Since 1988, Midlothian Athletic Club has dedicated its 70,000 square feet to myriad forms of achieving healthy living. Whether members want to hone tennis and racquetball skills, break a sweat in group exercise classes such as spinning and BodyPump, or relax in a sauna, they can do it at the MAC. The staff troll a stock of cardio and strength-training equipment, including FreeMotion Elite weight machines, Life Fitness treadmills and ellipticals, and Precor machines, ready to dole out technique pointers. At the indoor pool, swimmers can get a workout on the lap lanes, slip down water slides, or pretend to be toddlers in the kiddie pool. The club also has six indoor lanes, where instructors lead water-aerobics classes that are gentler on joints than moon aerobics.
To help guests recover after a hard workout, the Midlothian Athletic Club hosts many means of relaxation. The massage therapists calibrate their fingers to several styles of kneading, including deep-tissue, Swedish, and myofascial release massage. At the MAC Cafe, chefs sear turkey burgers, bake lime-chili parmesan fries, and blend protein shakes to order for nutritious refueling.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Come ready to have fun.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: 18 and older
United Social Sports brings recreational athletes together to socialize and showcase their hand-eye coordination. Free agents or team-sized groups register for the organization’s casual coed leagues dedicated to traditional sports such as softball and volleyball as well as carnival games such as cornhole and skee-ball. Each league hosts 6–8 weekly matches, which culminate in a final tournament and an end-of-season party—much like youth-sports leagues, but with postgame drink specials.
Families have no shortage of things to do at KOA Campground Williamsburg: Children can frolic among water fountains beside a heated pool or bounce through the air from two inflatable jumping pads. Families can even work together to pan for gems in an old-fashioned mining sluice for an additional fee.
Three generations of the same family have worked for more than 40 years to build this 180-acre wooded campground. It has the classic camping experience mixed in with plenty of modern updates: campers can enjoy a picnic in the communal pavilion, or let their animals socialize in one of the pet playgrounds. Around the park, there's a network of nature trails accessible on-foot or by a raccoon-drawn sled. Throughout the year, the campground also hosts events ranging from outdoor movie screenings to themed weekend parties.
At the end of the day, guests can retire to cabins outfitted with bunk-beds or enjoy the tent and RV sites with full hook-ups. Bridging the gap between wilderness and civilization are amenities such as complimentary cable and wireless internet. There's also plenty to see beyond the woods, too: the campground lies in close proximity to attractions such as Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.
For more than 12 years, Metro Sports has given amateur and competitive players alike the chance to quench their thirst for the game with other coed teammates. Presided over by expert officials, teams play near the National Mall every spring, summer, and fall, making sure to avoid waking the kraken that lives in the Reflecting Pool.
While softball is an available adult coed league, Metro Sports offers more sports as well. Refereed soccer leagues face off during battles of thrilling breakaways and impassioned goaltending year-round, moving to an indoor turf field every winter. Volleyball seasons likewise divide between indoor and outdoor courts. Each Metro-accessible game takes place at various locations in Northwest DC.
This modest little deli chain will make you forget all about Subway. With perfect ratings on both Yelp and Urbanspoon, the people have spoken: Sam’s Texas Sub Shop is awesome. The walls inside will also remind you exactly how popular this place is, as they’re lined with pictures of former patrons wearing t-shirts with the Sam’s logo in a variety of locales. Just one bite and you’ll become a fan as well. There is a dizzying array of options to choose from, but the Black & Blue sandwich seems to be a favorite. The non-sub offerings, including chili and macaroni salad, have also drawn much praise.