Category Archives: Activities
The former Four P’s location will reopen as the Uptown Tap House on September 12. The restaurant, owned by the same group that owns McFadden’s and Sign of the Whale, will open with a “neighborhood night” – an unbelievable opportunity to get a free 3-course dinner. Take a look at the announcement below for more information on the Uptown Tap House opening. You must make an email reservation by September 11 to enjoy this free dinner.
Uptown Tap House
Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20008
We’d been hoping to make it Harpers Ferry for quite awhile, so we were quite excited to make the trip this summer. Of course, we also couldn’t resist hitting up the Maryland wineries we saw along the way. Here was our itinerary:
10:00 am – Leave Cleveland Park. Head North on I-270.
11:00 am – First stop, Elk Run Vineyards. Turn off 1-270 just past Germantown. Just past Mt. Airy, you’ll find a cluster of wineries with cute small tasting rooms situated in the middle of small vineyards in the rolling hills of Maryland. In the tasting room, you can pick six wines to try from their large selection–we particularly enjoyed some of their award-winning reds. For those currently into the Rose trend, they also had a tasty, summery rose.
11:30 am – Next stop, Black Ankle Vineyards. Just down the road, you’ll find Black Ankle Vineyards, where you can sip five of their wines in their gorgeous new eco-friendly tasting room, made mostly from materials grown on-site. While there, grab a light lunch of local cheese and salami and a baguette.
12:30 pm – Finish the wine tour at Loew Vineyards. There’s a reason we put this winery after lunch – their sweet wines seem most appropriate for after dinner sipping. But for their low tasting fee, it was fun to try some dessert-y (many containing fruit) wines in their tiny tasting room.
2:00 pm – Arrive at Harpers Ferry, WV. We took US-340 W straight down to Harpers Ferry. Plan to park outside the town, where you can take a shuttle in to the sites. (For any history buffs: Make sure to stop off at the shuttle stop Bolivar Heights, a former Civil War site, where we got to see a Civil War reinactment!) Enjoy stepping back in time for an afternoon while visiting this influential historical town where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet. There’s something for everyone in this little town – hiking, shopping, museums, and lots of picturesque views.
6:00 pm – Head back to Cleveland Park. After a long day, you’ll be back in time for a relaxing evening.
Tip: If you go during the summer months, make sure to stop at some of the farm stands along the side of the road. Great way to go locavore and fill up your fridge with lots of delicious veggies without paying Whole Foods prices.
Looking to make it a weekend trip? Head over to Charlestown, WV and spend a night watching horse races at Charlestown Races & Slots.
This afternoon at the Uptown Theater workers completed maintenance to the awning in preparation for what should be a big night for the historical movie theater. As you can see, the theater has even added a 3:45 AM showing for the Dark Knight Rises, the latest Batman movie that has been causing waves throughout the internet, including on Rotten Tomatoes where comments on the film were suspended.
3426 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Washington, DC
Beginning late Thursday night, you may see a queue forming outside the Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park. The culprit will be the new Batman movie, the Dark Knight Rises. Opening at 12:01am Friday morning, the movie is expected to be a huge hit. IMDB users voted it the most anticipated movie of the year. The Dark Knight (2008) was IMDB’s most search movie (over the last 10 years).
Can’t stay awake for the midnight showing? The Dark Knight Rises will play all weekend (and likely for some time) at the Uptown Theater. This weekend’s showtimes are listed below.
Friday July 20, 2012
12:01a – 11:00a – 3:00p – 7:05p – 11:15p
Saturday July 21, 2012
11:00a – 3:00p – 7:05p – 11:15p
Sunday July 22, 2012
11:00a – 3:00p – 7:05p
AMC Loews Uptown 1
3426 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC
The Cleveland Park library will hold a book sale tomorrow, June 23, from 10am to 4pm. We’re excited about this sale because it’s a special sidewalk sale. It’s looking to be a little cooler on Saturday with less humidity so it should be a good morning to get out and enjoy the sale
and farmer’s market. Now’s a great time to stock up on your summer reading and the sale promises a “great selection of books, including books on tape & CD, for your vacation pleasure.”
Missing the sale? Stop by the book store (in the library near the circulation desk).
Questions about the sale? Call Nathalie Black at (202) 362-3599
Cleveland Park Public Library
3310 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20008
It looks like it will be a lovely weekend in the neighborhood, and with more Red Line single tracking scheduled, it will be a great time to explore the neighborhood on foot. So grab a cup of coffee, take a morning stroll, and check out one of these neighborhood parks or walking paths:
1. Woodley Playground – This smallpark, found at Devonshire Pl. and Cortland Pl. (and seen above), contains nice, wooded trails.
2. Tregaron – Located on the Washington International School campus, visit the “trails, meadow and woodlands” at this estate.
