Food, Travel, Wine/Cocktails

A Group Tour that Won’t Leave You Whining

Long-time readers know I’m not generally a fan of group tours, but exceptions can and should be made when traveling with friends or those with a common interest. Here’s what I mean: USC Alumni Associated members at Gray Ghost Winery Recently, the USC alumni association in the DC area (Greg is a member) put together… Continue reading A Group Tour that Won’t Leave You Whining

Alexandria, Food, Road Trip, Travel, Wine/Cocktails

We Double Dog Dare You

Sometimes an adventure or an idea pops into my head and it’s so “out there” that I actually hear a voice in my head daring myself to go for it. It could be the idea of bungee jumping (not gonna happen) or going on a grand hike somewhere. It could be the idea of a… Continue reading We Double Dog Dare You

Diversion, Trains

There’s Something About a Train

There's something about a train ... I started a new routine this morning that involves commuting from a town 50 miles from my office in the Washington, DC metro area. On the well-appointed Virginia Railway Express train, I felt a bit like Don Draper or any other of the executives who made their way from… Continue reading There’s Something About a Train

Diversion, Food

Getting to Know You, Part 2

A reader responded to my recent post about talking up servers and bartenders with a simple question, “Why?”  I’m not really sure where she was going with this question … “Why travel?”  “Why enjoy yourself?”  “Why talk to people?”  But if ever there was any doubt about the last question, it was answered this past… Continue reading Getting to Know You, Part 2

Diversion

Scenic Overlook: Worth the Stop

One of the things we have discovered (as you have read in previous posts), is staying off the beaten track and taking the road less traveled leads to unexpected delights. We recently hopped in the car and headed for a visit with family in the tiny town of Hillsville, Virginia. While much of the trip… Continue reading Scenic Overlook: Worth the Stop