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Longwood Gardens Holiday Touring & Cabin Camping

Cabin Camping and Ski Weekend

Cabin Camping near Shenandoah National Park


Longwood Gardens Holiday Touring & Cabin Camping
Friday-Sunday, December 8-10, 2017
Brandywine Valley, PA
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 9.0 miles
All levels welcome.

Longwood Gardens during the holiday season cannot be missed! More than 500,000 twinkling lights and spectacular fountain shows compose a brilliant wonderland to behold! Our weekend begins Friday evening when we settle into our rustic cabin. The cabin sleeps 5 in bunk beds, has electric heat and electricity, picnic table and fire ring outside, and access to a comfort station with hot showers.

After an early breakfast on Saturday, we will drive to Longwood Gardens through PA's beautiful Brandywine Valley. At Longwood Gardens, we will stroll the grounds, marvel at the lights strung on miles and miles of wire glowing in the trees and seasonal plants decked with ornaments. Lunch and dinner may be purchased on site. After breakfast on Sunday morning, we can hike some of the well-marked trails at the park where we are staying, or visit the historic town of Kennett Square to continue the holiday festivities.

Registration fee does not include meals nor the timed entry ticket in the range of $25 to Longwood Gardens. This trip is Friday to Sunday, although an option to meet up on Saturday is possible.

Carpooling, gear sharing and all other trip details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Cabin Camping and Ski Weekend
Saturday-Monday, January 13-15, 2018
Kooser State Park
Somerset, MD
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$70 members, $90 non-members
Level: Everyone is welcome!

Join us for a long holiday weekend at Kooser State Park in the Laurel Highlands of PA! This trip includes 2 nights in a rustic but well-equipped cabin and the opportunity to snowshoe or X-country ski groomed and ungroomed trails in an idyllic setting. The cabin comes with mattresses, refrigerator, stove, microwave, running water, wood burning stove and fireplace insert with a heated bathroom/shower facility nearby. The 1.5 mile Kooser Trail is well marked and classified as easiest for X-country skiing while a longer trail that requires a fee is nearby.

We will depart the DC area Saturday morning and be ready to hit the ski trail that afternoon and then ski right from our cabin door on Sunday! On Monday morning, we will pack up and head home.

Car pooling and meal planning will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

This trip takes place Saturday through Monday over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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Cabin Camping near Shenandoah National Park
Friday-Sunday, February 2-4, 2018
Shenandoah National Park
Lydia, VA
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$70 members, $90 non-members
Level: 10.0 miles

Get away for a rustic weekend near Shenandoah National Park! Our PATC primitive cabin will serve as a base camp where we will have access to trails in Shenandoah National Park allowing plenty of opportunity to explore the area.

Our rustic cabin offers simplicity with few modern conveniences. It will be sparsely furnished with a wood-burning cook stove in the kitchen and a heating stove in the living room which will provide plenty of wood-chopping opportunities! Expect an outdoor privy and an outdoor water spigot.

Carpooling, meal planning and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

This trip is Friday to Sunday with an option to join Saturday morning.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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