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Fall 2021: Weekend Getaways

From charming and eclectic towns and burgs to heritage coastal climes, America’s historic areas are opening back up to welcome you for day trips, weekend getaways, or more. Enjoy Main Streets, dining and shopping, rural bike rides, walks on the beach, and fascinating tours and museums—all of which were included in Preservation magazine’s fall 2021 issue as part of the "Weekend Getaways" advertising special.

  1. Photo By: SeeQuincy

    Quincy, Illinois

    Architecture Goes Rogue in Quincy, IL. New Abundant Architecture Driving Tour: Explore the city with 3600 structures contributing to the National Register of Historic Places. Complete your getaway on the Mississippi Valley Wine Trail. 800.978.4748. More Driving Tours: Gateway City/Mid Mod Quincy.

  2. Photo By: Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

    Annapolis, Maryland

    As our nation’s first peacetime capital, Annapolis was a political, cultural, and commercial mover and shaker of its day. Today, the historic roots of our colonial port city turned world-renowned recreational boating capital are visible at every turn. A host of tours puts you in touch with four centuries of history and architecture—including the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation. It was here that George Washington resigned his commission as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and the Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the Revolutionary War. Plan your trip to what is called “a Museum without Walls.” Maryland, Be Open For It.

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    Kent County, Maryland

    A getaway to Kent County is an amazing way to make memories! Explore quaint waterfront towns on a bike ride or embark on a sunset cruise. Enjoy theatres, art galleries, specialty shopping, and an awardwinning farmers’ and artisans’ market. Sip and savor home-grown wines and spirits, harvest ripe grapes or horseback ride through the rural landscape

  4. Photo By: Visit Natchez

    Natchez, Mississippi

    Natchez, MS, is known for its unique history, architecture, and Southern hospitality. With over 1000 structures on the National Register of Historic Places, there are phenomenal one-of-a-kind architectural treasures, ancient Indian Mounds, four National Parks sites, preserved museum properties, a wide variety of events all year round, and much more. So, pack your bags and leave your baggage behind! Latest travel updates at visitnatchez.org/responsibly.

  5. Photo By: Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Greater St. Charles, Missouri

    Discover Saint Charles, Missouri. Born from bold explorers and artful traders, St. Charles blends its daring French heritage with a down-to-earth Missouri attitude. We’re historically awesome, rich in culture, and abundant with playful experiences. Explore our authentic Main Street, legendary river, lush parks and trails, our vibrant casino, wineries, and genuine hospitality. Make memories in the midst of our illustrious history, Discover Saint Charles.

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    St. Joseph, Missouri

    Yes, We’re Really That Different—St. Joseph is home to 13 unique museums, a thriving arts and music culture, quaint shopping and dining, and great recreation throughout 26 miles of beautiful parkway. Located at the crossroads of Interstate 29 and MO Highway 36 and less than one hour from Kansas City.

  7. Photo By: Maddie Ogden

    Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

    History is just the beginning. Plan a getaway to historic Ste. Genevieve with original 18th century French colonial architecture, National Historical Park, unique shops, delicious dining, beautiful wineries, a golf course, B&Bs, hotels, museums, state parks, and more. South of St. Louis on I-55.

  8. Photo By: Tom Harmon

    Belhurst Castle, New York

    Named a World’s Best Wine Hotel by Wine Enthusiast, listed on the National Register of Historic Properties, and voted most romantic getaway in the Finger Lakes, Belhurst offers three unique hotels, two restaurants, a Winery and Gift Shop and a Spa-Salon.

  9. Photo By: Peter Crosby/ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

    Bethel Woods, New York

    More than 50 years ago, a festival on these grounds taught us so much about peace and love. Today, it’s our guide in creating museum exhibits, live music, and art programs that highlight the joy of shared experiences. Visit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, and discover your happy place.

  10. Photo By: Trish Rawls

    Fredericksburg, Texas

    Founded in 1846, Fredericksburg, Texas is honoring its 175th anniversary with a yearlong celebration! And you’re invited. Visit this picturesque German community and enjoy abundant walkable shopping in and around historic Main Street, eclectic cuisine, spectacular scenery and your pick of over 50 vineyards and wineries in Texas Wine Country. See for yourself why it is the jewel of the Texas Hill Country.

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    Red Hill-Patrick Henry National Memorial

    Patrick Henry’s Red Hill is the final home and burial place of Founding Father, American Revolution hero, and five-time Governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry. Visitors can tour the breathtaking beauty of over 1,000 of Patrick Henry’s original acres and historic buildings year-round.

  12. Photo By: VisitStaunton.com

    Staunton, Virginia

    Visit Staunton: One of The Most Beautiful Main Streets in America. Five decades of historic preservation have led to a nationally acclaimed downtown— anchored by eclectic architecture, independent shops and restaurants, fascinating museums, six historic districts, and two Historic Hotels of America. The American Shakespeare Center presents dazzling live performances in the stunning Blackfriars Playhouse year-round. Staunton is the perfect base from which to explore Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, historic Blue Ridge Tunnel, Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.

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