Summer in Entertainment: Places to GoThursday, May 29, 2008 By Nicole Arch and Jennifer Spencer
Foggy Bottom/GWU George Washington University and Foggy Bottom are two great places to hang out and are easy to get to via metro. For history nerds there’s always the infamous Watergate Hotel nearby along with the Kennedy Center, home to D.C.’s best theater and performances. This area is conveniently located along the river so take a stroll down the Potomac. The Foggy Bottom-GWU Blue/Orange Line station is on the GWU campus and is the most convenient station for the Lincoln Memorial and GWU. You’ll work up an appetite because GWU is at least a 15-minute walk away. Dupont Circle Dupont Circle is mainly known for its nightlife, so many of the daytime activities this area has to offer are often overlooked. The Phillips Collection, which opened in 1921, is America’s first museum of modern art. It features a renowned permanent collection of nearly 2,500 works by American and European impressionist and modern artists. However, not everyone is into art. If you’re into something else, there are several theaters that hold shows throughout the summer. Check out the D.C. branch of the Church of Scientology at 1701 20th St NW to see if you can catch a glimpse of Tom and Katie when they’re in the area. The building has a funky, interesting design to it and its a nice place to see while on a stroll around Dupont. The building is especially significant because it shows that Scientologists do exist and that the church isn’t just a sensationalized myth. Rock Creek Park Reservations can be made for group picnic areas in person at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. The price for a group picnic area is $7.00 per permitted period. Rock Creek Park is a great way to go a little green. It’s a beautiful park that’s kept very clean and it has a perfect, relaxing view. The park is the best place for a morning jog, walking the dog or a stroll with a special someone. It’s a great escape from the hectic city streets and the perfect summer spot for a picnic or any kind of outdoor activity. Go to the park’s web address for more information- http://www.nps.gov/rocr/ Food Wondering where to spend a nice summer day in D.C.? Take a trip down to one of our chosen restaurants to enjoy great dining and fun times with friends. Dupont Italian Kitchen Address: 1637 17th St NW (between Corcoran St & R St) Washington, D.C. Type of food: Italian Price range: $11.00- $30.00 Verdict: A good place to go with groups to eat great food; try the Chicken Parmigiana. Zola Address: 800 F Street NW Washington, D.C. Price Range: Lunch $6-$23, Dinner $6-$25 Verdict: An enjoyable dining experience with a creative menu, great food and elegant presentation. It has a very convenient location, reasonable prices and friendly service. However, the menu is limited for some tastes. Froggy Bottom Pub Address: 2142 Pennsylvania Ave NW (between 21st & 22nd) Washington, D.C. (202) 338-3000 www.froggybottompub.com Price range: $10 or less Verdict: A colorful atmosphere that houses cheap and delicious food. It’s a fun and very casual restaurant, so bring out the jeans and Converse. It’s best to come here in a group and relax with friends. You don’t need to wait long to be seated and, when it’s nice out, there is seating outside.