With today being one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, James Lyne, cyber security contributor to Forbes, offers very sound advice for your holiday online shopping excursion. Sales today are expected to yield a staggering $1.8 billion in sales. So be sure to shop smart and keep your finances protected when shopping for that PS4 or the Xbox One.
“Stores online are expected to be at their busiest this Monday with online shopping hitting a high for the year (it is a shame that Amazon Prime Air delivery drones aren’t quite in service yet). As with any noteworthy event on the Internet cyber criminals will be out to make the most of shoppers’ click happy fingers with all manor of fake products, discounts and phishing mails to distribute their own evil wares. Most of the cyber-crime that occurs on days like today tend to be due to people making basic mistakes rather than elaborate hacks that look like a scene from the movie WarGames. Whilst you are shopping you might want to take a look at these top tips to keep yourself and your friends safe – spread the word and remember friends don’t let friends hand over credit card details to cyber criminals.
1. Make sure your computer is patched and up to date. Your operating system (Windows or Mac OS X for example) should be updated to the latest version and you should make sure your web browser and major applications are fully up to date. This will help prevent malware being installed on your computer without your permission. You can find more information on how to check this here (or click check for updates in most applications).
2. Watch out for deals that seem too good to be true. If you receive an unsolicited e-mail from AmazingShopping.tld offering you 70% off an iPad it probably won’t go well for you. We all like a good deal, but be a little cynical and remember if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
3. People lie on the Internet. Really. If you receive an e-mail claiming to be from your bank or from a common provider like Amazon don’t use the link but rather go directly to the website by typing it in to your browser. If you are really unsure you can call the bank/provider but get their contact details directly from their site – don’t trust the ones in an e-mail.
4. Configure your web browser to help you stay safe. Whether you use Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer they each have features to detect scam sites and malicious code. For example, Internet Explorer information can be found here. Check these controls are enabled to prevent you visiting a nasty page. Some endpoint security suites also have browser protection capabilities.
5. Use a credit card, not debit. Whilst I’m not one to advocate debt, always use a credit card rather than debit. Credit cards have more insurance by default than debit cards so if a criminal does steal your details you are far more likely to get your money back. Double check the terms and conditions with your bank before taking advantage of those deals. You could also look at alternative providers like PayPal. Be aware that some secure payment schemes where you enter a pin or password when you buy have terms that waiver the responsibility in the event of fraud so you take the hit – double check and save yourself some money.
6. Use websites that support encryption. A website where you log in or share financial information should start with ‘https://’ and should have a padlock icon. If this is not present the information being sent is not encrypted and may be intercepted by third parties who steal your information. Be aware though, some cyber criminals also encrypt their websites so you need to both check for the ‘https://’ and be aware of the legitimacy of the brand you are dealing with.
7. Ask your friends and check with other Internet users. If you aren’t sure about the legitimacy of a website or a provider try searching for them on Google. Have others dealt with them successfully? Have your friends and family heard of them? There is safety in numbers when it comes to shopping online.
8. Run good endpoint security software including anti-virus. SophosLabs [Disclosure: I work for Sophos] sees over 250,000 new pieces of malicious code every day circulating on the Internet and decent security software can help filter out the majority of these before they get anywhere near your data.
9. Give a quick thought to password security. A number of these providers will store your financial information or passwords and whilst they mean well they might lose this information (or have it stolen from them). Make sure you use a different password on each website so that if one provider is hacked criminals can’t make it in to your entire digital life, just one part of it.
10. Backup. If it all goes wrong you will want to make sure you can recover your data and easily cancel your cards with the bank. Some malicious code once installed will hold your data to ransom and the damage can’t be undone. So why not just prepare in advance and press that little backup button just in case things go wrong.
With all of that said enjoy shopping on Cyber Monday… “
And have a happy holiday season.
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You can have everything…
As companies and technology evolve, working “remotely” has become the norm. It’s fantastic, if you are afforded the opportunity. And when you are a high powered executive with a disposable income, fantastic is putting it mildly. Your home office is the Rolls Royce of personal space with every accoutrement imaginable.
Joann Lublin, of the Wall Street Journal, explains how home offices have become more than a place to work. Many now serve double duty as a recreational status symbol.
Ron Kaplan spent $85,000 finishing and decorating his basement; $12,000 of that was on the home office. From a black leather chair, Mr. Kaplan gazes at prized possessions such as his late father’s eight World War II medals and a model of the veteran’s Flying Tiger bomber plane, plus a collection of 100 leather-bound, gilt-edged classics.
