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<![CDATA[Sip Wine and Soak Up the Sun at Airlie]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:18:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/airlie-property.jpg

Got space in your summer schedule for a weekend of fly fishing, picnicking, wine drinking and all around fun in the sun?

Yep, we know you do. 

Escape the city life for a few days and plan a stay at Airlie, a hotel and farm in Warrenton, Virginia, roughly an hour's drive from D.C.

Spread out over 1,200 acres at the foothills of Shenandoah Mountains, Airlie offers a slew of to-dos at this "island of thought."

Airlie has hosted a variety of guests from participants of the civil rights movement to the leaders of NASA. It was recently recognized by Historical Hotels of America for keeping its roots alive since its opening in 1956.

Now, you can create your own classic weekend at Airlie. Choose from more than 150 rooms and a dozen cottages for your stay, but don't forget to clock plenty of hours outside.

For the athletic-minded, there's everything from biking trails to a shooting range to tennis courts on the grounds. Outdoor yoga classes and golf courses also top the list.

How about an agriculture adventure? Get an inside look at all things organic with a tour of the farm's four-acre garden and greenhouse. You can also get tips for growing your own fruits, veggies and flowers.

Once you've worked up an appetite, try something from Airlie's menu, which features locally grown ingredients and farm-fresh flavors. You can also throw back a pint of craft beer at the center's Whistling Swan Pub.

And what's better than a glass or wine (or two) to mix into your day? With more than 20 wineries located nearby, Airlie is an ideal home base for your explorations of Virginia wine country. Taste top regional wines with a wine-makers dinner package.

Whether you're craving a pool day or winery tour, a weekend at Airlie may just be the perfect getaway to fit in this summer.



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<![CDATA[A Mountain Adventure, a La Carte]]> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:25:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/eagle-landing2.jpg

There's 500 acres of fun and adventure awaiting you at the always exciting, always different Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing (11176 Peaceful Valley Road, New Castle, Va).

Fill up your adventure plate to the brim or choose a dainty a la carte portion with a trip to the wilderness of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is a jack-of-all-trades sort of vacation. Bring the whole family or the conquer the land as a lone warrior.
 
Choose your lodging from either the main lodge (all 7,000 square feet of it); the Sly Lodge, an intimate 11-room structure; the Sneaky Cabin, an eight-person rustic cabin -- or simply camp out.
 
All lodging rentals come with free access to the pond for swimming, fishing and canoeing; hiking on the 500-acre property and to the Bluff Overlook; and sand volleyball, horseshoes, a  Frisbee golf course and soccer.
 
As for the adventure portion of the trip, you can choose from activities like the 900-foot zipline, the high-rope trail or whitewater rafting. At an outdoor living skills retreat, you can learn about fire craft and back country cooking.
 
Eagle Landing also has skill clinics available for adults that include introductions to caving, outdoor climbing and kayaking. If the kids need a vacation, send them off to one of the many options for a summer camp adventure. Choose from a classic adventure, outdoor discovery, white water trips or leadership training programs. 
 

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is four hours from downtown D.C.



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<![CDATA[Modern Twists on Classic Pastimes at Finch Sewing Studio]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 17:13:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-05-30_1700.jpg

Nicole Morganthau grew up around an entire family of women that knew how to sew. "I can't think of a woman in our family who hasn't sewn," she said.

So it makes sense that she's now owner of Finch Sewing Studio in Leesburg, Virginia.
 
"I live in Leesburg, and every time I passed this building, I thought, 'Gosh, that would be perfect!' It was important for me to be in downtown Leesburg where there is more foot traffic. It's also appealing to me that the building was built in 1790," Morganthau said. "The juxtaposition of the modern aesthetics in an historic building is something I love."
 
Finch Studio (102 Loudoun Street SW in downtown Leesburg) has a modern yet warm feel, with wall hangings and trinkets that were all made in the studio.

Morganthau seems to have found harmony with her own style for the studio. "We think it's important for people to feel inspired when they come in, and we want them to know that the possibilities for their own creativity can be endless. So there's definitely a lot of love that goes in to this place."

As for the sewing, knitting and crocheting that is done at the studio, you have plenty of options to choose from. Finch offers a variety of beginner classes designed around what you're interested in making, such as a beginner pillow cover class.

Close to 20 other options for sewing include a knit-and-sew pillows class, in which students knit a pillow front, and then come back for a second session to finish the back of the pillow with the sewing machine. You get the best of both worlds that way.

A maxi skirt class is one of the most popular -- students come for three hours and sew a custom-fit maxi skirt. Other beginner classes let students make beach bags and ruched scarves.
 
If you're looking for something more social, consider a sew-and-sip class June 2 at Stonetower Winery, where you can sip wine and sew 'till your heart's content. These types of events are held once a month at various locations.
 
It goes without saying that beginners and experienced seamstresses and knitters alike are all welcome at Finch Studio. There's also no need to bring anything with you. Finch has tool kits and sewing machines in the classrooms, along with all materials for classes sold in the retail shop.

Morganthau's ambition behind the sewing studio has always been about teaching others about these pastimes. "I'm just trying to bring back this very historic craft in a really modern way for a modern crowd," she said.
 
Finch Sewing Studio is located about an hour from downtown D.C.



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<![CDATA[Top 10 Day Trips]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 14:03:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/179*120/cms558.jpg Where do you go when you want to get away... and also sleep in your own bed that night?

