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Jay Lloyd's Getaway: Guide to Political Heritage

October 25, 2018 - 9:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Worn out by election fever? Take a break without tuning out.

Pack a bag for a getaway to a pair of vibrant weekend destinations that define our political heritage. They represent two of the most dangerous periods in American history and the Presidents, one Republican, the other a Democrat, who rose above extreme national divisiveness and conflict to chart new courses for the country and a severely conflicted world.

We can begin right here in Pennsylvania. 

GETTYSBURG NATIONAL PARK  

It was a speech that lasted only two minutes.

But the words defined the commitment of  Republican Abraham Lincoln to an America that would become a beacon of freedom around the world.  The Gettysburg Address was delivered at the cemetery holding fallen heroes of a devastating civil war on the site of pivotal battles in the heart of Pennsylvania.

It has become one of the top attractions for an array of global visitors. The opening words of the address made clear Lincoln's intentions to forge a country dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal." Later, the Emancipation Proclamation moved the pledge forward.

So, where do you start the getaway?

Lincoln Heritage
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VISITOR CENTER

Everything you need to get around the battlefield and neighboring area are available at the Visitor Center. You'll find choices of tours accompanied by experienced park rangers and guides on foot, tour bus, horseback, even your own car.

If you want to do it yourself, maps and apps are available to help you decide what you want to see and then the best routes to cover the ground. Explore the Lincoln legacy and the battles that made it possible.

OVERNIGHT

For budget family visits, virtually every major motel chain has a presence in the Gettysburg area. Kid friendly Hampton Inn and Best Western are in the mix. Put a little splurge in the visit with a stay at the historic Gettysburg Hotel right in the heart of town. Top restaurants are just steps away.

Cemetery
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SIPS AND SUPS 

For family fare at midscale pricing, the Pub across Lincoln Circle from the Gettysburg Hotel fuels adults with comfy dinners, steaks and finefood. Kids will bubble with the pizza and pasta choices.

Or head 1-1.5 miles south to the Revolutionary-era Dobbin House. This classic stone landmark is a historic stop on the Underground Railroad. It still serves up Pennsylvania dishes of past centuries. Candlelight and fireplaces provide the cozy vibe too. 

Dobbin House
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FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT HOME

Hyde Park, New York on a scenic Hudson River overlook is the birthplace and lifelong home of Democrat Franklin Roosevelt, America's 32nd president. It was Roosevelt who brought the nation out of the "Great Depression" only to be faced with the world's most perilous time, the Second World War, which engulfed the globe. His ability to work with his political opponents and leaders of endangered nations forged a dynamic alliance. The stories are told through artifacts, art, sculpture and rare documents on the Hyde Park grounds and in the museum. 

Visits and tours are seven days a week without charge.

Roosevelt Bust
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OVERNIGHT 

Most of the popular budget motel chains can be found along Route 9 within a few miles of Hyde Park. Mid and upscale hotels live at nearby Poughkeepsie and New Paltz. You're also only a few miles away from the iconic Mohonk Mountain House.

Mohonk Mountain House Lake
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DINING

Here you "Dine.”

A Hyde Park neighbor is the storied Culinary Institute of America. This picturesque college campus overlooking the Hudson River turns out some of the best and brightest of American chefs. A campus tour is a must and then book a lunch or dinner at one of the Institute's unique restaurants, which are staffed by advanced students.

And believe me, from preparation to service, they get it right. Our choice was Italian at the Caterina de Medici rooms.

CIA Student Chefs
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Spend a relaxing weekend, free of political cacophony while gaining a glimpse of two towering American Presidents who shaped the destiny and moral fiber of the nation.