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Neighborhood Guide: Reston and Herndon

By Caroline Cunningham, Anna Spiegel April 15, 2015
Here's the very best of what these neighboring Northern Virginia towns have to offer. more

Neighborhood Guide: Arlington

By Jennifer Sergent December 10, 2014
There's a lot to explore in this sprawling suburb, so here are local gems broken down by neighborhood. more

3 Weekend Itineraries It's Worth Waking Up For

December 10, 2014
Routines around Washington that you won't want to sleep through. Plus—the best time to visit the National Zoo. more

Neighborhood Guide: Old Town Alexandria

By Jennifer Sergent October 22, 2014
Here’s where Alexandria's locals go—from best spots for a date night to a park where moms gather to favorite boutiques. more

Your Fall 2014 Guide to Arts and Entertainment in Washington

By Tanya Pai October 1, 2014
78 concerts, plays, exhibits, comedy acts—and plenty of other things—that are not to be missed this fall and winter. more

Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop in Bethesda

By Cynthia Hacinli, Rebecca Nelson September 19, 2014
Take away the rush of the city but leave the walkable shopping, dining, and entertainment and you get Bethesda. From happy-hour deals to quaint boutiques to great pizza, here’s where locals hang out. more

Hidden Gems 2014: History

February 19, 2014
Peek inside a President’s bedroom, admire a vintage Pierce-Arrow car, and see other often unheralded finds at four fabulous old houses. more

Hidden Gems 2014: Invite Only

February 19, 2014
Hidden gems that are so exclusive, you’ll need to have the right connections or to write a big check to gain access. more

Hidden Gems 2014: Nightlife

February 19, 2014
Not the Same Old Bar Looking for something different to do after work? Here are fun bets, from museum mixers and lectures to karaoke and paint fights. Photograph of Tabard Inn by Andrew Propp. Jazz up a romantic evening... more

Hidden Gems 2014: Outdoors

February 18, 2014
Wonderful Winter Walks Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you need to hibernate. These parks and hiking trails are surprisingly scenic year-round. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Photograph by Andy Kitchen. Take a rocky hike that Teddy Roosevelt loved .... more

Hidden Gems 2014: Family

February 18, 2014
Planes and trains. Owls and snakes. Shake up your routine with these child-friendly outings. more

Hidden Gems 2014: Tours

February 18, 2014
Discover little-seen attractions or take in well-known sights in a new way on these interesting tours. more

Hidden Gems 2014: Dining

February 18, 2014
You don’t need to be a celebrity to order special “off-menu” items at these restaurants. Plus-worth alternatives to DC's hot dining experiences. more

Hidden Gems 2014: Museums

February 18, 2014
Fascinating museums and exhibits—whether you like art or science or women’s history—that are often overlooked. more

Art Collecting 101: For Art’s Sake

By Sophie Gilbert October 16, 2013
It’s easier than ever to buy one-of-a-kind works—if you know where to go and what to ask more

Neighborhood Guide: Annapolis

By Mary Ann Treger October 6, 2013
With new shops, restaurants, and longtime favorites, historic Annapolis never grows old. more

From the Archives: Clancy’s Game

By Dick Victory October 2, 2013
How Tom Clancy has turned the novel of revenge into earnings of $16 million a year. more

From the Archives: Tom Clancy Talks About How Jack Ryan Would Handle Osama bin Laden

By Ann Reilly Dowd October 2, 2013
The author answers questions about bin Laden, the Middle East, President George W. Bush, and his thoughts on the future of America. more

Ira Glass on Reinventing Radio and His Very Polite Fans

By Sophie Gilbert June 27, 2013
The host of “This American Life” talks to us ahead of his Strathmore live show. more

Great Expectations for Wale

By Edward G. Robinson III June 25, 2013
As his new album comes out, DC’s most famous rapper hopes the third time’s the charm. more

Neighborhood Guide: Shirlington

June 6, 2013
Where to Grab a Bite Everyone needs a place like Carlyle (4000 Campbell Ave.; 703-931-0777) on speed dial. Grandma coming to town? Last-minute date? Tired of another night of Project Runway? No reservations are needed, but you can call ahead... more

