Tag archives for Virginia

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, nothing tickles the taste buds quite like barbecue. BBQ capitals like Kansas City and Memphis are well represented on our list, but America’s love affair with smoked meat is quite clearly a national preoccupation.

Best Bike Tours for Foodies

What better way to sample the culinary delights of a region than by peddling along its backroads, enjoying the scenery and working up an appetite for the next meal?

Here are ten great itineraries for all you food- and wine-loving cyclists out there.

Dear friends, I’d never heard of Lynchburg. Lynchburg Lemonades – sure, but never the town. On a tip from a reader, I pulled in for a cup of coffee. And ended up being two hours late to Greensboro because of it.

Day 1: The Big Yellow Border

My list of things to do today is massive. I’m about to take off from D.C. on a 4,000-mile road trip across America in search of good will. But all I’m worried about is what to wear. Call it shallow, superficial, silly – but it’s the truth. See, I’ve been called to The Office of The Magazine with The Big Yellow Border. It’s capitalized because this is about as big as it gets for someone like me.

National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Christopher Elliott recently spent a day in Richmond, Virginia, with his family. Here’s what he discovered. You can’t see a place like Richmond in just a day. You can only begin to, and that’s especially true if you have three young kids in tow. My advice? Pick the best this city…

Archaeology Magazine has just released their list of the top ten discoveries in 2010. Among the findings was a room under the El Diablo pyramid in Maya city of El Zotz in Guatemala. The room had been partially damaged by looters, but researchers dug deeper and discovered a “bizarre cache” of severed fingers and other…

Last week, we reported on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Great American Main Street Awards–five winning neighborhoods that are promoting local economic and cultural sustainability by reviving historic architecture, reopening storefronts, and integrating unique streetscape plans. Still, as the five Main Street honorees demonstrate that the preservationist movement is alive and well, several historic…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, just back from a weekend in Virginia’s Northern Neck, filed this report. Originally, I was supposed to go camping on the beach in Delaware with my friend Scott, but work piled up and we seriously needed Wi-Fi. Serendipitously, friends offered us their vacation home in Irvington, Virginia. Even better, we could…

Culinary Williamsburg

When you think of Williamsburg, Virginia, a lively culinary scene is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Strolling down Williamsburg’s Duke of Gloucester Street, with its understated colonial houses and interpreters clad in period dress, it’s hard to imagine that walking just ten minutes further will bring you to the doorstep of…

Maira Kalman on Monticello

I was trying to explain to my non-American husband the other day why we should go to Monticello this summer. It’s incredibly unique and fascinating, I said, but I was met with a blank stare. I faltered and whimpered, “Well I was there when I was a kid and…and…it was cool. He invented a lot…

Obama’s Taste in Burgers

I’ve been meaning to blog about my visit to Ray’s Hell-Burger (get it?), a fantastic burger joint in Arlington, Virginia, which I visited the weekend before last. So imagine my surprise to hear that I missed spotting President Obama by just a few days! Turns out the POTUS and VPOTUS went out for lunch to…

Charlottesville Charms

With the new visitor center opening at Monticello this week, now is the perfect time to plan a visit to Charlottesville, Virginia. IT Editor Janelle Nanos shares some of the highlights from her recent trip. I’m no country bumpkin, but I do admit that I tend to feel a bit confined if I don’t get…

Foodie Challenge Featured Winner: Burger

Well, here it is: the last (but not least!) of our Foodie Challenge photo contest winners. We’ve seen some great pictures from all over the world–Georgia, Vienna, France, China–but this final photo was taken closer to home. Bill Harner snapped this image of an iconic U.S. meal after a day at the Virginia Safari Park…

Remaking James Madison’s Montpelier

Associate Editor Amy Alipio recently ventured to Virginia to witness the restoration efforts at Montpelier, the former home of our fourth President, James Madison. I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know a whole lot about James Madison before I visited his house, Montpelier, recently. Without the benefit of an HBO mini-series chronicling his life,…

From time to time Hotel Central editor Susan O’Keefe likes to check in with industry folks—from GMs to chefs and housekeeping staff—for a behind-the-scenes chat. She begins with a talk with Patrick O’Connell, proprietor and chef of the acclaimed Inn at Little Washington, an elegant English country hideaway in Rappahannock County, Virginia, tucked in the…

Have the Time of Your Life

When I saw this article in the Guardian about celebrating the 20th anniversary of Dirty Dancing at the Mountain Lake Hotel, the Virginia resort that stood in for the Catskills in the classic film, it left me feeling a little nostalgic. Not only for the always-quotable scenes from the movie (“Nobody puts Baby in a…

Into the Wild in Alexandria

Every Washingtonian needs a way to unwind. (There’s a war on after all, and our fair city is its nerve center, conducting the chess moves from afar.) My newest favorite method is to rent a kayak with friends or kids on a weekend afternoon, and paddle—guilt- and carbon-emissions-free—the quiet tidal backwaters of the Potomac River.…

Topflight Memorial

Even though our offices are only a few blocks from the White House, IT often forgets it lives in such a tourist mecca. On a recent Saturday—with help from her sight-seeking family—Emily King ventured past the Potomac to visit the newest addition to D.C.’s myriad of monuments (now one of her favorites): the United States…

Unlike your unencumbered bloggers, not all of Traveler‘s staff travel with only their lightly packed bags for company. Associate editor Susan O’Keefe recently took a trip with her family, and gave us the following report: Just back with my three kids from the Tides Inn in historic Irvington, Virginia, a charming town on the Rappahannock…