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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.

Best Bass-Fishing

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 and

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.

Art Baltrotsky

Delmarva District Director

Eastern Surfing Association

Berlin, Marland

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.

Anne Corbett

Executive Director

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

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.