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Daiquiri Day Around Baltimore, MD - BHHS Homesale Realty

Have you ever wondered why pina coladas have their own song but daiquiris don't? At least daiquiris have their own holiday! National Daiquiri Day is coming up on Tuesday, July 19th. Luckily, our real estate agents know all the best places to get daiquiris in Baltimore. Check them out below.

  • The Bluebird Cocktail Room: 3600 Hickory Ave., Baltimore, MD 21211
    The Bluebird Cocktail Room 
    is known for its expertly crafted cocktails. The bartenders are extremely talented and personable and can create drinks to please almost any palate. The bar has a trendy, upscale vibe inspired by literature and botany.

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Food Halls - Baltimore, MD - BHHS Homesale Realty

Food halls are great places to visit as you take in the sights, sounds, and delicious smells from different vendors. They offer a variety of dining destinations in one convenient location, so you'll have your choice of cuisine and can each try something different if you're in a group of family, friends, or coworkers.
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Baltimore St. Patrick Parade 2019-BHHS Homesale Realty

Are you ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day as only Baltimore knows how? The Baltimore St. Patrick Parade is set to return for its 64th year, and always ranks among the highlights of the city's annual events. It's a chance to don your emerald-green gear, enjoy some time outdoors around the start of spring, and see the streets of Baltimore transformed with a touch of Irish.

Whether you're participating in the parade or enjoying the show as a spectator, now is the time to start making plans for the parade. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on when, where, and how to enjoy the 64th Annual Baltimore St. Patrick Parade this year.

Enjoy a Taste of the Emerald Isle Close to Home at the 64th Annual Baltimore St. Patrick Parade

The Event: The 64th Annual Baltimore St. Patrick Parade and Shamrock 5k Race

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

Times: Shamrock 5k Race – 1:15 p.m., Baltimore St. Patrick Parade – 2 p.m.

Location: Parade Route Starts at Washington Monument

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Baltimore Speakeasy Bars - BHHS Homesale Realty

Travel back in time nearly a century, and you'll find an era when alcohol was prohibited. But that didn't stop people from finding a place to spend a night on the town. Speakeasies first grew in popularity in the 1920s, functioning as bars and clubs that were hidden from the eye of law enforcement. People who visited these establishments would be told to "speak easy" to keep the location concealed, and the resulting speakeasies flourished for more than a decade while prohibition was in effect.

While there's no need to hide drinking and nightlife establishments from law enforcement these days, speakeasies have nonetheless enjoyed a recent rebirth in popularity. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on where to find four great speakeasies in the Baltimore area.

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York PA Area Christmas Tree Farms
If you're in the area looking into York homes for sale, then it's only natural to also look into what our gorgeous, historic city has to offer. Amenities abound, and a diverse range of attractions await both in the central district and its surrounding areas. Appropriately, considering the time of year, there are plenty of options available for the upcoming Holidays.

Thankfully, our real estate agents in York have scoped out some of the best places in the area to cut your Christmas tree this holiday season. Here's our list of tree farms worth a look!

  • Brown's Tree Farm - 1515 Parkview Road, York PA
    Founded in 1988 and located off Parkview Road, Brown's Tree Farm features a selection of gorgeous Douglas, Fraser, and Canaan Fir trees. Their field trees average $50, with a large variety of daily fresh-cut trees available starting from $20. The Browns and their crew also create handmade wreaths, garlands, window sashes, and more! They're open all week, so be sure to contact them for more information.

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Baltimore Family Fun Ice SkatingThere are so many wonderful opportunities to create holiday memories in Baltimore every year, as familiar parts of the city transform with holiday cheer. The Pandora Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor is one of our city's most memorable holiday traditions.  This year's, and this year's grand opening will be here before you know it. 

Whether you're still shopping for Baltimore homes for sale or you're already a resident, a day at the Pandora Ice Rink is the perfect way to soak up the excitement of the holiday season. Many local businesses and restaurants also offer specials throughout the Pandora Ice Rink season, especially during the holidays.

The Pandora Ice Rink is open Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy an opportunity to see the Inner Harbor in an entirely new way when The Pandora Ice Rink opens November 9. Our real estate agents have all the details on how to enjoy this unique Baltimore holiday tradition.

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Baltimore - Brewers Art
While there are plenty of places to grab a great craft brew in Baltimore, few can match the tradition, reputation, and atmosphere of The Brewer's Art. Located in Mt. Vernon, The Brewer's Art has been serving some of Baltimore's best beer for more than 20 years, in a unique, historic setting. And The Brewer's Art is about so much more than simply serving great beer. The dining room, which is open seven days a week, features flavorful meals for lunch, dinner, and even Sunday brunch. Our real estate agents love exploring the city, and we have the inside scoop on what it's like to visit The Brewer's Art in Baltimore. 

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Baltimore Game Day Restaurants
There's nothing quite like an NFL game to liven up your Sunday afternoon. Take a break from looking at Baltimore homes for sale head over to M&T Bank Stadium experience the game day atmosphere and cheer the Baltimore Ravens on to victory.

5 Places for Game Day Grub Before a Ravens Game

M&T Bank Stadium is located at 1101 Russell St. and with a seating capacity of 71,008, the fans make seeing a game there quite an experience. From the purple lighting, and extra-large video screens, to the cheerleaders and mascot, there's fun everywhere. With Baltimore's extensive football history and winning tradition, the chances are good you'll see an exciting and memorable game too.

Whether you're going to the game in person or want a place to watch, one thing game day always requires is great food and drink. Try one or all of these five fan-favorite restaurants to satisfy your pre-game hunger.

  1. Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd., Baltimore
    With an extensive menu of your favorite classic bar foods, there's something for everyone at Pickles Pub. And of course, an entire section of the menu is devoted to everyone's favorite Maryland staple – crab dishes. But as you might have guessed, the fried pickles are their signature dish.

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Baltimore Canton Neighborhood
When you're shopping for Baltimore homes for sale, there are few things more important to your long-term satisfaction than finding the right neighborhood. There are a ton of great options to choose from, each with something unique to offer for residents. Baltimore's Canton neighborhood, located on the waterfront, has become one of the hottest spots in the city for a wide range of residents. The neighborhood features plenty of local businesses, beautiful views, and unique homes that make creative use of the area's historic structures. Our real estate agents love helping clients pick the perfect location, and we've got the inside scoop on what to expect from Baltimore's Canton neighborhood.

Canton: One of the Best Waterfront Neighborhoods in Baltimore

Fishing and Outdoor Fun at Canton Waterfront Park

Canton is a waterfront neighborhood with plenty of places to enjoy its great outdoors. Canton Waterfront Park is one of the neighborhood's most popular destinations for outdoor fun, with beautiful views of the harbor, spacious outdoor recreation areas, and plenty of great spots for a picnic. The park also includes a boat ramp and fishing pier, making it easy to enjoy fun on the water close to home.

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Lancaster Pumpkin Picking

Autumn is upon us, and that means it's time for sweaters, fall foliage, and decorating for the season. From decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving to baking up your favorite autumn treats, pumpkins are a part of what makes this time of year so special, and there's nothing like the fun of heading out to the pumpkin patch with your family. If you're wondering where to find that perfect pumpkin in the Lancaster area, we have you covered with our top five "picks."

  1. Brook Lawn Farm Market - 2325 Lititz Pike, Lancaster
    You're sure to find great pumpkins and lots of fun when you visit Brook Lawn Farm Market. This family farm offers a selection of fresh produce throughout the year, and pumpkin season is a local favorite. The managers pride themselves on using environmentally responsible farming methods, and their dedication is evident in their crops. They'll even give you an old ride to the pumpkin patch! Have some family fun while looking at Lancaster homes for sale at Brook Lawn Farm Market.

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Gettysburg - Dobbins House

Our real estate agents often get asked what makes a particular city, suburb, or neighborhood stand out as a unique place to live.  For many people, it's the local history of a community.  No matter the diversity of a community, you share that community's history with your neighbors. 

Gettysburg is filled with American history due to its important role in the Civil War, and the city where President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg address.  As you can imagine, the historic homes in Gettysburg have quite a story to tell. And the Dobbin House is one you shouldn't miss.

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Baltimore Mosaic Night Club & Lounge
Baltimore has a lot going for it. Rich historical sites, incredible architecture, world-class seafood and a thriving economy, just to name a few. But our real estate agents want to make one thing very clear – Baltimore is also a great place to throw a party. 

Sure, Baltimore probably isn't the first place that pops into your head when you think about great cities for a party, but that's a perception that's quickly changing. The nightlife in Baltimore is growing fast, and today we intend to highlight one of our favorite spots: Mosaic Nightclub and Lounge.  

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York Bike Night
On Saturday, September 22nd, the 24th Annual Bike Night presented by Harley Davidson® is coming back to York.  2018 will be the first time the event is held on a Saturday, making it more accessible to both families and out-of-town guests.  

The event attracts visitors from across the U.S. and Canada. It's held in downtown York, in and around Continental Square, and runs from 3 to 9 pm. The annual parade kicks off from the York Expo Center at 4:30 pm. Our REALTORS® everything you need to know, so you're sure not to miss a minute of this event. 

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Baltimore Federal Hill Ryleigh's Oyster Bar
Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood has long been known as one of the best places in the city to grab a meal, whether you're in the mood for light lunch, classic entree, or succulent seafood. Ryleigh's Oyster Bar, located in Federal Hill, is a great example of the delicious dining you'll find in the neighborhood and is regularly recognized as one of the best raw bars in the region. Ryleigh's has been a popular Federal Hill destination since it was opened in 2000 and has since expanded to other locations in Baltimore County. Our real estate agents have the details on what to expect from Ryleigh's fantastic Federal Hill location.

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Baltimore Cylburn Arboretum

Cylburn Arboretum - An Oasis in The City

There's no better way to appreciate a new city than through the eyes of a local. Our real estate agents love living and working in Baltimore and can't wait to share where to find the best Baltimore experiences. Read on to discover why we recommend a visit to Cylburn Arboretum when you're shopping for Baltimore homes for sale.

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Gettysburg Historic Homes David Wills House

Gettysburg homes for sale are suffused with a unique sense of history you don't see everywhere in the United States. Even the most modern homes are just within reach of iconic sites that shaped America's long and storied journey.

It's no surprise the town of Gettysburg – now with 7,700 permanent residents – has its share of historic residences. These range from smaller townhouses to large, almost palatial estates filled with amazing architecture and other touches that tell the tale of the times.

Our real estate agents are always excited to introduce people to the amazing sights of Gettysburg. One of those is the historic David Wills House. You'll definitely want to take time to see it, even if you're only in the Gettysburg, PA area for a brief visit to house hunt.

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Baltimore Family Fun B&O Railroad Museum
Baltimore is a beautiful city with deep historical roots that continue to play an instrumental role today. Visitors and residents alike love its diverse and multi-cultural opportunities that are unique to this area.  When you relocate to Baltimore, our real estate agents will take you on a guided tour through the city's past and introduce you to your future home.

While you are viewing homes for sale in Baltimore, make a stop to see the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, an adventure for your entire family. You'll find the Museum among Baltimore's historic southwest neighborhoods and is the birthplace of American railroading.

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York Zagster Bike Share
Are you searching for the perfect way to explore everything that downtown York has to offer while getting a great workout in the process? Would you like to beat the summer traffic, without ever getting behind the wheel of your car? Then we have good news for you! Zagster Bike Share is back in York, and there's never been a better time to explore the city on two wheels. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on what to expect from Zagster Bike Share, and how you can use the service to enjoy all that York, PA has to offer.

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Baltimore Douglass-Myers Mairtime Park & Museum
Baltimore is steeped in American history like few other places. That means Baltimore homes for sale are perfect for those who like to spend their free time seeing history come alive right in their own backyard. Our real estate agents can help you find the best new home for your needs.

If you're interested in fascinating African-American history and in the best national heritage sites in all of Maryland, you won't want to miss Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. It's found right in historic Fells Point and sits on the water as a defining example of industrial elegance.

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Baltimore MECU Pavilion
We have good news and bad news when it comes to the concert pavilion formerly know as Pier Six located along Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The bad news: Pier Six is no more. The good news: It's back bigger and better than ever, with big-time upgrades and a brand new name. Now, this popular outdoor entertainment destination is known as the MECU Pavilion, and some of the biggest names in music will be taking the stage in Baltimore for years to come. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on the upgrades, the name change, and what to expect from the MECU Pavilion in the future.

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Baltimore The Charleston
Baltimore is filled with fabulous restaurants, but it's tough to top the incredible food, fantastic service, and amazing atmosphere of the Charleston. Established in 1997, the Charleston offers a unique fusion of French cuisine, and Lowcountry, Carolina-style cooking. The result is a menu that consistently wins awards – not just as one of the best restaurants in Baltimore, but as one of the top dining destinations in the entire country. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply want to sample the best of Baltimore, you'll love spending time at the Charleston. Our REALTORS® have all of the delicious details on one of Baltimore's best dining destinations.

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Lancaster Family Fun

Our real estate agents want you to know something about Lancaster homes for sale: This is an amazing time to buy your first home, and there are all kinds of sizes and styles to choose from! 

When people think about Lancaster, one thing they don't always realize is just how diverse it can be. No matter whether you're a rising professional, starting a family, or a retiree, you'll find a place here to call your own – with the help of the right real estate agent, of course!

The area is particularly attractive for those with young kids. Not only is it host to some of the top public schools in Pennsylvania, it also has a collection of wonderful family-friendly attractions.

As summer rolls in, one of the ones you definitely shouldn't miss is Dutch Wonderland!

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Baltimore Hippodrome Theatre
Baltimore is one of America's most historic cities. No matter which Baltimore homes for sale appeal to you, you can be sure they're not far from a slice of history. Many residents find themselves living just steps away from sites that have shaped the American story.

Because of this, the people and authorities of Baltimore frequently work together to preserve the city's heritage. Even a handful of houses on the open market are decades old. Older buildings are conserved and protected so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

One terrific example is the legendary Hippodrome Theater founded in 1914.

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Baltimore Best Doughnut Shops
Every year, BHHS Homesale Realty helps people searching for Baltimore homes for sale. We know our communities inside and out – including important things like employers, education, healthcare ... and doughnut shops!

No matter whether you spell it "doughnut" or "donut," you're bound to find plenty of sweet treats around Baltimore. Doughnuts are so popular, they even get local news coverage as visitors and locals alike look for the best confections.

We'll admit it: Our REALTORS® love 'em, too!

Here's our unofficial list of where to find the best doughnuts in Baltimore:

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York County Rail TrailOur REALTORS® are known for going the extra mile to understand all of the perks and amenities of the neighborhoods they serve. When it comes to York homes for sale, that is quite literal. The York area has dozens of great trails, and we've selected a favorite.

That's right: We've hit the trail to explore York County Heritage Rail Trail!

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Baltimore Fort McHenry
No matter where you look, Baltimore homes for sale stand in the midst of one of the nation's most historic regions. Baltimore has been a central part of the American drama since colonial times, throughout the Revolution, and beyond. If you love history, you'll love Baltimore!

As one of the places where America's experiments in democracy first began to bear fruit, the whole Baltimore region is just covered with famous sites. In war and peace, Baltimore is a place that has always had something to contribute to the story of the United States.

One of the unforgettable sites you can visit in Baltimore is Fort McHenry National Shrine.

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Old York Street Fair
report that York homes for sale are expected to sell quickly this season.

York, Pennsylvania--known as the White Rose City after the royal house that inspired its name--has always been a centerpiece of the state's culture and industry.

With 43,000 residents, it's the 11th-largest city in the state. While still a "small city" by many standards, it combines with the surrounding communities to create the 108,000-head Greater York community.

More people are moving to York from nearby locations. Plus, out-of-state visitors are finding themselves moved (figuratively and literally) by its charms: Including many theaters, nonprofit heritage centers, and a diverse music scene.

The Olde York Street Fair is just one example of the many delights of living in York.  In fact, another installment of this yearly celebration is just around the corner.

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Columbia PA Turkey Hill
During the summer and throughout the year, you'll find Turkey Hill ice cream on the shelves of stores throughout the Lancaster County area. Picking your favorite flavor and diving in is a tradition that never stops being fun, no matter the season. So why not spend a day immersed in the sweet science of ice cream, iced tea, and fantastic flavors? The Turkey Hill Experience is a unique Lancaster County attraction, and a perfect way to spend a day with the family. Our REALTORS® have all of the sweetest details on this fun, flavorful Columbia, PA destination.

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Baltimore Light City
For most of the year, our home city of Baltimore, MD is known as Charm City, but for a few weeks every year Baltimore becomes Light City. Billed as "Baltimore's international festival of light, music, and innovation," the Light City festival is a great example of what makes our city such a special place to call home. With light installations created by artists from around the globe and the beautiful backdrop of the Inner Harbor, Light City is one Baltimore event you won't want to miss. Our REALTORS® have all of the details on what to expect from Light City 2018.

