June 30, 2010
Although we like to walk from shop to shop along for exercise with other DC fashionista’s, Georgetown is providing residents with new and exciting physical activities. Some of these activities will include canoe and kayak rides, organized runs, and free yoga classes just to name a few.
To complement the physical activities, several Georgetown restaurants will offer light, refreshing dishes. Participating merchants such as Quantum Physical Therapy & Wellness will offer 20% off coupons to participants, and TD Bank will give away ice-cold water, Frisbees, beach balls, and much more.
For a complete list of hosted events and more information visit Georgetown online and follow them on Twitter for Healthy Days of Summer giveaways starting on July 1st.
On Sunday, June 20, a beloved restaurant on
June 28, 2010
The wolf pack plays a key role in Eclipse especially. How did you prepare for such a physically demanding role? You spend the majority of the movies jumping back and forth between Paul the Human and Paul the wolf. How does it affect your ability to act when your character goes back and forth between human and computer generated wolf? Does it change your performance?
(The overwhelming majority of the young fans in line found themselves supporting Team Jacob when asked, but their mothers all proudly corrected their daughters, proclaiming themselves to be on Team Edward. Deacon agrees with the mother's assessment ... the barely legal Lautner is a bit of a stretch for even the most skilled cougar.)
June 27, 2010
It’s officially summer and there isn’t a better way to spend a sunny afternoon with the family than to visit the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. Conveniently located across from the Ballston Metro, this one of a kind market will bring out your inner artist.
Talk a walk through the shady, tree-lined Welburn Square and experience the local craft scene at its best with unique handcrafted items by the area’s most talented artists.
On the second Saturday of every month, from May to October, local artists and crafters will come together to offer one of a kind pieces to the community. This Market is great for the entire family to enjoy, grab lunch and experience the artsy
The 2010 market dates are: July 10, August 14, September 11, and October 9. Want to know more? Check out the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market blog!
On July 16-18, over 15 retailers, community and city organizations will host a variety of festive activities including raffle drawings, shopping and dining deals and holiday delights for all ages. There will also be carolers, historical tours, holiday trunk shows, food and wine tastings, fashion styling and much more. Have children? They can tag along and enjoy ornament making, story time, and arts and crafts.
In addition to the fun festivities, we must remember Christmas is the season for cheerful giving. During the three day celebration, participating businesses will have a donation box to collect toys for the Carpenters Shelter. Also, the proceeds from the raffle tickets will be donated to The American Cancer Society.
Find the events that interest you most and “Deck the Halls with boughs of holly” with your closest friends and family!
June 25, 2010
This fave Latin American treat is spiced up (literally) with a gourmet twist at Panas (which takes its name both from the shortening of empanada and and a Latin American slang for buddy or friend).
You'll likely want to take your 'pana' to go, as the 1,100 square foot resto is tiny, boasting only 13 seats. Thankfully, you can load up for very little - the treats are just $2 each. Enjoy the meaty faves like the Chipotle Steak with shredded sirloin steak, onion and chipotle sauce to vegetarian selections like the veggie Popeye with sautéed spinach, onions, raisins and goat cheese. Side salads with a Latin flair are also on the menu – the primavera with red pepper, corn, cilantro and black beans is a favorite as is the jicama salad with lettuce, mango and carrots.
Just go early - we predict a long line!
June 24, 2010
Twihards, take note! Your fave werewolf, Paul, aka Alex Meraz, is making an exclusive appearance at Nordstrom Montgomery Mall this weekend. In anticipation of the June 30th release of Eclipse, select cast members are appearing at Nordstrom stores around the country to connect with fans and celebrate both the movie's launch and Nordstrom's exclusive line of Twilight clothing.
Up to 200 fans will get the chance to enjoy a professional photo with the sexy werewolf, plus the chance to browse some of summer's hottest fashions. Deets here.
We'll be sending our resident Twi-hard to cover the event, so dress fashionably!
Our favorite looks? The brown leaf gold sheath and cashmere dress with sequined neck by Jason Wu, a natural long vest by Michael Kors, a Camel 'Vouant'-front jacket with rosette by Valentino and ecru one-sleve dress by Lanvin.
