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Anniversary Options: Three Cities for Fun Day Trips

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June has just begun and that means wedding/anniversary season has started. Over the past few years June has become the month for weddings, including my own last year!

In preparing for my own anniversary, I thought it might be helpful to list some fun places and things to do throughout the Susquehanna Bank region.  Even if you’re not celebrating an anniversary, any of these cities are great places to just get away!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - The City of Brotherly Love is an excellent place to go for food and drinks, museums, concerts and shopping. It’s a great weekend trip that can prove to be remarkably affordable as well as memorable.  There are cute and occasionally cheap boutique hotels all over, including my new favorite by Kipton Hotels. When it comes to food, there are more restaurants to choose from than can be listed. A personal favorite is any restaurant by Steven Starr! He has Continental in Old City and Parc in Rittenhouse Square, and let us not forget Stella’s with the deliciously charred crusts of the wood fired pizza!

The museums and concerts are constantly changing for great variety. On a recent weekend trip, my husband and I made holiday ornaments at a local glass foundry, saw the Cleopatra Exhibit at the Franklin Institute and enjoyed cheese steaks in Little Italy.  is a great resource to see what’s going on in the area to plan out your special weekend.

Hershey, Pennsylvania – What is there not to love about a city named after chocolate? Hersheypark is full of fun, from concerts to rides; you can spend a day visiting all the attractions and eating all the chocolate! This year Hershey falls on the top of my list for a date weekend for one reason… the park’s newest attraction, Sky Rush. It is the tallest, 200 feet; fastest, 75mph; and longest, 3,600 feet, roller coaster in the park.  For those of you who aren’t thrill- seekers, there is The Hershey Spa. The spa has massage treatments with some having to do with chocolate, of course! And, if you’re visiting the spa, you should probably stay at Hotel Hershey, which has amazing views, food and gorgeous gardens to walk around.

Hershey also has one of the best spots around for factory outlet shopping, and if it’s restaurants you’re looking for, there is Devon Seafood, which is literally one of the best seafood restaurants I have been to and it’s only a one-block walk from Susquehanna’s Hershey branch located on Chocolate Avenue.

For more information about Hershey, click here.

Baltimore, Maryland - You can catch a ballgame, walk through Inner Harbor, visit the National Aquarium and catch a meal out! What’s great about Baltimore is that there are so many options depending on the weather and time of year. A short walk around Inner Harbor will provide you with the full experience. Directly on the water is the famous National Aquarium, which is a must-see. Right next to it is Pier 5, most famously know for the Power Plant, which houses the Hard Rock Café, a massive Barnes & Noble, and my favorite, Rams Head Live where you can enjoy live music shows. Check out the web site for affordable tickets.

On the other side of the harbor is the USS Constellation, Shops at Harbor Place, the Maryland Science Center, and the American Visionary Art Museum. Hop on the Metro, grab a cab, or walk a few blocks into the city and you will discover Baltimore’s own little Italy which boasts some of the best Italian bakeries. A short walk down Lombard Street, and you will stumble on a hole in the wall with a massive following. Attman’s Deli was established in 1915, and over the years they have perfected the deli experience. Order a traditional corned beef on rye with mustard and relax in their famous kibitz room.

To plan your visit to Baltimore, click here.

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