Bikes, Mannequins, Music and More in Steel City

By Vanessa Orr Bikes, Mannequins, Music and More in Steel City When you think of a museum, what first comes to mind? Priceless art? Imposing dinosaur skeletons and “taxidermized” beasts? Civil War relics or Revolutionary War cannons? While Pittsburgh has all of those and more, it is also home to some odder—but still just as […]

Historic Ellicott City – A Pleasant Surprise!

By Bob Tagert Historic Ellicott City – A Pleasant Surprise! This month’s Road Trip took us to Ellicott City, Maryland. Unfortunately, over the last five years the biggest publicity that Historic Ellicott City has gotten has been the devastating news of the floods of 2016 and 2018 but one would never know it was so […]

Shadow Mountain Escape Is For Lovers

February 2021 Shadow Mountain Escape Is For Lovers This month’s Road Trip took us across Skyline Drive to Shadow Mountain Escape (SME), the dream and brainchild of owners Karen and Ralph Riddle. As stated on their website, SME is “An all season Romantic Couple’s Escape in authentic timber frame cabins located in the Blue Ridge […]

Road Tripping in 2020

By Bob Tagert Road Tripping in 2020 As most of you know, we take a road trip each month and write about our destinations in this space. I has been our custom to highlight our previous year’s treks in the January issue each year. We do this for two reasons. One is that it is […]

Home for the Holidays…Covid Style!

By Bob Tagert Home for the Holidays…Covid Style! As most of you know, this column is dedicated to writing about destinations in our region and sometimes beyond, but every December issue it is about “Home for the Holidays”. More specifically, it is about Old Town Alexandria for the holidays. It was our chance to expose […]

Return to Berryville & Beyond

By Bob Tagert Return to Berryville & Beyond   As the leaves began to turn color this past October we thought we would take a final drive west to the Virginia countryside before the yellow and red leaves turned to brown and started to fall. To be honest, we weren’t impressed with any of the […]

Hitting the Wine Trail

By Bob Tagert Hitting the Wine Trail The month of October brings us Virginia Wine Month. Accordingly, we decided to take an extended trip through our favorite wine trails in Virginia for the October Road Trip. Today there are over 300 wineries in Virginia and as many vineyards. When we started the Old Town Crier […]

To and From Historic Yorktown, VA

By Bob Tagert To and From Historic Yorktown, VA This month’s road trip covers a lot of miles as well as great places to stop. We had to go to Williamsburg, Virginia to conduct R&D for the Business Profile about Copper Fox Distillery in this issue so we incorporated a circular trip south that carried […]

Skyline Drive – It’s Cool….Literally!

Skyline Drive – It’s Cool….Literally! With the heat of July upon us we decided to take a drive west to Virginia’s beautiful Skyline Drive with stops at our favorite places along the way. Plans for the development of the road date back to 1924 when a national park was planned in the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars – Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

By Janine Breyel The Sun, the Moon and the Stars – Ocracoke Island, North Carolina A trip to Ocracoke Island, like other things of value, requires some effort.  From the DC area it is a little more than a four hour drive to reach the beginning of the Outer Banks in North Carolina (I-64 to […]