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Baltimore Historic City Hall

There are many historic buildings throughout the city of Baltimore, but few match the beauty, history, and stories of Baltimore City Hall. The first cornerstone of Baltimore City Hall was put in place in 1867, in a ceremony that drew observers and celebrants from throughout the city. Ever since, Baltimore City Hall has been a center of civic life in Baltimore, and a prime example of the unique, historic architecture that you'll find in many of the city's most iconic buildings. Our REALTORS® have all of the details on this popular, historic Baltimore landmark.

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Baltimore Basilica Exterior
Baltimore is a city filled with history and a wealth of historic homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and attractions to explore. The city is also home to quite a few historic churches. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary – known as the Baltimore Basilica, for short – is one of Baltimore's most stunning historic sites and is among the oldest religious buildings in the country. Our REALTORS® have all of the details on this truly spectacular historic site in Baltimore, MD.

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York - Haines Shoe House
We've all heard the story of the old woman who lived in a shoe.

Well, if she lived in York County's Haines Shoe House, she WOULD know what to do!

Every spring, the iconic Haines Shoe House welcomes thousands of visitors. It's fun for all ages with guided tours of this unusual structure topped off by tasty treats like hand-dipped ice cream.

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Baltimore Senator Theatre

Baltimore is a beautiful place to visit and live in. It's also home to one of the best historic theaters in the world: the Senator Theatre. Launched in October 1939 by Durkee Enterprises, the Senator Theatre features both classics and latest movies. 

This historic theater is a distinguishable Baltimore landmark thanks to its unique architecture and a multicolored glow at night. The Senator Theatre has a Dolby Digital surround sound and state-of-the-art projection system that takes the movie experience to another level. Our REALTORS® have compiled the following information to give you a better understanding of the history and beauty it brings to Baltimore.

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Pikesville's Essen Room
A classic New York-style deli can offer comforting, robust meals that hit the spot with the most mouth-watering savory flavors. Now you can enjoy that legacy right in the heart of Pikesville with The Essen Room, which opened at the end of 2017. 

Pikesville, MD has its share of tasty restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some are famous, while others are tucked out of the way. The Essen Room is one of the city's best-kept secrets. With a name meaning to eat in Yiddish, it features delectable Jewish cuisine.

It's led by Baltimore native Neil Parish, and you can enjoy it today.

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Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards
The start of baseball season is always cause for excitement here in Baltimore, and our REALTORS® are looking forward to a strong year for the Baltimore Orioles. The first game of 2018 is right around the corner at Camden Yards, so if you're new to the Baltimore area, here's what you need to know about the upcoming Orioles season. 

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Lancaster Mud Sale
Don't let its name put you off. A mud sale isn't selling mud at all, any more than a garage sale is selling a garage or a yard sale is selling a yard. Rather, the term came into use because the sales are typically held in late winter and early spring, when all of the season's snows are melting... creating mud.

Mud sales are more community-focused than a garage sale or a yard sale, however. The point isn't to sell off your unwanted things, but to come together as a community and raise money for volunteer firefighter programs. The result is a fun-filled day that's more like a cross between a country fair and a church bazaar.

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Baltimore Move
For many residents, Baltimore is far more than just a pleasant city to call home. Whether you love the arts, the outdoors, great food, or anything in between, moving to Baltimore allows you to enjoy a truly unique city. Our REALTORS® have put together ten things you have to know before moving to Baltimore.

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Baltimore Civic Works Clifton Mansion
Baltimore is a city filled with history around every corner. Preserving our history wouldn't be possible without the hard work of dedicated volunteers in our community. Throughout Baltimore's history, there have been groups working to preserve our historic buildings, businesses, and neighborhoods so that we can still enjoy them today. 

Civic Works is one volunteer organization working to make the city an even better place to call home, and its home base happens to be one of the most unique historic buildings in Baltimore--Clifton Mansion. Our REALTORS® are here to share details about Civic Works, and the beautiful Clifton Mansion they call home.

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Baltimore is revered worldwide for some of the best seafood in the United States. There are so many well-known restaurants here, it can be tough to pick just one! Let's look at some of the best places to eat an unforgettable lunch:

  1. Faidley Seafood
    203 North Paca St., Baltimore, MD 21201

    Family-owned and operated for over 130 years, Faidley Seafood doubles as one of the top local seafood markets. People come from far and wide to sample its award-winning crab cakes, which are available starting at 10 am. every day but Sunday.

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Baltimore Bridal Events
Planning a new life with your future husband or wife? Congratulations! From planning a wedding to buying your first house, you have a lot of milestones to celebrate, and we look forward to helping you do that. But you also have a lot of expenses and decisions to consider, especially if you hope to nab that perfect venue or live in that dream house. Fortunately, bridal shows were made with you in mind, and Baltimore has plenty of events to choose from!

This winter, add some wedding-themed fun into your financial planning with some of our city's most popular bridal shows. With the right wedding vendor discounts and giveaways, you could decrease your wedding budget and increase your down payment. If you're smart about the choices you make for your wedding, you may even be able to consider more valuable Baltimore homes for sale.

Every penny counts when you're buying your first home together, so grab those bridal discounts and freebies when you can. Here are five of our favorite bridal shows in the Baltimore area, all coming up within the next few months:

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Harrisburg Farm Show
The agricultural industry has long played a key part of the Pennsylvania economy, employing more than half a million people and generating many billions in revenue each year. Travel through Pennsylvania, and you can see the impact of agriculture first-hand. Every year, farmers and interested observers alike descend on Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania Farm Show. It serves as the perfect opportunity to celebrate Pennsylvania's agricultural heritage, learn more about the industry, visit interesting exhibits, and participate in fun family activities. Our REALTORS® in Harrisburg have all of the details on this one-of-a-kind, local event.

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Things to Do in Baltimore with KidsBaltimore, Maryland residents have a lot to be happy about – but one fantastic aspect of this city newcomers might not know is just how great it is for kids. Not only does Baltimore boast world-class education and pediatric care, it also has tons of fun things to do in all weather. 

Looking for some exciting events to share with the kids this winter? In addition to all the usual holiday cheer, don't forget the many family-friendly sites Baltimore boasts all year around. Many of them offer special discounts in December and January. Plus, they fill the months with amazing events.

If you're exploring Baltimore with the little ones this season, don't pass up these ten family favorites:

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Baltimore Things to Do New Year's Eve
It's almost time to turn the page on another great year in Baltimore, but first we've got to celebrate 2017 in the way only our city knows how. No matter how you like to celebrate or who you're bringing along, there's a New Year's Eve event in Baltimore with your name on it. Enjoy a themed party with good food and even better drinks, or head out with the family for some ice skating and a fireworks show near the Inner Harbor. Our REALTORS® have made their resolutions, and now it's time to tell you all about the exciting New Year's Eve events in Baltimore this year.

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York PA New Year's Eve Celebrations

With noisemakers, streamers and party hats in hand, where will you be spending New Year's Eve?  If you live in York, PA (or will be in 2018), when New Year's Eve rolls around there are more things to do than stay at home and watch the ball drop on TV.  York is known for our celebrations that range from parties for the smallest members of your families to night-long celebrations for the adults.  

Our REALTORS® have a long list of New Year's celebrations to share that just might become your next holiday tradition.

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Baltimore Spas and Salons
Whether you're looking for a new house or juggling weeks' worth of holiday parties, your to-do list is probably looking pretty long these days. With so many activities and responsibilities on your plate, it's easy to forget to schedule "me time" to pamper yourself. 

Not so fast! We don't want you to underestimate the value of a good spa session, especially if you're making big real estate decisions soon. After all, our REALTORS® emphasize curb appeal for a reason. It's easier to attract success when you look and feel good. Fortunately, we live in a city with plenty of places to get glamorous and relax before the holiday rush hits.

This holiday season, we recommend a trip to one of our local spas for some holiday self-care. You'll love looking and feeling your best – almost as much as you'll love our Baltimore homes for sale. Here are some of our favorite spas in Baltimore, all decadent destinations in some of the city's hottest neighborhoods:

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Lancaster County Fresh-cut Christmas Trees
Finding the perfect Christmas tree is a holiday tradition that dates back generations, and for many of us, a trip to the tree farm is the time when the holiday season truly gets into full swing. There's simply something wonderful about setting out with the family, or your special someone, to find the tree that will be at the center of your holiday celebrations. 

If you're searching for the right tree to deck the halls of your home, then Lancaster County is an excellent place to find it. Our REALTORS® are here to help you decorate in style, with a guide to finding the right tree in Lancaster County during the holidays.

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Where to Dine Out in Baltimore on Thanksgiving Day

Baltimore Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and if you do not have meal plans yet--or you're thinking about changing the ones you already made--then you've come to the right city. Baltimore is brimming with delicious restaurants that will keep their doors open for indulgent feasts. While you're searching for homes for sale in Baltimore, why not preview some of our city's holiday hospitality too?

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York PA Holiday Events
Winter is coming to York, Pennsylvania, and that means Santa is coming too! Soon, our picturesque town will be full of holiday lights, trees, and festivities that fill local families with the holiday spirit. These events are very special perks of buying a home in York, and they're great reasons to visit us too. This winter, our REALTORS® want to make sure you enjoy everything York has to offer as your family celebrates the holidays. Here are some of their favorite ways to get festive in York:

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Baltimore Christmas Village 2017
As you tour homes for sale in Baltimore, be sure to include a visit to Christmas Village 2017. Now in its fifth season, Christmas Village in Baltimore brings the city's Inner Harbor region to life with holiday charm sure to please every member of your family.  

The Christmas Village in Baltimore is an authentic German Christmas market. Artisans in unique wooden huts and a huge heated tent offer high-quality local and international gifts and a great variety of European food, sweets and drinks. Festive, holiday events and entertainment are scheduled every day.

Our REALTORS® live and work in the Baltimore area. We know you'll enjoy Christmas Village. You'll have an opportunity to shop, sample local food and culture, and view the Baltimore's beautiful harbor front area.

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What's It Like Living in Lancaster, PA?

Lancaster Living - Fulton Theater
Whether you're looking for a quiet life in the country or prefer to live in the thick of a bustling downtown scene, living in Lancaster County, PA offers something for everyone. One of the oldest inland towns in the United States, Lancaster City has seen a renaissance in recent years and is home to a thriving arts community. If you step outside the city, beautiful rolling hills and the rich culture of Amish country provide a peaceful backdrop for modern country living. From stately historic farmhouses to modern condominiums, there are many Lancaster homes available to fit your lifestyle.  

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Ghost Tours and Haunted Attractions in Baltimore

Baltimore MD Haunted Houses
Ask any Baltimorean what are the best things to do in their city and you'll get plenty of answers ranging from gorging on Chesapeake blue crabs to touring an unbeatable list of US landmarks.  However, every October as Halloween rolls around and when you live in a city with over 200 years of history, thoughts of ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night get added to the list.  As Baltimore locals prepare to celebrate Halloween and visit our area's most "spirited" places, our REALTORS® have conjured up this list of haunted houses and terrifying trails guaranteed to "scare you to death".

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Baltimore 9th Annual Beer Week
Baltimore, MD is well-known for its fantastic selection of craft breweries throughout our community and the great locations to enjoy our favorite drink. But every year, when the days grow shorter and the temperature starts to drop, Beer Week in Baltimore arrives. Baltimore's unique, historic neighborhoods come together to celebrate Beer Week, with loads of events, live performances, great food, and all of your favorite Baltimore brews. Our REALTORS® in Baltimore love enjoying all that the city has to offer, and we've got all the key details on Baltimore Beer Week 2017.

Celebrating Baltimore's Unique Flavors, the Best Bars, and Good Friends

One of the first things you'll notice when you scout Baltimore, MD homes for sale is that the city is home to many unique neighborhoods. Beer Week is the perfect excuse to explore those neighborhoods, sample the flavors of the city, and enjoy some quality time with your favorite people. This year's Baltimore Beer Week runs through October 22 and features a jam-packed schedule of events to enjoy.

  • When One Week Is Not Enough – Yes, it's called Baltimore Beer Week, but will anyone really be complaining if it lasts for longer than seven days? This year's Beer Week runs all the way to October 22, 2017, which means you get 10 days to enjoy all of the excitement in the city.

  • Baltimore Beer Legends – History is such a big part of life in Baltimore, and celebrating history is certainly an important part of Baltimore Beer Week! The Baltimore Beer Legends Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring those who have shaped the local brewing scene, and there are events throughout the week honoring hall of fame members. Enjoy a cold beer, and chat with the local legends of the Baltimore brewing scene.

  • Tastings Around Town – Whether you head out to your favorite bar or set out to try someplace new, you will be sure to find plenty of great specials and tempting tastings throughout the city during Baltimore Beer Week. Sample the finest beer the city has to offer at a tasting, or participate in a "Battle of the Beers" and see how Baltimore's best stacks up against other craft brews from around the country.

  • For a Good Cause – Many of the most popular events during Baltimore Beer Week also double as big fundraisers for local charities, so you can raise a glass and raise some money for a good cause in the process. Raising money for charity has never tasted so good, and there are plenty of opportunities to give back throughout the week.

  • Excellent Entertainment – The bars, restaurants, and breweries of Baltimore aren't satisfied with simply serving the best beer and food possible all week. They also want to make sure that you're entertained throughout the event, with a busy schedule of live performances all week long.

  • Homebrew, Too – Perhaps you fancy yourself a brewer, too, and have been working all year to perfect your latest creation. Baltimore Beer Week gives you the opportunity to enter tasting competitions, learn from local legends, and trade tips with other home-brewers from around the country.

Ready to enjoy the excitement of Baltimore Beer Week, but still searching for the right home in the city to call your own? Contact us at BHHS Homesale Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Baltimore, MD area.

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Your York County Fall Bucket List

York County PA Family Fall Fun
The crisp, cool days of fall are here, and the quintessential American city of York, PA is an amazing place to explore the splendor of autumn. If you are thinking of relocating to central Pennsylvania, there are a multitude of beautiful homes in York that may fit the bill. This fall bucket list of things to do in York, PA offers fun for the whole family. 

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Baltimore's Port Discovery Children's Museum, the Mid-Atlantic's Premier Children's Museum

Baltimore Port Discovery Museum
If you're searching for homes in Baltimore, we have good news for families interested in relocating to our city.  Baltimore has plenty of things to do for our younger residents; however, the Port Discovery Children's Museum, is definitely a favorite of our local REALTORS®.

Ranked as one of the top five children's museums in the United States by Forbes, Baltimore's Port Discovery Children's Museum's mission is to promote "playing with a purpose" to our city's children by encouraging them to lead a smarter, healthier and more engage life.

Here's what parents will want to know about this popular attraction.

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Lancaster Landis Mill Bridge
What is the first thing that you think of when someone mentions the historic community of Lancaster, PA? Maybe it's the quiet, peaceful serenity of the community, the unique charms of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, or the fact that you won't find a better place than Lancaster to spend a day (or a week... or a month) shopping for antiques.

It's fitting, then, Lancaster has also worked to preserve so many of the things that make living here such a special experience. There is no better example than the beautiful, covered bridges you'll find throughout the Lancaster area, including the Landis Mill Covered Bridge. Our REALTORS® in Lancaster have seen the sights, and we're excited to introduce you to one of the area's iconic landmarks.

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Fells Point Baltimore Vagabond Theatre
Fells Point is a fascinating Baltimore neighborhood on the north shore of famous Baltimore Harbor. In a bustling city of 620,000, it has a sense of history all its own. Settled in 1670 and officially founded in 1732, it spent centuries as the center of Baltimore's vibrant immigrant communities welcoming people from all over the globe.

Since the 1970s, people from elsewhere in the U.S. have increasingly discovered its joys.  When you visit Fells Point, you find a compact neighborhood where owning a car is strictly optional. With only a touch over 5,000 residents, it is considered one of the most walkable places in Maryland. 

With all its amenities and convenience to downtown, Fells Point is a community with charm.  One lovely institution you simply must see when seeing Fells Point is the Vagabond Theatre. 

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Checkerspot Brewing Co. Opening in South Baltimore

Baltimore Business Checkerspot BrewingBaltimore is known for its crab cakes, gorgeous marina, and famous historic residents like Babe Ruth and Edgar Allen Poe. Look a little closer, and you'll discover more and more in this vibrant city: It's home to a growing and energetic craft beer industry!

Over the last few years, craft beer has truly exploded onto the scene. People enjoy it because of its creativity, its diversity, and just how easy it is to develop a flavor that's truly all your own. Cities, states, and regions all have craft breweries that strive to create the iconic local taste. It's not surprising that Baltimore, with its world-class culinary scene, has attracted several of them. 

One of the most exciting in recent memory is Checkerspot Brewing Company.

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Baltimore Outdoor Living
Summer is still in full swing in Baltimore. The sun is out, the birds are singing, and it's time to get out and enjoy some of our city's amazing outdoor attractions. Our Baltimore REALTORS® have the inside scoop on how to plan a perfect day outdoors in Baltimore, from quiet bike rides to scenic tours of our historic harbor. 

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Elizabethtown Locals Come Together at the Fair

Elizabethtown PA

Elizabethtown, PA is a thriving picturesque community located in northwestern Lancaster County, PA. Just 10 miles south of Hershey and 20 miles from Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, Elizabethtown is a welcoming, tight-knit community with boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, microbreweries and coffee shops, and plenty of community events. Perhaps no Elizabethtown event is looked forward to as much as the Elizabethtown Fair.  

