Destination, Hotel, Attractions, Sports & Culinary News for Capital Region USA
Top Stories for 2015
Washington, D.C. Named Best City of 2015 by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet, the acclaimed international guidebook publisher, has announced Washington, D.C. as its pick for the world’s best city to visit in 2015. Thanks to its accessible culture, diversity and great value, Washington, D.C. has also been named ‘Coolest City in America’ by Forbes magazine. To celebrate the announcements, Destination D.C, the official tourism board for the nation’s capital, will host a social media inspired Insta-walk through Capitol Hill and Yards Park on 6 December 2014.
For more information, visit www.lonelyplanet.com
UCI World Road Cycling Championships
Identified as one of the ’10 Cities You Should Explore on Two Wheels’ by Buzzfeed, Richmond, Virginia will now be hosting the 2015 Union Cycliste Internationale World Road Cycling Championships. The nine-day event is expecting to attract around 1000 cyclists from all over the world from 19-27 September to compete in three different disciplines – the traditional Road Race, the Individual Time Trial and the Team Time Trial.
For more information, visit www.richmond2015.com
Ford’s Theatre Announces Exclusive Exhibition to mark 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Assassination
From 23 March to 25 May 2015, Ford’s Theatre Society will present a new exhibition ‘Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination’, at the Center for Education and Leadership, to mark 150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Visitors will be able to see the artifacts up-close and truly learn about Lincoln’s assassination and its impact. Artifacts featured include Lincoln’s top hat and John Wilkes Booth’s Derringer pistol, whilst Lincoln’s carriage will also be on display at the National Museum of American History on the same dates.
For more information, visit www.fords.org/event/silent-witnesses
B&O Railroad Museum to Re-enact President Lincoln’s Funeral Procession
B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore will be re-enacting President Lincoln’s funeral procession in April 2015 to mark 150 years since his death. There will be an exact replica of Lincoln’s casket, as well as music and military and civilian re-enactors. For the remainder of 2015, the B&O Civil War locomotive will be decorated as Lincoln’s funeral train.
For more information, visit www.borail.org
Forrest Gump Star Speaks at The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Washington, D.C.
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, currently under construction at 150 Washington Ave S.W., honoured injured veterans with a dedication ceremony in early October. President Obama and the memorial’s national spokesman Gary Sinise, who played Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, spoke at the event, dedicating speeches to the men and women of the armed forces, ‘who may be broken in body – but never in spirit’. The memorial is not specific to any era or branch of the military, but instead honours all of those who have served in the armed forces. The official opening date is still to be confirmed.
For more information, visit www.avdlm.org
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum Celebrates its Grand Opening and the Release of an Album
On 2 August 2014 country music greats such as The Church Sisters and Carl Jackson got together to celebrate the grand opening of The Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Situated in Virginia, the museum honours the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions that Johnny Cash referred to as “The single most important event in the history of country music.”
In early 2015, ‘Ortohophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisted’, a two-set CD featuring remakes of 16 original Bristol Sessions songs, will be released. Legendary country entertainers such as Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris will be featured on the album, which aims to preserve the legacy of the Bristol Sessions for generations to come.
For more information, visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org
Chesapeake Bay Granted $9.8 Million to Restore the Area, $3.8 million goes to Maryland
45 environmental projects currently taking place across the Chesapeake Bay have been given $9.8 million in funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to restore the area. Areas in Maryland have been issued $3.8 million to restore and conserve their environment, especially from polluted storm water. Conservations initiatives include Maryland Civic Works installing rain gardens within the community organisations of Baltimore City to help clear polluted water, whilst keeping the community and its well-loved cultural symbol healthy and clean.
For more information, visit www.nfwf.org/chesapeake/Pages/home.aspx#.VDVn72ddVRo
Richmond, Virginia, Comes Out as a LGBT-Friendly Travel Destination
Following a LGBT letter campaign, Richmond, Virginia has been named as a LGBT-Friendly Travel Destination. From 1 September until 31 October 2014, a campaign was launched for the residents of Richmond to write coming out letters. The website RichmondisOut.com is a place where LGBT travellers can learn more about the city – finding LGBT-friendly businesses, entertainment and events. Many LGBT travel writers have raved about the city as a great travel destination, with huge appeal for LGBT tourists.
For more information, visit www.richmondisout.com
New Silver Line Metro has opened in Capital Region
A new Silver Line Metro has opened in D.C and Virginia allowing visitors to get from Washington Dulles Airport to downtown D.C for $11 or less. The Silver Line Express provides travellers with a fast connection to and from Reston, VA, a short bus journey away from Dulles Airport. It also offers a relaxed way to explore D.C’s attractions and Virginia’s fabulous shopping for a low price!
For more information, visit www.silverlinemetro.com/
The Virginia War Memorial expands to honour Virginia’s service members
The Virginia War Memorial is planning a $17 million expansion to honour service members who have died in the war on terrorism. The memorial plans to build a 350-seat auditorium, as well as an exhibit gallery and a 200-space parking deck. No details of when it will open have been issued yet.
