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Pillow Fight, photo by how2skate


Schooner, photo by Mark Kransow Photography

Faberge Egg, courtesy of Hillwood Museum


Eggstravaganza, courtesy of Tudor Place

French Market, courtesy of Georgetown BID


Magic Flute, photo by Cory Weaver

Two Gentlemen of Verona, photo by Andy Grotelueschen


Peter Pan, photo by Steve Vaccariello


Mark Twain, courtesy of Hal Holbrook


Blue Man Group, by Paul Kolnik


Three Men in A Boat, by Johnny Shrock

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Degas/Cassatt, courtesy of National Gallery of Art


Brunch image, Art & Soul, photo by Morgan Lynn Photography


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Welcome to Washington, DC.

One of the most popular destinations in the world!


ith 16 million people flocking to DC annually, both visitors and locals alike know that this is a city steeped in history—and history in the making. This is the place to explore the best of our country’s historic landmarks, inspiring monuments and the many museums housing the artifacts that tell the story of a nation. But there’s even more to enjoy when you’re in DC. Spring has finally sprung in the nation’s capital and visitors will find the city to be “in the pink” as Washington celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Just as thousands of cherry trees reach their peak bloom, the DC area is again bursting with special events and activities that honor the arts, music, culture and history of these timeless symbols of enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.


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And the rites of spring continue to unfold throughout April and May, as outdoor festivals and activities pop up throughout the metro area, baseball returns with the Washington Nationals taking the field for another winning season, and America’s “ride for freedom”, Rolling Thunder, roars into DC for a 27th year. There’s no better way to observe the Memorial Day weekend than taking part in this stirring patriotic display that brings together hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists and flag-waving supporters of our nation’s POW/MIAs, veterans and active duty military personnel. But even in a city with a so many things to do, you may long for more open spaces. If so, it’s time to head west, as spring in the Mountain Highlands of West Virginia is synonymous with the “great outdoors”. Amid vast swaths of pristine wilderness, take advantage of nature’s playground and glide down a river in a canoe, hike old logging roads or hop aboard an excursion train to see sites of astounding natural beauty. So as you’re sure to discover, DC and the surrounding region is much, much more than just marble monuments and memorable museums. And DC Metro Magazine is pleased to be your guide to our dynamic city and its surrounding metro areas that offer nearly limitless opportunities to experience the best in history, culture, dining, shopping and unique scenic adventures.

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April 5

Free performances on Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival

Every day of the year the Kennedy Center hosts a free performance as part of its “Performing Arts for Everyone” initiative that makes the arts accessible to all in fulfillment of its mission to the DC community and the nation. Featuring local, national, and international talents, the Millennium Stage has been hailed as “a cultural institution within a cultural institution” (Washington Post). 6pm. No tickets required, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. FREE! The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566.

One of the highlights of the Cherry Blossom Festival, this is a fun-for-all-ages event that boasts more than eight celebratory hours of music, family friendly water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and delicious food at multiple outdoor venues. As finale, a spectacular firework show lights up the night sky on the Washington Channel at 8:30pm. 1-9pm. FREE! Southwest Waterfront, 600900 Water Street, between 6th and 9th Streets SW, Washington DC 20024. International Pillow Fight

Through April 15

Francophonie Cultural Festival For a 14th year, the nation’s capital is resonating with the vibrant sounds, sights, and tastes of the French-speaking and French-inspired world as the Francophonie Cultural Festival — the largest Francophone and Francophile festival in the world — winds down its six exciting weeks of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s activities, and more. Events take place throughout the Washington, DC metro area. For complete schedule, tickets and information: April 4

Washington Nationals Baseball
Opening Day After missing the playoffs last season, the Washington Nationals and their fans eagerly anticipate their home opener against the Atlanta Braves. The team continues to play through September. 1:05pm. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003.

April 5

International Pillow Fight Day This is one international movement that you’ll want to be a part of, as massive pillow fights will be breaking out in cities around the world – including Washington, DC! Grab a pillow, bring the family and join in the fun!! 2pm. FREE! Note: No down pillows please. National Mall, Washington Monument Grounds (facing the World War II Memorial), Constitution Avenue and 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006.

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In & Around April 12

National Air and Space Museum Heritage Family Day “Explore the Universe Day” at the Air and Space Museum where astronomy will serve as the theme for visitors to learn how different people and cultures view and talk about the sky. The museum’s Public Observatory will be open for daytime sky watching, weather permitting. FREE! 10am-3pm. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at 6th Street SW, 
 Washington, DC 20560. heritage-days April 12-13

Fabergé Egg Family Festival Schooner “Virginia” Deck Tours

April 10 and May 8

Second Thursday Art Nights Browse open studios, interact with artists and enjoy refreshments and live music during special theme nights that feature unique art works, activities and programs. A perfect stop on the way to dinner at one of Old Town Alexandria’s fine restaurants, or make an evening of it at the studios. FREE! 6:00-9:00pm. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. April 10-13

32nd Annual Smithsonian Craft Show
 Widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American sculptural objects and design, the Smithsonian Craft Show will be exhibiting more than 100 exceptional artists representing works in basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood. $15, Children 12 and under: FREE. Thurs-Fri: 10:30am-8:30pm; Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm; Sun: 11am-5pm. The National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.


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Celebrate spring’s arrival in Russian style! The Hillwood Estate—the opulent home of famed Fabergé collector and iconic socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post—welcomes visitors to admire the exquisite imperial eggs and other fanciful Fabergé creations she collected while also enjoying a day of festive folk music and spirited dancing along with traditional egg-rolling games. Step into Fabergé’s Workshop to decorate your own Fabergé-inspired egg. Sat: 10am-5 pm; Festival activities end at 5 pm, but Estate remains open until 7 pm for self-guided touring on Saturday. Sun: 1-5pm. Adult: $15; Senior: $12; Student: $10; Child (ages 6–18): $5. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

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traditional Easter Egg Hunt and animal demonstrations while also taking part in the “Party for the Planet” that will feature recycling, green design and sustainability activities. 10am-4pm, rain or shine. FREE! Smithsonian National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Schooner “Virginia” Deck Tours Schooner Virginia, a re-creation of its namesake vessel, the Virginia—the last pure sailing vessel used by the Virginia Pilot Association from 1917 to 1926 in the Chesapeake Bay—docks in Alexandria! Almost entirely handmade, Schooner Virginia is the first tall ship built on the Norfolk waterfront in nearly 80 years. Open to the public for deck tours. 12-5 pm. FREE! Pier G/H on the North End of the Old Town Marina, 201 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. April 13

Thomas Jefferson Birthday Commemoration Visit the Jefferson Memorial and attend the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 271st birthday of our third president. The event will feature a military color guard, patriotic tributes and the sounding of “Taps”. 11am. FREE! The Jefferson Memorial, Ohio & E. Basin Drives SW, Washington, DC 20024. April 17-27

Filmfest DC The Washington DC International Film Festival returns to the nation’s capital for its 28th year with a fresh new program of over 80 features, documentaries and shorts, representing the best new cinema from around the world. Among its programs, the District’s oldest and largest film festival will highlight a slate of international comedies as well as a collection of riveting and action-packed films that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. At venues throughout DC. Visit website for full schedule, films, locations and tickets. April 18

7th Annual Eggstravaganza at Tudor Place Rolling lawns, spring blooms, and the elegant mansion on a hill serve as backdrop for this festive annual attraction in DC’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. Join the Easter Bunny and children of all ages for an Egg Hunt (starting 10:30am) and

Georgetown French Market

April 25-26 Eggstravaganza at Tudor Place

thrilling Egg Roll Contest down the grand South Lawn (10:45am). Decorate eggs, play games from the past, take photos with the Easter Bunny and make the 5½-acre gardens your play space for the morning. Bring your own basket, spoon, and one hard-boiled egg per child. Member Child: $7; Nonmember Child: $10; Adult Chaperones $5. 10am–12pm. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC. April 19

Our American Girl America’s girls are invited to bring their favorite doll for a special youth tour of the Estate with Mount Vernon’s own American girl, “Nelly Custis.” Enjoy refreshments with “Lady Washington” and try a colonial craft. 11am-2pm. $30 (tickets required for both adults and children). Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309. April 21

Easter Monday/Earth Day at the Zoo This year the National Zoo celebrates Easter Monday and Earth Day together with family-focused activities and live entertainment. Visitors will enjoy a

11th Annual Georgetown French Market Georgetown’s Book Hill neighborhood welcomes spring with its signature open-air market. Superb shopping complimented by the sounds of strolling musicians enliven the event, featuring over 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries offering savings off designer goods, art and antique home furnishings. The event also features children’s activities and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants. 10am-5pm. FREE! Wisconsin Ave. NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20007. April 26

81st Annual Historic Homes and Garden Tour Five of Old Town Alexandria’s premier properties play host to visitors eager to see some of the area’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks. All sites are within an easy walk of each other, allowing visitors to stroll Old Town’s quaint streets lined with charming townhouses and intimate walled gardens. Full tour ticket includes FREE admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate as well as other notable historic sites in Alexandria on the day of the tour. Refreshments offered at the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 10am-4pm. $35 in advance, $40 day-of-tour. Locations throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314.

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In & Around May 2-3

75th Annual National Cathedral Flower Mart A fine spring day is sure to attract thousands of visitors to this floral festival that encircles the Cathedral with its tents and booths offering gardening items, handbags, jewelry, and more. Garden enthusiasts and families will enjoy displays of annuals, perennials, landscape exhibits, garden tours, musical entertainment, gourmet food, book sale, children’s

activities and even an antique 1890’s carousel! Fri: 10am-6pm; Sat: 10am-5pm. FREE! On the grounds of Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016. May 1-31

Passport DC – A Month of International Events Cultural Tourism DC presents this 7th annual celebration of world-class culture in

the nation’s capital. Visitors and residents have the opportunity to travel around the world without ever leaving the city with tours of more than 70 embassies and hundreds of other international cultural activities that include street festivals, performances and exhibitions, and featuring the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 3rd (10am-4pm). At venues throughout DC. FREE! For complete schedule and details: May 3

Virginia Gold Cup Now in its 89th year, this grand tradition of Virginia’s legendary horse country is attended by over 50,000 spectators and is one of the largest and most popular sporting events in the DC area. Enjoy hurdle and timber horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tent, tailgate and hat contests, as well as vendor booths for shopping. Gates open at 10am and events begin at 11:30am. General admission car passes: $85 (allows entry of car and up to 6 occupants). Other passes and VIP packages available. The Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198. For information and tickets: May 10

86th Annual Georgetown Garden Tour This year’s tour features some of the city’s most intriguing gardens. Also included in the ticket price is a delectable afternoon tea served at Keith Hall, Christ Church from 2-4pm along with a Garden Boutique offering Haitian linens, handwoven silk textiles, garden statuary, fine porcelain vases, cutting boards, garden pots and many other delightful garden-inspired goods. 10am-5pm. $30 before April 1st/$35 after; child 14 and younger: FREE. Christ Church, 31st and O Streets NW, Washington, DC 20007. May 13-June 15

Arlington at 150: Honor the Tradition, Remember the Sacrifice, Explore the History

Virginia Cup


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Starting in May, Arlington commemorates the 150th anniversary of its establishment as a national military cemetery with a series of special events and tours to commemorate this important milestone in American

history. Created out of necessity during the American Civil War, it’s become a national shrine for hundreds of thousands of military members and veterans, from the Revolutionary War to the conflicts of the 21st century, and continuing for generations to come. FREE! Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211.

May 24-25

Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon This family-friendly event celebrates the beginning of summer as historic Mount Vernon invites visitors to experience a rare opportunity to linger after the daytime crowds have departed. Tour the Mansion, relax and

May 16-18

Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour

enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase and delight in 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds as the sun sets. 6pm-9pm. Adults: $18; Children 6-11: $12; 5-years and under: Free (Please note: this event requires a separate ticket from daytime Estate admission.) Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309


Celebrate the history of wine in Virginia with candlelit tours of the Mansion, including the rarely open basement where George Washington stored his wine, and live music on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Guests will sample vintages from 16 Virginia wineries, learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, and meet “George and Martha” on the Mansion’s piazza. Concessions by the Mount Vernon Inn are available for purchase. 6-9pm. Friday and Sunday: $38, Saturday: $44, with advance ticket purchase recommended. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309 May 17-18

DC Dragon Boat Festival and Races Maybe not real, fire-breathing dragons, but there will be brightly painted boats sporting dragonheads, tails and scales! The 13th annual festival features premiere teams of elite athletes – as well as those with a more light-hearted approach – along with traditional ceremonies, cultural exhibitions and craft demonstrations. 8:30am-5pm. FREE! Thompsons Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037 May 19

Taste of Arlington Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood is transformed into a lively street festival featuring the cuisine of more than 50 restaurants, live entertainment, arts and crafts and children’s activities. 12-5pm, rain or shine. FREE, but food tickets required. Advance online and day of event tickets available. Wilson Boulevard from Glebe Road to N. Quincy Street and along N. Street to 9th Street, Arlington, VA 22203.

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April 4

The Manhattan Transfer The Living Room Sessions 7:30pm

April 12

Kevin Costner & Modern West 7:30pm

April 17

Hiroshima 7:30pm

April 22

Indigo Girls 7:30pm

April 24


May 3-4

Pat McGee Band 7:30pm

May 16

John Waters This Filthy World 7:30pm

April 4

April 10-12

10,000 Maniacs 7:30pm

May 29

April 10

May 23

Shelia E. 7:30pm

DAR Constitution Hall 1776 D Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 202-628-4780

May 10

Mos Def, Chrisette Michele 8pm

May 1

May 14

Warner Theatre 513 13th Street NW Washington, DC 20004 202-783-4000

Cher D2K Tour With Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo 8pm

Earl Klugh 7:30pm Three Dog Night 7:30pm

Verizon Center 601 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004 202-628-3200

Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour 7pm

May 15

Lewis Black 8pm

April 30-May 2 Eddie Izzard 8pm

May 16

Boz Scaggs 8pm

Lady Gaga Artrave: The Artpop Ball 8pm

May 22

Celtic Woman The Emerald Tour 8pm

Miley Cyrus

Il Divo 8pm

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Getting Around t’s the best, most convenient and stressfree way to get around the metropolitan area. You can explore the city and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs without the hassles of traffic and parking or the expense of gas.

Farecards and Passes Each person needs his/her own farecard or pass to ride Metrorail. A pass or farecard cannot be shared with another person. Farecards hold between $1.50 and $45 and are available at fare vending machines in Metrorail stations. You can buy farecards worth $10, $15 or $20 online. If you have a group, call Group Sales at 202-962-1488 for assistance. Customers can also purchase a SmarTrip® card, which is a permanent, rechargeable farecard. It’s like a credit card, and is embedded with a computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card. SmarTrip® cards are usable on either bus or rail and must be used to pay for parking at Metrorail stations. Purchase at Metro sales offices or outlets for $5. SmarTrip® cards are also sold for $10 (with $5 value loaded) through vending machines at all stations where parking is available. Use Metro’s Trip Planner online if you wish to determine your exact fare and route.

$14.00 One Day Pass This Pass is valid for one day of unlimited Metrorail travel; no time restrictions. Pass expires at the end of the operating day: 3 am on weekends, midnight on weeknights. Buy online or at any Metro station from a Passes/Farecards machine. At Metro Sales Offices – Metro sales offices are located at the Metro Center station, the Pentagon station, and Metro Headquarters at 600 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Metro sales offices carry all visitor’s passes and senior/disabled farecards. Parking at Metro: Metro operates parking facilities at 42 Metrorail stations. All 42 stations offer daily or hourly parking.


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May 25

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle “Ride For Freedom” Commemorating its 27th year, thousands of motorcyclists will ride through downtown DC to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to honor those who have given their lives for the freedom that all Americans enjoy. While many riders and Rolling Thunder members are veterans, all riders are invited to participate in this annual demonstration seeking to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues. FREE! 8am: assembly at North Pentagon Parking Lot; 12pm: Depart from Pentagon; 1:30pm: Speakers’ program and musical tribute at the Reflecting Pool across from The Lincoln Memorial. May 25

25th Anniversary National Memorial Day Concert

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Join the National Symphony Orchestra for America’s “memorial service for the nation” as the sacrifice and service of our military men and women and their families are honored at a nationally televised outdoor concert sponsored by PBS. Features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and a star-studded list of guest artists. 8pm (gates open at 5pm). FREE! West Lawn of the US Capitol, East Capitol and 1st Streets NE, Washington, DC 20004

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National Memorial Day Parade This nationally televised parade, the nation’s largest, has quickly become a tradition in which Americans of all ages and generations can share in the commemoration and celebration of those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Afghanistan. Begins at 2pm. FREE! Parade passes alongside the National Mall on Constitution Ave. NW, between 7th and 17th Streets, Washington, DC 20024 parade

Discover the Real George Washington Discover the man and the ideas that founded a nation at Mount Vernon. Featuring beautiful gardens and grounds, interactive museum, specialty tours, distillery and gristmill, and more!

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In & Around


The Magic Flute – Kennedy Center

ARENA STAGE 1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024 202-488-3300

Smokey Joe’s Café – Arena Stage

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 202-544-7077

March 21-May 4 in the Kreeger Theater

April 17-May 25 in the Elizabethan Theatre

Camp David

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Nestled in the Catoctin Mountain Park, north of Washington, DC, lies the Presidential retreat Camp David. For thirteen tumultuous days in 1978, President Jimmy Carter hosted Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in an attempt to create the impossible: peace in the Middle East. Acclaimed stars of stage and TV, Richard Thomas and Ron Rifkin, bring to fascinating life this world premiere play based on incredibly true events.

New York’s inventive Fiasco Theater arrives in DC fully armed with a reputation for bringing Shakespeare’s most whimsical and timeless tales to the stage. This dizzying romantic adventure is a comedy filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and also the “sourest-natured” dog ever to take the stage.