Jim Butterfield spent $90,000 assembling and decorating his unfinished garage with nautical details everywhere. The space features decorative porthole windows, a dock hanging lamp and a custom nautical door with a relief of King Neptune that hides a full bathroom. The bathroom is revealed with a pull of his scepter.
But it’s still not enough.
Even with all the best amenities like a top notch treadmill, multiple television screens or treasured collectibles, you are missing vital pieces you need to be truly successful.
We can complete the puzzle.
One caveat to a home office is your mailing address. With Officense, you can have a prestigious address for your mail as well as an impressive place to meet your clients that is NOT your personal residence, which is a great way to protect your privacy.
Let’s not forget phone calls. You are bombarded with communications all day. And a mere 30 percent involve information pertinent to your business. Yet you feel the need to answer the phone, everyone does, interrupting work throughout the day. You may be surprised to learn the average desk worker loses over two hours daily because of workplace distractions, costing businesses nearly $1 billion annually in lost productivity.
How much time do you waste with unnecessary calls? Statistics show it takes as much as 23 minutes to get back on track once you’ve interrupted your work. Plus the non-stop flow of communication disruptions adds stress to your work day. Officense can help you take control of your communications so you can focus your time and energy on the important things, like growing your business. We can call your leads. Make your appointments. We can seamlessly connect callers to you when you’re available, wherever you are.
The solution is simple.
So even without the disposable income and a bathroom revealed by a King Neptune scepter, we can help you have it all.
A slideshow of the amazing home offices can be found here.
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Don’t Skip Breakfast!
When you’re rushing out the door to get to work, it’s easy to pass off the first meal of the day until lunch. However, what you’ve saved in time may return in extra pounds. Having breakfast in the morning starts your metabolism which will help your body burn calories throughout the day. Plus, the body needs the energy to perform well. Something as quick and simple as a granola bar and a piece of fruit can be a great morning start leading to an excellent finish for the day.
It doesn’t have to be two hours at the gym, it can be ten minutes in your bedroom; but, however long you choose to exercise, you need to get moving! Research shows that squeezing just ten minutes of exercise per day into your busy schedule can be the boost you need to stay fit and gain energy to thrive during your work day. If your day is so busy that you just don’t think you can fit it in, try taking the stairs when you get to your office, or parking further away from the supermarket. Those couple of minutes throughout the day can add up to substantial exercise!
You have a meeting at nine, a presentation at one; one of the kids has soccer practice at five, another has a piano recital at seven, and will this phone ever stop ringing?! All the concerns of daily living can lead to stress. Research has proven that stress often leads to expanding waist lines and lessening energy. Officense can help! Located in downtown Baltimore, we offer innovative office and communication solutions to take the load off of your mind. From office space, to mailboxes, to live executive assistants for your corporate needs, Officense just makes sense for your business. Now, who’s going to get the kids to practice? Well…that would have to be you.
Labor Day has come and gone and while it marks the official start of the NFL and college football seasons, many celebrate Labor Day as the symbolic end of summer. Meanwhile, the fact is, autumn’s Equinox does not begin until September 22. Since summer is not over, and we live in the greatest city in America, Baltimore has the events to make you believe it is summer-time regardless of the season!
Blast Off of the Baltimore Ravens’ Season
From the Texans to the Bills to the Patriots, several teams will try to take a swipe at the Baltimore Raven’s reputation this season. The defending super bowl champions, while currently ranking number 11 in the AFC division, had entered the post-season games last year at the same ranking, and we all remember how last season ended for the Ravens! Sport your purple this Friday and support the Ravens during this last week of summer or cheer them on from the stands at M&T Bank Stadium for the first day of autumn this Sunday! http://www.baltimoreravens.com/
Don’t forget to Support our O’s
The start of the football season, while extremely exciting, especially considering we are home to the Superbowl XLVII’s champions, shouldn’t deter Orioles’ fans from supporting them during the final stretch of the 2013 baseball season. Ranked #3 on Trip Advisors’ list of America’s top ballparks, Camden Yards will have special ticket offers through 9/26. Take advantage of the promotional seats in the city’s retro-inspired ball-park so you can be nostalgically transported to both summer-time and to the days in which baseball was still America’s favorite pastime. For more information visit http://www.orioles.com/tix/visitbal
Urban Beach Bash
Through September 29, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will continue hosting its Urban Beach Bash Series on Sundays. Between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., visitors can work on their tans then cool down at the Walter Sondheim fountain! The Waterfront Kids Zone is the perfect place to entertain your little ones with games, balloon tosses, obstacle courses and free fitness courses. Meanwhile parents can enjoy mixed drinks, the DJ and lunch at the food trucks or any of one of the fine-dining restaurants located nearby. http://baltimore.org/events/id/5371
Ocean City’s 39th Annual Sun-Fest
If splashing around the Inner Harbor’s fountain isn’t for you, take a mini road trip and head to a place where summer seemingly lasts longer. Ocean City’s 39th Annual Sun-Fest will begin this Thursday, September 19 and last through Sunday, September 22. Head down to the beach for four days of fun at Ocean City’s “biggest and best festival” and enjoy the arts and crafts, hayrides, live music [The Beach Boys will be performing on Saturday evening] and delicious food on every corner! Festival activities will be held in the Inlet lot at the south end of the Ocean City boardwalk. For more information visit: http://ococean.com/sunfest.