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<![CDATA[Stay Warm For The Holidays With Festive Cocktails]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/holidaydrinks_722x406_12218947715.jpg The weather outside may be frightful, but there's plenty of festive cheer with these holiday drinks.]]> <![CDATA[1st Tree Lighting at Downtown One Loudoun]]> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:28:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tree-lighting.jpg Ashburn, Va.'s new One Loudoun just celebrated its first holiday tree lighting this week -- and first winter chill too, brr.

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<![CDATA[Folklife Fest Kicks Off June 26]]> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:06:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20130622Folklife.jpg

The Smithsonian is hosting its 47th annual Folklife Festival, celebrating the way art and society come together in every culture.
The free festival is held on the National Mall and runs June 26-30 and July 3-7 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with concerts beginning at 6 p.m. almost every day.
 
This year’s featured programs include a spotlight on Hungarian arts; an educational but entertaining discussion about global language loss, and an examination of African-American style and identity.

The Folklife Fest is jam-packed with events, from fashion shows to dance workshops to evening concerts every night except July 4 and 7.

Refreshments will be available at five concession stands around the Mall. Fresh fruit will be provided by Baltimore’s Arabbers and you can sample Hungarian beer and wine at the festival’s Hungarian tavern.

For more information and updates, download Folklife’s app for iPhones and Androids.
 

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<![CDATA[Behind the Scenes: 'Pullman Porter Blues']]> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:58:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/228*120/11ampullman121412.jpg "Pullman Porter Blues" at the Arena Stage shares the historically significant story of three generations of Pullman porters in 1937.]]> <![CDATA[Terpstock Music Festival 2013]]> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:16:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TerpstockThumb.jpg Shwayze, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Sid Sriram, Warden, and Admonic & Davies rocked the stage for University of Maryland students April 14. The free annual outdoor music festival Terpstock brought out hundreds to enjoy indie, rap, rock, and techno music.]]> <![CDATA[St. Arnold's is a Sea of Mussels]]> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:20:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/StArnolds.jpg With over 20 kinds of mussels, St. Arnold's Mussel Bar is the go-to place for D.C. seafood mussel lovers. The Cleveland Park also offers more 40 types of beer. ]]> <![CDATA[Matisyahu Delivers D.C. a 9:30 Club Hanukkah Treat]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:06:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/matis+9.JPG As Hanukkah comes to a close, Reggae-Rock Star Matisyahu heated up the Jewish Holiday to a packed crowd at D.C.'s 9:30 Club. From lighting the menorah to stage diving, the sold out crowd left happy. ]]> <![CDATA[Students Create Sports Bar Website]]> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:32:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hooliga+dot+com.jpg

The last thing a sports fan wants is to watch the big game from a place where everyone else is rooting for the other team.

Two MBA students at George Mason University, Brian Dreyer and Sean Barnes, have solved the problem.

They've created the website www.hooliga.com where fans can find local establishments that cater to specific sports teams.

Their idea won a $20,000 prize from a university business plan competition.

The site works in several cities across the country. The team is working on an app for it.  They hope to develop the site more after graduation in spring.



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<![CDATA[Matisyahu Rocks Hanukkah at the 9:30 Club]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/228*120/DSC_01623.JPG

As Hanukkah drew to a close, Matisyahu dropped by the 9:30 Club on his yearly Festival of Lights tour -- this time without his long beard and traditional Jewish attire. He explains that with an evolving musical sound, his appearance has evolved as well.

Accompanied by Israeli jazz artist Daniel Zamir and his Dub Trio band, Matisyahu brought his high-energy blend of hip-hop, rock and reggae to a sold-out venue Thursday, ending the show by stage-diving into the crowd, followed by an invitation to the audience to join him on stage for a spirited singing of his anthem and hit single “One Day.”

Before the show, Matisyahu met with online contributor Peter Kirchhausen to discuss his music, his faith, the direction of the music industry... and how to end the hockey lockout. 


Peter Kirchhausen: Happy Hanukkah. You're nearing the end of this year's tour so I wanted to ask you a question about faith. If you talk to a lot of rabbis, they will say that Judaism is a faith in crisis, with so many young people taking to the faith culturally but not religiously.  You got into Judaism after high school when you were a bit older, so what would you say to an 18-year-old who is struggling to find his or her faith?

Matisyahu: "Well, I think that being lost is an important part of life. I think the real scary part is when people are too found -- people who are too certain about something. I think I've been lost for most of my life. Even when I thought I found something, I was lost.

So thank God that I'm 33 now, and I feel that I'm just starting to find myself, but that is part of the journey -- that is life. But I am not of the school of telling people what they should or should not think or how they should live their lives or even advising people. That stuff is really personal."

 

PK: There has been a real evolution between your first album, "Youth," and your new album, "Spark Seeker." This album has a very electronic sound with produced beats and lots of Middle Eastern influences. What were your influences behind this latest album?

Matisyahu: "I've been influenced by a lot of different music. I was influenced by reggae music, live instrumental music like Phish, and by hip-hop, so I've tried in my past records to bring the different sounds that I like to create my sound.

As you said, my music is always changing based on music that I'm listening to, which is always changing as I listen and explore new things. But with this record I wanted a clean record with more of a hip-hop digital sound with programmed beats and with a big synthesizer sound with a lot of melody and a lot of hooks.

