slicing every tomato, onion and hot pepper on the spot. And just across the border in Elsmere shines Casapulla’s, a family-owned business that has been making hearty and delicious subs for nearly 60 years straight.
This “Holy Trinity” of sub shops deserves greater acknowledgement and pride in our area—as well as your business.
—Jim Miller, Director of Publications