Escapes: An eagle-spotting train tour in West Virginia

(Buzz McClain)

Escapes takes an eagle-spotting train ride on West Virginia’s Potomac Eagle.

Park yourself in front of a movie

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A family tour of drive-in movie theaters along U.S. Rte. 11 in western Virginia.

Richmond’s art is so fine

(David Stover/ / PHOTO BY DAVID STOVER 2010)

A visit to Richmond was a pleasant surprise, as was its newly renovated Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Fun times at a Virginia winery

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Escapes taste the fruits wines of Virginia’s Peaks of Otter Winery and lives to tell the tale.

Maryland

A ghostly weekend on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Governor’s Mansion - Home of Maryland’s 44th Governor, John Walter Smith.  He still haunts the mansion and is a very friendly presence.  (Mindie Burgoyne)   Mindie Burgoyne <writingthevision@gmail.com>

Walking ghost tours on Maryland’s Eastern Shore put you in touch with the spirit world. Or do they?

Details, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Where to go and what to know following the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.

Going nature’s way on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

CAPE CHARLES, VA - JUNE 20: Beach chairs and an umbrella are pictured at Sunset Beach on Friday, June 20th, 2014 near Cape Charles, Va. (Photo by Jay Westcott/For The Washington Post)

Discovering the many hidden natural beauties of Virgina’s Eastern Shore.

Rum’s the word at this Eastern Shore distillery

ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND -Distiller's Rum Punch, White Grapefruit juice, Squeeze of key lime juice,  Freshly grated nutmeg, Generous pour of Lyon Dark Rum — at Lyon Distilling Company. Distiller's Rum Punch. The distillery, in St. Michaels, Maryland, is owned by Ben Lyon and co-founder Jamie Windon. (Jamie Windon)

Rum production has come back to Maryland, thanks to this new distillery in St. Michaels.

Farm-to-farm-to-farm driving tour in Kent County

Time to milk the cows at Jones Family Farm, Maryland’s second-largest dairy farm. The family operation is run by three generation of Joneses, with a fourth generation on its way.(Photo by Andrea Sachs /The Washington Post)

Learn about crops and livestock, plus pick your own produce, on a multiple-stop country road trip.­­

New York

Escapes: Gardens of New York

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Visit the not-so-secret gardens of Manhattan.

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach

New York, New York - June 19: Josh Storch, Crystal Wu and Sam Plevy, all of Manhattan, eat lunch at Rockaway Taco at Rockaway Beach on Saturday, June 19, 2011. They took the A-Train all the to the beach. (Photo by Kirsten Luce for the Washington Post)

Rockaway Beach in Queens once again becomes “the playground of New York.”

2011: A Yotel Odyssey

This Thursday, June 16, 2011 photo shows a patron passing by check-in kiosks at the Yotel in New York.  Forget the bellhop; meet the luggage robot. It’s the first of several high-tech, sleek amenities guests encounter at the Yotel, a new hotel that aims to provide a trendy stay at an affordable price.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

A New York hotel takes technology to a new frontier.

Delaware

Living it up at Dover Downs

DOVER, DE - JULY 2011: Dover Downs Hotel and Casino is located in Dover, DE has horse racing as well as casino gambling. (Photo by Andrea Sachs/The Washington Post)

Feeling like a winner in a Jacuzzi suite at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Delaware.

West Virginia

A 150th birthday bash in West Virginia

HENDERSON ,WV- JUNE 7: Dennie Spires, left,  of the band 'Big Country,' play for attendants of the Henderson Square Dance on June 7, 2013 in Henderson, WV.  The Mountain Dance Trail is a new cultural tourism project of Augusta Heritage Center that promotes and preserves existing community square dances throughout West Virginia.   (Photo by Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post)

Sampling a bucket list of attractions and adventures in the Mountain State.

The foliage report: Those who photograph and predict it

A beautiful lake and reflection of fall colors within Cacapon State Park in West Virginia seen here on October 17, 2013. (Photo by Steve Shaluta) **MANDATORY CREDIT, NO TRADE, NO SALE, ONE TIME USAGE ONLY**

A photographer and a forester take us behind the scenes of West Virginia’s autumn splendor.