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Baltimore Cool City
Any Baltimorean will tell you, Baltimore is a pretty cool place to call home. It's a city with a unique history, some of the most popular tourist attractions in Maryland, exceptional colleges, and a diverse economy filled with big, recognizable brands. However, people from outside of Baltimore haven't always realized all that the city has to offer, and today that is changing in a big way. Baltimore has quickly become known as one of the "coolest" cities on the East Coast, and our REALTORS® are excited to tell you more about why that's the case. 

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Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week

We're right in the midst of Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week, which means that if you live in Baltimore and you like to eat, you're probably having a pretty good time.

This event showcases delicious (and affordable) lunch, brunch and dinner menus all over the city, and our REALTORS® in Baltimore want to share some of their favorite local eateries that are participating during Restaurant Week. Be sure to check out these top-notch dining destinations during the event:

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Baltimore Fitness Classes
Baltimore is known for its iconic row houses, crab cakes, and vibrant music scene. But there's one thing the city offers you may not know about unless you've spent a bit of time there: Baltimore has some of the best free and paid fitness opportunities of any major city.

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Your Next Masterpiece is Waiting in Lititz

Lititz Fine Arts Show

If you love art and live in Lititz, you're in luck! Every summer, the Lititz Art Association throws one of the finest fine arts shows in Pennsylvania. This year, the Lititz Outdoor Fine Art Show is back for the 51st year in a row. Head to Lititz Springs Park on Saturday, July 29 to browse hundreds of booths full of original, handmade goods and artwork. This is one of our favorite days of the summer, because it gives us a chance to enjoy a huge variety of artistic genres and styles in one beautiful place. If you're looking for a piece to complement your new home, our REALTORS® recommend the Outdoor Fine Art Show.

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Our Guide to July 4 Fireworks & Festivities in Baltimore  

Baltimore's July 4 Events

America will come together on July 4 to celebrate our nation's 241st birthday. After gorging ourselves on hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad, grab your family and friends and head to a nearby Baltimore spot to celebrate the holiday in true red-white-and-blue Maryland style.

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Best PA Cities to Live

When people who live outside of "Lancaster County" hear that name, the first thing they think about is probably the amazing handicrafts and produce of the Amish. However, there's much more to Lancaster--in fact, several of its local cities have been named to WalletHub's list of the Best Places for Families to Live in Pennsylvania.

Lancaster County is dotted with picturesque small towns that offer a glimpse into the earliest past of the United States. Each town has its own story, and the best way to see it all is by visiting for yourself. Our team at BHHS Homesale Realty is available to give interested buyers a tour of both historic and modern homes.

Let's look at these top destinations in Lancaster County:

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4 Things You Might Not Expect When You Move to Gettysburg
If you grew up in the United States, you're probably familiar with the history of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Homes in Gettysburg share their zip codes with scenes straight of our history textbooks, from the spot of the Civil War's most famous battle to the site of President Lincoln's most famous address. But as you consider different towns and neighborhoods in Pennsylvania, make sure you know what modern Gettysburg is really like. 

When families move to Gettysburg, they find out firsthand that our historic town actually has some surprises up its sleeves. Here are four things you might not know about life in Gettysburg:

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Lancaster PA Home to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Soliders and Sailors Monument

Lancaster, PA has a long history dating back to 1742.  Its ties to United States history have aptly earned it the title, "The Small City that Changed America."  If you're searching for homes in Lancaster for an upcoming relocation to our community, one of the first things you'll notice are the historic building scattered throughout modern Lancaster neighborhoods.

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York PA Mothers Day
Springtime is finally in full force in York, PA, and that means something special for local families: the annual Mother's Day Street Fair. Every May since 1975, York has celebrated mothers and their families at the Olde York Street Fair, and this year's fair promises to be one of the best yet. How will you celebrate Mom this May?

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Harrisburg PA Welcome
Harrisburg, PA is a historic, exciting city, where families are sure to find the perfect combination of history, education, and entertainment. The city has long served as the state capital of Pennsylvania, and is still the home of the state government today. Step away from the capitol building, however, and you'll soon find yourself on the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River, with natural beauty stretching as far as the eye can scene. No matter what your crew likes to do or what time of the year you arrive, you'll always find ample opportunities for family fun in Harrisburg, PA.

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Baltimore Best Summer Camps for Kids
Baltimore is a waterfront community at heart, and that means summer will always be one of the best seasons to enjoy all that the city has to offer. For the adults in the family, that might mean enjoying an outdoor meal with drinks by the water, exploring the city's historic neighborhoods, or splurging on a day of shopping at Baltimore's unique businesses. For the kids, Baltimore's many summer camps provide structured, all-day fun in a safe setting. There are a ton of camps to choose from around the city, whether your kids love the arts, sports, or simply socializing with new friends.

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Colonial Mansion - Historic Lancaster
In the heart of Lancaster County—a place known for its rural charm—the city of Lancaster, PA is one of the oldest inland towns in America. For anyone thinking about living in a place with a lot of history, Lancaster is tough to beat.  

History is a constant presence in Lancaster, a colonial town founded in 1730 that eventually grew to become a thriving Victorian city. The architecture in the city spans more than 250 years, and many of the historic homes in Lancaster date back to the 18th century. Centered around the historic Penn Square, many Lancaster's streets, buildings and neighborhoods are remarkably unchanged.

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The White Rose Bar & Grill - An 80-Year York Legend 

White Rose Bar & Grill York

If there is one thing York, PA locals love is their restaurants.  Perhaps none as much as the White Rose Bar & Grill located in downtown York on North Beaver Street.  Opened in 1933 as the Beaver Inn, the White Rose has become a local legend as a gathering place for the community providing excellent food, drink and service for over 80 years.

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5 Great Places for a Selfie in Baltimore

Baltimore, MD is a beautiful, diverse city, with sprawling public parks, historic buildings, and a great collection of local entertainment options. There's something for everyone, and that makes the city a fun place for the whole family. But while exploring the city is great, we've got more important matters to discuss. That's right; it's time to talk selfies! When you buy a Baltimore homes for sale, fantastic selfie opportunities are simply part of the package.

Our REALTORS® in Baltimore know a thing or two about snapping selfies, and we've put together five of the best destinations in the city for doing just that.

Don't Forget Your Phone: 5 Don't Miss Baltimore Locales

  1. The National AquariumBaltimore's National Aquarium has long been a popular destination for visitors and residents alike. And we feel pretty comfortable guessing that this is the only place in the city where you can grab a selfie in a tropical rain forest. You'll also find sharks, coral reefs, dolphins, and even a jellyfish exhibit if you're feeling brave. The National Aquarium has long been a pillar of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and it's the perfect place to start your journey of selfies throughout the city.
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Best of York PA - Our Farmers Markets

York PA Farmers Markets

One of the best things about living in York, PA is that you're never far from fresh, delicious, locally grown produce. York is located in the heart of Pennsylvania's agricultural country, and our nearby neighbors in Lancaster bring plenty of fresh food to the table as well. Add it all up, and it's no surprise that York is home to some of the best farmer's markets in Pennsylvania. In addition to all of the fresh produce you'll find, our farmer's markets feature delicious, home-style meals and treats from across the region.

Our REALTORS® in York, PA love getting out to experience the culinary delights of the city, so sit back, loosen your belt, and get ready to learn more about the 5 best farmer's markets around York from our team at BHHS Homesale Realty.

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Fall Festivals in 2016 Feature Something for Everyone

Baltimore Fall Festivals

There's always another fun event waiting around the corner in Baltimore, and the start of the fall season brings an especially packed schedule of special events throughout the city. Whether you like great seafood, an evening of dancing or a healthy serving of family fun, you're sure to find something to love in the upcoming slate of Baltimore festivals. Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Baltimore, so it's the perfect time to spend a day outdoors with a few hundred of your closest friends.

Our local team of REALTORS® from Homesale Realty loves spending time at Baltimore's community events, and we've put together a list of local festivals that you definitely won't want to miss this year.

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Lancaster's Best Local Breweries

Lancaster Locals Pick Best Breweries

Lancaster is beautiful in the fall--farms go to harvest, the foliage turns colors, and cool, crisp autumn air settles over our area. It's also a great time to sample the large and growing microbrewery scene in Lancaster and our surrounding cities. If you love creative, unique beers brewed by people with a passion for their work, you'll have no trouble fitting in with the people of Lancaster, PA. With the holiday season around the corner, many of our local breweries will also be releasing special, limited edition holiday beers for the season.

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If you're considering a move to York, you'll most likely want to know where you can find some of the best restaurants in town. Foodies rejoice in York as they experience one of the Mid-Atlantic's top dining destination cities.  Locals are hard-pressed to turn a street corner and not find a great eatery because our city offers something for every taste. We offer a mix of creative, new dining spots as well as old favorites residents have been enjoying for decades. Many of our best restaurants are also located near the city's other attractions, so you can enjoy a stellar meal before catching a show, grabbing drinks with friends, or exploring York's historic downtown.

Our team at Homesale Realty loves sampling the culinary scene in York, and we've put together a list of some of our favorite dining spots that includes something for every set of taste buds.

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Fells Point Neighborhood Where History and Innovation Go Hand-in-Hand

Fells Point Tavern Baltimore

Fells Point may not be Baltimore's biggest neighborhood, but it sure feels that way when you walk its historic streets. For one, Fells Point is full of successful businesses, and the dynamic people who help those businesses thrive. Many of Fells Point's most popular local businesses have been serving the city for generations, and fit seamlessly into the fabric of Baltimore just like the neighborhood's gorgeous historic homes. Kali's Court, one of the most popular dining spots in Fells Point, is one great example, and it may have a new look by the next time you go there.

Kali's Court is being rebranded as the Fells Point Tavern, and its new appearance gives us the perfect excuse to take a closer look at the businesses – and people – that make Fells Point special.

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6 Pennsylvania Cities to Make Your Home

Find Your Happiness by Buying a House in PA

Living in Pennsylvania means that you're surrounded by history, nature, and fun at every turn. Every town has a story, and every region of the state offers a bit of a different flavor. There's even a PA city where milk chocolate is the flavor of the day... every day. If you've been thinking of buying a house in a place that delights, surprises, and welcomes new residents with open arms, Pennsylvania's Dutch Country Road is the perfect place to settle.


Now, it's time to find your happy place in Pennsylvania and make buying a house a breeze, with a little help from the REALTORS® at Homesale Realty. Once you've found your happy place, just click on the city name to view the best homes for sale in the area.

Countless Reasons to Love Life in Pennsylvania

  1. HersheyYes, this is the place where that Hershey gets its name, so it's no surprise that Hershey, PA calls itself the sweetest place on earth. This is an especially good fit if you have children, thanks to the family fun at Hershey Park, which boasts thrilling roller coasters and wild water slides. You can also enjoy the excitement of a Hershey Bears hockey game, and join the passionate crowd that has made the Bears hockey's best-attended minor league team.
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6 of Our Favorite Places for a Picnic in Lancaster County

Summer is upon us, and Lancaster County, PA is an incredible area to get outside and celebrate the sun. For people who have just relocated to Lancaster and haven't had the time to explore our community yet, there are several ideal destinations for a picnic.  A picnic offers friends, families, and couples a way to enjoy the outdoors. It's an opportunity to play, relax, and take full advantage of Lancaster's summer weather. Our BHHS Homesale Realty REALTORS® have put together this list of the best places for a picnic in Lancaster County.

1.  Breezyview Overlook & Chickies Rock County Park – Columbia, PA

Breezyview Overlook is a popular spot in Chickies Rock County Park. The park itself features the overlook trail, numerous vistas, and an interesting and varied topography. The rock the park is named for is massive and towers 100 feet above the York River. Picnicking here will afford you views of farmland, and is perfect for nature lovers who appreciate a walk before its time to eat.

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Things to Do in York – Celebrate First Fridays

Downtown York Home Buyers Guide

For many years the thought of living in a city's downtown was virtually unheard of.   People thought downtowns were meant for commuting to work each morning and leaving each evening to return home—not for making it your home.

Today, ideas and attitudes have changed.  People are now moving to downtown areas to live, work and play because they are trendy, hip and considered the "in thing to do."  Waves of home buyers are finding the idea of making a downtown their home appealing.  Pedestrian-friendly living, instant access to work, restaurants, nightlife and community events are bringing everyone from empty nesters to young professionals to urban communities.

Downtown York, PA is no different.  Some downtown homes for sale in York can be found in the form of lofts, condos or brownstones and are within walking distances to nearby museums, restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues.  When you're looking for local events to start your weekend, look no further than First Fridays in York (#FFYork) presented by Downtown, Inc.  The organization started First Fridays as a celebration of downtown shops, restaurants, cultural venues, and nightlife hotspots in York, PA as a way to promote the vibrant culture in their downtown atmosphere.

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5 Best City Parks Near Baltimore Homes for Sale

Best City Parks in Baltimore

The Baltimore real estate area is a great place to buy a house if you love spending time outdoors. Taking in an Orioles game at Camden Yards on a spring afternoon or enjoying a walk through the Inner Harbor are well-known local pastimes, but many people don't realize that Baltimore is home to an excellent selection of parks. In addition to providing gorgeous scenery, many of Baltimore's parks also showcase the city's rich history, and the people who made it all possible.

Our BHHS Homesale Realty team of Baltimore REALTORS® has created a list of our five favorite parks in Baltimore. As a bonus, we've kept the focus on parks that are also located in very popular neighborhoods for home buyers.

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Who Serves the Best Breakfast in Lancaster

Best Place for Breakfast in Lancaster PA

If you're moving to Lancaster from across the country or maybe nearby, you might not know the best place in town for breakfast as Lancaster locals would.  Whether you crave crumpets, love lox or want to sip on a simple cup of Joe, here is our list of 8 "amazing" places in Lancaster for breakfast.

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14th from Noon – 9pm for Linglestown's first event in its Food Truck Festival series for 2016. Enjoy a variety of food and drinks from local venders, restaurants, and Spring Gate Vineyard while staying entertained with live music throughout the day. The main festival will be held at Spring Gate In The Village.  This event will be to benefit a local Linglestown Project and is free admission.  Parking will be available at Linglestown Life Church (1430 N Mountain Rd).  

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Royal Farms Arena - The Perfect Thing to Do in Baltimore

Baltimore Bruce Royal Farms Arena

The Royal Farms Arena
in Baltimore, located just a block from city hall and a quick walk from the Inner Harbor, brings world-class entertainment and a variety of things to do in Baltimore. The Beatles made an appearance back in the 1960s at the height of their fame, and the fun hasn't stopped since. Royal Farms Arena has regularly ranked among the top grossing arenas in North America, and its ability to draw top acts means that there's something for every taste throughout the year.

While there's plenty to love about Royal Farms Arena, we've got more pressing matters to discuss. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are coming to town on April 20th, and time is running out to get your ticket to see one of the most popular live acts of all time.

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8 Incredible Vintage Shops in Lancaster

Lancaster PA Local Vintage Shops
Lancaster, PA can never be classified as a "cookie cutter" community.  It definitely comes with its own vibe.  As you stroll through its streets, you understand why the Red Rose City is considered a jewel by south-central Pennsylvania's residents.

Whether you describe Lancaster as retro, quirky or eclectic, around every corner, you can always find unique things to do and see.  Lancaster has a historic farmers' market, art galleries, museums, dining, and shopping--lots and lots of shopping.

Lancaster has over 200 shops and boutiques many with one-of-a-kind items.  What newcomers (and some local residents) may not know is Lancaster is a treasure trove for vintage shopping.  Yep—vintage shops.  You know, those local spots where you find the coolest, most perfectly-broken-in pieces of clothing for you and items for your home that don't break the budget.

Lancaster PA Scarlet Willow Vintage Shop

So, whether you're a long-time Lancaster local or a newcomer to our city, here is our list of 8 Incredible Vintage Shops in Lancaster, PA.

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Saturday Fun in York PA

York PA Things to Do on Saturday

Saturdays are traditionally "THE" night to go out and have a special night, gather with friends, or find new things to do in your local community.  Whether you're a long-time York, PA resident or a newcomer to the area, here is our list of favorite things to do on Saturday from our teams of REALTORS® in our Cinema Drive, Dallastown, East York, Gettysburg, Hanover, Shrewsbury and West York real estate offices.

York Restaurants

York, PA is a foodie town.  Restaurants play a huge role in the local community. York is filled with eclectic cuisine, and there are many restaurants to try, both old and new. Some of the popular spots include:

  • The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar – This restaurant provides an upscale bistro vibe and one-of-a-kind New American dishes. Chef David Albright makes memorable meals perfect for special occasions.
  • Coomb's Tavern - Coomb's Tavern gives off a cozy family atmosphere while serving up the best prime ribs in town. It's excellent for a more casual scene and an extensive drink selection.
  • BrewVino – BrewVino's mission is to become the neighborhood gathering place. They create delicious hand-crafted pizza and have a wide variety of beer and wines to choose from.
  • The Front Porch Cafe – This York eatery has been a longtime favorite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The eclectic fresh choices are optimal for a couples night out.
  • Victor's – Victor's is a casual fine-dining restaurant located in a converted church. Victor's has been included in the "Best of York" for several years in a row. If you're looking for a laidback evening out with impeccable food and service, Victor's is a great choice.

