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May 2008 Contents – Weekend Getaways

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Volume 43, Number 8

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82 great weekends

Can a weekend getaway change your life? Meet Washingtonians who had memorable trips and find ideas for escapes that may inspire you: great hikes, spiritual retreats, adventure outings, yoga getaways, romantic inns, and lots more.



Movie critic Stephen Hunter also writes novels filled with the guns and violence he loves on film. Armed with a pen or a .45, he’s a force. By Tim Wendel

Quite a Ride

Not so long ago, African-Americans couldn’t go to Glen Echo Park. This season’s first carousel ride honors one who changed history. By Drew Bratcher

The Battle to Save a Boy’s Sight

Bobby Sliko was a bright, energetic teenager. When his vision dimmed, doctors found a brain tumor. As he persevered, Bobby learned some of life’s lessons. And he taught a few. By John Pekkanen

“They Don’t Need a Psychiatrist. They Talk to Each Other.”

Brothers Rahm, Zeke, and Ari Emanuel are successful, intense, and in perpetual motion. By Susan Baer

Fast and Fearless

At nine, Matt Cooper was discovered somersaulting off a diving board in Bethesda. Ten years later, he has a good shot at the Olympics. By Lindsay Moran

Where House Prices Are Still Going Up

A report on real estate in brand-name neighborhoods, where the news is better than you might think. By Mary Clare Fleury

New York’s Top Chef Comes to DC

Eric Ripert brings his movie-star personality and four-star reputation to DC’s Westend Bistro. By Todd Kliman

Capital Comment

Prom pics of the VIPs . . . Who’s who among Senate spouses . . . Guessing at Obama and Clinton Cabinets . . . Pulitzer winners leave the Post.
Robert Horan leaves office with no regrets about those he sent to death row.
green awards Celebrating Washingtonians who preserve and protect our environment.real life Laura Zam turned her mother’s experience as a Holocaust survivor into a witty and powerful play. photos Leaders and fighters caught by the camera’s eye.benefits Good times for good causes.

Where & When

National Cathedral illuminated . . . Afghan treasures at NGA . . . Hamlet at Carter Barron . . . Wynton Marsalis at KenCen . . . Jimmy Stewart at AFI.


dining out Mio has its third chef in a year, but it’s beginning to really deliver. Plus—good Southern in Old Town Alexandria, country barbecue in Bowie, elegant Indian in Herndon. best bites A wine bar that’s all about the food .
. . $11,000 coffee buzz . . . Virginia vodka? . . . Good diner
breakfasts . . . Casual dining in Old Town . . . Tasty in McLean.
Europe on $15 a Bottle The dollar’s slide means soaring prices for European wines. But there are bargains from across the pond to be found.


style Dressing young—but professional.Reader deals Half off at a New York hotel plus four resorts offering big values.


beautiful backyards Making great gardens,
attracting birds, getting the lighting right, what’s new in grills and
outdoor furniture, good landscape designers, and more.
real estate New downtowns are springing up.renovations As its family grows, a couple adds on.Luxury Homes Stephen O’Keefe buys $8-million riverfront mansion. Diane Rehm sells.

Pets Tips on watching your pet’s weight.

First Person I never thought I’d be an Army girlfriend. Then my boyfriend was sent overseas.