You Ask, We Answer
If we've told you once, we've told you a thousand times . . .
And now we're telling you once more. Yes, it's that time again, when we take a look at the questions our readers send in all year during our weekly online chat, pull out the most common ones, and compile them in one place. With answers of course.
So, read, heed and go. And if you don't see your own questions addressed below, join us (most) Mondays at 2 p.m. and ask away.
Q. Can you suggest a local getaway, B&B or regional spa?
AYou bet. Once you've narrowed down your choices -- beach? mountains? city? country? -- here are some resources that will get you there.
First, check the Travel section's Escapes features, which run Wednesdays in the Style section, and our new regional getaway page, The Long Weekend, which debuts next week in the Sunday section. Go to http:/
The mid-Atlantic region has many spa options, with different types and price ranges. In Virginia, choices include Lansdowne Resort, a corporate conference center in Leesburg; Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg; and the venerable Homestead resort in Hot Springs. In West Virginia: the upscale Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs. In Pennsylvania: the Spa at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, the posh Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, the newly renovated Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford and the earthy spa retreat St. Joseph Institute in Port Matilda.
At such sites as Spa Finder ( http:/
When's the best time to go to . . . ?
There are, at minimum, three questions embedded here: When will I find the best weather? The lowest prices? The smallest crowds?
First, weather: Several Web sites give average monthly temperatures for areas all over the world, such as http:/
For the best prices and least congestion, avoid traveling during school holidays, if possible. (Many schools this spring are breaking somewhere between March 10 and 23.)