"Because of the horrors of plague the legends of Mary King's Close have grown and grown over the centuries since 1645. Perhaps the most famous story of a haunting is that of a little girl." - BBC
When a historic attraction has been featured on a show called...
Long before Downton Abbey made tea time trendy on-screen or Starbucks got into the tea business, the women in my family began one of its most beloved holiday traditions.
Each December, a few weeks before Christmas, the Ruberry women (we're...
Brunch isn't just for Sundays anymore.
With the explosion of restaurants on D.C.'s dining scene (709 new restaurants between 2001 and 2011, according to The Washington Post) come a plethora of fresh options for brunch.
Before hitting the stores on Small Business Saturday, stop by your favorite neighborhood...
Why join the crowds at big box stores opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving and Black Friday when you can patronize local retailers and support mom-and-pops shops on Small Business Saturday instead?
Let's face it: holiday shopping can be exhausting! Does Dad really need another tie? Will Grandma...
Presidents: they're just like us!
In what may be one of our favorite Obama family traditions, President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have celebrated Small Business Saturday over the past two years by patronizing D.C. area bookstores.
The sign stopped me in my tracks: "Since 2004, six people have died falling from the cliffs on this route."
I promptly texted a photo of the warning to my mom back home in Maryland and continued along the trail.
The Smithsonian National Zoo's 15-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs, Sukacita and Bandar, made their public debut Monday and showed that two tiger cubs are even cuter than one.
Need photo proof? Okay, if you insist...
The cubs were cleared for the great...
I'm never one to turn down a castle visit. From England's Windsor Castle to Namhansanseong in South Korea, if a travel destination has a royal residence -- currently inhabited or long abandoned -- I'll add it to my to-tour list.
But after spending time in Scotland earlier this fall, I...
The government may still be shut down (as this gone-viral photo makes perfectly clear) but Washington, D.C. is open for business.
While many of the city's most famous landmarks are closed -- national parks and monuments, Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo -- there are plenty of Washington, D.C. sights open during the shutdown.
Destination D.C.'s "D.C. Is Open" marketing campaign spotlights a plethora of the city's open museums (International Spy Museum, The Phillips Collection and Newseum, just to name a few), restaurants, arts venues and sports teams.
In 2012, 18.9 million tourists visited Washington, D.C., 5.5 percent more visitors than in 2011. Tourism is the city's second largest industry, behind the federal government.
Planning a vacation this fall? Come to Washington, D.C. We're open!
WASHINGTON -- If the federal government shuts down at midnight, it's not just federal workers who will feel the effects. Tourists visiting Washington, D.C. will also have to cope with closed doors at many major museums and monuments.
The cutest casualty may be the Smithsonian National...
WASHINGTON -- Landmark D.C. restaurant Ben's Chili Bowl celebrated its 55th anniversary Thursday with a mayoral proclamation, a congratulatory letter from President Obama and a visit from everyone's favorite TV dad.
Bill Cosby, Ben's most famous fan, arrived to cheers Thursday morning. Speaking before a crowd spilling...
WASHINGTON -- There aren't many places where you can see George Washington's hair, a stone from Joan of Arc's dungeon and a fence rail split by Abraham Lincoln all in one room.
At the Smithsonian Institution's 'Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes and Curios,' now open in the Smithsonian Castle's...
Get ready to say "awww."
We thought the Smithsonian National Zoo's fishing cat kitten couldn't get much cuter than the time he was weighed in a bowl -- but we were wrong.
In this July video, six-week-old Wasabi (he's 10 weeks now) is shown...
If it's summer, it must be time for crabs.
Washington is luckily located close enough to the Chesapeake Bay to enjoy plenty of fresh Maryland blue crabs during the April 1 to December 15 crabbing season.
Don't just assume that the crab on your plate is from Maryland,...
The two cameras, which had been dark since May 30 when they went offline for upgrades, were switched back on at noon Monday. So...
It's hot enough outside as a human -- imagine if you were a three-ton elephant or a hairy Giant Panda!
Keepers at Smithsonian's National Zoo employ various tricks to keep their charges cool during summer's hottest days, including iced snacks and cooling baths. Of course, some "treats"...
Breaking news: It's hot outside!
Okay, we realize that's not-so-breaking news. But while we're loathe to venture into the heat, here's a reason to leave the house: boozy gelato.
How would you like to live like a rock star?
A rock star as a child, that is.
Here's your chance: An Arlington, Va., home believed to belong to Jim Morrison's family when The Doors lead singer was a child is on the market.
The four-bed, three-bath house...