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What's An Appropriate Penalty For Defacing The Lincoln Memorial?

What's An Appropriate Penalty For Defacing The Lincoln Memorial? Jul 26th, 2013 at 3:09PM: The Lincoln Memorial was closed early Friday morning after police discovered that someone had splashed green paint on the iconic 19-foot tall statue shortly before 1:30 a.m. A National Park Service spokesperson said that there appeared to be no permanent damage to the statue. The memorial's portico reopened this afternoon after the cleanup was complete. Honest Abe is a beloved national...

Hotel News We Noted: July 5, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: July 5, 2013 Jul 5th, 2013 at 7:20PM: Image Courtesy of Four Seasons Happy Friday, everyone! We hope that most of you are reading this as you enjoy an extended long weekend and that everyone had a great Fourth of July yesterday. We're back from Arizona and, after a brief stop home in Washington, D.C. (see us on Instagram again this week), we're headed to Richmond for the weekend. Opening Sunday: Four Seasons St. Petersburg The...

#OnTheRoad: Gadling Instagram From Washington, DC

#OnTheRoad: Gadling Instagram From Washington, DC Jul 3rd, 2013 at 12:30PM: Image via Nick McKeta Photo Happy Holiday week, everyone! My name is McLean Robbins and this week I'm taking you on a photo tour of my hometown of Washington, D.C. during one of its most popular weeks of the year – the Fourth of July! I'm taking you along for the ride on Instagram, where you'll see all that the Nation's Capital has to offer. From iconic monuments to my favorite city eats,...

Culinary Vacations Not 'Cookie-Cutter' With Destination Discoveries

Culinary Vacations Not 'Cookie-Cutter' With Destination Discoveries May 5th, 2013 at 11:00AM: As we've continued to report at Gadling, a new generation of culinary tours is on the rise. Food-loving travelers want more than generic cooking classes that teach how to make pad thai in Thailand or risotto in Tuscany. And a few companies – such as Destination Hotels & Resorts, North America's fourth largest hotel management company – are complying by offering tours and classes...

On The Road With NPR Music: Sean MacLean At KING, Seattle, Washington

On The Road With NPR Music: Sean MacLean At KING, Seattle, Washington Apr 25th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Beyond travel, we're also big music fans here at Gadling; largely because music is a great way to get to know a place. This month happens to be Public Radio Music Month and we're teaming up with NPR to bring you exclusive interviews from NPR music specialists around the country. We'll be learning about local music culture and up and coming new regional artists, so be sure to follow along all...

Surviving Spring Break Madness In Washington, DC

Surviving Spring Break Madness In Washington, DC Apr 4th, 2013 at 12:00PM: While American college kids bake in the sun, pound tequila shooters and do things they hope won't end up on YouTube in Cancun, South Padre Island and other venues for Spring Break debauchery, their younger siblings all seem to be on class or family trips to Washington, D.C. I've visited D.C. many times over the years and lived there on three separate occasions. But until this week, I've mostly...

5 Spring Break Trips That Don't Require Boozing In Mexico

5 Spring Break Trips That Don't Require Boozing In Mexico Mar 14th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Neon colored fruity cocktails consumed poolside with college students and bad house music in the background not really your thing? Spring break can be a lot of things, and it doesn't have to fit the classic stereotype of sunburned jocks taking tequila shots in Cabo. Spring is that perfect time of year when it's not quite summer but the weather's nicer so you can take full advantage of the...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

Move Over, Starbucks: Marriott Offers Workspace On Demand

Move Over, Starbucks: Marriott Offers Workspace On Demand Jan 12th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Attempting to pierce the burgeoning flexible work and meeting space market, Marriott has launched a new program called Workspace on Demand, currently at more than 30 hotels, primarily in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco but also at select locations in Atlanta, Houston and St. Louis. Here, workers can reserve meeting spaces, lobby seating areas and communal tables to enjoy an afternoon of...

Nighttime 'Oyster Picnics' Offer A DIY Taste Of Puget Sound

Nighttime 'Oyster Picnics' Offer A DIY Taste Of Puget Sound Jan 3rd, 2013 at 5:00PM: Oyster aficionados and hunter-gatherer types will want to hoof it to Seattle this winter for a moonlight adventure of the briny kind. Fifth-generation, family-owned Taylor Shellfish Farms is hosting its annual "Walrus & Carpenter Picnics" on January 8, and February 7, to support the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. Taylor is famed for its sustainably-farmed Manila and geoduck clams (click here...

