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WHY GO: If dogs had a Travel Bucket List, Alexandria VA would certainly be among the Top Five Towns For a Tail-Wagging Good Time. Right across the Potomac River from Washington DC, Old Town Alexandria - a boutique-studded favorite of Presidents and common folk since Colonial days - is the perfect quiet alternative to bedding down in [...]


Shenandoah County, VA: The South Begins Here

Shenandoah County VA - The South Begins Here #roadtrip #Virginia @GetawayMavens

WHY GO: True South begins here. Cross over into Shenandoah County, Virginia, and you’ll feel it right away, especially as you drive its 30 miles from north to south through Strasburg, Woodstock, Edinburg, New Market – all linked together on US 11 – where you’ll still find Confederate flags flying from front porches. In the [...]


A.C. Stickley House, Strasburg VA

A.C. Stickley B&B Owners Donna and John Huntsberger raised their family in this beautifully landscaped Victorian home on a hill in Strasburg, Virginia,  and then opened it up as a luxury B&B in 2010. Almost immediately, the inn began drawing “Heritage Tourists;” folks looking for their roots in this region of the country. And it’s [...]


Airlie, Warrenton VA: Not Just a Conference Center Anymore

There’s a reason even Virginia residents and astute travelers have never heard of one of the most exquisitely set lodgings in the state. “Airlie?” most say. “Where is that?” Until two years ago, Airlie, a 150-room resort on 300 landscaped acres in Warrenton, Virginia, was strictly a Conference Center. Recently, however, owners decided to upgrade [...]


Loudoun County VA: Washington DC’s Rich Wine Region

WHY GO: Get into the spirits of it all! Plan a few days in Loudoun County VA to lap up some of the best wine, beer and whiskey in the land. Though this region just west of our Nation’s Capital is touted as “DC’s Wine Country” (with over 40 wineries),  breweries and distilleries have been popping [...]


Lansdowne Resort and Conference Center, Leesburg VA

Newly added to the Destination Hotels collection, the 296-room Lansdowne Resort, bordering the Potomac River, is not your typical “boutique” or even a typical Getaway Mavens recommendation. First of all, it’s large and sprawling – with five pools – one an “adult only “Quiet Pool” - two and a half golf courses (a Greg Norman, a [...]


Fredericksburg VA: One Day Is Not Enough

WHY GO: Travelers making a pit stop in Fredericksburg VA on their 3 hour drive between Washington DC and Williamsburg VA are often disappointed. Not because the town is not worthy of their time. It’s that they have not allotted enough time to this soaked-in-history place. Ask a local about the appeal of Fredericksburg VA, [...]


Manassas VA and Prince William County

WHY GO: Like many Baby Boomers, I belted out Manassas tunes regularly while driving up to college. Manassas, Stephen Stills’ band after Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young broke up, didn’t last long, but most of us can still sing along to hits like It Doesn't Matter. Soon, I realized that Manassas VA was an actual place [...]


Washington DC in a Day: A Travel Guide

See Washington DC In a Day - walking tour, dining, and where to stay near Georgetown and the National Mall.

When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens it will be one of nineteen museums and galleries that compose the Smithsonian Institute in the District of Columbia. You could spend a lifetime getting around to all the historic attractions in our nation's capital, but here's how to visit Washington DC in a day, Maven-style. Even though [...]


Yorktown VA: Lost In Time

WHY GO: This is where “stuff got real” for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. The British General Charles Cornwallis, realizing that his opponents were better equipped and more prepared than he believed, surrendered on the field of Yorktown VA, paving the way for an American Victory. The quaint port village of Yorktown is [...]



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