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.
Words, words, glorious words!
Music. TV and movies. Social media. Talking with friends. Words are all around us every day, in one form or another. But we don’t really ever stop and think about the origin of the words and language we use, do we?
The newly opened Planet Word museum aims to change that.
The interactive museum fills three floors of the historic Franklin School with games, touch screens and video screens to help visitors explore the origins and evolution of languages, and to play with words by reading, singing and speaking.
In this museum-saturated city, Planet Word delivers something new.
This is our absolute favorite time of the year!
The holidays will be a bit different this year but nothing beats the sparkle, twinkle and glow of the season! From winter igloos, popup holiday markets, magnificent Christmas lights and storefront displays, "Panda Paws" and legendary yetis (yes, yetis), and other holiday adventures, there's a lot for holiday-lovers to enjoy in the nation's capitol.
Available for download, our specially curated holiday itineraries and guides have all the tips and suggestions to help you experience the wonder of the season and discover can't-miss attractions to add to your 2020 winter to-do list. Relax and cross activity planning off your list with inspiration right at your fingertips:
Choose your holiday adventure, download a guide or itinerary and enjoy a stress-free festive season! And feel free to contact us to design a custom holiday experience in DC just for you, 100% from scratch.
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How you like them apples?
Put down the daiquiri and step away from the rosé. With summer in the rearview, our sipping sights are set on pumpkin beer, hot toddies and the most beloved fall libation of all, hard cider.
Cider has become popular in DC with several cideries springing up in recent years offering refreshing and unique flavors. Here's what you can expect to find at the four locations in the city when you're ready for a hard cider taste test.
DC has signature music, food and its own official dinosaur.
Forget images of massive digs like the one in the Jurassic Park movies, though. Apparently someone found part of a dinosaur vertebra and other bone fragments while excavating a sewer at First and F Streets SE in Capitol Hill in the late 1800s.
The bones were taken to Smithsonian scientists, but there was so little of it that paleontologists are still uncertain as to what this animal actually looked like. But since there was no agreement on the actual identity and classification of the bones, it was suggested that it was from a dinosaur unique to Washington, and the unofficial moniker Capitalsaurus was born.
More than a century after it was unearthed, there isn’t consensus on the actual identity of this prehistoric beast.
The official designation as the District’s official dinosaur is thanks to a group of fifth-grade students who enthusiastically lobbied City Hall to vote “yes” on vote “yes” on the Official Dinosaur Designation Act of 1998, Bill 12-538.
Today, January 28 is “Capitalsaurus Day” in D.C., marking the date the bones were presented to the Smithsonian. The block of F Street, SE where the fossil was discovered was formally dedicated as Capitalsaurus Court on January 28, 2000 (it’s the block that fronts Garfield Park).
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Rip-ROARING family fun!
Looking at the dinosaurs out in the wilds of the RFK Stadium parking lot, you can’t help but wonder if InGen, the sneaky dino-cloning corporation in the Jurassic Park movie franchise, have relocated their clandestine operation to the District.
But they’re not to blame. This time . . .
Stay and wander, and wear a mask!
We're in that seasonal sweet spot where it's nice enough to spend time outside and anticipate the coming wintertime activities--it's the best of both worlds!
November is stuffed with indoor and outdoor things to do for adults and kiddos, from dinosaurs roaring into RFK Stadium to Insta-worthy apres ski events, Black-owned restaurant week, and a Christmas bar popping up in Adams Morgan, and more! We've done the planning for you and curated the best-of-the-best events that will keep you busy throughout the entire month.
We Might Be Waiting For Election Results For Awhile, So You Might As Well Take a Break and Go Outside
Waiting is never easy, especially this election season. While you may be considering eating and drinking your feelings away, you could channel your anxiety into a relaxing walk and find joy in nature instead. Here are some outdoor spots in DC to take a break from, well everything.
This has been a year like no other, and by all accounts, it will be an election night like no other. But first things first, you've got to make sure to VOTE on Election Day if you haven't already completed early voting or mailed in your ballot. It's the one thing you can control right now.
For some, the historic event is going to be an irresistible chance to scroll through Twitter, light up group chats and leave the news humming in the background on a TV. But for others, it’s the perfect opportunity to practice some self-care instead of stressing out for hours, or maybe even days.
If you're part of the "wake me when it's over" crowd, we've compiled some suggestions that can hopefully help distract you from Election Day (or beyond) anxiety.
Get ready for spooktacular fun!
Turn your fear of the forthcoming election into a much more fun fear of the fantastical to celebrate Halloween this weekend. Find ghostly tours, witches, haunted houses and hotels, spooky workouts and playlists, and celebratory events for kids and adults, both in-person and virtual.
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Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it