As the seasons change you may feel the inclination to take advantage of the forthcoming season’s events. However, why rush into the impending season when the current, fleeting season is the one requiring urgency? No matter the time or the season, know you can enjoy your time away, and trust your business is running smoothly. While your friendly Officense staff is ensuring all your calls are still being answered, packages received, and clients assisted, regardless of your whereabouts!
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Ringing in the New Year for most Americans means attending or hosting a party on December 31st, formerly watching Dick Clark live from Times Square, and counting down for the “ball drop” at midnight, at which point there are kisses, champagne, and fireworks. However, each corner of the world turns their calendars with a different celebration, at a different time during the year. Next week is one of those times!
With so many great traditions, rest assured that there is always on New Year or another waiting just around the corner. This very moment, the Jewish New Year is creeping up on us. Rosh Hashanah, “head of the year” will be starting Wednesday, September 4th at sundown, and will end Friday, September 6th at sundown. Rosh Hashanah used to be determined by witnesses watching the sky for the new moon. It lasts two days to give those witnesses time to get from place to place announcing Rosh Hashanah. The food during this New Year celebration is simple and delicious. Honey plays a big part in welcoming in a “sweet” New Year. Honey is put on challah, a Jewish bread, on apples, or used in other dishes. No work is done during Rosh Hashanah, and the holiday is spent in temple, listening to longer services than usual. One tradition is “casting off”, where a congregation or family walks into running water and empties their pockets. Bread is placed in the pockets beforehand. Another is the blowing of the ram’s horn.
When blown in a specific rhythm, the ram’s horn signals the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, and time to come to the temple.
Not many of us know exactly why we participate in some of the traditions in the United States. For example, the dropping of the crystal ball in Times Square stems from the use of “time balls” in the 19th century. People finally had clocks with minute hands on them, but after travelling overseas to a different time zone, how would travelers know what to set their clocks against? The time balls were stationed in easy view of ships, and the ball was raised at 12:55PM to half-mast. At 12:58PM, it was entirely raised, and began lowering at 1PM. This allowed sailors to set their clocks to 1PM local time with confidence. The ball in New York City serves as a reminder of times past, and unifies everyone in telling the time. Another tradition in our culture is to kiss at midnight, but a lot of us are not really familiar with the reasoning behind the midnight kiss. Fairly simply, the kiss is said to ward off evil spirits for at least the first moment of the New Year. Next New Year’s Eve, amidst the celebrations, remember that we drop the ball incorrectly, and you’d better find someone to kiss!
The traditions around the rest of the world are
interesting in their own rite. Take Germany for example, where it is customary to touch a chimney sweep, or have him rub ash on you for good luck in the New Year. In Italy, everyone wears red underwear for luck. Belgian farmers wish their animals a Happy New Year, and in Spain, 12 grapes are eaten with the last 12 chimes of the clock to represent 12 wishes for the New Year.
New years everywhere are a time to reflect on the previous year, and discover what we could do better in the upcoming one. With so many great opportunities to start fresh, why wait until December 31st?! Especially when it comes to your business, making a beneficial change should not be put off. A new year starts every day. Make a resolution to reduce your overhead and get back some of your valuable time. Visit www.officense.com or give me a call at 410-814-7500.
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When I start thinking about Baltimore, the first things that come to my mind are the beautiful Inner Harbor walk-ways, our famous and successful Ravens and Orioles teams, as well as a huge range of different culinary cuisine. However, what most impresses me, are the people of the Baltimore community.