York's Music and Nightlife

At night, York comes alive with music, dance, and cocktails. There are a variety places that cater to many different tastes. Some resident favorites are:

  • Granfalloons Tavern – Irish pubs are notorious for their boisterous atmospheres and flowing Guinness. Granfalloons is no exception. Enjoy a historic space and energetic vibe your next Saturday night out.
  • LUX Night Lounge & Cigar Bar – People like this classy bar that provides a great ambience. The talented bartenders make it a worthy nightspot.
  • Strand-Capitol – This performance center has an excellent lineup of concerts, comedy, and other entertaining events. Keep an eye on the calendar to see what's happening each Saturday night.

Some of the smaller spots to see live music and local talent are The Shop at the New Grounds Roasting Company, First Capitol Dispensing Center, Holy Hound Taproom, and The Depot.

Art and Culture in York

Keep an eye out for different art openings and events on Saturday evenings in York, PA. The Art Institute of York, HIVE Artspace, , YorkArts Gallery, and several other places host rotating exhibits and an innovative, lively arts community.

Theater and Dance in York

York has a rich cultural scene that promotes dance and theater. The main venues in town to see Broadway musicals, award-winning plays, family theater, and more are DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre, The Pullo Center, Waldner Performing Arts Center, and York Little Theatre.

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Whether it's Saturday night or any other day of the week, York, PA offers its residents a wide variety of things to do.  It's a dynamic city full of culture, art, music, and more.  There is an adventure for everyone, and Saturday is a great night to discover something new. 

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The Inside Scoop on Baltimore's Best Places to Live

Baltimore Best Neighborhoods

Let's face it, if you're house hunting in Maryland, Baltimore is a great place to begin.  Charm City is filled to the brim with a unique selection of neighborhoods.  Each--more than 300 overall--has its own distinct vibe and personality.  How do you choose the best neighborhood for you?  Our local Homesale Realty team has done some of the legwork for you by creating this list of six great Baltimore neighborhoods in which to live.



Guilford is that prominent Baltimore neighborhood where many people strive to live as they become upwardly mobile. The streets are lined with majestic trees, and green spaces created by the Olmstead firm in the early 1900s still exist. The area is registered as a historic district and features the renowned Sherwood Gardens. Guilford offers quick commutes to Johns Hopkins, the College of Notre Dame, Loyola College, and array of excellent public and private schools. The community prides itself on its close connections and supporting families, and residents have ample opportunity to bond with neighbors at community social events. Guilford's homes range from charming cottages to grand estates.

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Homeland is a planned neighborhood in northern Baltimore with over 1,000 homes. The neighborhood has received plenty of critical acclaim over its many years of existence, and it appeals to those looking for a beautiful, tranquil aesthetic in the middle of a city. Homes span from modest houses to sweeping mansions, and the neighborhood has wonderful manmade lakes that have become a central element. Homeland was designed in the 1920s, making it one of the first planned communities in the nation. Its location is near Notre Dame and other top attractions and jobs in the city. With its own architectural review committee, Homeland has consistently maintained its allure.

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Fells Point

Living in Baltimore Fells Point


Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood borders the more widely known Canton.  Another waterfront community, Fells Point possesses stunning historical architecture and energetic growth. There are over 120 restaurants, pubs, and shops, and housing is mostly comprised of eclectic townhomes and condos. With the Canton Waterfront Park and Patterson Park nearby, there are great walking spaces as well. Fells Point is a haven for young professionals who want to live, work and play all in one place.

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Roland Park

Roland Park is another one of Baltimore's prestigious planned communities. Stocked with top-notch private schools and some of Baltimore's best public schools, Roland Park draws upscale families to its hilly, forested streets. The neighborhood is well-located for people who like to work and play among Baltimore's hot spots, but it also possesses its own central village and is beautifully bordered by other chic neighborhoods. Considered North America's first planned suburb, it remains one of Baltimore's most sought after areas.

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Federal Hill

Federall Hill Waterfront Condos


Federal Hill is a water view neighborhood. Situated above the Inner Harbor, it is a popular and bustling place. In addition to being a historic district, Federal Hill has been the recipient of several urban renewal efforts. The makeover has been successful, and now it's a tight-knit community of singles, couples, and empty-nesters that enjoy close access to Downtown Baltimore and a lively parade of restaurants, shops, and bars.

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Ruxton is a luxurious, secluded community located on the outskirts of the city. The residents have a strong focus on family and community. It's surprisingly rural, yet offers a charming village center, the impressive L'Hirondelle Club, and an improvement association. Although some families have resided in Ruxton for generations, the area also attracts young high-level professionals.

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Where to Spend Valentine's Day in York PA

York PA Romantic Restaurants
Every city has those "special" places. The kind of spots people return to time-and-time again to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.  York, PA is no different.  Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, here is our list of romantic restaurants in York, PA to spend February 14 (or any day) with someone special.

1.  Front Porch Cafe - The Front Porch Cafe offers patrons fresh farm-to-table American cooking. Although not a white linen meal, the ambiance is still perfect for a special outing. On Sunday, enjoy breakfast or lunch, and memorable dishes that include favorites like gourmet grilled cheese, tomato-bacon bisque, and French toast with fresh berries and a crème anglaise. The restaurant is located at 55 Richland Avenue.

2.  Victor's Modern Mediterranean Restaurant - Set up in a beautiful, old church, Victor's is the epitome of fine dining. On Valentine's Day, Victor's will open its doors to lovers at 4 p.m. for a delectable dinner with all the trimmings. The sooner you can nab your reservations at 554 South Ogontz Street, the better. There is nothing like a beautiful Italian meal to honor loved ones.

3.  York Blue Moon - Words used to describe the Blue Moon are upscale, fresh, and eclectic. Since the Blue Moon is closed on Sundays, you'll want to have your meal on Friday or Saturday night. Dine on garlic truffle fries and voodoo crab, then take Sunday to do something fun or simply laze around. You can find York's Blue Moon at 361 West Market Street.

4.  Kissho Sushi Restaurant - Kissho Sushi is a hidden gem unassumingly located in the Colonial Shopping Center. The food is top notch, and regular patrons rave about the whole experience. Kissho is not open on Sunday, but will serve meals for lunch and dinner Saturday. You won't regret the choice to go international for your Valentine's meal.

5.  Tutoni's Restaurant - The sweet brick building at 108 North George Street houses a unique menu that features incredible tapas. The interior is just as appealing, and sets the stage for an idyllic meal. Your experience is sure to be sophisticated, delicious, and fun.

6.  The Left Bank Restaurant and Bar - Since Sunday is The Left Bank's family day, you'll want to make your reservation for Saturday night. The sooner you can get a table, the better. The fine dining at this restaurant is highly sought after in York, PA. You can expect impeccable service, exquisite meals, and an extensive wine selection during your dinner. The Left Bank Restaurant and Bar is located at 120 North George Street.

7.  Roosevelt Tavern, Coomb's Tavern, and the White Rose Bar and Grill - These three establishments are all contemporary, elegant, and serve American-style food at its very best. You'll find an array of steaks, seafood, and other unfussy but tasty meals. Each offers its own vibe, so you're only left to choose which setting is right for you.

8.  For the Overnight: The Accomac Inn - Take the twenty minute drive to the outskirts of York to get to the well-known, historic Accomac Inn. The inn offers a perfectly quick getaway that includes sumptuous food at their in-house restaurant. Elegance, fresh seasonal dishes, and fantastic service will all be a part of the trip. The Accomac Inn is located at 6330 South River Drive. If you can't stay for the weekend, you can make dinner reservations for the 13th or 14th.

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Discover the thriving arts and culture scene in York, Pennsylvania. Visiting local art exhibits and historical museums are the perfect way to spend your weekend this winter. Whether you prefer paint, glasswork, photography, multi-media, heritage, or history York city has an exhibit for you.






The York Arts Association was founded over a century ago in 1905 by a group of local artists to inspire the creation of visual arts and appreciation of its unique beauty. Community members and visitors alike are encouraged to visit the newly renovated facility to view exhibits that rotate monthly.


Antiquita Glassworks uses recycled or found glass to create hot fusion art glasswork. They specialize in creating a variety of pieces ranging from jewelry, to home accents, to sculptures. Visit their local shop on your next outing.


The Parliament, a unique nonprofit community arts collective, is a core cultural staple in the Royal Square neighborhood of York. The collective features local emerging multimedia artists and features new exhibits each month.


Marketview Arts is a 2.9 million dollar creative space in the center of Downtown's Cultural District. This cultural anchor hosts four levels of dynamic art featuring local artist studios on the lower level, The Pennsylvania Arts Experience Exhibition Gallery on the first floor, York College working studios on the second floor, and Gallery Hall, a multi-purpose event space on the third floor.



The heart of Central Pennsylvania's economy is centered on agriculture and industry. Discover how our ancestors navigated these industries at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. Observe centuries old agricultural artifacts that were produced and used in York County. Tour a three-story gristmill and a 1937 Aeronca K airplane.


Visit the Fire Museum located in the historic Royal Fire House. Travel through time over the past 200 years of firefighting in York County. Exhibits include vintage fire trucks, horse drawn fire carriages, photographs, and firefighter uniforms.


The Weightlifting Hall of Fame is uniquely located in York County. Learn about the evolution of the strength sport history and its role in the Olympic Games. Exhibits are dated from the early 19th century to today's weightlifting and bodybuilding. 





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Even though the temperatures are dropping, Maryland knows how to keep the excitement alive all winter long with fun events throughout the state. Whether you are visiting Maryland for your interest in the culture or to explore one of the rural counties, embrace the cold weather by checking out these winter events.


Winter Wonderland Canal Walk 
When: January 16th
Join over 100 walkers from the Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club on an 11K trail from Carderock Park to Olmsted Island at Great Falls. Take in local sites including three locks, a lock house, and the Great Falls Overlook of the Potomac River.


Outdoor Ice Skating

Pandora Ice Rink at Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Where: McKeldin Plaza 101 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Take a spin in the Inner Harbor as the waterfront ice rink returns for its second year. 


Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza
Where: Veterans Plaza 8523 Fenton Street, Silver Springs, MD 20910
The new outdoor Silver Spring Ice Skating Rink is in downtown Silver Spring at Veterans' Plaza, surrounded by great restaurant, shops, and plenty of parking. It is in a convenient location for the Washington DC Metro area. Parking is free after 8pm on weeknights and all day on weekends!


Skating at The Square (Rockville)
Where: Rockville Town Square
The ice rink is the largest outdoor ice skating rink between Baltimore and Washington DC. It is the largest in all of Montgomery County. The rink is 7,200 square feet.  


Quiet Waters Park Ice Rink
Where: 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403
The Quiet Waters Park ice rink offers a pleasant and safe family environment to enjoy ice skating outdoors. Skates, helmets and walkers are available and we also sharpen skates on site. A party room is available for birthday parties and get-togethers. Park admission and fees apply except when noted otherwise.


Maryland Restaurant Weeks and Seafood Festivals
From picking crabs at a table to haute cuisine, Maryland has that and everything in between. Many communities and their local restaurants sponsor a week-long experience so that you can eat to your hearts' content - at a great price.


Baltimore County Restaurant Week
When: January 15 – 30th
Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Restaurant Week features a variety of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. From fine dining and fusion to family dining and pubs, you can enjoy 16 days of diverse "deals" and local flavors. 


Howard County Winter Restaurant Week
When: January 18 –Feb 1st.
LOVE LOCAL! Howard County's top chefs are serving up savings with romantic twists on local favorites! Cozy meals at fabulous prix fixe prices from $15– $45.


Baltimore Restaurant Week
When: January 22- 31st
The most delicious week of the winter – enjoy two-course lunch & brunch for $15 or $20, and three-course dinners for $25 or $35. Bon appetite!




Maryland is a great place to visit, and is a wonderful place to call home. With so many things to do throughout Maryland all year long, you will never be at a loss of plans. Contact Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty to find homes for sale in Maryland. Our experienced and knowledgeable REALTORS® can make the buying process smoother and more enjoyable.




10 Things to Do Lancaster Locals Recommend

10 things to do lancaster

Lancaster, PA, known locally as Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is one of the most distinctive communities in the United States. Modern vehicles share the roadways with horse-drawn carriages, and farmers markets carry fresh produce from the area's many family-owned farms. Plenty of communities value their history, but few carry it to the present day like Lancaster, PA.

It wasn't easy to narrow down our list, but we've picked 10 of the best things to do in and around Lancaster, PA, courtesy of your local team at Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty.

Visit Favorite Spots for Lancaster Food, Fun, and Great Shopping

Many of the wonderful traditions of Lancaster – including its nickname – come from the area's large Amish community. The Amish carry on the traditions of the areas earliest settlers in lifestyle, work, and dress. It's not all about history, though, as downtown Lancaster also features plenty of modern things to do.

1.  A is for Amish Buggy Rides! – With this Lancaster hot spot, it's all in the name. A is for Amish Buggy Rides! offers tours through Amish country, from the vantage point that only a true Amish buggy can offer.

2.  Hershey Story – It's not always easy to get kids excited about visiting museums, but the Hershey Story presents no such problem. Enjoy interactive exhibits on Hershey History, and of course sample some of the goods yourself.

10 Things in Lancaster Hershey

3.  The Demuth Museum – Charles Demuth was a world-renowned artist, known best for his watercolors of floral scenes. Visit the Demuth Museum to see the space where he created his paintings, and experience the work of the most popular painter from Lancaster, PA.

4.  Lancaster Brewing Company – Looking for the perfect place to quench your thirst after a day exploring historic Lancaster? Stop by the Lancaster Brewing Company to sample fresh local beer, enjoy a great meal, and watch the brewery in action.

5.  National Toy Train Museum – This museum is a must-see stop for anyone who loves to collect toy trains. The National Toy Train Museum features live exhibits, an extensive library, and toy trains that span nearly 200 years of history.

6.  Saint James Episcopal Church – Lancaster is home to many historic churches, and Saint James Episcopal Church is one of the most beautiful. Everyone is welcome to visit, and experience the hospitality of the church community, along with its history.

7.  Antiques Capital, USA – Lancaster is one of the best places in the country to shop for antiques, and Antiques Capital, USA is a collection of local stores you won't want to miss. Whether you're looking for familiar classics or hidden gems, the Antiques Capital has you covered.

8.  Lancaster Central Market – Featured on CNN's list of 10 best fresh markets in the world, Lancaster Central Market is an incredible place to shop for fresh food. In addition to locally grown and prepared food, you'll find imports from around the world.

9.  Sky Zone Trampoline Park – Jumping on trampolines isn't just fun, it's also a great workout. Sky Zone Trampoline Park combines fun and exercise to create an unforgettable experience, and is the world's first indoor trampoline park.

10.  The Amish Village – Enjoy an immersive experience in Amish culture by visiting the Amish Village in Lancaster. You'll get the opportunity to tour Amish communities, eat excellent food, and meet the people who make Lancaster such a vibrant, historic place.

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The best way to experience Lancaster, PA, is most definitely in person, and our list of things to do is just a sampling of what awaits. For more information on homes in Lancaster, PA contact our team at Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty.


An Insider's Look at Baltimore on New Year's Eve

Baltimore New Years Eve Things Events

One way to get an insider's look at a city you're interested in moving to is to spend some time there. The holidays are an excellent way to make that happen, when communities gathers and celebrate together. If you're interested in buying a home in Baltimore, MD, New Year's Eve offers numerous events to explore and discover the city. The night is dynamic and fun, and there are events for people of all ages.

Nevermore Masquerade Ball

In its eighth year, the Edgar Allan Poe inspired New Year's Party continues to be one of Baltimore's most incredible events. The Nevermore Masquerade Ball takes place at the Radisson North Baltimore Hotel from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. It's an adult's night out that hosts over 2000 attendees. This year's highlights include:

  • 10 Party Zones
  • 12 Entertainment acts—Bands, comedians, DJs, and more
  • Red Carpet Photograph Zone
  • Open Bars that run all evening
  • Specialty Bars
  • Dinner Buffets
  • Balloon Drop and Champagne Toast at Midnight
  • Party Favors for Everyone and a Pandora Ladies Watch Giveaway
  • Free Parking and Coat Check
  • VIP Upgrade Available

Get your costume made now and purchase your tickets. It's a one-of-a-kind, memorable event that embraces the mystique of the works written by Poe.

Baltimore New Years Eve Spectacular

Baltimore New Year's Eve Spectacular

Ring in the New Year with the whole family at Baltimore New Year's Eve Spectacular. The event takes place at the Inner Harbor Promenade and Amphitheater. The night features live entertainment, ice skating, a countdown with the mayor, and an amazing fireworks show that lights the night.

The party runs from 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., and this year's band is the popular What's Next. The fireworks show can also be seen from neighborhoods around town like Fell's Point, Canton, Harbor East, Federal Hill, and Locust Point. Public transportation services will be extended past midnight to make getting around easier for those who don't want to drive.

