Insuring your trip and your health, too

By: Rachel L. Sheedy
Posted on: January 21, 2020

Packing your bags for a trip? Don’t forget travel insurance. It can protect you if unforeseen circumstances force you to cancel or interrupt a trip — or if you get sick while on the road. Retiree John Murtagh said health coverage was a key reason he purchased travel insurance last year. He knew Medicare wouldn’t provide coverage outside the U.S. So, before embarking on a two-week... READ MORE

For baseball fans and foodies: Ft. Myers

By: Martha Steger
Posted on: January 13, 2020

Short phrases help jog the mind’s recall for trips. On my first trip to Fort Myers, Florida with my husband and two elementary-age children, in the 1980s, the key phrase was “banyan tree.” For our most recent trip there, after my husband and I had been retired for a decade, the key phrase was “baseball plus food” — beyond Cracker Jacks and hot dogs, that is. While we all... READ MORE

Festivals to enjoy in Virginia during 2020

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: January 10, 2020

Sugary maple syrup, juicy red tomatoes, dainty pink apple blossoms, high-octane bluegrass — it’s all classic Virginia. From oysters to sand to fiddling, Virginia’s festivals showcase the singular assets of the state’s diversity and riches. Mark your 2020 calendar to attend these events: Maple Festival, Highland County, Mar. 14-22 Highland County, 3,000 feet above sea level, ... READ MORE

Don’t miss these festivals in D.C. and Maryland in 2020

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: January 07, 2020

D.C.’s festivals here reflect the city’s international population. While we all know about the National Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring and the Smithsonian’s Folk Life Festival in the summertime, here are some lesser known celebrations to check out in 2020: Blossom Kite Festival, Mar. 28 Professional kite flyers impress amateurs at this annual festival, formerly the... READ MORE

Off the beaten track in Northern Ireland

By: Don Mankin
Posted on: December 13, 2019

The story of Northern Ireland is a tale of natural beauty and convivial people bound up in a singularly dark and bloody history. For a week and a half last summer, my wife Katherine and I traveled through Ireland — from Dublin, through Game of Thrones country along the windy coast of Northern Ireland, to the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast and back to Dublin. The trip — my... READ MORE

Puerto Rico once again enchants visitors

By: Ann Cochran
Posted on: December 12, 2019

The sprawling 300-year-old Nispero tree — in the outdoor courtyard of the former Carmelite convent that dates back to 1651 — stretches up 50 feet, beyond the fifth floor of what is now the El Convento hotel in Old San Juan. In September 2017, Hurricane Maria’s 155-mile-per-hour winds savaged the tree, along with the rest of Puerto Rico. Hotel management called on expert arborists,... READ MORE