This record, working with producer Koool Kojak, happened very organically and he was the person who helped me make that kind of record. The majority of it was recorded in Los Angeles but we also spent two weeks in Israel where we incorporated more of a Middle Eastern instrumentation which is darker and more mysterious."

 

PK: You got into the business at the tail end of the time when people were still buying CD's -- I bought your first CD at my local record store, Area Records in Geneva, N.Y. The industry is changing and so it how to make a living in the music industry. For the 17-year-old who wants to tell their parents they hope to make music for a living, what would you tell them?

Matisyahu: "The way I approached it was not as a recording artist, but instead as a touring artist. I grew up listening to Phish and going to lots of concerts. And in hip-hop, the groups that I liked such as the Roots, had live instruments and that is what appealed to me. For me, it started with putting a band together, playing at coffee shops and open mics -- that is how I developed as a performer, but everyone is different.

I know kids who started in their bedroom making beats and recording all their own music and a label discovered them -- 'Wow, you did all this yourself?' -- but everyone is different. I would tell a 17-year-old who is trying to make a living by making music to focus on loving the music, but you don't tell someone that. It either is or it isn't.

Being a musician isn't about being smart and making good decisions. It's about being creative and if you are a smart businessman, that will help you on the road and maybe you won't make some of the mistakes I've made."

 

PK: Are you worried about the direction the music industry is going?

Matisyahu: "It is what it is, people will always want to hear music. Whether or not we will all be multimillionaires making music, that is another story. Money isn't why I'm doing what I do. I do this to make music, and for me, a lot of it has to do with being on the road meeting people and being with people."

 

PK: I know Israel means a lot to you, and I'm not asking you what is going wrong in the Middle East because you are not a scholar -- but what element do you think is missing that is keeping both sides from making peace?

Matisyahu: "A lot of people try to ask what is missing on both sides, but it's not necessarily the same thing on both sides; it doesn't always work that way. As much as we would like to say that everyone needs to take responsibility for themselves, which is true... even though we would like to say they are doing the same thing, it's not the same thing.

The Arabs are p----d that the Jews are there and they are willing to kill. And the Jews feel that they were murdered for 3,000 years and they are not going to put up with it anymore. So that is the simple story, and there is no easy answer. You can trace it back biblically, between Abraham and two women, Hagar and Sarah. Sarah didn't want her son Issac playing with Ismael. It's kind of prophetic."

 

PK: I know you are a big hockey fan, growing up playing ice hockey as a Rangers fan and now rooting for the Kings since you moved to L.A.. If you had NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the leader of the players union together in one room, what you would tell them to end the lockout?

Marisyahu: "I would bring in some kid wearing his Rangers hat and have that kid look at them both and say 'Why can't my Ranger play hockey?' I want to take my kids to a hockey game. I'm sure most of the players are suffering -- I guess they're getting a little vacation from America and I bet the Europeans are happy."

 

PK: Tell me something fans don't know about you.

Matisyahu: "Hmm. I don't know what the fans know about me so that is tough. I have a Harley and I love riding my motorcycle."

 

PK: Do you ever ride up the coast to San Francisco?

Matisyahu: "Yeah, I do. That's something people don't know about me -- I spent the first four years of my life in California, and did preschool in Berkeley. My first concert was actually out there at the Oakland Coliseum in 1980. It was a Grateful Dead show."

 

PK: Your parents brought you to a Grateful Dead concert when you were two years old?

Matisyahu: "Yeah, we would always go to Dead shows; my parents were Deadheads."


PK: It's been about a year since you make a big change by shaving your beard, which was a part of your distinct Jewish look. In an industry where image means so much, have things started to settle? I know there was a pretty big backlash on the internet that you had to deal with.

Matisyahu: "Yeah, initially it was pretty bad. But people are adjusting and rolling with it. For me, it wasn't about a brand. For me it was a very personal thing.

It happens to be that people are going to see my face and it means something to people, and the look represented something to people. But for me it was an internal decision and it came from the inside out as does my music and my life. Like you said, in Hollywood and in the industry, the opposite is true and the outside matters more than the inside. There wasn't an incident that triggered the change, it was just an evolution. After years of struggling to fit into a mold, there were upsides and there were downsides to submitting yourself to a higher cause. You get out of yourself in a certain way."



Photo Credit: Peter Kirchhausen]]>
<![CDATA[White House Holiday Decorations ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/Michelle-Obama-Christmas.jpg With the holiday season just around the corner, Christmas trees and piles of present decorate the White House. Take a look at some of its best decorations.

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<![CDATA[Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time, Ever]]> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 00:16:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/movie7.jpg As we all know Christmas is just around the corner. While we head into the festive season, take a look at the best Christmas movies to get into the holiday spirit.]]> <![CDATA[Union Market Serves Up Some Righteous Cheese]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:02:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/6907718_90RIGHTEOUSCHEESEWMUSIC1_722x406_11979331898.jpg Eun Yang gets a lesson on cheese pairing at the newly opened Union Market.]]> <![CDATA[MPD Closes Second U Street Nightclub Temporarily]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 06:37:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bohemian+Cavern.jpg

For the second time in about a week, a nightclub in the popular U Street corridor was temporarily shut down by D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

The four-day closure of 2000 11th St. NW follows the alleged sexual assault of a woman. According to police, a 25-year-old woman reported being the victim of “a sexual act against her will" about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

The building houses the historic Bohemian Caverns jazz club on the ground floor, a restaurant called The Tap & Parlour on the second floor and LIV nightclub on the third floor -- all under the same ownership. The report police report does not specify where in the building the alleged crime took place.

