Washington, D.C.

Best Off-the-Beaten Path Cherry Blossom Spot in DC

If you missed the National Cherry Blossom Festival (or skipped it, on account of the crowds), you can still enjoy the annual spectacle in a venue that’s a little off the beaten path.

Wander blooming streets. John Z. Wetmore, an advocate for pedestrians and producer of “Perils for Pedestrians” Television suggest you take the Capital Crescent Trail to the Kenwood neighborhood in Bethesda and just wander. “Cherry trees line all the streets,” he says, “And the landscaping in the private yards is pretty nice, too.”

Make it a day. When you finish photographing, follow the trail into downtown Bethesda for a bite, or pack your lunch and take a seat in the grass or at a picnic table in the little park where the Capital Crescent Trail crosses Dorset Avenue.

But hurry—the flowers will soon fade away for the season.

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Washington, D.C.

SideDish: Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Curry

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Cooking instructor Sandhya Babu believes that an Indian dining experience like her vegetarian lunch SideTour is nothing without well-spiced curry. Prior to developing this beautiful dish, she’d never before combined squash and red pepper in a curry, and it’s been a great hit with her guests.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Curry
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Washington, D.C.

Hidden in DC: The “Suburb” of Anacostia

In 1854, Anacostia was designed as DC’s first suburb, then named Uniontown. At that time, it was located outside the city limits and provided inexpensive real estate for the city’s working class, many of whom worked at the Navy Yard right across the river. 

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Little-known fact: Anacostia is home to the oldest Roman Catholic Church in DC east of the Anacostia River, Saint Teresa of Avila, which opened in 1879. It was originally part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, because the Vatican did not make the City of Washington a separate archdiocese until 1939. Continue Reading

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7 City-Inspired Halloween Costumes

1. Batman

Pros: Gotham’s hero. Maximum crime-fighting potential. Pop culturally relevant.

Cons: We say this one is a win-win.

2. Over-excited Tourist

Pros: It’s the one time you can wear your “I heart New York” shirt outside without getting any dirty looks from your neighbors.

Cons: You’ll have to actually spend money on the marked up tourist stuff sold by the street hawkers. Don’t forget the Empire State Building pencil sharpener!

3. Statue of Liberty

Pros: Conveys a strong sense of patriotism. You can hide beer in your torch when walking past cops.

Cons: Your arm might get tired.

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8 Interesting Facts About Washington DC

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Last week we took a look at a few things that make Chicago so great. This week we’re turning our attention on Washington DC and highlighting 8 cool and little known facts about the nation’s capitol.

1. Working on the Hill

In Washington DC there is 1 lawyer for every 19 residents in DC and 74 lobbyists for each United States Senator.

2. Work Hard, Play Hard

More wine is consumed per person in Washington DC than any state in the United States.

3. Honoring the Fallen

Every time a soldier is buried, an Arlington Lady is present. There are about 65 Arlington Ladies, and since 1973, the Arlington Ladies have ensured that no Soldier is ever buried alone.

4. A Library of Epic Proportions

The Library of Congress, the biggest library in the country, contains 535 miles of bookshelves. In the Reading Room alone there are 45,000 reference books.

5. Mickey Mouse For President

Washington DC’s song was written by a former Mouseketeer in 1951.

6. Rainy Days

DC averages 39 inches of rainfall a year — more than Seattle!

7. Presidential Pets

Thomas Jefferson had a pet mockingbird that flew freely around the White House unless Jefferson had guests.

8. Schooling the POTUS

Eight U.S. presidents never attended college.

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