The best ice cream in the area, minus the brain freeze
**This article has been updated**
During these dog days of summer (basically any day ending in -y in DC), there’s nothing like a sweet and delicious frozen treat to cool you down. With so many spots for summertime scoops, we've compiled a handy list of 10 local places to sample some of the best frozen confections in the city!
Spring has finally sprung in DC, bringing with it the promise of mild temperatures and easing COVID restrictions as more places start to reopen, hurray! We're totally ignoring the reappearance of the cicadas because, ick.
Whether you prefer hanging out indoors or outside, we've curated more than 20 activities to fill up your calendar this month. We've got aqua picnics, outdoor movies, art walks, experimental theatre, sneaker-filled and immersive, gallery-wide art installations, plus the latest reopened (and soon to be!) attractions. It's going to be a busy month; let's go!
If you're interested in more local adventures, make sure to check out our DMV-focused content or contact us to custom-design your DC experience.
Cherry blossom season isn't complete without experiencing this ancient Japanese rice wine
In Japan, there’s a long tradition of cherry blossom viewing, or Hanami, which includes picnics with snacks and sake in the park under the trees with family and friends. I fondly remember spending all day at the cherry blossom festival when my family lived in Okinawa. It felt like everyone on the island had converged to the same point at the same time, much like the people that crowd the Tidal Basin during peak bloom.
Sake's popularity has finally found footing in the US. Sake today is where wine was in the 1980s—transitioning from a bourgeois beverage for special occasions to the mainstream. has grown over the years. Luckily, several DC restaurants have large sake selections, diverse picks and knowledgeable servers to help you create your own Hanami experience.
Here are several places around town to broaden and educate your sake palate.
Looking for some creative, last minute ideas to spice up your date night for Valentine's Day? You're in luck!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we came up with a few unexpected and totally fun date night ideas. Check out all our unexpected date ideas below!
P.S. These don’t have to be only for Valentine’s Day. You can also use this as a go-to list for excuses for a date night.
Whether you're a couch potato or adventure seeker, we've got you covered
February is the shortest month of the year (even in leap years, when it has 29 days instead of 28), but that doesn't mean there isn't lots to do in the city.
We've got a mix of virtual and in real life recommendations for every interest: There's skiing and tubing, virtual plays, hikes under the full moon, craft nights, Valentine's Day celebration ideas, ways to ring in the Chinese New Year, and more! Note: We've curated recommendations for ways to celebrate Black History Month in a separate post so be sure to check that out, too!
Two days! Just two more days until Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. The National Mall is closed and DC is practically on lock down for security reasons, but that doesn’t make the occasion any less a cause for celebration.
We're curated a mix of virtual and IRL things to do, and local food and drink specials for you to throw the best at-home inauguration party ever, so don your best red, white, and blue loungewear and nestle up on the couch and get ready to celebrate!
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Calories don't count for a historic event, right?
We've been comforting eating our way through the 2020 election and have no intentions of stopping in these final days until the main event--Inauguration Day. With emotions running so high, you're going to need some delicious food to binge eat and comfort you during this historical transition day. Luckily, DC's restaurants have come through with food and drink specials that honor soon-to-be-sworn-in President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, America's first female vice president.
If you're celebrating in your living room on Wednesday, local bars and restaurants have cooked up commemorative dishes, beers and cocktails to help make your sofa feel more festive, no matter how far you are from the Capitol. Here are few inauguration-themed offerings to whet your appetite.
Bundle up, get out there and explore!
A new year is the perfect time to set new intentions and grab the opportunity to try new things!
Whether you plan to connect with nature, chill and watch a film festival, or checking out the latest event at Victura Park, we've curated a list of 20+ things to do (virtual and in-person) that will keep you busy all month long.
Celebrate in-person or at home!
The great irony of New Year’s Eve 2020, though, is that there’s never been a year to which we’re more excited to bid farewell, and yet, we can’t celebrate its departure in the all-out, stay-up-until-sunrise, shutdown-the-dancefloor way we otherwise might.
But just as we adapted Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are plenty of options for bidding good riddance to this crazy year. Here’s a mix of virtual and in-person ways to spend New Year’s Eve and, at last, welcome 2021. Huzzah!
There’s so much to be thankful for this holiday season—family, home, and of course, food. As we dash around in a frenzy looking for recipes for family feasts or restaurants with dine-in or take-home menus, there's an unexpected culinary option that deserves to part of your meal planning this year.
Skip Bon Appetit and look to the U.S. Botanic Garden for holiday-inspired recipes and cooking demos this year. Yep, the botanic gardens ... surprise! Led by the Cook Sisters - Danielle and Adrienne are cooking writers and avid gardeners - each online class features seasonal produce and lessons on botanic and culinary connections. Classes are free.
USBG and the Cook Sisters will take you from Thanksgiving leftovers to holiday cocktails and New Year's Day brunch in delicious, homemade style with fresh, seasonal ingredients. You'll have great meals and recipes to savor, a new appreciation of farm-to-table foods, and a whole new way of thinking about USBG, which celebrated its 200th anniversary last year and has a history dating back to founding fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it