Lanier ordered Indulj Restaurant and Lounge a block away shut down for 96 hours Dec. 3 after a triple shooting outside.

“It’s almost ‘close first and ask questions later,’” said Andrew Kline, a licensing representative for D.C. bars and restaurants.

“Surely a sexual assault is a serious situation, we don’t make light of that, however I don’t see under the law how that’s an imminently dangerous condition which is the requirement that must be met,” Kline said.

An overly broad interpretation of the 96-hour law could have an economic impact, longtime D.C. nightlife impresario Mark Lee said.

“It’s never been safer to go, and that’s why it’s disappointing when the police chief misapplies this law in situations that don’t warrant it because the public safety is not in danger,” he said.

Fourteen establishments have received the temporary shutdown order in 2012. Nine were temporarily shut down in 2011.

Bohemian Caverns, LIV and The Tap & Parlour can reopen at 6 p.m. Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[DuClaw Brewing Presents Sweet Baby Jesus: The Beer]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:48:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/194*120/beer-shutterstock_25923430.jpg
Forget the eggnog this year -- there's DuClaw Brewery's new beer release, Sweet Baby Jesus, to consider.
 
You can celebrate the coming of Sweet Baby Jesus, Dec. 12-13 at three DuClaw locations in Maryland.
 
Sweet Baby Jesus was first brewed last year and is a complex, jet black, chocolate and peanut butter porter. Since the beer bills itself as bordering on a religious experience, it could be worth checking out.
 
But, uh, you might want to say grace before you enjoy it.

 

Locations:
 
DuClaw Brewing Company at Arundel Mills
7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Suite R4
Hanover, Md.
 
DuClaw Brewing Company at Bel Air
16 A Bel Air South Parkway
Bel Air, Md.
 
DuClaw Brewing Company at Bowie Town Center
4000 Town Center Blvd.
Bowie, Md.
 
Times: 6 p.m. at Arundel Mills & Bowie locations, 7 p.m. at Bel Air location
 
PRO TIP: You may want to also try the Apocalyptic Ale by Lost Rhino (21730 Red Rum Drive #142, Ashburn, Va.) just in time for the end of the world, or Dogfish Head's Chicory Stout, which pairs quite well with chocolate.


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<![CDATA[Wash, Blow & Go]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:38:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DryBar_722x406_12023875614.jpg The new Drybar lets ladies get their locks blown out in 45 minutes.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Ales Take Over at ChurchKey]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:41:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/holiday-ales3.jpg Christmas comes early at ChurchKey (1337 14th St. NW) Dec. 10. Beginning at 4 p.m., the local restaurant and bar will offer 50 holiday brews from around the world at this special benefit event for Martha's Table.]]> <![CDATA[Important Dates for Holiday Shipping]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:20:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/168*120/packages-shutterstock_116793961.jpg

Monday is expected to be the busiest day of the year for FedEx, with an estimated 19 million packages being shipped that day alone.

See the dates you need to keep in mind whether you're shipping via FedEx, UPS or the U.S. Postal Service, if you want your package to arrive by Christmas:

FedEx

  • Home delivery: Tuesday, Dec. 18
  • Ground: Tuesday, Dec. 18
  • 2Day: Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Standard Overnight: Saturday, Dec. 22
  • Priority Overnight: Saturday, Dec. 22

All dates are for domestic shipping only. See other services and shipping destinations here.


UPS 

  • Normal pickup and delivery: Thursday, Dec. 20
  • 2nd Day Air: Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Next Day Air: Friday, Dec. 21
  • Next Day Air and 2nd Day Air if labeled for Saturday Delivery: Sat., Dec. 22

U.S. Postal Service

  • Parcel Post: Friday, Dec. 14
  • Shipping to military: Monday, Dec. 17
  • Most international shipping: Wednesday, Dec. 19
  • First-class Mail: Thursday, Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail: Friday, Dec. 21
  • Express Mail: Saturday, Dec. 22



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<![CDATA[Merry Meltdowns]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:57:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/178*120/cms504.jpg Did your kids cry on Santa's lap? They're not alone...]]> <![CDATA[Downtown Holiday Market Reopens]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 18:46:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/173*120/cms500.jpg

Tree lightings, Christmas parades and parties are important parts of this season's fun... but what about the shopping? Do not -- we repeat, do not forget the shopping.

The Downtown Holiday Market, a seasonal staple over the past eight years, reopened Nov. 30. The decorated, tented shopping village offers up gift items, food and live entertainment from acts such as Angie Head and Hot Buttered Nuggets.

If you are looking for a special something for the art lover on your list, check out Tom Wachs Photography, Art by Barton, JPOP Studios, Patsy’s cards and 25+ other art, printmaking and photography vendors. Clothing and accessory boutiques include Art Inca Native, Chickie Chic Boutique and EasternSunshine.

And you can keep your strength up courtesy of the food trucks parked along the street. We know you were concerned about that.

The Downtown Holiday Market is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. through Dec. 23, centered around 8th and F streets NW.



