Day trips: Orchids, tattoos, chocolate and ... burlesque
New York Botanical Garden's annual orchid show (Mick Hales Photo, Baltimore Sun / February 17, 2013)
Seven thousand orchids, the largest curated orchid show in the country, will be displayed in the Victorian-style glasshouse at the New York Botanical Garden. The show runs Saturday through April 22, and on Saturdays, music from around the world will be featured — representing the regions where the orchids originate.
The Orchid Show starts Saturday and runs through April 22 at the New York Botanical Gardens. The gardens are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults; discounts given to children, students, and seniors. Tickets available online at nybg.org
Tattoo Arts Festival
Thinking about getting a tattoo? Or do you already have too many to count? The third annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival has artists, vendors, sword swallowers, and musicians. Kids get free face painting and (temporary) tattoos.
The third annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival runs Friday through Sunday at the Hampton Coliseum. Tickets, available at the door, are $25 per day, $45 for the weekend, and kids are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to hrtattoofest.com
Tour de Tanks
Spend the weekend sipping your way through more than 20 wineries in Pennsylvania and Maryland on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail's Tour de Tanks. A fee of $25 gets you access to the Tour de Tanks and all the wineries. At each location, guests receive a guided tour of the winery, a wine tasting and small food samplings. Suggested itineraries are available online.
Tour de Tanks starts Saturday and runs noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 30. Tickets are $25 and are valid for the entire event. Weekend packages that include hotel stays are also available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit masondixonwinetrail.com
New Brunswick, N.J.
Burlesque to Broadway
On Friday, the glitz and glamour of burlesque with a theater twist comes to the State Theatre in New Jersey. With sequins, boas and lipstick, "Burlesque to Broadway" has all the makings of a great girls weekend or date night. A 10-piece band performs on stage next to Quinn Lemley and her sexy sidekicks, Gracie and Raz.
The show is 8 p.m. Friday at the State Theater. Tickets are priced from $30 to $75. Tickets available online at statetheatrenj.org
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! The Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival is returning for its 23rd year on Saturday. Enjoy chocolate appetizers and desserts. Last year, there was even chocolate sushi. How sweet it is.
The festival begins at 11:30 a.m., and goes until there is no more chocolate or 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Entrance is $2 at the door, and each tasting is 50 cents. For more information, go to downtownrehoboth.com