Category: Musings About the DC Area

5 Hikes With Colorful Fall Foliage: From 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Washington DC

There’s nothing like the beauty of autumn in the MidAtlantic! Here are five hikes with some of the region’s best fall foliage. For more hiking ideas, order my new guidebook 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Washington DC on Amazon. Published by Menasha Press with co-author Rachel Cooper. Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick, Maryland A less well…

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7 Ways to Teach Kids About the Civil War

“Southern states are filled with thousands of historical markers, tourist sites and other remembrances of the Confederacy that entirely omit the racism behind the Confederate project.” James Loewen in Lies Across America; What our Historic Sites get Wrong As controversy grows over whether statues and memorials honoring Confederate soldiers should remain in public parks, this is…

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Top Kid Friendly Restaurants in Bethesda

These Restaurants Welcome Your Kid!    What makes a restaurant “family friendly”? A a tell-tale sign that the restaurant will serve smaller, less expensive kid-friendly meals. Secondly, check the noise level–are conversations lively enough that your crabby kid won’t attract glares from customers? Another sign—lighting–kids and the dark aren’t as ideal as say, eating on…

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Where to Eat in Washington DC

Friends ask me nearly every day, “Where should I eat in Washington DC?” (I’ve become a resource since I’ve been writing about restaurants for the last 15 years). But there are so many great places, it’s hard to recommend one or two. Whether you’re visiting for a day or live here, one way to experience…

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One Day & Night in Washington DC

Imagine you only have one day to experience the Nation’s Capital. What should you see? How would you see it? Washington DC is a city of vistas. Because buildings in the Nation’s Capital may not exceed the height of that pointy obelisk, the Washington Monument, there is no interruption to the city’s panoramic skyline. From…

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