From the Pennsylvania countryside and the Jersey Shore to Delaware beach towns and Virginia’s living history, the Eastern Heartland offers vacation destinations that may have been overlooked and brand new retirement communities that shouldn’t be missed.
EASTERN HEARTLAND DESTINATIONS TO EXPLORE
DELMARVA PENINSULA DelmarvaBeachGuide.com
Framed by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, the Delmarva Peninsula includes Delaware and the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia. Delaware’s capitol city of Dover is a center of regional arts and culture, while seaside towns like Rehoboth and Dewey Beach are traditional family vacation destinations. Ocean City, MD, offers fun and games along its famous Boardwalk, seafood fresh from the bay is featured in the Cape Charles area, and the 23-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is one of the nation’s great engineering marvels.
Colonial Williamsburg is America’s premier living history museum, where you and the grandkids can not only see the sites and observe the lifestyle of 18th-century Virginians, but also participate in hands-on activities with authentic working craftsmen. The Busch Gardens and Water Country USA amusement parks add to the warm-weather fun, as well as side trips to nearby historic attractions at Jamestown and Yorktown. Lodgings within walking distance of the historic sites and at nearby full-service resorts are available.
The Fredericksburg Historic District combines museums and well-preserved buildings with a tantalizing variety of upscale restaurants, casual sidewalk cafes, art galleries, and boutique shops. Lodging choices range from downtown bed-and-breakfast inns to rustic cabins at the Wilderness Presidential Resorts in the adjacent Virginia countryside.
EASTERN HEARTLAND EVENTS TO ENJOY
ASBURY PARK MUSIC + FILM FESTIVAL APMFF.org
This one-of-a-kind annual event celebrates the role of music in the movies, with more than 50 film screenings, dozens of live stage performances, and special celebrity-guest events in the New Jersey seaside town where icons like Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi got their starts at the legendary Stone Pony club.
OCEAN CITY SPRINGFEST OCOcean.com
Enjoy four days of family fun in Maryland on Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk, with arts & crafts, local seafood, special kids’ activities, and music concerts with this year’s featured headliners Night Ranger and LeAnn Rimes.
YORKTOWN BLUES, BREWS, & BBQ FESTIVAL VillageEvents.org
Take in more than two dozen craft beers to sample, a new wine garden for tastings, delicious BBQ platters, and a full day of live blues music on the Riverwalk Landing stage.
PENNSYLVANIA MUSIC & ARTS CELEBRATION PAMusicSociety.org
Hosted over Memorial Day weekend, this free-admission event at the Allentown Fairgrounds features tributes to military veterans, artisan markets, traditional Dutch and German fare, and non-stop music from rock, folk, gospel, and polka performers.
EASTERN HEARTLAND COMMUNITIES TO VISIT
Traditions of America features low-maintenance homes for active adults in six Pennsylvania locations, including the new Green Pond community.
Landmark Homes offers innovative floor plans designed for the age 55+ market in Berks, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties in Pennsylvania.
K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons communities in Monroe and Monmouth Woods are convenient North Jersey sites for the active-adult lifestyle.
Noble’s Pond (Dover, DE) is an age 55+ community, with single-family residences and first-class clubhouse amenities.
The Peninsula on Indian River Bay in Delaware features Nicklaus-designed golf among its resort amenities and custom homes by Schell Brothers.
Bayside in southern Delaware’s Fenwick Island area is home to waterfront residences and top-flight amenities like its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
Fawn Lake near Virginia’s historic Fredericksburg is a private lakeside community with golf by Arnold Palmer and choice homes by Signature Builders.
Birchwood at Brambleton in Loudoun County, VA, is a countryside community with cottage-style homes and clubhouse amenities.