Holiday Light Displays: A Cure for Cabin Fever

December 21, 2020

For a little holiday spirit, here are nine great light displays, in and just outside the District, to enjoy either socially distanced or from the comfort of your car.

Holiday Happenings on the Eastern Shore

November 5, 2020

Charming historic towns on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are offering creative ways to cheer even the most pandemic-weary.  

Georgetown’s Connections to Harry & Meghan’s Montecito

September 16, 2020

Montecito, California, is a great place for the famous and their families to live because, for the most part, they are traditionally, almost rigidly, ignored. They simply become part of village life.

Virginia’s Second-Home Market Is Hot, Hot, Hot … and Transformed

August 13, 2020

Instead of recreational purposes like horseback riding, hunting and gardening, what buyers now seek is refuge, a space to spread out and distance from their neighbors.

2020 Garden Tour Is Shelved

April 22, 2020

They are gorgeous. Intimate. Grand. Colorful. Hidden. And they will remain so until next May. They are the gardens of the Georgetown Garden Tour, an annual springtime event that lets outsiders in and plumps up the coffers of many vital local projects. “Having to shelve 2020’s gorgeous garden puzzle was disappointing. Nine months of work […]

Buy Fresh Buy Local


In the middle of a global pandemic, food is more important than ever. The Buy Fresh Buy Local Program is a nationwide effort that works to connect local farmers and food with local people who need it. The importance of this is unprecedented, as anyone who’s visited a grocery store in recent weeks will know. […]

AllTrails App, the Perfect COVID Thing to Do

April 8, 2020

For those going stir crazy inside, as they say, there’s an app for that! AllTrails, an app for hikers has an “outdoors” platform with crowdsourced trails from nearly 10 million hikers, bikers and runners from more than 100 countries. The app has been downloaded over 12 million times, with plenty of local options available. Some […]

Touring Egypt: From the Sublime to the Surreal

March 25, 2020

For the first two weeks of March, my main concerns were whether I was brave enough to ride a camel (no) and wondering out the window of an air-conditioned coach how anyone survived Cairo traffic. I was blissfully in Egypt with a former State Department colleague on a Road Scholar trip, “Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt […]

A Winter Escape to the Greenbrier

February 26, 2020

A Swedish massage at the famed resort is only a train ride away. The multiple restaurants, casino and massive parlor fireplace will keep you warm and entertained.

Quebec City to New York on Queen Mary 2

January 29, 2020

My husband and I needed a recharge. Not for our computers, for ourselves. Our Rx? An eight-day Queen Mary 2 luxury ocean-liner voyage from Quebec City to New York. Pre-departure, we spend a few days at Quebec City’s iconic Le Château Frontenac. The castle-like hotel dominates the skyline, high above the St. Lawrence River and […]