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10 U.S. Cities where profanity prevails

10 U.S. Cities where profanity prevails Dec 6th, 2010 at 3:00PM: He, we're all prone to a bit of profanity every now and then – some of us more than others. I've had my ass butt handed to me by the Gadling editors over my (finally) occasional use of some foul language, though I've taken steps to (as they say) improve myself. Well, I was happy to see when flipping through my RSS feed that I'm not the only person who likes to drop an f-bomb every now and...

10 Congested highways to make you lose your mind tonight

10 Congested highways to make you lose your mind tonight Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:30PM: We know that today and tomorrow, traffic is going to be brutal. With 42 million people traveling for the holiday – and 94 percent of them going by car – it's inevitable that someone's going to wind up frustrated. Throw in some nasty weather and highway construction, not to mention a handful of screaming kids, and you have a formula for misery. Can it get any worse? The Weather...

Traveling with Edgar Allan Poe

Traveling with Edgar Allan Poe Oct 29th, 2010 at 9:03AM: -- "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'" Now those are words to conjure with! They are, of course, from Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem, "The Raven." Poe casts a uniquely powerful spell among American writers. Even people who have never read him have probably heard bits of his poetry or know the titles of some stories, such as "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Although...

Chilhowie, Virginia: farmhouses and...fine dining?

Chilhowie, Virginia: farmhouses and...fine dining? Sep 22nd, 2010 at 3:00PM: Although I write about food for a living, it takes a lot to get me to make a pilgramage to a restaurant. For me to fly from Seattle to the East Coast, and then drive across a state (staying at a campground down the road from a correctional facility, en route), I need more than just the promise of a great meal. Town House, in the far corner of southwestern Virginia, is that sort of place. Six...

The Festy Experience offers live music and outdoor adventure

The Festy Experience offers live music and outdoor adventure Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:00AM: Are you looking for something to do this Columbus Day weekend? Do you enjoy outdoor fun and live music? Then you'll definitely want to check out the Festy Experience, a two-day long camping festival that is scheduled to take place on October 9 and 10 at the Concert Grounds at Devil's Backbone in Nelson County, Virginia. Over the course of the weekend, there will be two stages with live music...

Four Chincoteague tips

Four Chincoteague tips Aug 16th, 2010 at 6:00PM: Chincoteague, Virginia, located just a few miles south of the Maryland border on the Delmarva Peninsula, is best known for a children's novel, Misty of Chincoteague, published by Marguerite Henry in 1947. Misty is a beloved pony. Beloved ponies provide the key to Chincoteague, and the local ponies, called Chincoteague Ponies, are essential to the Chincoteague mystique to this day. In late July,...

The abridged Appalachian Trail: Shenandoah National Park's day hikes

The abridged Appalachian Trail: Shenandoah National Park's day hikes Aug 10th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Ever since reading Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods seven ago, I've wanted to through-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT). Bryson's account isn't all birds and trees and sunshine, however. It largely focuses on the blisters and blood, and cast of often-sketchy characters he meets on his grueling trek. Yet through it all, he paints a beautiful portrait of one of America's greatest recreational and...

Water park shut down because of burgers, fries, mozzarella

Water park shut down because of burgers, fries, mozzarella Aug 1st, 2010 at 4:30PM: Is it a pool or an aquatic buffet? Vandals made a mess of the Waterworks Waterpark in Prince William County, Virginia, and law enforcement is ready to slap the cuffs on someone. Hamburger patties, fries and pretzels were tossed into the pool, but the nastiest bit was smearing mozzarella cheese on the water slide. Of course, you wouldn't want to put any of this near your lips. The culinary...

Celebrate national s'mores month at a national park

Celebrate national s'mores month at a national park Jul 31st, 2010 at 8:00AM: August is National S'mores month (Who knew?!?) and the 10th is actually National S'mores Day. In honor of this sweet occasion, several national parks will hold a celebration of the chocolate-marshmallow treat that is one of America's favorite summertime snacks. Visitors to the parks on that day, and throughout the month, will have the opportunity to enjoy the popular confection while swapping...

Colonial Williamsburg farms for the future

Colonial Williamsburg farms for the future Jul 28th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Guilty confession: I got "D's" in U.S. History. I just don't get all wound up about battlefields, or ye olde anything. It may come as a surprise, then, that I recently paid a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, a registered historic landmark and living museum on the Virginia Peninsula. Why would I do such a thing, given my very unpatriotic educational record, and tendency to be freaked out by period...

