The dining scene in Washington D.C just keeps getting better. A number of celebrity chefs along with a wave of creative newcomers looking to make their mark have found culinary inspiration in the nation’s capital leaving me spoiled for choice when looking for a memorable meal. During my recent stay at the Loews Madison I was delighted to find that I didn’t have to go far. Rural Society, the Madison’s flagship restaurant, is Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first foray into Washington D.C and is a new darling among district foodies. Having dined at Tinto and Amada, two of Chef Garces’ restaurants in Philadelphia (the latter of which is solely responsible for my new found love of sherry), I knew I’d be in for a great dining experience at Rural Society.
Washington DC is one of my favorite cities for a quick weekend break. History,a vibrant culinary scene, world-class museums and an endless array of festivals and events make DC a perfect place for me to return to again and again. What I hadn’t found though, was the perfect hotel. Each visit I’d stay in a different hotel but none really felt like a good fit; too stuffy, too small, too plain, too far away. Nothing was just right, I kind of felt a bit like Goldilocks. So when a friend recommended I stay at the Loews Madison on my most recent visit I was intrigued, would this be the perfect fit?
Vienna is a classical city in every sense of the word. Grand Hapsburg era buildings flank tree-lined avenues and Gothic cathedrals intertwine seamlessly with modern glass skyscrapers. This is a city that influenced the best of European culture; where opera is an obsession and lingering at a cafe for a few hours over fancified coffee and elegant pastries is a national past time. Beethoven, Klimt and Tolstoy along with countless artists and thinkers have all drawn inspiration from Austria’s capital. Vienna wasn’t a city I expected to fall in love with, to be honest I had only planned a few days here as a convenient stop en route from Salzburg to Prague. What I found was a city with a strong sense of itself and an easy-going elegance that’s hard to deny. Here are some of my favorite images from the Imperial City. Read More
June is a big month in my family; not only do my brother and I share a birthday (5 years apart to the day), but Steve’s birthday is a few short days later. We’ve always eschewed birthday presents in exchange for experiences, we’d much rather go do something than rack our brains trying to find that perfect “thing” that we’d likely just buy on our own later. Recent years have found us whitewater rafting the New River Gorge in West Virginia, completing our scuba certification and a night of relaxation at a nearby B&B. We’ve normally stayed close to home for these adventures in order to celebrate with family and friends(June inevitably turns into a month of rolling birthday parties as we have several close friends who celebrate during this month as well); but with Steve having a milestone birthday (one of those that ends in zero) we figured it was time for a bigger birthday adventure.
Boston is one of my favorite cities for a short weekend trip, so much so I’ve been 3 times in the past year. Clusters of distinct neighborhoods are tied together by Boston’s ubiquitous red brick, each equally proud of their own unique charms and of being a part of what makes Boston great. This is a city with working class roots and Ivy League pedigree with restaurants that offer far more than lobster rolls and chowder (though those are certainly worth seeking out while you’re here). The city’s core is highly walkable and the T(Boston’s train system) will get you anywhere else you want to go making Boston the perfect city for a quick sojourn. Here are my recommendations to get a taste of Boston in just a few days. Read More
It’s Saturday morning, 68 degrees with clear blue skies and a light breeze, the first truly gorgeous day of spring and I’m stuck in traffic. Inching our way through D.C.’s notoriously snarled beltway traffic we arrive at our destination 45 minutes late after a 4.5 hour drive. What could prompt me and my friend Katie (of Domestiphobia fame and the only person crazy enough to join me) to drive 8 hours round trip on an absolutely beautiful spring day?
What comes to mind when you think of Virginia Beach? If you’re like most people you think of the wide, sandy beaches and the gentle waves of the Atlantic; or perhaps the three mile long boardwalk presided over by King Neptune that’s just perfect for a summer stroll or bike ride.Within the past few years, thanks to the hard work of a handful of dedicated watermen, there’s something else you should think of in Virginia Beach.
I always knew I’d like New Orleans. This is a city with a long and fascinating history, music running through its veins and some of the best food on the planet. What’s not to like? That was great and all, but there was a little something else, something I can’t quite put my finger on that made me fall hard and fast for New Orleans. There is a general laid back, easy-going vibe and a joie de vivre here that makes the Big Easy quite easy to love. So while Frank Sinatra may have left his heart in San Francisco, here are a few reasons New Orleans will always have a piece of mine.
“Where am I going next?” This is a question constantly on every travelers mind. I’m currently in the pre-planning stages of our next big trip and I always enjoy this phase. With nothing yet on the books my mind is free to wander, the entire world an array of endless possibilities. I enjoy researching travel almost as much as the trip itself; I can easily spend hours pouring over travel magazines and blogs, each picture and story adding a little more fuel to my wanderlust. Polar bear safari in Manitoba or tango in Buenos Aires? Overwater bungalow in Bora Bora or a villa in Tuscany? At this stage the world is my oyster. Steve (my partner in crime) is having a milestone birthday this year (one of those that ends in zero) so my thoughts are leaning towards somewhere big, somewhere grand, somewhere epic.