Tired of the Inner Harbor?Sick of the same old city...


April 10, 1994

Tired of the Inner Harbor?

Sick of the same old city surroundings?

Maybe you need to run away and forget your cares (but not too far away because Monday morning will arrive soon enough).

So let's say you have a free day or so, a full tank of gas and some pocket change. Where are you going to go for a getaway?

Here are some recommendations from readers of Sun Magazine:

In Pennsylvania:

Our getaway was at the Nottingham Inn at U.S. 1 and Route 272, just over the state line in Pennsylvania. We spent the day at the Lancaster, Pa., malls shopping and then had lunch at the quaint Gap Diner at Gap, Pa., on U.S. 30 at Route 41. We drove south on Route 41 and Route 10 to Nottingham, where we checked into the inn. We had a great supper at the inn's nice restaurant and then breakfast at the inn's Breakfast House. We returned home via the rural and scenic U.S. 1.

Pat and John Fuller, Towson

I've traveled to different parts of the world and visited gardens. I always come back to the treasure of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. It is on Route 1 about one hour and 30 minutes from Baltimore. This is a jewel in the world's crown.

Lois E. Pulket, Reisterstown

Across the border are Roots Country Market, 705 Graystone Road off Route 72 between Manheim and Lancaster (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays), and the Green Dragon Market, off Route 222 north of Ephrata. These two extensive, indoor-outdoor, year-round farmers markets are like nothing you can ever experience in Maryland. Both are in Lancaster County about 90 minutes from Baltimore and feature Pennsylvania Dutch foods, crafts, flowers, antiques, clothing, books. [Stay] at one of the bed and breakfasts in Ephrata, and visit the Cloister restaurant and the stores and the Restaurant at Donecker's.

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Clemens, Monkton

Mount Gretna, less than 10 miles east of Hershey on Route 117, is a wonderment. It's an amazingly charming village nestled on a mountainside next to one of the most beautiful lake settings to be found anywhere. Its rustic homes and scenery are without equal for their natural settings and earthy colors. Outstanding plays, lectures, jazz and chamber music are presented in the open-air playhouse in the woods. Swimming and picnicking beckon from the lake. A cafe offers inexpensive dining under outdoor lights and a lovely B&B awaits to refresh and pamper you.

Virginia A. Stein, Baltimore

Our favorite daytrip getaway is a mountain trail ride at Buck Valley Ranch. We stop for a lunch break on top of a mountain. We enjoy a swim in the pool afterward. The scenery and peacefulness are incredible. It's hard to believe we're only two hours from the city. Buck Valley Ranch is in Warfordsburg, Pa.; call (800) 294-3759 for a brochure.

Mike and Sara Benesch, Rockville

One of our favorite day trips includes lunch at Windows on the Green near York, Pa. (take Interstate 83 to Exit 7, turn right); shopping at the many malls in the area; and a stop at a country store in Glen Rock, Pa., for some special treats to take home.

F. M. Fairley, Baltimore

Displayed at the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia are Grover Cleveland's cancer tumor, John Wilkes Booth's thorax, X-rays of things found in windpipes (toys, coins, etc.) and skeletal oddities. This medical history and memorabilia museum is at 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia; call (215) 563-3737. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Brian Cary Sokolow, Baltimore

West Virginia:

Harpers Ferry: Mountains, two rivers, view of three states. Century-old Hilltop House, good food elegantly served. Lots of history -- John Brown's raid, Civil War, etc. St. Peter's Catholic Church -- only church here to stay open during the many changes during the Civil War. Exhibits, quaint shops.

J. Edward Yealdhall, Stevensville


Great Falls Park in Virginia has some lovely views of the rushing Potomac River. The waterfalls and rocky gorges are spectacular. The sights are worth the sometimes rugged, rocky trails one must travel. The park is located off the Georgetown Pike exit of the Capital Beltway.

Marie E. Limmer, Baltimore

Despite all the negative publicity with the Bobbitt case, Manassas is a beautiful area just off Interstate 66 and U.S. 29, with battlefields, nature walks, wooded parks, a public swimming pool, a quiet stream -- Bull Run (doesn't run red now!) -- large open fields and ball parks. It's close to fine dining and fast food, museums and stores.

Bonnie Palmer, Sykesville

We suggest Staunton, Va., a small walk-around town. It has an excellent B&B, the Belle Grae Inn on West Frederick downtown; the home of Woodrow Wilson; spring garden and home tours; a restored RR station with shops and restaurants. It's just off Skyline Drive. Drive back through Charlottesville, Va., and see the university and Jefferson's home: pleasant and inexpensive, too.

Ray and Barb Salehar, Columbia

Spend a great day in "Olde Town" Alexandria at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, at the foot of King Street: over 100 artists plus waterfront park. Many restaurants, gift shops. Something for everyone.

R. D. Martin Jr., Queenstown


Just over the border is Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Right in the northern flyway for many birds, this park is a drive-through experience that all must share. Snow geese and Canada geese stop to feed, and ships passing on the Delaware can be seen, too. Simply beautiful in fall and spring. It's northeast of Dover.

Bonnie Palmer, Sykesville

Subject: Hagley. This is the site of the birthplace of Du Pont Co., located just outside of Wilmington. You can spend a few hours or a whole day. To be seen are the restored home, gardens, museum, film, shops and guided tours in a beautiful woodsy setting on the Brandywine River.

Bettie N. Byerly, Timonium

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