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At D.C.'s Death & Co., the Drinks Tell Stories

I had my best drink ever at the new D.C. outpost of the famed East Village craft cocktail bar Death & Co. The bartenders tell stories. So do the drinks.

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Frommer's

Are Hotel Room Safes Safe?

The surprising truth behind online fear-mongering.

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Frommer's

How E-Bikes are Changing the World of Travel

E-bikes -- conventional bikes powered by a small, nearly silent electric motor that provides a gentle assist -- are changing travel. You can take no-sweat guided e-bike tours in destinations around the globe and rent e-bikes practically anywhere and wheel around on your own. The beauty part: You don't have to be a "cyclist" -- and no spandex or clunky shoes required.

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Food, Wine & Travel Magazine

A Michelin-starred Italian chef learns to speak Spanish

At Del Mar in Washington, D.C., a chef much awarded for his Italian restaurants explores modern Spanish cuisine. Spoiler alert: It's spectacular.

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Everett Potter's Travel Report

The Day of the Dead -- and Blind

The story of a San Antonio press trip that went beautifully right, and then terribly wrong. The good news is, the scars healed.

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Travel Awaits

Five Obscure Museums in Washington, D.C.

Visiting D.C. can feel like a long civics class. I've lived in the Washington area for over 30 years, and here are five places I send people for relief.

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Garden & Gun

The Beautiful, Terrible Power of President Lincoln's Cottage

This obscure presidential site in Washington, D.C., where the Emancipation Proclamation was composed, tells the story of intractable grief -- not only of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, but of all parents who have lost children.

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Travel Awaits

Cruise Travel Trends 2024

The tl;dr: Ships are full; the cruise industry's going green, and passengers barely care; expedition cruises are prowling beyond the poles; some destinations are limiting cruise dockings; and one cruise ship with a lot of drinking on board also has a tattoo parlor. What can possibly go wrong?

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Savory Traveler

Review: Kafe Leopold, Washington, D.C.

My review of my absolute favorite modern Austrian bistro, Kafe Leopold in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. To be fair, my list of modern Austrian bistros is quite short, but still. I love this place. Schnitzel. Gruner Veltliner. Cool bathrooms.

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Fodor's Travel

How Phil Collins Remembers the Alamo

Arena rock god Phil Collins has cultivated an odd fixation with the Alamo since he was five. His $42 million collection is now on display at the Alamo. Hint: You've got to go looking for it.

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Travel Awaits

Travel Forecast 2024

I button-holed nearly 20 travel experts from all corners of the travel world to suss out what's likely to happen with travel in 2024 for Travel Awaits. The story veers from pricing trends to e-bikes, from sustainable travel to influencers behaving badly. Oh, and pickleball.

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GoWorld Travel

Forget the Alamo: For Real San Antonio History, Jump on an E-bike

I took in San Antonio's four Spanish colonial missions -- which together comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- in one afternoon by zipping between them on an e-bike. My bonus: Being able to duck into neighborhoods you won't find in the guidebooks.

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Food, Wine & Travel Magazine

At Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, a Gustatory Purgatory

While I realize this erodes my serious foodie credibility, I'm a fourth-degree Gordon Ramsay fanboy. I went to his new Hell's Kitchen restaurant in Washington, D.C. While not a kitchen nightmare, it was the kind of experience that might have sent Gordon himself into a mad rant.

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Savory Traveler

Patty O's: World-class Culinary DNA at a Price That Won't Gut Your Wallet

Patrick O'Connell, maestro of the three-Michelin-star Inn at Little Washington, has opened an affordable bakery and cafe across from the legendary inn at Little Washington, Virginia. It's spectacular -- the food, the setting, the service, the small imaginative touches. The creamer is a little porcelain cow.

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Food, Wine & Travel Magazine

Two Words: Snapper Throats

I didn't know the throats of red snapper -- or of anything, really -- were a culinary thing. I ate them in San Antonio. They were amazing. You eat the fins.

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GoWorld Travel

George Washington Took a Bath Here

In Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, America's first spa, you can take the same waters as the big dog of American history. There's also a really cool new restaurant.

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Travel Awaits

I'm Not Seasick Anymore

It's regarded worldwide as the most effective way to prevent motion sickness. It doesn't make you drowsy. It's sold over the counter in many countries. For some reason the FDA won't allow it to to be sold in the U.S. I ordered it by mail from Canada. It changed my life.

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