FYIDC: Guide to Summer

by Editorial

Looking for things to do in the district for the remaining days of summer? Here are our top picks.

Garden at Mandarin Oriental

Garden at Mandarin Oriental

Summer Fun at the Mandarin Oriental

Head over to the Mandarin Oriental this summer for tips and tricks to spice up your seasonal fare.
SEPT. 12:  Join Chef Eric Ziebold for cooking demonstrations at The Last Barbeque of Summer for a family-style lunch or dinner ($75 per guest).
For more information about either event, contact Celia Lauren at 202-787-6068 or

Elegance In the Rain

Get Cultured

Experience a classic Chinese dance and music performance that blends traditional culture with unparalleled choreography with Shen Yun Performing Arts, presented by New Tang Dynasty TV. Heading to The Kennedy Center as a part of its world tour, the group blends powerful vocal performances, a live orchestra, and dozens of dancers into an unforgettable show. August 25-29; The Kennedy Center; $79-$150; go to for more information.


It’s Always Sunny in Washington

Put down the sunscreen, at least until you’ve checked out Environmental Working Group’s 2010 Sunscreen Guide. The U St.-based research and advocacy outfit looked at 500 sunscreens on the market this year, and said it could only recommend 8 percent of the products. Others failed to make the grade for various reasons, such as exaggerated high-SPF claims, or containing hormone-disrupting ingredients that can, in many cases, promote skin tumors and lesions. EWG researchers recommend your first line of defense against the sun be covering up and staying in the shade. When it’s time to slather on the sunscreen, check out EWG’s Sunscreen Guide to make sure you’re using a recommended kind.

Lake Point Inn.

Lake Point Inn.

Summer Escape

Looking for a close-to-home “staycation” this summer? Head out to Maryland’s Lake Point Inn, just a short drive from Washington and right on the banks of Deep Creek Lake. This intimate, ten-room bed and breakfast provides a atmosphere perfect for relaxation at the base of Wisp Mountain or adventures on the waterfront. For more information, call 800-523-LAKE or visit


New in Town

Whether you are moving into a new home or looking to spruce up your current digs, the newly opened Room+Board in Northwest Washington has affordable and long-lasting furniture to fit any lifestyle. The furniture retailer moved into the historic Taylor Motors building in the 14th Street corridor, bringing with it a wide selection of handcrafted, American-made pieces. 1840 14th St. NW, 800-301-9720.

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