The Black-Eyed Susan New Year's Eve Cruise

Participate in an evening of cocktails, dining, cruising, and an exciting fireworks display by booking your reservation for The Black-Eyed Susan New Year's Eve Cruise. The beautiful paddleboat will host a party from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., and give you a warm, front row seat to Baltimore's main fireworks show. After starting with a dockside cocktail hour you'll move on to dinner while cruising the Inner and Outer Harbor. Dance to the music from Jonathon Davis and Merry Go Round DJs, and watch the fireworks from the enclosed and heated observation deck. Your ticket includes parking, gratuity, dinner, and the majority of your drinks.

Midnight Noon New Year's Eve Celebration

Do you want to celebrate with the kids but still go out for New Year's? It's possible with the Maryland Science Center's Midnight Noon New Year's Eve Celebration. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. kids and families will create crafts like noisemakers and party favors, watch the band Milkshake at 11:30 a.m., and see the ball drop before bedtime. The party is included with your regular daily admission and no reservations are necessary. Don't miss out on Baltimore's ultimate kid-friendly event.

More New Year's Fun in Baltimore

Baltimore's celebrations will be in full swing on New Year's Eve. Other events to consider are:


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Merry Making for Your Family's Holiday Calendar.

Lancaster PA Downtown Christmas Tree

When the holidays arrive, the best sights and sounds of the season are found in Lancaster, PA.  Twinkling lights, sparkling decorations and heartwarming, family traditions all make our city a truly special place to call home.

Here is our list of the "10 Best "Christmassy" Things to Do in Lancaster, PA." 

  1. Downton Lancaster Tree Lighting – Lancaster begins our holiday season with the Mayor's Tree Lighting in Penn Square on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Tuba Christmas and extended evening hour for Central Market add to the fun.  See Santa Claus come to town, experience jaw-dropping awe with lighting of the City's Christmas tree, start your shopping and hum a few carols.  Throughout the month of December, over 30 holiday events and activities will be held in the businesses around Penn Square, while horse drawn carriage rides can help get you into the holiday spirit.

    Lancaster PA Christmas Miracle
  2. The Miracle of Christmas - Head to Sight and Sound Theater to see their seasonal production Miracle of Christmas. Celebrate Christ's birth in his live-action drama that will help put a face behind the classic account of the first Christmas.

    Lanster PA Christmas Shopping
  3. Shop Gallery Row - Head to North Prince Street to shop "Gallery Row" for your holiday shopping. Pick up paintings and sculptures from local artists to give as gifts, or shop for holiday artwork to decorate your home.

  4. 2015 Christmas Show - The American Music Theater is a holiday tradition for Lancaster families with its Christmas Show. The 2015 Christmas Show: Deck the Halls, provides a magical musical Christmas performance ideal for the entire family. The show includes both fresh and traditional Christmas songs to provide a festive touch to the season.

  5. Dutch Winter Wonderland - At Christmas the Dutch Wonderland is decked out in its holiday finest. Themed rides, Santa, holiday treats and a light show entertain the entire family. Dutch Winter Wonderland is open weekends starting in mid-November and through the end of December.

    Lancaster PA Christmas Strausburg
  6. Strasburg Rail Road Holiday Trains - Head to the Strasburg Rail Road to ride the rails with Santa and the elves. Several holiday trains offer a different experience for your family. For young kids, choose Santa's Paradise Express or the Night Before Christmas trains. As you travel on the holiday train, Santa will visit with your kids and, if they are 11 or younger, provide them with a gift. Get your picture taken, and then head back to the station to hear holiday stories read. Adults may enjoy the Christmas Feast dining train experience.

  7. Strasburg Heritage Society Annual Tour of Homes - Tour 10 homes decked out in their holiday glory in and around Strasburg in the annual tour of homes. Not only will you get to see the holiday displays, but you will also have the chance to see what preservation and restoration looks like in these historic properties.

  8. Find Your Belsnickle Christmas Tour - Lancaster County is filled with adorable bed and breakfasts and inns that take Christmas seriously. Come hungry, because each inn will have a Christmas treat available to sample.

  9. National Christmas Center - Explore the magic, history and traditions of Christmas at the National Christmas Center. This 20,000 square foot museum is dedicated to all things Christmas. Santa himself is there during the holiday season.

  10. A Christmas Story the Musical - Watch your favorite Christmas show come to life in a hilarious musical comedy experience at the Dutch Apple Theatre. A Christmas Story The Musical will be performed through December 23.

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Lancaster, PA is a city that truly embraces the holiday spirit. Why not embrace the area for yourself with a new home in Lancaster? Contact Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty today to start your search for homes in Lancaster, PA.


Downtown Baltimore at Its Best

Mark your calendar, it's almost time for the first ever Baltimore Craft Beer Festival.

Baltimore Craft Beer

This Saturday, October 24, 2015, you can sample an abundance of beer brewed in the great state of Maryland. It's a celebration of beer, brewers, and Baltimore's booming business of craft breweries. This is a community-wide event with proceeds benefiting the Brewers Association of Maryland and Strong City Baltimore. Strong City Baltimore is a local organization whose goals is to revitalize neighborhoods throughout Charm City and build a deep sense of civic engagement for community members.

Where, When, and How Much

The festival takes place at Canton Waterfront Park in Downtown Baltimore. The park's address is 3001 Boston Street. On Saturday, the festival runs from 12-6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, and ticket prices start at $35. Although the VIP tickets are sold out for this year's event, you can try to grab that privilege next year.

General admission passes are $35 for those who want late entry, 3:30-6 p.m., and $45 if you want to attend the full day. If you require transportation, a $75 BAM bus will be available to people coming from White Marsh, Frederick, Solomons Island, Silver Spring, and Southern Maryland. Pickups will be at designated breweries at each location. If you choose to drive, parking can be secured through Parking Panda so you don't have to worry about finding a spot on the day of the event. You can utilize bike parking and water taxis as well.

Baltimore Craft Beer Food

Beer and More

Although beer is the highlight of the festival, attendees will also enjoy music from live bands. Featured acts include Chris Diller, Big Hoax, and Greasy Hands. Food will also play a role, and you'll find everything from Neapolitan-style pizza and burgers to oysters and authentic Greek cuisine. Shop a variety of vendors offering cycling apparel, dog treats, hand-painted glassware, chocolates, art, and more. Everyone who attends will also leave with a commemorative glass

Homebrew Competition

Beer aficionados who have begun their own home-brewing production can enter their brew in the homebrew competition. Your "harvest ale" will be judged by folks from Maryland breweries and members of the crowd. The cost to try and judge the homebrews is $10.

What to Bring

Note that the festival is outdoors. You are allowed to bring the following items:

  • Chairs
  • Blankets
  • Growlers to fill at the filling station
  • Children, although it is not recommended as a kid-friendly event

The festival asks that you leave dogs, tents, coolers, and outside food at home.

As the festival gets closer, the city of Baltimore anticipates having the highest number of brewers at one singular event. You'll enjoy favorites like Flying Dog and Heavy Seas, and find excitement in trying new names in Maryland's craft brewing scene. All-in-all, there will be around 33 breweries involved in the first annual Baltimore Craft Beer Festival. If you don't have it on your calendar, add it today. It's destined to be an excellent event that will bring beer-loving citizens together for years to come.

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Small Places in an Urban Oasis

Baltimore MD Skyline

When you're buying a home in an unfamiliar city, one of the most challenging aspects can be finding the right neighborhood. Baltimore is a dynamic and diverse city with neighborhoods that reflect the differences. Learning about each area can help you narrow down places that are attractive to you.

Harbor East

Vibrant, quirky, chic, fun--four words used to describe Baltimore's Harbor East neighborhood.  Located along the city's waterfront just east of the Inner Harbor, Harbor East caters to everyone from young thinkers to Baltimore's business people.  Baltimore, ranked by Forbes.com as one of the "Coolest" cities in America, is an urban epicenter fueled by a surge of big business, education, and culture.  Dine at one of Harbor East's trendy restaurants, shop with friends, tour a museum, or spend the day at a spa.


Baltimore Hampden Neighborhood

Hipsters young and young-at-heart will thrive in Hampden—arguably one of the hippest scenes in the US. When a neighborhood boasts a festival called "Hon Fest" inspired by historic Baltimorese slang, you know you have a one-of-a-kind place on your hands. Popular for many reasons, Hampden lures residents who enjoy a bit more color, flavor and a busy lifestyle. Conveniently located near Downtown Baltimore, some of the main highlights of Hampden include funky stores, hidden restaurants, an authentic sense of fun as well as a wide mix of home styles.

Fell's Point

Fells Point Baltimore

Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood was named for English ship builder, William Fell who founded his Maryland company in 1726.  Today, Fells Point real estate is an eclectic mix of residential and commercial buildings.  There are over 161 Fells Point buildings listed on the National Historic Register.  Fells Point is home to a menagerie of professionals, musicians, artists, students, and families. With a reputation of coming to life at night, Fells Point is also home to a variety of daytime activities like shopping at neighborhood boutiques and antique shop as well as dining at some of the city's best restaurants and pubs.


If there's an "it" zip code in Baltimore, you have found it in Guilford. The spectacular architecture and grand estates are nothing short of phenomenal. It's also home to some of the city's top schools, and the lovely Sherwood Gardens. Each year brings a new opportunity to see a vivacious display of tulips at the gardens, which many people in Baltimore take advantage of. Guilford keeps its residents close to Baltimore's top attractions and employment hubs while allowing them to live the high life in relative privacy.

Federal Hill

Baltimore Federal Hill

Many professional singletons and young couples enjoy a work day followed by an evening out in their nightlife-driven neighborhood. Full of good bars and restaurants, Federal Hill is a preppy kind of hip that encourages a lifestyle on the go. There is a lot within walking distance, including Baltimore's Inner Harbor and downtown, which makes it a great place to go auto-free and live local.

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Things to Do, Eat & See in Baltimore This Month

September in Baltimore

Over the years, Baltimore has become known as a city full of character and contrasts.  With a rich history and unique, vibrant culture, it's no wonder Baltimore has been dubbed "Charm City."  Whether you come to the city for its scrumptious seafood, star-studded past, arts and culture, or to walk along the Inner Harbor, Baltimore invites you to do more and B-More.   Celebrate September in all its glory in and around Baltimore.

Maryland Wine Festival


1. Maryland Wine Fest – Whether sommelier or an occasional sipper, attend the Maryland Wine Fest in Westminster on Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum.  Sample locally made wines, dine on tasty treats, and watch demonstrations from what has been reviewed as a premier performance of which Maryland can be proud.   General admission tickets: $30.

2. Hampdenfest 2015 – Hampdenfest started as a small, local neighborhood occasion and blossomed into one of Baltimore's much-anticipated things to do.  The free event draws locals and visitors to this fun and funky neighborhood for good food, good beer, good friends, and good fun on and around West 36th Street.  Barrel across the finish line in the Annual Toilet Bowl Race, sing your heart out at the Hampden Idol Competition, and devour dangerously delicious desserts at the pie eating contest.  You're in Hampden—Enjoy Yourself!  Hampdenfest 2015 will take place on September 19 from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

3. Baltimore Book Festival – Book worms unite at the 20th Annual Baltimore Book Fest held at the Inner Harbor on September 25 – 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  See hundreds of local, celebrity and nationally known authors.  Attend book signings.  See cooking demonstrations by top chefs.  Bring the kids for hands-on projects and storytelling.  Live music, food, beer and wine.

4. Station North Arts District – The Station North Arts District, located in the heart of Baltimore, was the city's first area to receive a designation by the state of Maryland as an arts and entertainment district.  You will find a collection of artist live-work spaces, art galleries, businesses, and row homes.  Attend Station North's Akimbo Dance & Movement Arts Festival on Saturday, September 12 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The area will come alive with performances by numerous local and regional dance troupes across indoor and outdoor venues within the community.  This is a free event.

Baltimore Seafood Festival

Baltimore Seafood Festival – No city loves its seafood more than Baltimore.  Celebrate the bounty of the bay at Canton Waterfront Park on Saturday, September 19 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Second Annual Baltimore Seafood Festival.  Feast on crab cakes, crab soup, shrimp salad, local oysters, lobster rolls and Maryland blue crabs from over 30 restaurants.  Sip on refreshing drinks, listen to live music, attend cooking demonstrations.  Kids will enjoy the family area with toys, games, and face painting.  Fees range from free to $100.

Diana Ross at Pier Six Pavilion
6. Pier Six Pavilion – Come to Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion on Sunday, September 13 at 6 p.m. at the Inner Harbor and be "wowed" by Diana Ross for one unforgettable night of musical magic.  Ticket prices range from $40 - $100.

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Relocating to York County PA with Homesale Realty

With the back-to-school season upon us and fall just around the corner, life is exceptionally busy this time of year. Give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life with a day trip. Simply head out into the beautiful countryside surrounding York, PA. Throughout York County, you will discover quaint, small towns, Amish markets, and plenty of outdoor recreation.

York County AccomacDine at The Accomac

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or looking to treat yourself to an excellent meal, experience lunch or dinner at The Accomac.  This restaurant works to incorporate Pennsylvania agriculture into mouthwatering fare. For a meal you won't soon forget, The Accomac invites you its annual Farm-to-Table Dinner. On August 29th, enjoy Accomac chef-prepared dishes and the sounds of The Shades of Blue Orchestra at Codorun Farms.

York County - Blair Mountain B&B

Rest Your Head at Blair Mountain

For a true escape from the preparing for the back-to-school season, plan for an overnight stay in the Blair Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Given the Harrisburg Magazine's Readers Choice Award in 2015, Blair Mountain offers guests accommodations in a restored, 18th century farmhouse. Surrounded by a beautiful, wooded property, this bed and breakfast is truly a place to escape and unwind. Each of the B&B's four rooms features a private bath and a deck. Awake to a hearty, country breakfast and enjoy snacks each afternoon. Its central location makes Blair Mountain the ideal place to stay while exploring Carlisle, Gettysburg, Harrisburg and York, PA.

Explore the Hanover Trolley Trail

In the early 1900s, commuters traveled from York, PA to nearby communities via an extensive trolley system. Today, those historic trolley tracks have been transformed into a public trail system. From 1908 through 1938, the county trolleys took commuters to work and offered afternoon outings for picnics or church services. Today, The Hanover Trolley Trail still offers an excellent way to explore York County. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a simple, family adventure along the trail.

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Find Treasures at The Markets at Shrewsbury

The Markets at Shrewsbury is the region's shopping lover's paradise. Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish Country, The Markets feature the finest Amish goods available in the York County region. Find everything from handmade Amish furniture to home grown produce. This expansive market is worthy of a day-long exploration. Whether you are in the market for fruits, vegetables, prepared foods or one-of-a-kind gift items, you will find it at The Markets at Shrewsbury.

York County - Historic Shrewsbury

Walk in the Steps of History

The beautiful countryside in southern Pennsylvania is a region rich in history. Perhaps no place is better to experience life in historic Pennsylvania than in the Shrewsbury Historic Village. Shrewsbury was one of the first settlements west of the Susquehanna River; today the restored village captures a unique historic charm and the pioneer spirit. Take a walking tour and explore the village's interesting shops including: antiques, collectibles, vintage accessories, dolls, and glassware.

York County - Harley Tour

Discover Your Inner Biker

The great American motorcycle manufacturer, Harley Davidson, maintains a base of operations here in York, PA. Come take a factory tour to discover how those iconic bikes come to life. On a Harley Davidson Factory Tour, you have an opportunity to experience the pride and dedication that goes into crafting each motorcycle.

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Flea Markets Are a Part of American Living

Lancaster PA Flea Markets

Flea markets are as American as apple pie and summer baseball games. The rolling, green hills and lush countryside surrounding Lancaster and its surrounding communities are dotted with wonderful flea markets perfect for a weekend adventure.

Flea Market Tips and Tricks

Flea Markets are an excellent place to uncover hidden treasures. Hunt for everything from the perfect dining room table to beautiful, unique art pieces. Of course, an expansive flea market can be overwhelming for newcomers. Consider some of these insider flea market tips before hitting the Lancaster, PA circuit:

  • Arrive early because the later in the day, the good things are often picked off.
  • Keep your money hidden, but easily accessible. Wallet belts work wonders in the flea market circuit.
  • Negotiate and use creativity to get your ideal place. Keep a sense of humor and stay confident.
  • Inspect and measure furniture pieces. Look underneath things for repairs (or breaks).
  • Claim a piece you love. Things go quickly and sometimes you just need to act to be sure a beloved item goes home with you.


Lancaster PA Flea Markets Charm

Chambersburg Antique and Flea Market

Open daily from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., The Chambersburg Antique and Flea Market offers a selection of antiques and collectibles. It is a great market for anyone looking for pieces with old-world charm. Just an hour and a half, Chambersburg is an easy drive from a central base in Lancaster, PA.

Colonial Valley Flea Market

The Colonial Valley Flea Market, located in Spring Grove, features more than 140 dealers each week. The market is an excellent place to find antiques, glassware, and jewelry. The market is not exclusively antique and does feature new goods.

Jockey Lot Flea Market

Located just south of Lancaster PA, the Jockey Lot Flea Market features a wide array of antiques and collectibles. The market also sports handicap accessibility, making it an excellent market for everyone to explore.

