In 1949, William E. Miller—known as W.E. to his friends—opened Rosecroft Raceway, transforming a 120-acre farm into a showcase for the exciting standardbred racing that had begun to take the nation by storm. After briefly closing in 2008, the track soon reopened, hoping to reclaim W.E.’s legacy with fast-paced action seven nights a week. Every day, simulcasts convey harness- and quarter-horse races from across the country as visitors place bets on which steeds will attempt to chew their jockeys’ hats. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, hooves pound the dirt during live contests as chefs prepare everything from mozzarella sticks to succulent spare ribs in the Terrace Dining Room.
As a mother, student, and business owner, Millie Holmes was no stranger to coordinating a jam-packed schedule. Bogged down with so many commitments, she yearned for the helping hand of a personal assistant just like the ones she now staffs at Millie in the City Concierge Services. Her employees tackle myriad errands, from picking up dry cleaning to planning events to walking the dog. Fashion-savvy assistants can also act as personal shoppers, finding the perfect gift or sweater set thanks to their thorough efficiency coupled with a knowledge of current trends.
The FAA-certified flight instructors at GT Aviation, LLC launch novice pilots safely skyward during each lesson. Students begin in the brick-and-mortar flight school, where teachers versed in the FAA curriculum impart basic knowledge of plane instruments and functions. Pupils then hop into the cockpit of an aircraft for an hour of in-flight training, taking the controls, revving the engine, and singing "Danger Zone" as they ascend into the atmosphere. Upon cresting the clouds, high fliers swoop over the Potomac River while honing navigation skills under the instructor's watchful eye. The lesson whets appetites for adventure in the wild blue yonder, and allows prospective pilots to test their mettle and develop witty in-flight banter before beginning the journey toward complete FAA certification.
Gaylord National Resort - ICE! immortalizes beloved holiday characters by carving them into ice. More than two million pounds of it went into the creation of this year's theme: Frosty the Snowman. What came out were colorful reindeer, homes bedecked in icicles, and scenes of Frosty frolicking with the neighborhood kids, all masterfully carved out of ice. You can even zip down frozen slides that are more than two stories tall. Watch how it all comes together at live ice-carving demos inside The Frostbite Factory.
The magic doesn't stop when you leave the exhibit; the atrium outside sparkles with more than two million lights, strung through trees, hanging banners, and a red giant snowflake. The indoor spectacle includes a choreographed water fountain that "dances" to holiday music and a nightly snowfall, the result of a binding legal agreement between humans and clouds.
S.J. Koch Duffy's electric boats are eco-conscious, as they don't burn any fuel. Emitting zero emissions, the 22- and 18-foot rental boats provide breathtaking views upon departure from any of the company's two regional watery locales. Based on the harbor of choice, renters can take the canopied vessels floating by Annapolis's US Naval Academy, along the waterfront restaurants of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. On board, a built-in stereo system emits an energetic score to each renter's adventure. Duffy's website claims the boats are as easy to drive as a golf cart, but also offers training for new drivers. Self-propelled adventures are also popular, as the company also rents paddleboats and kayaks.
Calleva at National Harbor organizes adventures that traverse land, water, and air, each designed to inspire the intrepid with the bounties of nature. A terra-based encounter, the guided bike ride over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Mount Vernon Trail combines the thrill of physical activity with the wonder of american bald eagle and bald presidential monument sightings. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekends, pedal pumpers are treated to panoramic views of the Potomac River. If the allure of the deep overcomes grounded wanderings, embark on a watery outing in a solo kayak, canoe, or tandem kayak, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. After a mind-stretching lesson on paddling and water safety, boat brethren can drift through the National Harbor in their floating vessels and explore the shores of the District and Alexandria, stopping occasionally to feed breadcrumbs to migrating politicians.