Up on the top level is a lavish recreation room with a wet bar, so once you take that weekend class in mixology you’re always talking about, you can make elaborate cocktails for your friends that they’ll discreetly pour into a potted plant the second you leave the room.  And finally, outside on the roof deck is – hold onto your hats – a HOT TUB.  I might make the occasional hot tub-related wisecrack, probably involving Cinemax movies I watched late at night as a teenager, but I’m the first to admit that if I had my own hot tub, I’d be in there every single night.

Up on the top level is a lavish recreation room with a wet bar, so once you take that weekend class in mixology you’re always talking about, you can make elaborate cocktails for your friends that they’ll discreetly pour into a potted plant the second you leave the room.  And finally, outside on the roof deck is – hold onto your hats – a HOT TUB.  I might make the occasional hot tub-related wisecrack, probably involving Cinemax movies I watched late at night as a teenager, but I’m the first to admit that if I had my own hot tub, I’d be in there every single night.

THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL

For DC insiders, there’s a lot to this city –– there’s old and new architecture, an art scene, plenty of history, food and drinks to enjoy, culture abound, and so much more. To tourists, sometimes DC can seem less multidimensional –– they know our home for its monuments and cherry blossoms. And while yes, we’ve all seen the monuments, it’s safe to say there’s more to our city that meets they eye (or that goes in a tour book)…but that goes for the monuments, too. So what don’t you know about some of the cities most famous sights? You might be surprised. Here are some little-known facts about one of the most famous monuments here: The Lincoln Memorial. THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PARKS AT WALTER REED

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Keeping tabs on a city like DC can seem daunting ­–– there are so many moving parts to keep track of and so much that’s changing on a regular basis. And while your commute home might be filled with more “When did that open?” and “Has that always been there?” moments than you’d like to admit, one thing’s for sure: It’s easy to stay interested in this humble abode we like to call home. One of the most exciting and buzzed about developments on DC’s calendar as of lately is The Parks at Walter Reed. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PARKS AT WALTER REED

DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SWAPPLES

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As I’ve demonstrated time and time again after taking deep dive after deep dive into the DC startup scene: the hustle is happenin’ here. So happening, in fact, that there’s always a new founder to cover, a new industry being challenged, a new innovation being made. And I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I wouldn’t want it any other way. Today, the startup I wanted to feature is doing something incredibly important –– something that I think we all hold close to our hearts. They’re making waffles. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SWAPPLES

DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: TRANSITSCREEN

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Mass transit: It’s great to have, in a I-love-to-brag-to-my-friends-that-live-in-places-with-less-planned-infrastructure kinda way. But, also it’s the root of 105.3% of your recurring complaints re: living in a city. The truth about taking the DC metro is that it’s all fun and games until you actually need it. Then you’re left huffing and puffing, running for the Red Line only to find out that it’s actually not working and you’ll have to walk to your destination, starting by putting one foot in front of the another in the direction from which you came. Yes, the underground doesn’t come without its trials and tribulations. However, one DC startup is out to make train-bound commutes a little easier, with the gift of foresight. The company? TransitScreen. DC STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: TRANSITSCREEN

HOW TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH IN AMERICA’S CAPITOL

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Remember when it was winter? Gosh that was awful. But we made it. And now, somehow, we’re already well on our way to blasting through another summer, complete with frantic sprints after the Ice Cream truck and smothering ourselves in aloe vera after a smidge too much sun. Ah, the icy hot nature of June. The fact that we’re well into this month is hard to believe, with the days flying by much faster than I can lose the weight I want to rock this bikini season (is it too early to give up?). Soon, we’ll be in July, which is pretty much smack dab in the middle of summer’s fun. So, we best all plan to make the most of it…and that means wearing our red, white, and blue and finding plans that have just the right ratio of fireworks to booze…that part is crucial. HOW TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH IN AMERICA’S CAPITOL

DC MAKES THE CUT AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST AMERICAN CITIES FOR URBAN PARKS

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Hopefully those two simple lines have sent you into a head-bobbing, joyful rendition of “Saturday in the Park,” a classic ode as to how amazing green escapes can be among city streets. If you’ve ever lived close to a park, you might be one of those people who swears by the ideal of “location, location, location.” Parks are where dogs (and people alike) can run around to get out some of their boundless energy. They’re where kites grace the skies and flowers bloom from the ground. They’re where you can go pretending you’re planning to run, only to decide last minute that you’re cool“just walking for today.” They’re certainly the sight of some ice-cream treats. And last, but certainly not least, they are a breath of fresh air and a place of respite from the day to day rumble that pushes us all along in the city. DC MAKES THE CUT AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST AMERICAN CITIES FOR URBAN PARKS