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It’s time to take a break from dining out with a family barbecue. This is really just an excuse to visit a new meat source, Oliver’s Corner Butcher Shop in Great Falls. It’s among some of the best butcheries in our region, thanks to its dry-ager filled with local cuts, but I especially can’t wait to throw some of their quirky sausages, in flavors like banh mi and Philly-pork-and-provolone, to hiss on the grill. –Alice Levitt, food editor/critic
Summer would probably be my favorite season if it wasn’t for the humidity that overtakes the region every year. And, with the dog days of summer ahead of us, I really need to find a way to cool off without being connected to the air conditioner all season. So, since I don’t have a pool, water sports are my go to bet for having a fun time outside without being dragged down by the NoVA humidity. –Michele Kettner, associate digital & research editor
I tend to have a hard time mentally slowing down enough to enjoy a leisurely walk in the park–I get bored quickly. But Meadowlark Botanical Gardens looks so insanely gorgeous, I may be changing my ways. I’d love to take a stroll there at sunset this week. –Kelly Kendall, editor