April 25-June 8 on the Fichandler Stage

Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoll

Camp David – Arena Stage


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Be transported to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues with the hits of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Packed with memorable tunes like “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Stand By Me”, it’s no wonder this electrifying show garnered seven Tony nominations and became the longestrunning musical revue in Broadway history!

The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Folger ShakespeareLibrary


Peter Pan – Kennedy Center

511 Tenth Street NW Washington, DC 20004 202-347-4833

March 14-May 17

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee This heartwarmingly quirky Tony-winning musical comedy follow six awkward adolescents as they pursue their daunting and hilarious spelling bee championship quest. And all will find, as they navigate the tournament’s pressures, a new sense of belonging as well as learn that there’s more to life than winning a trophy. This charming coming-of-age tale invites four volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance, ensuring new and unexpected comedy every night.

KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 202-467-4600

Ongoing in the Theater Lab

THE LITTLE THEATRE OF ALEXANDRIA 600 Wolfe Street Alexandria, VA 22314 703-683-0496

Sheer Madness Set in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy has been Washington’s favorite hilarious whodunit for 25 years. And after more than 11,000 performances, this show is still in great shape, retaining all the bounce, body, and shine of its opening night!

May 3-24

Boeing Boeing Bernard, a successful architect, has three fiancées. How? All are flight attendants with different timetables and schedules. Unfortunately for Bernard, a new, faster Boeing jet has just been introduced, altering his carefully planned lies and schedules, and leading to a string of comic complications!

April 16-27 in the Eisenhower Theater

The Washington Ballet: Peter Pan Take a high-flying adventure to Neverland with The Washington Ballet’s swashbuckling new production of Septime Webre’s dazzling Peter Pan.

May 3-18 in the Opera House

Washington National Opera: The Magic Flute A love-struck prince sets out on a fantastic adventure to rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter in Mozart’s final opera. This zesty and imaginative new production is certain to captivate audiences of all ages.

May 20 – 25 in the Opera House

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet returns with “unparalleled intensity and brilliance” (Washington Post) to Washington to dance Giselle, one of the most romantic and visually striking works in the classical canon.

A new play based on Jerome K. Jerome’s hilarious travelogue!

Directed by Derek Goldman May 8 >> June 8 at Synetic Theater Tickets: 866.811.4111 or April – May, 2014 Dc Metro


NATIONAL THEATER 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-628-6161

April 4-5

Mark Twain Tonight Hal Holbrook returns to DC in his signature role, which he’s now performed over 2,000 times! Just as Mark Twain brought his wit and humor to far-flung places more than a century before, Holbrook-as-Twain continues to enthrall

audiences around the world, not simply as an impersonator of Mark Twain, but an authority on America’s greatest writer. This is a “can’t miss” theater experience.

Mark Twain Tonight – National Theater

May 6-8

Blue Man Group Blue Man Group returns to thrill DC audiences with critically acclaimed performances that have been called “visually stunning,” “wildly inventive,” and “hysterically funny.” With no spoken language, this show is a unique explosion of comedy, music, and technology, perfect for people of all ages!

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY The Lansburgh Theatre: 450 7th Street NW Sidney Harman Hall: 610 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 202-547-1122

March 25-June 7 in the Sidney Harman Hall

Henry IV, Part 1

Photos of Stacy Keach and Edward Gero by Scott Suchman.


Featuring Stacy Keach as Falstaff and Edward Gero as King Henry IV Part of the Clarice Smith Repertory Series

Begins March 25 Sidney Harman Hall 202.547.1122 DC METRO April – May, 2014

A young prince must decide between tavern roughhousing and the burden of his father’s legacy, in the coming-of-age story of heroism, corruption and war. STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs the masterful Stacy Keach in the role of Shakespeare’s beloved character, Falstaff.

April 1-June 8 in the Sidney Harman Hall

Henry IV, Part 2 Continuing from Henry IV Part 1, Young Prince Hal seeks to prove to his father, King Henry IV that he’s ready to rule by leaving his dissolute ways behind. With the King’s sudden illness and a bloody war to wage, Prince Hal must confront and conquer his past in order to determine the future of an entire kingdom.

Blue Man Group – National Theater


Shirlington Village at 4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206 703-820-9771

March 18-May 11

Tender Napalm Tender Napalm makes its Washington debut in a transfixing, intimate and savage exploration of love in the face of heartbreak. A pair of young lovers creates a fantastical, often violent, world through an interweaving dialogue of increasing perplexity. At the heart of their fantasies lies an unimaginable tragedy that both bonds and breaks the two. Fused with raw energy, the couple blurs the distinction of truth and illusion in this battleof-the-sexes wild ride. (Contains graphic language and adult situations - mature audiences only.)

April 22- June 1 in the MAX Theatre

The Threepenny Opera Mack the Knife is back in town! London’s gritty underworld comes to brilliant life in this reimagined futuristic dystopia where the haves clash with the have-nots and where MacHeath, the ultimate antihero, perches in the middle of the storm. A brilliant masterpiece of epic theater, this groundbreaking musical originated the popular song “The Ballad of Mack the Knife”. With haunting jazz score, acid harmonies and biting lyrics, The Threepenny Opera influenced Cabaret and Urinetown. Now, Signature revives the juicily audacious musical that started it all.

THE STUDIO THEATRE 1501 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 22205 202-667-8436

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In & Around March 13-April 6

Three Men in a Boat – Synetic Theater

Hamlet…the rest is silence On the heels of its 10th Shakespearean adaptation, the Synetic company revisits its first – the multiple Helen Hayes Awardwinner that started it all. A silent rendering of the iconic tale of a grief-stricken prince torn between duty, love, conscience and fear, this revitalized production will employ all the skills and techniques that have been honed and developed over the past 10 years, and promises to be a renewed pleasure for those familiar with Synetic’s work as well as a perfect introduction for newcomers.

May 8-June 8

March 5-April 13

Water By The Spoonful Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, this haunting and eloquent play reflects on the power of resilience, redemption, and families forged through both blood and choice. In North Philly, ex-Marine Elliot works at Subway, cares for his dying mom, and leans on his cousin Yaz as he tries to acclimate to civilian life. Online, four addicts cling to their chat room support group, struggling for another day sober. These lives


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collide as events small and large threaten their fragile stabilities, in a work that is combination poem, prayer, and practical lesson on how to cope in an age of uncertainty, speed and chaos.


Synetic Theater 1800 South Bell Street Arlington, VA (Crystal City) 22202 800-494-8497

Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing of the Dog) Still fresh and witty after more than a century, this delightful travelogue tells the story of three young men suffering from a severe case of “overwork”. Accompanied by their dutiful terrier Montmorency, they take a boating holiday through the country, getting into one satirically hilarious predicament after another along the way. Adapted from Jerome K. Jerome’s novel, which is consistently ranked as one of the funniest of all time.



Nationals Park 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Tickets: 888-632-NATS (6287)

Home Schedule April:

Friday, April 4 – 1:05pm vs. Atlanta Braves Saturday, April 5 – 7:05pm vs. Atlanta Braves Sunday, April 6 – 1:35pm vs. Atlanta Braves Tuesday, April 8 – 7:05pm vs. Miami Marlins Wednesday, April 9– 7:05pm vs. Miami Marlins Thursday, April 10 – 4:05pm vs. Miami Marlins Thursday, April 17 – 7:05pm vs. St. Louis Cardinals Friday, April 18 – 7:05pm vs. St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, April 19 – 1:05pm vs. St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, April 20 – 1:35pm vs. St. Louis Cardinals Monday, April 21 – 7:05pm vs. Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, April 22 – 7:05pm vs. Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, April 23 – 7:05pm vs. Los Angeles Angels Thursday, April 24 – 7:05pm vs. San Diego Padres Friday, April 25 – 7:05pm vs. San Diego Padres Saturday, April 26 – 1:05pm vs. San Diego Padres Sunday, April 27 – 1:35pm vs. San Diego Padres


Monday May 5 – 7:05pm vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, May 6 – 7:05pm vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, May 7 – 1:05pm vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, May 16 – 7:05pm vs. New York Mets Saturday, May 17 – 4:05pm vs. New York Mets Sunday, May 18 – 1:35pm vs. New York Mets Monday, May 19 – 7:05pm vs. Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, May 20 –7:05pm vs. Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, May 21 – 4:05pm vs. Cincinnati Reds Monday, May 26 – 1:35pm vs. Miami Marlins Tuesday, May 27 – 7:05pm vs. Miami Marlins Wednesday, May 28 – 7:05pm vs. Miami Marlins Friday, May 30 – 7:05pm vs. Texas Rangers Saturday, May 31 – 12:05pm vs. Texas Rangers

NBA Basketball

MSL Soccer



RFK Stadium 2400 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 Tickets:

Verizon Center 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 Tickets:

Home Schedule April:

Home Schedule April:

Wednesday, April 2 – 7:00pm vs. Boston Celtics Saturday, April 5 – 7:00pm vs. Chicago Bulls Wednesday, April 9 – 7:00pm vs. Charlotte Bobcats Saturday, April 12 – 7:00pm vs. Milwaukee Bucks Monday, April 14 – 7:00pm vs. Miami Heat

WNBA Basketball

Friday April 4 – 7:00pm vs. New England Revolution Saturday, April 12 – 7:00pm vs. New York Red Bulls Saturday, April 26 – 7:00pm vs. FC Dallas


Saturday May 17– 7:00pm vs. Montreal Impact Wednesday, May 21 – 7:00pm vs. Houston Dynamo Saturday, May 31 – 7:00pm vs. Sporting KC

WASHINGTON MYSTICS Verizon Center 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 Tickets:

Home Schedule May:

Friday, May 16 – 7:00pm vs. Minnesota Lynx Saturday, May 24 – 7:00pm vs. Seattle Storm Friday, May 30 – 7:00pm vs. New York Liberty

NHL Hockey


Verizon Center 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 Tickets:

Home Schedule April:

Tuesday, April 1– 7:00pm vs. Dallas Stars Friday, April 11 – 7:00pm vs. Chicago Blackhawks Sunday, April 13 – 3:00pm vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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In & Around


American Cool: Jimi Hendrix – National Portrait Gallery

800 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 Adult: $19.95, Senior (65+): $15.95; Youth (7-17): $14.95 Children (6&under)/Members: Free


Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains Blofeld. Jaws. Octopussy. Drax. Le Chiffre…Meet the Bond’s villains, uncover their evil schemes, and explore their exotic lairs and weapons in this special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films. The Museum has partnered with EON Productions, the Bond film producers, to showcase over 100 artifacts from the films - from airships and underground lairs to nuclear weapons and hungry sharks - at the International Spy Museum, the first and only public museum in the US solely dedicated to espionage. The experience is fully interactive and suitable for all ages.


1001 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004 Adult (13+): $21.50; Child (4-12yrs): $17 (See discount coupon in this issue or visit the website for advance ticket discounts)

Permanent Collection

The President’s Gallery As part of the “capital” experience, don’t miss this chance to meet all 44 US Presidents at the ultimate three-dimensional tribute to America and its commanders-in-chiefs! The Presidents Gallery, a unique exhibit found only at Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC, displays all the Presidents in an exciting, educational and interactive environment where visitors can view the wax figures in settings that bring these historical figures to life in a way that visitors can touch, see and hear.



Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection This extraordinary collection presents some of the most treasured artworks from the Museum’s


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permanent collection, including works by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Arthur Dove, Nancy Grossman, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Reginald Marsh, Ben Shahn, and Honoré Sharrer, among others. The exhibition includes seventy paintings and sculpture from the 1910s to the 1980s that encompass the range of what can broadly be called modern realism, from socio-political to psychological, from satirical to surrealist. 1st Floor West

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, VA 22309 Adult (12-61): $17; Senior (62+): $16; Youth (6-11): $8; 5yrs and under: FREE


Gardens & Groves: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon
 Come explore Washington’s design for his estate, highlighting the first president’s interests and talents

as a landscape designer. On view in The Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center, this new exhibit showcases more than 40 objects, combining rarely-seen items from Mount Vernon’s collection with original Washington books and letter loaned from institutions across the country, and, as its centerpiece, a spectacular model of Mount Vernon’s landscape as Washington last saw it in 1799. In the F.M. Kirby Foundation Gallery

Degas/Cassatt – National Gallery of Art

mind, a dynamic mode of performance, and a certain signature style. Cool has been embodied in jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and Billie Holiday, in actors such as Robert Mitchum, Faye Dunaway, and Johnny Depp, and in singers such as Elvis Presley, Patti Smith, and Jay-Z. American Cool is a photography and cultural exhibition featuring portraits of these iconic figures, each of whom has contributed an original artistic vision to American culture and who have been captured by a roll call of fine-art photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, Herman Leonard and Diane Arbus.


3001 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008. FREE!

Meet Baby Panda Cub Bao Bao!


555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 Adults: $21.95; Senior (65+): $17.95 Child (7-18): $12.95; Child (6 & younger): Free

Opens May 16

One Nation With News for All In partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the Newseum presents a new exhibit that tells the dramatic story of how immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and shape the American experience. Today, when one in four Americans turn to ethnic media for news, News for All reflects the vibrancy and diversity of today’s ethnic media, from ImpreMedia, the largest Spanish-language news company in the United States, to the black-owned Radio One network to the “Angry Asian Man” blog.

After four months of watching her grow via the panda cams, visitors to the Zoo are now able to visit Baby Bao Bao in person!! The Giant Panda Habitat is open from 8am to 4pm daily and visitors will be allowed into the panda house on a first-come-first-served basis.

NATIONAL GALLERY of ART 401 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20565 FREE! Floor

Opening May 11

Degas/Cassatt Although Edgar Degas’s influence upon Mary Cassatt has long been acknowledged, the extent to which Cassatt shaped Degas’s artistic production and prepared the way for his warm reception by American audiences is fully examined in this exhibition for the first time. With a focus on the critical period from the late 1870s through the mid-1880s when Degas and Cassatt were most closely allied, this exhibition brings together some 70 works in a variety of media to examine the fascinating artistic dialogue that developed between the two. Groundbreaking technical analysis provides new insight into the intersections between their art, in terms of subject matter as well as choice of media and methods.

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American Cool Cool is an original American sensibility and remains a global obsession, becoming a password that connotes a balanced state of

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DC’s New Power Lunch–

Brunch! By Lisa Shapiro

Besides politics, there is one thing that Washingtonians take seriously – Brunch. Most DC area restaurants break away from their regular menus on the weekends to wow weekenders in search of the best brunch. Many who know about these top brunch spots, are more than willing to leap out of bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning. For brunch, it’s true what they say, “the early bird does get the worm.” Lines form early, so better shake a leg.


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I n T he District

Golden Brown Delicious (GBD) (1323 Connecticut Ave., NW) located below Dupont Circle, a new hot spot, specializes in fried chicken and fresh doughnuts. Enjoy one of Chef Tiffany MacIsaac’s fresh homemade doughnuts ranging from the traditional fried-to-order vanilla glaze to the more gourmet such as bourbon & bacon brioche doughnuts. Wash it down with a premium cup of Joe. Their brunch special offers guests any entrée ($10-$12) with your choice of doughnut and coffee for +$3. GBD is open daily for breakfast, 8am-2pm and weekend brunch 10am-3pm. At Birch & Barley (1337 14th St., NW), award-winning pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac and her husband Chef Kyle Bailey teamed up at this beer-centric hot spot in Logan Circle to offer an innovative seasonal brunch with Fried Chicken and Belgian waffles with buttered pecans, Quiche with ramps, or flatbreads with a variety of delicious toppings. Enjoy their all-day brunch Sundays through 8:00pm. While most hotel restaurants in DC offer breakfast for guests – not all are created equal. Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave., NW) in the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel, near Union Station, offers a deliciously soulful breakfast. Owner Chef Art Smith, well known as the former

Located along the Georgetown waterfront, the new Fiola Mare by Fabio Trabocchi (3050 K St., NW), offers a delicioso Brunch menu, with sumptuous selections such as Lemon-Mascarpone Pancakes, Italian Eggs Benedict, along with Chef Fabio’s interpretations of coastal classics such as the Maine Lobster Roll, Italian Shrimp and Grits, and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Their morning Pastry Basket features both sweet and savory pastry including gooey cinnamon buns and flaky croissants. Enjoy brunch cocktails such as Bellini, Mimosa and Bloody Mary, as well as mocktails and fresh fruit juices. Serving brunch Sat - Sun 11:30am - 3:00pm.

Perry’s “Drag Queen Brunch”

personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, offers sumptuous dishes such as the BLT Benedict with poached farm eggs, bacon, skillet potatoes, and hollandaise sauce. Too decadent? Not to worry. Health-conscious eaters will feel at home here. Enjoy healthy dishes like the market omelet with egg whites and market vegetables, or the Toasted Quinoa Granola or Steal cut oats or a Seasonal Fruit Parfait with Greek yogurt. Open Mon-Fri 6:3010:30am; weekends 7:30am-3:30pm. In DC, brunch is the new power lunch. Visit Founding Farmers (1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) to witness some of the District’s elite jumping on the local, sustainable, seasonal bandwagon. This Certified Green Restaurant, owned by a collective of American family farmers, offers true classic dishes made from scratch, made with sustainably farmed products, with locally sourced items and seasonal vegetables and fruits whenever possible. Sound kinda hokey? You won’t care when you’re devouring the best stuffed French toast or farmhouse waffles you’ve ever had. How about some made-toorder Beignets with raspberry coulis or chocolate? On the lighter side, try the “Drag Through the Garden” with scrambled egg whites and seasonal vegetables. Serving breakfast Mon- Fri 7-11am; weekends 9am-2pm. There is also a new location in Potomac, MD.

