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Explore the route of religious freedom on this National Scenic Byway No matter how long you’ve lived in the DMV area, I’ll bet you have neither heard or nor traveled Maryland’s Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway. I discovered it as part of my “what’s in your own backyard” explorations and, being a history buff, was […]

Explore the Middleburg AVA

Just 50 miles outside of our nation’s Capital is one of Virginia’s fastest-growing appellations, the Middleburg American Viticultural Area (AVA). But how much do you really know about this AVA and its history? The AVA Inception In 2006, Rachel E. Martin, then-executive vice president of Boxwood Estate Winery, began the process to establish the Middleburg […]

Field & Main Backyard Cabanas: Doable Distance Dining

September 1 marks a big milestone. The celebrated Field & Main restaurant in quaint nearby Marshall, Virginia turns four years old. Owners Neil and Star Wavra have brought forth their considerable combined experience and have continued to hone every aspect of their creation of a rustic-chic casual fine-dining establishment nestled in a newly renovated authentic […]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

As we spend more time at home and in our yards, we have learned that the simple pleasures of nature. The slowly changing seasons have provided many of us with strength and joy. Watching the new buds on the trees, the emergence of daffodils and then peonies, visits from butterflies and then dragon flies, have […]

Spend a weekend in the charming city to our north, Baltimore, Maryland. Winter is the perfect season to discover the city’s cultural treasures, sample local Chesapeake Bay seafood, and learn how the city played a pivotal role in Early American history. And getting to and around Baltimore is easy. Take Amtrak to Baltimore’s Penn Station, […]

As soon as you turn down Vaucluse Road from Route 11 near Stephens City, you know you are close. Cross over the train tracks. Feel the gravel beneath the tires. Vaucluse Spring Lane will lead you over Meadow Brook, which is fed by a huge limestone spring—the Vaucluse of Virginia Spring. Meander along 44 bucolic […]

It was after midnight when my Asia Adventure began. Arriving at Washington Dulles Airport at 10 pm for my international flight, I watched as the normally frenetic airport quieted. Shops and food stalls began to close. My dream of one day visiting Southeast Asia was about to come true. How to Get There When Cathay […]

Where Dreams Really Do Come True As you meander down a little gravel road just off 211 near Washington, Virginia, you will chance upon an enchanting little grey cottage hidden among the trees, nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enter to tones of early spring green and muted pinks—a fresh, floral fantasy. […]