U.S. Army Museum Opening June 2020

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2019, 9:30 PM

The United States Army has set an opening date for its new museum honoring the oldest branch of the U.S. military. The National Museum of the United States Army will begin welcoming visitors on June 4, 2020, according to a news release.  The glass-and-steel facility is currently under construction in a publicly accessible part of Virginia's Fort Belvoir, located about 30 miles south of Washingto...

Two New Biographies Are Indispensable for Trips Through Europe or America

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/27/2017, 12:00 AM

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are currently purchasing and avidly reading two monumental biographies in book form about two monumental figures in world and American history.  In position number one on every bestseller list is Walter Isaacson’s 900-page volume on the life and achievements of Leonardo da Vinci (Simon & Schuster). The other, ranked closely behind and almost as large, is R...

Hamilton Tours at Thomas Jefferson's House

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/07/2017, 4:00 AM

Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical, Alexander Hamilton has stolen the spotlight from his fellow Founding Fathers. Now the ten-dollar Federalist is even making inroads at the home of his archrival, Thomas Jefferson. Monticello, the third U.S. president's neoclassical mansion in Charlottesville, Virginia, has begun hosting an after-hours Hamilton Tour Takeover on select Frid...

Hotels Offering Election-Themed Packages

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Believe it or not, only two weeks remain in the long national nightmare that is the 2016 presidential election. Several hotels across the country are offering special packages to help Democrats, Republicans, and independents mark the occasion—or hide from it entirely.  The New York Times offers a rundown of election-themed hotel promotions running on or around the big day, November 8, ...

Colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia, Comes Close to Being an Indispensable Place to Visit for Americans of All Ages

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/10/2015, 11:45 PM

     Travel is a constant process of self-education.  As we visit more and more destinations, we adopt new favorites, replace former cities and resorts with new and more pleasant ones.  I've been surprised to enjoy recent vacations at places I had never before considered, beginning with America's most historic experience, in the State of Virginia:         Colonial Williamsburg...

Point/Counterpoint: Pauline Frommer Gives Her Impressions of Colonial Williamsburg

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/04/2014, 10:00 PM

I won’t lie: I was dragged, kicking and wailing, to Colonial Williamsburg. I thought the idea of spending Thanksgiving at the famed “living history museum” was a goofy one, and the rolling of my teenage daughter’s eyes when the plan, created by my father, was announced only confirmed that this was going to be a familial disaster. I expected a weekend of candle making and rock candy suckin...

We Visited an American Theme Park that Vanquishes Disney and Universal

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2014, 4:15 PM

Pauline and I, and our respective families, spent the Thanksgiving holidays at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia.  And because CW doesn't enjoy anywhere near the attendance of the Disney parks or Universal, I thought it should receive the extremely favorable reaction we had to it.   Hence this blog.   In a nutshell (and forgive the dogmatism), Colonial Williamsburg ...

I Have Just Returned From a Visit to a Unique Peninsula-Island of America, Of Which I Had Never Heard: The "Eastern Shore" of Virginia

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/18/2013, 6:30 PM

       Because a young acquaintance of ours was getting married there, my wife and I recently ventured to a place of which I had never heard:  the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Technically a peninsula, but looking more like a barrier island, this is a thin strip of land nearly sixty miles long out in the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Virginia, forming Chesapeake Bay on its western side. ...

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