In the past few months I noticed how many people in and around Baltimore are engaging in Volunteer programs to give back to our communities and especially to our furry friends.
With thousands of unwanted, abused and stray animals out in the streets of Baltimore City, it is now more important than ever to find a way to protect our region’s pets and address their suffering. A great way of doing that is by supporting one of our local animal shelters. Below, you will have a chance to learn more about BARCS, the Maryland SPCA, the Baltimore Humane Society and their upcoming events.
BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, Inc)
Located near the Gwynns Falls Trail South, you will find Baltimore’s Animal and Rescue Shelter, which opens its doors to more than 11,000 homeless and abused animals every year. In 2005, it was officially recognized as a nonprofit organization and now provides animal care, adoption services, spaying, neutering, public education for human helpers, as well as a variety of other services.
Beside the variety of other services BARCS provides, they also host monthly events to help our four legged friends find their perfect match for a loving home.
Baltimore Orioles Autograph Extravaganza – Saturday, August 17th, 2013 at 11am -2pm
Pawject Runway – Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 6pm-10pm (Bay Café)
BARCStoberfest Featuring the Ready…Set…Sniff 5k Run/Walk – Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at 11am-4pm (Patterson Park)
Who would have thought that a group of concerned Baltimore citizens in 1869 would become the founders of one of the nation’s first animal welfare organizations? In the beginning, the Maryland SPCA provided mostly water and emergency care for work horses that were used to pull wagons in daily commerce. Throughout the years, the Maryland SPCA started aiding homeless animals, as well as building up their facilities while receiving no operating funds from the local, state or federal government. Depending on private donations and generous people, the SPCA grew into one of the busiest adoption centers in the area. Come and see for yourself while attending one of the SPCA events during the next weeks.
Wine & Wag Happy Hours – Friday, August 16th, 2013 from 5:30pm-7:30pm (3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, 21211)
Shop- a- Paw- Looza auction in October 2013
Maryland State Fair – August 23rd, 2013 – September 2nd, 2013
Baltimore Humane Society
Founded in 1927 by a pioneering and compassionate socialite named Elsie Seeger Barton, also known as the “Animal Lady”, the Baltimore Humane Society (BHS) started off as a privately funded project, which turned into an independent organization over the years. While the BHS is a so called “no-kill” shelter, it cooperates closely with other animal welfare organizations. Not only does it provides transitorily care for homeless animals, the BHS also serves as a protected wildlife sanctuary. If you are interested in finding a new furry addition to the family or even an office pet, you should visit one of the numerous upcoming events at the BHS.
Maryland State Fair – August 23rd, 2013-Septmeber 2nd, 2013 (Timonium Fairgrounds Cow Palace)
New Town Doggie Paddle – September 3rd, 2013 at 5pm-7:30pm (Middle Mill Drive, near the Giant, Owings Mills)
Reisterstown Festival Parade – September7th, 2013 from 10am to 12pm
Orioles Games Community Booth – September 27th, 2013 at 7:05pm (Camden Yards)
If you would like to find out more about our local animal shelters, please feel free to visit their websites for additional information.
If you would like to give back to your community, Officense will offer you the opportunity to do so. Our live-answer receptionist services allow your business to run efficiently, while you help animals in need.
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It’s Monday morning and you walk into the elevator. You are punching in your code as fast as possible. You have already anticipated the ninety second ride to the top of the building, remembering all the work you have ahead of you. Utilizing your time, you begin processing a plan of action for the day. All of a sudden, the elevator stops…Your boss has redirected you to his floor and wants to speak with you!
You may have noticed a similar scenario in the article “The Most Awkward Meeting” in The Wall Street Journal’s Personal Journal that depicts Elevator etiquette and humor. The article emphasizes Corporate America’s new modern elevator dispatch system that ranks employees based on executive level and can also re-route employees to preferred floors at any time at the discretion of the Boss!
At Officense, like the high tech elevator, our Office runs on a system that is seam-less and interconnected. The difference is that our system is run by people specially trained to keep tabs on your business operations. “We at Officense think that your business should operate on your expectations. That’s why our team makes every effort possible to cater to your company’s specific needs and standards.”
Like an elevator, Officense offers a shared space that is designed to efficiently “raise” your profit through growth while at the same time elevating your company image. Receptionists greet you and your clients upon entering the main office. The office and facilities are available to you whenever you need them. In addition to receptionist services and conference rooms for your meetings and depositions, you can have your own private office in a Class A building with a prestigious address.
