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The Throwback Joys of Chincoteague and Its Famous Ponies

  I write about lots and lots of different places on Facebook and for the Secrets website, so I’m speaking from long experience when I say that there is one town in particular on the Eastern Shore that generates the most passionate and enthusiastic response from people. The winner, hands down, is Chincoteague, Virginia. What is the secret to the town’s success in winning over…
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Experiencing the Natural Wonders of the Eastern Shore at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

  For my money, there is no better place than these 30,000-plus acres and their surrounding back roads to get a first-hand feel for why the marshlands of the Chesapeake Bay rank as a natural wonder of the first order. The scenery is breathtaking, the wildlife is abundant, and the landscape is chock full of fascinating bits of history. For many of the 150,000 people who…
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Daytripping in Berlin: Peaches, Bathtubs, Glassblowing and more in America’s “Coolest” Small Town

  As old-time Main Streets go, Berlin is first-rate, blessed with a postcard-pretty streetscape, lots of interesting shops and adventurous restaurants, and a history chock full of fascinating characters. Bonus: Berlin knows how to throw a party. My theory in such matters is that you can’t go wrong in a town that makes a big production out of its annual bathtub races. Here, they close…
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The Lighthouse Tour: Six Beacons of History on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware

  Something in the sight of an old lighthouse makes many people go weak at the knees. The stately and iconic old beacons evoke wistful, romantic feelings tied to the beauty of waterfront vistas, the stately masts of old-time boats, the rugged lifestyle of keepers and their families—all mixed in with a touch of the danger, with legends of storms and shipwrecks also coming to mind. This…
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Rehoboth: The Beach Town with Something for Everyone

  As beach towns go, Rehoboth Beach tends to be a shape shifter, ready at every turn to morph into the destination any one visitor might be looking for. If you have the kids in tow and you’re looking for beach fries, boardwalk arcades, and mini-golf, you’ll find them in abundance. If you’re an outdoors lover coming in search of bike paths, paddling expeditions, and abundant green spaces,…