Weekend travel media top five: July 24-25, 2010

Weekend travel media top five: July 24-25, 2010 Jul 26th, 2010 at 8:30AM: This weekend's best travel stories include a run through Hungary's Tokaj wine district, a pilgrimage to horsey Chincoteague, Virginia, a family vacation in England's Isles of Scilly, a guide to Europe's top cycling cities, and a tribute to the many charms of Saskatchewan. 1. In the New York Times, Evan Rail does an oenophile tour of Hungary's Tokaj wine trail (see photo), with great dining and...

Top five cities for travel spending ... and the bottom of the barrel, too

Top five cities for travel spending ... and the bottom of the barrel, too Jul 25th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Hey, Arlington, Virginia residents, why are you spending so much on travel? Do you really want to get out that badly? According to a report by Bundle.com, the folks who live in Arlington spent twice the national average on travel last year: a whopping $3,534 per household. Nationwide, the norm came in at $1,571 for 2009. Meanwhile, Detroit residents spent a meager $1,158 per household on travel...

Outdoor 'treasure hunt' puts $40k worth of gear up for grabs

Outdoor 'treasure hunt' puts $40k worth of gear up for grabs Jun 9th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Nationally syndicated columnist Stephen Regenold, best know by his pseudonym, The Gear Junkie, is hosting a scavenger hunt this July, and 300 lucky participants are going to get the chance to win some very cool outdoor gear in the process. The first ever Gear Junkie Treasure Hunt is scheduled to take place on July 11th in Roanoke, Virginia, and will mix outdoor fun and adventure with the...

Controversy over Wal-mart on Civil War battlefield

Controversy over Wal-mart on Civil War battlefield May 31st, 2010 at 11:00AM: A proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter on the site of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles is being challenged by local preservationists. The case has gone into a new phase as a local court ruled that opponents to the Wal-Mart have the right to bring the company to trial, reports Civil War News. When the Orange County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors approved the construction of a 138,000...

Five essential Memorial Day destinations

Five essential Memorial Day destinations May 26th, 2010 at 5:30PM: Memorial Day marks the cultural beginning of summer, the start of the warm months. The picnics and the parties and the celebration of the impending summer have sort of become the point of Memorial Day for many, a kind of superimposition of recreation over the intention of the holiday. We love beer and hot dogs as much as the next guy, but for those interested in the history and meaning (or, in...

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer May 4th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Summer is fast approaching. Where are you going to spend your vacation? How about visiting one of our country's many fantastic beach locations? Bring your lover or family, a bathing suit, sun lotion, a blanket and a picnic basket, and you are all set for a romantic get-away or a relaxing family get-together on one of these magnificent sandy stretches. Wondering if we picked one of your...

17 of the world's strangest natural wonders

17 of the world's strangest natural wonders Apr 9th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Nature has the power to amaze. From towering mountains to vast grasslands and immense oceans, there's a world of natural wonder out there waiting to explore. But sometimes the outdoor world isn't just amazing - it's also downright weird. Mysterious sliding rocks, bizarre sinkholes...even lakes where you can float. We've put together a list of 17 strange natural wonders around the world. What...

Theme park news roundup: The word of the day is giga-coaster

Apr 7th, 2010 at 3:00PM: The new Intimidator 305 roller coaster has opened at Kings Dominion theme park in Richmond, VA. The coaster, named in honor of the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, has ride cars that look like Earnhardt's famous black Chevy. Earnhardt's daughter Taylor visited the park last week to open the ride. The Intimidator 305 screams along at 92 miles per hour, thanks to a 300-foot drop at the...

Shenandoah National Park announces activities for 2010

Shenandoah National Park announces activities for 2010 Mar 18th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Shenandoah National Park has announced that it will play host to a wide variety of activities for the 2010 season, which is set to begin soon. Those activities include events for the whole family, ranging from fun filled games for the kids, as well as culinary events and special festivals for the big kids too. All the events will be held at Big Meadows Wayside, Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge,...

Sail from local ports to save on airfare - Cruise tip

Sail from local ports to save on airfare - Cruise tip Mar 16th, 2010 at 3:29PM: As a resident of Richmond, Virginia, I discovered that cruise ships leave from Norfolk after being refurbished at a shipyard in Newport News. When they leave port, the rooms have been thoroughly cleaned and upgraded. The ships are like new again. The best part is that you can hop on board and cruise down to the Caribbean. The trips usually come back to Norfolk, so you can save on airfare both...

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