Neighborhood Guide: Pentagon and Pentagon City

June 6, 2013
Where to Get Great Ribs With its bistro mirrors and chocolate-leather chairs, the sleek Epic Smokehouse (1330 S. Fern St.; 571-319-4001) doesn't look like the kind of place where you'd be tearing apart racks of juicy, sauce-slathered ribs, but the... more

Neighborhood Guide: Crystal City

June 6, 2013
New Takes on Classic Productions An 11-year-old company established by husband and wife Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili, Synetic Theater (1800 S. Bell St.; 703-824-8060) has built a stellar reputation for its fusion of physical theater and classic texts. Its Silent... more

Neighborhood Guide: Virginia Square and Ballston

June 6, 2013
Community Arts Hub Founded in 1974 and housed in a for-mer school, Arlington Arts Center (3550 Wilson Blvd.; 703-248-6800) hosts visual-art exhibitions, studio space, and classes in painting, drawing, photography, and more. The 17,000-square-foot space features nine galleries, with exhibitions... more

Neighborhood Guide: Clarendon

June 6, 2013
Cool-Kid Refuge Long before every bar and restaurant menu touted the words "local" and "craft," 23-year-old Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd.; 703-525-8646) was an unfussy go-to for good beer and Washington-bred bands. An all-vegetarian menu rounds out the West Coast... more

Neighborhood Guide: Rosslyn and Court House

June 6, 2013
Beautiful Bells Adjacent to the Marine Corps War Memorial, the Netherlands Carillon (N. Marshall Dr. and N. Meade St.; 703-289-2500) is a bell tower that the Dutch gave to the US as a symbol of gratitude for help during and... more

Soul Town

By Sophie Gilbert, Eli Meir Kaplan June 5, 2013
In the 1960s and ’70s, Washington’s soul and funk scenes flourished. Here’s a look at the musicians who made it their own—and are still performing all these years later. more

Best of Easton

By Andrea Poe May 3, 2013
On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, you’ll find a bustling farmers market, cool art galleries, charming inns, and good barbecue. more

Tell Us About Your Favorite Local Festivals

April 24, 2013
Did we miss one of your favorites? Share in the comments! more

Best of Fairfax

By Diana Elbasha, Ann Limpert April 12, 2013
Authentic ethnic eats, family-friendly theater, plus exciting new shops and restaurants in Merrifield’s Mosaic district. more

Best of Bethesda 2013

By Ann Limpert, Mary Yarrison, Kate Bennett, Diana Elbasha March 7, 2013
Where to eat, shop, and play in one of Washington’s most vibrant neighborhoods. more

Best of Bethesda 2013: My Favorite Spot

By Kate Bennett March 4, 2013
We asked local shopowners where they like to go. more

Best of Bethesda 2013: Five Fun Outings

By Mary Yarrison March 4, 2013
Five ideas for how to spend a day or evening in Bethesda. more

Best of U Street

By Diana Elbasha, Ann Limpert, Melissa Romero February 12, 2013
Vintage shops, live music, craft cocktails, and more in this burgeoning neighborhood. more

To Market, To Market: Best of Eastern Market and Barracks Row

By Ann Limpert, Sarah Zlotnick January 18, 2013
Just down Pennsylvania Avenue from the columns and marble of Capitol Hill lies a neighborhood teeming with delicious eats and shopping delights. more

Best of Old Town Alexandria

By Ann Limpert, Sophie Gilbert, Mary Yarrison, Sarah Zlotnick, Erin Keane Scott December 12, 2012
A stroll through this historic neighborhood reveals fashionable boutiques, cutting-edge art, and some of the area’s best dining. more

Five Fun Outings in Alexandria

By Mary Yarrison December 12, 2012
Whether your idea of a good time involves brunch, beer, book readings, or boutiques, here are wonderful ways to while away a day in Alexandria. more

Arts Aplenty in Alexandria

By Sophie Gilbert December 12, 2012
Alexandria offers everything from vibrant contemporary art to top-name live music to irreverent theater. more

Gambling Around DC: Place Your Bets

By Kim Eisler November 15, 2012
This region is home to more casinos than ever. Here’s a guide to the area’s best—and advice on how to win. more

Gambling Around DC: When is Gambling a Problem?