Newberrytown Peddlers Market

The Newberrytown Peddlers Market is a "can't miss" flea market located in York County. It sits just about an hour's drive from the heart of Lancaster. This indoor/outdoor market in Dover is open year round on Saturday and Sunday. Among the goods you will uncover at Newberrytown include fine crafts, collectibles, and antiques. This market also features fresh, locally-grown produce and food vendors.

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Roots Old Mill Flea Market

Located in Manheim, PA, the Roots Old Mill Flea Market has been a favorite of flea market-goers since 1983. Open every Tuesday, Roots Old Mill features more than 175 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, estate jewelry, and unique household goods. Roots Old Mill is an excellent place to start for those looking to furnish their homes with interesting finds and collectible goods.

Stretch Your Dollar Flea Market

Stretch Your Dollar Flea Market is an ideal destination for a day trip from Lancaster. Located in Reading, PA, this indoor flea market is known as the "friendly place to buy and sell." In addition to crafts, art and home goods, Stretch Your Dollar also features one-of-a-kind gift items. The market is open on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trading Post Flea Market

Elizabethtown's Trading Post Flea Market is a large flea market in the Pennsylvania countryside. Featuring more than 250 vendors, Trading Post offers a little bit of everything, including new goods, coins, sports collectibles, jewelry, glassware, produce and crafts.

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Sports Legends Museum Re-Opens Babe Buth Museum

Learn about the best things to do in Baltimore with a visit to the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum.  Occupying the historic Camden Station adjacent to Oriole Park, exploring the Sport Legends Museum is a perfect treat to pair with a Baltimore Orioles game.  The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum sits just three blocks away in a beautiful, restored rowhome.

Baltimore MD Sports Legends Museum Camden Yards

Sports Legends Museum: A History 

In the latter half of the 1800s, Camden Station served as a busy transportation center for Baltimore commuters. Unfortunately, by the 1970s, train travel began to change in the United States and the B&O Railroad abandoned the station. Over the next several decades, the station was bought, sold, and restored as various organizations tried to incorporate the station into the Camden Yards experience.  In May 2005, the Babe Ruth Museum opened the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, occupying two floors of the restored Camden Station.

Inside the Museum 

Today, the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards pays tribute to Baltimore and Maryland's greatest sports achievements.  From past to present, trace how football and baseball shaped the city's sports culture.  Discover why Johnny Unitas was the "best there ever was." Discover the history of the Baltimore Colts, and football's new-era under the Ravens.  Gain a new understanding of how Baltimore's Michael Phelps, forever changed the face of America's Olympic swimming.

In addition to being a mecca for sports lovers, the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards helps introduce the next generation to sports fandom. Kids may transform themselves into a sports legend in the Kid's Locker Room exhibit. Then, let the fans sweep them away in the Indoor Soccer Experience.

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Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum: A History 

Just steps from the home of Baltimore baseball lies the birthplace of one of America's most famous ballplayers, George Herman "Babe" Ruth. From the Babe Ruth statue at Camden Yards, simply follow the 60 baseballs painted on the sidewalk to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum.

On February 6,  1895, a family living at 216 Emory Street in Baltimore marked the birth of a bouncing baby boy. Eventually, George Herman "Babe" Ruth would grow up to change the face of the American baseball. With the help of Ruth's widow, children, and sister, the Babe Ruth Museum put together an expansive collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and information related to the life and times of this world-class great opening a public shrine inside 216 Emory Street in 1974.

After making the decision to close the museum for necessary upgrades, 2015 marked a large-scale restoration project. On June 12, 2015, the museum reopened, giving future generations the opportunity to pay homage to the Babe. 

The Babe Ruth Experience 

Today, the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum continues to chronicle the life and times of Baltimore's first-son of baseball. Throughout the home, learn about the Babe's record. What elevated him to legendary status in baseball?  Some of the artifacts on display include a wrong-handed catcher's mitt he used in primary school, his 1914 rookie card, and his rosary. New for 2015, come sit with the spirit of Babe Ruth, listening to his favorite program "The Lone Ranger."  In addition to viewing baseball artifacts, museum visitors get to know Babe Ruth as a person from his birth to his strong, family relationships.

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Discover Baltimore from the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse Baltimore Harbor

Baltimore's Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse helped ships safely navigate into the city's Inner Harbor along the Patapsco River for more than a century. Not only did the lighthouse serve as an important purpose for Maryland's shipping industry, it became one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Today, you can discover a piece of Baltimore history and discover its local flavor with a visit to the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.

Baltimore Lighthouse Construction

Lighthouse Construction 

By the mid-1800s, it became clear that ships needed assistance in order to pass safely from the Chesapeake Bay, up the Patapsco River and into the Baltimore Harbor. Bolstered by the recent construction of a screwpile lighthouse at Brandywine Shoal in the Delaware Bay, plans were made to construct the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse in the early-1850s.

The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse was only the second screwpile lighthouse in the United States and the first built in Maryland.  Its construction proved to be a boom for Baltimore manufacturing because many parts were made in town, at the Murray and Hazlehurst iron foundry. Seven Foot Knoll began to the light the way upriver in 1855. 

Life of the Lighthouse Keeper 

After opening, Seven Foot Knoll required the constant attention of a lighthouse keeper. Three lighthouse keepers lived and worked at Seven Foot Knoll, rotating shifts to allow each keeper 8 days off per month.  Duties of a keeper included lighting the coal-powered light from sunset to sunrise, cleaning the lamp, and winding the fog bell's machine every 45 minutes during foggy weather.

Life at Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse proved tough for many.  Most historians agree that retaining keepers at the lighthouse proved tough because the living quarters became too cold during the winter.  Eventually, a previously-removed stove was rebuilt, improving cold-weather conditions

A Daring Rescue 

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse's final keeper, Thomas Jefferson Steinhise experienced a bit of fame after he participated in a daring, sea rescue.  In August 1933, a Nor'easter churned its way up the coast, putting Maryland's shore in danger. During the storm, a tug boat capsized near the lighthouse. Steinhise rowed a small boat to the shipwreck, saving five men before the arrival of additional help.

The Decline of a Landmark 

Unfortunately, following Steinhise's tenure, no other keeper would live and work at the historic Baltimore lighthouse.  Lighted buoys and range lights aided ships in navigating the river. By 1948, the light became automated. Sadly, Seven Foot Knoll began to quickly decline and it closed in 1969.

In the 1980s, the City of Baltimore stepped in, saving Seven Foot Knoll from demolition. By barge, the lighthouse was moved to the Inner Harbor for restoration. The city rejoiced at saving this landmark and descendants of Keeper Steinhise participated in the restoration.

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse Today

Though no longer operational, today the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is one of the oldest remaining Chesapeake-area lighthouses. Now located on Pier 5 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, it is open to the public and free to tour.  A visit to Seven Foot Knoll offers visitors an education in Maryland lighthouses and maritime life.

With its barn-red colored siding, the lighthouse remains one of Baltimore's iconic landmarks. In addition to its informational museum, residents visit Seven Foot Knoll simply for its stunning views.  Head to the lighthouse just in time to catch the sunset.

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See Baltimore's Neighborhoods from the Patterson Pagoda

Known as the "best backyard in Baltimore," Patterson Park covers 155 acres in Southeast Baltimore. Primarily used by residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, Patterson Park is truly an urban oasis. For visitors, it is a place to soak up local culture and enjoy an afternoon in the heart of Baltimore. Atop the park's largest hill stands its crowning jewel, the Patterson Park Pagoda. A historic observatory, the Pagoda offers visitors some of the best views of the city.

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Patterson Park and The War of 1812 

Today, the Patterson Park Pagoda stands on hallowed ground. During the Battle of Baltimore, a turning point in the War of 1812, troops defended the city from a fortified position atop Hampstead Hill, land with vast views of the harbor. As British troops approached the city, the volunteer soldiers saw them coming and were able to defend Charm City. It was during this campaign that Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem. Eventually, British commanders decided the battle was a lost cause, ordering British forces to retreat. 

Pagoda Construction   

Following the War of 1812, Hampstead Hill's importance was cemented in the city's history. Wanting to preserve a place that played a key role in the defense and development of Baltimore, William Patterson, a British merchant, donated five acres of his land to the city for a city walk in 1827. In the following decades, the city purchased additional acreage to create Patterson Park. The park, and its now-famous hill, also served to protect troops during the Civil War. 

Its role in defending the city took its toll on Patterson Park, and it fell into disrepair following the Civil War. To prevent further problems, the park was reconstructed with an air of Victorian splendor, commemorating its role in previous battles and allowing others to continue to enjoy its sweeping views of the city. In 1892, Charles H. Latrobe completed construction of a Victorian and Oriental inspired observatory, known as the Pagoda. 

A four story tower, the Pagoda features three observation decks connected by a spiral staircase. From the top deck, visitors enjoy sweeping views of the city, including downtown, Inner Harbor, Canton and the park. In 1914, the city commemorated The Battle of Baltimore with a centennial celebration. As part of the ceremonies, two memorials were added in front of the Pagoda. The Star-Spangled Banner Centennial Monument and the Rodgers' Bastion Memorial Cannon stand alongside the Pagoda, forever marking the role the park played in the city's history. 

Restoration and the Friends of Patterson Park

Today, the Pagoda is operated by the Friends of Patterson Park, a neighborhood advocacy group. The Friends of Patterson Park are committed to the restoration and preservation of the Pagoda and the park as a whole.

Urban decay took its toll on the park and the Pagoda was closed to the public in 1951, amidst talks of demolishing the structure. By the late 1990s, the Friends of Patterson Park developed a plan to restore the park to its former glory, including a complete restoration of the Pagoda. In 2002, the Pagoda was completely restored and reopened to the public. April through October, the observatory opens to the public each Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

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Harrisburg PA Sails into Summer

All summer long on the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania features its very own spectacular riverboat cruiser — the Pride of the Susquehanna. The beautiful ship was built by local residents a few decades ago, the Pride operates regular sightseeing cruises and summer concerts and can also be commissioned for community events, weddings, parties and more.

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Swing into Spring in Reading, PA

Reading, PA will be alive and kicking on April 10 through 19, 2015 at the 25th Annual Boscov's Jazz Fest.  Jazz, bebop, blues, funk, fusion, gospel, and big band fans worldwide will return to Reading, PA--some for the 25th time--for 10 consecutive, music-filled nights of unique concert experiences to indulge their passion.

Reading PA 25th Annual Jazz Fest

The 25th Berks Jazz Fest, one of the premier jazz events in the world, requires the help of more than 400 volunteers.  The 2014 Jazz Fest drew more than 50,000 music aficionados to the Reading community adding $5 million back into the economy.

John Ernesto, 22-year festival General Manager, commented, "Our goal is to put together a festival that the entire Berks County community can be proud of.  We've put together a very diverse lineup of artists exploring the many styles of jazz – straight ahead, contemporary, blues, and gospel."

Reading, PA thrives because of the efforts of such community organizations as the Berks Arts Council and its partners.  If being a part of a community like Reading is something that interests you, attend the 25th Annual Berks Jazz Fest.


History of Reading's Berks Jazz Fest

The Berks Arts Council organized the first Berks Jazz Fest in 1991 as a way to support arts in their community.  Wynton Marsalis, respected trumpet legend, opened the first festival along with a musical lineup of 20 or more in Reading. 

Reading PA Wynton Marsalis Opens Jazz Fest

Over the next 25 years, the festival has evolved into 50 major ticketed concerts and more than 125 free musical performances including all types of jazz, in concert and performing arts venues, restaurants, bars, and churches.

Rev. Harry L. Serio, a Berks Jazz Festival founder, commented, "When we started, we never expected to grow into this type of world renowned festival, with people even coming from overseas to experience it…The artists that come really enjoy hanging out in Berks County — they like the venues.  Some of them actually build their tours around it."

Originally, Reading's VF Outlets worked in cooperation with festival organizers to bring people to the area during a slow retail season.  However, with Reading, PA's rich history in jazz including performances by Duke Ellington, Count Base, John Philip Sousa, and several big band greats, it is no surprise how the festival has grown.


Reading's 25th Jazz Fest Anniversary

Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Orchestra will wow Reading crowds at this year's opening events beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Santander Performing Arts Center. Crowne Plaza will be spotlighted on April 10 at 10:00 p.m. with an Opening Night Party with special appearances by saxophonist Boney James and Gerald Veasley's Midnight Jam.

The 2015 edition includes performances by headliners:  Jeffrey Osborne, Elliott Yamin, Fourplay, Will Downing, the Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Band, Kirk Whalum, Yolanda Adams, Dianne Reeves and Soul of Jazz.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's Role in American History

Harrisburg PA and the National Civil War Museum

Harrisburg, PA plays a significant role in US history especially as it relates to the Civil War. Today, Americans can learn more about the Civil War at the National Civil War Museum, located at One Lincoln Circle in Harrisburg's Reservoir Park. This Smithsonian Institution museum has a huge collection of Civil War artifacts and is a great tribute to the Civil War's role in the development of Harrisburg.

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Faidley's Seafood for Baltimore's Best Crab Cakes

Baltimore is well known for its options for delectable food, but few of these options are quite as well known as the Faidley's Seafood Market. Located on North Paca in the Lexington Market, the Faidley's Seafood Market has been serving up fresh seafood since 1886, and has won numerous awards and accolades for its food. In fact, the restaurant is listed in Southern Living's "Off the Eaten Path," and Patricia Schultz named Faidley's Seafood Market as one of the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die." This iconic eating establishment is truly part of the "Best of Baltimore."

Best of Baltimore Faidley's Seafood Market


A Rich Piece of Baltimore's History for Over a Century

It is more than the food that makes Faidley's Seafood Market so important to Baltimore's residents and visitors alike. It is the rich history of the place as well. Faidley's Seafood opened its doors in 1886 when John W. Faidley, Sr. started selling his fresh seafood and crab cakes. Over the years, it has remained a family-run business with Bill and Nancy Devine the descendants of Faidley himself owning the restaurant today.

While all of the food at Faidley's Seafood is excellent, it is the lump crab cakes that have drawn so many to Baltimore's World Famous Lexington Market. The crab cakes have allowed Faidley's to develop Maryland Style Crab Feasts, a community event that has helped build the tourism and economy of the region. People from around the country and even international locations will host Faidley's Maryland Style Crab Feasts, partnering with Faidley's to provide the food. Faidley's has been seen in movies and TV shows as well.


Award-Wining Crab Cakes and Iconic Experience

Every day, people travel from around the state and even around the country to visit Faidley's. It's the crab cakes that have gotten so many people interested in Faidley's.

Smithsonian Magazine, for instance, recommends Faidley's to people visiting Baltimore in its "The 20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America" list, and specifically names the crab cake sandwich as one of the best you can find anywhere. "Man vs. Food" host, Adam Richman, has also called it one of the best sandwiches in the country. According to Smithsonian, it's the addition of chopped saltines to the mix, added just before frying the crab cake that makes it so special.

Baltimore Crab Cakes

Of course, crab cakes are not all that Faidley's serves. Zagat, which gave Faidley's a 26 out of 30 rating, indicates that other favorites are the raw bar, oyster shuckers and no-frills service. And this is true - you won't find any frills at Faidley's, or any chairs either. Baltimore residents enjoy standing up to eat at communal tables, and many feel that the laid-back atmosphere adds to the experience.


If you have not yet tried Faidley's, you owe it to yourself to head to Lexington Market to taste a piece of Baltimore history. If you are considering making the move to Baltimore, consider shopping for a home close to the market so you can enjoy Faidley's on a regular basis.

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Baltimore's Roundup of Things to Do on St. Patrick's Day

Baltimore takes St. Patrick's Day very seriously. From its iconic St. Patrick's Day Parade drawing record-setting crowds to the many Irish pubs offering discounted drinks during strolls and bar crawls, you will find plenty to do in and around Baltimore. Here are some of the most popular things to do in Baltimore for St. Patrick's Day, and that's no Blarney.

Baltimore St. Patrick's Day Events

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The city's St. Patrick's Day Parade is considered the "jewel in Maryland's emerald crown." This 50-year-long tradition draws thousands of people to the city to watch as Irish dancers, musicians, and entertainers march through the streets of downtown Baltimore.

Baltimore St. Patricks' Day Parade

The Baltimore St. Patrick's Day Parade is a volunteer effort put on by the community and offered at no charge to the community. It is held the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day beginning at 2:00 p.m. from the Washington Monument. Parking can be hard to come by, so plan to arrive early.

Shamrock 5K

Right before the St. Patrick's Day Parade, runners can participate in The Shamrock 5K, which begins at 1:15 p.m. the race takes place along Charles and Mulberry Streets with cash awards to the top three men and women as well as age group awards. The entire family can participate with categories for kids through adults. Race proceeds benefit the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and the awards ceremony is held immediately following the race.

St. Patrick's Day Tea at the Carroll County Farm Museum

The Carroll County Farm Museum in nearby Westminster is open March 14 through 17 for a special family-friendly Irish tea party. Tickets to the tea, which is held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, cost $20 and include museum admission and a tour of the farmhouse.