We're tres excited for fall after seeing this show - and ready to begin putting together our own Fall 2010 wishlist!
June 23, 2010
Every bride hopes for a wedding day as unique and wonderful as they are. Why should your wedding and engagement rings be any different? Explore acclaimed designers at fine jeweler Mia Gemma (a Deacon fave!) this weekend during their "Like None Other" bridal trunk show event.
If Deacon were in the market for a ring, we'd certainly be high-tailing it downtown to take a gander!
We admit we love pizza nights. Although our trainer might disagree, a little 'za in our life is a must in our book.
Perhaps that's why we're so in love with Silver Spring's Pacci’s Neapolitan Pizzeria.
Forget that delivery crap -- Italian chef
As guests enjoy the yummy food, they can also choose from Pacci’s selection of Italian wine including an organic assortment. Beer lovers also have the opportunity to savor real Italian birra to complement their pizzas. Ready for a pizza splurge soon? Visit Pacci’s ... we have a feeling it will make it worth your while!
June 22, 2010
Burning up? So are we. Cool down with a fro-yo happy hour between 4 and 6 PM today at Tangysweet's Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle locations. In celebration of their new "all you can indulge" topping promo, they're giving away free yogurt with, you guessed it, all you can fit toppings. Now that's one cool happy hour!
June 20, 2010
Got plans? Tonight, hop over to the Miss District of Columbia Pageant at the Lincoln Theatre (13th and U NW) to see who will take our 2010 title and represent the District at the Miss America Pageant. The competition will crown a new winner and bid goodbye to Jen Corey (left), the 2009 winner.
Click here to view the contestants.
Much like Miss America, the pageant will include a talent, swimsuit, and q&a portion (moderated by the exceptional K Street Kate).
Tickets can be purchased at the door (the show starts at 6:30) but arrive EARLY as there is no reserved seating.
June 19, 2010
We're excited to post that Deacon's hometown is getting their very first Nordstrom Rack, to arrive at Harbour Center on or around spring 2011. Maybe we're dating ourselves, but we can still remember when the first Nordstrom opened in the Annapolis mall 15 years ago - it was an exciting day!
The 32,000 square foot space is expected to open next to Office Depot (the former Bed, Bath & Beyond location?) and will carry merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com at 50-60% off original prices.
"We've been in Annapolis for over 15 years and we're thrilled about this opportunity to better serve our customers with a Nordstrom Rack," said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. "We can't wait to open our doors next spring and start helping more customers with our first Annapolis Rack."
More news to come closer to the opening!
June 18, 2010
Yesterday afternoon, we had the pleasure of taking tea with several of the spa industry's leading minds at the formal introduction of the Washington Spa Alliance, at The Jefferson hotel.
The mission of the organization is is to "act as a knowledge center, connecting spa professionals in the nation's greater capital region. WSPA works to promote the exchange of education and innovation in the field, and to ensure that the highest ideals of spa are met through policy and action."
We listened to a rousing speech by Debra Szekely, founder of the famed Rancho La Puerta and Golden Door Spa, as she motivated audience members to action and shared some of her insights from more than 70 years of experience in the spa industry. “This is a singular time in our nation's history when Washington is looking closely at how our country can be healthier.” She added, “Americans increasingly have turned to spas to learn about the importance of diet and exercise, the benefits of organic plant-based diets, to re-define ideas of beauty and well-being, and to learn techniques of stress-reduction, and preventive medicine.”
Attendees and board members present included Szekely, Mary Bemis of Organic Spa Magazine, Bernard "Bernie" Burt of SpaGoer.com, Laurie Dieter of Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Mary Gendron of Middleton & Gendron, Inc., Mary-Elizabeth "Muffin" Gifford of Island Outpost, and Ada Polla of Alchimie Forever. Media included Stephanie Green of the Huffington Post, Kelly Collis Frederick of City Shop Girl and Kate Michael of K Street Kate.
We look forward to hearing more about the initiatives of this wonderful organization during the coming months and particularly during the iSpa national convention in November, this year taking place in our very own Washington DC at the Gaylord hotel.
