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DC Restaurant Week – A True Foodie Fest!

08 Jan
January 8, 2014 “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman. Being a foodie in DC can be quite an expensive hobby! For all of us that love that chance to try all of the latest restaurants that are friends are buzzing about, Restaurant Week is that time when we can do it without the guilt. Beginning Monday, January 13 through Sunday, January 19, over 230 of Washington, DC’s finest restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches for $20.14, and 3-course dinners for $35.14. A showcase of Washington, DC’s finest culinary talents, Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience the District’s best restaurants at Read more [...]

Clearbrook Park's Spectacular Display of Lights: A Holiday Must-See!

12 Dec
December 12, 2013 Nothing says 'Christmas' like the illumination of brightly colored lights! In one of the greatest scenes from one of the greatest holiday movies, "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation," Clark W. Griswold gathers his family on the lawn to view the grand lighting of the family home's holiday lights. Clark exclaims, “Two hundred and fifty strands of lights, one hundred individual bulbs per strand, for a grand total of twenty-five thousand imported Italian twinkling lights…” “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” in Clear Brook, VA may not offer 25,000 bulbs on a single home, but the annual light show does have over 500,000 bulbs spread over a half-mile! It's a beautiful scene for all Read more [...]

New Outlets Come to NOVA, DC, & MD Just In Time for Holiday Shopping

26 Nov
November 26, 2013 Black Friday for the DC and NOVA area just got a little more convenient and a lot more fun with the grand opening of the new Tanger Outlets located at the National Harbor. With names like J. Crew, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, and a Nike Factory Store opening just minutes from Arlington and Alexandria, and still very convenient to many other northern Virginia counties, holiday shoppers have less traffic than trying to deal with traveling down 95 to reach Potomac Mills, and a lot more shopping to look forward to this season. Black Friday at Tanger Outlets, National Harbor Technically Tanger Outlets’ Black Friday shopping spree is starting before Friday even begins. Shoppers can arrive at Read more [...]

11th Annual Vienna Turkey Trot

19 Nov
November 19, 2013 With Thanksgiving a little more than a week away, Turkey Trot’s are springing up all over the United States. These footraces are held on or around Thanksgiving Day with a purpose that is two-fold. Americans are known for being indulgent when it comes to holiday food, so the 5k race is an effort to burn off calories before the big meal. The fun run is also a chance to benefit local charities, with some organizations providing turkeys and other festive holiday dishes to homeless and low-income families in their community. If you’re looking to stay fit during the holiday season, consider the Vienna Turkey Trot. Celebrating its 11th year on Sunday, November 24, 2013, this race also offers Read more [...]

Darkwood Manor: Virginia's Premier Theatrical & Interactive Haunted House

17 Oct
October 17, 2013 With temperatures reaching as high as 87 degrees in the Shenandoah Valley during the first week of October, you might have forgotten that it’s Fall. But, despite the glorious Indian summer, temperatures have finally cooled down enough to make jackets a necessity for early morning commuters, reminding us that it is indeed October. October brings with it Halloween, the one time of year when children and adults alike dress in costumes, gorge themselves on candy, and engage in activities for the sole purpose of scaring someone or being scared themselves. For those who want to be scared, look no further than Darkwood Manor in Luray, VA. Located at 104 N. Hawksbill St., Darkwood Manor boasts, Read more [...]

Fall Wine Tasting: Virginia & Maryland Wineries Near Washington, D.C.

02 Oct
October 2, 2013 Now that it’s cooled off in our area it’s time to enjoy the sunny crisp days before the chill of winter by heading out of the city on a Saturday or Sunday escape to one of the DMV’s numerous nearby vineyards. A lot of DC natives aren’t aware that Virginia and Maryland are home to many locally owned and operated wineries. Spending the day touring a vineyard and taking advantage of the tastings being offered by the winery you choose is the perfect way to spend a fall day out of DC. If you’re planning on visiting multiple vineyards and doing several wine tastings in a day you may want to look into the option of getting a car service, limo or party bus, depending on the size of your group. Read more [...]

Brew & Blues Festival in Front Royal, VA.

25 Sep
September 25, 2013 As summer continues winding down, Front Royal is gearing up. During the summer months when temperatures can reach in to the 100s, some of us choose to stay inside with the AC on high. Autumn provides us with a few weeks of perfect weather for outdoor activities before we're forced to retreat back in doors to wait out the severity of the Virginia winter. This weekend kicks off the fall activities with the 4th annual Brew & Blues festival in historic downtown Front Royal, presented by the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce. Beginning in 2010, the festival was added to the lineup of events celebrating the end of summer as a nod to the beer drinkers of the Shenandoah Valley. Read more [...]

Red Bull Flugtag's First Time in Washington, DC

18 Sep
September 18, 2013 For the first time since the 1992 Vienna, Austria launch of Red Bull’s Flugtag event, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia residents get to join in on the fun and have one of this year’s showings right in our own backyard. Since these events continue in the footsteps of the majority of Red Bull’s inventive, live-action publicity stunts around the world, Flugtag’s first DC expo promises to be an epic occasion.   WHAT IS FLUGTAG? Flugtag translates to “Flying Day” in German – Red Bull’s Flugtag event involves the careful selection of teams by event organizers who are tasked to conceptualize/build/ MacGyver a man-made flying machine that will be launched in front of thousands Read more [...]

The Decatur House's War of 1812 Exhibit Covers D.C. Lore

23 Aug
August 23, 2013 Washington, D.C. is a city rich in history. But with so many momentous occasion having occurred here, it is easy to forget some of this town’s biggest moments. And with all the wonderful monuments and museums, it’s sometime easy to miss other buildings steeped in significance. This weekend, right downtown, there is an opportunity to engage history and a historic building, by visiting one of Washington, D.C.’s most impressive, but less-well known houses that's hosting an exhibit on an most infamous moment in this city’s history. One hundred and ninety-nine years ago, almost to the day, British soldiers burned Washington, D.C. to the ground. It happened the last week of August in 1813, Read more [...]

Film Festival Brings The Drive-In Back To D.C.

14 Aug
August 14, 2013 One of the greatest American traditions of the mid-20th century has essentially disappeared as we’ve moved into the 2000s. What was once a standard weekend activity for young couples, older folks and everyone in between has essentially been lost to the ages. Except for this weekend. Because in Rockville, Maryland, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the drive-in movie theater is back. The revival is the focus of the 17th Annual Comcast Film Festival, which raises money for charities that work with the National Institute of Health. Nowadays around Washington, D.C., outdoor movie screenings are ubiquitous. But when the festival started, all the way back in 1996, it was one of the first major Read more [...]