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September
22

Fall Foliage Tour 2022 - Baltimore, MD - BHHS Homesale Realty

Fall is in the air. The leaves are just starting to change color around Baltimore, and in another week or two, they'll be in their full, colorful glory. If you're looking for a fun way to relax on the weekend, consider taking a drive to admire the fall foliage. Our real estate agents recommend visiting one or more of these top spots.

  • Druid Hill Park: 900 Druid Park Lake Dr., Baltimore, MD 21217
    Druid Hill Park is one of the oldest parks in the United States. Spanning approximately 745 acres, it has many tree-lined paths and pretty groves where you can admire the leaves changing colors. You can sit on the banks of the Druid Hill Reservoir and enjoy a picnic or toss a few discs around the disc golf course.

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August
25

Fishing at Baltimore Parks - BHHS Homesale Realty

Did you know that every August is National Fishing Month? Whether you're an experienced angler looking to haul in a record-breaking catch or simply someone who enjoys a relaxing day of fishing by the water, there are tons of great local parks around Baltimore where you can celebrate this year. Our real estate agents have all the details of five of the best parks for fishing in the Baltimore area.

  1. Canton Waterfront Park – 3001 Boston St., Baltimore, MD 21224
    Long a local favorite near Baltimore homes for sale thanks to its waterfront scenery and ample amenities, Canton Waterfront Park also happens to be a great place to go fishing. Drop a line from the fishing pier where no license is required to go fishing, and enjoy beautiful views while you reel in the catch of the day. This park is also home to one of the most widely used boat ramps in Baltimore, providing easy access to various coastal waterways. Stop by around sunset to capture some stunning photos in between casts.

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June
23

Great Outdoors Month - Baltimore, MD - BHHS Homes

June is Great Outdoors Month, and we can think of no better way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors than by exploring our local bike routes here in Baltimore County. We're fortunate to have hundreds of miles of paths and trails to choose from.

If you're looking for a place to ride your bike in the Baltimore area, it's safe to say that you have no shortage of options. Our real estate agents are eager to share their favorite bike trails near our Baltimore County homes for sale.

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June
16

Lancaster, PA Lakes for Fishing - BHHS Homesale Realty

Spending an afternoon fishing is one of our real estate agents' favorite ways to unwind. If you're a fishing enthusiast, too, you'll be happy to hear that there are plenty of great fishing spots near our Lancaster homes for sale. Visit one of these five locations this weekend for a little quiet time angling in the summer sun. 

  • Lake Grubb Nature Park - 671 Hempfield Hill Road, Columbia, PA 17512
    Lake Grubb Nature Park spans over 54 acres of land once used as an iron mine. This beautiful park near our Columbia homes for sale is one of the most comfortable areas for extended fishing sessions. On top of its eponymous Lake Grubb, it also contains grill stations and working bathrooms to help make your time at the park more pleasant.

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June
9

Capture Nature in Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

June 15th is a special day for anyone who enjoys nature, photography and spending time outdoors. It's Nature Photography Day, a holiday dedicated to professionals and amateurs who appreciate the beauty of the natural world. If you're looking at Harrisburg homes for sale, there are some lovely places to stop and take nature photos nearby. Here are a few top suggestions.

  1. Wildwood Park and Olewine Nature Center: 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA  17110
    Wildwood Park and Olewine Nature Center is a 229-acre preserve with plenty of great photo ops. You can walk along the 6-mile trail or the boardwalk, spotting various birds, frogs, and even turtles along the way. The preserve also has a shallow lake, where you'll often see water birds resting.

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June
2

Family Bike Ride - Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

There is no better way to enjoy spring than spending some quality time with the family outdoors, and Dutch Country is filled with great places to explore. A family bike ride is an excellent way to see the sights, with a wide variety of quiet country roads, beautiful parks, and scenic trails. Ready to ride? Our real estate agents have the details on five of the best places for a family bike ride in Dutch Country.