For those who think the perfect brunch must include the best Bloody Mary, stop by Poste (555 8th St., NW) located in the Hotel Monoco near the Verizon Center. Guests concoct their own, starting with a range of house-infused vodkas (including bacon!) and then you can really get creative with their fixins bar chock full o’ garnish, including spices, veggies, and hot sauces. Everything at Poste is made from fresh, local, and organic ingredients...even as local as their own courtyard garden. While you’re relishing in your waffle with Chantilly cream, fresh berries, chocolate ganache and berry maple syrup, enjoy their gorgeous outdoor patio. Serving breakfast: Mon-Fri 7-10:00am, Weekends 8:00am-3:00pm. Perry’s (1811 Columbia Rd., NW) located in Adams Morgan, offers Sunday brunch like no other. Guests line up around the corner to get in to enjoy their legendary “Drag Queen Brunch”. Between 10am and 3pm, with two seatings, the restaurant hosts a raucous brunch of “ladies” lip-syncing to pop music, dancing provocatively in skimpy costumes and bouffant wigs, eliciting gasps with each grand entrance. The all-you-can-eat buffet costs $24.95 per person, but the show is priceless! Be sure to bring a few dollar bills to tip the dancers. No reservations accepted, so come early. Serving brunch Saturday 11am 3pm, Drag Queen Brunch Sunday only 10am-3pm.

N o rt he rn Virgin ia Just outside of DC, in Alexandria, VA Paradiso (6124 Franconia Rd.), features a family friendly smorgasbord Sunday Brunch. Enjoy an extensive banquet of over 100+ dishes including a made-to-order pasta station, brick oven pizza, soups, salads, waffles, eggs Benedict, desserts and more! Serving brunch Sunday 10am-2:30pm. Take the whole family out for Sunday Brunch without going downtown. Pane E Vino (9020 Lorton Station Rd.) located in Lorton, VA offers a wall-to-wall brunch buffet with stations of made-to-order pasta, omelets, waffles and wood-fired pizza, salad bar, and entrees of fish, lamb, pork and chicken, accompanied by a beef carving station. Enjoy traditional scrambled eggs or eggs Benedict, hot vegetables, potatoes, soup of the day, assorted fruits and an elaborate pastry bar. Kid-size cereal boxes are even available for the little ones. $20.99 per person and includes one mimosa. Serving Sunday Brunch 10:30am-3pm.

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HogHeaven By Kathleen Landrum


lack leather on blue jeans meets brilliant shining chrome. Bushy goatees, graying ponytails, bandannas and black berets, barrel chests and tattooed arms, young and old, vets and non-vets—it is a yearly reunion for these men and women who ride their motorcycles to our nation’s capital en masse, nearly a million strong to honor veterans of past wars and memorialize those who never returned. Their name: Rolling Thunder. Their mission: to promote legislation that will increase veterans’ benefits, and resolve the POW/MIA issue from all wars; to provide financial support, food, clothing and other essentials to veterans and their families. They will gather together over Memorial Day Weekend, this their 27th year, proudly flying the stars and stripes beside the stark black POW/MIA flags from the backs of their polished Harleys, Sportsters and Softails, Fat Bobs and Low Riders, Electra Glides and Road Kings. Club names will be emblazoned on their t-shirts: The Freebirds, The Avengers, the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Legion Fighters. A candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial will kick-off the weekend-long event on Friday, May 23rd at 9:00 p.m. On Sunday, May 25th vets will assemble in the North and South Pentagon parking lots beginning at 7:00 a.m., and depart for Washington, D.C. and the “Ride to the Wall” at noon. Bikers ride across the Arlington Memorial Bridge, down Constitution Avenue towards the Capitol Building, turn at 3rd Street and again at Independence Avenue, proceed around the National Mall and end near the Lincoln Memorial. A tribute to all veterans, living, deceased, and missing in action will take place after the ride at West Potomac Park located at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue. A number of events are planned for Monday, May 26th, Memorial Day. The annual wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, beginning at 11:00 a.m. At 2:00 p.m., a Memorial Day Observance will honor all fallen service men and women at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, while at the same time, the National Memorial Day Parade is scheduled to kick off. Sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee,


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Tips for attending Rolling Thunder


Best viewing spots for the demonstration ride are located along the Arlington Memorial Bridge and Constitution Avenue.


Streets will be closed along the route from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking is limited. Public transportation is encouraged.


The official vendor site for Rolling Thunder, known as Thunder Alley, will be open at 9:00 a.m. from Saturday through Monday, located at 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue.

the parade will begin at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, and proceed along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, and ending at 17th Street. Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a non-profit organization with over 88 chartered chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The group began in 1987, taking their name from the continuous U.S. bombing of North Vietnam from 1965 to April of 1972 known as Operation Rolling Thunder. Rolling Thunder members sponsor search missions in Southeast Asia, log thousands of hours at local VA hospitals, providing moral support to nursing home veterans and patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Members continue to expend over half a million each year educating the public (including speaking to youth groups about the honor of serving their country) and increasing awareness about the POW/ MIA issue and other injustices suffered by veterans. The deafening roar of the Harleys’ Ride to Freedom has become a Memorial Day tradition in Washington, D.C., a sound not unlike the bombing campaign against North Vietnam. The thundering procession of vets rumble over the Memorial Bridge, descend down the street past the Capital, where political policy dictates the fate of American soldiers. Rolling Thunder will likely continue its yearly tribute until America has accounted for all its missing servicemen. April – May, 2014 Dc Metro


Exploring outside of Washington ashington, D.C. ranks as one of the best day tripping starting points in the country. In addition to being a city packed with its own collection of places to explore, Washington neighbors states with an unbelievable number of parks, historic homes, waterfalls, monuments, farms, beaches, lakes, archaeological excavations, mountains, Civil War battlefields, campgrounds, trails, horse stables, wineries, museums and even an amusement park or two. Along the way there are also world-class inns, restaurants and performance venues as well as plenty of lesser known but equally as appealing greasy spoons, farm stands, coffeehouses, regional theaters and artisan cooperatives The diversity of the sites within driving distance from the city means most everyone can find something that will make them happy. Whether you prefer urban streets, cobblestone sidewalks, sandy beaches, dirt roads or historic pathways, the region surrounding the nation’s capital holds many destinations where you’ll want to leave your footprints over and over again.


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E x p er i e n ce


West Virginia Highlands

A m y T r o tter H o u st o n Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or take a more relaxed approach, the Highlands of Pocahontas and Randolph counties in West Virginia offer vast swaths of pristine wilderness and a veritable outdoor playground. Once a prosperous logging region, this area has reinvented itself by focusing on its astounding natural beauty. Glide down a river in a canoe, hike old logging roads or hop aboard an excursion train.

Boarding the Cheat Mountain Salamander

The springboard for any of these activities is the town of Elkins, home to Davis & Elkins College, and where visitors can get a taste of Appalachian culture and hospitality. Learn more about local history at the Augusta Heritage Center. Enjoy an evening of homegrown entertainment at one of two variety show venues featuring music, dance and comedy. The American Mountain Theater hosts its regular show and a special History of American Music on certain dates. Gandy Dancer Theatre is West Virginia’s only dinner theater and showcases music from the 1950s through the present. If you’re looking for something different by eventide, try Venezuelan cuisine at El Gran Sabor with live music, the cinnamon rolls at 1863 Grill located in the new Isaac Jackson Hotel or a family-style meal at the Railyard Restaurant adjacent the Elkins Depot. April – May, 2014 Dc Metro


In & Around

Upcoming E ve n ts April 19

Cottontail Express departs Elkins Depot at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

April 26

Ramps & Rail departs Elkins Depot at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

June 13

Wine Train departs Elkins Depot at 3:00 p.m.

June 15

Father’s Day Cookout departs Elkins Depot at 11:00 a.m.

July 18

Riverside Blues Train departs Elkins Depot at 11:00 a.m.

July 19

Great WV Train Race departs Elkins Depot at 9:00 a.m.

August 9 and 10 Wild West Weekend departs Durbin Depot at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


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Riding the Rails The restored 1908 depot is the starting point for the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad (DGVR) Mountain Rail Adventures, and home to the Elkins Welcome Center and a Rail & Trail Store selling souvenirs. From April through October, the DGVR operates four excursion trains following five routes. Passengers board restored railcars pulled by vintage dieselpowered engines for an authentic railroading experience and access to the most remote areas of the east-central Mountain State. The DGVR has been featured on the Emmyaward winning PBS series Great Scenic Railway Journeys. DGVR’s New Tygart Flyer train takes guests to the High Falls of Cheat where it stops so passengers can take in the spectacular 150-foot wide and 18-foot high waterfall. This train pulls a renovated 1922 Pullman Palace car with cushioned armchairs, has climate-controlled coaches, and offers a cold buffet for lunch. The Cheat Mountain Salamander train offers trips to both Cheat Bridge with a stop at the falls, and a longer journey through high country forests to Spruce, where tall grasses mark the once thriving logging town. These trips include lunch served on the train. These two trains traverse two steep mountain grades and a 1,800-foot “S” curve tunnel carved through Cheat Mountain. On select Saturdays, the Mountain Explorer Dinner Train offers passengers the nostalgic experience of dining to the steady rhythm of the rails while enjoying the landscape. Monthly Murder Mystery trips feature the local Old Brick Playhouse theater group. Due to the popularity of these excursions, it is best to reserve seats well in advance.

The rare Durbin Rocket train departs from the historic depot in Durbin less than an hour’s drive from Elkins. It is powered by Old #3, a 55-ton antique steam engine built in 1910, one of only three Climax geared locomotives operating on Earth, pulling a 1920s-era coach and vintage cabooses. Visitors ride in an open car to take in unobstructed views along the gurgling Greenbrier River and lush Monongahela National Forest, or choose a closed car for comfort. A ride on this distinctive train is sure to bring out your inner child. Back in Durbin visit an outpost of the Rail & Trail Store where you will find a variety of fun items and big scoops of ice cream. The popular Castaway Cabooses, two original railroad cabooses that have been renovated into comfortable camping suites complete with full baths and kitchenettes, are pulled by the Durbin Rocket and unhooked in separate secluded wilderness areas along the river. Guests may book one for a weekend or a week and enjoy the serenity that comes with being in an area where there is no cell phone service. There are plans to add additional cabooses due to their increasing popularity. While these four trains run from April through October, a special train runs on select dates in November and December. The Polar Express™ departs from Elkins with a pajama-clad crowd of children and adults sipping hot chocolate with a cast of characters and Santa Claus. Plans are currently underway to expand the DVGR network. The future Highland Adventure of Mountain & Railroad will connect scenic railroads and rail trails to “get [people] into remote places where outdoor activities abound,” says John Smith, President-CEO of the DGVR, effectively forming a “wilderness theme park” of rivers

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Special Events

Departs Elkins & Durbin Depots April-December


to canoe, trails to hike and historic places to visit. You can check the train schedule on the DGVR website: Mtn-Rail. com.

Outdoor Adventures Large sections of the

Monongahela National Forest lie within Pocahontas

and Randolph counties affording visitors a wealth of outdoor activities from hiking and mountain biking to camping and trout fishing. Visit the Dolly Sods Wilderness, Blackwater Falls and Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia. Be on the lookout for wildlife including bald eagles, bears and flying squirrels. Seneca Rocks, located within the national forest, is popular with rock climbers. Novice climbers may first wish to practice on the Via Ferrata at nearby Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center in Circleville, WV, home to the only zip line in this region. One interesting sight is the array of enormous telescopes perched around

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the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The largest is the Robert C.

Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). At 485 feet tall, it is 35 feet higher than the Great Pyramid. These telescopes need silence to operate, so around it are 13,000 square miles of designated National Radio Quiet Zone, meaning cell coverage is reduced.

Where to Stay In addition to the Castaway Caboose in Durbin, there are a variety of lodging options in Elkins and the surrounding area from bed & breakfasts and inns to camping and cabins. If you’re looking for something special, the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV is worth the 54-mile drive from Elkins. Located in Stonewall Resort State Park, the resort offers an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, swimming pool, conference center, marina and the Mtn. Laurel Spa. Accommodations are in the lakeside Adirondack-style lodge or saltboxstyle cottages perfect for families. Guests enjoy boating, kayaking, water sports, fishing, and mountain biking. Snowshoe Mountain Resort, a popular winter ski area, is an easy 29 miles from Durbin and offers an abundance of activities any time of the year including a downhill bike park, Segway tours, and expansive resort space.

How to Get There

History. Wineries. Outdoors. Dining. Inns. Antiques.

It is 200 miles from Washington, DC to Elkins, WV. If you decide to travel without a GPS, follow this route to Elkins: Take I-66 to I-81 south to Exit 296/Strasburg. Follow US Route 55 to Wardensville, WV, where 55 turns into US Route 48. Exit to downtown Moorefield and stay on US Route 55/28 through Moorefield and Petersburg to Seneca Rocks. At Seneca Rocks take US Route 55/33 into Elkins. For more information visit:


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The Kid’s Page

Monuments & Memorials



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Arlington National Cemetery When you visit Arlington National Cemetery (arlington, you realize the price we all pay for war. More than 300,000 of those who died fighting for our country are buried here just across the Potomac from Washington. It is the largest military cemetery in the country. President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and two of their children are buried here, as are Senator Robert Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. President Kennedy and President William Howard Taft are the only presidents buried at Ariington.You can visit the graves of civil rights hero Medgar Evers, Supreme Court justices Thurgood Marshall and Oliver Wendell Holmes, and unknown soldiers in the Tomb of the Unknowns, which is guarded 24 hours a day (you will want to watch the changing of the guard). There’s a Women in Military Service for America Memorial and the famous statue of the Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima at the Marine Corps War Memorial. The US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps perform at the memorial in summer ( can climb the tower of the 49-bell carillon nearby. Just leave your car at the hotel. It’s much easier to take the Metro Blue Line here which stops at the Arlington National Cemetery entrance. Excerpt from the book: The Kids Guide to Washington, DC by Eileen Oginitz , which is available at fine bookstores and online.

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Washington, DC’s world-famous cherry trees, with their soft white and pink blossoms bursting in unison, are forecast to be in magnificent bloom April 8th through April 12th, according to the National Park Service. As the “peak bloom” date is defined as the days when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry blossoms are open and can vary each year depending on weather conditions, now’s the time to enjoy this spectacular display before they float away for another year!


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he plantings of the cherry trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the United States from the people of Tokyo, Japan. In a ceremony in March of that year, First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two of these trees. In 1965, Lady Bird Johnson accepted 3,800 additional tress of 16 varieties. Heralding the arrival of spring the cherry blossoms annually cast their characteristic pink and white petals over not only the Tidal Basin but also events and activities throughout the DC area. Timed in conjunction with the peak blooming period, dozens of activities – festivals, parades, even cherry-inspired cuisine – are scheduled, most as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Here’s a handful of can’t-miss events; for the complete Festival schedule, visit

EVENTS THROUGH APRIL 13 National Cherry Blossom Festival Spring has sprung in Washington! Whether or not DC’s thousands of trees are blooming, daily concerts, cultural demonstrations, family-friendly activities, fireworks and parades all around the National Mall and Tidal Basin will commemorate the gift of the cherry trees and the enduring friendship between the citizens of the United States and Japan. Most activities FREE! Events throughout Washington, DC and the metro area. Best viewing of cherry blossom trees at Tidal Basin. For complete schedule:

Tidal Basin Paddle Boats The Tidal Basin Boathouse will be offering free online reservations for paddleboats between 10 AM – Noon during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Hourly rentals are $12.00 for a two-passenger boat. At least one passenger must be 16 years old. Life vests are provided for individuals and must be worn by all passengers at all times. Tidal Basin Boathouse – 1501 Maine Avenue, SW.

Japanese Exhibitions and Events Enjoy three exhibitions of Japanese art, as well as a full range of free public and kids programs related to Japan and Japanese art and culture. 10 AM – 5:30PM FREER|SACKLER Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW.

April 3: Grand Sake Tasting Enjoy the delicacies of Japan at this one-of-a-kind event! For one night only, join master brewers from Japan to taste world-famous sake, shochu, and beer. These prestigious sakes are in the top 1% of those produced! Top area Japanese restaurants sample cuisine and traditional Japanese performers entertain. NEW for 2014 - Tasters will have the opportunity to bid on bottles of sake, beer and shochu to take home. Proceeds will benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. Carnegie Library – 801 K Street, NW; 7-9PM $100 per person (you must be 21).

April 5: Japanese Culture Day Japanese Culture Day provides an exciting opportunity for K-12 children, their families, and teachers to learn about the Japanese culture through reading, writing, and

draft making with cultural and linguistic professionals. There will be origami, book readings (Japanese stories in English), kimono trial, and other activities. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building; 10 First St., SE; 10 AM-3PM; FREE.

Since then, the Stone Lantern has been lit once each year by the Cherry Blossom Princess representing the Embassy of Japan—and only during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Japanese Stone Lantern at the Tidal Basin at Independence Avenue and 17th Street; 2:30PM; FREE.

April 5: Cherry Blossom Yoga

April 12: Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

Cherry Blossom Yoga with Lululemon Athletica is a unique way to Step into Spring through a complimentary yoga class with an elite yoga teacher and original music. It brings together people of all ages and abilities, uniting them during this yoga practice. Washington Monument along 15th Street and Constitution Avenue; 10-12 Noon; FREE.

April 6: Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Spectators are encouraged to come watch 15,000 runners starting and finishing on the Washington Monument Grounds and touring the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin and in East Potomac Park. The best viewing points are located at the Lincoln Memorial Circle and along Independence Ave. near the Tidal World-class runners, including Olympians and World Champions compete for over $45,000 in prize money. 7:15 AM-12 Noon: FREE for spectators

April 6: Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony

Now in its 54th year, visitors are sure to enjoy the familyfriendly atmosphere of the largest Japanese cultural festival in the United States. Stretching nearly a mile down Pennsylvania Avenue the festival features food, Japanese culture and arts, vendors, performers, and more. 10:30am6pm. $8 advance purchase by April 4; $10 day-of; FREE for 12 years or younger. The Festival stretches for six blocks through downtown DC on Pennsylvania Avenue from 9th to 14th Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001.

