Fairfax County Pools Guide

Swimming Pool

Fairfax County, Virginia features a large number of both indoor and outdoor pools, many of which are available on either a drop-in or membership basis. They are a great source of exercise and play, and they can be a great option for a Staycation all year round. Because of the colder Winter temperatures in the … Read more

The Ultimate Fairfax Rec Center Guide

Swimming Pool

Fairfax County in Northern Virginia has many excellent park and recreation facilities located throughout the county. I have been a member of the Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Centers (as they’re officially called), since I was a teenager. I first started using the Rec Centers back when I was probably about 5 or 6 years … Read more

2021 Northern Virginia Christmas Events

Nutcracker Doll

Every year, there are always a large number of Northern Virginia Christmas events. Whether you are interested in perennial concert favorites like The Nutcracker or Handel’s Messiah, dazzling light displays, historic presentations, or Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies, the area has something to offer just about everyone! Below are some of my top recommendations for Christmas … Read more

6 Top Things To Do in Charlottesville VA


The most famous attraction in Charlottesville, VA is Monticello, the home of founding father Thomas Jefferson, however, there are many things to do in Charlottesville, VA that go beyond this historic site, including museums, shopping, wineries, and outdoor activities. Below is a list of some of the top sites in Charlottesville. Many of these recommendations … Read more

7 Top Things To Do in Williamsburg VA

Colonial Williamsburg

When planning a trip to Williamsburg, VA, Colonial Williamsburg immediately jumps out as the must-see attraction in the historic town. However, there are many more things to do in Williamsburg, VA, including nearby historic Jamestown and Yorktown; wineries, cideries, and meaderies; and family entertainment and thrills at Busch Gardens.  Here you will find the top … Read more

4 Top Hotels in Colonial Williamsburg

Kingsmill Resort Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg has a great selection of different hotels that are convenient to many of the major local attractions. Below is a guide to some of the top hotels in the Colonial Williamsburg area. Note: this page contains affiliate links. For more information, please see the Disclaimer. Kingsmill Resort Kingsmill Resort is a large, sprawling complex of … Read more

7 Top Hotels in Charlottesville VA

Veritas - one of the The Best Wineries Near Charlottesville, VA

When visiting Charlottesville, VA, there are a number of great hotel options to choose from. Below are some of my top recommendations for hotels in Charlottesville, VA, broken down by location: near Downtown Charlottesville and Outside Charlottesville. Many of the recommendations come from a friend who was a University of Virginia alumni, and who is very … Read more

Colonial Williamsburg Restaurants

Blue Talon Bistro

The Colonial Williamsburg area has many excellent restaurants. Many are concentrated in a small area known as Colonial Williamsburg Merchant’s Square, which is a very convenient short walk from the historic Colonial Williamsburg site. Whether you’re in the mood for mouth-watering pancakes, French bistro fare, or delicious fresh sandwiches, the Colonial Williamsburg area has fabulous … Read more