4. Rock Creek Park – We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the lovely Rock Creek Park walking trails right in our back yard. Here’s a trail map, if you’re looking to check out a new part of the park.
5. Melvin Hazen Park Trail – You may have walked by this trail, located on the east side of Connecticut Ave. between Segwick and Rodman, dozens of times without noticing it. Quickly escape the busyness of Connecticut Ave. by walking this trail down to Rock Creek Park.
With blue skies and temperatures in the 70s predicted, this weekend looks like it will provide a couple gorgeous afternoons for a good date night. We suggest a stroll down to Woodley Park to take in some afternoon art, followed by an evening cocktail, sipped in on of the neighborhood’s outdoor cafes.
The Stamford Art Gallery in Woodley has historically featured great small exhibits, so we were excited to see a new opening at the gallery this month. The exhibit, Artists of Woodley Park, will run until July 15 and features works from a collection of both professional and amateur local artists and contains jewelry, pottery, photography, glasswork, charcoal drawings, prints, and paintings. The gallery is open until 7 pm on weeknights and 6 pm on weekends.
After perusing the gallery, you only need to walk down Connecticut to find several outdoor cafes, many with afternoon specials. We’ve noticed that the summertime crowd has already hit the patio of the perennial favorite, Medaterra, known for their cheap frozen drinks. The bar’s happy hour specials run from 4 pm to close on weekends. We would also recommend District Kitchen, which we hear has some great creative cocktails, or (our favorite) the gin and tonic tasting at The Gin Joint.
Great news! Tonight at Dino (well the patio outside Dino), you can get free samples from the Sinplicity Ice Cream Truck. From 6-8 PM tonight, the truck will set-up alongside Dino so you try its myriad varieties of ice cream and sorbet. Even better, Dino will extend its Happy Hour so you can grab an cheap drink or bite after the event. Take a look at Sinplicity’s full menu, I’m sure that you’ll find something that sounds delicious. It’s not every day a food truck stops in Cleveland Park, let alone one giving away freebies, be sure to stop by!
With DC Yoga Week beginning on Sunday, yoga deals are abundant this week! Here’s 5 we’re exited about in (or near) the neighborhood:
1. Unity Woods Yoga – The Woodley Park studio is offering two free classes on Friday, May 18, and daily classes for $5.
2. City Fitness Gym – This Cleveland Park gym features free yoga in May.
3. Bikram Yoga Dupont - It’s worth the short walk down Connecticut to check out this hot yoga studio who’s offering $5 classes all week.
4. Circle Yoga DC – Walk up Connecticut to visit this studio, offering yoga for adults and kids as well as mindfulness bases sessions for $5.
5. Cleveland Park Library – Always a Cleveland Parker favorite, the library continues its free yoga on Tuesday nights!
We were excited when the Post announced in April that a farmers market would be coming to Cleveland Park, but upon further investigation, we learned that permit issues might complicate its opening. We’ve now confirmed, however, that a new farmers market is expected to come to the neighborhood this summer.
Market manager Gloria Garrett tells us that there’s still some details to be worked out, but it’s expected to open the first weekend in June. In addition, rather than the Macomb St. location, as previously reported by the Post, the market will now likely take place on the west side of Connecticut Ave. (A similar market, which runs along 14th and U St., is very popular.) We’re excited that the new location will be convenient for neighborhood residents and should bring more visitors to the local businesses. Garrett also manages the Sunday Palisades Farmers Market, and we’re hoping that the Cleveland Park market will feature many of the same local vendors. We will update as soon as we hear more details on vendors and the market’s schedule.
Great news bibliophiles! This weekend will be the spring book sale at the Cleveland Park Library. The sale will take place on May 5 from noon to 4 PM. This sale will feature 1000s of books from myriad genres. I can guarantee that you will find something to enjoy this summer – a great way to stock up for the joys of summer reading. Proceeds benefit the local branch and system wide programming.
It’s no secret that we at Cleveland Parker love finding great wine in the neighborhood. Especially when it’s free. So before you head out this Friday or Saturday night, we wanted to pass along a couple free tastings scheduled for this weekend at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits:
1. May 4th from 5-8 pm, Tasting from JAQK Cellars
Come to taste seven wines from this new California winery, JAQK Cellars, including their “High Roller” Cabernet Sauvignon and “Charmed” Sauvignon Blanc. Sweets from Firehook will also be on hand at this event. The store promises “deep discounts” on the wines, though we’re not sure what those are yet. An RSVP is requested for this event at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. May 5th from 2-6 pm, Tasting of Wines from Argentina and Spain
Saturday afternoon, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits will also be offering a free tasting, though this one appears to be more low-key than Friday evening’s event. The store promises a little education on wines from Argentina and Spain as you sip.
For these and all other events in the neighborhood, be sure to check out our Events Calendar.