  1. Northwest Lancaster County River Trail – Northwestern Lancaster County, PA
    One of the longest trails near Lancaster homes for sale, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail is about 14 miles long and connects with five different local municipalities. The trail was built along the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal route, with plenty of historic industrial sites to visit and interpret as a family along the way. There are some relatively flat sections of the trail that make it suitable for families with young children, and other parts of the trail are still under development to extend the length in future years.

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December
30

Winter Family Fun - Baltimore, MD - BHHS Homesale Realty

In Maryland, the fun doesn't end when the snow flies. In fact, you could argue that the best time to seek out family fun in Baltimore is in the middle of winter. 

You'll find an abundance if great indoor and outdoor activities in the Baltimore area in winter, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorites. Be sure to check out these fun, family-friendly attractions in Baltimore this winter. 

  • Historic Ships in Baltimore - 301 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202
    The four Historic Ships in Baltimore's Inner Harbor are always fun and exciting to visit. During the warmer months, all four are open to the public on guided tours, but in winter, visitors are restricted to the USS Torsk and the USS Constellation. Still, getting to see the inner workings of these ships is an amazing experience. The USS Torsk is a WWII-era submarine, and the USS Constellation is the last sail-only warship the US Navy ever built. The Baltimore Inner Harbor is located just minutes from many Baltimore homes for sale and is also home to the unique Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.

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May
27

Dutch Country Trails to Cover New Ground - BHHS Homesale Realty

Ready to point your compass toward adventure? Our real estate agents have some great ideas for places to explore in the Harrisburg area!

Reading a map is something everyone who owns a bike or a pair of feet should be able to do. And since the final week in May is officially Map Reading Week, we thought we'd take the opportunity to share some parks and trails in Pennsylvania Dutch Country where you can put your skills to good use. 

  • Conewago Recreation Trail - 2385 N. Market St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022
    Utilizing the former Cornwall-Lebanon rail line's path, the Conewago Recreation Trail is a beautiful 5-mile trek near the border of Lancaster and Lebanon counties. It's a level, well-graded and easy-to-follow path through shady woods and expansive meadowlands, with frequent views of  Conewago Creek. The trail is open to hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing, and it's located a stone's throw from many Elizabethtown homes for sale. Keep your eyes open for blooming wildflowers if you hike it in spring.

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April
15

Arboretums Around Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

As the weather starts to warm up, we're all excited to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of springtime. If you happen to be in the area exploring some of the great Harrisburg homes for sale, we recommend taking a break to visit a few of the nearby arboretums and gardens. You might be surprised to learn just how many options you have to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.

  1. Harrisburg Sunken Garden: 1210 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17102
    While it's a small park, the Harrisburg Sunken Garden is worth a visit. It features a formal garden and a gazebo, both of which are excellent spots for photoshoots. This free garden is conveniently located near Riverfront Park, so it's easy to visit any time you're in the area.

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March
18

Baltimore Parks in the Spring - BHHS Homesale Realty

As spring arrives in Maryland, between the last patches of snow, blades of grass, and early flowers reach for the warmth of the sun. As our real estate agents show you the finest Baltimore homes for sale, look for the many lovely parks nearby that will add to your enjoyment of the neighborhood. Here are just a few examples.

  1. Patterson Park - 2601 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21224
    The oldest park in Baltimore, Patterson Park was where American soldiers stood in defense of the British in the War of 1812. Just 15 years later, 6 acres of the land was donated by William Patterson in order to form a public walk. Over the next several years, more space was acquired and the park became a celebration of 19th-century design, with architecture in a number of different styles. The centerpiece structure is a Victorian pagoda used for summer concerts. Today, it remains one of the most widely used parks in the city, with more than 4,000 acres of exquisite green space.

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March
4

Craft Stores Around Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

March is Craft Month, so why not celebrate – or find – your favorite craft by heading out to a shop for supplies or inspiration? Crafting is relaxing yet productive since the result is a beautifully handcrafted piece to keep or give as a gift.

Our real estate agents suggest stopping by the following craft shops:

  • Tandy Leather Harrisburg – 3835 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109   
    Founded in 1919 with the goal of sharing leathercraft with the world, Tandy Leather carries anything you might need for your projects, including leather, machines and accessories; tools such as a stitching groover; hardware including buckles; and books and patterns. You'll also be able to learn about leathercraft through Tandy's Maker Spotlight, projects, and more at the shop, which is located near Harrisburg homes for sale.

