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Getting on the Water, Even When You Don’t Own a Boat

Originally published on From the very first time I stood at the top of Main Street in historic Annapolis, taking in the view to the end of the street where the brick meets the harbor, I was envious. Seeing boats rocking gently in the harbor and gliding in the open water beyond, I wanted in. Sure, the scene from where I stood was awesome, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy me. I wanted to be a part of it, if only for a short time. I wanted to get on the water. A landlocked suburbanite from nearby Baltimore, I’ve never owned a boat. No one I know has a boat, except my sister and her husband—a Severna Park native who lived on his 40-some foot sailboat alone before acquiring as permanent passengers my sister, their two daughters, and a cat. Now they all live happily on the boat, but they’re entrenched in island life in the Caribbean; not a convenient option for me. Besides, I wanted to experience being on the water right here in Annapolis. I’m happy to report

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Maryland Tourist Spots Attract the ‘Staycation’ Set

Originally published on Aug 3, 2009 in the Baltimore Business Journal It started last year with high gas prices. It continued into 2009 with the recession. The drop in out-of-town visitors caused Eastern Shore innkeepers Joanne and Jim Rich to rethink their bed-and-breakfast’s marketing strategy. “We made a conscious decision to cultivate the ‘staycationers,’ ” Joanne Rich, co-owner of the Inn at Huntingfield Creek in Rock Hall, said of local tourists. For the couple that meant partnering with other local establishments to offer perks to mid-week visitors, like free sailing trips with an area charter business. They also marketed the inn as child- and pet-friendly for families interested in a closer-to-home vacation, and touted the inn’s wedding, meeting, and other event capabilities. Their efforts seem to have paid off. Although out-of-town visits are down, revenue at the Inn at Huntingfield Creek has remained flat thanks to an uptick in local business. Creative

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Maryland in miniature: counties launch new tourism promotions to lure out-of-state visitors

Originally published in the Baltimore Business Journal, December 14, 2006 Golf enthusiasts looking for a challenging, Scotland-inspired course -- and a dose of America's national pastime -- needn't travel far. They can find a world-class championship public golf course set amid rolling hills and winding creeks at Havre De Grace's very own Bulle Rock, then take in an evening baseball game just down the road at Aberdeen's Ripken Stadium, endorsed by Iron Man Cal Ripken himself as the best minor league stadium ever built. This is the type of weekend-in-sporting-paradise vision that Harford County tourism officials hope to promote to die-hard jocks and other eager day-trippers via its recently launched tourism campaign, Harford County: Love It!  Harford County tourism manager Winnie Roche said the campaign theme emerged after several brainstorming sessions. "The conversation kept coming back to someone saying, 'This is what I love about Harford County,'" Roche said. Using a

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