A Wee Bit O'Blarney at Everyman Theatre

On St. Patrick's Day, Baltimore welcomes little leprechauns (ages two to four) to the Everyman Theatre for an Irish-inspired celebration featuring drama, music and movement workshops. All participants will be able to enjoy a craft time as well. Cost for this event is $15 per child, and it runs from 10:30 to 11:30.

Federal Hill Irish Stroll

Federal Hill Irish Stroll

Federal Hill is filled with some of the favorite bars of Baltimore, and on March 14 from 12 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy the Federal Hill Irish Stroll. Seventeen bars on Federal Hill will offer discounted drinks, and the first 3,000 guests will receive a free St. Paddy's Stroll Koozie. Along the way you will see strolling bagpipers and the occasional leprechaun, and be prepared to enjoy prizes and giveaways long the way. You do have to have an event ticket to enter participating bars during this event.

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Baltimore Supporting Youth for Future Workforce

Baltimore is a city that values its young people as shown by its Hire One Youth program, a campaign supported by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Through the campaign, Mayor Rawlings-Blake is encouraging Baltimore's many businesses to hire one young person during the summer months.

 Baltimore Promotes Hire One Youth

The Details of the Program

Hire One Youth is a campaign encouraging area businesses to provide a six-week summer job to one young person between the ages of 16 and 21. The youth, which are considered job-ready, will perform the job during the set time period, learning important job skills that they will carry into their future careers while freeing the company to give its employees some summer vacation time. The program also hopes to inspire some youth to find fulfilling careers in a field they love, by giving them the chance to try different types of work.


The Hire One Youth program encourages businesses to commit to hiring at least one job-ready young person, and then recruit one other business to do the same. In this way, the campaign's organizers hope to get the majority of businesses in Baltimore and the surrounding communities to participate. This year is the fourth year of the Hire One Youth Program. Interested businesses can sign up on Baltimore's city website.


Hire One Youth in Partnership with YouthWorks

In order to make Hire One Youth successful, the program needs a pool of "job ready" young people. Baltimore City's YouthWorks program helps young people develop the right work-ready skills to play an important role in today's marketplace.

Baltimore Youthworks Readies Future Workforce

YouthWorks holds to the slogan that "Summer Jobs Launch Careers."  Through the program, students interested in positioning themselves for the Hire One Youth jobs can register for the program, participate in job training and financial literacy training, and then enjoy being matched to job opportunities that are a good fit for their skills. Completing the training and the six-week job gives these young people job experience to place on a resume as they seek future employment.


Past Years Have Seen Great Success

In 2014, the Hire One Youth initiative saw 500 young people hired by local businesses. This year, the program's organizers expect to see even more hiring and participation. Students who have completed several years of the program are reporting excellent training and experience.

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Hire One Youth is just one example of ways in which the city of Baltimore is striving to make its community family-friendly and its people productive. If you find that initiatives like this make Baltimore appealing to you, talk to the team at Homesale Realty to get professional help finding your new Baltimore home.


Italian Lake Park is Part of Harrisburg's Appeal

Italian Lake Park in Harrisburg PA

Although it might seem as if Punxsutawney Phil squelched any hopes for an early spring, one glimpse of Italian Lake Park in the Uptown neighborhood of Harrisburg, PA, and you may change your mind.

Italian Lake Park
, located just north of Division Street between Third and Green Streets, is one of Harrisburg's most beautiful parks.  The park attracts both residents and visitors to the area for early morning walks, wedding photographs, and even an occasional free summer concert.

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Baltimore's Best Places to Celebrate on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just a few days away. Don't Panic.  If bouquets of flowers and heart-shaped boxes of candy are too "traditional" for you, we have compiled our list of creative and unique things to do in Baltimore with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.

Baltimore Things to Do on Valentine's Day

Food for Love

Baltimore's fine dining scene is exceptional. Your main challenge will not be finding a restaurant, but rather narrowing down your choices. Consider Barcocina. This contemporary Mexican restaurant will have a four-course prefix menu on Valentine's Day with drink pairings available. It is located in Fells Point.

Baltimore Restaurants for Valentine's Day Dining

For something downtown, head to McCormick and Schmick's Seafood and Steaks. Not only can you dine on scrumptious sea food here, but you can end the date on a romantic note with the restaurant's signature Chocolate Bag dessert.

If "amore" is more to your liking, head to Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood. La Tavola will be offering a Prix Fixe menu on Valentine's Day, which is a great way to start an evening.

Catch a Romantic Show

Baltimore Valentine's Day Movies

Share a box of popcorn with the one you love while catching a classic romance playing at many local Baltimore theaters. For the 1946 classic "The Best Years of Our Lives," head to the Charles Theater at 10:30. The Enoch Pratt Central Library will be showing "The Clock" at 10:30, and tickets to that performance are free. If you are spending the night in Baltimore Valentine's Day, then head to the Cinemark Towson at 11 on Sunday for "Giant."


Take a Cruise or Ride a Helicopter

What is more romantic than a cruise at sunset? Not much, and Baltimore offers the chance to enjoy a cruise along the Baltimore River in the Spirit of Baltimore or the Inner Harbor Spirit. Both ships have a Valentine's Day Dinner special and will allow you to cruise well past sunset. A rose and champagne are included to round out the romantic evening.


If you prefer something a little more thrilling, Monumental Helicopters gives you the chance to see the lights of the city from the air with a City Lights helicopter tour. The tour includes a complementary GoPro video of the flight.


Party the Night Away

If you want to enjoy the nightlife after dinner and some entertainment, you won't be disappointed in Baltimore. The Grand Central Club will be hosting its Rehab 2nd Saturday event. If your nightclub tastes are more refined, head to the Havana Club for cigars and desserts in the club's upstairs lounge. Red Maple features tapas and DJs to dance the night away.


If you have fallen in love with Baltimore and want to make it your home, contact Homesale Realty for help finding a home in the area.


Moving to Hershey: What a Sweet Idea

What comes to mind when you hear the word Hershey? For most people, it is the tasty chocolate treats that go by the same name.  The Hershey Company, located in Hershey, PA, is North America's largest producer of chocolate and a world leader in chocolate and sugar confections.

Hershey PA Living in a Hershey World

Hershey, PA residents are proud to be a part of a community where one company brings so many benefits to their city in so many different ways. From employment options to community service and, of course, the Hershey Chocolate World experiences, The Hershey Company is integral to life in Hershey, PA.


Hershey and the Local Community

One of the biggest benefits Hershey brings to the community is the economic boost that it offers. Being a world-class corporation with everything from corporate board rooms to resorts, dining, a theme park, and the Milton Hershey School, Hershey adds jobs to the city and bolsters the Hershey, PA economy.


Yet, Hershey is much more than just a employment opportunity to the city. In fact, Hershey has been recently recognized as one of the most community-minded companies in the country because of its social impact and commitment to giving back.


Hershey employees are often seen participating in community and civic events with the company hosting many of them. For example, at the Stop Hunger Now event, Hershey employees packed 210,000 meals for needy children in the local community. During Good to Give Back Week, Hershey's global week of volunteerism, over 1,700 Hershey employees participated in social projects that helped their local communities.


World-Class Entertainment

In addition to the civic and employment opportunities Hershey provides, it also provides exceptional entertainment. Hersheypark and ZooAmerica draw thousands of visitors to Hershey each year. You can enjoy a weekend at the Chocolate Spa, spend time play golf at Hershey's golf course, watch the Hershey Bears Ice Hockey or explore Hershey Gardens. Don't forget to see the story behind the candy at Hershey's Chocolate World.

Hershey Chocolate World


Hershey's Create Your Own Candy Bar attraction is a favorite with the kids, and the Hershey's Great Chocolate Factory Mystery 4D experience pleases the entire family. The Hershey Entertainment and Resort complex provides many things to do that keep the people of Hershey entertained and engaged.


Make Plans to Visit Hershey PA in February

February is a great time to visit Hershey, because it is, after all, The Sweetest Place on Earth. The community dedicates the entire month to delectable chocolate treats. From the Hot Chocolate Pajama Party, hosted at Hershey Lodge to the Chocolate Dessert Journey, which you can experience at Hershey's Chocolate World, you will find chocolate-themed events all through the month.


If living in a world made from chocolate seems like a "sweet" idea, contact Homesale Realty to find a home in Hershey, PA.


Baltimore Schools Deliver Top College Experiences


If you are shopping for a college for your child, location may be more important than you think.  In a report by the American Institute of Economic Research (AIER), top U.S. college towns were ranked based upon delivering the best overall college experiences to its students. Baltimore ranked as a "Top 10 College Town."  AIER selected Baltimore because of its overall economic and academic environment, quality of life, and employment opportunities.

Baltimore Ranked as Top 10 College Town

When it comes to options for higher education, Baltimore locals have a wide selection of schools from which to choose. From larger public universities to smaller private colleges, Baltimore offers diverse school types and fields of study. Here is a list of some of the top colleges and universities in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore delivers top college experiences


University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Located in the Mt. Vernon neighbhorhood of Baltimore, the University of Baltimore is one of the city's public universities providing education in business, law, public affairs, and the applied arts and sciences.


Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

Goucher College is a private liberal arts college that was the first college in the country to make time spent studying abroad part of its undergraduate degree requirements. The residential campus works to create true global citizens.


The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

The Johns Hopkins University is perhaps one of the most well-known colleges in Maryland. Founded in 1876, The Johns Hopkins University is the largest employer in the state and is known for its excellent health care training programs for health care professionals. It has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the greater Baltimore area.


Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Loyola University Maryland is a Jesuit, Catholic university that has over 40 academic fields grounded in the liberal arts. It attracts a diverse student body who is interested in pursuing academics alongside spiritual training. It also has a rigorous graduate degree program.


McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

McDaniel College is a private liberal arts school offering a personalized approach to college education. It has a small campus located near Baltimore and provides students with the chance to study at a sister school in Budapest. The average class size is just 16 at this small college.


Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

The award-winning Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is a leading school training artists and designers. Those who are looking to study more in-depth into these fields will find an innovative curriculum complemented by a well-equipped status and a faculty that use the latest technology to assist students in creating their best works.


Towson University, Towson, MD

Towson University was founded in 1866. Today it is known as one of the best regional public universities in the nation. It boasts over 100 degree programs, including everything from applied professional degrees to doctoral programs.


University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

University of Maryland Baltimore County is an honors university offering an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education. It is a public research university that thinks outside the box of traditional education.


Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

The academic offerings at Morgan State University attract students from around the globe. It is one of the top schools for African-American high school students, and has academic offerings in almost every area of study.


The Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD

The Notre Dame of Maryland University is another of the most well-known colleges in Maryland. It has over 120 years of history and a strong liberal arts heritage. It is a Catholic university known for its inclusiveness and academic excellence.


Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD

Coppin State University offers a comprehensive list of educational opportunities, but it is known particularly for its IT department. If you are looking for a school where you can learn about technology, this is the school for you.


Baltimore offers exceptional educational opportunities for you and your family. If you are thinking about a move to Baltimore, do it with the help of Homesale Realty.


Harrisburg Capitol Stands as a Symbol of Local Community

Harrisburg, the capital of the Pennsylvania, is located along the banks of the Susquehanna River.  While Harrisburg plays a pivotal role in our state government today, it first made its mark in American history during the Civil War.  Today, Harrisburg stands as a vibrant, culturally diverse community where art, entertainment and history come together in a beautiful way.

At the center of it all is the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building filling the skyline of the city and standing as a symbol to the history, culture and overall importance of Harrisburg, PA.

Harrisburg PA State Capitol Building


The History of the Capitol Building

The Capitol was built in the Italian Renaissance style common of historic statehouses. When it was complete in 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt called it "the handsomest building I ever saw." When it was dedicated, the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building was the tallest structure between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Harrisburg PA State Capitol Building Architecture

At the center of the Capitol is its 272-foot tall dome. The vaulted ceiling mirrors the beauty of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and weighs in at 52 million pounds. A beautiful staircase in the center of it all is reminiscent of a European opera house. The regal, elegant design of the building draws over 100,000 people per year to enjoy a free tour.

Harrisburg PA State Capitol Building Interior Dome


No matter where you look in Harrisburg, the Capitol and its breathtaking dome stands as a testament to the state and city history and the seat of modern state government, making it the focal point of the community.

Taking a Tour of the Capitol

When you tour the Capitol building, you are instantly struck by the beauty of its exterior architecture. As you walk through the various buildings, glimpses of French and English styles are used along with its Italian Renaissance architecture. The beautiful stained glass throughout the building lets in brightly colored light, adding to the ambiance of the state.


It is not just architecture that makes the Capitol truly special. Throughout its various rooms, wings and hallways, you can see a breathtaking display of classic paintings and antique furnishings. A tour of the Capitol is much like a tour of an elegant art museum all housed in a historically significant building.

Harrisburg PA Skyline


Yes, the Capitol building and its history are something Harrisburg residents are proud of. If you are ready to make that history part of your own family, consider shopping for a historic Harrisburg home. The team at Homesale Realty is ready to help you discover Harrisburg and its real estate options for you.


Reading Named to 10 Most Exciting Places in PA List

Nestled between Philly and Pittsburgh, Reading may seem like "just another city" in Pennsylvania, but that could not be further from the truth.  Reading's history, natural beauty, cultural activities, and low cost of living all played a part in earning it a spot on Movoto's list of "10 Most Exciting Places In Pennsylvania".

Mt. Penn Pagoda Reading PA

Ranked No. 8 on Movoto's list, Reading ranked well in most categories across the board.  Reading was named the fifth most densely-populated city in Pennsylvania.  It also had the sixth highest number of music venues per capita, and the 17th for the most young people.

Reading is a unique blend of modern, urban activities and small town charm.  Nowhere other than Reading can you enjoy an afternoon drive to a Pennsylvania German farm and then return to attend a live performance of classical music by the Reading Symphony Orchestra later the same day.

Visit the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, cheer on the Reading Royals Hockey Team, or attend the annual Berks Jazz Festival. After you eat and drink up local Reading culture, arts, and entertainment, select from a "full menu" of local bistros, bars, PA Dutch restaurants, and even farmers markets to sample some the best food and drinks in town.

Reading offers something for everyone.  Whether you are a visitor, a new Reading resident or a lifetime local, you will quickly understand why there is truly no other place like Reading.


Here is our list of favorite things to do in Reading, PA:

1.  Climb The Pagoda - 98 Duryea Drive, Reading, PA

The Pagoda in Reading is a local historic landmark located 620 feet above the city at the top of Mt. Penn.  Owned by the citizens of Reading for over 100 years, The Pagoda is an oberservatory with scenic views of Reading and its surrounding communities. Enjoy lunch at The Pagoda Café, take home a trinket from the gift shop, or take pictures of the breathtaking views from The Pagoda's balcony.


Climb the Pagoda


2.  Enjoy a romantic weekend at one of Reading's Bed & Breakfasts, Country Inns, and Historic Hotels.

  • The Inn at Centre Park730 Centre Avenue, Reading. Located in Reading's beautiful Centre Park Historic District, the Inn at Centre Park is a unique Victorian bed and breakfast with amazing architectural details and a rich historical past.
  • Abraham Lincoln-Historic Hotel of America Reading. The Abraham Lincoln Hotel has welcomed guests and visitors to Reading since 1930.  This historic hotel blends historic charm and architecture in greater Berks County.

Romantic Reading Outdoors

3.  Relaxing in Reading's beautiful outdoors.

For a leisurely afternoon, hike at Angelica Park Environmental Exploration Center and then enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the park's designated areas.  Explore Nolde Forest and Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center. Go fishing or horseback riding at Antietam Lake Park.

Reading Outdoors

Reading has countless opportunities to explore and things to do. If you are getting ready to move to Reading, contact the local real estate experts at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty to help you find a home in Reading, PA.


Celebrating New Year's Eve in Downtown York

Have you made your plans for New Year's Eve? York, PA offers an exceptional list of things to do on New Year's Eve with something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you live in York or are simply visiting during the holidays, you will find York is an ideal place to ring in the New Year.

York PA New Years Eve Things to Do

New Year's in York with the Kids

The celebration begins with the Children's Countdown. From 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., bring your children to Central Market where they can enjoy family-friendly entertainment, inflatable bouncers, photo backdrops with props, complimentary hats and noisemakers, face painting and glitter tattoos. The children's festivities end with a balloon drop countdown at 8:00 p.m., with plenty of time for children to get to bed at a decent hour. Several Central Market vendors will have food and beverages available for sale.

Stop and Smell the Roses as you Ring in the New Year

After the Children's Countdown, spend time enjoying local York restaurants, bars, and breweries.

The Mudhook Brewing Co. will offer a Belgian style New Year's celebration beginning at 3:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. and midnight the brewery will sponsor a "pint drop," and live music will accompany the event.

Tutoni's Restaurant is offering a prix fixe dinner, with five courses through a specially ticketed event. You will need a ticket to celebrate at Tutoni's, as it is not open to the general public for the New Year's event.  Seating begins at 6:00 p.m.

The Roosevelt Tavern in York, located at 50 North Penn Street, is offering a special New Year's Eve menu featuring a five-course, all-inclusive meal especially created for New Year's Eve.

