Itching to get out of town? Here are 34 easy, memorable escapes within a few hours' drive—including hikes with a view, romantic vineyards, fun beach towns, relaxing spas, foodie road trips, scenic cycling, and more.
Edited by Sherri Dalphonse
Meet Scott Boras, the superagent who scored the Nats their top talent—at top dollar. By Patrick Hruby
After 25 years in power, Creigh Deeds faced the most painful political fight of his career. It turned out to be the easiest to win. By Luke Mullins
President Dwight Eisenhower's memorial was supposed to open next year. Instead, the VIPs behind the project went to war and killed it. By Carol Ross Joynt
Where & When
Bolshoi Ballet at the KenCen . . . Lady Gaga at Verizon . . . Brandy Clark at the Birchmere . . . Washington's own Soloman Howard in the WNO's Magic Flute . . . Imagination Stage's hip-hop show for kids, Cinderella: The Remix . . . Andrew Wyeth and Degas/Cassatt at the National Gallery . . . Norah Jones celebrates the Blue Note label . . . Cymbeline at the Folger . . . Bethesda Fine Arts Festival.
The Voice Diane Rehm, the popular 77-year-old radio host, has no intention of stepping down soon. But doesn't every leader need a succession plan? Seeing Our Own Shadow Campaign The pall of scandal that hung over the DC primary is an opportunity to rethink how we finance political activity. Washington Read Sam Kean spins the history of neuroscience from the stories of true-life characters. Plus—Elizabeth Drew replumbs Watergate.Feeling the Pull How the new generation of internet companies is straining the collegial world of tech lobbying.What Made Me Lucy Bowen McCauley of Arlington's Bowen McCauley Dance on taking risks and seeing the possibilities in disabilities.
New Hue Men's accessories with a hint of color put spring into a wardrobe. The White Stuff Nothing goes better with a summer tan—a healthy fake tan, of course—than a bright smile. Here's a look at the latest in tooth whitening.Artful Afternoon Paintings, sculpture, jewelry . . . and kebabs? You'll find that and more on this day trip to Reston."Just the Right Things" For more than two decades, Andre Spearman has helped Washington's notable women look great—without following trends.
Greek Rush The convivial Rock-ville restaurant Trapezaria is nearly as transportive as a ticket to Athens. Plus—Joe's Stone Crab comes to DC, spicy Thai in Wheaton, terrific tacos in Bethesda, and moules frites in Ballston.
Makeover Magic Inside four inspiring bathroom renovations—plus expert decorating advice and the resources to help you create your dream bath. Best of Georgetown Tourists have long flocked to the historic neighborhood, but Georgetown is also a vibrant village filled with real Washingtonians. Here's an insider's guide to where the locals go. Luxury Homes Republican heavyweights Fred Thompson and Jon Huntsman strike a $3.1-million deal in McLean.Pets A local rescue group is using social media to find homes for dogs—and even change state laws.