The Scoop from Brad & Lissa

Over the past few years, we’ve been excited to offer customers the opportunity to travel to destinations far and near. Partnering with regional experts and local writers, we’ve given book and culture lovers the chance to visit off-beat sites in Paris, attend a weeklong writers’ retreat at a villa in Tuscany, and enjoy day-long trips to Fallingwater, the Philadelphia Flower Show, and historical tours of Washington, DC.

In 2015, our travel program will feature not only some old favorites but also a few new selections.

On the schedule this spring is a writer’s retreat with the always popular Phyllis Theroux. Phyllis is a master at helping writers of all levels find their voices and get words on paper. The trip, scheduled May 17-22, offers time to write, relax, eat, explore, and ponder in a true writer’s paradise—stunning Sonoma County, CA. Participants will stay at Bishop’s Ranch near Healdsburg in the heart of the wine country. For details, click here.

And for writers interested in solitude and seclusion as they work, Phyllis also is making available her lovely writer’s cottage in Ashland, VA. Just pick the dates and rent the cottage either for a solo stay or with individual instruction from Phyllis.

For a journey even closer to home, consider a day-long “Walt Whitman” walking tour of downtown DC on Saturday, May 2, at 1 p.m.  Led by local author and store-favorite Garrett Peck, the tour will explore places related to the man often called the poet laureate of the Civil War. For more information, click here.

Overseas travel with P&P continues to grow, with more offerings this year of our popular trips to France led by Sheila Campbell and Donna Morris. What better season to be in Paris than springtime, especially around Mother’s Day? There’s still time to join P&P in Paris from May 3-9. Unfortunately, the spring offering is fully booked, but Sheila and Donna will also host groups in Paris this summer and fall. And in early October they’ll be in Provence on an immersive journey of art and culture.

We’re excited as well about a new twist for travel to Paris later in the year. Celebrated mystery writer Cara Black, who appeared at P&P earlier this month reading from her latest novel Murder on the Champ De Mars, has agreed to lead back-to-back trips this fall. Certain to be on the itinerary will be stops at settings in some of Black’s popular mysteries. Space is still available on the second trip, November 1-7. And although the first trip, which runs October 25-31, has already sold out, Soho Press is running a contest to give away one spot on it. To enter, buy Black’s latest novel and fill out the form in the front of the book. For more info, check out the contest’s website here.

Details about all our trips are on P&P’s website under “trips.”( As for 2016, stay tuned. We think Cuba may be in the offing.

— Brad and Lissa