Vintage Aircraft Gets New Life, Flies At Flight Museum

Vintage Aircraft Gets New Life, Flies At Flight Museum Dec 8th, 2012 at 9:00AM: The Historic Flight Foundation displays and flies vintage aircraft from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, also the home to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner manufacturing plant. Contrasting the very latest commercial aircraft of today, being built right next door, The Historic Flight Foundation has completed the restoration of a DC-3 that dates back to 1944 and served Pan Am Airlines. The airplane...

Roadside America: Eaglemount Rockery

Roadside America: Eaglemount Rockery Oct 21st, 2012 at 9:00AM: We executed a U-turn that was both dangerous and illegal because I'd seen something that looked like a paper-mache stegosaurus dining on the corner of a tin-roofed shed. The cartoony dinosaur was not a figment of my imagination and the shed was a replica of a pioneer era jail building. Eaglemount Rockery, an odd little property just south of Port Townsend is home to a number of creations...

Fall Festival Season Starts Early

Fall Festival Season Starts Early Sep 3rd, 2012 at 2:00PM: Fall Festival season is right around the corner as we close the books on summer and head into September. Oktoberfest is one of the more popular events that starts in late September, but fans of fall festivals and events don't have to wait that long. In northern areas and higher elevations, leaves are turning and fall festival events are starting in the next couple of weeks. Oktoberfest in...

Martin Luther King Memorial Inscription To Be Modified

Martin Luther King Memorial Inscription To Be Modified Aug 31st, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C., was unveiled on August 28, 2011. It has since proved hugely popular, with an estimated 1.5 to 2 million visitors in its first year. It has also proved controversial. As Art Daily reports, several public figures complained about an inscription on the memorial that reads, "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." The...

Hiking, Scrambling And Swimming Oregon's Oneonta Gorge

Hiking, Scrambling And Swimming Oregon's Oneonta Gorge Aug 21st, 2012 at 12:30PM: Despite the various nicknames bestowed upon me throughout my 20s (all along the lines of "Hippie," "Nature Girl" and "Treehugger"), I had a love-hate relationship with hiking the great outdoors. Blame my poor, misguided parents, who made my brother and I undertake many forced marches on summer vacations. We hiked all over California, the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies and even Europe. I know, I...

Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot

Jul 11th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Last week we reported on how the U.S. National Ocean Service publicly denied the existence of mermaids in response to a joke documentary on Animal Planet. Meanwhile, another federal agency has taken a different course. The Bureau of Land Management in Oregon & Washington has released this video titled "Bigfoot and the BLM." In it, people, who I assume to be BLM staff, are asked about...

Favorite Travel Destinations: Where's Your 'Happy Place?'

Favorite Travel Destinations: Where's Your 'Happy Place?' Jun 26th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Long ago, a friend of mine referred to Colorado as my "spiritual homeland." I frequently jest that I'm spiritually bankrupt except when it comes to the outdoors, and she was referring to my long-held love affair with the Centennial State. My friend was right. There are parts of Colorado that are my "happy place," where I immediately feel I can breathe more deeply, shelve my neuroses and just...

Berkeley's Edible Cities Guide Leads Urban Foragers To Free Good Eats

Berkeley's Edible Cities Guide Leads Urban Foragers To Free Good Eats May 29th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Anyone who's ever snagged fruit off of their neighbor's trees or bushes (oh, don't look at me like that) will appreciate the new online Edible Cities guide from Berkeleyite Cristian Ionescu-Zanetti. Berkeley is ground zero for the localized food movement, and "urban foraging" has been growing in popularity amongst local chefs as well as home cooks. As a former resident and recent subletter,...

Photo Of The Day: Lincoln Memorial

Photo Of The Day: Lincoln Memorial May 13th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Whether you haven't yet been, or you've visited it many times, Washington's Lincoln Memorial never fails to inspire and amaze. Today's photo, by Flickr user Christian Carollo Photography, provides a unique angle on this most famous of American monuments. The photo's black and white color palette, artful use of light and shadow and interesting "behind the pillars" angle creates a feeling of...

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