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<![CDATA[Top 20 Holiday Day Trips]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:23:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/174*120/cms509.jpg Get outta town -- but not too far! These ideas for holiday fun range from the uber-local (Connecticut Avenue) to the road-trip-required (Baltimore, Richmond and more).]]> <![CDATA[Salahi Launches 'Crash the Vote' Website]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:39:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tareq-Salahi.jpg

Tareq Salahi has been vehement he was an alleged White House crasher, but he's carried that title through attempts at reality-TV fame and right into his (yes, really) gubernatorial campaign.

Salahi announced back in May that he would run as a Republican in 2013 in Virginia, and his new bilingual "Crash the Vote" website launched Tuesday.

Says a press release:

The website www.crashthevote.com uses the unconventional campaign slogan "Crash the Vote," as a play on the candidate's modern, bipartisan approach to politics as well as his erroneously alleged White House party "crashing" episode filmed by NBC Universal's Bravo TV network.

With a proven history of working successfully across party lines, Salahi invites all Virginians to "crash the party lines" and join him to reach out and work together to change "politics as usual," put government back in the hands of the people, and make Virginia proud and strong again.

The homepage features recent media coverage ("CNN: Salahi Gets Huge Support"; "Salahi on Access Hollywood") and the slogan "Virginia Deserves the Best."

Users can click through to his issues: "promoting the Commonwealth of Virginia," business and jobs, troops and defense personnel, agriculture, lower taxes and fewer regulations ("less over-regulation"), and clean energy production.

Of course, Salahi faces a potentially Mount Everest-sized climb to the governor's mansion.

A survey by the Public Policy Polling -- released in May, the month after he announced his campaign -- reported that only two percent of Virginians had a positive opinion of Salahi, and 34 percent had a negative one.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who filed a lawsuit against Salahi over a wine tour venture for alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, has also said he will run for governor in 2013.

But Salahi has said Cuccinelli is just afraid that Salahi will emerge the victor: "It is clear that the only thing that has changed since Cuccinelli supported an open primary in last year’s Republican vote is the announcement that I am seeking the Republican nomination for governor in next year’s primary and his fear that I will win," he said.

Although Salahi has completed a declaration of candidacy, the State Board of Elections won't accept declarations until Jan. 1.

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<![CDATA[French Tradition, H Street Attitude]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:25:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/194*120/cms499.jpg

With the weather cooling down and local chefs turning to winter ingredients, this is our second of three discussions with H Street restaurant owners and chefs who are leading the neighborhoods restaurant boom.

Second  up: Le Grenier owner Marie Ziar and Executive Chef Thierry Sanchez.

Ziar, a veteran D.C. restauranteur (Le Chat Noir), visited H Street in 2011 and quickly recognized that there was a lot of potential in the emerging area. Sanchez -- Ziar's French-trained executive chef -- also sensed that there was a need for more high quality food in an area that was dominated by bars and takeout spots. 

Although they both shared backgrounds in high-end French cuisine, Ziar and Sanchez knew they could adapt to H Street's younger and more eclectic community by blending traditional French techniques with local ingredients and a new approach to French cooking.

And Le Grenier (502 H St. NE) was born.

Read our conversation with Ziar and Sanchez below:

Q: What drew you to H St?

Marie Ziar: It's a booming neighborhood, but apart from that, I love the eclectic parts of the neighborhood. Different people with different experiences, lots of different flavors and I like that. We find buildings with a lot of character and when I visited this spot I loved it.

Q: When it comes to your menu -- produce, meats, and cheeses -- where are you going?

MZ: We are working with both big companies and local farms, especially for our produce. For our cheeses, we work with a company from Vermont who are very good at doing cheeses with very French flavors. We work with local farmers in Eastern Maryland, including a farmer from France, who always let us know what will be available in the coming months and we get the freshest ingredients possible.

Q: Now that we are moving into the colder months, what should we expect?

MZ: We are planning to have totally new menus every three months. We just changed it three weeks ago, so right now we're trying to base our menu off of winter products -- lots of butternut squash, asparagus, cabbage. In the matter of meats, we're going a little but more on the heavy side, like duck confit. It's cold and you need something to warm you up!

What is currently hot at your restaurant?

Appetizer: Foie Gras Revisité -- foie gras crème brûlée, sauternes-quince qelée, and toast

Entree: traditional duck confit -- my chef's signature dish. Not too fatty, not too salty. Served with apple risotto, braised fennel, and saffron orange sauce.

Vegetarian: It's hard to do vegetarian cuisine when you are cooking French, but we have a vegetable dish based on the vegetable of the day... I am from the Normandy region, so we have to specialize in galettes (crêpes made with buckwheat flour). One of the most popular is the Forestière -- creamy sauteed mushrooms, fine herbs, and St. André cheese.

Cocktail: The Elixir -- Rye Wry Moon, Chartreuse, Antica Formula, West Indian Orange Bitter, orange garnish.

Q: Compared to Le Chat Noir in Tenleytown, which serves more traditional French cuisine, how are you tailoring this new menu to the H Street community?

Thierry Sanchez: I would say this menu is more down to earth. More comfort food with that hint of class.

At Le Chat Noir, I get more fancy and little bit more risky with the overall presentation and combination of ingredients. A little bit more aggressive.

Le Grenier would be more like its little sister. A little bit more soft, for customers who are looking to have a good time who are not looking for something experimental or too fancy.

When people think of French cuisine, they often think of high culture and expensive menus. What would you say to combat the elitist image?

TS: We use French techniques while cooking, but we're also trying new approaches. We are starting to play with new combinations that people will be familiar with and will be appealing at the same time.

