1. We’re spending the long weekend at Deep Creek Lake, a wonderful destination for a socially distanced getaway from DC. With outdoor recreation to enjoy every season, I highly recommend it anytime of the year. There are lake activities in the summer, hikes/bikes among foliage in the fall, skiing at Wisp in winter, and biking/hiking on the many trails during spring. Read more about it and get a glimpse in this post about a previous Deep Creek trip. And for more easy getaways from DC — even just a few days’ escape is a sanity saver during this crazy time — this post has some ideas for places to go. (PS: We booked our weekend rental, as well as one earlier this summer, through Taylor-Made — they have a great selection of places to stay. Just try to reserve early, as they all book up these days!)
2. A holiday weekend calls for a special meal. Brightest Young Things has some good recs for brunch places (and happy hours, too), Eater DC has a round-up of crab places, and you can go pick your own fruits and veggies to incorpoate into a homemade meal — here are 88 Labor Day recipes.
3. Outdoor classic family movie night: Catch a showing of The Goonies at The Bullpen tomorrow evening. Reserve a socially distanced picnic table for 4-6 people, popcorn is complimentary, and more food and drinks are available for purchase. Tickets are $15-20, doors open at 7pm. And it’s encouraged to dress up in theme with the movie — you could win prizes!
4. A friend recently told me about Goldbelly, an online marketplace for food from well-known purveyors all around the country (think New York bagels, Maine lobster rolls, and Texas BBQ). It’s great for gift giving — or if you have a hankering for a fave from a faraway place.