Additionally, WSPA will hold an annual symposium as well as ongoing news-maker events, share best practices, and engage in advocacy. WSPA’s First Annual Symposium will be held at the National Press Club on March 24, 2011.
Thank you to the DC Goodwill Fashionista blog for inviting us to do a guest post on our recent trip to Lake Como. We chose to highlight the fabulous shopping and fashions of the area, particularly our trip to Fox Town, an outlet just over the border in Switzerland. Read and enjoy!
June 16, 2010
If you haven't already heard, Deacon spent five days in the beautiful paradise that is Lake Como a few weeks ago. Our coverage is finally starting to go live. Check out this first review, via Luxist.com.
As we were scheduling our regular weekly updates today, we noticed that the number of blog articles was at 999 - we were fast approaching our 1,000th post. To be honest, we would love to have planned a great giveaway or a fantastic contest, but, true to this blog's humble beginnings, a simple THANK YOU will have to suffice. DeaconDoesDC was started as the musings of a very curious puppy and a young writer thinking she was *just* starting a graduate school project that would include her mother and father as readers. In under two years, we've seen traffic grow to the thousands per month and have launched a national writing career that has taken us to countries including Mexico, Switzerland and Italy for publications like Robb Report, Luxist, and JuliB and of course, back to our District roots at The Washingtonian, ReMarriage Magazine and DailyCandy.
This very afternoon, we're speaking at a panel discussion on advanced social media techniques at Digital Capital Week, talking to the area's best public relations professionals and writers about how to better leverage your own social media profiles to network and expand one's own professional circles.
The blog continues to grow in traffic each month and we've hired our very first summer intern. We've broken news on DC's reality TV craze, visited a Barbie convention, and tracked the world's best bathrooms with a view. True to our "District and Beyond motto," Deacon Does DC will continue to bring you, our readers, the very latest in fashion, food, fun and beyond.
We welcome your feedback as we move into the next chapter of the blog, and of course invite you to send questions, comments and fan mail (preferably in the form of Wubbas and treats) to Deacon himself at email@example.com.
Thanks again for reading!
Deacon and McLean
We're already in love with Hotel Madera's Firefly restaurant (have you had their mac n' cheese? Amazing.) but one of our faves has gotten even hotter with the addition of a new Bloody Mary brunch option to add to their already great $1 Mimosa special. For just $3, you can add a BM to your entree, which includes options like green eggs & ham (spinach, gruyere and ham quiche) and Pop Pop's French Toast (orange and vanilla-dipped challah with apple-raisin compote and maple syrup).
But it gets even better - on Saturday, June 26th, Firefly is including a gratis BM with any brunch entree purchase from 9 AM - 2 PM. If that wasn't a reason to go out to brunch, we don't know what is.
We've always loved Annapolis boutique Diva, and now they're more convenient to visit than ever. Swing through Harbor Center and visit their new location, just next to the Starbucks and near some of our other fave Annapolis stores like South Moon Under, Matava Shoes, and of course, The Fresh Market. We have a feeling this move will be damaging to our wallets!
June 15, 2010
Want to learn about the ins and outs of social media and social media marketing? Deacon is hosting a session tomorrow during Digital Capital Week to help marketers and bloggers alike better learn how to use social media tools to gain new business and strengthen existing relationships.
We're hosting a panel with Kristina Libby and Debra W at 2:00 p.m. Register here for the main event tickets here and check out the session's specific details here.
We hope to see you!
June 14, 2010
We've traveled to a lot of great places, but on our list is any resort by Banyan Tree, including their newest and latest resort, Al Wadi. The first desert resort in the UAE to offer an all-pool villa concept, Banyan Tree Al Wadi brings an oasis of indulgence to guests complete with 3,000 square meters of Asian-inspired hydrotherapy spa and fitness facilities, a dedicated nature reserve, a private beach club and an 18-hole championship golf course.
To sweeten the deal, Banyan Tree Al Wadi is offering a special “Summer of Indulgence” special pay 2, stay 3 promotion. Guests who book a two-night stay will receive a third night free. In addition, guests who book the “Summer of Indulgence” package will receive complimentary daily breakfast, a welcome drink for up to two people, use of the hydrotherapy spa rain forest experience and all subsequent nights at the best available rate with breakfast.