By Melissa Romero November 15, 2012
Here are four warning signs. more

Gambling Around DC: Bingo!

By Michael Gaynor November 15, 2012
When it comes to games of chance, bingo has a long tradition in the Washington area. But the game is changing. more

Gambling Around DC: The Greenbrier

November 15, 2012
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; 855-453-4858 Distance from DC: 248 miles Best reasons to go: With just a few hundred machines, the Greenbrier has all the major games but on a smaller, more elegant scale. This is one place... more

Gambling Around DC: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

November 15, 2012
Atlantic City, New Jersey; 609-317-1000 Distance from DC: 193 miles Best reasons to go: The Borgata is the best casino on the East Coast—and better than many in Vegas. The poker room has more than 80 tables, its own... more

Gambling Around DC: Revel

November 15, 2012
Atlantic City, New Jersey; 855-348-0500 Distance from DC: 193 miles Best reasons to go: Atlantic City’s newest hotel casino has a terrific slots collection, including the hot Michael Jackson slot machine, which features surround sound and high-backed chairs that... more

Gambling Around DC: Maryland Live! Casino

By Kim Eisler November 15, 2012
Hanover, Maryland; 443-842-7000 Distance from DC: 29 miles Best reasons to go: Of the four Maryland casinos, this one has a vibe most like big casinos in Atlantic City. In fact, since adding high-roller table games this past spring,... more

Gambling Around DC: The Casino at Delaware Park

November 15, 2012
Wilmington, Delaware; 302-994-2521 Distance from DC: 106 miles Best reasons to go: This is the place to play tournament poker; a typical weekday might draw 100 players. The poker room is awash in natural sunlight, and dealers and floor... more

Gambling Around DC: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

November 15, 2012
Charles Town, West Virginia; 800-795-7001 Distance from DC: 73 miles Best reasons to go: This is the region’s one casino where you can find a rollicking poker game any time of day or night—and a big score; a new,... more

The Best of Cleveland Park and Woodley Park

By Jessica Voelker, Sarah Zlotnick, Cynthia Hacinli November 1, 2012
With an Art Deco movie theater and several buzzing new restaurants, these two Northwest DC neighborhoods offer a nice mix of old standbys and exciting newcomers. more

The Best of Rockville

By Cynthia Hacinli October 11, 2012
With an outdoor ice rink, shops for everyone in the family, restaurants galore, and Metro access, it’s an urban oasis where you wouldn’t expect it. more

Aaron Posner: As He Likes It

By Sophie Gilbert October 9, 2012
The director and playwright is making more of a mark than ever on local theater. more

Anacostia: Washington's Next Arts District?

By Sophie Gilbert October 9, 2012
The historic DC neighborhood gets ready for its closeup. more

Ballet Book Club: Turning Hemingway into Dance

By Sophie Gilbert October 9, 2012
The Washington Ballet's Septime Webre turns another page by adapting Hemingway this season. more

Fall Arts Guide 2012: A Festival, Day Trips Worth Checking Out

By Sophie Gilbert October 9, 2012
Matisse in Baltimore, Avant-Garde in Philadelphia, and a celebration of Nordic culture at the Kennedy Center. more

Frank Rich: “Theater Saved My Life”

By Sophie Gilbert October 8, 2012
Writer Frank Rich talks about his childhood in Washington, working as a ticket taker, and being an executive producer of the HBO show Veep. more

Best of Georgetown 2012

By Ann Limpert, Sarah Zlotnick, Mary Yarrison, Carol Ross Joynt, McLean Robbins September 22, 2012
With its cobblestone sidewalks and historic homes, Georgetown is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Here are our picks for the best places to eat, shop, and have fun. more

Great Attractions in New York City

By Sophie Gilbert September 20, 2012
More than a dozen terrific Big Apple attractions, from star-studded plays to little-known museums. more

Fall Weekends in New York City

By Sophie Gilbert, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Sarah Zlotnick September 20, 2012
Fall is a perfect time for a visit. Here’s a guide to the city’s great attractions, shops, and restaurants—plus a look at the best (and worst) ways to get there. more