Wall Street’s Personal Journal talks about one chief executive’s experience in his business elevator. Wall Street says, “When he noticed other people were buried in their iPhones, he quieted down. “I felt like ‘Gosh, we’re distracting all these people who are looking at their phones,’” he says.”
As opposed to awkward elevator moments with strangers, it is nice to see familiar faces upon entering your office. Interacting with colleagues and working with a full service staff is just one of the perks of working at Officense. Whether you are looking for a part time office, administrative services or a full time office, Officense is your home. Give your potential to succeed room to grow, and Officense will take your business to the top!
“The Most Awkward Meeting.” (2011, May 19). The Wall Street Journal: Personal Journal
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Google + is a now a major factor in the social media landscape. With more than 500 Million members, more and more businesses are choosing to use this social media tool as a way of reaching a broader clientele base, as well as vendors and other network contacts within their respective fields.
Google + is based upon three crucial factors: Circles, Ripples, and +1.
Who’s in your Circles?
You may have a circle of associates and friends, but, if you’re like many others, you may have many circles or groups of associates and friends. That video of the dog doing a happy dance for ice cream may interest your buddies but mayn’t be appropriate for those investors you’ve been trying to snag.
The idea of circles is that you can network with different groups separately. This dynamic tool allows you to personalize information. For instance, OFFICENSE may want to offer free beverage service with the scheduling of two hours of conference room space to a Court Reporter company, while offering an hour of transcription services with scheduling of two hours of Office space to a lawyer. Customized content makes a greater impact on potential customers and networking partners
Making Waves and Ripples
We all know that our words and actions have an impact beyond our immediate sight; however, Google+ allows you to look beyond and ascertain which posts get passed along and which are dead in the water. The concept of Ripples is that with each network circle, the impact on that particular circle will spread outward and cross other circles as in a Venn diagram. Ripples allow you to track who is sharing your posts and to whom, allowing you to measure the reach of your influence and further customize your outreach.
We already know you think your content is great; “+1” means that somebody else does too and if it’s you + 10,000—then your content seems a whole lot more credible. Also, although it’s based upon similar premise as the Facebook “like”, +1 takes the concept further by integrating it with Google search. When someone searches for a keyword, the Google search will order the websites by relevance and the number of “+1”’s a website has received. Receiving a +1 from a search user lets Google know that this website has information which is relevant and useful for people searching for this keyword.
One of the major concerns for Google+ is actual usage. Some critics argue that, while Google+ has 500 million users, last year only about 125 Million (27%) actively used Google+ during most of last year. The major reason for this is that many of the Google+ users have one simply because they have a Gmail account and were automatically signed up. However, in December 2012, active usage grew to include 343 Million people. Furthermore, even membership numbers of social media superstar Facebook could also be called into question based on the fact that it is impossible to delete a Facebook page.
Social media is considered a cutting edge tool in today’s world; however, one of the major pieces of information missing is how social media efforts translate into actual lead generation or clientele expansion. Many businesses receive a plethora of “friends”, “followers”, or “likes”; however, with little ROI data, these interactions could be perceived as little more than virtual window shopping.
The primary Google+ users are technologically-inclined young men, according to assessments of the social media platform. The techie appeal of this social media outlet may be why companies like Android and Mashable top the charts of Google+ most popular companies.
Whichever platforms you choose there’s one virtual solution you don’t want to go without and that’s Officense. Whether you need phone services, office space, a professional address or something more, call Officense; we’ll make sense of your business.
Most people think innovation when they think of business improvement; however, is novelty really the answer? Often we search for solutions from cutting-edge research etc., ignoring the concepts we already know. The concepts promoted by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg, former Johnson &Johnson executive and current professor of Marketing at Hebrew University Jerusalem, respectively, in their article “Think Inside the Box”, explore ways of improving your business by remaining within the parameters of your current knowledge base.
For decades the business world dictated the seemingly essential elements to running a successful company. An entrepreneur with the desire to make a professional impression on the corporate world obeyed the mantra that work was a place we went to do what it is that we do and, hopefully, what we do would improve the world and our circumstances within it. However, then came those who found this idea of work as a place instead of an action needlessly prohibitive for those without the resources and/or inclination to pay the cost of renting or owning this “necessary” space. With our company you can subtract what you don’t need and run your business the way you like it.
Task unification tackles a key concern of any business owner, efficiency, because economy of action often translates into less overhead. For instance, you could search for an office, hire a receptionist for the company, an executive assistant for yourself and someone to handle corporate mail while managing to spend a fortune of both the search and the maintenance of all of these acquisitions or…you could make a phone call to Officense. We provide you with the services and space you need and you decide how much it costs.