April 12: National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Blossom-inspired floats, marching bands, giant helium balloons and international performing groups come together to create an energy-filled salute to spring in the heart of DC. 10am-12pm, rain or shine. FREE along parade route; reserved grandstand seating available for $20. Parade runs along Constitution Ave. NW, between 7th and 17th Streets, Washington DC 20001.

The Japanese Stone Lantern was carved nearly four centuries ago to honor the Third Shogun of the Tokugawa period. It stands 8.5 feet tall and weighs 4,000 pounds. In 1954, the lantern was moved from Japan and presented to Washington DC as a gift commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first treaty between the two countries. April – May, 2014 Dc Metro


A Politician Walks Into a Bar… By Gabby Birkman


Spend one night on our comedy scene and you will see that Washington D.C. has some of the funniest people in the country.

ashington D.C. is an entertaining town even if you do not include the United States Congress. Unlike the politicians, America loves the D.C. comedians that have captivated TV shows, films, stages, and comedy clubs. Several of our A-listers include Lewis Black, Goldie Hawn, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Sandra Bullock, Wanda Sykes, and Ana Gasteyer. Our long list of successful performers proves that our D.C. comedy scene undoubtedly offers the best of local celebrities and the best of the up-and-coming.

Stage center of Washington D.C. is the DC Improv, where you can see A-list comedians, touring headliners, and local celebrities. The Improv has two showrooms, a full restaurant, and a bar. For April and May, the Improv will host comedians Dean Edwards, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Pollack and Michael McDonald to name a few. The Improv is less than a mile north of the White House on Connecticut Avenue NW. The president should be so lucky to have this fantastic comedy club upstage him.


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If you like ensemble improvisation and the Senate just is not funny enough, then the Washington Improv Theater (WIT) is the perfect choice for entertainment. WIT has a free, long-form improv show every Tuesday at Source Theater on 14th Street NW. WIT will host its Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament (FIST) at Source Theater every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, until April 12. Ultimately, only one team will win in this side-splitting competition, confirming that bipartisanship is impossible in this town.

As Congress continues to “work” on its budget deal, you can work out a great comedy deal on the perfect budget at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Every Thursday, in The Green Room, Joe Zimmerman hosts his $5 Cool Cow Comedy show with comedians from Comedy Central, Conan, and MTV. On April 12, The Green Room features Porkchop Volcano. Porkchop Volcano is a short form Improv Troop specialized in rapid fire laughs inspired by audience suggestions. On May 4th, experience Stand up For Pats with Rebecca Curry.

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Politics is a funny business. Comedy about politics is even funnier. Add music and you have the Capitol Steps. This musical comedy troupe began 33 years ago with a group of Senate staffers who were intent on lampooning their employer by singing parodies about the government. Now the cast heralds talent from the House, the Senate, and the theater industry, which is really all the same. The Capitol Steps troupe performs every Friday and Saturday evening at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. You may not like the lawmakers of D.C., but you will love our comedians. D.C. performers have learned from our political leaders how to make America laugh. Like our politicians, D.C. entertainers are hysterical. Unlike our politicians, you will love them. Spend one night on our comedy scene and you will see that Washington D.C. has some of the funniest people in the country.

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Museums & Attractions

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useums & M Attractions 2014 Guide Virginia AIR FORCE MEMORIAL

This memorial honors the millions of patriotic men and women who have served and 54,000 who have died while in the U.S. Air Force. Located off Columbia Pike near VA-244, the memorial overlooks the Pentagon and all of Washington, D.C. Features three stainless steel spires that soar skyward evoking flight and the flying spirit. Metro: Pentagon Metro Station (Blue/Yellow lines) Memorial is within walking distance One Air Force Memorial Drive Arlington, VA 22211 (703) 247-5808 Open: Daily. Admission: Free


Situated on 612 acres, the cemetery is a resting place of nearly a quarter-million military veterans and dignitaries. An eternal flame flickers at the grave of John F. Kennedy. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and two of the couple’s children are also buried there. Also view the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, attended 24 hours a day by members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry. Entrance at west-side of Memorial Bridge. Self-guided or paid shuttle tour available. Parking lot. Free Visitors Center - closes an hour after the Cemetery.

Air Force Memorial

Metro: Arlington Cemetery Station (Blue Line) Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA 22211, (877) 907-8585 Open: Daily, 8AM-7PM (5PM October- March). Admission: Free (Ticketed trolley tour is available; see price and special activities on website

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Museums & Attractions GADSBY’S TAVERN MUSEUM

Mount Vernon

The building was named for its 1796-1808 operator, Englishman John Gadsby. The Museum consists of two buildings, the 1785 Georgian tavern and the 1792 City Hotel that have been authentically restored to their 18th century appearance. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and the Marquis de Lafayette all tipped a few here in Old Town Alexandria. Now it’s a museum with regular guided tours. Metro: King Street Station (Yellow/Blue lines). Take King Street Trolley 11:30AM-10:15PM or taxi 134 N. Royal St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 746-4242 Open: April – Oct., Sun. and Mon. 1-5PM, Tues. – Sat. 10AM-5 PM; Nov. – March, Wed. – Sat. 11AM-4PM, Sun. 1-4PM. Admission: Adults $5, Child (5-12) $3


Modeled after one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Pharaoh’s Lighthouse in Alexandria, the Masonic Temple is visible from the Potomac and surrounding areas. The memorial displays a magnificent 17-ft. bronze statue of George Washington and an outstanding collection of Washington artifacts. Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Metro: King Street Station (Blue/Yellow lines) Parking lot at memorial 101 Callahan Drive Alexandria, VA 22301 (703) 683-2007 Open: Daily, Apr. 1 – Sept. 30, Mon – Sat., 9AM-4PM, Sun. 12PM-4PM; Oct. 1 – Mar. 31, Mon. – Sat. 10AM-4PM, Sun. 12PM-4PM. Admission: $5.00 for those 13+ for the First and Second Floor exhibits. For Guided Tours, including tower and observation desk - $8.00. See website for tour times.


A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by Scottish merchant and Alexandria city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding the French and Indian War. Metro: King Street Station (Take Trolley 11:30AM-10:15PM) 121 N. Fairfax St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 549-2997 Open: Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. Noon-4 p.m. (see website for special events and activities). Admission: Adults $5, Child (5-12) $3


19th century water wheel and operating gristmill. Miller’s house has exhibits about historic Great Falls community life. Metro: NA (Parking lot available) 10017 Colvin Run Road Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759-2771 Open: 11AM-4PM (closed on Tuesdays - See website for tours, mill grinding, etc. and winter hours). Admission: Free


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DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER

Since 2001, this interactive museum traces the impact of drugs on American society and the efforts of Federal law enforcement to educate the public and to combat this problem. Metro: Pentagon Station (Blue/Yellow lines) 700 Army-Navy Dr., Arlington, VA 22202 (202) 307-3463 Open: Tuesday – Friday: 10AM-4PM Admission: Free


Stop by the Visitor Center in the Tysons Corner Center to get current information on where to stay, what to do, and how to get where you’re going in Fairfax County and the region from one of the service counselors. They are even giving out free gifts, maps and coupons for stopping by to say hello! Metro: NA (take Capital Beltway (I-495) near intersection of State Routes 7 and 123, parking available) Tysons Corner Center, Level 2 1961 Chain Bridge Road,McLean, VA 22102 (703) 752-9500 Open: Monday – Saturday, 10AM-6PM; Sunday, 11AM-6PM (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) Admission: Free


Costumed distillers demonstrate the distillation process in the two-story building, which also features a storage cellar, office, and two bedrooms where the site manager and assistant would have lived. On the second floor can be seen a History Channel video called “George Washington’s Liquid Gold” and a museum exhibit, “Spirits of Independence: George Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry,” which tells the story of whiskey at Mount Vernon and its history in America. George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. When combined with admission to Mount Vernon, tickets are $2 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. Metro: Huntington Station (Yellow Line) - Located just three miles south of Mount Vernon. Open: Daily, March 31 – October 31, 10AM-5PM, open through October. Admission: $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. Special pricing when combined with admission to Mount Vernon.

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S THE LYCEUM: ALEXANDRIA’S MOUNT VERNON ESTATE AND HISTORY MUSEUM Once used as a Civil War hospital, the Lyceum GARDEN The riverside estate of George Washington is an American landmark of the life of America’s first President, George Washington. It includes the Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds museum and Education Center, new facilities with 25 galleries and theaters, and more than 700 artifacts, and interactive displays that introduce visitors to the real George Washington. The most famous dentures in the world are on permanent display, along with three life-size models of Washington created from a forensic investigation. An action adventure movie, video presentations produced by the History Channel, and an “immersive” Revolutionary War experience with falling snow, rumble seats, and fog all help tell Washington’s life story. The historic area features the restored Mansion, original outbuildings, the tomb where the Washington’s are buried, beautiful gardens, and heritage breed animals who work at a four acre farm site near the river. See website for Estate admission. Metro: Huntington Station (Yellow Line) Take taxi or bus 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, VA 22309 Open: Daily, Mar. 31 – Aug. 8AM-5PM; Mar., Sept., Oct. 9AM-5PM and Nov. through Feb. 9AM-4PM. Admission: Ages 0-5: Free; 6-11: $7; 12-61: $15; 62+: $14 (See website for group prices)

Historic Herndon Visitors’ Center

Once a major rail stop in the heart of Virginia’s dairy farming country, the downtown has maintained its historic character with a visitor’s center in the old depot with surrounding boutiques and cafes. Metro: N/A (minutes away from Dulles International Airport) 730 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20172 (703) 437-6366 Open: Daily. Admission: Free


See Fairfax’s newest Civil War site, recently opened to the public, featuring 12 beautiful acres and the famous Blenheim House with more than 115 Union soldier inscriptions still left intact in the attic; some of the best preserved graffiti from the Civil War. A new 4,000-square-foot Civil War Interpretive Center includes an illustrated timeline of Fairfax’s role in the Civil War.

tells the story of Alexandria, once one of the busiest ports in America. Archaeological finds, old photography, maps, original artworks and a wide variety of historic artifacts provide the visitor with a picture of the City’s past. In 1985 The Lyceum became the History Museum for Alexandria, VA. Metro: King Street Station (Blue/Yellow lines) King Street Trolley from 11:30AM-10:15PM 201 S. Washington St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 838-4994 Open: Mon. – Sat. 10AM-5PM and Sun. 1-5PM. Admission: $2.00/person


With world class historical and modern firearms spanning over six centuries, the National Firearms Museum displays the finest firearms collection in the country. Exhibits range from the best sporting guns and masterworks of firearms engraving to Presidential, Olympic, law enforcement, and military arms. Metro: N/A (Parking on site) NRA Headquarters Building 11250 Waples Mill Rd. Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 267-1600 Open: Daily, 9:30AM-5PM. Closed major holidays. Admission: Free.


Experience American history through the eyes of Marines. Interactive and immersive experiences allow guests to witness and feel the rigidity of boot camp and the force of drill instructors. To edge through a stand of trees at Belleau Wood and come up behind a German machine gunners’ position. Travel along the frozen TokTong pass in Korea amidst enemy troops, and disembark a helicopter into the landing zone atop Hill 881 South in Vietnam. Welcoming over 3 million visitors since its opening in 2006, the National Museum and Marine Corps Heritage Center includes Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and Chapel that sits amid natural woodlands and has landscaped pathways with impressive views of the Museum.

Metro: N/A 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 591-0560 Open: Open Tuesday-Saturday 12-4PM with daily 1pm site tour. Monthly Civil War lectures. Admission: Free

Metro: N/A (Take I-95 to the Marine Corps Base Quantico exit #150) 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA 22172 877-653-1775 Open: Daily, 9AM-5PM. Closed December 25. Admission & Parking: Free.



A featured site on the Virginia Civil War Trails, the museum offers exhibits, events, walking and driving tours, and educational programs. Metro: N/A Two hour metered parking on Loudoun Street - parking garage one half block from museum. 16 Loudoun Street SW, Leesburg, VA 20175 (703) 777-7427 Open: Fri. – Sat., 10AM-5PM and Sun. 1-5PM. Closed federal holidays. Admission: Adults -$3.00; Students/ Teachers/Students $1.00; Children under four Free.

Udvar-Hazy Center

Ongoing exhibits tell the unique story of the innovative, world-renowned, planned community of Reston. The museum also offers archives, walking tours, special events and a one-of-a-kind shop. Metro: N/A 1639 Washington Plaza Reston, VA (in the Lake Anne Historic District), (703) 709-7700 Open: Tues. – Fri., Sun. 12-5PM and Sat. 10AM-5PM Admission: Free


Combined with the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in DC, this is the largest and most prestigious air and space museum complex in the world. Visitors can view nearly the entire collection of air and spacecraft memorabilia the Smithsonian has to offer. An open space with 10-story arched trusses and with a network of walkways and displays on the floor. Visit the Boeing Aviation Hangar, the James S. McDowell Hanger with the newest addition of the Space Shuttle Discovery, The Donald D. Engen Observatory and the Airbus IMAX Theater. Among them will be such icons as the Space Shuttle Enterprise, a Lockheed SR71 Blackbird reconnaissance airplane, the Enola Gay and much more. Metro: NA (South of the main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport, Chantilly) 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, VA 20151 (202) 357-2700 (voice) Open: Daily, 10AM-6:30PM through September 3, 2012; then 10AM-5:30PM (Closed December 25 - see website for early event closures). Admission: Free

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Museums & Attractions Spy Museum

The World’s Largest Shakespeare Collection

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Accessible by wooden footbridge just off the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Theodore Roosevelt Island is an oasis of calm in the city. It is a 91-acre wilderness preserve that serves as a memorial to the nation’s 26th president, honoring his contributions to conservation of public lands for forests, national parks, wildlife and bird refuges, and monuments. Theodore Roosevelt Island has 2 1/2 miles of foot trails where you can observe a variety of flora and fauna. A 17-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt stands in the center of the island. Metro: Rosslyn Station (Blue/Orange Lines) The Island is located at GW Memorial Parkway, just north of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. It’s accessible by car only from the northbound parkway.) Southbound traffic: Take Theodore Roosevelt Bridge to Constitution Ave. Take a right on 23rd St and cross the Memorial Bridge. Once on the bridge, return to the George Washington Parkway. Open: Daily, 6AM-10PM. Free (Limited parking) Admission: Free

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The largest U.S. Roman Catholic Church/Shrine containing the largest collection of contemporary Christian art in the U.S. This ByzantineRomanesque style church is one of the ten largest churches in the world with 70 chapels. Metro: Brookland -CUA (Red line) 400 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017 (202) 526-8300 Open: Daily, April 1 – October 31, 7AM-7PM and November 1 – March 31, 7AM - 6PM


August 29, 2012 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. See millions of dollars printed during your tour of the BEP. The 40 minute tours are free but tickets are required during peak season (first Monday in March through the last Friday in August). There is an introductory film and gallery tour of the production process. Metro: Smithsonian Metro Station (Blue/Orange lines) 14th & C Sts, SW, Washington, DC (202) 874-2330 or 1 (866) 874-2330 Open: Tours are: Mon. – Fri. 9AM (every 15 min.)-7PM (April - August). Mon – Friday 9AM (and every 15 min.)-3:30 pm The ticket booth on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street) is open at 8 AM Monday through Friday, with the exception of Federal holidays, from 8:00 a.m. until all tickets are distributed.


The Corcoran Gallery of Art, America’s first dedicated art museum, was founded in 1869 by William Corcoran and stands as a major center of American art known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern art as well as contemporary art, photography, European painting, sculpture, and decorative art. Metro: Farragut West Station or Farragut North Station (Orange/Blue/Red lines). 500 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20050 (between E St. and New York Ave. one block from the White House) (202) 639-1700 or for tickets 1 (800) 745-3000 Open: Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun.,10AM-5 PM, Thurs., 10AM-9 PM. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors (62+)/Students w/ valid ID $8; Children under 12 years of age are free; Members enjoy free admission year-round.


This interactive and simulated situation museum in Penn Quarter dissects both the concept of crime and the dark side of the criminal mind. It explores the techniques used by law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute. Enter a crime scene to solve a case in a real crime scene lab. Drive in a police academy training pursuit. Check out an authentic electric chair, gas chamber and jail cell. The John Walsh “America’s Most Wanted” actual stage set is located in the museum. Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown Station (Yellow/Green/Red lines) Exit Arena- Street parking and garages nearby 575 7th St., NW Washington, DC 20004 202-393-1099 Open: Daily, May 21 – Sept. 4, Sun. 10AM-7PM, Mon. – Fri. 9AM-7PM, Sat. 10AM-8PM.; Sept 5 – May 20, Sun. – Thurs. 10AM-7PM, Fri. – Sat. 10AM-8PM. Last ticket sold an hour prior to close (check website for event closures). Admission: Adults ($19.95); Seniors, Military & Police ($16.95); Children over age 5 ($14.95)


Visit this Federal period historic house museum, ca. 1800. The historic structure and collection of Federal-era decorative arts, paintings and furniture are preserved to educate the public about life in Washington, DC during the early years of the Republic. The life and times of Dumbarton House’s first resident, Joseph Nourse (18041813), are the interpretive focus; Nourse served as first Register of the U.S. Treasury through six U.S. presidencies and is known as “America’s First Civil Servant.” Dumbarton House is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Dumbarton House is the headquarters for The Society of The Colonial Dames of America. Metro: Dupont Circle Station (Red Line - Exit Q St. N; walk six blocks or take D-2/D-6 bus) 2715 Q St., NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown) (202) 337-2288 Open: Tue – Sun 11am-3pm year-round (last museum entry 2:45 pm). Admission: Adults $5



Metro: Capitol South Station (Blue/Orange lines - 4 blocks) Union Station Station (Red lines - 6 blocks) 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 (202) 544-4600 or Box Office for tickets (202) 544-7077 Open: Open Mon.-Sat., 10AM - 5PM, Sun. 12- 5 PM. Closed Oct. 1-12 (installation of exhibit) Nov. 22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Free. Group tours arranged by calling (202) 675-0395;

Metro: Gallery Place Metro Station (Yellow/Red/Green lines) Exit Galleries - 9th and G Streets NW 800 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 393-7798, (866) 779-6873 Open: May through Sept. 2, 9AM-7PM; Sept. 3 – Nov. 21, 10AM-6PM. Closed Nov. 22, Dec. 25th (see website for seasonal holiday hours). For Admission: (Adult ages 17-64) $19.95; (Senior ages 65+, Military/Law Enforcement) $14.95; Child ages 7-17) $13.95. Parking: meters and lots.