Best of Georgetown 2012: Wide-Open Spaces

By Kathleen Bridges September 19, 2012
Beautiful Georgetown parks where you’ll find shady groves, immaculate gardens, and water views. more

Best of Georgetown 2012: Great Georgetown Day Spas

By McLean Robbins August 22, 2012
In need of some pampering? Here's three places to go for facials, massages, and mani-pedis in Georgetown. more

Neighborhood Guide: McLean

By Cynthia Hacinli, McLean Robbins, Sarah Zlotnick August 8, 2012
One of Washington’s most coveted addresses, McLean has great shopping, cool restaurants, and a one-of-a-kind park. more

Best of Vienna

By Cynthia Hacinli, McLean Robbins, Sarah Zlotnick August 2, 2012
In Vienna, you’ll find good ethnic restaurants, unusual shops, and an old-fashioned general store. more

Neighborhood Guide: Shepherdstown

By Ann Cochran July 10, 2012
The oldest town in West Virginia, Shepherdstown celebrates its 250th birthday this year. Many of its pre-Revolutionary buildings house cool shops, bars, and restaurants. more

Best of Washington 2012: Four Cool Outdoor Pools

By Washingtonian Staff July 9, 2012
Dive in to these four outdoor pools located across the region. more

Neighborhood Guide: Rehoboth

By Cynthia Hacinli, Todd Kliman, Melissa Romero, Sarah Zlotnick June 22, 2012
Where to eat, stay, shop, and have fun in one of Delaware’s most popular beach towns. more

Going For Go-Go

By William Triplett May 16, 2012
With a little hip-hop, reggae, world, and neo-soul on the side. more

Getting the Picture

By James Conaway May 16, 2012
How Joan Miró’s iconic painting “The Farm,” starring in a retrospective at the National Gallery of Art, made its way via Ernest Hemingway—and his wives—from Paris to Cuba to New York and ultimately to the nation’s capital. more

Neighborhood Guide: Frederick

By Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Sarah Zlotnick May 10, 2012
Planning a visit to this charming historic city? Here’s where to eat, shop, stay, and see a show. more

The Best of Reston and Herndon

By Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Sarah Zlotnick, Rina Rapuano April 4, 2012
Where to find artful sushi, stylish bathing suits, piled-high burgers, and a laid-back neighborhood bar. more

Hip Strip: Best of 14th Street

By Ann Limpert, Sarah Zlotnick, Sophie Gilbert March 19, 2012
DC’s 14th Street has good restaurants, one-of-a-kind bars, stylish boutiques, and a great indie-music venue more

Vote for Your Favorite Artini

March 8, 2012
The 2012 Artini feature nights are underway. Let us know which mixologist created the art-inspired cocktail that you liked best more

Old, New & Fun: Best of Silver Spring

By Ann Limpert, Sarah Zlotnick February 14, 2012
Silver Spring has been transformed from an aging suburb to a lively hub of nightlife, dining, and entertainment. You’ll find great ethnic spots, a new concert venue, and a terrific seafood joint that hasn’t changed in 50 years. more

Cool Comeback: Best of H Street

By Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Sarah Zlotnick January 20, 2012
In 2006, the historic Atlas Theater reopened, sparking a renaissance that has transformed Northeast DC's H Street area into a magnet for bars and restaurants. Here are the best places along this lively corridor to eat, drink, and see art. more

Arena Stage Sells $2 PBRs in the Lobby

By Sophie Gilbert January 5, 2012
Does Shakespeare make you want a nice cold can of Pabst Blue Ribbon? more

5 Fun Agendas for a Day Out in Penn Quarter

By Kathleen Bridges December 16, 2011
Planning a date night? Hosting out-of-towners? Here are ideas for a lively afternoon or evening. more

Holiday Concert Preview: Jane Monheit at the Kennedy Center

By Sophie Gilbert December 16, 2011
The sultry jazz singer comes to the Terrace Theater for a holiday-themed show this weekend. more

Penn Quarter Theater, Museums, and Festivals

By Sophie Gilbert December 16, 2011
Where to see a play, watch an interesting film, or browse contemporary artwork. more

