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Weekend Getaways: Romantic & Relaxing

May 29, 2014
Drink in the Beauty 1.5 hours AOL cofounder Steve Case and his wife, Jean, have recently opened chic new Early Mountain Vineyards (540-948-9005) near Charlottesville. A highlight of the property is a romantic guesthouse with a flagstone patio overlooking... more

Weekend Getaways: Quick Trips

By Matthew Graham, Andrea Poe, Lynn Seldon, Renee Sklarew, Joe Sugarman, Jessica Voelker May 29, 2014
Frederick Why We Love It: Lined with tidy brick rowhouses, this quaint Colonial town is home to one-of-a-kind shops and enough good restaurants to fill a weekend of foodie fun. What We Wouldn’t Miss: A Flying Dog Brewery tour;... more

Weekend Getaways: Foodie Favorites

May 29, 2014
Philadelphia 2.5 hours Philly’s a spunky town, and nowhere is this spirit better reflected than in the new, ambitious restaurants that have opened on the margins of downtown. Some things don’t change: The Italian cooking is still great, and... more

Weekend Getaways: Art & Culture

May 29, 2014
Take in City Sights 4 hours Pittsburgh is a big city that feels like a small town: Cultured but casual, it’s affordable, friendly, and easy to navigate. Get acquainted through the amphibious Just Ducky Tours (412-402-3825), in which you... more

Weekend Getaways: On the Water

May 29, 2014
Bring the Kids to the Other Ocean City 3.5 hours How kid-friendly is Ocean City, New Jersey? This is a place that hosts an annual Pamper Scamper race of adorable crawling babies, along with taffy-sculpting and freckle contests, and... more

Weekend Getaways: Great Outdoors

May 28, 2014
Hike the Heights of West Virginia 3 hours Dolly Sods Wilderness, in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, is so picturesque—with lush forests, sloping countryside, and pristine rivers—that some climbers call it the “mini-Grand Tetons.” Hikers, horseback riders, and climbers... more

Gambling Around DC: Casino at Ocean Downs

By Kim Eisler October 10, 2013
Berlin, Maryland; 410-641-0600 Distance from DC: 143 miles Best reasons to go: Five miles from Ocean City, this casino is at one of Maryland’s most venerable harness tracks, Ocean Downs. With the exception of Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George’s... more

Gambling Around DC: Rocky Gap Casino Resort

By Kim Eisler October 10, 2013
Flintstone, Maryland; 301-784-8400 Distance from DC: 130 miles Best reasons to go: This casino, not far from Cumberland, is a delight. The employees are as friendly as any I’ve encountered at any casino, not just in Maryland. Other bets:... more

Gambling Around DC: Hollywood Casino Perryville

By Kim Eisler October 10, 2013
Perryville, Maryland; 800-795-7001 Distance from DC: 79 miles Best reasons to go: Compared with Maryland Live, Hollywood Casino in Perryville is a bit bare-bones. The casino advertises itself as the first in Maryland to have table games and has... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Billy Goat Trail (B Section)

June 11, 2013
Carderock, Md Potomac Scramble Billy Goat Trail (B section) Distance: 2.5-mile loop Less crowded than the A and C sections, the B section offers spectacular views of rock formations along the riverbanks. Start at the Carderock parking lot and... more

45 Bikes & Hikes: Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve

June 11, 2013
Broad Run, Va A Real Kick Off Route 66 Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve Distance: Five-mile loop Photograph by Andrew Propp. From the trailhead—near an old gristmill off I-66—hikers can access ten miles of trails in this... more

Charles Veley: The World’s Most Traveled Man?

By Eliot Stein June 5, 2013
After logging 2.3 million miles and journeying to 95 percent of the earth’s places, this Tysons executive may be the Planet’s biggest globetrotter. So why is he controversial? more

Travel Agents Come Full Circle, Are Back in High Demand

By Sherri Dalphonse May 9, 2013
After years of declining business, travel agents are popular again. more

Travel Agents in Washington

By Sherri Dalphonse May 9, 2013
The best way to find a travel agent is by word of mouth—friends, neighbors, and colleagues may be able to recommend someone who provides great service and inspired ideas. more

15 Great Escapes: Eating Your Way Through Richmond

By Todd Kliman April 11, 2013
The former capital of the Confederacy has evolved into a dining destination, and surprise—it’s not all grits and biscuits. Here are nine places that wowed food and wine editor Todd Kliman on three recent visits. more

