Catching Up with Washington, D.C. Restaurants—Spring 2015

  One of our primary missions on any D.C. trip is to catch up on restaurants. This trip was no exception. This trip provided a chance to indulge in four dinners and three lunches. We tried to make the best of them. Dinners Rose’s Luxury. Given the ultra-long line, [Read more …]

Walking D.C.—Spring 2015

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We, as always, walked everywhere, from our base by Thomas Square, to Georgetown, Capitol Hill, the U Street Corridor, around the Mall and Tidal Basin to some of our favorite monuments and for one of our restaurants (Rose’s Luxury, the Barracks Row section of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. [Read more …]

Washington, D.C. Science and History Museums—Spring 2015

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  As with our return trips to most of our favorite cities, this trip focused on museums, walking tours (both guided and independent) and of course, restaurants. We devoted so much time to museums and visitor centers that we have divided these stops into two posts: One focused on art museums and on science [Read more …]

Washington, D.C. Art Museums—Spring 2015

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  As with our return trips to most of our favorite cities, this trip focused on museums, walking tours (both guided and independent) and of course, restaurants. We devoted so much time to museums and visitor centers that we have divided these stops into two posts: One focused on art museums and on history [Read more …]

Reviewing the Marines in Quantico, VA

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We have passed Quantico on a number of drives, but never got around to stopping, this trip we did. Quantico is the home to one of the nation’s largest U.S. Marine facilities and the headquarters of its Combat Development Command. It is also home of the: National Museum of the Marine Corps [Read more …]

A Day in Shenandoah National Park

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  We have driven the park’s Skyline Drive a few times. And now that we have discovered Staunton (see our July 13 post), we will certainly do so again–probably the next time we visit the historic city of Charlottesville. This 115 mile Skyline Drive is lined with pastoral scenes and overlooks that [Read more …]

Making the Most of a Drive from Appomattox to Shenandoah National Park

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  We had a bit of a drive from Appomattox to Waynesboro, where we had planned to spend the night before spending the next day exploring and hiking Virginia‚Äôs Shenandoah National Park. Although we could have, in theory, driven this distance in about an hour and a half, why should we do than when [Read more …]

Appomattox: Where the Civil War Almost Ended

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  Appomattox Court House is the site of Robert E. Lee’s April 9, 1865 surrender to Ulysses S. Grant ended the Civil War. The reconstructed courthouse at which the surrender was executed is the centerpiece of the National Historic Park and the site of the museum. The park also includes 27 neighboring restored buildings [Read more …]

An Express Driving Tour of Winston-Salem and Greensboro

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  We had a long day’s drive that would take us through both Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Although we had little time to spend in either, we were able to at least find time for lunch and catch street-side views of some of the cities’ primary sights.   Winston-Salem We did, [Read more …]

Asheville Inn and Restaurants

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  We spend our Asheville weekend at the Cumberland Falls B&B, a pretty, comfortable, beautifully landscaped inn in the Montford Historic District, about a mile from the city center. Although our room was comfortable and nicely furnished, the highlights were the staff and the breakfasts. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in [Read more …]