Whether you’re in Washington DC, Northern Virginia or the other side of the country, I think we can all agree that we’re looking to get and give less stuff and have more experiences. Families all over the US are becoming (or trying to become) minimalists. The DC Metro area is one of the best places to give an experience, as we are surrounded by historical places and outdoor recreation. Here are three experiences to give your loved ones this Christmas.
For the Dare-Devil: Zip Lining (and more) at Adventure Parks at Sandy Spring
Did you know that the largest man-made outdoor climbing park in the world is in Maryland? With almost 250 unique climbing and zipping challenges, the adventure-lover in your family is going to love this place. It’s family-friendly with challenges suited for as young as 5-years-old, all the way up to the more advanced “double black diamond” obstacles for experienced climbers. You can choose from different packages to gift — a day pass, a 10 pass, a season pass, or a gift card. Might we suggest you tie up the package with a rope and fasten it with a carabiner for extra effect?
For the Golf-Obsessed: Playing Lesson with a PGA Pro in Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia neighborhoods like Reston and Falls Church are known for their beautiful golf courses, and the residents that are happy to keep them in business. If you have a golf aficionado in your family, consider the ultimate gift — a lesson with a PGA Professional. Cover skills like course management, routine, process, developing a shot plan, proper stance for each shot you take, and more. The lesson includes cart and green fees at the Bull Run Golf Club. Choose a date beforehand or let your gift recipient choose the date after you’ve gifted it.
For the Foodie: Capitol Hill Food Tour
Capitol Hill. One of the oldest and largest residential communities in Washington DC. The Hill became an obvious choice for many federal government employees who worked in the city, and quickly grew to accommodate them all. Now Pennsylvania Avenue has become a thriving hot spot for specialty shops, national retailers, and most notably — restaurants, bars, and cafes. There is no shortage of foodies in Washington DC, so we know this will work for somebody on your list: The Capitol Hill Food Tour. Give the gift of a three-hour food guide, sampling a wide variety of food and drink — from the Navy Yard to Barracks Row, and everything in between. Find out through food how the neighborhood has evolved over the years. And experience how various cultures have influenced the area — from Salvadorian, to Belgian, to Spanish cuisine.