Over the weekend, I was invited up to NYC for an all-expenses paid trip to catch a taping of the new Bethenny talk show and launch party. I was treated to a quick flight and a beautiful room at the W Hotel in Times Square. Here are some pics from the weekend -- check out Bethenny's new talk show airing this week!
I'm the only mom in the after school pick up line with a failed inspection rejection sticker on their window.
1. Enjoy a Brewery Beer Tasting: Capitol City Brewing Company, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Sweetwater Tavern, Dogfish Head Alehouse, Lost Rhino Brewery, Gordon Biersch.
2. A macho guy's dream date: Blue Ridge Arsenal followed by a steakhouse with Guinness on tap.
3. Grab charcuterie/cheeses to go from Red Apron Butcher and relax in Strawberry Park while watching the Epic Mosaic concert of the week – you could even cap it off with a unique movie experience in Angelika.
4. Split the mussels and an entree at Cock & Bowl & try a new Belgian beer. Then have a Belgian waffle for dessert.
5. Let him be a pilot for a day and arrange a flight lesson at Freeway Aviation. Pack a picnic to share afterwards. (We did this for Father’s Day – it was awesome!)
6. Monuments by Moonlight Tour.
7. From Old Town Alexandria, take a boat ride across the river to catch a Nationals Game.
8. Walk through Clifton and read the historical markers along Main St. Have dinner at the Clifton General Store followed by drinks at Trummer’s on Main.
9. Dinner at J&G Steakhouse at the W Hotel in DC followed by dancing and drinks at the rooftop POV Lounge and Terrace.
10. Join the weekly New Balance run together on Thursday night or hike Great Falls National Park.
11. Taste and tour the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition: Catocin Creek Distillers.
12. Get your swing on at Top Golf.
13. Comedy club and then Czech pilsner and sandwiches at Lost Dog in McLean.
14. Dinner at Iron Bridge Wine Company in Old Town Warrenton. Afterwards, walk over to Molly's Irish Pub for beer and listen to the band play. And then walk down to Claire's at the Depot for coffee and dessert.
15. Visit Old Town Alexandria for a walk along the river followed by cocktails at Chart House.
16. Arlington Drafthouse for dinner, drinks, and a movie.
17. Adult Go Karting – no kids allowed!
18. Take a short trip over to Shepherdstown, WV. Stay the night and have dinner at the Bavarian Inn where the meals are hearty and the wine and beer list robust!
19. Dinner at District Chophouse and Brewery...then a midnight tour at the Crime and Punishment Museum in DC. The best way to experience a museum with your date: handcuffs!
20. Metro down to the Verizon Center to catch a sports game. Afterwards, take a quiet walk to either Fogo de Chao or Jaleo.
21. Take a trip over to The Organic Butcher in McLean and then prepare a meal at home together.
22. Pack a picnic and walking shoes, and head to the base of Reagan National Airport to Gravelly Point Park. Lay on a blanket by the Potomac River and watch the planes take off/land right above you.
23. Atlas Arcade in DC: Old school arcade games, 80s music and movies playing, and a bar.
24. One word: Chima.
25. Nosh on the Fried Chicken while enjoying the art and poetry at Busboys and Poets.
26. Hop on his motorcycle and take a ride through the countryside to Middleburg, VA. Enjoy drinks outside at the Red Horse Tavern or a fancy meal at Red Fox Inn.
27. Cozy up at the Illy Espresso Bar or at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Or, stop by on Thursdays for the fresh sushi bar at Entyse Wine Bar and Lounge.
28. Take a CulinAerie cooking class together.
29. If he’s the outdoor type, surprise him with a daytrip to Bass Pro Shop in Ashland, VA. Have lunch at Islamorada Fishing Company. For dessert, enjoy a treat from the fudge shop.
30. Go fishing at Riverbend Park. You can rent a fishing pole and a row boat right at the park. All you have to do is show up!
This list was compiled with the help of some of my lovely readers. If you have a date night idea for him that's not on this list, please share in the comments below!
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On July 4th, I woke up at 9:15am and went in and asked B if he wanted to go to a parade. Little did he know that by saying "yes" he would be rushed into the car and would be eating his Lucky Charms from a red solo cup with a plastic spoon on the short ride into Old Town Fairfax.
Parking was easy and by 9:40 we were walking through the closed-down streets trying to find the perfect spot to watch from. Luckily for us, I heard someone calling my name and my good friend Micaela had staked out some prime seating right in a shady area under a tree. SCORE! We didn't plan it at all - but sometimes it's funny how things just work out perfectly :) Her boys are close to B's age and they all sat together while the adults stood behind and watched.
I was truly surprised how legit the parade actually was - floats and all. It was the first time I've stayed in town for Independence Day rather than heading south to my parents' house -- could be a new family tradition!
After scoring a pretty good deal through Certifikid, my neighbor and I took our kids to check out Atlantis Waterpark and see what all the fuss was about. I couldn't believe that I live SO close and had never been before. The kids absolutely loved it. I felt very comfortable (aka safe) letting B play in the sprayground area and kids pool. He was not tall enough to ride the large slides (I think 48inches) - maybe next year.
When we got in the large activity pool -- the lifeguard immediately asked me to put a life jacket on B. They offer life jackets to everyone who enters and they don't mess around -- for good reason. Within an hour of being there, the life guards had to pull two kids from the pool who had snuck out of the spray ground and into the large activity pool. On a positive note, there are several smaller slides in the activity pools that kids can play on if they don't meet the height requirement for the large water slides.
I would definitely go back. There is a snack bar, sand play area fenced in with the baby pool, picnic tables, and tons of great shade! Note: It gets very busy - not a place for mommy to bring a magazine while the kids play.
Insider tip: Visit after 4pm any weekday (non-holiday) for $5 per person!
For more information, visit http://www.atlantisbullrun.com/.
If you couldn't make it out to the South Moon Under event at Mosaic District -- take a look at what you missed! Thank you to everyone who came out and had a great night with us!
photo credit: Justin Chan
Thank you so very much to everyone who came out last week to make my blogiversary (and my birthday!) a night to remember! Huge shout out to AT&T for sponsoring the event and supporting Mission Sleep.
If you missed it - you can check out photos of the event thanks to Valerie Bey Photography.
I seriously sat in my car and watched this lady back in and out of her spot 4 times. And this was the result.