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Adventures in Eating: Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., serves up some great restaurants. For adventures in eating, book a table at Bourbon Steak, Black Salt, Rasika and The Source.
Albuquerque’s Museums and Adventures
Along with its lively mix of cultures, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has some great museums. Dinosaurs rule at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. For the ultimate Albuquerque adventure: floa over the desert in a hot air balloon.
Boston in Winter
Visit Boston in winter? Certainly. Weekend hotel rates drop from spring and summer highs, museums showcase new exhibits and theaters host new entertainment. You can also tack on a ski or tubing outing to a snowy hill within 60-minutes of the city.
Boston's Fresh Face
Over the years, I thought I’d discovered just about everything to see and do in Boston. But recently, I encountered a new Boston – one that triumphantly emerged after a dilapidated elevated highway has been razed and a new roadway positioned underground. Boston has new parks and attractions.
D.C. Surprise: Mansion on O Street
What do a log cabin, 20,000 books and a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen have in common? They’re all part of the Mansion on O Street’s surprises. The Mansion not only offers hotel rooms and event space, but hosts teas, brunches, treasure hunts, blue grass jams and drag shows.
D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms and Gardens
Washington, D.C., is a city of flowers. The most famous blooms, the cherry blossoms, are expected to peak at the end of March, lacing the Tidal Basin surrounding the Jefferson Memorial with a ribbon of pink. Enjoy the sight; but as locals know, take advantage of the city’s less crowded gardens.
DC Museums: Wax Figures and Crime Fighters
In Washington, D.C., when your kids tire of monuments, memorials and first-rate museums, add some low-brow learning and laughter by touring Madame Tussauds DC and the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.
Discover the New Roanoke, VA.
A former railroad headquarters, Roanoke, the largest city in Virginia’s southwest, moves with a new energy. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke offers a weekend getaway that combines interesting shopping and good food.
Exploring Istanbul, Turkey
It was the Turquoise Coast that drew us to Turkey, but we also became enamored of Istanbul, a city of imposing mosques and graceful minarets that’s home to the sprawling Grand Bazaar and the impressive Topkapi Palace.
Hotels, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Two very different hotels are among our favorite places to stay in Santa Fe. The Inn on the Alameda creates a friendly, home-away-from-home feel and the larger Hotel Santa Fe adds the option of luxury with its Hacienda rooms.
Ice Hotel Quebec City [offsite link]
Have a drink at the ice bar and stay in a frozen room at the Ice Hotel, Quebec City.
Lancaster, PA, Surprises
In Lancaster, PA, we enjoyed a mix of urban sophistication plus comforting rural landscapes. We expected—and looked forward to-- the farmlands since Lancaster County beats as the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. What surprised us: the galleries, vintage shops, boutiques and good restaurants.
Lancaster, PA, Traditional Getaway
Farms, food and fine crafts are part of any Lancaster, Pennsylvania, getaway. Along with the city’s art galleries, vintage shops and theaters, Lancaster city as well as the county offer all the treats of a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Country getaway. And that’s part of the fun.
New York City Weekend
Discovering lesser-known New York City gems and also revisiting favorite treasures describe our best New York City weekends. On a recent Manhattan adventure, we explored Carl Schurz Park, dined at Toloache, stayed at Affinia 50 and returned to the amazing Museum of Modern Art.
Phoenix & Scottsdale summer adventures
Take advantage of summer’s low rates to enjoy adventures in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Plan carefully and you can stay out of the mid-day heat and still explore the attractions.
Richmond, VA, and the Civil War
We came to Richmond, VA, to learn more about the Civil War. In addition to battle strategies, we wanted details about the lives of those engulfed by the conflict. Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865, didn’t disappoint us.
Richmond, VA, Art Lovers' Getaway
Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts surprised us. After a $150 million expansion, the facility blooms with new galleries, a sculpture garden and two eateries. With more than 545,000 square feet on 13.5 acres, the revitalized museum makes Richmond an art lovers’ getaway.
Theater Adventures, Washington, D.C.
Few people think of Washington, D.C. as a theater town even though the nation’s capital nurtures a vibrant theater community. Along with Broadway musicals, the curtain goes up on Shakespearean productions, innovative adaptations of classics, cutting edge shows and world-class children’s theater.
Tucson, AZ, Adventures
In Tucson experience the desert, learn about Native American culture and enjoy special museums that are gifts to the eye.
Unexpected Toronto With Children
When touring Toronto with kids, especially if you have already “done” the typical attractions, think outside the city. Visit a farm in the York Municipal Region north of downtown and take in the thundering power of Niagara Falls two-hours away.
Virginia’s Inns and Country Hotels
A weekend at a charming inn or country hotel can be as welcome and rejuvenating as the harder to plan seven day plus vacation. These six Virginia properties each offer something special. Choose a retreat with noted cuisine, or expansive grounds, friendly hosts or an historic hotel.
Washington, D.C., Summer Fun
If visiting Washington, D.C.,this summer with children, take advantage of the DC Cool Kids Contest to win a free return trip next year. Also, bicycle past the monuments at night, watch the new baby panda cub at the zoo, tour the National Archives, take in a baseball game and splash in a new park.
Washington, D.C., Winter Fun
Washington, D.C., is in the spotlight as the city readies for President Obama’s second inauguration, January 21, 2013. Whether you plan be in the District for the festivities or visit the city later this winter, there’s much that’s new and interesting.
Washington, D.C., With Young Kids
Although the nation’s capital as the seat of political power won’t interest your young children, Washington, D.C., has much that will excite them. D.C. is a vibrant city with tot-friendly attractions, engaging exhibits and lively children’s theater.
Washington, D.C.’s Hidden Gems
There’s still plenty to enjoy in Washington, D.C., even after you and your family tour the U.S. Capitol, visit the White House, see the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, take in the monuments and memorials and peruse the exhibits at Natural History, Air & Space, American History
Washington, D.C.’s Summer Oases
Summer is a great time to visit any city, especially Washington, D.C., a place that offers plenty of opportunity to play outdoors in between exploring the capital’s top spots. To prevent your trip from feeling like a forced march through museums, take time to enjoy some of the District’s oases.
Washington, DC’s, New Experiences
Washington, D.C. intrigues visitors with several new experiences. Foil an espionage plot at the International Spy Museum, figure out our Neanderthal connections at the National Museum of Natural History and find out what ordinary foot soldiers felt while fighting the Civil War. Come visit again.
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