The Shenandoah Valley and Muse Vineyards and Winery

By Bob Tagert The Shenandoah Valley and Muse Vineyards and Winery This month we decided to return to the Shenandoah Valley and make the beautiful Muse Vineyard and Winery as our goal. For the past two years we have written about our friends, The Eastport Oysters Boys, a band of locals from Annapolis and Eastport, […]

Annapolis, Maryland and the Wednesday Night Races

By Bob Tagert Annapolis, Maryland and the Wednesday Night Races I have sailed into Annapolis Harbor for many years, mostly on my sailboat but also on others including the 125 foot Schooner Alexandria. The sight of the U.S. Naval Academy has never failed to impress me as well as the sheer number of sailboats on […]

Leonardtown, Maryland – “A Most Convenient Place”

By Bob Tagert Leonardtown, Maryland – “A Most Convenient Place” With all of the heat we have endured this past month we thought we would keep the road trip close to home and take a nice hour-and-a-half drive to Leonardtown, in Southern Maryland. You can take the road most traveled and drive down Route 5 […]

My Favorite Summertime Spot – Solomons Island, MD

By Bob Tagert My Favorite Summertime Spot – Solomons Island, MD There is a reason to write about Solomons Island this time of year. Number one: warm weather is here and Solomons is where the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay meet. My sailboat is in a slip at Calvert Marina so I happen to […]

Veterans Day and D.C.’s Memorials

By Bob Tagert Veterans Day and D.C.’s Memorials This month we decided it would be a great opportunity to revisit the war memorials and military memorials in our Nations Capital area. The crisp fall is perfect for a brisk walk around D.C. and most of the tourists are gone or certainly in smaller numbers. Also, […]

The Boardwalk Plaza and Rehoboth Beach in Delaware

By Bob Tagert The Boardwalk Plaza and Rehoboth Beach in Delaware   Over Christmas we took a drive to visit the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth and take advantage of their two-night Cozy Winter Weekend package. Although it isn’t summer, the Boardwalk Plaza and Rehoboth Beach have a lot to offer in the winter months. […]

2018 Travels – What a Year!

By Bob Tagert 2018 Travels – What a Year! In January of each year we recap our “road trip” adventures from the previous year. In February of last year, we visited the beautiful Greenfield Inn in Rappahannock County. Normally we think of going to the mountains in the fall to check out the fall foliage, […]

Home for the Holidays – Old Town Alexandria

By Bob Tagert Home for the Holidays – Old Town Alexandria As most of you know, every month we take a road trip and then write about the experience and destination. Each December, however, my road trip is about our home town of Alexandria, Virginia and the history that has been created here and about […]

The West River and Beyond

The West River and Beyond   When we started the Old Town Crier thirty years ago, after each month’s delivery, we had a few days to take a break. These were mostly day trips although sometimes it was not advisable to drive back that night. One of our favorite destinations was the West River and […]

Historic Valley View Farm

By Bob Tagert Historic Valley View Farm With summer in full swing now we thought it a good time to take a road trip to the cool Blue Ridge Mountains. Our destination is the historic Valley View Farm. Recently added to the peach orchards, apple orchards and black and blueberries, the Strother family has planted […]