For more information, visit www.vawarmemorial.org/
The Introduction of Richmond Garden Trail
Locals and visitors of Richmond can now enjoy the new Garden Trail which opened in May this year. The beautiful trail features eight main attractions, from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, and aims to grow interest in garden tourism and the beauty of nature walks. The Garden Trail is set to expand its attractions further, and the gardens themselves are constantly changing.
For more information, visit www.visitrichmondva.com/things-to-do/-things-to-do-attractions-gardens/rva-garden-trail/
Horseshoe Casino Opens in Downtown Baltimore
Downtown Baltimore has opened a new Casino for residents and travellers. Guests of Horseshow Casino can explore 100 table games, thousands of slots and a 25-table World Series of Poker room. The casino is now the second largest casino in Maryland, spanning over 100,000 square feet, including a 20,000 square-foot ‘Baltimore Marketplace’, which offers lots of food outlets, premier restaurants and lounges.
For more information, visit www.baltimore.org/horseshoe or www.caesars.com/Baltimore
Jorge Rodrígues-Gerada creates interactive walk-through experience for visitors of Washington, DC’s National Hall
In October a vast landscape portrait created by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada was placed temporarily on the National Mall. Commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the immense project needed almost 2,000 tonnes of sand and 10,000 wooden pegs to be completed. The piece, called ‘Out of Many, One’ aims to reflect diversity and freedom of expression, whilst also leaving the ground in better condition than before. Soon the piece will blend back into the land, stretching across six acres between the World War II and Lincoln memorials.
For more information, visit www.nationalmall.org/
Capital Wheel Opens at the National Harbour, Maryland
Earlier in the year Maryland opened a new attraction, the Capital Wheel at the National Harbour. Offering panoramic views of the state, each eight passenger gondola soars 180 feet above the Potomac River, offering delicious catering from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck to accompany the incredible views. Costing only $15 for adults and $11.25 for children for a standard gondola, the 320 tonne structure manufactured by Chance American Wheels is an impressive attraction. Guests are even offered a VIP package on board National Harbor One, supplying visitors with wine chillers, leather seats and a DVD player for $50pp.
For more information, visit www.thecapitalwheel.com/
Virginia’s Military Aviation Museum offers flying experience in authentic WWII Aircraft
Visitors of Virginia now have the opportunity to fly in an authentic WWII Aircraft with a veteran pilot. Thrill seekers can fly over Virginia Beach and the sand dunes of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge in either a 1941 Stearman ($149-$229), or a 1940 North American SNJ-2 ($229-$429). You can schedule a ride by calling David Hunt, the Museum director at (757) 721-7767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The ride certificate is valuable for six months from purchase date.
For more information, visit www.militaryaviationmuseum.org
Culinary, Beer and Wine News
Two high profile chefs to open new outlets at CityCenter
Michelin-starred and award-winning chef Daniel Boulud has opened DBGB Kitchen and Bar, a New York City-based French brasserie, at CityCenter, Washington. High profile chef David Chang will also be joining CityCentre with his Momofuku concept and Milk Bar in 2015.
For more information, visit www.citycenterdc.com/
Epicurience Virginia to Open in 2015
Those who love culinary adventures will be keen to join in on Epicurience Virginia’s Grand Tasting, taking place 30 August 2015. Visitors can eat their way through an entire day of edible showcases at Morven Park, feasting on Virginia’s finest wine and cuisine. Guests will also be able to attend wine seminars, watch chefs create delectable masterpieces in the demonstration tent whilst buying bottles to take home their favourite wine taster.
For more information, visit www.epicvirginia.com
Opening of Alexandria’s First Riverfront Hotel
2015 will see the opening of a new Hotel Indigo in Alexandria, Virginia, which will also be the city’s first waterfront property. The hotel will be part of the InterContinental Hotels Group and is expected to continue Alexandria’s riverfront district Renaissance.
For more information, visit www.hotelindigo.com/hotels/us/en/reservation
New Hotel to Open in Mount Vernon, MD in 2015
In February/March 2015 the Ivy Hotel, a premier luxury hotel, will be opening in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighbourhood. The hotel will include 18 guest accommodations, which will all include a fireplace, private bathroom and a unique character. Whilst some have balconies, the others have easy access to the Ivy spa. Once a historic brownstone mansion, Ivy Hotel will be classy, all-inclusive, fun, and incredibly elegant.
For more information, visit www.theivybaltimore.com
Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC, Celebrates 35 Years
September 2014 saw the 35th Anniversary of Isadore Sharp, founder of Four Seasons Hotels, opening the first Four Seasons Hotel in the US. Over the years Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, has provided outstanding service to many, from travellers to royalty and business leaders, whilst also gaining many hotel recognitions including Travel and Leisure’s Best Hotels List.
For more information, visit www.fourseasons.com/washington/
Cambria Suites Open Near Washington’s Convention Center
Mid 2014 saw the opening of Cambria Suites in Washington, D.C. Situated near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the entertainment hub of Washington, Cambria is a modern hotel set to change the style of business travel. Guests of the new hotel can enjoy the view from the hotel’s rooftop patio, and dip into the contemporary pool and gym before filling up on the dinner buffet.
For more information, visit www.cambriadc.com
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