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Virginia

Tips and Articles in Virginia

The holdings of the ancient library in Alexandria, Egypt, were enough to send any bibliophile into orbit — until it went up in flames in 48 b.c. The original texts may be gone, but at last there's a Bibliotheca Alexandrina that might equal the old...
Luxury and gasoline seem as likely to mix as oil and water, but at Fuel Co. (901 E. Market St., Charlottesville, Va.; 434/220-0864), a new gas station-bistro combo, road-weary patrons can stop for pommes frites, croissants, even po'boys. Fuel's fo...
As a wine writer, I love visiting winemakers in their tasting rooms, sampling small-production rarities I can’t find at home. But that’s hardly the only benefit of traveling to great viticultural regions. Wine tastes better at its source, and vine...
See our slideshow of 10 Unexpected U.S. Wine Trails. Cool air envelops you as you step into the underground winemaker’s cave and stroll past hand-hewn oak barrels. The jovial owner of the family-run vineyard hands you a glass of his award-winning...
Family vacations should be fun, of course, but we always hope they’ll do more—kindle an interest, inspire a career, or at least pry them away from computer screens. Here, the 10 U.S. sites guaranteed to rock young worlds.
In fall as many as 10,000 hawks a day soar above the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwest Virginia. The overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway are like a string of drive-in movie theaters—cars line the road, and people sink into canvas chairs that lo...
We New Yorkers are an impatient breed. Red lights never change fast enough, bank lines are never short enough—and spring never comes soon enough. By April, when patches of snow may still linger in Central Park, the longing for warmth becomes intol...
To toast the New Year—and with it, dreams of an improved you—we've come up with a few suggestions, at home and on the road. —Lauren David Peden 1 LOSE WEIGHT Put down that eggnog and kick-start your fitness routine with a state-of-the-art spa ...
See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Horoscopes. Matt Murphy, 38, a Capricorn from New York City, is planning a big trip in 2009 but agonizing between a jaunt to tango in Buenos Aires or a nightlife jag in Shanghai. The price is the same, but which t...
1. New Museum, New York City Just off the minimalist, cement-floored lobby of this avant-garde institution is an innovative store (235 Bowery; 212/219-1222; newmuseumstore.org). Artist-created housewares and limited editions are the specialty. To...
Wintertime beaches are the stuff of romance—both the tempestuous, passionate kind of romance and the sitting-snug-by-a-crackling-fire kind. The vast stretches of empty shoreline, the relentless crashing of the waves, the long walks bundled agains...
Like most native-born Virginians, I grew up with an ancestral portrait on the wall. The original was said to hang in a museum in Richmond, so ours was a faded black-and-white photocopy mounted in a dime-store frame. It showed a mustachioed English...
Aldie, Virginia (Private) With rising gasoline prices and the housing market’s woes, 2008 is a dicey time to launch a high-end residential golf development in the exurbs. But if any new course can handle the fiscal headwinds, Creighton Farms is i...
Choose an opulent inn where reservations are rarer than hen's teeth, a hunt-country manse that quotes the great villas of the Veneto, or a town-sized resort as patriotic as pot pie. They're as different from one another as country ham is from the...
The Eastern Shore of Maryland is a world of water, filled with people who need to be near water. It isn't an island, but it might as well be one. The Chesapeake Bay has a very long reach, its inlets, tributaries, tidal ponds, and marshes seeping d...