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Celebrate Your Independence
Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution, which opened in April, explores the challenges involved in creating the first modern democracy—both through the museum’s exhibits and the context they offer for Philadelphia’s historic landmarks, including Independence Hall. The museum’s theaters, artifacts and art tell the story of the American Revolution from its origins to victory, and its continuing relevance today.
You can see an elaborately decorated 1770s mug wishing “Liberty Forever” to the town of Boston, the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence, and George Washington’s headquarters tent, which is among the most iconic surviving artifacts from the Revolutionary War. One of the museum’s strengths is the diversity of voices it has captured. Immersive exhibits allow you to listen to members of the Oneida Indian Nation debate whether to support the American cause (the multimedia experience is inspired by historical sources), and to board a life-size replica of a privateer ship while listening to the soundscape of a wharf. The museum also has become home to William Trego’s iconic oil painting “The March to Valley Forge, December 19, 1777.”
Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online. Admission $12-$19; free to members and children age 5 and younger. 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 877-740-1776; amrevmuseum.org.
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Chincoteague’s New Coastal Haven
Chincoteague, the charming coastal island town that serves as a gateway for visiting world famous wild ponies at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore, now has a boutique hotel. Marina Bay Hotel & Suites opened in December and is hosting its first summer season along the Chincoteague Channel. While the closest beach is 5 miles away, the hotel’s outdoor features include a heated pool, fire pits, two private piers for fishing, crabbing or watching the sunset, and grills for cooking up the day’s catch. Inside, the lobby is decorated in ropes artfully strung from the ceiling and a floor-to-ceiling wall of nautical flags carved in wood. Thirty-seven of the 76 guest rooms have a balcony with water views. Restaurants, art galleries and quaint shops are a short walk away along Main Street. Two things for which Chincoteague is famous might inspire a visit this year: the 70th anniversary of the publication of Misty of Chincoteague (visit the Museum of Chincoteague Island for exhibits on Marguerite Henry’s book and a children’s film based on the novel), and the 45th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival, which will be held in October (visit chincoteaguechamber.com).
Marina Bay Hotel & Suites rates start at $189 per night for standard rooms, breakfast buffet included. 3801 Main St., Chincoteague Island, Virginia; 757-336-3500, staymarinabay.com.
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Discover a Waterfront Gem
Opened last year, Anchored Inn at Hidden Harbour Marina in Deale, Maryland, is a quick—less than an hour drive—escape from all things urban. Lounge by the pool, borrow a paddleboard or kayak, rent a pontoon boat, read a book on your balcony, or take a chartered fishing or crabbing trip. Fourteen of the inn’s 16 rooms have balconies overlooking the water. Chat up local boaters at the inn’s bar, and don’t miss South County Cafe, a nearby favorite, for big breakfasts or a deli lunch (try the crab dip). Many more restaurants can be found in Annapolis, a half-hour away. Or, exhaust the kids at nearby Chesapeake Beach Water Park and make your own barbecue for dinner. Picnic tables and grills are scattered around the inn’s waterfront backyard, home to a new tiki bar opening this summer.Anchored Inn at Hidden Harbour Marina rates start at $149 per night, $50 extra for a pet-friendly room. 604 Cabana Blvd., Deale, Maryland; 410-867-9668, anchoredinndeale.com.