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Wake up the little ones and let them know that Christmas has come early to the Washington, DC area by way of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The Gaylord is hosting their annual Christmas on the Potomac event, loaded with activities for the kids and adults including a Gingerbread Decorating Corner, a carousel, The Elf on the Shelf© Scavenger Hunt, the Potomac Express Train rides, pictures with Santa Claus and much more, including their main attraction, ICE! READ MORE

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One of the best ways to learn about a new destination is by eating and drinking locally. When I’m on vacation, there’s nothing I want more than a refreshing beer after a long day of exploring. As the US craft beer movement has grown over the past decade, so have the ever-popular beer weeks.

Beer weeks celebrate the local beer community through (sometimes over-the-top) events featuring local breweries at their best. Whether it’s an easy drive from where you live or in a new destination to explore, a vacation or staycation can become a beercation by planning a visit to some of America’s most celebrated beer weeks. It’s a great way to relax, recharge and put some of those unused vacation days to good use.
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Photo Courtesy of the Maine Lobster Festival

You’re looking for something to do during your summer vacation, and you happen to be in the beautiful state of Maine. Well, as luck would have it, not only is the Pine Tree State absolutely stunning in the summer (and slightly warmer than in winter!), it also is home to one of the more storied festivals in the Lower 48. The theme? Lobster, obviously. Why? Because Maine plus summer equals lobster. It’s like eating a beignet on Bourbon Street or Key lime pie in the Florida Keys — it just feels right.
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Wet, hot American summer. That’s what’s expected of the Fourth of July weekend, but we’ll take 73 and sunny any day. And there are few places — our nation’s capital excluded — that are better suited for celebrating than Boston, where you can take in the brilliant Boston Pops fireworks display over the Charles River Esplanade. Whether you round out your weekend with requisite stops along the Freedom Trail or by witnessing Revolutionary War-era re-enactments at the annual Harborfest, here are some key pieces for a (not-so-subtly) patriotic weekend.

Photo by Bill Brett/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

Photo by Bill Brett/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

Clockwise from top left: A 2-pack of organic tanks for layering | Handsome navy duffle with a pocket for your shoes | Red boat shoes, because when else are you going to wear them? | Portable charger for when adding fireworks to your Snap story eats up your battery

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No matter what kind of music you’re into, there is definitely some of it waiting for you at Bonnaroo. The 4-day art and music festival, held at Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN, starts Thursday, with the first performances kicking off the festivities at 4 p.m.

Since its inception in 2002, the ever-changing event has expanded from a music festival for lovers of jam bands to a celebration for fans of all music, plus art and comedy. Although the classic jam bands remain, the festival now includes hip-hop headliners such as Kendrick Lamar; DJs such as Bassnectar; soulful, guitar-laden rock ’n’ roll groups such as the Alabama Shakes; and so much more. READ MORE

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Photo Courtesy of Disney)

In the years since its inception, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has grown into one of the food world’s hottest events. This year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary, and the celebration will take visitors on a culinary journey through the world’s cuisines and cultures.
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Whether you live in a major urban city or a small country town, you all likely have something in common: You can find biker gangs everywhere. And we’re not talking about those leather-wearing guys gunning their Harleys (although they are pretty cool). We’re talking about bicycle gangs like the ones you may see going through your neighborhood on a Sunday morning or riding to work in the heart of rush hour — the everyday biker gang. READ MORE

Curtis P-40 Warhawk Airplanes

Curtis P-40 Warhawk Airplanes

For the first time, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, aircraft used during World War II will fly over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Friday at 12:10 p.m. The planes will start their journey  from the Culpeper and Manassas regional airports in Virginia, ultimately making their way along the Potomac River to the National Mall in DC, where the first formation will come together over the Lincoln Memorial.

Part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, the event will include more than 25 types of historic planes flying in formations that represent not just V-E Day but several significant milestones in World War II, including Pearl Harbor.

Can’t make it to DC this Friday? Not to worry! Watch the celebration online through a live webcast.

For more information on Friday’s event — and for details on how to see the aircraft up close on Saturday at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport — visit www.2flyover.org.

It may be a little chilly today, but it’s still a gorgeous day in DC — perfect for enjoying the official kickoff of the monthly food-truck festival called Truckeroo, happening now on the fairgrounds at Half Street and M Street SE. At work? No problem! Truckeroo runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so you have plenty of time to sample DC Empanadas, Korean BBQ Taco Box, NeatMeat DC, Red Hook Lobster Pound and 23 others offering up Washington’s best in food trucks.

If you miss today’s event, not to worry. Truckeroo comes back each month during the warmer months (generally April to September).

For more information, visit foodtruckfiesta.com.

Bon appetit!

 

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Coachella

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It’s that time of year again, when the flower-crowned and (flash) tattooed set heads into the desert to party like it’s 1999 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Here are our do’s and don’ts for #winning at the annual music and arts festival.

Do: Have a Game Plan
Make an epic playlist and listen to all of the acts beforehand. Have your absolute must-sees mapped out, as well as backups in case the lineup changes (it will). Download the Coachella app or print out the set list — going old-school means you don’t have to worry about a dead iPhone (more on that later).

Sure, there will be plenty of time for surprise guests and happy discoveries, but you don’t want to sacrifice a prime position for your favorite act of the weekend in the name of spontaneity.

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Don’t: Leave Home Without Your Wristband
Consider it your golden ticket — seriously, you can’t go anywhere without it.

Do: Arrive Early
If you’re psyched for a band, you can bet a whole lot of other people are, too. Good rules of thumb: Leave for the fairgrounds several hours before your desired first set (traffic, as they say, can be a b*tch), and for big acts, get in place near the stage at least 30-40 minutes before the set starts.

Don’t: Be left wondering, ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’
Drop a pin where you parked or use an app such as ParkMe to help you navigate back to the car later. At night, all parking lots look the same. Those wishing to camp together should make sure to pull over to a nearby gas station or other meeting place and caravan in together.

Bonus points for bringing an extra set of keys (you never know when they might come in handy), a mini-flashlight and SNACKS.

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