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August 2012 Contents: Great Day Trips

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July 2012 Contents

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June 2012 Cover
Volume 47, Number 11

Cover Story

35 Great Day Trips

Friendly wineries, sandy beaches, horseback trails, fun festivals, new museums, great shopping—and other terrific ideas for whiling away a day.

Cover: Photograph by Cade Martin


Did Football Kill Austin Trenum?

When a well-adjusted Virginia teen suddenly killed himself, his parents looked for warning signs they had missed. But Austin had no dark secret, no teen angst. There was nothing—except for a concussion he had sustained during a football game a few days earlier. By Patrick Hruby

Everywhere at Once

Geoff Tracy couldn’t clone himself. But as his restaurant empire grew, he did the next-best thing, creating a complex, data-driven system to ensure that his employees always do everything the Chef Geoff’s way. By Todd Kliman

Fish Tales

The author has been fishing since he was a teen. Now he shares with his son the lessons and secrets of the waterways that flow through Washington. You never know what unlikely spot will turn out to be a honey hole. By Emmet Rosenfeld

Washington Burning

The Capitol and the White House both lay in ruins. The President had fled. How had a foreign power occupied Washington in just one day? By By Adam Goodheart

Capital Comment

Convention-goers’ guides to Charlotte and Tampa . . . Take a lesson: Redskins’ Davis represents himself in court . . . Beach-read picks . . . Top mini-golf spots . . . From Roll Call to BuzzFeed . . . Who’ll replace Liz Spayd at the Post?
Anatomy Setting up the big top.
Behind the Scenes Printing twenties.
Parties A fish party, a book launch, and a black-tie dinner at George Washington’s place.

Where & When

Cirque du Soleil at National Harbor . . . Brad Paisley at Jiffy Lube . . . Temptations at Wolf Trap . . . Kathleen Turner as Molly Ivins . . . Best Little Whorehouse at Signature . . . Eva Cassidy tribute at Strathmore . . . Jerry Seinfeld at KenCen.


Profile Fixing up the nation’s “front yard.”

Washington Read Survival story—and more.

Science Nature’s bar code.

What Made Me Valerie Plame on adversity.


Best Foot Forward Shoes to fall for this fall, how to walk like a model, ten terrific shoe stores, do’s and don’ts for men, and more.

Reader deals Back-to-school savings.


Chilling Out . . . Urban country in Clarendon . . . A worthy tapas house in DC . . . Roberto Donna is back . . . Korean hit in Rockville.
Ice-Cream Special Frozen treats at local attractions, the best sundaes, scoops, and shakes; four supermarket favorites; and more.


Beautiful Basements From a sprawling wine cellar to a compact English basement, these lower levels make the most of their downstairs space. Here’s how you can, too.

Best of Vienna/McLean Good restaurants, great shopping, and a one-of-a-kind park.

Luxury Homes Columnist David Brooks and lawyer Christine Varney strike a $4-million deal.

Pets Pampered dogs are lapping up specialty canine ice creams. We gathered four-legged tasters to learn what they loved—and didn’t.

First Person “Slugging” saves time and money—and isn’t as scary as it sounds.