If you stay before September 30, you'll also receive your choice of a free round of golf for two, a three course dinner for two, a private falconry show, or a 90-minute massage session for two.
So if you're looking to create your own Sex and the City 2-style experience, this looks like a great deal!!
June 13, 2010
June 12, 2010
Is your dad's idea of the best Father’s Day full of meat and beer? If so, grab the “old feller” and head down to Old Town's
On Father’s Day, dads qualify for all-day ‘Eco Hour’ pricing on cold canned beers from $2-5 at Jackson 20 Restaurant. In addition to Happy Hour, Chef Marron will offer his classic Southern-inspired brunch menu along with a sliced Prime Rib carving station special featuring sliced prime rib (naturally), green bean salad, potato salad, roasted red potatoes, and smashed potatoes ($20). For dinner, Marron will prepare a Bone-In Rib Roast braised with Moo Thunder Stout and served with
June 11, 2010
This Father’s Day get dad in touch with his British side at "contemporary gastropub" and British-Isle bistro, AGAINN, on the corner of
Treat Dad to one of three new beer floats fro summer, including Guinness Beer Float with Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream,
There isn't a better way to spend the longest three days of the year than shopping in Old Town Alexandria.
Members of The Old Town Boutique District are welcoming summer with three days of sales, gifts and events. Stop by participating stores
Events and discounts include designer trunk shows at The Shoe Hive and The Full Cup, storytimes and craft classes for children at Hooray for Books, pick your own discounts at Monday’s Child and Pink and Brown and discounts on summer clothes at Treat just to name a few. For other participating merchants visit Old Town Boutique District online.
Go ahead, splurge and enjoy three days of discounts just in time for summer!
For one month every four years, the festivities of the FIFA World Cup captivate people worldwide. This year,
Interested in more information? Visit
Reminisce about good ol’ soccer days as kids while you enjoy great food, drinks, and live games at
If you're a loyal reader, you already know about Deacon's obsession with Kimpton hotels, including the many DC locations. The unique blend of style and quirk appeals to our senses, and the cost (usually quite affordable) is a balm to our often stretched wallets.
That's why we're particularly excited about the opening of Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel, in NYC's North Chelsea neighborhood. After all, writers often have to make jaunts to the Big Apple and one of our editor's offices is conveniently right in Chelsea.
"We are thrilled to bring Eventi to life," says Thomas Mathes, general manager of Eventi. "Eventi brings a new personality to the New York hotel scene and North Chelsea. Our guests can look forward to experiencing pleasant surprises complimented with distinctive Kimpton service as cornerstones of the Eventi livestyle."
Eventi's public areas, opening later this year, include an outdoor public plaza featuring a 20-foot media art screen along with a multi-level Food Parc and Basque concept restaurant from China Grill Management that create an energy, vibrancy and excitement which transforms a place to stay into a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The hotel's "Mind.Body.Spa." wellness program will offer an on-site fifth floor spa with three luxurious treatment rooms while On-Demand yoga, Pilates and meditation channels will be available in guestrooms as well as complimentary yoga accessories upon request. In-room spa treatments can be arranged with advance notice.
June 10, 2010
Looking for somewhere casual to take dad for a treat on Father’s Day? Why not satisfy him with three of his favorites” burgers, beer and Bloody Marys at Westend Bistro?
At Westend Bistro, on Sunday, June 20 from 1 to 4 p.m, first-class Father’s can savor a hearty feast which includes a Pineland Farm burger from the Burger Bar, with choice of 12 unique toppings; Traditional Picnic Sides served family style; Unlimited Buckets of Beer and Unlimited Customized Bloody Marys from the build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar. To top off the man-size menu, Dad’s will be treated to an Ice Cream Sundae Bar featuring Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla ice creams and a selection of fresh toppings.
The price is $49 for adults and $24 for children 12 and under, and includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. For reservations, please call
We may have spent the past six months jetsetting from one location to the next, but an unlikely spot we've yet to hit is none other than our own Kentucky, home to the 21C Museum Hotel. Voted #1 in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler and #6 in the world, this intimate boutique hotel has piqued our interest for both its location and its acclaim. While we've been longtime fans of Kentucky thanks to our interest in horse racing, it's the hotel that will probably spur our first visit.
