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Happy Anniversary, Virginia

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A Letter from Curtis Bashaw June 2, 2019 I have been checking guests in and out of hotel rooms for half of my life. It was 30 years ago, on June 2, 1989, that we opened The Virginia, beginning what...

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The Gift to Come

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“Ukuele” translates to become the phrase “The gift to come.” This four-stringed, tiny guitar has become as synonymous with the sound of the Hawaiian Islands...

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A Fowl Tradition

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In millions of households across America this Thanksgiving, a similar scene will play out. It may be some sort of modern rendition of Norman Rockwell’s Freedom From Want, with a family gathered around the dinner table, waiting for a matriarch...

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A Message to the Future

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We didn’t always know about Congress Hall’s history. Its hard to imagine now; the walls are filled with old photos dating back to the 1840s. There are books with pages of comprehensive facts, colorful illustrations, and definitive dates that put...

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Cape Mayflowers

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In the month of November, the walls of nearly every American elementary school are covered with construction paper turkeys, headdresses, and Puritan pilgrim hats. Second graders from California to New York don costumes made from grocery bags and wait anxiously...

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Presidential Vacations

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To those who weathered the cold winter months this past year, summertime means one thing: vacation. From little tykes finishing their first year of school, to the President of the United States, everyone is looking forward to a well-deserved break...

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The Congress Hall March

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All the way back in 1882, John Philip Sousa wrote “The Congress Hall March”...

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Cape May Diamonds

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In the 1880's as Congress Hall enjoyed its return to...

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