Plan a visit to Dumbarton Oaks Gardens this fall
1. Fall officially begins tomorrow, so it’s a perfect time to (re)share 10 Great Places to Enjoy Autumn in the DC Area (that are not Farm Festivals).
2. Did you know the Washington Spirit, our women’s pro soccer team, has a Kids Club? Members get all kinds of benefits and goodies, depending on which option you choose. Join for free to get the newsletter, entry in a monthly raffle, printable activities, and a welcome letter from the Coach. Pay $25 to get even more, including a free match ticket, a gift bag, and a Spirit Shop discount! (PS: The Spirit are doing a Food Drive to support the Capital Area Food Bank. Fans who donate four non-perishable food items at this Sunday’s match at Segra Field in Leesburg will receive two free tickets for the Spirit vs. Racing Louisville FC match on October 9 at Audi Field.)
3. Washingtonian’s Best of Washington 2021 is so good. I especially loved “The 10 Best Things We Learned About Washington During the Pandemic” (even though some of them we already knew):
1. We believe in science.
2. We follow rules.
3. We look out for one another.
4. We creatively pivot on a dime.
5. We’re an easy drive to great getaways.
6. We have a lot of great parks.
7. We’re a bikeable city.
8. We’re a walkable city.
9. We boost small businesses.
10. We confront our history.
4. A couple of really interesting/informative/moving reads: This piece in the New Yorker (long, but worth it) and this recent essay in the New York Times.
5. Happy September 21!
A view of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge from Yards Park
1. This coming Saturday, September 18, Smithsonian Magazine is hosting its 17th annual Museum Day, when you can visit many museums around the country for free. (I know… a regular thing for a lot of DC’s local museums, but there are some that require an admission fee.) Take advantage at the College Park Aviation Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Dumbarton House, DAR Museums, and a bunch more fantastic museums around the area. KFDC Tip: Some already-free museums are also participating, including the National Museum of African American History & Culture, where you usually have to get passes well in advance! You must reserve a free ticket — and it’s good for admission for two people.
2. The new, beautiful Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is now open to traffic. And not only can you drive across it, you can walk and roll over it, too! Take in views as you stroll or bike (or skate or scoot) along the broad pedestrian path on the southbound side — it would make a fun little jaunt from The Yards area. Start at South Capitol Street right by Audi Field and Nationals Park.
3. The Kids’ Indie Next List has reading recommendations from booksellers around the country that include everything from picture books for babes to YA for teens. (FYI, local shop Solid State Books always shares the lists in their newsletter.)
4. The latest Ted Lasso episode might be my favorite one yet, and that is saying a lot since they are all brilliant. And if you’re not watching the show yet, I very highly recommend it — worth the subscription to Apple TV! (Plus, there are some other great series, including The Morning Show, which debuts its second season on Friday.)
5. The sweetest.
Scene from Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, DE
1. We enjoyed the “unofficial” last weekend of summer with a beach trip to Lewes, DE. Just a couple hours’ drive from DC (when there’s not traffic), it’s a great destination for a weekend getaway, a longer stay, or even a day trip. Remember, there are still some official weekends left of summer to take advantage of! 😎
2. Tudor Place, the historic house and gardens in Georgetown, is bringing back its program for young learners ages 18 moths to 4 years. Tutor Tots returns this Friday, September 10, with a “Back to School”-themed session. It runs 10-10:45am, and cost is $20/table for non-members, $15/table for members — and right now you can use the promo code “Fallfun21” for a 20% discount on your ticket purchase. (PS: Tudor place also offers self-guided tours of the house and gardens, so make time for that, too. Our whole family has enjoyed them, even when the kids were little!)
3. Eater’s 15 Hottest New Restaurants in DC, September 2021. (So happy to see La Collina in the mix — our new neighborhood fave!)
4. Some great recommendations for Reading, Watching, & Listening. (This prompted me to start Jhumpa Lahiri’s Whereabouts, and it’s confirmation of why she’s one of my favorite authors…such a beautiful, uniquely written book.)
5. Funny not funny?
Savoring lake life at Deep Creek, a great destination for a getaway from DC
1. If you’re looking for ideas for last minute Labor Day Weekend getaways, here are some destinations convenient from DC to consider.
2. The Big Bounce America, the world’s largest bounce house, is coming to the DC area starting this Friday. The massive touring inflatable event will run for two weekends, September 3-6 and September 10–12, at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
3. The 25 Best Sandwiches in the DC area, according to the Washington Post. Do you agree? What’s your favorite local sammie?
4. How you can help hurricane Ida victims.
5. A timely and moving Humans of New York… and a reminder that there are many important people working in our kids’ schools.