Short trip to NoVa.

Recently Brenda and I traveled to NoVa to attend the Garrison Keillor live broadcast at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.  Most shows are held at the Filene Center or the Barns.  Keillor was at the Filene Center.   It was a beautiful evening spent with our dear friends Bill and Anne Dietrich and their extended family.  If you have never attended a concert at Wolf Trap, it is a wonderful experience whether you sit inside or outside on the lawn like Brenda and I did last year to see Santana.  There is plenty of parking, plenty of room, and just a great atmosphere.

Wolf Trap

Following the concert Brenda and I enjoyed brunch at one of our favorite places, Clyde’s of Tysons Corner.  We have been going there since it opened in 1980 amid some controversy regarding the murals in the palm room.  Rather risky for the times.  One mural features what is alleged to be Sophia Loren, I’m not sure but not complaining either.  The menu is very American bistro focused with everything from burgers to Chesapeake “crab cake”Benedict.  Yum.


After a leisurely brunch we were not quite ready to head home but did not want to venture into DC as it was Memorial Day with all the festivities along with Rolling Thunder.  Brenda had read about a local botanical garden close by that is part of the Norther Virginia Regional Park Authority.  Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours if you are in the Tysons Corner area.  It is quite and serene.  What a treat if you are in the hustle and bustle of Tysons.  We spent a couple of hours exploring the variety of gardens and sculptures including the Korean Bell Garden.  Here are a few shots that we took on our stroll.

Fairy Garden

Korean Bell
Rhino sculpture


Korean Totem Poles

So, this was short, but sweet.  I also wanted give you an update on one my favorite restaurants, Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, AL.  Here is the quote from their website:

“Birmingham’s Highlands Bar and Grill makes its eighth straight trip to the James Beard Foundation Awards tonight as one of five finalists for the most outstanding restaurant in America.  This year’s other finalists for outstanding restaurant are Alinea, Chicago; Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colo.; Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York City; and The Spotted Pig, New York City.”  Pretty impressive company I would say!

My next post won’t come until the end of July after our trip to Ireland.  We will be spending  some of our time there with our friends Tom and Betty Mar Little.  Hope to have lots of great pictures to share.

Until then, Cheers!


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Having decided to "retire", I am embarking on a new venture focused on travel, trips, history, wonderful food and wine, and fun. Hopefully you will be entertained, enlightened, and enriched with my posts from the mid-atlantic to overseas.

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