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Guide To Bear Creek Mountain

Is it possible? Snow and a total destination resort, on a single tank of gas in the Pennsylvania banana belt? As a much-quoted snow bunny might say, “You betcha.”

01/01/2015

(A fuel dock on the Chesapeake Bay.  Boaters are hoping lower fuel prices will stick around for next summer's boating season.  File photo by Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: 2014 Was a Year of Getaway Surprises

Here are some of the highs and lows.

01/01/2015

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Guide To Jack Frost Ski Resort

One advantage of Jack Frost is that you don’t stand in line for a lift to get that first run of the day — just boot up and go. Let’s head out for the tour.

12/26/2014

(A ski lesson on Bear Creek Mountain, in Berks County, Pa.   Photo by Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: It’s Time To Learn Skiing and/or Snowboarding

Yes, you will fall. Even advanced skiers and riders do. Learning how to fall is the key to fun on the mountain.

12/25/2014

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Guide To Elk Mountain

Elk Mountain is the northernmost ski area in eastern Pa. Here, you’ll find some of the longest runs over the region’s steepest terrain. Let’s take the tour.

12/18/2014

(New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rabbi Shmuel Butman stand in a cherry picker as they light the world's largest Hanukah menorah on December 3, 2013 in New York City.   Photo by Andrew Burton/ Getty Images)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: New York For the Holidays, Whatever Your Religion

If New York City is a mecca for area Christmas shoppers and tree-gazers, it’s also a getaway destination for Hanukah celebrations.

12/18/2014

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Forget That Marathon: There’s A New ‘Race’ Coming To Philadelphia, And It Doesn’t Require Any Running

If the thought of running a 5K – let alone the likes of the Rocky 50K that recently happened in Philly – scares the sneakers off you, this might be the “race” for you.

12/17/2014

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Guide To Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is one of the most versatile snow sports resorts in eastern Pennsylvania, and it’s close to home.

12/11/2014

(A horse and carriage in Central Park, New York City.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: The End of Clip-Clop, Clip-Clop?

You’ve probably heard that New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is asking his City Council to ban those iconic horse-drawn carriages so familiar to Central Park visitors.

12/11/2014

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What To Do During A Holiday Staycation In Philadelphia

From exploring the city’s cobblestone streets in the footsteps of Ben Franklin to dancing the night away at lively lounges and clubs, Philadelphia has it all. So check out these top holiday attractions when the best place to travel to is home.

12/06/2014

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Guide To Big Boulder In The Poconos

Located on Big Boulder Mountain and rising above Lake Harmony, the mountain holds seven full-featured parks where riders of all levels can ski or snowboard the night away.

12/04/2014

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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Free Skiing For The Younger Set

You might be surprised to learn that kids in the fourth and fifth grades can ski, tube, and snowboard free at Pennsylvania snow resorts.

12/04/2014

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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Fabulous Holiday Shopping, Off The Beaten Path

There are alternatives to shopping with the herd, just a short getaway drive from home.

11/27/2014

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What’s New On The Western Pa. Slopes

There are five resorts near locations where Philadelphia skiers and riders frequently travel west of the Susquehanna – Harrisburg, Gettysburg, State College and Seven Springs Conference Center. Here’s what’s new at those spots.

11/26/2014

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Guide To Visiting Philadelphia For The Holidays

Whether coming home for a slice of mom’s homemade pumpkin pie, visiting for the first time or following an annual family tradition, Philadelphia is brimming with holiday events, beckoning venues and delightful activities throughout the holiday season.

11/22/2014