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

    (Michael S. Williamson / WASHINGTON POST)

    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

      SLUG: WKN/ESC-NYC Gardens INPUTDATE: 2011-07-08 14:57:31.257 CREDIT: James F. Lee/FROM_PHOTOPOST/James F. Lee LOCATION: New York, NY, USA CAPTION: The jet fountain in the Italian Garden of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Sent by: Becky Krystal Photo Editor: one time use only

      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.

      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.

      A just-so West Virginia inn

      HIGH VIEW, WEST VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER 28: The view from the front porch of the Country Inn at High View on September 28, 2012. (Photo by Zofia Smardz/TWP)

      Nothing’s out of place at this gracious — and new — bed-and-breakfast in the West Virginia hills.

      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

      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.

      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.

      If you go: Misty Pines Dog Park

      Where to go and what to know when visiting Misty Pines Dog Park outside Pittsburgh.

      Escapes: Out-of-town chefs make their presence known in Philadelphia

      HANDOUT IMAGE: The Dinning room at Fork restaurant in Philadelphia, PA on November 2 ,2012. (Photo by Trevor Dixon)

      Star chefs from New York, San Francisco and other dining capitals stir things up in Philly.

       

      Spain’s underground art

      Some of the best displays of human creativity are on exhibit here — if you go beneath the surface.

      Shell game: Harvesting scallops off Florida’s Gulf Coast

      A newbie discovers that diving for bay scallops is easy, fun — and, ultimately, delicious.

      Detroit’s unexpected, and unexpectedly moving, art

      Outdoor art installations are a window to a seldom-seen side of the Motor City: one full of hope.

      Traveling? Don’t forget to pack your apps.

      A slew of new phone apps can simplify your trip, starting when you pick up your rental car.