Destination: For WWI history buffs
When World War I began in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed U.S. neutrality. That lasted until 1917, when he sent U.S. troops to Europe. After the war, he worked to create a lasting peace, and in 1919, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. This summer marks 100 years since the start of WWI, making it an especially good time for history buffs to learn more about Wilson’s life and legacy on a guided tour of the President Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C. Located just north of Dupont Circle, the house has been restored with period furnishings and memorabilia. Through Aug. 10, a first-floor gallery hosts “Images of the Great War.” Admission is $10, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for kids under 12. 2340 S St., Washington. 202-387-4062; www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org.
— Beth Harpaz, The Associated Press
Deal: Get away to Missouri
Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center, on Missouri’s Table Rock Lake, is offering a package with a resort credit, plus other perks. The Day on the Lake deal starts at $440 per room and includes two nights in a standard king or double queen room, $150 credit at Chateau Marina (good for water sports, such as snorkeling and fishing, and boat rentals, including pontoons and wave runners) and a picnic lunch for up to four people (valued at about $40). Add about 12 percent tax. Valid through Sept. 30. Info: 888-333-5253, www.chateauonthelake.com.
— The Washington Post
Q&A: What to do in Boston
We’ll be making a quick trip to Boston. We’ll have Monday through Friday and will probably be doing a couple of college visits. Where would you recommend that we stay, and what about museums, historical sites, outdoor activities and good eating?
Try the Hotel Marlowe, just barely in Cambridge and on the water, which means it has easy access to both Boston and Cambridge. It’s near MIT, and it’s an easy ride on the red line to Harvard Square. Plus, you can walk right over the bridge and get to Charles Street/Beacon Hill and then very easily to the State House, Boston Common, Freedom Trail and North End. My favorite museums are the Gardner and the Institute of Contemporary Art. One of my new fave restaurants is Alden & Harlow, right in Harvard Square, but you should also try one of Ana Sortun’s and/or Barbara Lynch’s places: Sortun’s include Oleana, Sofra and the new Sarma. Lynch’s include No. 9 Park, Sportello, B&G Oysters and Butcher Shop.
— Joe Yonan, The Washington Post
Ranking the ‘cleanest’ parks
Want to know how clear the air is at our national parks?
Lowdown: Click the dots on this map to see current webcam images of 18 national parks — and also view current air quality data, which is updated every 15 minutes. Includes the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Denali, the National Mall, Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah.
— Detroit Free Press