Five Things: February 14, 2024


1. One of DC’s most stunning spaces is even more so right now:  The Kogod Courtyard within the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery is blooming with around 350 live orchids as Smithsonian Gardens and the U.S. Botanic Garden presents their annual orchid exhibition.  The Future of Orchids: Conservation and Collaboration also features artworks by contemporary multimedia artist, Phaan Howng, to help audiences visualize the future of orchids and be inspired to take action toward a sustainable future. Stop in to see it all — and bring some paper and colored pencils to do some sketching with the kids!  The exhibition runs through April 28.  Hours are 11:30am – 7pm daily, and admission is free.


2. Heads up for the long weekend ahead:  Every year, Mount Vernon, which was George Washington’s estate, offers free admission on Presidents’ Day (a great deal as it’s usually $26/adults, $13/ages 6-11, free for 5 & under).  Tickets will be distributed on-site upon arrival on Monday, February 19, and a limited number are available, so plan to get there early — hours are 9am – 5pm.  (PS: If you can swing a weekday, admission will also be free on February 22 for George Washington’s birthday!)


3. A perfect, easy Valentine’s Day dinner the whole fam will ❤️.


4. Sooo many lovely things in this President’s Day home sale that is starting early.  A few picks: This vase, this flatware, this sconce, this table, this painting.


5. 100 Small Acts of Love.


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