15 Great Escapes: An Art Masterpiece

April 11, 2013
Pieces at Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation range from antique cupboards to Matisses. more

15 Great Escapes: Broadway-Bound

April 11, 2013
Catch Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Sigourney Weaver, and more stars on Broadway this spring. more

15 Great Escapes: Your Own Mountain Cottage

April 11, 2013
Is an upscale mountain getaway in your dreams? Whether you’re indulging a fantasy or want to try before you buy, consider Bath County, Virginia, about 3½ hours from DC. more

15 Great Escapes: Biking That’s for the Birds

April 11, 2013
Spot bald eagles and other rare birds while riding your bike through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge. more

15 Great Escapes: New and Different Locations

April 11, 2013
A vacation by the bay, historical tours, posh resorts, and more great getaways. more

15 Great Escapes: Get Starry-Eyed

April 11, 2013
Along with horseback riding, sporting clays, golf, and tennis, Primland offers high-tech stargazing. more

Near and Far: Great Winter Travel Pleasures

By Andrea Poe, Monica Sakala, Matthew Graham January 17, 2013
Short drives and direct flights make these winter escapes easy. more

Skiing Around Washington: Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort

By Matthew Graham December 5, 2012
Snowshoe, W. Va., 877-441-4386 Miles from DC: 221 Number of slopes and lifts: 60 slopes, 15 lifts Vertical drop: 1,500 feet Terrain parks: 6 Weekend lift ticket: $84 for adults, $74 for ages 13 to 17, $70 for ages... more

Skiing Around Washington: Best of the Region

By Matthew Graham December 5, 2012
Best Quick Day Trips Which regional ski slopes are better for a day trip, Whitetail Resort or Liberty Mountain Resort? In my opinion, Whitetail—usually. The resort, about two hours from DC, has more slopes and longer runs. But when... more

Skiing Around Washington: Wisp Resort

By Matthew Graham December 5, 2012
McHenry, Md., 301-387-4000 Miles from DC: 179 Number of slopes and lifts: 32 slopes, 12 lifts Vertical drop: 700 feet Terrain parks: 2 Weekend lift ticket: $60 for adults, $40 for ages 6 to 12 The scene: Wisp is... more

Skiing Around Washington: Seven Springs Mountain Resort

By Matthew Graham December 5, 2012
Seven Springs, Pa., 800-452-2223 Miles from DC: 191 Number of slopes and lifts: 31 slopes, 14 lifts Vertical drop: 750 feet Terrain parks: 6 Half pipes: 2 Weekend lift ticket: $68 and up for adults, $51 and up for... more

Race to New York

September 20, 2012
Planes, trains and automobiles—what's the best way to get from DC to New York on a Friday night? more

Easy Escapes: Picks for Pennsylvania Art

By Eleanor Berman, Andrea Poe April 23, 2012
Living Wright Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright can do more than admire his architecture in Pennsylvania's leafy Laurel Highlands. Along with touring Fallingwater--Wright's masterpiece, cantilevered above a waterfall--and Kentuck Knob, another fine example of his design, visitors to the region... more

Easy Escapes: Surf's Up

By Andrea Poe April 23, 2012
Ever dream of riding a wave? You can learn to hang ten at the Rehoboth Beach Surf Boarding School. Although the instructors are hotshot surfers, they're patient with students--who can be as young as eight. Classes cover everything from basic... more

Easy Escapes: Put a Spring in Your Step

By Bill Burnham, Mary Burnham April 23, 2012
Eager to take that first hike of spring but need to work out winter kinks? Head to Virginia's Shenandoah National Park. The hikes descend from Skyline Drive, so you can warm up your legs on a downhill, then linger... more

Easy Escapes: Play a Great Course

By Janet Lewis Matricciani April 23, 2012
The Omni Bedford Springs Resort is less than three hours from Washington, but it's one of the lesser-known luxury resorts in the region. Two big reasons to go to Bedford Springs are golf and food. It has one of the... more

Easy Escapes: Follow the Maestro

By Eleanor Berman April 23, 2012
Standing ovations are par for the course for the gifted young performers at the Castleton Festival, entering its fourth season on the sylvan Rappahannock County estate of the great maestro, 82-year-old Lorin Maazel. Maazel, former music director of the Cleveland... more

