DON’T GO TO THIS INCREDIBLE RENAISSANCE FAIR AN HOUR FROM DC

IMG_5833No seriously, don’t go.  I mean, yeah, it’s surreal and incredible and one-of-a-kind, but it’s also private property, with “No Trespassing” signs posted everywhere, and actively being used by a “hunting club,” which is a term used for packs of men tromping through the woods and firing high-powered rifles at the slightest movement.  The cops also check in on the place regularly.  So yeah, don’t go.  However, if you did manage to sneak in, you’d see one of the best abandoned sites on the east coast.  (Don’t do it, though.) DON’T GO TO THIS INCREDIBLE RENAISSANCE FAIR AN HOUR FROM DC

HOTEL HIVE: A NEW COZY NEST IN FOGGY BOTTOM

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The new Hotel Hive is creating quite a buzz in Foggy Bottom.

The 83-room hotel offers tourists and business travelers to D.C. an affordable, chic option with its selection of mico-rooms ranging from 125 to 250 square feet.

“It’s a great value for the working-class person,” said Gordon P. Buist, chief operating officer at Abdo Development, the firm that built the hotel. Room rates start at $100. HOTEL HIVE: A NEW COZY NEST IN FOGGY BOTTOM

THE MOST RELAXING VACATION ON EARTH IS ONLY 4 HOURS FROM DC

big-telescope-towering-ov-009Let’s be serious – the main source of stress these days is the internet.  Whether it be your ex’s Instagram feed (“How could I have dated someone who posts so many inspirational quotes???”) or the nonstop barrage of news-lite think pieces (“Can Reading Think Pieces Give You Smallpox?”), it seems like the ratio of bad-to-good out there is tipping heavily towards badness.  THE MOST RELAXING VACATION ON EARTH IS ONLY 4 HOURS FROM DC

IF LIFE GIVES YOU COLD AIR, MAKE SNOW

Snowmaking has been a thing for almost 50 years now, and avid skiers who find themselves living below the Mason-Dixon Line are pretty happy about it.

People who grew up in areas where winter was synonymous with snow are sometimes surprised when they move to D.C. In fact, most of us who live here are frequently surprised, since some winters we get more than 4 feet of snow, others almost none. It lends a little mystery to living here. You never have to ask yourself, “Will I sweat through these clothes today?” during June, July or August, but you always have to wonder if you’ll need the shovel this year. IF LIFE GIVES YOU COLD AIR, MAKE SNOW

CAN’T AFFORD CABO? TRY MASSANUTTEN!

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Depending on where you live, it can seem like the kids are out of school a lot these days. You may run out of things to do with them, especially with so much time off in the dead of winter — and not even enough snow to build a respectable snowman!

You might wish you could escape to a warm climate, but that would be expensive, and you wouldn’t really have enough time. Instead, consider taking the kids to Massanutten Water Park.

At 2½ hours from the DMV, it’s a bit of a haul, but it can be done in a day if someone in your family is one of those crazy drivers who never wants to stop even to let you go to the bathroom. CAN’T AFFORD CABO? TRY MASSANUTTEN!