Playwright Ken Ludwig Talks Christmas, Alec Baldwin, and the Jersey Shore

By Sophie Gilbert December 8, 2011
We catch up with the acclaimed local playwright to discuss his new children’s show at Adventure Theatre. more

A Conversation With Amy Freed

By Sophie Gilbert December 5, 2011
The playwright behind Arena Stage’s “You, Nero” discusses theater, culture, and the end of civilization. more

Best Bars and Happy Hours in Arlington

By Sarah Zlotnick November 10, 2011
Live music, a hip lounge, an Irish pub, and a bar with 42 beers on tap. more

Fall Arts Guide: People to Watch

By Sophie Gilbert October 13, 2011
Some of the rising stars in art, theater, and music are at work on interesting projects in the Washington area. more

“Take a Look at That!”

By Kathleen Bridges October 12, 2011
Think you’re familiar with what’s good in local museums? Our museums are constantly adding to their collections. Here are five new works to look out for. more

Worth Leaving Town For

By Sophie Gilbert October 12, 2011
Though we have some fantastic culture in the Washington area, there are some great finds just a couple hour's drive away. more

Off-the-Beaten-Path Spots for Film

By Ian Buckwalter October 12, 2011
Washington has a wealth of free and cheap movies at museums and arts institutions. Here are three places to catch hard-to-find gems. more

2011 Fall Arts Guide

October 10, 2011
Here are the season’s hottest tickets—plus people to watch, good places to eat, new things to see, how to save on tickets, what’s worth leaving town for, and more more

Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant Bars and Nightlife

By Sarah Zlotnick October 10, 2011
A good wine bar, a speakeasy-style lounge, and casual neighborhood hangouts more

Best of Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant: Local Favorites

By Michael Gaynor October 10, 2011
Locals talk about their neighborhood’s hidden gems—a farmers market, a corner store, a dog park, and more more

Cheap Tickets: How to Catch the Area's Best Opera, Theater, Classical Music, and More Without Breaking the Bank

By Chelsea Lo September 26, 2011
There’s no shortage of arts and entertainment in Washington—but tickets don’t always come cheap. Here are deals at area venues. more

The Lowdown on DC’s Best and Brightest Art Events

By Kathleen Bridges September 22, 2011
At these events, art, music, and entertainment combine to make an exceptional evening out. more

Old Town Alexandria: Arts & History

By Mollie Reilly August 22, 2011
Take a ghost tour or peek inside a working artist’s studio more

Shear Genius: What Ten Years Playing the Same Role Has Taught Brigid Cleary

By Sophie Gilbert July 22, 2011
The longest-running Shear Madness cast member talks about building a life around acting and playing the same role a thousand times over more


By Sarah Zlotnick July 11, 2011
Twitter handles to follow for ticket giveaways and free event alerts more

Best Birthday Parties for Kids

By Monica Sakala July 11, 2011
And they come right to your house! more

Best Of Washington: Reader Favorites

By Leslie Milk July 11, 2011
Readers pick the tastiest chocolate-chip cookie, best brunch, worst local athletes, and lots more more

Best Overlooked Gardens in Washington

By Gretchen Cook July 11, 2011
With shady patches and free admission, these green spots are perfect for summer more

Best Baby-Friendly Happy Hour

By Denise Kersten Wills July 11, 2011
At Adams Morgan’s The Reef, kids can watch fish swim and play on the dance floor more

Best Ways to Get Inside an Embassy

By Sophie Gilbert July 11, 2011
Attend a winetasting, go to a concert, or take full advantage of social media more

Best Karaoke Bars in Washington

By Sophie Gilbert July 11, 2011
Sing your heart out more

Best Places To Spot a Celebrity in Washington

By Sophie Gilbert July 11, 2011
DC stomping grounds for Jessica Simpson, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, and more more

Best Museum Membership Deals in Washington

By Laura McKenzie July 11, 2011
The Spy Museum and Newseum offer jump-the-line privileges and discounts at top-of-the-line restaurants more

Best Coffee Shops in Washington

By Emily Leaman July 11, 2011
Spots with good coffee, cool atmosphere, and late hours more