Temperatures this August in Washington, DC have reached record highs.
Anyone who’s anyone has decamped to Martha’s Vineyard.
That means restaurateurs are trying to fill their tables by offering fixed price menu specials: $22 for lunch, and $35 for dinner.
Over 260 restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are participating in DC Restaurant Week, which runs from August 15 – 21, 2016. It’s a good opportunity to try some of the region’s highly acclaimed (and expensive) restaurants. Several that are tempting me include:
Del Campo — Latin American in Penn Quarter
Dino’s Grotto — Italian in Shaw
Jaleo — Spanish in Penn Quarter
Oyamel — Mexican in Penn Quarter
Rasika — Indian in Penn Quarter
Zaytinya — Mediterranean in Penn Quarter
Restaurant Week at Ford’s Fish Shack
We snagged a great deal at a fabulous seafood restaurant in Loudoun County: Ford’s Fish Shack.
Goldstar, the discount ticket vendor, is offering cheap tickets to the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington DC on March 7 and 8, 2015.
“Complimentary” tickets are $3.50 each, and discounted tickets are $8.50, including the service charge.
This year’s speakers include PBS personality Rick Steves, Patricia Schultz (author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die), Travel Channel host Samantha Brown, budget travel expert Pauline Frommer and Josh Gates (Expedition Unknown).
I went a couple of years ago and picked up a ton of information from tourist bureaus near and far.
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Did you know that you can rent a bike at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airport for just $5 a day?
If you find yourself at the airport with time on your hands, you can take a bike ride on the BWI Bike Trail.
The 12.5 mile bike trail encircles the airport passing through pine forests and Andover Park, where the Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area offers a great vantage point for plane spotters.
Rent a Bike at BWI for $5 a Day
Zagster rents bikes outside the airport’s International Terminal, near the BWI Marshall Airport Light Rail stop.
You can reserve one of ten self service bikes for a daily rate of $5 for up to 12 hours. This has got to be the deal of the century!
Bikes come with seven gears, front and rear lights, a bell, and a front basket. Riders can make reservations with Zagster via an app available from the App Store or on Google Play.
The BWI Bike Trail
The BWI Bike Trail begins at the Linthicum light rail station, runs past a historic property on the grounds of the airport, the Benson-Hammond House.
The trail continues along Aviation Boulevard to the Stewart Avenue Bridge.
At the bridge, continue traveling west to the Thomas A. Dixon, Jr. aircraft observation area where there is a playground, bike racks, and restrooms.
Most of the trail is paved, with some boardwalk areas over wetlands.
This trail seems to be a favorite for bikers and plane spotters alike. Now you can enjoy it even if you don’t have a bike. BWI, which was originally named Friendship International Airport, is indeed the friendliest airport around!
Chef Jose Andres is Washington DC’s best known celebrity chef. He has several restaurants in the area that serve genuine Spanish food, as well as two top restaurants in Las Vegas.
Last Sunday, we enjoyed tapas at the Bethesda branch of Jaleo. It’s a fun place with indoor/outdoor seating and tables made of foos ball games.
The food was outstanding, though pricey!
We wanted to order the paella, but a minimum of six diners were required to do so.
At the end of the evening, they handed us a card advertising their Paella and Sangria Mondays — with unlimited paella, an individual salad and flan for $25 per person. The Bethesda restaurant also offers unlimited Sangria for $15 per person.