Recreation News has wrapped up the holiday season for you

Marvin Bond

Like most folks, we here at Recreation News love the holidays and, fortunately, we’re able to help you enjoy them as well. Our November and December issues are full of special treats we’ve uncovered to help you get the most from the gift of a little extra time off that many receive at this time of year.

There’s something about the season that makes many of us look for that old-fashioned family holiday experience. We’re delivering the ideas you need in print and online.

From the fantastic holiday light displays that dot the region and the small-town Maryland holiday celebrations that we covered in November, to the Pennsylvania small-town holiday feature in this month’s issue, we’ve given you the means to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. Nearby West Chester, Pa., has even been dubbed “one of the top 10 places to experience Santa’s arrival” by USA Today.

Our columnists contributed as well.

In our Family Travel column, check out the ideas for nearby fun, including outdoor ice skating, the National Christmas Tree, and the U.S. Botanic Gardens’ holiday tribute to national parks. You’ll find seasonal musical offerings in the Culture column, ranging from Messiah performances to various holiday sing-alongs. Travel Line offers a preview of holiday experiences in Tidewater Virginia, West Virginia, historic Odessa, Del., and elsewhere in the region.

In his Adventures in Taste column, Reed Hellman explores the seasonings for the season to help with your holiday cooking. The Wine Doctor offers advice on how to host a wine party. And, as always, our Calendar of Events is full of ideas for December outings.

December is also the month we check out the region’s ski resorts, and in this issue we report what’s new both on and off the slopes, including the reopening of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountain, which has been closed since 2005.

Skiers should be sure to look over the Elk Mountain ski packages offered by the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. You can also enter this month’s contest to win a two-night ski getaway for two.

All in all, it’s the best way we can say “Happy Holidays” to you!

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