Don’t go thinking the summer is over! There’s still plenty of time and lots of options for recreational activities in the DC area.
BBQ the Easy Way
Tired of grilling but still loving that delicious summer barbecue? I came around the corner onto Lee Highway last weekend and was delighted to see four giant smokers smoking away in the front parking lot of the new-ish brick and mortar version of the food truck known as Sloppy Mama’s. I never visited the truck but people seem to love the brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and half smokes. The sides look good too, and it’s a good sign that there’s only one dessert and that dessert is banana pudding. I like these people already. Take note that it closes at 3 on Sundays.
Try a New Restaurant
Those discount-menu restaurant weeks always seem to sneak up on us, but, probably by design, they’re at a dead time of the year and we manage to take advantage of them. So, mark your calendars (or not) for the August 12-18 Washington Metropolitan Restaurant Week. Check out the website for all the participating restaurants, but top picks for me personally will be A La Lucia in Old Town because it’s next to my beloved Art League classroom, The Pig on 14th Street because it’s pig, plus they are doing a Woodford Reserve bourbon pairing, and Centrolina, which is just an excellent restaurant by all accounts.
Kayaking and Tubing
We love to do some sort of river rafting or tubing this time of year. We usually do it on vacation, but I just realized we can do it here on the Shenandoah River through a fun company called River and Trail Outfitters. Not only do they offer kayaking and tubing for the whole family, you can also sign up to do one of these fun outings in August: Boat and Brew Abolitionist Ale on August 3rd, where you can “paddle the mellow, wilderness-surrounded Shenandoah River and then enjoy a craft beer tasting along with a personal artisan pizza”, or for the wine lovers, you may try the Water to Wine Big Cork on Sunday August 11, where you’ll kayak 5.5 miles on the Potomac and then caravan to Big Cork Vinyards for a tasting and a cheese plate.
August is County Fair month! Always a wholesome outing and a fun way to wind up the summer months.
Arlington County Fair, August 14-20
Prince William County Fair, August 11-19
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, August 11-19
On the Museum Front…
Have you ever been to the Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle? The permanent collection boasts Renoir’s famous Luncheon of the Boating Party, as well as works by Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Richard Diebenkorn. Tuesday through Friday, admission is free to see the permanent collection, otherwise it’s $12 to see the ticketed exhibitions. When you’re done, enjoy a cold drink by the fountain at Dupont Circle for an authentic DC afternoon.
Oh, Going on Vacation?
Are you headed out of town for a week or more? I recently posted a blog on HomeTransitionPros with a detailed checklist for things you should do to prepare your home for a long term trip. It’s pretty fun reading if you’re a house nerd or a nervous Nelly, or any combination of the two.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!