Getaways

It’s a Spa World, after all.

I give $35 to the woman at the front desk and she hands me a shirt and shorts in convict orange and a key on a wristband with a number printed on it. “Don’t lose this key,” she says sternly. “It’s how we keep track of you.” I take the …

Read More »

The Butler Did It

At 7:30 a.m., Stephen Sanford, my, ahem, butler, knocks on the door of my cottage, a silver tray bearing a pot of French press coffee and a paper bag of hot sugared beignets in his arms. Only a day earlier he had asked what time I wanted my morning treats, …

Read More »

Miles of Tiles

At Zion Lutheran Church in downtown Baltimore, just across from City Hall, a quiet courtyard of boxwood, magnolia, crape myrtle and fig beckons office workers to stop in and take a break. It’s an enclosed green space, free to anyone who wanders by. But at the back wall, under a …

Read More »

Revel yell

It seems D.C. super chef Robert Wiedmaier and I agree on at least one thing: Neither of us are big fans of casinos. So why is the culinary mastermind behind such Washington institutions as Marcel’s and Bethesda’s Mussel Bar dishing out mini crabcakes at a special event to support the …

Read More »

STYLE Fifty

1. You may not be “to the manor born” but you can be “to the manor for a weekend” at the Clifton Inn or Keswick Hall, two charming country inns nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Charlottesville, Va. Thomas Jefferson called this area the “Eden of the United …

Read More »