We look to appeal to different crowds, giving them hints of things they already like, but at the same time, offer them something they can't find somewhere else. I like to experiment, and I use my French roots, my Latin roots, and often create new dishes while at the same time respecting the French technique.

When Marie told you she was looking to open a restaurant on H Street, what were your thoughts?

TS: I thought that this was a region of the city that was ready for something new and high-quality, while at the same time people will be looking for comfort food.

So I had to come up with an approach that was not overpriced, which is the stereotype for French restaurants, [and instead something that's] affordable for almost any kind of budget while at the same time getting the essence of French cooking.

We work with farmers who know what they are going to have months in advance, so we are always creating new menu options.



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<![CDATA[H &pizza's Modern Take on Mom & Pop Shop]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:08:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handpizzapkg_722x406_11049027685.jpg H &pizza Co-Founder Steve Salis talks about his H Street pizza shop that he says combines casual and fine dining at an affordable price.]]> <![CDATA[National Children's Museum Preview]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:27:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National+Childrens+Museum.jpg Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins gets a preview of the National Children's Museum' new facility at National Harbor.]]> <![CDATA[First Lady's "Night Before Christmas"]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/michelleobamareads.jpg First lady Michelle Obama teamed with actor Rico Rodriguez this year for the reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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<![CDATA[Obamas Light National Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20121206NationalXmasTree.jpg Storm Team 4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer was at the Ellipse as the President Barack Obama and family lit the National Christmas Tree.

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<![CDATA[Commuters Beware: Nat'l Tree Lighting Bad for Traffic]]> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:37:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/traffic134443420.jpg

Thursday night's National Christmas Tree Lighting event will gather the Obama family, host Neil Patrick Harris, a bevy of musical performers -- and more than 17,000 guests.

As you might imagine, the traffic situation might not be pretty.

Metro is cautioning bus riders that they could face delays downtown and around the White House due to the event, which officially begins at 4:30 p.m. -- but crowds will be gathering much earlier.

If you're heading to the event, WMATA recommends taking Metrorail to a station away from the downtown core and walking to the Ellipse.

The following street closures are expected from 4:15 to 7 p.m:

  • 15th Street NW from Constitution Ave. to Pennsylvania Ave.
  • 17th Street NW from Constitution Ave. to New York Ave.
  • Constitution Avenue NW between 15th and 17th streets (possible)

Metro says the following streets will be affected:

  • 18th Street NW
  • 13th Street NW
  • 14th Street NW
  • H Street NW
  • I Street NW
  • K Street NW

And the following Metrobus routes could face delays and detours:

3Y, 11Y, 16Y, 32, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 42, 43, 52, 53, 80, D1, D2, D3, D5, D6, G8, L2, N2, N3, N4, P6, P17, P19, S1, S2, S4, S9, W13, X1, X2, X9

See more about the tree lighting event here.

ALSO SEE: Fruit Salad Stymies Beltway Traffic?



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<![CDATA[Obamas Light National Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 23:12:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20121206NationalXmasTree.jpg

The Obama family illuminated the National Christmas Tree Thursday night during a celebration on the White House's Ellipse.

The first family and Marian Robinson, the first lady's mother, were on stage to count down to the lighting and flip the switch. They stayed for the entertainment, which included The Fray, James Taylor, Ledisi, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

President Obama said in his remarks that the tree - which has been replaced twice after the long-standing National Christmas Tree was felled by high winds in February 2011 - was a symbol of rebuilding and strength as much of the East Coast continues to recover from Sandy.

"In times of war and peace, triumph and tragedy, we've always come together to rejoice in the Christmas miracle," Obama said. "But our tree has been having a hard time recently. ... Just goes to show, nobody's job is safe here in Washington."

Obama told a story from Midland Beach, NY, still devastated by Sandy. Despite the lingering damage, a group of friends who grew up in the neighborhood created a community Christmas tree.

"One local nursery donated the tree," Obama said. "Another chipped in for the lights and a star. And 70-year-old Tom Killeen and his longtime buddies from the area planted it at the end of the street overlooking the town beach.

"As Tom says, 'The tree has one message. It's Christmas time, not disaster time,' " Obama said.

Obama recognized service members, as did Taylor, who dedicated a poignant "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to them. Michelle Obama joined with "Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez to read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

And the first family joined the performers, host Neil Patrick Harris and Santa on stage at the end of the show to sing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

Changes to the annual celebration this year included a new stage location to better showcase the White House behind it, a new color scheme for the tree, as well as the tree itself.

After the National Christmas Tree was felled in February 2011, its replacement, a Colorado blue spruce, died of complications from "transplant shock," the National Park Service said.

More than 17,000 guests were on hand to see the new tree illuminated for the season on the Ellipse. Tickets were issued via an online lottery earlier in the season.

Obama himself was responsible for inviting The Fray to perform. Other musical guests included Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and "American Idol" Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.

"I was here for an event and met the president, and he was like, 'Hey man, we gotta get you up here to play a song'," said frontman Isaac Slade. "I was like, 'Uh... OK! My calendar's free!'"

Video from the lighting will also be available at thenationaltree.org and broadcast on WETA on Friday and periodically throughout the rest of the season (check your local listings).

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<![CDATA[Pics: The Winery at Bull Run]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:52:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wine-border1.jpg The winery just opened its doors in June, but the setting is pure 1860s, from the scenic countryside to the Civil War-era winemaking demos and artifacts.