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January
21

Bird Watching Around Baltimore, MD - BHHS Homesale Realty

The Baltimore area is notable for its generously wooded areas and its miles of shoreline, both of which are excellent habitats for our avian friends. If you've been actively walking the woods and shores more than usual, and you've begun to wonder about the local birds you've spotted, the good news is it's easier than ever to become a bona fide birdwatcher and identify what you're seeing and hearing.

The investment can be as budget-busting or as modest as you choose: From an inexpensive set of binoculars to a state-of-the-art spotting scope, camera, and tripod, but you will need enhanced vision to track birds. Another helpful and usually free aid is an app such as BirdNET of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which records the sound of a particular bird and then analyzes it for identification. 

If you're looking for a home or listing yours among Baltimore homes for sale, there are some prime bird-watching spots near your neighborhood of choice. Here are five great places.

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January
14

Dutch Country: 5 Places for Winter Hiking - BHHS Homesale Realty

There's something special about Pennsylvania Dutch Country in wintertime. Our real estate agents love getting out to explore the snowy landscape this time of year, and we're excited to share some of our favorite winter hiking destinations near Harrisburg homes for sale!

  1. Lancaster County Central Park - 1050 Rockford Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602
    The largest park in Lancaster County, Lancaster County Central Park encompasses 544 acres of picturesque fields and forests. It's a lovely place for a family hike in any season, with over 12 miles of trails open year-round from dawn until dusk. In winter, the Conestoga Trail is a good place to start. Lancaster County Central Park is home to 3.3 miles of this long-distance hiking route, which traverses mostly flat, easy terrain as it crosses Lancaster County, often mere minutes from these Lancaster homes for sale.

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November
26

Landmark Farms - Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

It's impossible to overestimate the impact that farmers have on our lives every single day. It's also easy to forget about all that farmers do, which is a problem National Farm-City Week hopes to rectify. The event is coming up November 20-26, and there's never been a better opportunity to appreciate our local farmers. 

With that in mind, our real estate agents are delighted to share some of our favorite farms in and around Pennsylvania's Dutch Country. Whether you're looking for a place to pick apples, cut down a Christmas tree, or simply enjoy the fresh bounty of the season, these are some of the best places to go: 

  • Lapp Valley Farm - 244 Mentzer Rd, New Holland, PA 17557
    Lapp Valley Farm has become one of the most popular ice cream destinations in Dutch Country. This dairy farm has been making homemade ice cream from the milk of their own dairy cows for decades, and the results are unlike anything you've ever tasted. The farm also offers fresh eggs and a variety of dairy products, along with a chance to see the cows being milked and hang out with a friendly cadre of cats and peacocks. You'll find Lapp Valley farm in the heart of Lancaster County, just minutes from these New Holland homes for sale.

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September
24

Fall Leaf Tour - Baltimore - BHHS Homesale Realty

There have been days when it's felt like the year 2020 would never end. But the first hints of gold in the leaves suggest otherwise, and as we turn toward autumn, our real estate agents are excited about the prospect of change. 

We're also glad to live in a place like Baltimore, where there are so many spectacular places to view the changing leaves. Be sure to include these spots on your fall foliage tour of Baltimore this season!

  • Federal Hill Park - 300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
    Ask any Baltimore local where they like to go for a walk or run in autumn, and it's a safe bet that Federal Hill Park will be on their list. With an iconic view of the Baltimore city skyline, Federal Hill Park's location on the south shore of the Inner Harbor makes it a scenic spot year-round. But the changing leaves really bring the scenery to life in fall. The park spans over 10 acres, with many miles of nature paths and trails. And with many Baltimore homes for sale nearby, Federal Hill Park is a place you'll want to return to again and again.

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August
13

Geocaching Trails - Dutch Country, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

Lace up your walking shoes and grab your friends – it's time to go on a treasure hunt in Dutch County! Our real estate agents invite you to join thousands of people across the world in a modern-day global scavenger hunt known as geocaching. International Geocaching Day is on Saturday, August 15th, and now is the perfect time to discover this exciting game that's fun for all ages.

