Of all the lists on which our fair city pops up, this one might be the grossest: Washington DC comes in at number 9 on Terminix’s roster of the most bedbug-infested cities in America. The vampiric critters are making a comeback, particularly in New York City, where they’ve been found everywhere from movie theaters to the Empire State Building (presumably they get to DC via the bus, like everyone else). Don’t despair—Wikihow and Bedbugger.com both have useful information about avoiding an infestation, as well as tips on what to do if you suspect varmints are a-creepin’ in your home.
Talk about making your vacation plans interesting: Sheila Johnson, BET founder, philanthropist, and president of the Washington Mystics, announced a special playoff package at one of her resort hotels in Tampa. Innisbrook Golf & Spa resort is offering point-based package prices tied to each playoff game the Mystics win. So a 72-59 point win will mean a per person nightly rate of $72, and if the Mystics win the tournament, the resort will take an additional 10 percent off their average score.
Two Jersey Shore-themed deals this week (we’re already planning our Snooki costume for Halloween): Fly.com has round-trip nonstop flights to Miami for $191 for the rest of the year, taxes and fees included. Come December, it’s the perfect place for some GTL. But if you’d rather keep it original, the four-star Seaview Hotel on the Jersey Shore (where both the Rolling Stones and Grace Kelly once stayed) has slashed its prices in half, offering September and October rates of only $99 a night, Sunday through Thursday (usually $199). The resort sits on 670 acres and has a golf course, an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, and tennis courts. Even better? It’s a mere eight miles from Atlantic City.
This Saturday marks both the fourth annual Columbia Heights Day and the first DC State Fair (yes, we know, DC isn’t a state). You can find both at the Harriet Tubman Elementary Field (11th and Kenyon sts., NW), and like any decent state fair there’ll be pie contests, jam contests, biggest-vegetable contests, and in a nod to our famous neighbors in Georgetown, cupcake contests. Also live music, dog shows, yoga, and more. 10 AM to 6 PM; free.