Easy Escapes: Eat Your Way Through Philly

By Jordan Wright April 23, 2012
If you think Philadelphia's food scene is all cheesesteaks and Italian ice, you've missed the city's culinary awakening. Here's a suggested itinerary that samples some of the city's gastronomic delights. Friday Evening Check in at the Four Seasons Hotel (,... more

Easy Escapes: The Family that Travels Together Plays Together

By Ann Cochran April 23, 2012
The idea of each family member going separate ways at a resort is less popular. Families want fresh-air fun they can experience together. Here, some highlights. more

Easy Escapes: Romantic Retreats

By Eleanor Berman, Andrea Poe April 23, 2012
Want a quiet escape for two? Try one of these intimate inns. more

Easy Escapes: Taste Virginia's Best Wines

By Nancy Bauer April 23, 2012
Charlottesville’s Monticello Wine Trail highlights what may be the Mid-Atlantic’s best wine. Here are four good reasons to visit the area. more

61 Hidden Gems: The List

April 20, 2012
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March 2012 Travel Deals

By Alice Shapin March 1, 2012
This month, enjoy exclusive reader deals to the city that never sleeps, Florida’s white-sand beaches, and a dock by the bay. more

Reader Deals: Spring Break Vacations

By Andrea Poe February 29, 2012
Exclusive specials at luxury golf resorts, inns in Virginia’s wine country, Caribbean beaches, and other destinations where you can rest and recharge. more

Best Places to Ski Near DC, VA, & MD

By Sarah Zlotnick, Melissa Romero December 5, 2011
Doreen Gentzler likes Wintergreen. Topper Shutt prefers Wisp. Here are local ski resorts that Washingtonians love. more

Winter Travel Deals for Washingtonian Readers

By Andrea Poe November 29, 2011
Save at cool ski lodges, sunny beach resorts, and pretty country inns. more

Civil War Day Trips

By Laura Parker August 15, 2011
Some of the fiercest, most important battles of the Civil War were fought within a few hours of Washington. Here are eight day trips through history more

Great Day Trips 2011

By Washingtonian Staff August 10, 2011
Pick your pleasure: Eating crabs at water's edge. Biking scenic back roads. Cool canoe trips. Friendly wineries. Plus—12 other fun ways to spend a day. more

Great Day Trips 2011: Dinosaur Land

By Brennen Jensen August 10, 2011
A fiberglass menagerie straight out of the Mesozoic Era more

Great Day Trips 2011: Bike and Brunch on the Eastern Shore

By Nancy Bauer August 10, 2011
A 16-mile cycling loop dotted with historic towns and good eats more

Great Day Trips 2011: The Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels, MD

By Andrea Poe August 10, 2011
Waterfront dining doesn’t get better than this more

Great Day Trips 2011: Rappahannock County, VA

By Andrea Poe August 10, 2011
Two low-key towns in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains boast quaint shopping—and one of the country’s best restaurants more

Great Day Trips 2011: River Riders

By Jordan Wright August 10, 2011
A spectacular zipline canopy tour along the Potomac River more

Great Day Trips 2011: Shepherdstown, WV

By Ann Cochran August 10, 2011
Buildings in West Virginia’s oldest town date back to the Revolutionary War more

Great Day Trips 2011: A Dog’s Day in Annapolis, MD

By Ann Cochran August 10, 2011
A canine-cordial day trip, including shops that allow pups inside and eateries—many with patios—that welcome them outdoors more

Great Day Trips 2011: Bon Secours and More Spiritual Retreats

By Ann Cochran August 10, 2011
Can a spiritual retreat change your life? At a day’s end, with images of birds and actor Jon Hamm in her head, one woman was surprised by the revelations more

Great Day Trips 2011: Solomons Island, MD

By Jordan Wright August 10, 2011
A boardwalk-lined former shipbuilding community with something for every member of the family more

Great Day Trips 2011: Clark’s Elioak Farm

By Andrea Poe August 10, 2011
This 540-acre cattle, sheep, and vegetable farm is a family favorite thanks to its simple pleasures more

Great Day Trips 2011: Virginia Wineries

By Nancy Bauer August 10, 2011
Go out I-66 to Fauquier County and you’ll pass sweet-smelling clover, red barns—and some excellent vineyards more

