Tag Archive for: Washington DC

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 [...]

Unprecedented Putt-Putt at the National Building Museum

08 Aug
August 8, 2013 Miniature golf is one of America’s most quintessential outdoor summer activities. Whether it’s playing putt-putt with family, friends or a significant other, it’s always a wonderful way to spend a warm evening. Washington, D.C. does it differently.  The city’s most popular course this summer isn’t located outdoors. It’s in the middle of a building downtown. And that might be the least unconventional aspect of it. Because at this course, holographs replace water hazards; carpet, plastic and wood are used instead of grass; and traditional curves become unnavigable angles. It’s also a temporary pop-up putt-putt shop, only here until September. So what exactly is it? It’s the Read more [...]

Funk Fringe Fest Returns to Washington, D.C.

18 Jul
July 18, 2013 Washington D.C. is a city dictated by its calendar. From when Congress is in session to its many annual traditions, this place likes to stay very well regulated. Which is why it’s nice that each year, Capital Fringe Festival comes along to shake it up. Yes, the performing arts event follows a tradition yearly schedule, but that is about the only conventional part of Washington’s annual ode to the odd.   Now in its eighth year, Capital Fringe Festival is a city-wide arts festival, with a strong focus on performance, that specializes in both the local and the weird. The Festival is the premier of event of Capital Fringe, a non-profit whose mission is to support artists from the area Read more [...]

Washington, DC. Market Report – 7/13/13

13 Jul
July 13, 2013 HHH (hot, humid, hazy) is how Washington is described during the summer, but don’t let the weather keep you from enjoying all that Washington has to offer. There are museums and art galleries along the Mall that are free.  The Newseum is absolutely fabulous and one can spend days there checking out all the exhibits. Take a refreshing walk in Rock Creek Park where even on the hottest days you can relax in the shade of the large old trees and picnic with family and friends.  A cool sail along the Potomac aboard the Odyssey is a wonderful way to spend an evening with dinner and dancing. Any weather is fine for a show at one of the many theaters in Washington, where both Broadway shows and Read more [...]

Francophiles Rejoice! It's Bastille Day in D.C.

11 Jul
July 11, 2013 Whenever Washington, D.C. is compared to other great cities of the world, there is always one place it seems to have the most in common with: Paris. The look and feel of Washington, D.C. is synonymous with one of Europe’s greatest towns. A lot of that is because, as most know, a French engineer took the lead in designing our capital's layout. With its grand avenues and numerous circles, Pierre L'Enfant made it quite akin to Paris. There's more; not only did France help the U.S. in the Revolutionary War, they underwent a democratic revolution almost immediately after ours. This established an allegiance between the two cities that will always exist. In fact, the major holidays each country Read more [...]

Cultures Collide at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

27 Jun
June 27, 2013 One of the wonderful things about America is that it’s a cultural melting pot. Almost every race and ethnicity is represented in this country. Nowhere is that more apparent in Washington, D.C., which is one city that truly embraces the world’s diversity. The chances here to encounter cultures you may have never known about are tremendous. Rarely does a week go by where there isn’t an opportunity to see something you may have even heard about. Over the next couple of weeks, right downtown, there’s one of the biggest multicultural events this city has to offer. That’s because this weekend, as well as the week following the Fourth of July, is the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival. Read more [...]

Skip Crowds With These Cheap Cherry Blossom Tricks

08 Apr
April 8, 2013 If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you know exactly what to expect in these next two weeks. It may be the busiest time of the year here, when, after the calendar hits spring, one of the best sights in this entire country blooms. Literally. Thousands upon thousands of trees around this city will flower and cherry blossoms will overtake the Tidal Basin and several other spots in town. This year has proved tricky to predict the actual bloom, with our warmer than average winter followed by this recent cold front. Original forecasts had them flowering in late March, but right now, the prediction is that they will have peaked by April 4-6th, which doesn't seem to have happened. For those who Read more [...]

Hill Country Barbeque Takes Texas to the District

27 Mar
March 27, 2013 For the better part of the last decade, there was a Texan in charge of Washington,D.C. Yet during the eight years George W. Bush was president, there was no corresponding increase of Texas cuisine in our nation’s capital. Chalk it up to this city’s conservative dining scene during those years. But that's changed in the past few years, with there’s been an explosive growth in restaurant diversity. And although our current Oval Office resident comes from Chicago, Texas has come to town. And as Texas would have it, they’ve done so in a big way. Hill Country Barbeque opened last year in Washington, D.C, building out a gargantuan space in Penn Quarter, on 7th Street, between E and D Street’s Read more [...]

The Greatest Show on Earth Comes to D.C and Fairfax

20 Mar
March 20, 2013 If you were not in downtown D.C. this past Tuesday night, you missed a very unusual sight. Instead of a snarling line of cars moving down South Capitol Street, like every evening commute, the road was closed off. Parading down, instead of traffic, was a pack of elephants. Yes. Elephants. Which can only mean one thing. The circus is in town. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s traveling extravaganza has come to the District, where, starting Thursday, they will put on nine shows. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is one of the oldest traveling circuses in the world, having formed in 1907. They still travel from city to city in their signature trains, and they pulled into Washington Read more [...]

Area Dog Parks Perfect For Puppy Play

13 Mar
March 13, 2013 This past weekend showed us just how wonderful spring in Washington, D.C. can be: warm temperatures, gentle breezes and clear skies. The perfect conditions that make you want to head outdoors. A lot of us, when we do leave the house, don’t do so alone. Many people in this area take with them their four-legged friends. Which is perfect, because this area is littered with parks for your litter (or just the one, if that’s all you have). Way northwest of the city, past Germantown, Maryland is Black Hill Regional Park. The entire area is dog-friendly, and with scenic views of Little Seneca Lake and rolling hills, it’s the perfect place to take your dog for a leashed stroll. But when your friend Read more [...]