What could you be doing if you didn’t have to battle the heat and bugs to keep your landscape looking well maintained and beautiful? We’ve compiled a list of 30 things you could be doing when you leave the yard work and landscape maintenance to us.
You could be…
1…antiquing. We live in an area full of antiques! Try Leesburg, Fredericksburg, Winchester, or Frederick, MD for some good finds.
2… having a water gun fight. With or without kids, there’s nothing better to beat the summer heat than an old fashioned water gun showdown.
3… reading a good book. Did you know that there are 600,000 to 1,000,000 new books published in the United States every year?
4… trying out a new recipe. Cucumber salad? Yes, please.
5… visiting the zoo. Have you seen Bei Bei, the new Giant Panda cub? How about Jetty, the sea lion? If you haven’t been out to the National Zoo lately, it’s worth the trip.
6… taking a nap. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance.”
7… writing an old friend. Bring back the lost art of writing. Think of how thrilled one of your friends would be to find an actual handwritten letter from you in their mailbox!
8… trying a new restaurant. Maybe you’ll find a po-boy made of burnt ends (Sweet Nola’s in Winchester) or Whiskey Duck Nachos (Monocacy Crossing in Frederick) – whatever it is, it’ll be worth the drive.
9… riding roller coasters at Kings Dominion. Another kid favorite, sometimes it’s easy to forget that we live so close to an amusement park. If rides aren’t your thing, check out their water park for something a little more refreshing.
10… picking some fruits and vegetables. Loudoun County is full of farms where you can pick your own peaches, apples, tomatoes, and more. Just check out www.loudounfarms.org for some ideas.
11… visiting a Farmer’s Market. If picking isn’t for you, then try out something fresh from your local farmer.
12… planning a vacation. We’re pretty sure that finding a last minute cruise or vacation deal is way more exciting than weed whacking. Ocean City? Great Wolf Lodge?
13… boating or fishing. We have some really neat places to go boating and fishing in this area. Try Lake Anna or Colonial Beach for a fun weekend trip.
14… shopping. Both Leesburg and Hagerstown offer some great outlet mall deals. If you prefer buying local, check out Middleburg or Vienna for one-of-a-kind boutiques.
15… watching TV. Whether or not you feel like binge-watching the latest Netflix release is up to you. We just recommend that you do it in the air-conditioned comfort of your family room.
16… going to the Family Drive-In Theatre. Yes Virginia, there is a drive-in. A short (and beautiful) drive to Stephens City, VA will get you a double feature and some popcorn. Check out www.thefamilydriveintheatre.com for scheduling.
17… spending time on your favorite hobby. From woodworking to knitting, think of the free time you’ll have when you no longer have to do yard work!
18… checking out a local concert. Leesburg hosts a free concert series, Acoustic on the Green, and brings in acts at the Tally Ho Theatre. You can also check out Wolf Trap, Jiffy Lube Live, or Jammin’ Java for live shows, as well as Friday Night Rocks in Herndon (HerndonRocks.com)
19… relaxing by the pool. Even the kids will approve of this one! There’s nothing more relaxing than laying back in a lounge chair by the water.
20… learning new things at the Smithsonian. There are eleven Smithsonian museums just on the National Mall.
21… discovering new artists. The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria is open daily and boasts the nation’s largest collection of working artists’ studios under one roof.
22… finding new wines. Northern Virginia is a haven for wine lovers. Spend a day touring new wineries.
23… finding new beers. Northern Virginia is also a haven for beer lovers, with new breweries popping up all over the place.
24… hiking around the falls. Great Falls Park is just down the road. With 800 scenic acres, you’ll never run out of trails.
25… soaking up history in Harpers Ferry. Visit the John Brown Wax Museum, shop, hike, or bike where the Potomac River meets the Shenandoah.
26… tubing or rafting. Float down Antietam Creek or the Shenandoah River in a canoe, tube, or kayak. The more, the merrier.
27… walking through a Civil War battlefield. The history Civil War is all around us here in Northern Virginia. Check out Manassas, Balls Bluff, or Chancellorsville.
28… eating some ice cream. From the custard stand in Winchester to Rita’s in the Village at Leesburg, there’s plenty of that delicious cold stuff to sample.
29… taking a trip to Stratford Hall. All ages will enjoy learning about the four generations of the Lee family that lived at this historic mansion in Westmoreland County, VA.
30… watching baseball. What’s better than America’s favorite pastime? Nats Park and Camden Yards are both great places to take in a game. If you want something cheaper (and more low-key), try out the Purcellville Cannons or the Frederick Keys.
It’s your time; so make the most of it!
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