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<![CDATA[Wine Wednesdays: The Winery at Bull Run]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:51:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wine-border.jpg

The best part about The Winery at Bull Run (15950 Lee Highway, Centreville, Va.) is that you don't feel like you're just driving up to just a NoVa vineyard -- you're pulling up next to the historic Manassass National Battlefield Park. 

The winery just opened its doors in June, but the setting is pure 1860s, from the scenic countryside to the Civil War-era winemaking demos and artifacts.

History aside, though, the wine is particularly intriguing, especially a delectable port-style wine called "Fort," served with chocolate. It may be a dessert wine but somehow we've ended up drinking it for every occasion and/or meal.

Inside the winery you'll find a cozy fireplace with a few sofas, although the outdoor heated patio is equally welcoming on not-too-chilly winter afternoons. You'll also find a fireplace and patio at the seemingly dilapidated (but still maintained and attractive) "ruins" of the original Entwisle estate house, now called the Stone Mansion House on the grounds of the winery.

Wine tastings at Bull Run are $12 and include a wine glass to add to your growing collection. The winery is one of only two in Fairfax County. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except on Fridays when the winery stays open until 8 p.m.

The Winery at Bull Run is about 45 minutes from downtown D.C. 



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<![CDATA[A 19th-Century Christmas at Winterthur ]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:29:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/winterthur6.jpg

America's first state is sending you some 19th-century yuletide cheer -- except you have to hit the road to get it. Explore holiday traditions of the past with a Yuletide tour package at Winterthur, a museum, garden and library.

Meander along a re-created woodland path in the winter garden (part of a 1,000-acre rolling meadow preserve), walk through room and food displays, and view the many decorated trees on display during this special wintertime tour, running through Jan. 6.
 
Winterthur also offers many events, workshops and performances during the season, including Uncorked! Wine, Objects and Tradition, which showcases the (very important, of course) history of wine via with 300+ objects on display ranging from liquor chests, wineglasses and paintings.
 
Yearround, Winterthur -- the 19th-century, 175-room boyhood home of horticulturalist Henry Franis du Pont -- serves as a museum of American decorative arts, with more than 90,000 objects on display.
 
General admission is $18 per adult and $5 per child. The Yuletide Tour Package is $20 per adult, $5 per child. Hours are Tues. through Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
 
Winterthur is located about two hours from downtown D.C. at 5105 Kennett Park in Winterthur, Del.

 

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<![CDATA[Tommy McFly Talks Burgers at Quench]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:05:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mcflyquenchburgerpkg_722x406_11046979654.jpg 94.7 Fresh FM's Tommy McFly chats with the chef at Rockville's Quench to get their take on the burger.]]> <![CDATA[VP Biden's Costco Shopping Spree]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:50:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms497.jpg Vice President Joe Biden went shopping for presents at a newly opened Costco in Washington in an attempt to highlight the importance of renewing middle-class tax cuts for families and businesses.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Sweets]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/76f15b83a37e4370b44d759b3af0bd8e.jpg

The following are the recipes as seen in Liz Crenshaw's Holiday Sweets piece with the Blue Duck Tavern:

Blue Duck Tavern Apple Pie

Filling
5 Granny Smith Apples (peeled, cored, cut into 8 wedges)
2 oz. Butter
2 Cinnamon Sticks
½ cup Brown Sugar

Pie Dough
1 lb Butter (cold) Chopped into Small Pieces
1 lb All Purpose Flour
4 oz. Cake Flour
1 oz. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
4 Egg Yolk
1 cup Heavy Cream

Assembling
2 oz. Apple Sauce

Egg Wash
2 Eggs and 2 tbsp. Milk Combined

Filling
In a sauté pan, melt butter, add brown sugar and cinnamon sticks. Cook until caramelized, and then add apples. Cook just until they are soft but retain their firmness

Pie Dough
In a mixer with a paddle, mix butter, flour, sugar and salt until combined. Do not overmix. In a bowl, mix egg yolks and cream together. Add to the flour mixture. Mix very quickly just until everything comes together. Chill dough before using.

Assembling
Roll pie dough to 1/8 inch thick and line the pie tin with it. Add apple sauce at the bottom, spread it out with a spatula, then fill up the pie with the cooked apples. Cut out one round piece of pie dough and place on top. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Bake in 350 F oven for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

TRICK: Chill apples before cooking to help retain their shape
TRICK: Make extra pie dough ahead of time and freeze it (as extra)
 

Pumpkin Crème Brulee

1 qt heavy cream
6 oz sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 cinnamon stick
8 oz roasted pureed pumpkin
1 cup egg yolks
2 T Grand Marnier

Scald the cream with the sugar, vanilla bean, and cinnamon. Cover and let steep for 2 hours. Mix with the pumpkin, yolks, and Grand Marnier. Strain and divide into baking cups. Bake at 200 degrees until set, about 45 minutes. Chill, sprinkle with granulated sugar, and caramelize with a propane torch.

TRICK: Baking in a low oven for a longer time eliminates the use of a water bath, and guarantees a smooth custard

TRICK: Use a propane torch from the hardware store instead of the broiler or a kitchen torch, for more even results with less chance of burning the sugar
 

Blue Duck Tavern Sugar Cookies

8 ounces unsalted butter, melted
6 ounces granulated sugar
6 ounces light brown sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
13 ounces sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda

Mix the butter with the sugars. Stir in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, beating until combined but do not over mix. Mix the dry ingredients together and then stir in the flour, mixing until just combined. Scoop rounded teaspoons, using a small ice cream scoop, onto cookie pans lined with parchment paper, and bake at 375 degrees about 10-12 minutes, until starting to brown.

