The Group Travel Leader

JAN 2017

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2 0 1 7 T R A V E L S O U T H T O U R P L A N N E R 32 tury people and culture, so guests are free to engage them with any questions or comments. "So many people walk away thrilled to have had that face-to- face experience with Martha," said Wood. Some highlights of the tour include the parlor where Wash- ington frequently met with col- leagues such as Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, as well as his private offi ce, which was strictly closed off to outsiders during his lifetime. "Just imagine George in his study as he looked at the globe on his desk, thinking about the United States and its future in the world," said Wood. WWW.MOUNTVERNON.ORG ALMOS T HEAVEN S TAR PAR T Y Spruce Knob, West Virginia Every year at the end of sum- mer, amateur astronomers from all walks of life gather at West Virginia's Spruce Knob Mountain Center for the Almost Heaven Star Party, a weekendlong stargazing event host- ed by the Northern Virginia Astron- omy Club. Thanks to its elevation of 4,000 feet and low light pollution, the 400-acre nature preserve lends itself to some of the highest-quality stargazing in the country. Cour tesy Mount Ver non Ladies Association DANCING AT MOUNT VERNON @tlk3rd Mississippi, you're full of hidden gems #liveauthentic #visualfolk #discovermississippi Mississippi Development Authority Facebook: Visit MS Twitter: @visitms Instagram: @visitms MENTIONS M I S S I S S I P P I

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