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“I am resolutely an indoor kid. I have a friend who loves to tease me about the time I told her that I hate natural beauty. But in NoVA, it seems time to turn over a new leaf–literally. So I’m taking advantage of National Parks Free Entrance Day to check out the waterfall at Great Falls Park. Who knows? Maybe I won’t hate it.” –Alice Levitt, food editor/critic
“I’m not sure what has happened over the past few months, but I now have an obsession with sunflowers. Maybe it’s the constant exposure on my timeline or the cute prints in the shops, but I truly can’t get enough of them. I even have a few growing in the garden. While I’m still a few weeks away from my own blooms, I’m going to get lost in the sunflower fields of these local farms this weekend to get in my flower fix.”–Michele Kettner, associate digital & research editor
Apples to Apples
“Cider is great, but the outwardly humble distillery at Middleburg’s Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery is no sidekick. It’s home to an absinthe fountain (they grow their own wormwood) and an award-winning vermouth, so it should make for a great Lost Generation-style Friday night.” –James Finley, senior editor
Tube Tops All
“On hot days like we’ve been having, nothing sounds better than plunging into a cool river, then having a lazy float on an inner tube for a few hours while dangling my feet in the water.” –Kelly Kendall, editor