TRICK: Melt the butter for dense, chewy cookies
TRICK: Do not overmix the dough to keep the cookies tender
TRICK: Portion the cookies with a small ice cream scoop to for consistency
TRICK: Freeze the scooped dough and bake only as many as you need for fresh cookies every time

Candy Cane Ice Cream

1 qt milk
8 oz sugar
1 cup egg yolks
10 oz honey
1 qt heavy cream
2 t peppermint extract
4 oz crushed candy canes

Scald the milk with the sugar, stir slowly into the yolks, and cook over medium heat to thicken. Stir in the honey, cream, and extract. Chill overnight and turn in an ice cream freezer. Stir in crushed candy canes and freeze.

TRICK: Use honey to make a smooth texture
TRICK: Crush the candy canes in a plastic bag with a mallet or rolling pin
 

Chestnut Honey Cheesecake

1 1/2 lbs. oz cream cheese
½ lb. sugar mixed with 1 oz cornstarch
1 T vanilla
  4eggs
1 lb. chestnut puree mixed with ¼ lb. honey
1 cup cream
Mix the cream cheese with the sugar/cornstarch mixture. Stir in the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the chestnut/honey mixture and finally the cream. Pour into a well buttered 10” cake pan, and bake at 200 degrees for about an hour, until puffed and set.

TRICK: Bake the cheesecake at a low temperature to guarantee a smooth texture and eliminate the need for a water bath
TRICK: Make sure the cream cheese is room temperature to avoid lumps

For the topping: 1 8oz jar candied chestnut pieces in syrup
1 cup mixed dark and golden raisins
2-4 T rum

Mix ingredients together and let marinate overnight.
 

Sweet Potato, Cranberry, and Walnut Upside Down Cake

4 oz butter
4oz dark brown sugar
1 t cinnamon

Melt butter and stir in cinnamon and brown sugar. Spread in the bottom of a well greased 10” cake pan.
Place cranberries and walnuts on top of the sugar mixture.

8 oz all purpose flour
8 oz sugar
1 ½ t baking powder
½ t salt

Mix dry ingredients together.

4 oz melted butter
8 oz baked sweet potato, skin removed and mashed
2 large eggs
¼ cup buttermilk
1 t vanilla

Whisk butter with wet ingredients. Stir in dry ingredients. Pour mixture over fruit in pan. Bake at 325 degrees about 45 minutes, till set. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minures, then turn upside down onto a serving platter.

TRICK: Bake the sweet potato in its skin for better flavor
TRICK: Let the cake rest for 15 minutes before inverting so it holds its shape
 

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<![CDATA[Pyrotechnic Christmas Tree Lighting Outside Freer Gallery]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FireworksChristmasTree.jpg Chinese artist Cai Guo Quiang staged a pyrotechnic Christmas tree lighting outside the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art Friday. The smoke that cascaded around the 40-foot-tall tree afterward is meant to mimic the strokes of a traditional Chinese brush drawing.]]> <![CDATA[34th Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour This Sunday]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Logan+Circle+House+Tour.jpg A D.C. neighborhood with a deep history and a modern edge also has some of the coolest houses in the city, and this Sunday you get to go inside. News4's Wendy Rieger has a preview. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

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<![CDATA[Quick Bites: Fall Dining Guide Extra]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:23:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/6961661_WEBQuickBites_722x406_10804803932.jpg Forty restaurants made Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide, but several excellent restaurants had to be left off the list.]]> <![CDATA[Carousel Opens at National Zoo]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:10:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/8221201763_4020b4dae6_h.jpg Ever wanted to ride a panda? Now you can!

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<![CDATA[Christmas in Middleburg Saturday]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:14:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/291*120/Middleburg-In-Snow-01+%281%29.jpg

Besides Leavenworth, Washington (and we don't mean Washington, D.C.), we can't think of a more picturesque town to celebrate the season than Middleburg, Va.

Christmas in Middleburg gets under way with the O' Holy Night! Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, then picks up again on Saturday Dec. 1, with a day devoted to everything Christmas in Virginia's horse country.

A hundred red-coated riders on horseback will take to the streets, with their loyal hounds by their sides during a Christmas parade also featuring llamas and alpacas.

You'll also find hayrides, a craft fair, choir performances and more -- see the complete schedule here.

Capping off the festivities: the Christmas in Middleburg Wine Crawl. The progressive-style wine tasting features Virginia wines with tastings at locations around town, including the Barrel Oak tasting room, the Red Fox Inn and the Middleburg Country Inn. 

Middleburg, located in Loudoun County, is about an hour and 15 minutes from downtown D.C.

 



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<![CDATA[Pics: Holidays at Monticello]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:20:54 -0400 holiday evening tours ($45; Dec. 15, 20-23 and 26-30) offer a rare glance to see the estate after dark.]]> holiday evening tours ($45; Dec. 15, 20-23 and 26-30) offer a rare glance to see the estate after dark.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/monticello-IMG_2729.jpg During December, Monticello offers special holiday tours for a rare chance to tour the place after dark.

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