Monday Morning Moment: The Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington, VT

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Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington, VT – August 2019

In a region where the tallest structure you’re likely to see is a large barn, it’s striking to see a massive stone obelisk rising over the Green Mountains of southwestern Vermont. Closer inspection will reveal this imposing structure is known as the Bennington Battle Monument. But why is it here to begin with? Let’s take a closer look at how this little-known architectural and historical attraction came to be.

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Absecon Island’s Other Stops: Longport, Margate, and Ventnor City

Absecon Island From The Air, via Doc Searls/Flickr

Don’t get us wrong – Atlantic City is the top dog in this unique stretch of the Jersey shore. But it’s easy to get swept up in the gambling, entertainment, and free beaches of the most well-known city on Absecon Island. And that means visitors often miss three hidden gems located nearby. Longport, Margate, and Ventnor City all offer distinctive experiences, and even some iconic New Jersey stops. Join us as we take a closer look.

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Monday Morning Moment: McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area, Montgomery County, MD

Nestled in an obscure corner of Montgomery County, MD, is an explosion of vibrant yellow, set against the lush green forests set just off the Potomac River. Thousands of sunflowers stretch out before you in rows, craning their necks toward the sky. It’s nearly silent, save for the buzzing of the bees and the calling of a few birds. This is McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area.

It can be hard to believe this peaceful place is located just 25 miles from the pulsing power corridors of Washington, DC. Let’s take a closer look at how and why this under-the-radar but Instagram-worthy spot came to be.

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Ocean City, NJ: What To Do In A Family-Friendly Shore Destination

Imagine wide, sandy beaches with plenty of room to spread out and a kid-safe boardwalk with lots of wholesome fun, all just a short drive from several major metro areas in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. This is exactly what Ocean City, NJ offers, as one of New Jersey’s top shore destinations. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this place so unique.

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Monday Morning Moment: Boulder Flatirons and Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO

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Boulder Flatirons from Chautauqua Park – Sept. 2018

Good morning. Southwest of the city of Boulder, CO, the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains sit perched high above the surrounding area, on the eastern flank of Green Mountain. It’s a breathtaking sight, just minutes from downtown Boulder and less than an hour from Denver. We’re traveling there in today’s Monday Morning Moment.

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Corson’s Inlet State Park – State Park Spotlight

South Jersey’s coastline is primarily made up of a series of barrier islands, separated every ten miles or so by bays, inlets, and other passages to the inland waterways that separate them from the mainland. Just south of the popular vacation destination of Ocean City, you’ll find Corson’s Inlet and Corson’s Inlet State Park. We’re taking a closer look at this under-the-radar section of the shore in this State Park Spotlight.

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Schooley’s Mountain Park – State Park Spotlight

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Schooley’s Mountain Park and Lake George – July 2021

Tucked away near the Pennsylvania border, Schooley’s Mountain, NJ is a hidden treasure of nature and history dating back centuries. One of the best places to experience both of those is Schooley’s Mountain Park, a quaint county park located near the towns of Long Valley and Hackettstown. With more than a half-dozen trails, a lake, and tons of room for outdoor activities, it’s the destination for this State Park Spotlight.

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Monday Morning Moment: Portland Head Light Sunset, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Portland Head Light Sunset and waves crashing on shore
Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, ME – Aug. 2019

Good Morning. A sunset for a Monday Morning Moment? You’d better believe it. Today, we’re heading just south of Portland, ME, to the Portland Head Light. It’s one of the area’s most famous lighthouses and an incredible place to end a busy day in coastal Maine.

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Seven Mile Island and Ludlam Island: A Quieter Corner of the Shore

Seven Mile Island Ludlam Island Map

Nestled between the busy, crowded boardwalks and beaches of Wildwood and Ocean City, you’ll find Seven Mile Island and Ludlam Island. These two barrier islands occupy more than 15 miles of New Jersey coastline, but they may not be what you first think of when you hear “Jersey shore.” Still, this quiet corner of the state is worth exploring for those searching for peaceful beaches and coastal wildlife. So join us as we explore these two unique islands.

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Wildwood: Doo-Wop, Boardwalks, and Wide Beaches

Wildwood Doo-Wop Sign
Wildwood Sign – June 2021

The Wildwoods of New Jersey are a beach community unlike any other. Few towns have such an extensive claim to parts of music history, not to mention one of the best boardwalks and beaches in New Jersey. But those outside of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic may have no idea that this treasure of a town even exists. So let’s take a closer look at the beaches, boardwalk, and of course, Wildwood Doo-Wop style that has made the area a summer destination for decades!

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