OWN THIS 48-ACRE PRIVATE EAST COAST ISLAND FOR ONLY $125 MILLION

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Back in the Gilded Age, all the nouveau riche robber barons of the east coast engaged in the sort of competition that only nouveau riche robber barons would ever consider engaging in;  who could build the most ridiculously lavish mansion on Long Island?  A banker built a fireproof castle on a man-made hill (the hill alone took two years to build), and JP Morgan’s son built a massive Georgian mansion that later became (supposedly) haunted, and was eventually dynamited, but the most over-the-top house is probably this one.  (Note: Gatsby’s laughably vulgar mansion in the “Great Gatsby” was directly modeled on these houses.) OWN THIS 48-ACRE PRIVATE EAST COAST ISLAND FOR ONLY $125 MILLION

DC’S HIPPEST HOTELS WORTHY OF A STAYCATION

I don’t know when the term “staycation” was invented, or who was able to twist the sad notion that they were just too tired to go anywhere on vacation into a hip thing that people strived toward, but….props to the 21st century for this one. If you’ve ever gotten back from vacation having seen a new slice of the world but honestly feeling like you probably should have just slept the whole time, you’re not alone – the act of actually going and doing is, quite frankly, exhausting. DC’S HIPPEST HOTELS WORTHY OF A STAYCATION

YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

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Container houses are literally made of trash, you know – the steel containers, most of which originate in China, just aren’t cost-effective to ship back and reuse, so thousands of discarded ones began piling up around port towns.  One day, someone looked at one and said, “I should make this into a house.”  That’s where so many things came from;  someone looked at a piece of trash and said to themselves, “I can work with this.”  (I mean, that’s how most of my relationships started, too.) YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.

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Dressing up in a costume is one of those funny things that you either love or hate. There’s no in between.

The Halloween season is approaching, and those who love dressing up are planning their costumes. That’s the easy part. The hard part is where to go to celebrate.

D.C. offers plenty of G-rated fun, and the best-known spot for this is the National Zoo. Boo at the Zoo is a longtime D.C. tradition, featuring lots of educational opportunities and healthy Halloween treats. The event will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22. HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.

THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT

Alexandria’s Old Town attracts thousands of visitors every year with its quaint shops and restaurants, but the biggest draw for anyone into the art scene is the Torpedo Factory. Fans of this attraction walk right past the chichi boutiques and $7 ice cream cones and head for the ultimate in culture — more than 70,000 square feet of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, glasswork, jewelry, needle arts, pottery, clothing and innumerable other crafts. THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT

LINCOLN’S COTTAGE SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENT SUMMERS

Many of us have been to the Lincoln Memorial, but did you know Lincoln had a summer home here in D.C. too?

It’s true. This 175-year-old building just off North Capitol Street next to the Soldier’s Home was lovingly restored and opened to the public in 2008. The 10,000-square-foot, 34-room home is more spacious than one might expect in a “cottage.” But the double front doors with rounded tops that meet to form a point at the top and the gingerbread trim make you think fairies and gnomes might have once lived here. LINCOLN’S COTTAGE SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENT SUMMERS