Great Day Trips 2011: Golf Along the Water

By Alice Shapin August 10, 2011
Look out for bald eagles and deer along the Queenstown Harbor course more

Great Day Trips 2011: Birdwatch on Canoes

By Matthew Graham August 10, 2011
Lorton’s Mason Neck State Park is an ideal place to paddle calm waters more

Great Day Trips 2011: Casino at Delaware Park

By Kim Eisler August 10, 2011
This new betting spot has table limits the occasional gambler can live with more

Middleburg Inns: Where Stay the Night

By Mary Clare Glover June 27, 2011
Two good reasons to turn a Hunt Country day trip into a weekend getaway more

Middleburg Guide: Outings & Activites

By Lydia Strohl June 27, 2011
Where to go if you love antiques, history, or horseback riding with the kids more

Beach Getaways 2011

May 31, 2011
From the lively boardwalk town of Rehoboth to pristine Assateague Island to family friendly Bethany Beach, here's where to find the perfect stretch of sand. more

Beach Getaway: Bethany Beach

By Leslie Milk May 31, 2011
Known as the quiet resort, Bethany Beach has mostly secret charms—including cool fireworks, fine food, and good buys on art more

Beach Getaway: Cape May

By Taylor St. John May 31, 2011
Not many shore towns offer carriage rides, Victorian inns, and top-notch dining. Cape May has all that—plus beaches that some think are among the world's best. more

Beach Getaway: Smith Island, VA

By Jill Gleeson May 31, 2011
The only way to get to Smith Island is by boat. Once there, you may have the beaches and seashells all to yourself. more

Beach Getaway: A Dogfish Head Experience in Lewes, DE

By Sherri Dalphonse May 31, 2011
If nothing says summer like a cold beer at the beach, this Lewes getaway is for you. more

Beach Getaway: Rehoboth Beach

By Andrea Poe May 31, 2011
With its mile-long boardwalk and relaxed attitude, Rehoboth is a popular beach town. Here are some favorite places to eat, stay, and play. more

Beach Getaway: Assateague and Chincoteague Islands

By Andrea Poe May 31, 2011
These Virginia and Maryland coastal islands offer the chance to enjoy nature up close, with their wild ponies and unspoiled beaches. And you might see a rocket launch. more

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

By Jordan Wright May 4, 2011
A cozy B&B adjacent to a 134-acre wildflower preserve. more

Revisiting Richmond

By Ann Cochran May 4, 2011
Picasso and fine dining bring new energy to Virginia's capital city. more

Lewes Tulip Festival

By Beth Rubin May 4, 2011
A flower lover's paradise awaits in Lewes, Deleware. more

Dover International Speedway: A Wild Ride

By Beth Rubin May 4, 2011
Live your NASCAR dreams more

Williamsburg Spa Packages

By Matthew Graham May 4, 2011
Relax, tone up, and forget winter at one of the region's best spas more

New Broadway in New York

By Eleanor Berman May 4, 2011
Make it a New York theater weekend with shows starring Hollywood celebrities and life-size horse puppets. more

The Inn at Willow Grove: Sink into Luxury

By Sherri Dalphonse May 4, 2011
This historic country inn has great food and beautiful rooms. more

Bird-Watching at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

By Jordan Wright May 4, 2011
The return of migratory birds to Cambridge, MD is one sign that winter is over. more

Ride a Bull at Wicked R Ranch

By Matthew Graham May 4, 2011
Cowboy up at this two-day bull riding clinic more

Longwood Gardens

By Andrea Poe May 4, 2011
1,000-plus acres of horticultural beauty. more

Town House Restaurant

By Kate Nerenberg May 4, 2011
Food & Wine's Best New Chef John Shields heads up a Chilhowie, VA kitchen well worth the drive. more

Hershey, PA: More Than Just a Town Built on Chocolate

By Ann Cochran May 4, 2011
Fun for all members of the family includes an amusement park, a zoo, gardens, and golf. more

Greenbrier Casino Club

By Dale Leatherman May 4, 2011
Play golf or hit the slots. more

Culpeper, VA Wineries

By Nancy Bauer May 4, 2011
Raise a glass to new spring vintages at three Virginia wineries. more

The Inn of Silent Music: Totally Unplug

By Andrea Poe May 4, 2011
Smyth Island has no cars, no noise, and no neighbors—unless you count the blue herons in the the marsh. more