This is the home of the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespearean materials and Renaissance books, manuscripts and works of art. The Folger Shakespeare’s Library captures the Bard of Avon, his times, and his legacy through changing exhibitions and the permanent Shakespeare Gallery. The landmark building includes a replica of the Globe Theatre. It was a gift to the nation donated by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Folger in 1932.


The newly renovated museum transports visitors to 19th-century Washington, tracing Lincoln’s presidency from his arrival to his assassination using environmental re-creations, videos and threedimensional figures and a remarkable collection of historic artifacts. The theatre is a working historical theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and educational center. Ford’s Theatre celebrates the legacy of our nation’s 16th President and explores the American experience through theatre and education. It is the best place to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals, leadership principles; courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression. Metro: Metro Center Station (Red/Blue/Orange lines) – Exit G and 11th Streets (Street parking and garage parking). 511 10th St., NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 347-4833 Open Daily: Theatre 9AM-4:30PM; Petersen House and Education Center 9AM-5:30 PM. Closed Nov. 22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Free; but you must have a ticket that may be reserved online ( or (800) 982-2787 – processing fee $2.50/person) or at the Ford’s Theatre box office.


7.5 acre river-front park with waterfalls and a monumental bronze sculpture of the president seated in his wheelchair with his beloved Scottie, Fala. Site near the Jefferson Memorial and designed especially for wheelchairs. Metro: Smithsonian Metro Station (Orange/Blue lines) Ohio Drive Bordered by the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River S.E., Washington, D.C., (202) 426-6841 Open: Daily except Dec. 25. Admission: Free


The galleries house a world-renowned collection of 6,000 Asian art objects. The artists are from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia. Metro: Smithsonian Metro Station (Orange/Blue lines) FREER – 1200 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC 20013 SACKLER – 1050 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20013 (202) 633-1000 Open: Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Closed on Dec. 25th) Admission: Free. Limited street parking.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, this is the nation’s first public institution dedicated solely to espionage, shedding light on an all-but-invisible profession. The Museum maintains the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on display. Visitors are invited to test their espionage skills throughout the museum. Take on the role of a former spy experiencing memorizing specific details and see if you can keep your “cover.”


The Kreeger Museum is a private, non-profit art museum located in the former residence of David and Carmen Kreeger. It showcases the Kreeger’s permanent collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures. Highlights include works by Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, Chagall, Rodin, Miro, Moore, Kandinsky and various local artists. Metro: Tenleytown – AU Station (Red Line) exit Wisconsin Ave for taxi or 45 minute walk. 2401 Foxhall Road, NW, Washington DC 20007 (202) 338-3552 Open: Tues-Fri reservations are required for a guided tour given at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Built by the Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory at a cost of $18 million in donated funds, this memorial, located on a 2.2 acre site adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, features a sculptured column of 19-foot soldiers arrayed for combat with the American flag as their symbolic objective. A 164-foot mural wall is inscribed with the words, “Freedom is Not Free” and is etched with 2500 photographic images of nurses, chaplains, crew chiefs, mechanics, and other support personnel to symbolize the vast effort that sustained the military operation. Metro: Foggy Bottom Station or Smithsonian Station both (Blue/Orange lines) Daniel French Dr., Washington, D.C. South of the Reflecting Pool (202) 426-6841 Open: Daily 8AM-12AM. Admission: Free


The world’s largest library with Thomas Jefferson’s own collection and currently housing over 20 million books. Visit the three buildings that have scheduled tours and enjoy free exhibits, concerts and films. Explore the Jefferson Building, know for its impressive 19th century architechture. Don’t miss the Gutenberg Bible. Metro: Capitol South Metro (Blue/Orange lines) 101 First Street, Washington, DC (202) 707-8000 Open: Mon. – Sat. 8AM-5:30 PM Admission: Free April – May, 2014 Dc Metro


Museums & Attractions Lincoln Memorial


The museum uses engaging interactive exhibits to bring to life the numerous reports conducted by the prestigious National Academies every year. Metro: Verizon Center Station (Green/Red/Yellow lines) Judiciary Square Station (Red line) 6th and E Sts., NW Washington, DC (202) 334-1201 Open: Daily (except Tues.) 10AM-6PM (last ticket sold at 5PM) Closed: Tuesdays and Jan. 1, Nov.22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Adults $7; Seniors/Military/Students/ Children $4


This newly dedicated memorial honors Dr. King’s legacy of national and international contributions to world peace through non-violent social change. As the first monument on the National Mall to honor a man of color – and only the fourth to honor a nonpresident - its location on the Tidal Basin creates a visual and historical continuity between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and is designed to be an engaging visitor experience tied to other landscapes and monuments, not as a single object or memorial dominating the site. The composition of the memorial utilizes natural landscape elements - including water, stone, and trees - to powerfully convey four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King’s message: justice, democracy, hope and love. A 450-foot inscription wall features more than a dozen King quotes engraved into granite which serve

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The winner and still champion! That’s right – DC (not Paris or Rome) is home to “The World’s Most Visited Museum.” You’ll see why when you spend the day watching the history of aviation unfold starting with the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis through the advances into space and the Apollo 11 lunar command module (just to name a few). Also worthy of note is the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater (admission), Flight Simulators (admission) and the Albert Einstein Planetarium (admission). Metro: L’Enfant Plaza Station (Blue/Green/Orange/Yellow lines). Very limited 2 hour meter street parking. 6th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 357-2700, (202) 633-2214 Open: Mar. 17 – Sept. 3, 10AM-7:30 PM; Sept. 4 – Mar.16, 10AM-5PM. Closed December 25. See website for early closures. Admission: Free,


The beautifully designed multi-building museum houses the nation’s most complete permanent collection of American and European art as well as captivating special exhibits.

National Cathedral

as a lasting testament and reminder of Dr. King’s humanitarian vision. The memorial includes the “Mountain of Despair” and the “Stone of Hope,” and features a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King. Metro: Smithsonian and Foggy Bottom (Closest stations and then walk) Entrances to the Memorial site are located at Independence Avenue, SW, west of West Basin Drive; Independence Avenue, SW, at Daniel French Drive; Ohio Drive, SW, south of the Ericsson Statue; and Ohio Drive, SW, at West Basin Drive. Parking is extremely limited in the area, with public transportation suggested as the best way to reach the memorial. Open: Daily;

Metro: Judiciary Square Station (red line), Archives Station (Yellow/Green lines), and Smithsonian Station (blue/orange lines) 401 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20565 (202) 737-4215 Open: Mon.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM.; Sun. 11AM.-6 PM. Closed Jan.1 and Dec. 25 Admission: Free - Limited Street Parking


Located at National Geographic’s DC headquarters, past and current expeditions, adventures and scientific research come to life. Enjoy a wide variety of changing and permanent displays reflecting the richness and diversity of the world. Some exhibits are ticketed. Metro: Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange Lines) 1145 17th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 857-7588 Open: Daily 10AM – 6PM (Closed December 25)


See how people from Africa transform religious beliefs and cultural ideals into various art forms. Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Limited street parking. Metro: Smithsonian (Orange/Blue lines) 950 Independence Ave., SW (202) 357-1300


This architectural masterpiece took seven years to build and cost over $219 million. The museum opened to the public in 2004 and has attracted millions of people interested in learning about the languages, culture, history and art of Native Americans. It is the first national museum in the country dedicated exclusively to Native Americans.



No trip to DC is complete without viewing our country’s founding documents including the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. Tour the Public Vaults exhibits that take you on a journey through time and the changing technology of records. From George Washington’s handwritten letters to Abraham Lincoln’s wartime telegrams, most of the textual records in the Record of America are originals and will change from year to year. You may want to call this treasure “the nation’s attic”. Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Station (Blue/Yellow Lines) Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20408 (between 7th & 9th St. NW) (202) 357-5000 Open: Mar. 15 - Labor Day – Sept. 2, 10AM-7 PM. Sept. 3 – March 14, 10 AM-5:30 PM

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Museums & Attractions NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM

World War II Memorial

The museum explores America’s postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance of letters, and spotlight the creation and wondrous diversity of postage stamps. The collection contains prestigious U. S. and international postal issues and specialized collections, archival postal documents and threedimensional objects that trace the evolution of the postal services. A Smithsonian Institution, the museum is located conviently in the old Post Office building next to Union Station. METRO: Red Line to Union Station 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 633-5543 OPEN: Seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25. Admission is free.


The five-story, 250,000-square-foot curvilinear building is clad in a golden-colored Kasota limestone designed to evoke natural rock formations shaped by wind and water over thousands of years. Metro: L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines) Exit Maryland Ave/Smithsonian Museum 4th & Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20560 (between the National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building. (202) 633-1000 Open: Daily 10AM–5:30PM; closed December 25. Free


Explore major themes in American history and culture, from the War of Independence to the present day. This is the museum that houses Archie Bunker’s chair, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Seinfeld’s “puffy shirt”, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and the First Ladies’ dress collection. Recent renovations added a new visitor’s center and a state-of-the-art display gallery

for the original Star-Spangled Banner. Don’t miss “The Price of Freedom” exhibit. Metro: Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange Lines) or Smithsonian, 14th Street at Constitution Avenue Washington, DC, (202) 357-2700 Open: Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Closed Dec. 25) Free.


Everyone in the family is sure to find something amazing while exploring the largest, most comprehensive natural history collection in the world. Kids’ favorites include the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in the dinosaur exhibit, the live interaction with over 65 species of arthropods at the Insect Zoo and the new live butterfly house. Moms won’t want to miss the National Gem Collection which houses the world-famous Hope Diamond. The museum also has an IMAX theater and a great cafeteria. Metro: Smithsonian Station (Blue and Orange lines) 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20560 (202) 633-1000 Open: 10AM-5:30PM (Open some holidays until 7:30PM - Check website. Closed Dec. 25) Free


Holland & Holland Apollo Missions Side-by-Side Shotgun


free admission daily 9:30am-5pm 11250 Waples Mill Rd | Fairfax, Va 22030

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The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. Metro: Gallery Place, Chinatown - Exit Galleries (Red, Yellow and Green lines) Eighth and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 633-8300 Open: Daily 11:30AM-7PM (Closed Dec. 25), Free

Located poignantly between the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument this memorial is dedicated to the 16 million who served in World War II. Two 43-ft. arches to the north and south represent the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. The 56 pillars represent the U.S. States, territories, and D.C. at the time of the war. Freedom Walk has a field of 4,000 sculptured gold starts, each representing the death of 100 Americans in the war (400,000). Dedicated on May 29, 2004. Metro: Smithsonian Metro, (Blue/Orange lines) 17th St. between Constitution Ave. and Independence Ave. NW, Washington, DC (800) 639-4992 Open: Daily - Free.


The Newseum is a dazzling, high-tech roller coaster ride through 500 years of headline history, featuring dozens of galleries, theaters and interactive exhibits that bring you face to face with the greatest events of our time. Stand in the shadow of the Unabomber’s cabin, touch the Berlin Wall and hear never-told stories from the journalists and photographers who have stood on the front lines of history. Main galleries explore electronic news, photojournalism, new history and world news. Unique artifacts, powerful photography and moving images invite you to remember, relive and share moments that changed our lives. The Newseum, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, just opened a 2,500-square-foot HP New Media Gallery which will give visitors a chance to step into a threedimensional social network. The gallery features five groundbreaking interactive experiences and two video presentations that illustrate the evolution and progression of global media. Metro: Archives/Navy of MemorialPenn Quarter (Yellow and Green Lines), Smithsonian (Blue and Orange Lines) or Gallery Place-Chinatown 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001 (888) 639-7386 Open: Daily 9 AM – 5 PM (Closed on Thanksgiving, December 25, January 1) Admission: Adults - $21.95 (all plus tax); Seniors - $17.95; Children - $12.95; 6 and under: free


Jefferson Memorial

The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (1866-1966). The museum, internationally recognized for the incredible collection, includes nearly 3,000 works by American and European artists—among them, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Klee, Homer, Whistler, Hopper, Stieglitz, O’Keeffe, Calder, Rothko, and many others. Discover for yourself this international treasure and one of Washington, DC’s best-loved museums. Some special exhibits offer audio tours. Limited street parking. Metro: DuPont Circle (Red line) 1600 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 387-2151 Open: Tues.-Sat. 10 AM -5 PM.; Thurs. open to 8:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 AM - to 6PM; Closed Federal Holidays. Price Info: 18 and under free admission.


Steps away from the White House, this museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary in November. The permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the American Art Museum, features contemporary American crafts in glass, ceramics, metal, wood, and fiber. Metro: Farragut North Station (Red line) & Farragut West Station (Blue/Orange lines) 1661 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006 (Corner of 17th and Pennsylvania NW) (202) 633-7970 (recorded message) (202) 633-1000 Open: Daily - 10AM – 5:30PM. Closed December 25 Admission: Free


Take a remarkable interactive, chronological journey through U.S. history. Featuring life-sized wax figures of all the U.S. Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama, guests will explore the 44 presidencies. Some new interactive experiences include: crossing the Delaware River with George Washington, sitting with Franklin D. Roosevelt for a fireside chat, walking on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, braving the Underground Railway with Harriet Tubman and meeting the founder of the Girl Scouts – Juliette Gordon Low – as well as sports, pop and musical icons. Metro: Red Line – exit Metro Center – 11th and G Streets NW; Yellow Line exit Galleries at 9th and G Streets NW - walk 2 blocks 1001 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 942-7300 Open: Fall-Winter Hours: Sun-Mon, 10AM-6PM; TuesThurs, 12PM-6PM; Fri-Sat; 10AM-6PM (last tickets sold at 6 PM) Admission: Adults: $22.26; Children 4-12 - S16.96 -3 and under free.


The Smithsonian American Art Museum captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. It is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. American Art has the largest collection of New Deal art April – May, 2014 Dc Metro


Museums & Attractions National Zoo

and the finest collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings, and masterpieces from the Gilded Age. Metro: Gallery Place – Chinatown Station (Green/Red/Yellow lines) Exit Galleries 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202)633-7970/202-633-1000 Open: Daily 11:30AM - 7PM. Closed December 25 (check website for private event closings) Admission: Free


Vienam Memorial


Walk the halls of our highest court and attend lectures every hour on the half hour. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. when court is not in session. Metro: Capitol South (Blue/Orange lines) 1st and Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 479-3211 Open: Mon. – Fri. 9AM-4:30PM


The National Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals of nearly 400 different species, including giant pandas, Asian elephants, tigers, lions, birds, reptiles and much more. The best known residents are the giant pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. The Zoo welcomes more than 2 million visitors a year, free of charge. Some popular highlights include seven lion cubs, born last fall; the Asia Trail exhibit, which includes red pandas, clouded leopards, fishing cats and otters; the invertebrate house, with an 11:00 a.m. daily octopus feeding; and Amazonia, the 15,000 square-foot rain forest habitat with Amazon river fish and dozens of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. A 163-acre urban oasis, the Zoo is located in Rock Creek Park. There are 30 animal demonstrations that take place every day. For the first time at the Reptile Discovery Center (opens at 10AM daily) impressed tortoises will be exhibited.

The museum is devoted to the handmade textile arts. It’s mission it to expand public knowledge and appreciation—locally, nationally, and internationally—of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles.

Metro: Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan Station (Red line) - 3 block walk or take L2/L3 bus. Or, Cleveland Park Station (Red Line) 3 block walk or take L1/L2 bus. If driving parking maximum $22 per day. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202) 633-4888 Open: Daily. Grounds: Apr. – Oct. 6AM-8PM.; Nov. – Mar. 6AM-6PM. Exhibit Buildings: 10AM. Closed December 25. Admission: Free

Beneath the marble rotunda, the 19-foot statue of the third U.S. president is surrounded by passages from the Declaration of Independence and other famous Jefferson writings.


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METRO: Dupont Circle- Q Street (Red Line) exit 2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202) 667-0441 OPEN: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. through October 13, 2013. Closed federal holidays and December 24. Beginning October 14, 2013, The Textile Museum Shop will be open Fridays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Textile Museum will be closed to visitors Mondays through Thursdays as it prepares to reopen in 2014 at the George Washington University. Admission: $8 suggested donation


Metro: Smithsonian Metro (Orange/Blue lines) 1500 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, DC (202) 426-6841 Open: Daily 8 AM-12AM


The United States Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It houses the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Since its opening in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended and restored. Today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government. If you wish to tour The Capitol, you’ll need to plan ahead. Reservations are required. Passes may be booked in advance online at www., through the offices of your Senators or Representatives, or through the Office of Visitor Services by calling (202) 226-8000. Metro: Union Station Metro Station (Red line) or Capitol South Station (Blue/Orange lines) East Capitol St. at First St., Washington, DC 20515 (grounds) Closest parking garage Union Station; (202) 225-6827 Open: Mon. – Sat. 8:30 AM-4:30PM (first tour at 8:50AM last tour at 3:20PM). Closed Jan.1, Inauguration Day, Nov. 22, Dec.25. Admission: Free or


The Visitor Center, the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located beneath the East Front plaza of the Capitol, at First and East Capitol Streets. Guided tours of the U.S. Capitol begin at the Orientation Theaters on the lower level. In this 580,000 square foot addition to the historic building you’ll learn about the history, architecture and art of the U.S. Capitol as well as our unique legislative process. Metro: Capitol South (Blue/Orange lines) East Capitol St. at First St., Room SVC-101 Washington, DC 20002 (East Plaza of the Capitol, between Constitution and Independence Avenues NE); (202) 226-8000 Open: Mon.-Sat. 8:30 AM-4:30PM (first tour at 8:50AM last tour at 3:20PM). Closed Jan.1, Inauguration Day, Nov. 22, Dec.25. Admission: Free

Metro: Federal Center SW Station (Blue/ Orange lines) Metro-buses: # 30, 32, 34, 35, and #36 stop at Independence & First Streets NE Main Entrance: 245 First Street SW and another at Independence Ave, SW & 3rd Streets, SW Washington, DC 20024 (202) 225-8333, (202) 225-1116 (tours) Open: Daily Bartholdi Park - Dawn to Dusk; Conservatory - 10AM-5PM; National Gardens 10AM-7PM May 28 Sept. 3, then 10AM-5PM Admission: Free – Cell phone tours available

Washington Monument


The famous black granite wall, inscribed with the names of 58,209 American servicemen and women lost in Vietnam, serves as a venue for reconciliation between those opposed to this war and those that sacrificed their lives for it. The memorial consists of three distinct sections. “The Wall,” the three servicemen statue and flag pole, and the women in service to the Vietnam War statue.