If cutting the rug like Fred and Ginger are more to your liking, celebrate New Year's Eve dancing to a mix of live Ballroom, Swing and Latin music in the Grand Victorian Ballroom of the Historic Yorktowne Hotel. A full course, sit down dinner with a choice of three entrées is included.

When midnight rolls around, you will want to join other members of the York community to watch the white rose drop as you count down the New Year. The community will then ring in the New Year with a fireworks display at Continental Square.

York, PA is a city that knows how to celebrate, and this is easily seen at the New Year's Eve celebration. If becoming a part of the York, PA is in your plans for the coming year, contact Homesale Realty to help you find a home for sale in York, PA.


Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Baltimore

2015 is almost here! Celebrate New Year's Eve with family and friends in Baltimore at the "best bashes" Charm City has to offer.

Best Bashes in Baltimore on New Years Eve

Baltimore is a diverse community filled with residents from all walks of life, ages, and tastes.  Whether you are 9 or 90, Baltimore has a wide variety of New Year's Eve events especially for you.

Midnight Noon will be hosted at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD.  Join Baltimore families for the 7th annual New Year's Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. where kids can see the ball drop before bedtime.  Crafts, party hat decorating and noise maker making will take place while the popular kids band, Milkshake, takes the stage at 11:30 a.m. 

Noontime New Year Holiday Hoedown will be held at the Port Discovery Children's Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD.  Dress the kids in their favorite costumes and get ready for an afternoon of crafts, programs, performances, noisemakers, and a countdown to 12 noon on New Year's Eve Day.

New Year's Eve Cruise on The Black-Eyed Susan, Baltimore's Only Authentic Paddleboat.  Enjoy a dockside cocktail reception with buffet dinner before taking sail to view the midnight fireworks from the harbor in The Black-Eyed Susan's heated and glass-enclosed observation deck.

Big Night Baltimore Gala, Get ready for the Big Night and a Big Baltimore Gala located at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  Big Night Baltimore is an all-inclusive night because your ticket includes everything including a buffet and entertainment throughout eight different party zones.

Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular takes place from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  Be entertained by the Baltimore-based band, Under The Covers, beginning at 9:00 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light Streets. 

At the stroke of midnight, welcome 2015 with colorful fireworks and lights filling the sky above downtown Baltimore.  

For the full "Baltimore on New Year's" experience, residents and visitors can view the fireworks from along the Inner Harbor promenade.  The fireworks display can also be seen from the Federal Hill, Locust Point, Canton, Harbor East and Fell's Point neighborhoods.

Ring in 2015 with your family and friends in Baltimore, Maryland.  Homesale Realty wishes you and your families a happy and safe new year.  Contact us when you are in the market to buy a home or sell a home in the Baltimore area.


PA Cities Celebrate New Year's Eve

As the clock strikes twelve on December 31, the eyes of millions will turn to Times Square to watch the New Year's Eve Ball drop.  While New York's glittering ball might draw attention from around the world, no one quite celebrates New Year's Eve like the people of Pennsylvania.

Homesale PA City New Years Eve

Some people might think dropping a button, bologna, or bottle of beer on New Year's Eve might seem "odd," but to Pennsylvanians it is just another way to celebrate their local communities.

Here is our list of "10 Ways PA Cities Celebrate New Year's Eve" from your friends at Homesale Realty:

  1. A Button in Carlisle, PA
    Carlisle, PA residents and visitors celebrate New Year's Eve by designing a First Night Carlisle button.  A large, 50-pound aluminum frame replica of the winning First Night button is dropped at midnight accompanied with a fireworks celebration. Beginning at 6 p.m., the festivites will include live music performances and art exhibits and close with a fantastic fireworks display.
  2. A Strawberry in Harrisburg, PA
    Harrisburg's New Year's Eve celebration hosts a crowd of thousands in Pennsylvania's state capital.  Just before midnight, a giant illuminated strawberry starts its drop from the top of the downtown Hilton Harrisburg to ring in the New Year.  Bring the family and enjoy live entertainment, dancing, arts and crafts for children, and fireworks.
  3. A Hershey Kiss in Hershey, PA
    There is no sweeter way to ring in the New Year than in Hershey, PA.  The community pulls out all the stops for its New Year's Eve celebration.  USA Today Travel ranked Hershey second for great places to spend a family-friendly New Year's Eve.  At 11:59 p.m., a Hershey Kiss replica will be raised high above a chocolate-loving crowd followed by a fireworks display at midnight.
  4. A Red Rose in Lancaster, PA
    Lancaster begins its celebration when its signature red rose ascends at Binns Park. Featuring over 20 indoor performances, Countdown Lancaster is a family-fun event filled with visual and performing entertainment ending in a midnight fireworks display.
  5. A Lebanon Bologna in Lebanon, PA
    Celebrate New Year's Eve in Lebanon as crowds count down the seconds until midnight with the famous 16-foot Lebanon Bologna coming to a stop at the stroke of midnight.
  6. A Wrench in Mechanisburg, PA
    Mechanicsburg celebrates the New Year with the annual drop of a wrench on Main Street. The tradition commemorates the community's founders, mechanics, who settled in the area to make and repair wagons in the early 19th century.
  7. A Giant Shoe in Palmyra, PA
    New Year's Eve in Palmyra gives a new meaning to waiting for the shoe to drop.  Ring in 2015 in Palmyra's town square with the giant shoe drop at midnight commemorating the city's shoe manufacturing history.
  8. A Bottle of Yuengling Beer in Pottsville, PA
    Pottsville, PA rings in the New Year's Eve with a bottle of beer.  The city's celebration is marked by the raising of the Yuengling beer bottle to the top of the flagpole at Garfield Square.  Toast to the oldest brewery in America in Pottsville on New Year's Eve.
  9. A White Rose in York, PA
    Watch a white rose drop from the sky in Continental Square in York, PA on New Year's Eve.  Enjoy a children's countdown to the balloon drop from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., with complimentary hats and noisemakers, ideal for kids of all ages.
  10. An Ice Cream Cone in Columbia, PA
    Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, PA with family and friends. At 6 p.m., the local Columbia No. 1 Fire Department will drop a large Turkey Hill Dairy Ice Cream cone to welcome the New Year.

Contact the real estate experts at Homesale Realty if moving to Pennsylvania is in your plans for the coming year.


Let There be Lights in Howard County

Tis the season for candy canes, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and Christmas lights:  lots and lots of Christmas right here in Howard County's Columbia, Maryland. 

Columbia Symphony of Lights

Celebrate the holidays with your family at the 21st Annual Symphony of Lights located in Symphony Woods off of Broken Land Parkway in Columbia.  Attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually, Symphony of Lights has been a cherished community tradition for over two decades.  Presented by Macy's, the extravagnza offers more than 70 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light displays illuminated by over 250,000 bulbs during its scenic 1.4-mile drive. 

Columbia Symphony of Lights Display

Originating as a small community fundraising event for Howard County General Hospital, Symphony of Lights has since grown to attract more than 1,600,000 visitors.  Howard Hospital Foundation holds Symphony of Lights as its main fundraising event for Howard County General Hospital with proceeds during the past 20 years totaling more than $1 million.


Howard County General Hospital

An affiliate of John Hopkins Medicine, Howard County General Hospital has been serving area residents for nearly 40 years.  With a mission of providing the highest quality care for its patients, the Howard County General Hospital Campus Development Plan addresses major medical and health challenges including increases in the average age of the population and in annual visits to the hospital to ensure all patients receive proper medical care and treatment. 

Columbia Symphony of Lights House

Symphony of Lights 2014 Festivities

Taking place Monday, November 17, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily including holidays (except December 31 for the Midnight at 7), Symphony of Lights is located at Symphony Woods in Columbia, MD.

  • Drive Through the Lights.  Through Sunday, January 4
    Take a 20 to 30 minute drive-through tour of the Symphony of Lights.  See this display of light holiday creations filled with color, design, and animation.  Great for kids of all ages. Open 6 days a week, Wednesdays-Mondays, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., including holidays. CLOSED to drive-through traffic on Tuesdays/CLOSED December 31st for the Midnight at 7 event.
  • Group Walk Through the Lights. Tuesdays Only, November 18 - December 30
    See the Symphony of Lights in a group (perfect Christmas event for work groups, scout groups, school groups) by taking a 1.4 mile walking tour through the light displays.
  • Bike the Lights. New this Year!  Monday, December 15, 2014
    Tour the Symphony of Lights on two wheels!  Bikers of all ages and abilities are welcome to enjoy a leisurely ride. Family and friends may walk with the bikers. All bikers must wear a helmet to participate.
  • Midnight at 7 - Wednesday, December 31, 2014 / 5:00-8:00 p.m.
    Midnight at 7 is Howard County's fun-filled family New Year's Eve celebration.  Ring in 2015 with a community fireworks display.  Walk through the Lights, enjoy entertainment, dancing, a bonfire, food and more.

Columbia, Maryland is a community alive with activity. It's filled with arts and culture, shops and restaurants, a great Lakefront, and paths and walkways merging its various neighborhoods into a special place to live, work, and play.

Contact a Homesale Realty local real estate agent to find real estate and homes for sale in Columbia.

Downtown Columbia MD, ExploreMD.us, Howard County General Hospital


Christmas Village Opens Thanksgiving Day

After the turkey is carved and dishes are done, join Baltimore residents and their guests at Christmas Village in Baltimore 2014. Opening Thanksgiving Day 2014, Christmas Village in Baltimore quickly topped the locals' lists of favorite holiday things to do after its premier season in 2013.

Baltimore Christmas Village Welcome

Over 150,000 people welcomed the 2013 holiday season at the inaugural Christmas Village in Baltimore event delighting in exhibits from gifted artisans, seasonal entertainment, and sparkling holiday decorations certain to please Santa's fussiest elf.


Christmas Village Brings a Bit of Germany to Inner Harbor

Fashioned after traditional German Christmas markets originating during the Late Middle Ages, Christmas Village in Baltimore showcases both outdoor and indoor markets filled with great shopping, great food, and great family fun. 

West Shore Park at the Walter Sondheim Fountain in Baltimore's Inner Harbor is "made over" into an authentic German Christmas Market.  A majestic Christmas tree, twinkling lights, and timber huts filled with gift items and goodies bring a Deutschland holiday ambiance to the festivities.  A huge heated festival tent houses vendors presenting fine arts and crafts and handmade gifts from all over the world for sale. 

Baltimore Christmas Village Vendors


Christmas Village Tops the List of Things to Do in Baltimore

A highlight of Christmas Village in Baltimore is an official visit from Christkind of Nuremburg, Germany (the traditional Christmas Angel and bringer of gifts).  True to German tradition, Christkind delivers Christmas gifts to children.  Santa will greet Christkind at his house in Harborplace where  he then escorts her to the official opening of Christmas Village.

Baltimore Christmas Village Christkin

Dine on authentic European fare at our Bavarian Food Court.  Enjoy German Bratwurst and beer, nibble on Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and Stollen. Our wide array of cookies, brittles, and sugared nuts are sure to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.


Center stage is where you will see performances of all kinds:  local school choirs, bands, singers and songwriters, musical acts and even local German dance groups.

Christmas Village in for Family Fun

Christmas Village is a great way to spend Thanksgiving with the entire family as well the perfect place to shop on Black Friday.  New attractions for Christmas Village in Baltimore 2014 include a kids train, Advent wreath and life-size Advent calendar.  Start a new holiday tradition by having your family's photo taken at our huge photo wall.

Baltimore Christmas Village Family

If living in a city filled with things to do sounds like the right move for you, contact the real estate team at Homesale Realty to find a home in Baltimore.


Real Estate Agents Identify Email as Top Tool for Business

Sandra Troccoli Director of IT and Website ServicesRecently, I was interviewed by RISMedia Real Estate for an article that appeared in their October 2014 issue entitled, "Setting the Stage for Continued Growth."  As the Director of IT and Website Services for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty, my responsibilities include marrying information technology and the real estate industry to ensure my company's future success.


Technology plays a huge role in today's real estate market.  In RISMedia's article, we defined email as 'the tool' our real estate agents rely upon the most to run their daily businesses. Having uninterrupted email service is essential.  Knowing this, we searched for a reliable email provider we could count on—one that could help Homesale's real estate agents stay connected with their clients around the clock.

That's why Homesale Realty selected Rackspace as our email service and support partner.  Rackspace is not only an email company and a technology company that offers a wide variety of services for the real estate industry.


Buying and selling homes is not a Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. proposition.  Homesale real estate agents must be easily accessible to their clients 24/7/365. 

Over the last few years, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty has undergone amazing changes with explosive growth within the company.  These positive changes for Homesale meant the migration and management of hundreds of email accounts.  Ours is not a one size fits all real estate firm; Rackspace recognized that.  They engineered a migration process specific to our unique needs providing unprecedented service and a virtually seamless transition.

As the email partner for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty, Rackspace allows us to do what we do best: Sell Homes.

Contact the real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty when you are buying a home or selling a home in the Pennsylvania and Maryland real estate areas.



Touring the Walters Art Museum - Mount Vernon


Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood is one of the true highlights of living in Maryland.  Most locals know Mount Vernon as the cultural center of Baltimore with a multitude of things to do:  arts, theater, and culture.  It's easy to see why so many people are talking about this neighborhood. When you are looking for things to do that are unique to Baltimore, start your day by visiting The Walters Art Museum.

Mount Vernon MD Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

The heart of the Mount Vernon cultural district is the Walters Art Museum. If you love art, then you will want to visit this local icon. This internationally recognized art museum has collections of art from around the globe and throughout history. Here you can see masterpieces form European masters, Asian artwork and even Egyptian mummies. The Walters Art Museum houses thousands of pieces spanning centuries of human history. A tour of the museum is a chance to see the history and development of art.

In addition to the artwork itself, the Walters Art Museum offers numerous things to do for the community. Regular cultural exhibits and performances highlight the different cultural groups that make Baltimore their home. Schools and colleges partner with the museum to provide educational opportunities to their classes through outreach programs and field trips.

Families will even find that the museum offers things to do that are quite kid friendly. Throughout the year, special exhibits and events welcome children to experience and explore art in their own way. In addition, on Saturdays, the museum hosts children's activities to connect kids with art. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with later evening hours on Thursdays.

Other Things to Do in Mount Vernon

As well as spending time at the Walters Art Museum, there are a number of other cultural things to do in Mount Vernon. It is home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera House, and two theaters, the Spotlighter's Theatre and Centerstage.  Opportunities to enjoy the performing arts are endless.

Be sure not to miss the Peabody Institute or the Contemporary Museum. Strolling through the streets of Mount Vernon is an experience in culture, with many architecturally significant buildings in this historic district.

Whether you enjoy a Saturday exploring the children's offerings at the Walters Art Museum or a Friday night seeing a performance at Centerstage, Mount Vernon's cultural attractions will keep you engaged and entertained.   Consider making Mount Vernon your home.  Residential properties throughout this thriving community mean you can keep yourself in the center of this cultural hot spot. Contact Homesale Realty to find Mount Vernon homes for sale.


Hershey Half Marathon to Benefit Children's Miracle Network


Hershey, PA is filled with people who are committed to their local community. Nearly every weekend you will find things to do that give you the chance to have some fun, connect with your neighbors, and help support a worthy cause. It is this commitment to civic support and responsibility that makes Hershey such a great place to live.

Hershey PA Half Marathon

Are you looking for things to do this weekend? Why not head out to watch the Hershey Half Marathon? The race takes place at Hersheypark Stadium and is raising money for the Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children's hospital.


Race Details

The Fifth Annual Hershey Half Marathon, which is presented by Capital Blue Cross, will take place on Sunday, October 19. The race will begin at Hersheypark, and will take runners and walkers along 13.1 miles past many interesting sights, including Milton Hershey School, Chocolate Avenue, and other Hershey landmarks.

This year's race is sold out, but spectators can come and enjoy the festivities by lining the streets along Chocolate Avenue. After the race, head to Hershey's Chocolate World to take the Hershey's Great American Chocolate Tour and walk away with your free Hershey's bar. All proceeds go to the Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. for runners and walkers.

Registration Fee

Your registration fee will cover the cost to participate in the race, a t-shirt, the finisher's medal, a goodie bag, refreshments after the race, and two tickets to Hersheypark in the Dark.


Kids Fun Run

Do you have kids? Bring them with you for the Kids Fun Run the day before the Half Marathon. On Saturday, October 18 kids ages 2 through 13 can participate in age grouped heats at Hersheypark Stadium. Again, proceeds from the $12 ticket price will be used for the Children's Miracle Network. Participants receive a participation medal and sweet treat after the race.

Hershey PA Kids Fun Run


About Children's Miracle Network

The Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that works to help children by raising funds and awareness for a network of hospitals around the globe. In Pennsylvania, the Children's Miracle Network partners with Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital to serve families in Lebanon, York, and Lancaster and Harrisburg counties. Funds raised are used to purchase equipment, pay for patient programs and create new services or pediatric research to support the programs of the hospital.

If you feel that life in Hershey, PA,  with its many things to do and its commitment to being a civic minded city is a good fit for you, then it's time to find a home in the area. Homesale Realty has the tools to help make that task a little easier. Contact Homesale Realty today to find homes for sale in Hershey, PA.


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