Spookiest Spots Around DC: Tome School

I normally do a lot of research before going to any abandoned places. I like to have a clear idea of location, an obsessive Google Maps look around of the area, several accounts from anyone who’s traveled there recently, and looksee of photo opps. But I stumbled upon a blog about the Tome School recently…

3 Favorite Museums around DC

I’ve never been a music person by nature. I grew up in the DC suburbs and went to a lot of  the museums on field trips over the years. There was always a lot of standing and looking at objects I didn’t understand. I guess I’ve been more of a library person – when there’s…

Americans Off the Morro: 3 Days in Havana

“I live in Cuba because I love Cuba — that does not mean a dislike for anyplace else. And because here I get privacy when I write.” Ernest Hemingway, 1965 interview. With Obama’s Cuban embargo lift in spring 2016 I joined the crowds of American travelers eyeing flights to Havana. I grew up hearing things…

Spookiest Spots around DC: Presidents Heads

Ok confession. This isn’t super close to DC but definitely cool and can be visited in a day trip. The infamous presidents heads lie on a farm east of Richmond in Croaker, VA. They were part of an odd theme park after its eccentric founders traveled to Mount Rushmore and wanted to make something similar…

Spookiest Spots around DC: Glen Dale Hospital

I have a love hate relationship with Halloween. It’s my proclaimed favorite holiday. I listen to all the old timey radio spooky podcasts, check out ghost story books from the library, plan trips to haunted forests with masked actors and themed parties with punch in pumpkins. But as much as I love the weirdness of…