The family of a friend of mine own an entire abandoned mining town in the south. The highlight of every summer vacation there is the 4th of July, when they set up a bunch of watermelons in the windows and doors of the decrepit buildings, and speed back and forth down Main Street in pickups, taking potshots at the melons with their guns. (All of this is done in the spirit of high irony, I assure you.) So if you read the above headline and thought, “why would I want to own an entire town?”, well, there’s your answer. … WHY JUST BUY A HOUSE WHEN YOU CAN BUY AN ENTIRE TOWN?
What’s great about living in D.C. is that you’re only about 30 minutes away in almost any direction from rural delights such as the farms that once sat on the land that is now our nation’s capital. Each year, our unending hunger for bigger houses and more space greater encroaches upon this farmland, pushing the cornfields and haylofts farther afield. … YOU CAN BET THE FARM ON HAVING FUN AT THESE ATTRACTIONS
Reagan National currently serves north of 23 million passengers each year, however, its original design has only planned to accommodate 15 million. Now, I am no Stephen Hawkins, but, I can do this simple math and serving an additional 18 million people, from all over the world, can present some serious operational problems as well as complicate the traveler’s experience. … PROJECT JOURNEY: REAGAN NATIONAL’S $1 BILLION PROJECT TO BREAK GROUND SUMMER 2017
No 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
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
Residents of the Washington, D.C.-metro area have long hung their heads in shame because they have to go to Baltimore if they want to visit a good aquarium. And pay $40 to get in. Stuff here is free! We’re not used to paying! Adding insult to injury, it calls itself The National Aquarium. Never mind it’s 35 miles from the D.C. border. … LIFE IS DE BUBBLES AT THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM
Let’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