Roving I: Consider Day Trips Close to Home

| August 18, 2012 | 0 Comments | Arts & Entertainment

D.C. is home to our Federal Government, but many enjoy its classical architecture that seems to symbolize the ideas of freedom, democracy and justice for all.


If you’re tired of spending your weekends doing yard work (or going to the movies to avoid doing yard work), you may want to consider a day trip to one of the following destinations:

Washington, DC Yes, it’s a no-brainer, since Bristow is a (remote) suburb of D.C. But many of us suburbanites don’t get into D.C. too often. Perhaps we should. Unlike other cities, admission to many D.C. museums is free, and there are lovely photo ops to take advantage of with so many monuments around the city. If you’re looking for entertainment, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offers excellent plays and concerts. If you get hungry while you’re there, grab some food at Ben’s Chili Bowl and you may catch a glimpse of President Obama, who’s been known to stop there for a hot dog.

Richmond, VA Richmond is my personal favorite destination for a day- or weekend trip. The Suburban Mum enumerates some really good points, which you can implement on the trip, that can keep you from very familiar, impending ennui, especially if you have kids. The capital city is less than a two hour drive from Bristow, and once you get there you’ll find there’s plenty to do. You can take in a baseball game at The Diamond, kayak on the James River, shop in Carytown, or read at the Library of Virginia. Oh, and if you’ve ever considered getting a tattoo, Richmond’s got lots of ink merchants to choose from.

Ashland, VA Home of Randolph-Macon University, Ashland is a charming old-fashioned railroad town about 15 miles north of Richmond. Spending a few hours there will undoubtedly help you to relax and unwind. Ashland Coffee and Tea is a great venue to see live music in the folk/bluegrass vein.

Annapolis, MD Located on the Severn River very close to the Chesapeake Bay, the capital of Maryland is a popular destination for boaters, but landlubbers can also enjoy the city for its historic buildings and houses.Annapolis is home to the U.S. Naval Academy. It is also the site of the State House (the capitol building), and Governor’s House, the residence of the governor and his family.

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