On Monday temperatures we’re in the high 90’s here in the DMV and even a heat advisory was issued for our area! With temperatures not expected to lessen any time soon, we’re always on the hunt for new ways to keep cool in the summer heat. Whether it’s a having a cold drink to cool down or finding fun, indoor activities to do on the weekends, we rounded up a list of what you can do in Arlington (and it’s surrounding area).
Try a Cold Press Juice for Lunch – Not only is it healthy and a great source of vitamins, but a cold press juice is super refreshing on a hot day. You can get one at places like Sweetgreen, SouthBlock and Jrink Juicery in the Arlington, VA area.
Sign Up for PaintNite – With heat advisories, experts typically advise that you stay indoors to avoid the high temperatures entirely which sounds like a total bummer in the midst of summertime. One of our favorite indoor activities though is PaintNite. You just bring your friends and have a few cocktails and they provide everything you need to create your own masterpiece to take home with you.
Head to The BEACH – No sunscreen is required at the new interactive installation at the National Building Museum called The BEACH. The new contained exhibit covers 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. It’s also fully equipped with beach chairs and umbrellas!
Get an Indoor Workout – It can be a struggle to get in a good workout on a summer day – It can either be too hot for anything active outdoors, such as bike riding or hiking, but it’s equally as unappealing to be stuck in a gym on a bright and sunny day. So use the heat advisory as a way to try a new (indoor) workout class, like solidcore in Ballston. You can read more about solidcore here and Maxwell Residents can enjoy a discount on a 3-class package. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem!
Watch a Movie at Sunset – During a heat advisory, it’s suggested to only go out after the sun goes down. What is there fun to do after the sun goes down you ask? Head to a “drive-in” movie night! There are so many places offering (some free!) sunset movies series this summer, such as the Sunset Cinema, NoMA Summer Screen, Crystal Screen, Movies On The Potomac, and Rosslyn Outdoor Film Fest.
What are some ways that you’re staying cool this summer? Tweet us, tell us on Facebook or leave a comment below! We would love to hear from you. #LiveWellMaxwell
Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival
Relax on the Pavilion lawn in Old Town Manassas with a bottle of wine and lunch from the gourmet food concessions while listening to live jazz performances with Dad.
Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest
This Saturday and Sunday enjoy craft beers, live entertainment, arts & crafts, food and more at Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia.
Father’s Day Auto Festival in Crystal City
Celebrate this Fathers Day in style among heavy machinery and horsepower at the first annual Crystal Car Show – a free event!
Great Country Farms Father’s Day Fish-a-Rama
See a honey extraction and beekeeping demonstration on Saturday or relax and enjoy catch-and-release fishing on Sunday.
Zero Prostate Cancer Challenge
Join the fight to end Prostate Cancer with a four mile walk/run at Pentagon Row on Sunday.
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Honest Soul Yoga
From 7:30-9AM, celebrate the Summer Solstice with Honest Soul Yoga and the ancient practice of 108 Sun Salutations at the Hilltop Golf Club. This is a free event, just make sure to bring your yoga mat!
Firefly Music Festival
Take a day trip to Dover, Delaware!. The festival line up includes artists such as Kings of Leon, The Killers, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster The People, Zedd, Modest Mouse, Bastille, Empire of the Sun, Hozier, Kid Cudi, Steve Aoki, Sublime With Rome and more.
Every year, hundreds of tourists from all over the world, plus local residents, travel to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC to see the cherry blossom trees during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival is a celebration of the gift of the cherry blossoms from Japan and is open to the public and free to attend. This year’s event begins today, March 20th, and lasts through April 12th. Whether it’s your first time attending the event or not, here are some helpful hints that we think will ensure smooth sailing during your trip the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Peak Bloom: It’s always hard to tell, but experts say that the Peak Bloom Date is when 70% of the trees have blossomed. Surrounding the Peak Bloom Date is the Blooming Period, before more than 20% of the petals fall and leaves appear which typically lasts about 14 days. Just from taking a look at past year’s bloom schedules, it appears the best time to go would be between the weekends of March 20 – April 3 (but of course, we’re no experts).
Transportation: The closest Metro station to the Tidal Basin is the Smithsonian Metro Station and from there it’s about a 10 minute walk. There is no designated Cherry Blossom Festival parking, and parking is very limited in the area as well, so the Metro is usually the easiest way to get there. If you’re leaving from The Maxwell, simply hop on the Orange line to get there.
Once Your There: Besides walking the Tidal Basin on foot, you’ll also have the option to experience the cherry blossoms by paddle boat. The Tidal Basin Boathouse is located at 1501 Maine Ave. SW and offers boat rides for $12-24 per hour, between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM. We recommend that reserve your boats in advance online, to ensure boat availably: http://www.tidalbasinpaddleboats.com/reservations.html
After-Party: Since you’re most likely traveling a little ways to see the cherry blossoms, you’ll want to make sure to have some other activities planned to do while in Washington DC. Beyond the various events the festival puts on, there are many local restaurants and bars that celebrate the festival with great specials and deals that are worth checking out. For example, Mari Vanna DC will be offering $5 cherry pies, $5 cherry vodka shots and $5 cherry cocktails during the festival. We love this article about 10 ways to eat and drink your way through the festival, plus you can read more about related events on the Festival’s website here: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/
Have fun and be sure to share your pictures with us on social media using the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell!
Image by Darren Barnes.
We’ve rounded up five, fun things for you to do this weekend in Arlington! If we missed any good ones, please leave details in the comments below or tweet us @TheMaxwellApts and use the hashtag #LiveWellMaxwell.
1. St. Patrick’s Day came early this year! Join us, here at The Maxwell, on Saturday (March 14th) from 10 AM – 5 PM and on Sunday (March 15th) from 12 PM – 5 PM for a beer and a tour of our brand new apartments. Also, it’s your lucky day because we’re waiving application fees, plus offering up to two months free rent on select apartments. Contact us to schedule a tour or just come on by! We’re located at 4200 N. Carlin Springs Rd. (on the corner of N. Glebe Rd.).
2. Be prepared for road closures this weekend, Arlingtonian’s. To accommodate the Four Courts 4 Mill Race on Sunday (March 15th) expect lane closures on popular roads in the area such as Wilson Boulevard, Rhodes Street, Courthouse Road and more. Be prepared and read more on Arlington Patch.
3. BOWL’D opens this Saturday in Clarendon (located on N. Garfield St.)! Their mission, to offer a healthy eating option while leaving customers full, is definitely one that we can get on-board with here at The Maxwell. Choose from any of their five signature bowls, or build your own, and top off your meal with one of their delicious smoothies!
4. SER restaurant is also now open in Ballston! Located on N. Glebe Rd., you can enjoy traditional Spanish style meals and a bright and color ambiance. As the winners of the Ballston Restaurant Challenge last summer, they’re excited to finally be open for business beginning at 5 PM every day, until Monday when they start serving lunch starting at 11 AM. Also, Happy Hour is every day from 4-7PM where they offer a delicious sangria selection to choose from.
5. Replacing Eventide, new restaurant Don Tito opens up this Sunday in Clarendon (located on Wilson Bvld.)! Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 50’s, so it’s looking like the perfect night to take advantage of awesome roof-top deck.