West Virginia: Wild and wonderful and, okay, a little bit weird

HANDOUT IMAGE - MINDEN, WEST VIRGINIA - ACE Adventure Park and Lake is a 5-acre water park full of all kinds of water slides, zip lines, inflatable toys. (ACE Adventure Park)

Gorges. Trampolines. Bat Boy. Finding a re-created childhood, and Americana, in the W.Va. mountains.

Just a tank away from Washington

C8FWGF Blackwater falls in West Virginia in Fall taken with a slow shutter speed

Looking for a getaway that won’t pinch you at the gas pump? Take a trip to Blackwater Falls, W. Va.

Foliage spots in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia

Rough water within Valley Falls State Park, WV on October 17, 2013. (Photo by Steve Shaluta) **MANDATORY CREDIT, NO TRADE, NO SALE, ONE TIME USAGE ONLY**

Experts in each state offer ideas for where to do your leaf-peeping.

Virginia

Mountains: Outclimb the temperature

Grayson County, VA - July 17, 2011: The Appalachian Trail leads towards the top of Whitetop Mountain, Sunday morning, July 17, 2011.  (Photo by Norm Shafer/For the Washington Post)

To beat the heat, try camping in Grayson Highlands State Park.

In the saddle at a Virginia winery

HANDOUT IMAGE: DELAPLANE, VA - AUGUST: The hour-long trail ride led by Rocking S. Ranch owner Bill Schwasta (in cowboy hat) passes Oak Hill, a former residence of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. (Photo by Kris Coronado)

Escapes enjoys leisurely rides and liquid rewards at Barrel Oak Winery.

Park yourself in front of a movie

ABINGDON, VA - JUNE 18 : The Moonlite Theatre opened in 1949 and is one of   a very few drive-in movie theaters that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For a story on the vintage drive-in movie theaters that are scattered along a 400-mile stretch of Virginia Route 11. (Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post)

A family tour of drive-in movie theaters along U.S. Rte. 11 in western Virginia.

A jolly good show

White Birches Inn in Abingdon

Bed Check: White Birches Inn evokes an English country home.

Pennsylvania

The smartest route to Pittsburgh: The one with no shortcuts

PITTSBURGH,PA, JULY 11, 2015-Couples enjoy the view of the Point.(Photo by Jim Judkis/For The Washington Post)

Sure, you could get to Steel City from D.C. in four hours. But the scenic way is as delicious as the destination.

Pittsburgh to D.C. bike ride’s no sweat

WHEELER, PA - OCTOBER 20, 2009 - This is now a renovated bridge of the Youghiogheny River Trail/Great Allegheny Passage. This bridge, and railroad was abandoned in 1975.(Photo by Curt Beal) MANDITORY CREDIT

A woman marks a big birthday with 300 miles of pedaling along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal.

The little Burgh that’s catching food critics by surprise

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - The Charcroute, a family-style dish served at Cure in Pittsburgh's foodie Lawrenceville neighborhood, includes six types of meat such as boudin blanc,pork tenderloin, and trotter croquette.
(Maura Judkis/The Washington Post)

Pittsburgh’s chefs have been able to take risks because of the lack of critic scrutiny. That could change soon.

All about puppy love at a Pittsburgh dog park

SEWICKLEY, PA - MARCH 22: Conquering his nerves, the author's beagle Hamilton makes his way over, through and across agility stations in Misty Pines' training facility in Sewickley, PA on March 22, 2014. By the end of the day,  his tail was up. (Photo by Melanie D.G. Kaplan) **MANDATORY CREDIT, ONE TIME USAGE ONLY, NO TRADE, NO SALE**

Misty Pines Park in Pittsburgh offers loads of activities and confidence-building for man’s best friend.

An explosion of travel apps

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Apps for smartphones and tablets are everywhere, but finding the good ones can be a journey in itself.

 

Exploring Kauai’s Na Pali Coast by air, land and sea

Along the lush, beautiful but rugged Na Pali, you’ll break a sweat. The payoff is in the views.

Mushrooms, vermouth and jamon: Food-touring in Madrid

In the Spanish capital, a booming business presents itineraries for travelers with gutsy tastes.

It’s time for the Uber of air travel

The FAA reauthorization bill being drafted has the potential to make the airline industry more competitive.

Along London’s ‘other river,’ an art walk brightens the scenery

A crowd-funded project brings sculpture to some blighted neighborhoods.