Well, it’s finally happened. My favorite time of the year has come to an end — football season is officially over.
And while my Hokies sadly under performed in this year’s Orange Bowl, I happily cheered on the Green Bay Packers as they claimed victory over the Pittsburg Steelers this past Sunday in the Super Bowl.
It was a bittersweet day as I cherished the last few moments of this year’s beloved football season.
And now that the last play has been called and last trophy awarded, all that’s left is a massive void in my weekend lineup. Hours of the day no longer filled with team rivalries, tailgates and lazy time in front of the TV.
I know I’m not the only one suffering from post-season withdrawals, so for the benefit of us all, I’ve vowed to be one of the FIRST to put DOWN the remote, emerge from my off-season hangover and get out and enjoy the city.
But what to do? DC has no shortage of activities, and even in the frozen tundra that surrounds us, plenty of choices abound.
Here are my top three “Post-Season” picks
1) Get “Iced” with Ovechkin & Washington Capitals
It’s not football, but with a better track record than the Washington Redskins, attending a Capitals game always guarantees a great time and will help you get your sport fix.
Selling out over 89 straight home games and coming off two wins this weekend, the Washington Capitals are on a winning streak that will hopefully continue and propel them into the playoffs for a chance to win the Stanley Cup.
With 12 home games left this season, and 5 of those games on the weekends, there’s no better time to grab your family or friends, throw on your Capitals Red and head to the Verizon Center to watch some of hockey’s best duke it out on the ice.
Hockey not your sport of choice? Fear not, we are extremely fortunate to have a number of professional sport teams right here in DC. Grab a ticket to the next Wizards game and watch the development of the NBA’s #1 overall pick, and future superstar, John Wall – or you can dust off your old baseball glove and get ready to catch a fly ball on March 31st when the Nationals have their first home game of the 2011 baseball season.
2) “Window Shop” at DC’s National Mall
With DC being a hot spot for family vacations and school trips, visiting the National Mall during “tourist season” can be more crowded and stressful than a shopping trip to Tysons Corner during the Holidays!
So take this opportunity during the off-season months to go out and visit some of DC’s finest museums and monuments without having to fight the masses or sweltering temperatures outside. Not sure where to start? Visit the Smithsonian website to get an overview of all their museums.
3) “Wine” a Little in Loudoun County
Your team might have lost in the playoffs, but instead of sitting at home and sulking, take that sadness, bottle it up and spend an afternoon “wining” at one of the beautiful vineyards located right outside of DC. Loudoun County offers some of the best wines on the east coast and is the perfect destination for a leisurely day trip outside of the city.
One of my favorite vineyards to visit is Notaviva. With a beautiful blue house that has a warm wooden interior and stretching landscapes around back, it’s the perfect place to sample a new bottle of wine, while enjoying the scenery. Craving something sweet? For a dollar, they’ll even give you a “smores” kit to make your own in the backyard fire pit!
With so much to do around the city, the list could go on and on, and while it’s hard to put down the remote and pull myself away from ESPN, I’m excited to spend the football off-season exploring the Nation’s Capital and recommend you join me in doing the same!
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