August 2012 Contents: Great Day Trips
Friendly wineries, sandy beaches, horseback trails, fun festivals, new museums, great shopping—and other terrific ideas for whiling away a day.
Cover: Photograph by Cade Martin
When a well-adjusted Virginia teen suddenly killed himself, his parents looked for warning signs they had missed. But Austin had no dark secret, no teen angst. There was nothing—except for a concussion he had sustained during a football game a few days earlier. By Patrick Hruby
Geoff Tracy couldn’t clone himself. But as his restaurant empire grew, he did the next-best thing, creating a complex, data-driven system to ensure that his employees always do everything the Chef Geoff’s way. By Todd Kliman
The author has been fishing since he was a teen. Now he shares with his son the lessons and secrets of the waterways that flow through Washington. You never know what unlikely spot will turn out to be a honey hole. By Emmet Rosenfeld
The Capitol and the White House both lay in ruins. The President had fled. How had a foreign power occupied Washington in just one day? By By Adam Goodheart
Convention-goers’ guides to Charlotte and Tampa … Take a lesson: Redskins’ Davis represents himself in court … Beach-read picks … Top mini-golf spots … From Roll Call to BuzzFeed … Who’ll replace Liz Spayd at the Post? Anatomy Setting up the big top. Behind the Scenes Printing twenties. Parties A fish party, a book launch, and a black-tie dinner at George Washington’s place.
Where & When
Cirque du Soleil at National Harbor … Brad Paisley at Jiffy Lube … Temptations at Wolf Trap … Kathleen Turner as Molly Ivins … Best Little Whorehouse at Signature … Eva Cassidy tribute at Strathmore … Jerry Seinfeld at KenCen.
Chilling Out … Urban country in Clarendon … A worthy tapas house in DC … Roberto Donna is back … Korean hit in Rockville. Ice-Cream Special Frozen treats at local attractions, the best sundaes, scoops, and shakes; four supermarket favorites; and more.
Beautiful Basements From a sprawling wine cellar to a compact English basement, these lower levels make the most of their downstairs space. Here’s how you can, too. Best of Vienna/McLean Good restaurants, great shopping, and a one-of-a-kind park. Luxury Homes Columnist David Brooks and lawyer Christine Varney strike a $4-million deal.