Summer is winding down, which means work schedules for those of us in Washington, D.C. will pick up significantly soon. And while most people think escaping the rush of the city requires a several hour drive, there are actually great opportunities to relax and unwind in relative proximity. In fact, just a little bit south of the Beltway is one of the quaintest, coziest towns around, sitting alongside a gently flowing river, full of old-time shops and genial residents. And it’s a breeze to get to.
Occoquan, Virginia is only 13 miles south of the Springfield Interchange on 495, approximately 25 miles from the heart of Washington, D.C. It’s also the perfect spot to get away from city living.
School has been in session for almost a month and with that, opportunities for parents and kids to participate educational activities has dwindled.
Saturday presents the best chance for not just families, but everyone, to experience the wonderful museums Washington, D.C. and the surround areas have to offer.
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
When people think of great parks in urban areas, Central Park in New York City and Golden Gate Park in San Francisco frequently come to mind. Often overlooked, but undeservedly so, is the National Arboretum in Northeast DC. One wouldn’t expect to find 450 acres of pristine forest sandwiched between two major DC arteries, but at the intersection of Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue lies one of the most beautiful parks in the entire country.