The United States Botanic Garden, run by the Congress of the United States, is located on the U.S. Capitol Grounds campus near Garfield Circle. The building itself, which includes a large Lord & Burnham greenhouse, is divided into separate rooms, each one simulating a different habitat. The United States Botanic Garden traces its beginning to 1816, when the Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences proposed the creation of a botanic garden to collect, grow, and distribute plants of this and other countries that might contribute to the welfare of the American people.

Metro: Foggy Bottom Station (Blue/Orange lines) or Smithsonian Station (Blue/Orange lines) 21st St. NW at Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC (Constitution Ave & Henry Bacon Dr NW) (202) 426-6841, (202) 634-1568 Open: Daily - Park ranger available - 8AM-12AM Admission: Free


Towering higher than any building in DC, the Washington Monument exemplifies the simplistic elegance and enduring presence of our first president. The Monument is the most prominent structure in DC and built to honor President George Washington. Although a long restoration was recently completed, an August, 2011 earthquake created significant structural damage that has necessitated its temporary closing. Metro: Smithsonian Station (Blue/Orange lines) 1 Harry S. Truman Dr.,Washington, DC (15th and Constitution Aves NW) (202) 426-6841, (800) 967-2283 TEMPORARILY CLOSED

White House

WHITE HOUSE/WHITE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER NOTE: As of press time, White House tours have been eliminated as the result of Sequester.

If you want to tour the home of every U.S. president except George Washington, you must make a tour request (up to 6 months in advance) through your member of Congress (Senator or Representative). If planning in advance isn’t you, then at least visit the White House Visitors Center. Located at the South East corner of 15th and E Streets NW. The center includes exhibits on White House architecture and furnishings, first families and social and diplomacy events and a thirty-minute video. Advance reservation made through your member of Congress required. Metro: Farragut West, Federal Triangle or McPherson Square (all Blue/orange lines); Metro Center (Blue/ Orange/Red lines) White House: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 15th and 17th Sts. Washington, DC Visitor Center: 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 (202) 456-7041 – Recorded White House Line (202) 208-1631 – White House Visitor Center Open: WHITE HOUSE - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY through member of CONGRESS Tues. – Thurs. 7:30 AM-11AM; Fri. 7:30 AM-12PM; Sat. 7:30 AM-1PM. Closed: Jan. 1, Nov.22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Free White House VISITOR CENTER - Daily 7:30AM-4:30 PM Closed: Jan. 1, Nov.22 and Dec. 25. Admission: Free

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Washington, D.C. 701

Penn Quarter | American | $$$ Located just steps away from the White House, 701 is a modern American restaurant with exquisite food framed by an elegant decor. Try their popular pre-theater prix-fixe menu for $32 per person before a show 5:30-6:45p.m or light fare in the lounge for those tight on time. 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 393-0701

Decanter at St. Regis Downtown | French | $$$

With the talents of Executive Chef Rondier, Alain Ducasse’s fresh and contemporary concept in the opulent St. Regis hotel, radiates casual elegance. The restaurant is ranked No. 6 on Washingtonian Magazine’s list of 100 Very Best Restaurants; it’s one of DC’s most romantic restaurants. The Macarons are a must try! 923 16th St., NW (202) 509-8000

Bibiana Osteria Enoteca Downtown | Italian | $$$

Dubbed one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine in 2010 and one of the District’s hot spots, Bibiana offers authentic regional Italian cuisine in a chic modern backdrop. Executive Chef Nick Stefanelli offers a variety of well executed small plates, antipasti and regional specialties such as black spaghetti with Maryland Crab. 1100 New York Ave., NW (202) 216-9550


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Cuba Libre

Penn Quarter | Cuban | $$$ Taste the Old Havana with a menu inspired by the cuisines of various Latin regions and their expansive rum menu, with more than 75 premium varieties. Try one of their 15 mojitos, made with fresh sugar cane juice. Inside looks like a movie set with a streetscape of ornate carved wood replicated from vintage photographs. 801 Ninth St., NW (202) 408-1600

District Chophouse & Brewery

Downtown | American | $$$ Located a block from the Verizon Center, the ChopHouse serves steakhouse classics and hand-cut chops, paired with handcrafted Ales brewed on site. Also fresh seafood and an extensive wine list, all in a unique turn of the century bank transformed into one of Washington’s hot spots. 509 7th St.,NW (202) 47-3434

Ella’s Wood-Fired Pizza Penn Quarter | Pizza | $$

Considered one of the best pizza places in the city, this is a popular restaurant features traditional, Neapolitan-style, thin crust pizza baked in a blistering-hot, wood-fired pizza oven. Enjoy happy hour seven days a week with $5 personal pizzas and $3.50 sangrias.

where savory cuts of meat and old world traditions are celebrated. Enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet and the ‘Passadores’ or meat waiters offering table side service of ‘rodizio’ such as, beef, pork, lamb, or chicken. It truly is a one-a-kind experience!

a glass of superb sangria or chose from a fine selection of Spanish wines.

1101 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 347-4668

Penn Quarter | Alexandria Arlington | Spanish | $$

Founding Farmers - DC

Foggy Bottom | American | $$ Founding Farmers offers a fresh Farm-to-Table American menu in a modern and eco-friendly setting. Dishes are made from scratch, inspired by the heartland with sustainably farmed products, with locally sourced items and in-season vegetables and fruits whenever possible. As the Greenest Restaurant in DC, Founding Farmers is a Certified Green Restaurant, a first for a Washington, DC, restaurant. 1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (202) 822-8783

Hard Rock Café

Penn Quarter | American | $$ With locations all over the world, the Hard Rock in the nation’s capital is especially patriotic. The restaurant is very family friendly, affordable and has the best rock-n-roll memorabilia from stars such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and more! Always fun with great music. For the late night set, the restaurant has been hosting more and more live music. 999 E St., NW (202) 737-ROCK

901 F St., NW (202) 638-3434


Fogo de Chao

With three DC area locations to tempt you, Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu of tapas, or small plates, including savory paellas in a festive, yet casual atmosphere. Enjoy

Penn Quarter | Brazilian | $$$ Meat lovers rejoice at this Brazilian Steakhouse

Penn Quarter | Crystal City | Arlington | Spanish | $$$

La Tasca

Located in Chinatown, walking distance from the Verizon center, expect delicious tapas or small plates that are easy to sample and share, and the sangria is a must. Head out for the happy hour between 4-7 p.m. for discounted sangria and $3 selected dishes. Thursday nights the Sangria Pitchers are half price. Has five locations in the D.C./Baltimore area. 722 7th St., NW (202) 347-9190


Penn Quarter | Pizza | $$ Known for its brick oven pizza and incredible mini-sliders, Matchbox offers American food in a modern setting. This restaurant includes a full bar, complete with a good beer and wine selection. Call ahead for reservations – it’s a popular place. Now with locations at 1901 14th St., NW and on Capitol Hill. 1901 145h St., NW (202) 289-4441

Oya Restaurant & Lounge Penn Quarter | Eurasian | $$

In a uberchic space, Oya offers an innovative menu of creative sushi, small plates and entrees that blends the best of Classic American with an Asian flair. Expect exceptional food for a modest price with its $38 3-course prix fixe dinner every night of the week. Even better, Oya offers a 3-course lunch for just $20 weekdays. 777 9th St., NW (202) 393-1400 April – May, 2014 Dc Metro


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One of Alexandria’s Best kept secrets... Nestled in the West End, this elegant but unpretentious neighborhood restaurant is where the locals dine. Ample free parking. Reservations are suggested. All major credit cards accepted.

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Located on the Historic Occoquan River 201 Mill Street, Occoquan, Virginia 22125

Best Neapolitan

PIZZA In Washington Serving All Authentic Italian Cuisine 1063 31st St. NW 202.337.4444

Get 50% off second entrée at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana


Part of internationally acclaimed Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, Oyamel is a vibrant fine dining Mexican restaurant offering innovative spins on ceviche, tacos, and moles. Sip a delicious $4 margarita at the bar Sunday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. or enjoy half-price wine.

Offering an innovative menu of mezze or ‘little dishes’, inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, in a sleek and modern setting. Under the direction of internationally renowned chef José Andrés, Zaytinya is a popular spot for happy hour, with its generous specials, creative cocktails and unique Mediterranean wines reflecting its rich regional diversity.

Penn Quarter | Mexican | $$

401 7th St., NW (202) 628-1005


Penn Quarter | Indian | $$$

Rasika offers modern Indian cuisine exuberantly conceived and executed with precision and is considered one of the area’s best restaurants. The Palak Chaat is a must try! The dining room is opulent with plush fabrics, shimmering silk panels, stone floors and rich spice colors throughout. Now with a new location in West End, 1190 New Hampshire Ave., NW. 633 D St., NW (202) 637-1222


Penn Quarter | American | $

Beerlovers will revel in this brew heaven with hundreds upon hundreds to choose from, some even the most fanatic connoisseur may not have heard of. The menu is familiar bar fare. Did we mention they have beer? 810 7th St. NW (202) 289-2030

Rosa Mexicano

Penn Quarter | Mexican | $$$

Offering high-end Mexican food, enjoy freshlymade guacamole mixed table-side and wash it all down with a refreshing margarita. Sip sangria, premium tequila or chose a glass from their expansive wine list while enjoying the festive, stylish and comfortable ambiance. 575 7th St. NW (202) 783-5522

Penn Quarter | Mediterranean | $$$

701 9th St., NW (202)638-0800

Georgetown 1789 Restaurant

Georgetown | American | $$$$

Situated in an elegant two-story Federal townhouse, 1789 is the perfect spot to dine during the cold winter months with its festive holiday décor. In the main dining room, table #14 has the best view of the elegant historic fireplace. 1226 36th St., NW (202) 965-1789

Bangkok Joe’s

Il Canale

Georgetown | Italian | $$ Serving authentic Italian cuisine and the best thin crust gourmet pizza in DC, cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Naples. This is where Italians go to eat Italian. Tucked away near the C&O Canal in the heart of Georgetown. 1063 31st St. NW (202) 337-4444

J. Paul’s

Georgetown | American | $$ One of D.C.’s most popular watering holes for the last 25 years, J. Paul’s offers classic American fare such as burgers, steaks, BBQ and seafood, such as fresh oysters. J.Paul’s also hosts brunch Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss out on their complimentary signature soft pretzels! Drinks specials are also plentiful during their generous happy hour. 3218 M St., NW (202) 333-3450

Martin’s Tavern

Georgetown | American | $$

Georgetown | Asian Fusion | $$

Established in 1933, the renowned tavern is one of Washington D.C.’s most historic family-owned enterprises. For 75 years, Martin’s Tavern has been a must-visit corner stone in historic Georgetown for everyone from sitting Presidents and media icons, to city residents and worldly travelers.

3000 K St., NW (202) 333-4422

1264 Wisconsin Ave., NW (202) 333-7370

Located on the Georgetown Waterfront, Bangkok Joe’s has been rated the best spot for dumplings by Washingtonians. Enjoy authentic, yet modern Thai cuisine. They also offer a discounted Happy Hour menu 7 days a week from 5-7 p.m.

Cafe Milano

Georgetown | Italian | $$$ Cafe Milano offers upscale Italian cuisine, topnotch service, and a place “to be seen” with any of the Hollywood celebs who frequent the area. Choose from their extensive wine list featuring vino from many Italian regions. 3251 Prospects St., NW (202) 333-6183


Georgetown | Mediterranean | $$

The menu by Lebanese born Chef Housh melds all exotic Mediterranean cultures and offers a variety of mezza or small plates of vegetables, salads, grilled meats and fish set off by light, and subtly spiced sauces. Enjoy the intimate but relaxed atmosphere with friendly service. The Belly dancers offer unique entertainment on Saturday evenings. 3206 N St., NW (202) 333-6353 April – May, 2014 Dc Metro


Di n i n g Old Glory

Georgetown | Barbeque | $

Old Glory captures the food, flavor and feel

Sunday Brunch of America with good ol’ barbeque. Enjoy

10:30 am - 3:00pulled pm pork, chicken, and ribs. Open mouthwatering

2-3 a.m. on weekend, perfect when out on the town. 3139 M St., NW Sunday Dinner 4pm - 10 pm (202) 337-3406

Monday - Thursday 11am - 10pm Friday - Saturday 11am - 11pm

Located inCenter Located in Lorton Town Lorton town Center 9020 Lorton Station Blvd Suite E Lorton, VA 22079

9020 Lorton Station Blvd Suite E 571.642.0605 Lorton, VA 22079

571-642-0605 Voted “Best Brunch in Northern Virginia” Sunday Brunch 10:30am - 3:00 pm

Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm Sunday Dinner 4pm - 10pm

New Wine Bar Pizzeria EnotecaParadiso

Monday - Closed | Pizza | $$ Georgetown

Tuesday - Thursdayits 5pm21st - 10pm Celebrating anniversary, Pizzeria Paradiso Friday - Saturday 5pm - 12am offers hot Neapolitan pies made from a wood-

Sunday 5pm - 10centered pm burning oven in the main dining room. Ask

to sit downstairs during colder weather and warm up by the wonderfully cozy cellar complete with fireplace. Their impressive beer list includes more than a dozen on tap and more than 200 bottles. 3282 M St., NW (202) 337-1245


Georgetown | Seafood | $$$

Enjoy a gorgeous sunset at Sequoia situated on the waterfront overlooking the Potomac River. Enjoy fresh seafood while taking in the stunning riverfront view through the large glass paneled walls. 3000 K St., NW (202) 994-4200

The Tombs

Georgetown | American | $$

Na m e d the Be One of st I t a l ian Menu si Wa s h n t h e ington Area

The Best Mimosa Sunday Brunch in Northern VA

Lunch Buffet Available Monday - Saturday

Separate, Supervised Children’s Dining Room

Fine Authentic Italian Dinner Served Nightly

Live Entertainment 6124 Franconia Rd. Springfield, VA


Within minutes of Springfield and Alexandria Hotels

Private Party Rooms and Full Catering for Corporate Meetings and All Special Events


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Unlike its fancy schmancy sibling, 1789, the Tombs, located in the basement beneath, is an outright college hang out. The menu offers reasonably priced bar and grill fare, such as burgers and fries; however their fried green tomato BLT sandwich is a favorite. It’s a cool place to people watch and meet some local youngins. 1226 36th St., NW (202) 337-6668

Alexandria Asian Bistro

Old Town| Asian | $$

Don’t let the modest exterior fool you. This PanAsian bistro offers freshly prepared dishes from Thailand, China, and Malaysia — all for a reasonable price. Sushi lovers will love their “Fire Roll”. 809 King Street (703) 836-1515


Old Town | French | $$$

Dine like an insider at this hidden gem in north Old Town. Transport to a rustic French village at this tucked away Gallic Bistro which offers seasonal authentic French cuisine but without the fine dining cost. Their 3-course $29 Sunday prix-fixe dinner is a steal! Bastille also has a terrific Sunday brunch. 1201 N. Royal Street (703) 519-3776

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier/Tasting Room Old Town | Belgian/French | $$$

Located inside the sophisticated Lorien hotel, just a few blocks from the King Street Metro, the award winning chef Robert Wiedmaier offers his mouthwatering Belgian-French fare in an elegant dining atmosphere. Stop in between 5-6:30 p.m. daily for steamed mussels and a glass of wine for just $15.00. 1600 King Street (703) 894-3440

Gadsby’s Tavern

Old Town | American | $$

Established in 1770, Gadsby’s Tavern (and museum) is considered the finest Public House in America visited by our founding fathers. Enjoy the authentic American Revolution-era decor while sipping a beer like Thomas Jefferson, sitting where George Washington and John Adams sat. Also offers Sunday brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 138 N. Royal Street (703) 548-1288

La Bergerie

Old Town | French | $$$

For more than twenty years, La Bergerie has offered guests classic French cuisine in a romantic and elegant ambiance. Diners revel in their signature light and fluffy soufflés, steak and frites, and exceptional wine list. For a more modest price point try their prix-fixe dinner menu. 218 N. Lee Street (703) 683-1007

Nina’s Dandy

Old Town | American | $$$$

Enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the Nina’s Dandy with an unparalleled view of DC’s majestic monuments and beautiful Potomac River. With two climate controlled boats in the fleet, visitors can opt for a lunch or dinner cruise, as well as a champagne brunch each Sunday. Departs from the Old Town waterfront dock at Zero Prince Street. (703) 683-6076

Las Tapas

Old Town | Spanish | $$

Offering the largest selection of authentic Spanish Tapas in the area with 76 appetizer varieties of lean grilled meats, fresh seafood and vegetables. Enjoy brunch every Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m and their Flamenco dance performances every TuesdayThursday evenings; live Spanish bands Friday and Saturday nights. 710 King Street (703) 836-4000

