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Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.

A few weeks ago, I waxed poetic about the wonders of Ottawa after my very first visit to Canada's capital city. Today, the sheen still hasn't worn off. I dream of returning and revisiting some of the places that I discovered on my trip. Thankfully, Ottawa's just a brief plan ride from many

Last Saturday night, I had the opportunity to take a cruise from Alexandria out on the Potomac to enjoy the DC sights. It was a balmy, June night and the breeze from the boat's movement kept me cool despite the seemingly inescapable DC humidity. The night was special for another reason:

Growing up, I visited Maryland's Calvert County beaches just one time each summer. My great-Uncle Tip and great-Aunt Ann would host dozens of guests to celebrate summer in a most traditional Maryland way: a crab feast! It was so long ago that my memories are hazy. Images float to mind, of picnic

On a warm spring evening, I left DC and headed 3 hours north to the historic town of Wayne, Pennsylvania. I had plans to spend just one night there before venturing further south to explore the expansive gardens of the Brandywine Valley. I knew that Wayne was developed as part

Last Thursday, I spent the night sprawled out on a row of benches in Toronto's Pearson Airport. Would you believe it was my first time sleeping in an airport? Considering how much travel I've done in my lifetime, that's no small feat! But there's a first time for everything, and this time, the

Last week, I met a man on the train between Toronto and Ottawa. We exchanged the normal how-do-you-do's, bonded over the unparalleled perks of VIA Rail business-class train travel and started to chat about our journey. When he discovered I was a travel blogger headed to Canada's capital city, he furtively looked

Solomons Island is one of my favorite spots in Maryland to see the sun set. You're sure to get an amazing view pretty much wherever you can see the water, but I recommend finding a spot along the wooden boardwalk that separates the town's main street (Solomons Island Road) and the

  Trip Overview: This DC Road Trip takes you into the heart of Virginia's picturesque Rappahannock County. Farm-fresh produce stands, artisans, wineries, taverns and hidden-gem natural wonders are along every mile of the route as you drive out of the city and towards the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Total Mileage: Around 180

In just a few days, I embark on a week-long trip to Ontario, Canada. I've got ambitious plans for such a quick trip, with stops in both Toronto and Ottawa on the agenda. Ontario's slogan is "Yours to Discover" and I have no doubt that I will be discovering a ton

I’ve just returned home after a food-and-music-fueled weekend away in New Orleans. This was not my first visit to the Big Easy, but this trip marked my first time at one of this city's biggest draws: the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Jazz Fest, as it’s colloquially called, has been

As a devout reader of the Washingtonian’s annual “100 Very Best Restaurants” edition, it’s safe to say that I’m a bit of a foodie-in-training. After 10+ years of living, working and playing in DC, I’ve eaten at my fair share of notable places. Rather than compile a list of my top

I've done some crazy things over the course of my life. I've jumped out of a tiny pink plane at 15,000 feet in New Zealand. I've climbed to the top of Mayan pyramids and (inadvertently) swam with a shark. But, sometimes life is all about knowing your limits... and recently, my