We’ve gone from bidding wars and packed open houses to short sales and foreclosures. Here are stories—from homeowners, lenders, real-estate agents, and others—about the rise and fall of the housing market and how it changed Washington. Plus: what’s selling now—and where. By Mary Clare Fleury, Marisa M. Kashino, Emily Leaman, Luke Mullins, Denise Kersten Wills, and Eric Wills.
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How a Virginia entrepreneur revived Thomas Jefferson’s dream of a native American wine. By Todd Kliman
The Washingtonian’s Green Awards honor those who protect our environment and who teach others the importance of eco-friendly living. By Leslie Milk
These 20 spring and summer festivals are our favorites for a fun day trip or a weekend full of good times and good food. Edited by Sherri Dalphonse
Robert Wone worked late at the office, then went to spend the night at a friend’s house. Ninety minutes later, he was dead from mysterious stab wounds. The three men in the house with him that night are going on trial, but no one has been charged with the murder. Wone’s widow keeps going with the help of friends, faith, and the memory of the love of her life. By Harry Jaffe
A cow on the roof—and other good college pranks . . . What does OpenTable say about you? . . . Inside the cupcake craze . . . Does DC face a future without pandas? . . . Good Washington reads . . . The sisters behind Molly Ivins’s Kick-Ass Wit . . . Funny faces on Capitol Hill . . . Mystery man in the Post newsroom.
Profile Unleash the Fury. Real Life Mark Fondersmith is helping to shape legal history. Benefits Good times for good causes in May.
American Buffalo at Studio . . . Sycamore Trees premieres at Signature . . . Dave Matthews at DAR . . . Ramsey Lewis Trio at the Warner . . . Allen Ginsberg photos at NGA . . . Marvin Hamlisch and the NSO Pops celebrate Sondheim at the KenCen . . . The Washington National Opera presents Hamlet.
dining out Who needs freeze-dried foie gras? Capitol Hill’s Bistro Cacao excels the old-fashioned way. Plus—a fresh look at the Jockey Club and a preview of interesting restaurants on the horizon.best bites Dining on a shoestring: pan-Asian to savor . . . Road-testing Thomas Keller’s fried-chicken mix . . . Who makes the best macarons? . . . Great pickles . . . Frugal Foodie dessert . . . What’s hot—and not.
travel Romantic getaways.
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creating a beautiful yard Homeowners are turning yards into “rooms” where they can relax or entertain. Here’s what’s new, from fire pits to “green” gardens, and experts who can design your dream yard.Best of frederick The historic Maryland city has fine dining, good antiques shops, and lots of enjoyable activities nearby. Luxury Homes After 800 days on the market, defense exec James Shinn’s home in Georgetown sells for $5 million—$3.5 million less than the original list price. Pets Dogs aren’t the only pets showing off in the judges’ ring—cats can get competitive, too. First Person After her husband died, her kids sent Daddy notes tied to balloons. Then a kind of miracle happened.