Geocaching Explained

Geocaching is unlike any scavenger hunt you've ever played before. Instead of using a typical treasure map, this game is played digitally. Although anyone can geocache, becoming an official geocacher allows you to see where geocaches are approximately located around the world. Signing up is free, and once you've become a member, you'll be able to hunt for geocaches around Dutch Country.

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July
23

Dog Parks - Baltimore, MD - BHHS Homesale Realty

Are you tired of being cooped up in the house? Imagine how your dog feels! Our pets require ample space to stretch their legs and explore the scents and sensations of the world. Even if you have a large back yard, it's healthy for dogs to socialize with other pups and engage in playful fun. As local parks begin to open up for the summer, our real estate agents encourage you to grab your four-legged friend and let them run around at one of these dog parks around Baltimore.

  • Latrobe Park – 1627 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230
    Latrobe Park century-old family-friendly park that contains sports fields, a recreation center, a fenced-in playground, and a dedicated dog park that allows small and large dogs do socialize together in a single space. This park is sponsored by the active-wear company Under Armour, which ensures that it's well-kept and suitable for peoples and animals of all interests and abilities.

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March
19

Running Trails - Baltimore - BHHS Homesale Realty

Running is a great way to relieve stress and challenge yourself to improve. Get out and enjoy the crisp spring air and experience Baltimore outdoors. Be sure to check out some favorite local running trails of our real estate agents in the Baltimore area.

  • Herring Run Park - 3800 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
    An urban oasis in Northeast Baltimore, Herring Run Park encompasses 375 acres of rugged woodlands just minutes from the heart of downtown. It's known as one of the best spots in the city for hiking, nature viewing, picnicking, and photography. But for runners, the highlight of the park is a 4-mile paved loop trail that meanders alongside the banks of Herring Run, crisscrossing the stream over a series of picturesque bridges. The park is also just minutes from many Baltimore homes for sale.

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August
29

Baltimore, MD Pickleball Courts - BHHS Homesale Realty

Pickleball is gaining popularity all over the country, and our real estate agents have been receiving a lot of questions about where to play this fun sport in Baltimore County. As it turns out, there are a lot of great pickleball courts in the Baltimore area, many of them a mere stone's throw from beautiful Baltimore homes for sale.

What Is Pickleball?

Chances are you've heard of pickleball before. You may even remember playing it back in gym class. But the sport has been blowing up in popularity during the last few years, and this fun mashup of ping pong and tennis is quickly becoming a new craze. Pickleball leagues are springing up all over the country, and Baltimore is no exception.

If you happen to be new to the sport, it's easy to play, with simple rules and a lot of familiar elements. You can think of it as over-sized ping pong, with a tennis-sized net, played on a badminton-sized court. The racquets are similar to oversized ping pong paddles, and the ball is like a giant ping pong ball (or maybe more like a Wiffle ball). 

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July
4

 National Picnic Month in Baltimore - BHHS Homesale Realty

There's nothing quite like spreading out a blanket on some fresh, green grass and enjoying an outdoor meal with family or friends. If that sounds like your perfect way to spend the day, you'll probably be looking forward to National Picnic Month, which happens in July each year. So dust off that picnic basket and be ready to pack it your favorite picnic treats to do your part in celebrating the age-old tradition of summertime picnics.

But what if you will be away from home this July, shopping for your next home in the Baltimore area? Never fear, our real estate agents have you covered. There are lots of great places to celebrate National Picnic Month in our area, including these five parks around Baltimore:

  1. Druid Hill Park, 900 Druid Park Lake Drive
    A lovely and popular Baltimore spot for a picnic, Druid Hill Park is a scenic, 745-acre city park. You can celebrate National Picnic Month at any of its many lovely picnic spots, enjoying the natural beauty of the land and the park's reservoir. After your meal, there are trails, botanic gardens, and a conservatory to explore if you wish, and the park is also home to the Maryland Zoo.

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