Travel Spots

  • When President Clinton arrived at Kingsmill Resort near Williamsburg on he huddled in the owner’s mansion with Senate Democrats before playing 18 holes of golf. After he finished the round, he made his way to a small reception in the conference area where he shook hands with Kingsmill executives. Executive chef Joseph Durante, however, he embraced. “Now this is the man who I want to meet,” the President said.

    Clinton has good taste. Not only is the food at Kingsmill rich and sumptuous, but also it is one of only 108 resorts worldwide listed in the 1998 “Standards of Excellence” guide, published annually by the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. From the moment you drive up the grand flower-lined driveway into the Kingsmill Resort, you know you will dissolve into the luxury awaiting you. (more…)

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  • When you take the kids to historic Philadelphia, you’ll Want to Reserve a Table at Ralph’s—Philly’s oldest Italian restaurant.

    Perhaps the most distinguished patron to dine at the 9th Street restaurant was Theodore Roosevelt, who in 1900 ate at Ralph’s when he was in Philadelphia as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

    That was just months after Francesco and Catherine Dispigno had opened what is now the oldest Italian restaurant in town. Named for their son, they began cooking authentic Italian fare not long after they emigrated from Naples in 1893. Back then, the building was a three-story rooming house, and the top floor remained a place where the family would house family and friends when they came over from Italy.

    Today, the restaurant is owned and operated by Jimmy Rubino, the fourth generation of the Dispigno family, who is keeping the legacy alive.

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  • In 1947, President Harry Truman declared the Everglades a national park dedicated to the protection of endangered species, birds and wildlife indigenous to the region.

    Today it is home to 350 species of rare birds, including roseate spoonbills, ospreys, great white herons, bald eagles and anhinga. There are manatees, alligators, crocodiles, otters and green sea turtles—not to mention schools of snapper, redfish, bass, grouper and sea trout. (more…)

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  • Take the kids and Annapolis, MD, home to the Continental Congress in 1783-84, and the city where Charles Willson Peale settled after returning from England.

    There are dozens of historic venues to explore, places to eat, and wonderful hotels to stay in — including the three grand Historic Inns of Annapolis, which offer a glimpse into what life might have been like back in the 1700s.

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  • It’s always a great time to visit the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia — Richmond.

    Of course you’ll want to stay at a historic site. While there are plenty of hotels to choose from, none has the charm of the Linden Row Inn.

    Tucked between the city’s business district and Virginia Commonwealth University — at 100 East Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23219 — Linden Row Inn offers a blend of old-world charm and updated amenities, all in a large suite that hearkens back to the elegance of the early 1900s.

    In fact, Edgar Allen Poe reportedly played in the gardens when he was a young boy. So bring your sketch pad and journal, and enjoy your stay! Click here for our review. (more…)

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