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Best Road Trip on One Tank of Gas

Jun 30, 2011 08:57PM ● By Anonymous

Competition & Arts Festival (July 18-24, 2011) offers travelers a great value in vacation “mileage.” Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, put together this list of 15 reasonably priced trips, each reachable from a major city on less than a tank of gas, and “sure to entertain, enthrall, educate.” Located just 68 miles from the nation’s capital, the historic town of Easton is the arts and cultural hub of the Eastern Shore region. Easton also has the distinction of having been selected as the 8th Best Small Town in America and one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America.

The plein air art movement is taking America by storm, and the Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival is at the forefront of that tempest. Plein Air–Easton! is a weeklong artfest that is the biggest plein air festival in the country, and Easton’s crown jewel. This is the East Coast’s hottest art sale of the year. Visitors have the unique opportunity to personally interact with top artists and get an up close, over the shoulder view of this exciting, spontaneous art form, which literally means painting “in the moment” or “in the open air.” With hundreds of the finest plein air painters being judged by some of the art world’s most respected experts, Plein Air–Easton! artists are defining the modern plein air movement right before the eyes of art collectors and spectators who have discovered this exciting, unprecedented event. Savvy art buyers recognize that congregating this much talent and energy affords a desirable opportunity to buy oils and watercolors with enduring value.

Compliment this one-tank getaway with breathtaking scenery, a vibrant arts scene, a wealth of outdoor recreation, boutiques and shopping, fine dining, and distinctive accommodations. Then add in one unrivaled bonus: the opportunity to walk away with affordable high quality art.For updates and information, visit or phone the Plein Air–Easton! Hotline at 410.822.7297.