Paulette Dininny is getting ready for maple-sugaring in Edinboro, Pa. Here's her reporter's notebook based on last year's syrup season.
About six hours from the Beltway
$120 plus gas
Edinboro, Pa., is about 340 miles from the Capital Beltway in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania, near Lake Erie and the New York state border. Take Interstate 270 and I-70 to Pittsburgh, then follow I-79 north to the Erie area. Alternatively, Continental, Northwest and US Airways offer connecting service to Erie from BWI Marshall starting at about $140; from Dulles and Reagan National, starting at about $250.
WHERE TO STAY
Right outside Edinboro, Apple Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast (11851 Eureka Rd., 814-734-3809, http://appletreefarmbnb.com) offers six country-style rooms for $110-$120 per night. The Seasons Inn at Nick's Place (12246 Route 99, Edinboro, 814-734-5098, Ext. 221, http://www.nicksplaceandco.com/seasonsinn.htm) has basic double rooms for $89 per night. For other nearby B&Bs, check http://www.visiteriepa.com. There are national chain hotels in Erie and the surrounding area.