Spring has finally sprung in the DMV, which means outdoor activites are finally back on the agenda. From picnics to scenic cruises, check out our favorite spots for catching a breath of fresh air.
Early Mountain Vineyards Steal away to one of Virgina's best vineyards for a an afternoon of wine tasting, live music (on select days) and exploring the sprawling, lush property. Expansive picnic tables out back provide the ideal spot for sunning yourself while snacking and savoring. 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison, Va., 540.948.9005, earlymountain.com
Embrace Outdoor Dining Warm weather invites the opportunity to wine-and-dine outdoors once again. Try one of Union Market’s dining experiences such as Hi-Lawn At The Rooftop, where outdoor dining meets stunning 360-degree city views. 1309 5th St., 301.347.3998, unionmarketdc.com
The Gardens at Cathedral Heights As the springtime weather approaches, the 59-acre grounds surrounding the National Cathedral are practically begging for frolicking. Meticulous gardens, lush lawns and manicured grounds transform this space into the perfect place for an early spring picnic. 3101 Wisconsin Ave., 202.537.6200, cathedral.org
Meridian Hill Park Lounge the day away at this 12-acre, romantic neoclassical garden featuring a variety of statues to admire and North America’s largest cascading fountain. Designed in 1912, the grassy knolls and architecture of the Columbia Heights park allows picnickers to feel as if they are in the midst of a European oasis. 16th St. NW. & W St. NW., 202.895.6000, nps.gov/places/meridian-hill-park.htm
Rock Creek Park Horse Center Visit with horses right in the city! It’s the only public horse riding center located within city limits. Trail rides, lessons, camps and boarding make this surprisingly verdant park a luxurious equestrian excursion. 5100 Glover Road. NW, rockcreekhorsecenter.com
Sunset Cruise Views There's not better way to enjoy late sunsets than with a luxury cruise on the Potomac River. A cocktail or glass of wine accompanies views of Roosevelt Island, the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center, to name a few. Plus, seafarers will get an unbeatable view of D.C.’s world-class cherry blossoms. 3050 K St., 301.460.7447, capitolrivercruises.com