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Tips and Articles in Virginia

My great-aunt Kathleen was a road hog. With an imperious wave she'd dismiss any vehicles slowing her brand-new Cadillac's relentless trajectory on the narrow byways that soar and dip through the Great Smoky Mountains west of Asheville. When thwart...
q. Can you recommend an affordable hotel in Washington, D.C.?I want to go for a weekend in April, but don't want to spend a bundle. --A.R., Durham, N.C. a. It's a great time to visit--this month is prime cherry-blossom season. The 75-room Doyle No...
The latest generation of hands-on science centers and technology museums is launching kids into new levels of exploration. Medics-in-training can confront a 3-D hologram of a mondo germ and guide a laser in a virtual surgery so realistic it's defi...
Location is everything, so we like the 1950's retro Golden Bear Motel on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. We fly up from L.A., eat at Oliveto in Oakland, and check in for a good night's sleep, knowing that in the morning we can walk across the ...
You've had your summer holiday and you should be content. So why do you find yourself staring wistfully out the window as late-summer green gives way to early-fall orange?Well, stop staring and grab the car keys. Whether you want to bask in summer...
Surprised by the results of his recent project to assess the state of conservation in America, biologist Eric Dinerstein couldn't help remarking, "It's as if North Americans won the biological lottery, but forgot to look at the ticket." Together w...
london lights upIan Schrager has taken his cutting-edge brand of hotel across the pond to London, transforming a once-somber 1960's office building into St Martins Lane, a spectacle of color and light. A yellow "carpet" is projected onto the floor...
Traveling bibliophiles tend to lug a year's worth of reading material for a weeklong trip. We suggest an alternative: grab a paperback for the plane, and regain your literary bearings on arrival by visiting a great bookstore. But where to go?Here,...
If you want great food, go to the source: food festivals. These gatherings celebrate local fare at its freshest and purest, straight from the field to the table, prepared by grandmas in towns with names like Irmo, Indio, and LaBelle. We've eaten o...
“He will appear in the enchanted garden,” Keith Kaufelt, a docent at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia says with more certainty than should be warranted (seeing as how the person in question has been dead for 160 years). But on Janu...
We eat many of our 30 billion—plus burgers a year as Slyders, Hockeyburgers, or Liplockers at places like Bob's Big Boy or In-N-Out Burger—or hot off the backyard grill. If you're looking for something more grand, here's where to find high-end bli...
Algonkian Novel Workshop Algonkian Park, Virginia (September 4 to 8) story arc: Analyze great works, both classic and contemporary, to help refine your own style. Promising book proposals will be sent to literary agents. between chapters: Kayak t...
Relive memories of your childhood playhouse at a treetop hotel. No secret password required—just a reservation. OUT 'N' ABOUT Cave Junction, Oregon; 800/200-5484; www.treehouses.com; doubles from $90. On the edge of Siskiyou National Forest, this...
With resort sailing schools from Virginia to Vancouver, a novice can learn to work the ropes in a single afternoon. Sign up for a quick two-hour session ($75) or a four-day course with full certification ($585) at Chesapeake Bay's Premier Sailing...
Seattle | New Orleans | Minneapolis | Philadelphia Seattle By Kimberly Brown Seely Long an industrial-strength zone of low-slung warehouses, truck yards, and miles of chain-link fence, SoDo (which stands for South of Downtown or South of the...