More posts by Ryan Bender

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

The Timberline Lodge

All Work And No Play…

Just kidding. A trip to the Timberline Lodge is actually not a lot of work, and once there, there is plenty of opportunity to play. The outside of the building was used for the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining.… Continue Reading →

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

“A Tangible Symbol of Recognition From the American People”

The Vietnam War had dominated headlines, caused turmoil at home and abroad, took the lives of soldiers on all sides as well as civilians in southeast Asia. Twenty years after the first U.S. soldiers were killed in the conflict, the healing process finally had a voice. Continue Reading →

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Oh Say Can You See?

During the War of 1812, after British forces burned much of Washington, DC, the war moved to nearby Baltimore. Attorney and amateur poet Francis Scott Key was aboard the HMS Tonnant as part of prisoner exchange envoy between American and British forces, when he witnessed the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13-14, 1814.… Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #46: Eat At Cafes To Save Money

Eat At Cafes To Save Money

You saved for your trip, asked off from work, booked your flight and hotels and now that you are here, you want to see the sights, immerse yourself in the local culture and try the local cuisine. When you are traveling, food can eat up a good chunk of your budget.Continue Reading →

Zaytinya Restaurant

Small Plates Are Big On Flavor In This DC Restaurant

Who says good things don’t come in small packages? At Zaytinya Restaurant in downtown DC, all of the food comes in small portions that are perfect for sharing. Instead of getting a lot of one item, you get the chance to order a variety of innovative and delicious “mezze” (small plates, not unlike Spanish tapas).… Continue Reading →