1. One result of the Omicron surge: Less crowded museums (in my experience, anyway). On a recent visit to the National Gallery of Art West Building, there were significantly less people than I’m used to seeing and even had whole galleries to myself at times. Plus, it’s so spacious, it’s easy to maintain comfortable distance from others. Something to keep in mind if you’re looking for indoor places to go when the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor adventures, or you just want to get a good art fix. The museum on the National Mall (6th St and Constitution Ave NW) is open daily 10am – 5pm, and admission is free.
2. In case you missed them earlier this week, there are a couple of new posts. One is a guest post by local author JoAnn Hill sharing stories and secrets behind five DC area museums. The other is a round-up of ways to celebrate MLK Day around the area.
3. Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is January 17-23. See which places are participating and make your reservations!
4. The New York Times annual list of travel destinations published at the beginning of the year is a little different for 2022. 52 Places for a Changed World “highlights places around the globe where travelers can be part of the solution.” And it sparks just as much wanderlust as previous years.
5. This made me (and roll my eyes) because it’s true 😂🙄