Trips & Excursions

Saturday, September 9, 2 p.m.
– approximately 4:30 p.m.

Join Politics and Prose and experienced tour guide Ed Moser for a unique walking tour of Alexandria’s famous Civil War sites and personalities, and an in-depth history of Alexandria during the War.

September 10 through September 15

Join author Phyllis Theroux at The Bishop’s Ranch, which is located in beautiful Sonoma wine country, the perfect place for those seeking quiet, comfort, and the kind of perspective that only gazing at Mount St. Helena from the comforts of a lawn chair can provide. Participants will enjoy daily opportunities to write, read, share experiences, and discuss the virtues and frustrations of journaling, as well as memorable meals, rustic common rooms for work and play, and a small library for browsing.

Sunday, September 17, 9 a.m. – approximately 8:30 p.m.

Join Politics and Prose in exploring the wonders of Longwood Gardens, one of the country’s leading horticultural display gardens, which offers more than a thousand acres of gardens, meadows, woodlands, and fountains in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania.

Saturday, September 16, 2 p.m. to around 3:30 p.m.

Jazz and Prohibition collided in 1920s Washington, and one neighborhood saw it all. We will explore Shaw neighborhood, home to U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” and visit historical and unusual sites that most Washingtonians never see. Led by author Garrett Peck, the walk will be capped by a prohibition-appropriate happy hour, of course.

September 24 through 29

Politics and Prose invites you to join a small group of like-minded travelers to enjoy one of the loveliest parts of our country. We’ll take a short five-day break from our busy lives to visit the historic and beautiful upper Hudson River Valley. National Geographic Traveler has named it one of the top 20 must-see destinations in the world.

Saturday, October 14, 1 to 4 p.m.

Join author Garrett Peck and P&P on a tour of the sites and relics of Prohibition-era Washington D.C. and explore an in-depth history of the effects of Prohibition. Many unusual sites will be highlighted along the way, which, like many Prohibition-era police officers, most Washingtonians never see.

Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. – approximately 6:30 p.m.

Politics and Prose invites you on a guided tour of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and boasting gorgeous scenery and a wealth of historic sites, Harpers Ferry is worth a visit for nature lovers, history aficionados, and anyone looking for a leisurely day outdoors.

Saturday, November 4, 8 a.m.
– approximately 8 p.m.

This fall, Politics & Prose invites you to a perennial P&P favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy fall foliage and explore the house known worldwide as a feat of architectural achievement.

Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth, the author and photographer of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C., for a walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of the park, where the group will witness the forest in a blaze of autumn glory, learn to identify trees, and listen for the calls of pileated woodpeckers and belted kingfishers.

September 2 through 9
This trip is sold out. To be placed on a wait list, please email


If you’re a fan of Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police mysteries set in France, you know that Bruno is, sadly, only fictional. But his region, Périgord Nord, is quite real, as are the foods and wines and markets and castles and characters that Bruno encounters in his adventures. As it happens (not a coincidence), writer Martin Walker lives just outside of the town of Le Bugue, France, which is suspiciously similar to Bruno’s St. Denis. Now, you can join Politics & Prose on an exploration of this unique part of France, well known for its food specialties (truffles, walnuts, foie gras) and wines (Bruno loves wine!).