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eastern market - capitol hill - washington dcPhoto: woodleywonderworks

Truly a Capitol Hill icon, Eastern Market continues to attract locals and visitors for everything from farm fresh produce and crafts to live entertainment. The vibrant marketplace is one of the oldest such locations in the entire DC area and easily a favorite for those looking for locally sourced fresh food and other items, from meat and poultry to flowers and baked goods.

On the weekends the site generates even more traffic, often with upwards of 100 vendors packing into the surrounding streets and plazas. You’ll find all kinds of local produce for sale, live music plus the artwork produced by DC area artists. From jewelry to photography, there’s something for just about everyone up for sale.

It’s a reputation that the

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long bridge park - arlington va

Green space is one of the drivers when it comes to bringing in new residents and businesses, and Crystal City hopes to capitalize on that with several new parks planned for the area. While Crystal City is already prized for its walk-able downtown and a large amount of open space, it’s hoped that even more parks will further enhance the neighborhood.

The popularity of existing green space such as the Crystal City Water Park is just one reason why new parks are planned. The existing park includes an outdoor café and plenty of room to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Long Bridge Park is also a favorite of locals. It already includes several sports fields, an environmentally friendly rain garden and a playground. Meanwhile, future plans call for expanding the

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m street georgetown

Georgetown’s popular M Street corridor is no longer the only option in town, as more and more foodies are starting to branch out, exploring the many new opportunities available in other DC area neighborhoods. While Georgetown boasted nearly four-dozen restaurants about a decade ago, some reports suggest that number’s now been cut in half.

While some blame rising retail rents in Georgetown as driving out some of the establishments, other DC area neighborhoods appear to be reaping the benefits of new attention. Places such as The Wharf, H Street, Logan Circle and Columbia Heights are all said to be drawing in new dining options, as are some newly emerging neighborhoods such as Brookland and Petworth.

New options for diners include Bloomingdale,

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best cities for runners 2018

With miles upon miles of paved and unpaved trails to choose from, Arlington maintains a strong reputation as one of the top cities in the nation for runners. It’s not just the trails, however, that provide high marks for Arlington.

According to SmartAsset, the personal finance-based website behind the rankings, the high marks also have to do with how many races the city hosts, the number of gyms, plus things like walkability and safety. In addition the study ranked factors such as how may residents have easy access to area parks and the amount of overall parkland contained in each city.

In Arlington, the numbers translate to about 98-percent of residents having access to area parks, a high number of gyms and the most races per population of any

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alexandria top destination

The secret is definitely out when it comes to Alexandria. Not only is the area a great place to live, but it’s sure to soon attract even more visitors, as well. That’s because Money Magazine just named Alexandria as a top travel destination for 2018.

The magazine looked at destinations around the US and the globe that are not only great places to go, but also supply the best value for your money. In all, they came up with 20 top destinations, ten national and ten international, based on information from Lonely Planet, placing Alexandria in the number one spot for the US.

In delivering the honor, Alexandria received high marks for its location and setting. Only about 10 miles from DC landmarks, Alexandria is also home to a historic waterfront,

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dc cherry blossomsPhoto: Trevor Klatko

An annual tradition is nearly in full bloom in DC, where the area around the Tidal Basin will soon erupt into a flowering display of springtime. One of the most anticipated times of year in our nation’s capitol, this is when the celebrated Cherry Blossoms get ready to bloom, an event that’s been known to attract around 1.5-million people to the area each year.

Many hope to plan their visit around peak bloom, which this year could come even earlier than in past years. Due to warmer temperatures as of late, it’s estimated that most of the Yoshino Cherry Blossoms will be in full bloom between March 27 and March 31. In other years that hasn’t happened until late March or early April.

Predicting peak bloom time can be a bit

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the tombs - georgetownPhoto: Serge Melki

One of the most iconic destinations for students and movie fans alike, for decades now The Tombs has been serving up late night drinks and grub to locals and visitors. This Georgetown staple is definitely a favorite of Georgetown University students, and the convenient location is only part of its charm.

Found on the edge of campus, The Tombs is often packed with hungry patrons during the day, and plenty of revelry at night. From a great place to catch a game on TV to a lively destination for Sunday brunch, The Tombs certainly appeals to the crowds.

Tucked away within a mid 1800s-era townhouse, The Tombs shares its location with a fine dining restaurant and an art deco restaurant, commonly used for private parties. The Tombs,

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kramerbooks & afterwords washingotn dcPhoto: Victor Solanoy

While politics obviously play a central role for many living in DC, sometimes the real treasure of a DC lifestyle is discovering the hidden gems of some of the area’s neighborhoods. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of some of our favorite independent DC bookstores.

Politics & Prose

Staying with the political theme, Politics & Prose is a true Connecticut Avenue delight. Found in Chevy Chase, the bookstore commonly hosts notable authors for readings and discussions. The store additionally boasts a large section just for kids and teens, plus a friendly and helpful staff. Other locations are now open at The Wharf and a third location is coming to Union Market.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

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rock creek park

With a history spanning back more than a century, Rock Creek Park continues to maintain its role as a peaceful retreat, a place of solitude in the capitol. Not only is the park a place for outdoor recreation but also a place full of DC history.

Dating back to the late 1800s, Rock Creek Park spans more than 1,700 acres of wooded terrain, hiking trails, wildlife and heritage. Earmarked in 1890 by the federal government as the third national park, the location to this day remains a popular place for locals and visitors alike.

It’s also the National Park System’s oldest natural urban park and the Rock Creek Historic District now sits on the National Register of Historic Places. To reflect this history, efforts are currently underway to give the park

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swampoodle park noma

Rendering: NoMa Parks Foundation

A new park is coming to NoMa, and its name takes a nod to the past. The first park from the NoMa Business Improvement District is unofficially named “Swampoodle Park”.

That’s the name that garnered the most votes in a recent online survey. According to those behind the survey, the name came out on tops with about two-thirds of the 1,500 or so survey responses.

Other possibilities included calling it the 3rd and L Park or Old City Corner. The newly minted name of Swampoodle Park becomes official pending the fate of a future bill that still has to go before the DC Council and the mayor.

Swampoodle comes from a play on words dating back to the 19th century. Settled by Irish immigrants, the name is a

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