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water taxi Photo: Geoff Livingston

Yet another Alexandria Water Taxi could soon be coming, this one projected to connect Old Town to The Wharf. Set to officially open in mid October, The Wharf development promises retail, entertainment, dining, residential and office space along the waterfront, and it’s hoped a new water taxi route will help generate even more interest in visiting the site.

The Potomac Riverboat Company wants to capitalize on the new destination with a direct water taxi between the two. To do so, the company had to make a proposal before city councilors recently, asking for exclusive service between Old Town and The Wharf.

The water taxi company already has three boats operating out of Alexandria, with routes to Nationals Park, Georgetown

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national arboretum columnsPhoto: Nicolas Raymond

A true northeast treasure, the National Arboretum continues to delight visitors and locals with an array of collections and green space dedicated to providing open space for both research and for aesthetic pleasure. For decades, the US National Arboretum has stood as a place of education and discovery in DC, a public garden that also acts as a plant research site.

The Arboretum is where researchers have been able to create new plants that now exist in gardens and even homes all over the country. With hundreds of new plants credited to the site, crews have carefully selected and bred the plants to improve upon color, drought resistance, look and many other favorable characteristics.

At more than 400 acres, the urban green

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dumbarton oaks washington dcPhoto: DC Gardens

The historically significant Dumbarton Oaks is a true Georgetown gem, filled with gardens, artwork and generations of world history. Once owned by a US diplomat, the property is now open to the public, offering a rich selection of collectibles, artwork, rare books and, of course, gardens.

Gifted to Harvard University by its former owners, the old mansion and its grounds house a generous private collection of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian artwork. As the site’s now earmarked as a research library for artists, students and scholars, people come here to further study the property’s documents, images, books and rare objects.

Opened up not long after the start of WWII, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection acts to support

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franklin square park washington dc

Franklin Park is in line for a makeover, with millions of dollars earmarked to renovate the space including new walkways, a new fountain, new landscaping and a community space. It’s all part of a larger master plan for the park that the National Capital Planning Commission adopted last year and one some have had an eye on accomplishing for the past several years.

Originally created in the 1800s to protect an underground spring, the White House’s primary water source, Franklin Park is right in the middle of Downtown DC. The nearly five-acre park is the largest one in Downtown, yet desperately in need of repairs and updates.

From crumbling pavement to dying landscaping, the park also has problems with erosion and a central fountain that’s not

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kingle valley trail

It’s taken more than a quarter of a century, but the Klingle Valley Trail is now open, giving people a new option to replace the long ago closed stretch of Klingle Road NW. Not even a mile in length, the old stretch of roadway, running from Cleveland Park to Mount Pleasant through Rock Creek Park was prone to drainage and maintenance problems, eventually closed to traffic when a storm washed out a large section of it in the early 1990s.

Political leaders, environmentalists and locals then debated the best way to fix the problem for well more than two decades. While at one time more than an estimated 3,000 vehicles drove Klingle Road, the debate raged for years on how to best serve the public and the environment in the future.

Eventually, crews

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DMV Rooftop Bars

Is there anything better on a hot summer night than hanging out and catching the breeze on a rooftop bar?  This interactive map details the locations of these establishments throughout the DMV region.

 

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national harbor

One of the DC area’s most exciting destinations is already benefiting from the addition of MGM National Harbor, just six months after it officially opened. The resort and casino is not only tops in recent months as the State of Maryland’s highest earning casino, but it’s also credited for increasing visitors to the waterfront development known as National Harbor.

Some reports list traffic is up over the same time last year, which was already high. Even some other area resorts are reporting higher growth and earnings of their own, credited in part to MGM. The luxury hotel complex boasts outstanding views of DC monuments and the Potomac, a permanent art collection and a large casino. As well, it includes spacious suites, a theater and culinary

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capital bikeshare

While the DC area is certainly renowned for its cultural attractions and enviable neighborhoods, it seems the region is also one of the top areas for your health. A recently released list puts the DC region in second place when it comes to the nation’s most fit metros.

The ACSM American Fitness Index is a ranking compiled by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation. While DC snagged the number one spot for community health it received an overall number two ranking when taking into account other categories such as personal health. This was further broken down to include behaviors such as the percentage of people who eat enough fruits and vegetables, those who get at least seven hours of sleep each day and those who regularly

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fitzgerald square alexandria va

By the end of 2017 the emergence of a new waterfront park in Old Town will likely begin to take shape with the planned addition of new benches and tables, plus an ice rink in the winter, and room for craft and food fairs. It’s actually just an interim park, one that will later be replaced with larger green space once new infrastructure goes in, but nevertheless expected to be an enjoyable location for the next several years.

Plans call for the 1.4-acre Fitzgerald Square to open up soon enough that locals and visitors can still use the location, while at the same time progressing with larger plans for the future. The park replaces the Old Dominion Boat Club, its parking lot and a smaller swatch of green space. Demolition of the clubhouse, though,

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dc tour boats

One of the most picturesque ways to experience DC, area water taxis provide a unique option for traveling around to some of the region’s most popular sites and attractions. The newest addition includes a water taxi going in at The Wharf, part of an expansion in the water taxi fleet to compliment new development at the site.

The plan is to conduct daily travels to and from Transit Pier at The Wharf via the Potomac River with stops in Georgetown, plus close to DC’s Nationals Park, Maryland’s National Harbor and in Old Town Alexandria. Future stops could also soon be added to the mix.

Simplifying the ride from The Wharf to Old Town to just 20 minutes, the new vessels will also offer charging ports, Wi-Fi and will be capable of transporting up to

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