Beyond the Bikini

The Main Falls at Bushkill Falls PA
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By Mandy Boyle
Advertising Sales Manager

As the promise of Spring Break draws near, destinations such as Miami and Cancun prepare for yet another season of college student “cultural” experiences. For most of us, Spring Break means a wallet left empty by spring semester book and tuition costs. It seems to be a great prospect that we will spend our vacation time working our multiple part time jobs, preparing for final projects, and wishing for a warmer climate.

Put your bank account at ease. Here are several places within 500 miles that you not only will enjoy, but you also don’t have to worry about Mom and Dad seeing your smiling faces amongst the scantly clad on MTV.

Destination 1: New Hope, PA

Stuck between the junction of Route 202 and the Delaware River, New Hope is a picturesque small town with many unique shops, historical attractions, art galleries, nightlife, and romantic boat rides. Offering carriage rides, ghost tours, and walking excursions, New Hope gives off a unique small town charm while only a short drive away from Philadelphia.

Destination 2: Cape May, NJ

A little pricier than other local destinations but definitely worth it. A quiet seaside village filled with historical inns and restaurants, shops, galleries, and private beaches, Cape May is a tranquil getaway. With opportunities to go whale and dolphin watching, carriage rides, spend a day at the spa, or take in a concert, this small town packs a lot of punch. Even during the off-season, Cape May offers many seasonal activities, festivals, and much more.

Fun Fact: Throughout the month of March, Cape May offers showing of black and white film classics at Congress Hall.

Destination 3: Bushkill Falls, PA

Although not weeklong vacations spot, Bushkill Falls makes for an enjoyable day-trip. Regarded as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is a scenic experience featuring eight waterfalls and numerous hiking trails. With a variety of gift shops, several exhibits, and fishing and paddle boating, this attraction emphasizes the tranquility of nature as well as the opportunity to enjoy yourself without the traveling hassle.

Destination 4: Conneaut Lake, PA

One of the largest natural lakes in Pennsylvania, Conneaut Lake is a popular get away for many Pittsburgh residents. Conneaut Lake Park, a historical amusement park, keeps an antique charm while still integrating modern thrill-seeking technology such as the Blue Streak roller coaster and Cliffhanger Falls, two popular attractions. For lodging, staying at the historical Hotel Conneaut allows for visitors direct access to the park as well as use of the hotel’s private beach.

Destination 5: Ithaca, NY

Set between Ithaca College and Cornell University, Ithaca stands as a thriving college town. Famous for breath-taking waterfalls and gorges, Ithaca is a nature lover’s hot spot. Filled with eclectic shops and cafés, Ithaca also has several attractions such as the Sciencenter and numerous art galleries and several active theater companies. The nightlife scene features Latin dance parties, karaoke, and much more.

Fun Fact: Latin Jamz, showcasing the hottest Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue, Latin House, Bachata and more, is featured at the Level B club in College town every Saturday night until March 15.

Destination 6: Rehoboth Beach, DE

Billed as “The Nation’s Summer Capital,” Rehoboth Beach is an alternative to the more industrially developed Ocean City, MD as a vacation spot. Filled with eclectic shops, wooden boardwalk, and of course, white sand beaches, this destination keeps growing in popularity. Although a beach, Rehoboth stands to be a more artistically appealing than most other spring break destinations. With numerous nightlife opportunities, variety of dining choices, and shopping venues, Rehoboth stands as a relatively close and enjoyable beach experience.

Fun Fact: On March 15, “Scheherazade,” Delaware Belly Dance Extravaganza & Renaissance day will be held at the Milton Theatre. Even if you don’t have the chance to get to a destination during the break, don’t be discouraged. The true intention of this time is to give your mind a rest from the stress of being a college student.  Author Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said it best, “There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden, or even in your bathtub.”

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