We give you suggestions and packages, but you make the decisions on what you want and when you want it, so you know upfront how much your business will cost and so many business owners have found that they can cut their operations costs in half by switching to us.
If we had a nickel for all of the times we’ve been asked by inquisitive minds if we’re “a virtual office”…But the truth is the tantalizing possibility of work actually becoming an action rather than a location is where the similarities end. The problem with virtual offices is that they begin and end in the virtual world, that’s what’s different about Officense. We don’t present your valuable clientele with an impersonal robotic person who can only take messages and knows nothing about your company; we are your staff. We offer a wide variety of options including setting appointments, up-to-the minute “follow-me” communications, and call screening which ensures you only receive the calls you want, when you want them. Your office can be behind a desk in our Class-A facilities or beneath a sunny sky on Daytona Beach; wherever you are is where your office is. You tell clients that your office is at 300 E Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD, when they enter that office, they will be greeted by a knowledgeable, professional staff who will notify you of their arrival, be able to offer refreshments and generally provide all the amenities of a traditional staff.
Don’t need it? You don’t have to pay for it. That is what business division provides for clientele. When you take services which are needlessly coupled and offer them as individual options, clients get to choose what they want, when the want it without being coerced into the confinement of a package with options they neither need nor desire. That is the beauty of Officense’s a la carte model; clients save hundreds and remain in control of their business overhead.
Does your business remain exactly the same every month?
We didn’t think so. So why shouldn’t your services be as fluid as your business? What our clients love about Officense is that we can adjust their level of service according to how
much they use it. They never have to worry about being locked into a plan which they don’t fully utilize or not receiving the level of service they desire due to an unexpected increase in business.
The truth is Officense isn’t here to change your business; we’re here to become a part of it and help you discover ways to work that fit your specific needs. That’s thinking inside the box and dramatically changing your world.
Charming as they may be, the streets of Baltimore leave a little something to be desired come summer time. When building after building shields pedestrians from the heat of direct sunlight, and looking in any direction yields a similar view of concrete and metal, we are left with a heavy, sticky, dirty feeling that can only be cured by fleeing the city for more open spaces.
Luckily for us, Baltimore is surrounded by hundreds of great spots that allow you to kick back, relax, and most importantly, don’t require a whole weekend (or even a whole day!) of travel to enjoy. Whether you wake up one Saturday morning without plans, or you decide here and now that you refuse to spend another weekend watching TV, occasionally looking out the window, I’ve compiled a list of day and weekend trips for my fellow Baltimoreans looking for a temporary escape.
This winery in the Gettysburg area is perfectly situated for an evening of relaxation, beauty, and wine, of course. After a day of walking tours through the Civil War battle grounds, Hauser Estates offers the perfect respite.
Smithsonian National Zoo
This may seem like an obvious one, but with free admission for all of the 364 days per year that the zoo is open, I thought I would remind everyone what a great place it is to visit. Even with the awesome Baltimore Zoo in our backyards, this zoo is worth the drive.
At a more lengthy 2.5 hours from Baltimore, the Luray Caverns are worth the drive. This 4 million-year-old landmark is open every day of the year. It is sure to provide a drastic change of scenery for those of us accustomed to spending most of our time above ground.
For laid-back island living, look no further than Smith Island, MD. A little over 3 hours away, including a ferry ride onto the island, Smith Island is home to a way of life that has almost faded from existence elsewhere. Without a chain hotel to be found, you can rent a room in an islander’s house, or book a stay at any of the B&B’s on the island. Islanders enjoy taking visitors out fishing, as well as teaching them the secret to the Smith Island Cake from one woman’s very own kitchen.
Blackwater Falls State Park
For an into-the-woods kind of getaway, why not rent a cabin or campsite at Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia? In addition to its namesake, the falls, the park is home to several hiking trails as well as a lodge with a pool and Jacuzzi if diving into fresh mountain springs isn’t your thing. About 3.5 hours from Baltimore, Blackwater Falls State Park will serve to remind you that nature’s scenery is not only pleasing, but absolutely restorative.
While you’re recharging your inner self at whichever location you please, leave your business in the city with us! At Officense, we provide the quality front- and back-office services that keep your business running smoothly whether you’re at the beach, on a road trip, or actually in your office (kudos to you, rare specimen of businessman). Call us at 410-814-7500, or email email@example.com to see how we can help you!
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