Today, we learned of 21c's next planned location, in yet another unlikely locale - Bentonville, Arkansas. The estimated $28 million project will be based on the core concept created for the award-winning 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville. The hotel is expected to break ground this fall and open in 2012. Project investors include a Walton family partnership (of WalMart), Bentonville Revitalization, Inc. and 21c Museum Hotels
21c Museum Hotels also are under development in Cincinnati, Ohio and Austin, Texas with plans to develop 15 properties over the next three to five years.
"We created the first hotel in 2006 as much out of our love of the arts and revitalization of downtown Louisville, as we did for a hotel investment," says Steve Wilson, founder and chairman of 21c Museum Hotels. "21c Museum Hotels is about bringing people together with art and each other in new ways," Wilson noted. "We succeed by providing a lively cultural experience for travelers and community residents alike. This hotel will be a creative, educational and civic resource for the people of Northwest Arkansas, as well as add some 160 jobs to the local economy."
Originally, the founders had no plans to expand outside of Louisville. However, the hotel's success both as a hotel and art museum attracted the attention of other civic-minded community leaders around the world who were interested in adding to the existing cultural and arts scene in their hometowns.
"The growth of 21c Museum Hotels is something that has happened organically," says Michael Bonadies, president and CEO. "Our developments will focus on dynamic cities, both large and small, that have a thirst for contemporary cultural, dining and hospitality destinations, and where there is a strong local partner."
"The best days for Bentonville and its downtown are ahead," said Mayor Bob McCaslin. "Today's announcement only increases the excitement that already exists around the future opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This prestigious facility will help complete the transformation of Bentonville into a world renowned destination."
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a new complex in a 100-acre park currently under construction with a permanent collection of American art ranging from the colonial era to contemporary works. The iconic wood and glass building will house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large auditorium. The Museum will be linked to downtown Bentonville by sculpture and walking trails and will be located approximately a quarter mile from 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Bentonville.
21c will be located on the northeast corner of the Bentonville town square within walking distance of not only Crystal Bridges but also the worldwide headquarters of Walmart. Like the Louisville museum and hotel, it will be woven into the fabric of downtown, welcoming both visitors and members of the community to experience its rotating exhibitions, participate in its programs and enjoy its culinary offerings. With more than 12,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space, 21c will present curated, rotating exhibitions, dynamic installations and live art events. Exhibition space will be open to the public free of charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The preliminary plan features a five-story contemporary building with an active street level presence. The hotel will offer a spa, fitness center and other amenities. The hotel also will feature a restaurant that supports sustainable agriculture and serves contemporary cuisine showcasing locally grown and produced ingredients. It also will showcase the 21 Museum Hotel's iconic penguins, created by Cracking Art Group.
Design Architect Deborah Berke & Partners, who created the cutting-edge 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, will collaborate with Little Rock-based firm Polk Stanly Wilcox and Louisville-based co-developer Poe Companies on the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. The property in Bentonville will be designed, constructed, and operated incorporating green practices and using sustainable materials.
We're very interested to see this hotel progress, but not sure we'll visit Bentonville unless it's for an assignment. What are your thoughts?
June 9, 2010
Grab your friends and get ready for cross over’s, corners, and slide tackles for this year’s highly anticipated World Cup. Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar is offering a more luxurious World Cup experience starting on June 11th, where guests can watch the games live while enjoying South African wines and great food.
On the weekends, full brunch service and the restaurant’s signature ‘Bottomless Bellinis’ will also be available at the bar starting at . Dinner and bar patrons can celebrate in some of the winnings too—when
And for those who simply can’t get away to watch live matches, Urbana will show reruns during happy hour serving a special selection of $5 small plates in addition to regular happy hour specials from 5-8 p.m.
For additional information on specials visit
Give yourself a break this summer. BLT Steak knows how hard you’re working, so after a long day in the stacks, wind down and treat yourself to a well deserved dinner.
