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Welcome Spring at Eastern Market

Spring is in the air and Eastern Market is bursting with fresh flowers and good things to eat, as well as arts, crafts and antiques. A visit to one of the nation’s oldest open air markets is a nod to blue skies and sunny days ahead. Continue reading

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The Other March Madness

March brings two kinds of madness to town – basketball and beer – and while both involve dribbling, the latter makes a fine day trip for people of all fitness levels. Wear your Chucks, because you’ll be following the trail of DC’s love affair with beer over the past century. Continue reading

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“Meadowlark Moments” Photography Exhibit by Paul Jean

Destination: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, Virginia Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is a meaningful destination during every month of the year, and photographers especially enjoy taking note of nature’s dramatic and subtle seasonal adjustments. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority generously offers … Continue reading

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Historic Savage Mill

Located on the falls of the Patuxent River near the planned community of Columbia, the Historic Savage Mill is a quick drive from both Baltimore and Washington, DC. Its latest incarnation – a maze of antique stores, gift shops and restaurants – is a 21st century monument to 19th century industrial America. Continue reading

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Hand-rolled Cigars, Hooch and Horse Racing

By now most New Year’s Resolutions have gone by the wayside, and old habits are back with a vengeance. Why not embrace your inner badass with a tour of some of the finest vices our region has to offer?

Abraham Lincoln observed that, “… folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” So in the interest of improving my character, I headed out to historic Leesburg and wild and wonderful West Virginia last weekend with some of my favorite people. Continue reading

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

On a still, gray day in February I visited the MLK Memorial, along with dozens of people of varying age, race and country of origin. I thought of the diverse lives surrounding me, taking note of the peaceful faces of my fellow sightseers. Even those on a whirlwind tour of the Mall slowed down in MLK’s presence to consider the moment in time. Continue reading

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Alexandria Celebrates Its Favorite Son

Alexandria’s cobblestone streets were once George Washington’s stomping ground. Visit Old Town this month, walk in Washington’s footsteps and learn more about the life of our first president when he went off the plantation. Continue reading

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Visit Frederick and Feather Your Nest

The British poet Dame Edith Sitwell declared that, “winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a good friend’s hand and for a talk beside the fire. It is the time for home.”

A trip to Frederick can help turn your house into a place Dame Edith would happily hibernate in. Founded in 1745 by German and English settlers, the historic town has long been recognized as a go-to place for antique furnishings. The Clintons were said to stop and shop here on their way to Camp David, so you never who you might rub elbows with. Continue reading

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Stratford Hall

A visit to the birthplace of Confederate General Robert E. Lee – named Stratford Hall after his ancestral home in Shropshire, England – offers a tranquil day trip along Virginia’s road less traveled. Continue reading

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American Visionary Art Museum

What goes around comes around. Maybe that’s why visitors emerge from All Things Round: Galaxies, Eyeballs and Karma, now at the American Visionary Art Museum, feeling at peace with the world. It’s like a big hug from humanity, reminding us that life is good … for those who believe it. Continue reading

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In Ellicott City, Everything Old Is New Again

A visit to Ellicott City lends an unmistakable feeling of déjà vu. Nostalgic buildings spanning three centuries house purveyors of fine home accessories, foods, gifts, antiques and collectibles, each with picturesque storefronts and the personalized service reminiscent of a bygone era. Continue reading

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Morven Park

Morven Park isn’t just another pretty mansion; it’s a grand country house with a fascinating past. For 40 years this was the home of Westmoreland Davis, Virginia’s 55th governor and advocate for the farmers whose land dotted the surrounding countryside. Today it’s a National Register Historic Property to enjoy for all seasons, especially near the winter holidays. Continue reading

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Seasons Greenings at the US Botanic Garden

The US Botanic Garden has hosted a woodsy wonderland of model railroading every holiday season since 2004. This year’s Garden Railway is the best yet, featuring over 800 feet of track, dozens of bridges and a waterfall, all set in a whimsical world that delights dreamers of all ages. Continue reading

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ICE! Warms the Heart with Merry Madagascar

Not in the holiday mood yet? A visit to the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbor will surely banish the blues. That’s the magic of ICE!, a 15,000 square foot extravaganza that’s been hand carved entirely from two million pounds of frozen H2O. Continue reading

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All Aboard for Holiday Fun at the B&O Railroad Museum

A visit to the B & O Museum in Baltimore makes a great day trip for all ages at any time of year. They’ve just finished decking the halls – along with their spectacular roundhouse –and this weekend they’ll kick off seasonal events that every member of the family will enjoy. Continue reading

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