Le Refuge

Old Town| French | $$$

Celebrating almost 30 years, this charming and intimate French country restaurant offers traditional fare and excellent service. The prix-fixe daily specials are a steal. Enjoy house specialties such as Bouillabaisse, Salmon in crust, Rack of Lamb, Beef Wellington and Soft Shell Crabs with an extended French wine list. 127 N. Washington Street (703) 548-4661

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Di n i n g RT ’s

Delray | American | $$ Don’t let the interior fool you. This family-friendly neighborhood restaurant has served up fresh seafood and Creole and Cajun specialties for more than 25 years. Try their famous Jack Daniels Shrimp, Spicy She-Crab Soup, Cajun Veal Oscar, and their popular Crawfish Etouffèe. 3804 Mount Vernon Ave. (703) 684-6010

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub Old Town | American | $

Enjoy an excellent selection of baked goods, from hearty cinnamon buns to sun dried tomato bagels, as well as, Seattle’s Best branch coffee, using local roaster, The Daily Roast. Open daily. 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave. (703) 739-9268

T.J. Stone’s Grill House & Tap Room

North Old Town | American | $$

A new star on the Old Town restaurant scene, this spot - poplar with both locals and guests of North Alexandria’s nearby hotels - celebrates American cuisine in the cozy settings of restaurant (Grill) or bar (Tap Room). Enjoy a wide range of delicious comfort foods and an outstanding selection of beers and wine by the warmth of the wood-burning fireplace in the Grill or under the glow of multiple

HD flat screen TVs in the lively Tap Room, a sports paradise able to satisfy every fan’s deepest desire! 608 Montgomery Street (703) 548-1004

soup, local and soft shell crabs. 119 King Street (703) 836-2836

West Alexandria

Taverna Cretekou Old Town | Greek | $$

The inviting décor and authentic Greek menu with excellent wine offerings transports you to the Greek Isles. Enjoy at this welcoming, friendly, quiet neighborhood gem. 818 King Street (703)-548-8688

Warehouse Bar & Grill

Old Town | American/Seafood | $$

Walking distance from the King Street metro, this quaint seafood and steak house offers quality fare at a great value. Their best dishes are Crab Cakes and their Cajun and Creole inspired dishes. Locals rave about their New Orleans style Sunday Brunch. 214 King Street (703) 683-6868

The Wharf

Old Town | American/Seafood | $$$

Located just 1 block from the Potomac riverfront, the Wharf has offered fresh traditional style seafood since 1971. Think meat and potatoes, but seafood. Enjoy whole Maine lobster, She Crab

Evening Star Café Delray | American | $$

Located in the quaint Delray neighborhood, this cozy neighborhood gem offers inventive American. Check out the extensive list of reasonably priced wines (from wine shop ‘Planet Wine’ next door). Also, enjoy live local musicians upstairs in the Majestic lounge. 2000 Mount Vernon Ave. (703) 549-5051

Finn & Porter

West End Alexandria | American | $$$ Located inside the Mark Center Hilton hotel, their menu offers fresh seafood (the FINNs) and dry aged Prime Grade beef (think PORTER house). Check out their 5-foot-long iced crustacean bar with a wide selection of fresh shellfish. Enjoy their vibrant happy hour from 5-7 p.m. weekdays with specials like $5 appetizers, $4 Wine, and $3 Drafts. 5000 Seminary Road (703) 379-2346

Taverna Cretekou Nationally Recognized • Festive Atmosphere

Award-winning French and Basque cuisine La Bergerie is renowned for its charming atmosphere and Old World setting. Among the house specialties are lobster bisque, fresh foie gras, Dover sole, venison chops and dessert soufflés.

Celebrating our 40th year!

Zagat rated. Featured in DiRõNA since 1997. Extensive wine list that has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Private rooms for any occasion. Business Casual Attire. Reservations Recommended. Validated Garage Parking.

703.683.1007 218 North Lee Street, Old Town Alexandria

Daily Lunch Buffet - 11:30am to 2:30pm | Dinner - 5pm to 10pm Saturday - 12pm to 10:30pm | Sunday Brunch - 11pm to 3pm Sunday Dinner - 5pm to 9:30pm

818 King Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA (p) 703.548.8688 (w)

Providing memorable dining experiences for over 30 years.


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Mango Mike’s

West End Alexandria | Caribbean | $$

Take a trip to the Caribbean but leave your passport at home. Regardless of the temperature outside this Caribbean inspired restaurant is always bright and sunny! With the lively music and tropical cocktails, you can’t help but have a good time. 4580 Duke Street (703) 370-3800

Nick’s Nightclub

West End Alexandria | American | $$

The area’s only live music venue with two huge dance floors and dance lessons every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Their menu features classic American favorites and homemade Tex-Mex specialties. Half-price burgers Wednesday and Thursday. 25-cent Buffalo wings weekdays 4-7 p.m. Ample free parking. 642 S. Pickett Street (703) 751-8900

Shooter McGee’s

West End Alexandria | American | $$

This popular neighborhood restaurant has been in business nearly 30 years. They boast an incredible menu at bargain prices. Voted “Best Ribs in Northern Virginia”, be sure to check their daily specials. 5239 Duke Street (703) 751-9266

dare to ride the mechanical bull. 186 Fleet St. (301) 839-1100

Elevation Burger

National Harbor | American | $$

Not your typical fast-food joint. Elevation is a quick and casual restaurant with a vision for fresh food that is better for you and for the environment by offering 100% organic, grass-fed, free range beef burgers. 108 Waterford St. (301) 749-4014


National Harbor | Italian | $$

This New York pizzeria outpost offers more than 30 Roman style pizzas with house-made cheeses. Enjoy Italian specialty entrees, sexy wines and international beers in a dining room made entirely in Italy while enjoying picturesque views of the Potomac River. 125 National Plaza (301) 839-1811

Grace’s Mandarin

National Harbor | Asian Fusion | $$$

East meets west with Grace’s eclectic menu of Pan Asian flavors that come together to arouse your

taste buds. Enjoy an elegant yet casual atmosphere with views of the Potomac River from every table. Enjoy their Sushi bar, stylish cocktails, expansive selection of wines and large selection of sake. 188 Waterfront St. (301) 839-3788

McCormick and Schmick’s National Harbor | Seafood| $$$

Located on the scenic banks of the Potomac River, McCormick and Schmick’s features the freshest selection of seafood offered in the DC area. The “Fresh List” changes daily and exhibits catches from around the globe. 145 National Harbor (301) 567-6224

Public House

National Harbor | American| $$

Enjoy upscale American fare at this lively sports pub. With multiple big screen plasma televisions, you can be sure that you will have a view to watch the big game! Whether it is a DJ or Live Entertainment the late night atmosphere lets everyone enjoy their time away from work and the real world! 199 Fleet St. (240) 493-6120


West End Alexandria | Italian | $$

Dine at one of Alexandria’s best kept secrets featuring northern Italian and French cuisine specializing in fresh seafood. Are you a dessert lover? Then don’t miss one of the best pastry trays around. 4231 Duke Street (703) 370-7900

National Harbor Bond 45

National Harbor | Italian | $$$$

This Italian-themed steakhouse feels as historic as the Times Square original it was modeled after, but with gorgeous views of the Potomac River. Enjoy the plentiful antipasto bar with dozens of choices and their Prohibition style cocktails served in a tea cups. 149 Waterfront St. (301) 839-1445

Cadillac Ranch

National Harbor | American | $$

Step into this upscale saloon and transport to the wild west. Enjoy all American steaks, BBQ, and burgers. Stay for late night fun with cowboys who

Open seven days a week, preparing the freshest, authentic Italian cuisine for you. Fairfax Blvd. April – May, 2014 Dc Metro


Di n i n g Rosa Mexicano

El Paso Mexican Restaurant


Enjoy upscale Mexican cuisine in a stylishly festive atmosphere with incredible water front views. Try the Pomegranate Margaritas or Guacamole en Molcajete, made tableside in a traditional lava-rock mortar. 153 Waterfront St. (301) 567-1005

Enjoy authentic Mexican fare made with the freshest ingredients in a lively atmosphere with bright colorful decor. The menu offers a variety of traditional dishes and flavors. El Paso operates five restaurants in the area, with their newest location at 9715 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax, VA.

Located in the bustling Reston Town Center, this family-friendly neighborhood favorite is dedicated to providing the finest quality, sustainable seafood available, all in a casual fine dining experience.

National Harbor | Mexican| $$$

Fairfax County Alto Plaza

Centreville | Latin American | $$

Enjoy flavors from Latin American in this $16 million three-tiered mecca with various levels and comfort. The décor is contemporary, clean and upscale. Dinner on the third floor includes a pianist (Thursday through Saturday) and a jazz trio (following the piano on Saturday). 5800 Old Centreville Rd. (703) 266-8811

Bellissimo Restaurant Fairfax | Italian | $$$

If you like Italian food then you’ll love the huge menu, vast wine list, pleasant atmosphere and great friendly service complete with authentic Italian accents at this quaint family-owned restaurant. 10403 Main St. (703) 293-2367

Cafe Oggi

McLean | Italian | $$

Celebrating 20 years, enjoy high quality light and contemporary Italian fare at this authentic trattoria at reasonable prices. Opt for one of their numerous daily specials and revel in their excellent friendly service by their Italian-speaking waiters. 6671 Old Dominion Dr. (703) 442-7360

Chef Geoff’s

Tysons Corner-McLean | DC | Contemporary American | $$$

Located on a cobblestone courtyard across from booming Tysons Corner shopping center, enjoy an upscale innovative American menu by Chef Geoff Tracy. Stop by for a terrific Sunday brunch and every Monday for half price wines. Enjoy the popular happy hour daily from 3-7 p.m. 8045 Leesburg Pike (571) 282-6003

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Tysons Corner | Brazilian | $$$

An experience like no other! Enjoy their unique style of “Rodizio” service where Gauchos bring a rotation of a variety of beef, pork, chicken and fish directly to your table. The expansive salad bar offers over 30 items to accompany your meal. 8010 Towers Crescent Dr. (703) 639-3080


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Springfield | Mexican| $$

6804 Commerce St. (703) 912-6166

Mon Ami Gabi

Reston | French | $$

Located in the bustling Reston Town Center, Mon Ami Gabi is a Classic French Bistro offering crepes, quiches, steaks and fresh seafood. French wines are served by the glass or the bottle from our rolling wine cart. 11950 Democracy Dr. (703) 707-0233

Nostos Restaurant

Vienna | Greek/Mediterranean | $$

The newest restaurant by the Pagonis family, who has served traditional Greek fare in the DC area for over twenty years, presents a fresh, modern take on Greek culinary culture. Stimulate your senses with a wide variety of “mezedes”, or small sharing-sized dishes, and fresh fish from the Mediterranean Sea. 8100 Boone Blvd. (703) 760-0690

Panache Tysons

McLean | Mediterranean | $$$

Glamorous and grown-up, this stylish Mediterranean spot in Tysons Corner boasts “generous”, “varied” tapas selections, well suited to “share with friends” at the “chic”, “hopping” bars backed by “awesome” staff – or there’s a full menu for a “cozy dinner for two”; “nice” servers, upscale prices and an “interesting” red-and-white color scheme rule. A pasta menu unsurpassed! Zagat rated Pinnacle Towers South 1753 Pinnacle Dr. (703) 748-1919

Pane E Vino

Lorton | Italian | $$

Enjoy authentic Southern Italian fare at this family-owned in an atmosphere reminiscent of a fine trattoria. Enjoy half price wine on Wednesday nights and a Sunday brunch buffet with many stations of made-to-order (10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.). Also visit the recently opened Wine Bar-Enoteca next door. 9020 Lorton Station Blvd.

Reston | Seafood | $$$

11960 Democracy Dr. (703) 230-3474

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Fairfax | American/Steak | $$$$

This well-known steakhouse serves the finest USDA Prime beef available. Enjoy a hot, juicy and delicious steak in a warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. 4100 Monument Corner Dr. (703) 266-1004 3503/Fairfax

Ristorante Bonaroti Vienna | Italian | $$$

Dine at Bonaroti’s where owner, Sergio Domestici makes you feel like family at this well-kept secret nestled in the heart of Vienna. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in an elegant dining room within a warm and intimate setting. 428 East Maple Ave. (703) 281-7550


Herndon | Mediterranean | $$

Feast on authentic flavors from Turkey and the Mediterranean at Herndon’s newest restaurant. The friendly staff will make you realize why Turkish people are considered to be one of the most hospitable people in the world. 13029 Worldgate Dr. (571) 323-3330

Villa Mozart

Fairfax | Italian | $$$

Italian born Chef-owner Andrea Pace offers seasonal Italian fare in a chic and comfortable setting without being pretentious. Take advantage of their $20 3-Course Prix Fixe Lunch (Monday to Friday) and $39 3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner (Monday to Thursday). 4009 Chain Bridge Rd. (703) 691-4747



Guide America’s Historic Main Streets

Alexandria, Virginia hen a young George Washington surveyed the land that would later become his home town, he could not have imagined the fascinating future for which he was laying the foundation. Washington, of course, went on to become the beloved Father of our Country. His tiny hometown became Alexandria, Virginia, today a picturesque community with a rich and varied history located along the Potomac River just minutes from our nation’s Capitol – and one of America’s favorite historic destinations. From its early role as an 18th century seaport and home to America’s patriots, to its transition as a railroad center in the 19th century and its manufacturing days in the early 1900s, Alexandria has always been a center of commerce and innovation. Today it is home to high technology firms, national associations, retail and hospitality businesses, and the performing arts.But, it is the City’s historic ambiance and aura of historic significance combined with its urban sophistication that set Alexandria apart.

Its Old Town district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is filled with historic homes and commercial buildings that house trendy shops, galleries and restaurants. Set against this historic backdrop of Old Town, the City’s new Wireless Zone offers one the chance to catch up on emails, while enjoying a latte at an outdoor café. The Eisenhower Valley is home to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, offices, restaurants, entertainment, and a regional park. The West End is home to historic Fort Ward Civil War Museum, Landmark Mall, restaurants, several hotels, as well as Winkler Botanical Reserve. Alexandria is many things. To the dog lover, it is a destination that caters to man’s best friend. For those who love the arts, it is home to the famed Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Symphony, and a season of Fall for the Arts events. For the lover of history, Alexandria honors its Scottish origins and multicultural heritage with parades and festivals throughout the year.

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Neighborhoods Carlyle House – Alexandria

Alexandria Attractions 1

Ramsay House Visitor’s Center

Follow the signs to Ramsay House, the home of William Ramsay, Scottish merchant and city founder. Here you will find detailed brochures of historic attractions, a walking tour map and guided tour information. Free. Hours: 9-5pm every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

221 King Street, 703-746-4200

134 North Royal Street 703-746-4242



Christ Church

Alexandria’s oldest church, “the Church Nigh Alexandria” was attended by George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Completed in 1773 this Colonial Georgian landmark is an active Episcopal parish today. Historic churchyard gravesites range from Yankee seamen in 1771 to Confederate prisoners-of-war. Charming gift shop. Open to the public. Donations accepted. Hours: 9-4 daily, 2-4:30 Sunday. Cameron and North Washington Streets, 703-549-1450


Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the adjoining City Hotel (c. 1785 and 1792) provide the visitor with two outstanding examples of Colonial architecture. The


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Tavern was frequented by George Washington and was the site of the festive Birthnight Celebration. Today, Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant offers authentic fare and the servers wear 18th-century attire. The original Tavern houses a museum of colonial furnishings. Open to the public. Admission. Hours: 10-5pm TuesdaySaturday, 1-5 Sunday & Monday. Last tour at 4:15.

Carlyle House

A lovely, imposing mansion built by John Carlyle in 1752. It was here that 5 royal governors were summoned by General Braddock to find a way to induce the colonists to pay for his campaign against the French and Indians. The Stamp Act which followed eventually provoked the American Revolution. Open to the public. Admission. Hours: 10-4 Tuesday through Saturday, noon-4pm Sundays. Last tour at 4 pm.

121 North Fairfax Street, 703-549-2997


Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee

Before the War of 1812, Light Horse Harry Lee brought his wife and their five children to live in this beautifully furnished house, built in 1795. Robert E. Lee spent his growing-up

years as a student here, and although currently a private residence, commemorative plaques relate the fascinating history of this historic home and famous residents. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

until 1918. Lloyd House served as barracks for WAVES, a rooming house, and a library. The building now house the Office of Historic Alexandria. Open Monday through Friday, Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm.