North River Inn: Savor the Serenity

By Ann Cochran May 4, 2011
Guests love North River for its unhurried pace and low-key water sports. more

Best of Baltimore: Station North Arts and Entertainment District

By Brennen Jensen March 28, 2011
In midtown Baltimore, a burgeoning neighborhood offers galleries, studios, performance venues, and offbeat nightspots. more

Best of Baltimore: Eight other good reasons to visit

By Ann Limpert, Andrea Poe March 28, 2011
Bowling, fine dining, and sleepovers at the National Aquarium are among our picks more

Best of Baltimore: Fells Point

By Brennen Jensen, Ann Limpert, Andrea Poe, Jada Fletcher March 23, 2011
Fells Point is Baltimore at its most historically charming. All cleaned up and gentrified from its sailor-serving days, the neighborhood's many bars and taverns serve as a reminder of its rowdy former life. more

Best of Baltimore: Hampden

By Jada Fletcher, Brennen Jensen, Ann Limpert, Andrea Poe March 23, 2011
Hampden has an arty mix of residents and businesses. A merchants association works hard to keep it as local as possible. So no Starbucks. more

Best of Baltimore: Canton

By Jada Fletcher, Brennen Jensen, Ann Limpert, Andrea Poe March 17, 2011
Booming since the 1990s, Canton is a hip and happening place for the young professional crowd to eat, drink, and buy their first house with a harbor-view deck on the roof. more

Best of Baltimore: Camden Yards

By Brennen Jensen March 14, 2011
While the Orioles haven’t delivered a winning team in 13 years, fans still go to games for the festive atmosphere in and around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. more

Leesburg Day Trips

By Gwendolyn Purdom May 21, 2010
Five fun outings in Leesburg—from a fun day with the kids to a nice afternoon in the outdoors. more

Golden City by the Bay

By Kate Nerenberg May 21, 2010
With its slower pace and work-less, play-more culture, San Francisco often draws comparisons to European cities. more

London, More Affordable

By Sophie Gilbert May 19, 2010
London is one of the world’s best cities. It’s my hometown, so I’m not unbiased. Where else can you find pubs that date to the 15th century, stores with a million square feet of shopping, a thriving cultural scene, and... more

The Romance of Paris

By Sherri Dalphonse May 3, 2010
On a cool October night, my husband and I stood under the Eiffel Tower and gazed upward. It was a touristy thing to visit the landmark at night, when it’s set aglow by more than 300 spotlights. It was even... more

Where to Find . . . Home Design in Savannah

By Sarah Zlotnick May 3, 2010
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a film set in Savannah, Georgia, is as oft-remembered for its shots of gorgeous gardens and interiors as it is for its eccentric characters. A quick stroll through the city proves that... more

Savannah: Gardens, Ghosts, and Paula Deen

By Eliot Stein May 3, 2010
Georgia’s oldest and prettiest city, Savannah—with its antebellum mansions and towering magnolias—remains a graceful Southern belle. more

Where to Find . . . Lingerie in Paris

By Sarah Zlotnick May 3, 2010
Try as they might, no one has mastered the wardrobe of seduction quite like the City of Love. France’s longstanding history of domestic lace-making and feminine haute couture makes the purchase of lingerie the perfect way to remember your romantic... more

Prefer a Hot Spot? Try Miami

By Ann Cochran March 22, 2010
Miami, our nation’s youngest big city—founded in 1896—may also be the most vibrant. more

Roman Holiday

By Eliot Stein March 22, 2010
With a history spanning nearly 3,000 years, Rome is the former caput mundi—or capital of the world—and one of the cradles of Western civilization. You could pass a lifetime there and never see it all. No wonder it’s called the Eternal City. more

Check In: Cherry Blossom Packages at Washington Hotels

By Emily Leaman March 11, 2010
Staying overnight during the National Cherry Blossom Festival? These area hotels are getting into the spirit with discounts and themed packages designed for springtime visitors. more

February Travel Deals

By Alice Shapin February 3, 2010
Have cabin fever or the winter blahs? Maybe it’s time to get away. Whether you want fun on the slopes, city excitement, serenity at a spa, golf in the sun, or a romantic escape, we’ve got an idea for you.... more

Close-In Getaways

By Molly Lehman, Gwendolyn Purdom February 1, 2010
Mountain retreats, country towns, and waterfront treasures—all a short drive away. more