The itinerary: a ‘Downton Abbey’ draw in Delaware

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A ‘Downton Abbey’ draw

Delaware’s Winterthur Museum is drawing big crowds with its “Costumes of Downton Abbey” exhibit. The News Journal of Wilmington ( reports that the show had its 100,000th visitor recently. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4, and if ticket sales continue at the current rate, the exhibit could double the number of the museum’s annual visitors. Founded by H.F. du Pont as a decorative arts center, the museum has added lectures and special events to enhance the show of 40 costumes from the popular PBS drama. 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington. 800-448-3883;

— The Associated Press

Vineyard braces for

big visit

President Barack Obama and family are in the middle of a three-week vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., a near-annual ritual that islanders say is a boon to local businesses even if it comes with added hassles for vacationers during what’s typically the busiest tourist month of the year. At Big Al’s, in Oak Bluffs, owner Alex McClusky prominently displays “I vacationed with Obama” T-shirts he has sold since the family’s first visit in 2008, and Mad Martha’s ice cream shop will roll out its “Barack My World” flavor: coffee ice cream with caramel swirl and macadamia nuts.

— The Associated Press

Q&A: Viewing the tour

After watching the Tour de France on television this summer, my husband and I are talking about going to France next year during that time. How does one go about planning this?

A number of tour operators arrange Tour de France packages. Check out their itineraries or consider signing up for a package. They often have the inside scoop on the action and the best viewing spots. To DIY, check for updates on the tour website and plan your itinerary based on the map. For road closings and viewing rules, touch base with the Paris tourism office. Years ago, I watched the last leg in Paris and just strolled over to the Champs-Élysées to find a viewing spot. It was a blast.

— Andrea Sachs, The Washington Post

Fun fact

Give your regards …

In New York, two-for-one tickets go on sale Aug. 18 for Broadway Week, with performances of participating shows taking place Sept. 1-14. Shows taking part in the discount promotion range from long-running hits like The Lion King and Wicked to the 2014 Tony Award winner for best musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The list also includes several new shows that will still be in previews or are just opening, including The Country House, with Blythe Danner; You Can’t Take It With You, with James Earl Jones; and This Is Our Youth, with Michael Cera. Details at

— The Associated Press

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