The Winery at La Grange in Haymarket, Virginia, features 5.6 acres of vineyards and a three-storey, red-brick, 18th-century manor house with a small garden blooming with pink hydrangeas. With our commonwealth inching toward reopening, a friend and I decided to head out to Prince William County and enjoy the bucolic setting. We decided on the… Read More Reopening Report: Winery at La Grange
Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. It is one of the most meaningful areas in American history, where citizens have lived out the freedoms protected by the First Amendment amid statues of the men who won our independence from Great Britain. The Park and its surrounding… Read More Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.
Northern Virginia began reopening under Phase One last Friday, and two friends and I made plans to meet for our first restaurant get-together in three months. We settled on Carlyle, an American mainstay located in the Village at Shirlington, an open-air neighborhood retail area featuring boutique shops and midscale restaurants, in the Washington, D.C., suburb… Read More Restaurant Report: Carlyle in Shirlington
The memorabilia ranges from Elvis Presley’s silver Rolls to Michael Jackson’s crystal glove. Ol’ Blue Eyes looks out from the walls. Music pulses from lobby lounges. Guitar shapes are everywhere. My travel companion and I walked under sparkling crystal chandeliers across glossy flooring laden with guitar-pick shapes. We were checking in to Atlantic City’s new Hard Rock… Read More Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City
The red attic staircase is winding and narrow, so narrow that only one visitor at a time can climb up and peer into the the small bedroom once likely occupied by Edgar Allan Poe. The 2.5-storey gabled brick Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum too is narrow, now narrower by half than when Poe lived… Read More Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore
Two new casino hotels opened in Atlantic City this summer, and my travel companion and I decided it was time to check them out–especially after reading in Casino Player magazine that Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino were both offering status matches to players with preferred cards from other casinos. We strolled… Read More Atlantic City’s New Casino Hotels
MGM’s soft white spa robe was one of the plushiest I’ve slipped myself into, but I soon slipped out of it and into the small Roman bath. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, click here. In the midst of a stressful time, I’d Ubered to the National Harbor resort for a day at… Read More MGM National Harbor Spa and Salon
Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has a smorgasbord of fun bars and restaurants. But where to go after a day of outlet shopping on Coastal Highway? Here are a few of my stand-bys: Crab House: The popcorn is free; the oysters are cheap, and the mussels come in a savory mustard sauce that’s one of my… Read More Go-To Bars on Coastal Highway at Rehoboth Beach