From May 25th until Labor Day Weekend, Summer Associates at all DC law firms receive 10% off their dining bill at BLT Steak, Washington DC’s premier bistro steakhouse when a summer associate law firm is presented to honor this offer.
Go ahead big spender and take a bite of this deal! We would love for you to treat us to a hearty steak dinner.
Take a sip of this opportunity to add a little spice to your homemade concoctions.
BOURBON STEAK is raising a glass to aspiring bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts with its very first mixology class. Led by ace mixologist
In addition to guests enjoying their own creations, there will be an opportunity to taste dishes made especially for the occasion by Executive Chef
Following the mixology class, BOURBON STEAK will present each participant with a mixology tool kit filled with house made bitters and unique handpicked spirits.Although the class is a little pricy at $95, including tax and gratuity, we think it’s a great steal! The class will be held on Sunday, June 27 from – . Make your reservations now.
We're a big fan of Thompson Hotels, an elite collection of service and design-driven hotels, and a particular favorite of the DC location (Donovan House). Now, Thompson Hotels is adding a 'cross the pond location to their portfolio with the addition of Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel, scheduled to open in summer 2011.
Tara Bernerd and architectural design by EPR Architects. The 85-room hotel will include an 80-seat signature restaurant, a library bar and a fitness center.
"Our first hotel, 60 Thompson in NY, was ideologically based on the intimacy of British hotels," says Jason Pomeranc, co-owner of Thompson Hotels. "Blending traditional British hospitality with an American bohemian attitude, Belgraves will interpret the Thompson luxury experience in London, joining the on-going creative movement in design, dining and art that is currently forging the "new Britannia".
"Belgraves is iconic for location alone," commented Tara Bernerd, the hotel's interior designer. "We intend on creating a rich, eclectic and tactile design that combines traditional elegance with a modern architectural language."
as summer approaches, so does your sunny disposition. get on pins and needles, rock the runway and remember to only have eyes for you with this list of june picks:
01. pins and needles.
think politics and pretty don't mix? think again.
madeline albright, former secretary of state,
brings her world-famous collection of jewelry in a
special exhibit to accompany her book, read my
pins. view her collection, ranging from dime store
purchases to designer creations and family
heirlooms. you'll enjoy more than a century's
worth of jewelry and a glimpse into the feminine
side of an extraordinary world leader. opens june
18th. smithsonian castle. 1400 constitution
avenue. at 14th. 202.633.1000.
02. top toques.
celebrate the east coast's best chefs in a
one-of-a-kind food and wine event at park hyatt
washington as they gather to present three days of
tastings, events and demonstrations. toques from
the DC's own blue duck tavern, blackberry farm and
more will join wineries like ferrari-carano and
caymus to showcase the beauty of sustainable
cuisine and farm-to-table living. splurge on the
four-night package offering overnight
accommodations, transportation, meals, private
farmer's market tours and a special wine education
class at the hotel. 1201 24th street, NW. near M.
03. eyes for you.
feast your eyes and ears on harry connick, jr.
and his orchestra as he takes the DC stage for one
night only to celebrate his new grammy-nominated
release, your songs. these romantic takes and his
easy-on-the-eyes stage presence will ensure you'll
fall in love with his takes on pop classics from
elton john, the beatles and more. june 15th. the
filene center at wolf trap. 1551 trap road. near
route 7. 1.877.wolftrap.
04. rockin' the runway.
the bollywood fashion will be in full force and
you just might catch a glimpse of the famed white
house party crashers at america's polo cup's
rockin' the runway party on friday night.
celebrating the next day's polo match against
india, the salahi-organized event has fallen under
serious scrutiny since their antics were made
public last fall. but it's worth attending just to
see the trainwreck-that-might-be a future "real
housewife of DC" get dolled up in her friday night
best. june 11th. national mall.
June 7, 2010
It's summertime in the city, and that means we're often spending our weekday evenings on the patio. Skip the at-home lounging in favor of Pentagon Row's Thursday night concert series. From 7-9 PM, you'll get a free outdoor concert, plus food samplings, giveaways and merchant specials. Plus, each week someone will get a $200 value prize from a Pentagon Row shop or restaurant. Whoever said you can't get something for nothing must have not heard about this event!!