If you’re new to Washington, DC chances are you’re going to hear some words or phrases that don’t make sense. As with any place, Washingtonians have developed a lexicon that can often be confusing to outsiders. So order up some wings and mumbo sauce, because here are some words and phrases you’ll only hear in the District (see #3) and what they (in some cases debatably) mean.
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We’re currently in the midst of a Washington, DC distillery explosion and nowhere is it more prevalent than the three mile stretch of New York Avenue between 6th Street NW and the eastern edge of Ivy City. There are no less than six distillers operating along that corridor and they all, kindly, offer tours and tastings.
With that in mind, we decided to sit down and plot out an easy Ivy City Distillery Crawl (yes, yes, technically it starts 2-miles outside of Ivy City, but New York Avenue Distillery Crawl sounds so very pedestrian). This crawl will provide your mouth with the opportunity to sample rums, gins, bourbons, bitters, vodkas, and cocktails.
If wanderlust is starting to take hold put away your passports because you won’t need airfare to travel to these places. You probably won’t even need a hotel, but we’ll leave that up to you. Pick any weekend and try one of these easy Washington DC weekend getaways!
Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the Washington Monument every year. The 550-foot obelisk honoring the first U.S. President is an imposing exclamation point in our nation’s capital, but how much do you really know about it?
Making it even more mysterious is the fact that over the last decade the landmark has rarely been open to the public. Thanks to 2011’s earthquake and the current issues with the elevator an entire generation of tourist families have missed opportunities to gaze patriotically from 500-feet above the District.
Doing our best Robert Langdon impression we dug up some interesting facts about the Washington Monument.
Instagram long ago moved beyond being simply a home for selfies. Tens of thousands of ‘grammers have leveraged the platform to artfully create well-curated showcases of where they live. Here are some of our favorite DC Instagrammers who we check out every day.
Pie is one of the most versatile baked goods in the Universe but there are still people who make bold statements like “I hate pie!” You might even call some of those people “family.” Well, this holiday season, we want to change hearts, minds, and stomachs, so we’ve collected some of the must-try pies in the DC metro area. Be the “Pie Hero” of your family dinner by bringing one of these delcicious round pastries to the table.
The District was slow to get into the ramen game, but ever since our first slurp we’ve been making up for lost time. What DC lacks in the concentration of ramen shops within the 68.34 mi² it makes up for in diversity and experimentation. DC ramen shops respect Japanese noodle traditions while adding flair influenced by the cultural melting pot that is the 202. Here’s our list of some of the must-slurp ramen spots in the District.
Christmas weekend is right around the corner and that means (weather permitting) outdoor ice rinks will start opening up to the public all over the District. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite places to cut the ice.
Even a proposed bullet train can’t defy the speed of bureaucracy, but we are creeping closer to a 15-minute ride between Baltimore and DC.
According to Urban Turf, three routes have been proposed for maglev train routes:
The main route that has been publicized would have a station in either the Mount Vernon Square/Chinatown area or near NoMA/Gallaudet Metro station, a stop at BWI Marshall Airport, and a final stop in either the Westport, Port Covington or Federal Hill/Inner Harbor neighborhoods. The tunnels for the routes could either run alongside the Baltimore-Washington Parkway or parallel a portion of Amtrak’s lines.
The goal is to have the route approved by mid-2019 with design and construction starting later that year. The hope is once this part of the line is completed it’ll eventually extend through the East Coast megalopolis to New York City. If completed it would cut in half the current train travel time between the District and NYC.
This news follows the release of a federal study about how to best connect Atlanta, Ga. and Chattanooga, Tenn. That study estimates the cost of a rail line at $8.76 billion.
Getting some momentum behind high-speed rail projects isn’t as impossible as it used to be. Republican Governors had rejected previously rejected efforts by the Obama Administration to fund high-speed rail. The decisions to turn away that money has proven more costly to some states than it would have been to move forward with building the lines.
Most notably is Wisconsin where Gov. Scott Walker has cost taxpayers tens of millions since rejecting the federal government’s $810 million investment connecting Madison and Milwaukee. After rejecting the money Walker has been forced to settle lawsuits related to previously established train manufacturing commitments and using state money to improve that state’s current rail lines (fixes that would have been covered by Obama’s $810 million federal grant).
President Donald Trump, much like his Democratic predecessor, is enthusiastic about the promise that comes with high-speed rail. This year, the Trump Administration, to the chagrin of Republican legislators, approved a $650 million in federal investment in California’s rail system helping that state move closer toward a high-speed rail line.