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August 2017: Great Weekend Getaways

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 Great Weekend Getaways

Photograph by Chris Craymer/
Photograph by Chris Craymer/

Between the summer heat and the political heat, it’s a good time to get out of town. At these destinations, all within a few hours’ drive, you can relax, recharge, and leave work—and Washington—far behind. Edited by Sherri Dalphonse.


Jeni Stepanek’s Last Heartsong

Mattie and Jeni Stepanek. Photograph courtesy of Jeni Stepanek.
Mattie and Jeni Stepanek. Photograph courtesy of Jeni Stepanek.

Her son was the little boy poet with the devastating rare disease who earned worldwide fame and made friends with Oprah and Jimmy Carter. Now facing her own mortality, the Rockville resident looks back on what a wondrous thing it was to be Mattie Stepanek’s mom. By Justin Heckert.

My Night in the Doghouse

The author and another guest get "pawicures." Photograph by Jeff Elkins.
The author and another guest get “pawicures.” Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Is a new $8-million pet resort plush enough for a human guest? Our correspondent checked in to find out. By Cathy Alter.

America’s Oldest Living Drug-Advice Columnist Tells All

Pete Novick, a.k.a. "Fooman Zybar." Photograph by Greg Kahn.
Pete Novick, a.k.a. “Fooman Zybar.” Photograph by Greg Kahn.

In the ’60s, Pete Novick was a local counterculture celebrity. Writing in an underground paper as Fooman Zybar, he offered advice about every illicit drug on the street. Then he disappeared. Somehow he’s still alive. By Eddie Dean.

Haute Houses

Photograph by Paul Burk Photography.
Photograph by Paul Burk Photography.

Our Residential Design Award winners reflect the diversity of the region’s housing needs—from a building for homeless vets to units for millennials to multimillion-dollar spreads. By Marisa M. Kashino.


Rent Seekers: Pay Congress a stipend to afford DC housing? Don’t laugh—it’s a good idea.

Photo-illustration with photographs from Getty Images.
Photo-illustration with photographs from Getty Images.

Not the President’s Men: Top lawyers are passing up a career-making opportunity. Why?

What’s eating Cleveland Park?: Explaining an upscale neighborhood’s restaurant die-off.

The Supremacist Next DoorWhat to do about a notorious new neighbor?


The 18 performances, exhibits, and other things worth your time this month.

Photograph by Dale Robinette.
Photograph by Dale Robinette.


Michael TwittyThe Southern-food historian explains why Washington is a big part of his field.

Food historian Michael Twitty. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Catching Up With Eric Cantor: Neither his own ouster nor Trump’s election convinced the former Virginia pol that the establishment needs to change.

Bike Lanes, Suburban Style: While city dwellers were bickering, Montgomery County launched a surprisingly smart initiative.

Washington Confidential: Why a Tinseltown insider publication is suddenly a player in DC.


Dry Goods: Beat the humidity—and the sweat—with these favorite hair and skin products.

Casinos: A guide to Washington’s four casinos—plus five more worth the drive—and what to know before setting foot in any of them.

Photograph by Martin Westlake/Gallery Stock.
Photograph by Martin Westlake/Gallery Stock.


The Washington Ice-Cream Guide: The scoop on ice cream in our area—the best flavors, where to find local specialties, trendy treats worth trying, and more. Plus, the Salt Line makes a splash in Navy Yard, and Capo Delicatessen serves real-deal Italian subs in Shaw.

Photograph by Scott Suchman


Renovating: Behind the scenes of a six-figure remodel in Arlington and a budget-friendly DIY kitchen in Glen Echo.

Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.
Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

Off the Market! The month’s luxury home sales.

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