Tag Archives: Virginia

places to visit near DC: Great Falls National Park.

Great Places to Visit Near DC

Washington DC is one of the most popular and visited destinations in the world. Even though visitors can spend weeks in Capital City there is so much to do in the areas surrounding and near Washington DC. So, happy travelers, please stick around Washington DC for an extra week or so to experience some of […]

Great Ice Cream Places in US to Cool Off. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Great Ice Cream Places in US to Cool Off

This article lists some great ice cream places around the United States. I included my favorite ice cream place and suggestions from some travel writer friends. These are merely suggestions—a starting point—and I encourage you to explore the local ice cream scene wherever you live and visit. Let me know what you discover and like. […]

old waterford road farmland

Scenic and Historic Loudoun County Virginia (Old Waterford Road)

Loudoun County, Virginia is one of the fastest growing and wealthiest counties in the United States. Along the Dulles Greenway and Waxpool Road, large tracts of farmland have been replaced by housing and shopping developments. The Washington DC suburbs extend out to Ashburn, Leesburg, and Purcellville and in 2019 the DC area Metro subway Silver Line will […]

White Hall Vineyards, Charlottesville

Wine Tasting Charlottesville Virginia

Although more popular wine regions are in California, wine was found earlier elsewhere in America. The history of wine in Virginia can be traced to Thomas Jefferson in the early 1800s and even to Jamestown in 1607. The number of Virginia wineries has exponentially increased in the past few years, along with vino-tourism. Central Virginia has several popular wine trails. I recently made several […]

8 Great Things to do in Shenandoah Valley: Tuscarora Trail. Eagle Rock Trail

8 Great Things To Do In Shenandoah Valley Virginia

Shenandoah Valley Virginia is an area of astounding natural beauty and amazing history. There are so many cool, happy, and fun things to do in Shenandoah Valley. The Shenandoah Valley nestles snugly between two mountain ranges—Blue Ridge to the east and Allegheny (Appalachian) mountains to the west—and stretches 200 miles from the Potomac River in the north to […]

McCool Travel article about Redefinition at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner.

Redefined Luxury at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner

The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as the premier luxury property in Northern Virginia with a complete overhaul and modernization—called the Redefinition project. If you have not been to The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner lately, you should definitely revisit. If you have never been, well go now while everything is fresh and new. Redefinition project […]

Great places to visit in Charlottesville Virginia. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

8 Great Casual Places to Eat in Charlottesville Virginia

There are a variety of places to eat in Charlottesville Virginia. The range of places to eat in Charlottesville range from typical fast food (and drive through) places to high end luxury fine dining restaurants with everything in between. This McCool Travel article lists great casual places to eat in Charlottesville, hopefully helpful when you […]