Occoquan, Step Back in Time

Occoquan, Virginia, is a step back in time. A little village of over 900 folk with one aim in mind—the visitor will be at home, find a steal-of-a-deal, and glory in a fine meal. The town was established in 1804 and incorporated in 1874. Although impacted by major fires in 1916 and 1924, the town has reemerged with vigor. Feeling ...

Diane Huff Pitts—Five Questions

Diane Huff Pitts (that's me) was recently asked a series of questions. Very personal. With fear and trembling I'll let you listen in . . . Do You Have Any Pets? "Dogs are for outside, not inside,” I heard my parents say as well as my husband. Outside, until a certain Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle mix) wandered blissfully into ...

Fall Decorations

I love fall—the first leaves letting go from their moorings. Early morning crispness. Sapphire sky with wispy clouds sailing by. The emerging fluffs of cotton peeking over the barbed wire fence. But when I swing my windows wide, I want to bring autumn into the house. Fall decorations, come out! Wreaths Announce the Season A wreath bridges the outdoors ...