607 Oronoco Street, 703-548-8454

The Lyceum

Alexandria’s History Museum. Originally built in 1839 as a lecture hall and reading room, the building today offers exhibitions, regular concerts and lectures, and The Lyceum Museum Shop. Open Mon.-Sat., 10-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Donation Accepted. 201 S. Washington Street, 703-746-4994


Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

This apothecary shop was in operation from 1796 to 1933 and has a remarkable collection of herbal botanicals, hand blown glass, and medical equipment. Its manufacturing room is intact from the turn of the 19th century. Archival materials give a glimpse into history, with names of famous customers in documents. Admission. Wed.-Sat., 11-4, Sunday, 1-4. 105-107 South Fairfax Street, 703-746-3852


Lloyd House

This gracious Georgian home was constructed in 1796 by John Wise, an early tavern keeper and tanner. In 1832, John Lloyd, a successful merchant bought the house and his family remained here

220 N. Washington Street. 703-746-4554

Lee-Fendall House

Philip Fendall built this 1785 mansion where Light Horse Harry Lee wrote the farewell address from Alexandrians to George Washington when Washington left Mount Vernon to become the first president. There are guided tours daily. Admission. Hours: 10-4pm Tuesday through Saturday, 12-4 Sunday. Last tour 3:45. Closed Monday. (Occasional private parties on weekends)

614 Oronoco Street,. 703-548-1789


Torpedo Factory Art Center

Once an actual torpedo factory, this jewel of Old Town Alexandria’s historic waterfront is now a premier art center attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year. Browse 6 public galleries and engage with more than 165 artists in open studios. Also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Free. Hours: 10am-6pm daily, Thursdays until 9pm. 105 North Union Street, 703-838-4565


Alexandria Black History Museum

Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, the Museum documents the history of Alexandria’s African American community. The Center is housed in the Robert H. Robinson Library, which was built in 1940 as a segregated library for the black community. Open 10-4 Tues. through Saturday. Donations Accepted. 902 Wythe Street, 703-746-4356


Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site

Fort Ward Museum houses a fine Civil War collection. Also to be enjoyed are a 45.2 acre historic park with restored bastion, picnic tables and an outdoor amphitheater. Free. Hours: 9-5pm Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday. 4301 West Braddock Road. 703-746-4848


George Washington Mason National Memorial

Towering over the King Street Metro Station at Russell Rd., the Memorial provides a dazzling view of Alexandria, the Potomac River and surrounding areas. The top (330 feet high) can be reached by elevator. George Washington memorabilia on display. Daily 9-5pm. 703-683-2007


George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

George Washington’s Mount Vernon is America’s most popular historic estate. Visitors explore history first hand here, tour the Mansion and get to know the “real” George Washington. More than a dozen outbuildings are meticulously restored, including a major greenhouse, stables, slave quarters, and kitchen. The 500-acre estate also features museum exhibitions, active archeological digs, the Slave Memorial and Burial Ground, and new George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site. 703-780-2000,


Freedom House

Built around 1812 as a residence, this three story brick and adjoining buildings served as the offices of Franklin and Armfield Slave Market. From 1828 to 1861 more than 10,000 slaves were sold, over 3,750 of which were sent to work on cotton and sugar plantations throughout the South. Early in the Civil War the house was a military prison for black soldiers. By the end of the war it was a hospital serving black soldiers and contraband slaves who fled the South. Free. Hours: 9-5pm Monday-Friday. 1315 Duke Street, 703-836-2858

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Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial – Arlington

rlington overlooks downtown D.C., with breathtaking views of monuments and memorials available from many locations. Besides having easy access to D.C. and walking distance to Georgetown, in the heart of Arlington lies the Arlington National Cemetery, final resting place of American war heroes and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Beyond the cemetery lies the Pentagon, home and headquarters for all American military operations. Whether here for business or pleasure, you’ll find plenty of places to relax or be entertained. Visitors can enjoy nearly every type of cuisine and entertainment served up at dozens of restaurants and clubs seven nights a week. If shopping is your thing, this is the right place. Shopping includes major retailers such as Macy’s and Nordstrom’s as well as hundreds of unique and interesting stores of all sizes. With over 1,100 acres of parkland and more than 100 miles of jogging, hiking and biking trails, you’ll find that Arlington is committed to proving just how green an urban county can be.

Georgetown offers high fashion stores, outdoor bars, and restaurants with ring-side views of local boat and crew races.

ich in history and culture, Georgetown is a charming and vibrant neighborhood, located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. along the Potomac waterfront. Once a placid 18th century port, it is now a hip, action-packed town where you’re sure to find trendy restaurants, designer shops, ultra-cool bars, picturesque gardens, historic homes-turned museums, and a healthy dose of political intrigue.

Georgetown was founded in 1751, and retained its separate municipality until 1871, when its 10-mile square boundaries were eventually assimilated into the city of Washington, D.C. Georgetown grew into a thriving port, facilitating the trade of tobacco and other goods from colonial Maryland along the Potomac River and C&O canal. As Georgetown was founded during the reign of King George II of Great Britain, some speculate that the town was named after him. Another theory is that the town was named after its founders, George Gordon and George Beall. Georgetown is home to many historic landmarks including Dumbarton House, Tudor Place, and Old Stone House, the oldest original structure in Washington, D.C. On the west end of the neighborhood is the main campus of Georgetown University, founded as a Jesuit private university in 1789. The campus encompasses over 100 acres, accommodating student residences, athletic facilities and the medical school. Surrounded by parkland and green spaces that serve as buffers from development in adjacent neighborhoods, Georgetown is situated on bluffs that overlook the Potomac. As a result, there are some rather steep grades running north to south, and for that reason, there is no metro station in Georgetown! The primary commercial corridors of Georgetown include M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, offering high fashion stores, outdoor bars, and restaurants with ring-side views of local boat and crew races.


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Gunston Hall – Fairfax County

Fairfax County

rom their beloved Fairfax County homes at Mount Vernon and Gunston Hall, George Washington and George Mason led the patriots in the cause of freedom during the 18th century. In the 21st century, Fairfax County draws visitors from around the world – whether they have an interest in the Civil War, national monuments or even such modern pursuits as shopping or outdoor recreation. Fairfax County’s historical sites tell the wonderful story of the development and growth of our nation. George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens is the most visited historic home in America. Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason, paints a vivid picture through tours and exhibits, of how this founding father was instrumental in developing strategies that allowed our young nation to prosper. The history doesn’t stop at our founding father’s doorstep as multiple Civil War sites await your exploration such as Sully Historic site, St. Mary’s Church, Chantilly Battlefield, and multiple Civil War trails in and around Historic Herndon and Centreville. If you want a more futuristic journey while in Fairfax County, the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center is the place for you. Over 120 aircraft, 135 spacecraft, and many other historic artifacts are on display. There is also an IMAX Theater, flight simulators, and informational programs going on throughout the year to give visitors one of the most complete museum experiences found anywhere. With its close proximity to Washington, D.C. many visitors to Fairfax County are surprised to find out that over 30,000 acres of parkland have been set aside so that nature can still be enjoyed today as it has been since Fairfax County’s founding. Great Falls National Park greets visitors with cascading rapids and several 20 foot waterfalls, with a total 76 foot drop in elevation over a distance of less than a mile. Nature lovers can find seclusion amidst Northern Virginia’s urban environment by visiting prime wildlife sanctuaries such as Huntley Meadows Park, Mason Neck State Park and Wildlife Refuge, Burke Lake and Pohick Bay Regional Park. Fairfax County is even home to the only National Park dedicated solely to the performing arts. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts allows concertgoers to experience the great outdoors while enjoying music from some of the most famous musical artists in the world. Fairfax County also offers a shopping experience to visitors that some claim is the best on the East Coast outside New York City. The county’s six regional malls (Tysons Corner, Tysons Galleria, Fair Oaks Mall, Springfield Mall, Dulles Town Center and Landmark Mall) plus its many dedicated shopping areas such as Reston Town Center, Fair Lakes and Fairfax Square, offer an array of shopping from Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdales and Macy’s to small specialty boutiques stores to large discounters like Old Navy, DSW Shoes, Target, and Walmart. Whether you are staying in Tysons, Springfield, Reston, Centreville, or Herndon you’ll find everything you need from exquisite dining, a superb shopping, entertainment and historical experience. April – May, 2014 Dc Metro



National Harbor he area’s newest destination has popped-up on the Potomac, minutes from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on Interstate 95. This spectacular urban-waterfront community offers incredible views of downtown Washington, DC and Old Town Alexandria. It is an exciting, sprawling community that includes fine restaurants, unparalleled shopping, pedestrian friendly plazas, three piers and harbors and an array of outdoor artwork which features the 70 ft long sculpture “The Awakening,” by J. Steward Johnson. Town Center includes familiar national retailers and many unique local boutiques. Restaurants range from white tablecloth restaurants to casual cafes, both acclaimed national restaurants as well as local and regional eateries, 2,000 SF of retail, dining, and entertainment space.

You can set sail on lunch, dinner or sightseeing cruises and experience the beauty and splendor of the Potomac. During the summer, National Harbor’s Fleet Street comes to life at night with live music, dance and interactive entertainment. Visitors enjoy performances of jazz, blues and Top 40 music by national, regional and local entertainers every Friday evening all summer long. Check out all the unique and various activities during the year such as the Yacht Show, Food and Wine Festival, the Weekly American Marketplace and entertainment such as the “Ice” show. Easily accessible by auto, there is also water taxi service from Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown and Mount Vernon.

The Awakening – National Harbor


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D i n i ng

Penn Quarter hether you’re a long time visitor or brand new to the sights of the city, there’s a new vibrant area of the city to explore. You’re in for a real treat and probably a surprise – when you visit the Penn Quarter downtown. Once down-trodden the neigh- borhood along 7th Street, N.W., extending from Chinatown to Pennsylvania Avenue not only has been revitalized but, in fact, is becoming the heartbeat of the city. The opening of the Verizon Center in 1997, which brought the Washington Wizards and Capitals to town from the suburbs, surged like an electric shock through the area. Suddenly, wherever you turn, there is something to see: a fascinating portal into the world of espionage at the International Spy Museum, the wonders of science revealed through fabulous interactive exhibits at the Mariam Koshland Science Museum, standing next to the life-like Barack and Michele Obama figures at Madame Tussunds, the first federal art collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the newly reopened National Portrait Gallery and the Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. And this just scratches the surface.

Harman Hall – Penn Quarter

Penn Quarter is at the center of a vibrant theater community that includes the Shakespeare Theater, the venerable Ford’s Theater, Warner Theater, National Theater, as well as the smaller but as exciting Wooly Mammoth Theater and Warehouse. Street transportation is plentiful, but the Chinatown-Gallery Place Metro stop is one of the main hubs in the region’s world class subway system. It has sparked a revived Chinatown, the explosive growth of myriad shops and restaurants in Gallery Place and the luxury condominiums seemingly sprouting up everywhere around Penn Quarter. The city has long been one of the restaurant capitals of the world, from the Spy Museum’s adjoining Spy City Café to critical acclaimed dining experiences like Zaytinya, Carmine’s District Chop House, Jaleo and Rosa Mexicana. In between are restaurants with some of the most sought-after tables in the city, funky kaiten sushi outposts, the terrific classics in Chinatown and the best steaks and seafood you can find. If it weren’t for the national monuments, the Capitol and other attractions down on the Mall, the bustling Penn Quarter would be reason enough to visit Washington. With DC Metro as your guide, we invite you to explore.

Newseum – Penn Quarter

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Shopping at Its Best

Capitol Hill

Historic Occoquan

National Harbor

In addition to a variety of great shops and restaurants at Union Station, popular boutiques, cafes, and bars dot Barracks Row (south of the Eastern Market metro stop) in this friendly neighborhood that was founded in the 19th century. Metro: Union Station, Eastern Market

Nestled on the Occoquan River just minutes from I-95 in Prince William County, historic Occoquan is a charming town that was founded in 1758. The pedestrian-friendly streets offer an eclectic mix of art galleries, shops, restaurants, and businesses.

Just over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge from Virginia, National Harbor is rapidly becoming a shopping and dining destination. Unique boutiques and art galleries line Waterfront St. in the heart of the area. Check out America! giving you the chance to purchase artifacts of American history in the making or Fossil with fashions and accessories for both men and women alike. A little more on the youthful side are the fashions of South Moon Under. There is even a Harley-Davidson store that caters to the passion for the brand. Easy in and easy to park.

Clarendon Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood has blossomed into a hub of activity over the last few years as restaurants, lounges, shops such as Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and Apple, boutiques, and luxury condo buildings have popped up in the booming neighborhood. It has become the place for young movers and shakers to live and play. Metro: Clarendon

Eastern Market A beloved city institution that was nearly destroyed by a devastating fire in 2007, the renovated public market is in full swing on weekends, when vendors offer a variety of food, produce, meats, breads and pastries, arts, antiques, crafts, and imported goods for sale. Metro: Eastern Market

Logan Circle/14th Street The reborn neighborhood has sprouted trendy restaurants, bars, and boutiques over the last few years, most of them concentrated on 14th Street between N and S Streets. The buzz-y neighborhood is populated with sophisticated locals.

Old Town Alexandria A beautiful colonial town on the Potomac River, just south of DC, features more than 200 boutiques, shops, galleries, and award-winning restaurants, many in renovated 17th century buildings along King Street and on many side streets. Metro: King Street, with connections via the King St. Trolley and/or DASH bus service.

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Fair Oaks Mall Located in Fairfax at the intersection of Routes 50 and I-66, the centrally located mall is anchored by Macy’s and Lord & Taylor and features stores from Apple to Michael Kors to Williams-Sonoma. (703) 359-8300

Georgetown A vibrant, historic neighborhood on the Potomac River teeming with an eclectic mix of restaurants, chain stores, such as JCrew, Urban Outfitters, and Club Monaco, small boutiques, and bars that line M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. This is one of the most popular destinations for young, hip urbanites in DC. Metro: Foggy Bottom

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Shopping Potomac Mills Outlet Mall

Reston Town Center

220 manufacturer outlets and discount stores offering brand and designer merchandise like Spiegel, Nordstrom, Polo, Nautica, Saks, Calvin Klein just to name a few. Just off 195 south of Woodbridge. 2700 Potomac Mills Circle Woodbridge, VA

This busy outdoor mall in Reston combines the charm of an Italian piazza and a French boulevard. More than 50 stores and 30 restaurants, an open-air pavilion that features ice-skating in winter, and a movie theater make this a popular destination. 11900 Market St. Reston, VA (703) 689-4699

Premium Outlets®

• military gifts for retirements & promotions • ships wheels • ships clocks • barometers • tide clocks • military flag cases • shadow boxes • military ball caps & tee shirts • decanters • glasses 1677 Crystal Square Arcade, Arlington, VA 22202 703.413.6289

All Things Vera Bradley

Discover Premium Outlet Shopping® at three convenient area locations. Shop Leesburg Corner (VA), Hagerstown and Queenstown (MD) Premium Outlets and find savings of 25% to 65% every day at stores including Burberry, Coach, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade New York, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and much more. (Stores vary by center.) For complete information and to join the VIP Shopper Club, visit

Imperfections Antiques & Other Great Stuff Come to this warm and friendly shop chock full of antiques and “great stuff” all gathered by owner Nancy Deitchman to bring that special touch to your home. Nancy specializes in a wide variety of antique, vintage and collectible furniture with an eye to charm and quality at affordable prices. In addition to all kind of furniture, items include vintage chandeliers, bronzes, lamps, Staffordshire and Hummel figurines, along with rugs and original oil paintings, watercolors and lithographs. Paintings by listed artist Ron Van Sweringen and most recently, by impressionist Zakhar Sasim whose scenes of Washington D.C. and its surrounding landmarks are an exclusive highlight of the art collection. If you don’t find what you are looking for, just ask Nancy – she will be glad to go on the hunt for you – or make it! Monday-Tuesday by appointment; Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. 1210 King St. (703) 837-1670

Collectibles, advertiques, furniture, clocks, lamps, quilts, depression and glassware , china, silver, copper, brass, prints, paintings, nutcrackers, books, records, pottery, bottles, dolls, jewelry, furniture in storage. Inventory sales. Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. 1515 Mount Vernon Ave. (703) 519-3555 (703) 548-3354

Why Not?

125 Mill Street Occoquan, VA

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Boasting more than 300 shops, Nordstrom, L.L. Bean, Bloomingdale’s, five fine dining restaurants, and a 16 screen movie theatre, Tysons Corner Center is the area’s largest mall and is adjacent to the Capital Beltway at Chain Bridge Road, McLean (703) 893-9400

Alexandria Shopping

Potomac West Interiors and Antique Gallery

Ka Lei Pua

Tysons Corner Center

WHY NOT? has toys for all ages. If you’re shopping for newborns, older youngsters or someone who is just young at heart, you are certain to find the perfect gift. MondayThursday: 10:00 to 5:30; Friday-Saturday: 10:00 to 6:00; Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00. 200 King St., (703) 548-4420

Arts Afire Glass Gallery Arts Afire Glsss Gallery, featured in American Style Magazine and similar publications, offers contemporary American and alternative crafts. Craft art includes beads, jewelry, glass, pottery, fiber, turned wood, kaleidoscopes and furniture; decorative and functional objects. The Gallery features more than 400 award-winning, artisans. Some artists are local, but most are national and international in origin. Many show their work exclusively.

Others provide work rarely found elsewhere. A helpful staff stands ready to assist with your selections. Prices are affordable and gift wrapping is complimentary. The gallery is easily accessible. A parking garage is located nearby, as is the King Street Metro Station. Daily 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. 1117 King St. (703)838-9785

Imagine Artwear Featuring a collection of contemporary clothing, jewelry and crafts by American artists. One of a kind, limited edition and custom order artwear. Great gifts. Winner of Top 100 Retailer of American Craft Award. Regular hours, Monday- Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1124 King St. (703) 548-1461

Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery The gallery is located in Studio 18 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria on the waterfront. Washington DC’s first co-operative fiber gallery has 70 members some of whom are published, teach and have won awards in the fiber arts genre. New juried shows are installed monthly which include original works in jewelry, scarves, clothing, woven, knitted or crocheted items, as well as handmade paper, wall hangings, fiber sculptures and a variety of other innovative work. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m-5 p.m.. Alexandria Art Nights are the second Thursday of the month with extended hours until 8 p.m. Free admission. 105 N. Union St., Studio 18 (703) 548-0935

Torpedo Factory Art Center One of the world’s premier art centers – 165 artists in 82 studios, 2 workshops, and 6 galleries! Engage with artists at work in open studios with an opportunity to commission pieces and purchase the finest original paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art and more. Open daily 10am-6pm (Thursdays until 9pm). Free admission. 105 North Union Street (703) 838-4565

SAVE $5 1001 F Street NW, Washington, D.C 20004 • 1-866-823-9565

Metro: Red, Blue, Orange Line – Exit Metro Center – 11th and G Streets NW Red, Green, Yellow Line – Exit Gallery Place – 9th and G Streets NW Present this at the time of purchase and receive $5 Off an Adult Admission Ticket. Discount is not valid for advance ticket purchases and cannot be combined with any other offers. Valid up to 8 guests. The images shown depict wax figures created and owned by Madame Tussauds. All figures appear in wax. Madame Tussauds reserves the right to remove and/or change figures in the attraction. On occasion, Madame Tussauds may close for special events. Please call ahead for updates.

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