Blog Posts for Fort Meade NSA

Things to know before moving to Ft. Meade, Annapolis, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Ft Derrick or surrounding bases: You need a realtor to help look for houses to rent or buy. The property market moves fast here. Make sure your realtor has licenses for Virginia, DC, and Maryland. Find a recommendedREALTOR from other military families. Find out if the house has public utilities or septic tank and well water. This can make a big difference when power goes out with a hurricane or Nor’easter storms. In Maryland, HOAs are the norm for the state. Some areas may not have any fees and others can have yea... read more

Halloween Trick or Treat at Hersheypark What is better than trick or treating at Chocolate World, Hersheypark? Pretty much nothing except for celebrating Christmas with Hershey’s hot chocolate in hand as you wander through a winter wonderland! With proximity to so many military families in the Washington D.C. area, Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a perfect overnight getaway any time of year, but particularly during the fall and winter months. The crowds are thinner and the festivities make the park extra special. Plus the park offers preview hours the night before you choose to enter... read more

Whether you are stationed in the Washington DC area, here on house hunting leave, or just visiting, the U.S. Capitol is a great place to tour. It's free and it's easy! Tours of The United States Capitol are Free & Easy! Free tours are approximately one hour long. They begin with a 13 minute movie about the Capitol's history titled Out of Many, One. This is a family friendly movie. You can relax in comfortable stadium seating in a beautiful theater during the movie. The rest of the tour is a guided walking tour. Capitol guides wear a microphone; visitors wear a headset that broadcasts what the... read more

Virginia is known for showcasing all four seasons beautifully. You can enjoy the blooming flowers in the spring, the summer sun on the river, and even some snow come winter. However, nothing beats fall in Virginia. Leaves begin changing in September and by October, the skyline are absolutely breathtaking. Taking a drive down Blue Ridge parkway should be on everyone’s bucket list. Another thing on every Virginia bucket list should be to go wine tasting. Virginia’s wine scene is one of the most up and coming, with over 229 wineries and vineyards to date. Many of these wineries are nestled right... read more

Are you stationed in or around Washington DC? Are you already a runner? Are you looking to try a new idea and train for your first 5K? Washington DC is full of races for beginner and advanced runners alike! In January, I was tired of my old walking routine. I couldn't think about getting on the elliptical again. I was ready to try something new. It seemed like everyone in DC was running and it was time I gave it a try. I have never been a runner. I couldn't run 1 block. A fellow military spouse and I started training for a 5K. In April, we ran our 5K, my first! It was so much fun! (Yes I can'... read more