Best & Worst of Summer
Looking for summer “bests”? Here is advice from top experts on making the most of the season in the sun. Check out a complete guide to the best of summer in our July issue, on newsstands now.
The Potomac River is 63 miles of heaven.
Captain Steve Chaconas,
National Bass Fishing Guide
Best Photo Ops
Best place to shoot a photo of Washington’s wilderness: the Virginia side of Great Falls.
Best place to shoot the quintessential view of Washington: at Arlington House in Arlington National Cemetery. You can get the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and both the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials in the picture.
Mary Beth Kelly
Program Manager, Studio Arts
Smithsonian Resident Associates
Best Windsurfing Spots
In Virginia, the best launch places are on the Virginia Peninsula near Hampton Roads at Buckroe and at Factory Point for intermediate to advanced sailors and at Mill Creek for beginners. In Maryland, board sailors recommend Mayo Beach and Sandy Point near Annapolis and Rocky Point and on the Gunpowder River near Baltimore. For maps and wind conditions, check out windsurfbaba.org and windvisions.com/launches.
Marc Rosen and Glenn Woodell,
Baltimore Area Board Sailing Association
Best Board Surfing Spots
For beginners: Ocean City has designated spots at 8th Street, 36th Street, and 47th Street before 10 am and after 5:30 pm. Early morning is best at Assateague Island, which offers long stretches of beach with soft waves and no crowds. In Delaware, the north side of the Indian River Inlet is designated for surfers.
More advanced surfers head for the Ocean City Inland Jetty or Bethany Beach, where there are hard-breaking waves. Surfers at Bethany must clear the beach after 10 am, when lifeguards come on duty.
Delmarva District Director
Eastern Surfing Association
Best Source for Custom Gowns and Mother of the Bride Dresses
Kwon’s Boutique, 1350 Beverly Road, McLean; 703-827-0700
Linda Rabbitt, Mother of Ashley Rabbitt
Married on May 19, 2007
Best Back-Friendly Gardening Tool
No need to bend over while weeding—the Garden Claw lets the gardener stay upright and use full body weight as leverage. It’s available at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and True Value and Ace Hardware stores.
Dr. David Fishkin, Bethesda Chiropractor
Most Innovative Summer Theatre Production
Rorschach Theatre’s world premiere of “The Birds,” by Jennifer Maisel, runs June 30 to July 29. The stage is in a church in DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood that’s transformed for every show.
Cultural Development Corporation
Best Theater Bargain
Ten dollar “Rush” tickets are available half hour before curtain time at Arena Stage and Signature Theatre.
Best Place for a Posh Outdoor Party
The rooftop terrace of the 101 Constitution Avenue office building has a spectacular view of the Capitol. It’s available only if a tenant “sponsors” you.
Second choice: Mount Vernon
Debra Shiff, Events Planner
The J Street Group