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Have one last hurrah at the beach during Labor Day weekend

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (Photo by Ted Eytan)

Summer flies by in the blink of an eye.

The kids are heading back to school soon, summer camps have ended and your chance to get your toes sandy by the ocean are becoming limited. So, as the summer comes to a close, here’s where you can spend Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 to Sept. 2) and that last taste of summer freedom, as you soak up the sun.

Colonial Beach

Estimated travel time from NoVA: 2 hours

Heading to the coast doesn’t have to mean a lengthy car ride for the family. Commit to a sub-three-hour route to Colonial Beach to get your Labor Day vacation in, and you’ll find everything on your relaxing weekend checklist: ocean views, fresh seafood and quiet time.
The location was named the Best Virginia Beach by USA Today in 2018 and is the second-largest beachfront in Virginia. The area is known for its jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets, but also for its calm and quiet places to stay (look for local Airbnbs as hotels fill up closer to the last weekend in August) and waterfront restaurants that feature everything from fresh oysters to beach-themed cocktails (Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar, anyone?)

And if you tire of spreading out your towel and getting some much-needed vitamin D, be sure to stop by George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument and James Monroe’s Birthplace Monument. Both offer a small representation of a piece of our nation’s history, and can be a great lesson for traveling kiddos who are used to the monuments of the nearby nation’s capital.

Rehoboth Beach

Estimated travel time from NoVA: 3 hours

Sometimes having a getaway to the beach isn’t just about going to the actual beach. It’s about all of the activities you can wrap up into a beach trip, including walking down the boardwalk, riding a roller coaster or trying your swing at a round of mini golf. Luckily, Rehoboth Beach is the place for all of the fun activities beyond getting sand in your toes.

The beach is a hot spot for visitors near and far in the Northeast, and is one of the top-rated for its water quality in the country. The 1-mile-long boardwalk showcases a variety of restaurants and, of course, ice cream locations to please everyone in the family. (Which will you choose: The Ice Cream Store, Kohr Bros Frozen Custard or The Best Ice Cream & The Bellyfiller?) Right off the boardwalk is also funland, a place where the name says it all. Kids of all ages can ride the SuperFlip 360 or get a good scare in the Haunted Mansion, and take a chance to play all of their favorite carnival-style games. Maybe you’ll head home with a new (stuffed) best friend!

For places to stay, be sure to check out all locations in the Rehoboth Beach area to stay in walking (or moderate) distance to the coastline. Airbnbs, as well as resort-style stays, are available, and if other travelers have booked up most of your go-to locations, you can also find available places south toward Dewey Beach.

Cape May, New Jersey

Estimated travel time from NoVA: 3.5 hours

One of the county’s oldest vacation destinations may just be the weekend oasis you’re looking for. Rather than expecting your trip to be centered around your kiddo’s favorite beach store (they most likely don’t need another seashell jewelry box and lifeguard sweatshirt), you can find yourselves walking down the streets of Cape May to enjoy the Victorian-style historic homes, all while being just a short distance from the white sand and blue water.

If you’re looking for a little more excitement on the water, be sure to rent a jet boat or jet ski that will have you flying fast on the water, or take your views a bit higher with an actual flight with East Coast Parasail. Want to take it a little slower? Hop on the Cape May Whale Watcher to cruise for a three-hour whale-and-dolphin watching expedition, or travel 2 miles away to see the Cape May lighthouse.

History doesn’t have to be something you simply gaze upon while you explore the town. You can also stay at local spots that are rich with the area’s history and offer a taste of Victorian style to your stay. Book a night at The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast, located right in the middle of historic Cape May, or book a room in Cape May’s oldest original hotel, The Chal Fonte.

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Study finds outdoor time leads to better health; here’s where to spend it in NoVA

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Kayaking on Fairfax Lake could be a great way to get in your two hours of outdoor time per week. (Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Park Authority)

Opt outside. It’s no longer just a catchy slogan you see on Instagram captions, a new study finds that spending a minimum of two hours per week in natural spaces, such as beaches, woodlands or parks, leads to better overall health.

The study, published in Scientific Reports (an open-access, interdisciplinary journal from Nature Research), surveyed roughly 20,000 British people and came to the conclusion that 59% of participants improved their odds for overall good health and 23% were better off in terms of their psychological well-being.

In addition to taking your typical jog around the block this week, check out these outdoor places around NoVA where you can reap the health benefits of outdoor time, and if you’re lucky, enjoy the peace and quiet too.

Public Parks
There’s something for everyone when it comes to NoVA’s public parks. Check out our guide on where you can host a pick-up game, browse the gardens and just get yourself moving beyond your backyard. If you’re looking for something more structured (and tucked away in the woods), here’s where to play disc golf around NoVA. If your kids are looking for a way to enjoy the sun while perfecting their kick flips, here’s a list of local skate parks, too.

Biking and Jogging Trails
Getting outdoors sounds great, but what if you’re a little directionally challenged? Check out this guide to find locations across NoVA that have paved walkways and endless mapped miles that will have you enjoying the outdoors in no time.

Hiking
It’s surprising just how quickly you can access a hiking trail in NoVA, only to be minutes away from a beautiful overlook or a natural landscape that’s a complete change of scenery from a traffic-filled highway. Check out this guide on five local hikes and take in the views and some fresh air.

Water Activities
Spending time at outdoor parks doesn’t necessarily have to be on land. Here’s a list of places where you can spend some time fishing on the dock, paddling a kayak or pedal boating with the family.

Beach
We know, we know. There is no shoreline to run to in NoVA that can satisfy a two-hour weekly desire to spend some time in the sand. But, there is a “beach,” in Bethesda at Pike & Rose, where you can tuck your toes. If you’re looking to get a little more beach activity, here’s a list of beach volleyball locations around NoVA.

No matter where you spend your time in a local park, beach or wooded area, just remember: your body and mind will thank you for it.

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Virginia pastor to congregation: I’m sorry-ish that I led you in a prayer for Trump

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Politico took heat this morning for claiming in its headline about this that the pastor was “sorry” for praying for Trump after the president stopped by their church following the Virginia Beach shooting. That’s not quite true. The words “sorry” and “apology” don’t appear in his letter to the congregation.

But he does go out of his way to say that those who feel “hurt” by his decision have a “variety of valid reasons” for feeling that way. Uh, what?

At the end of my sermon at the 1:00 worship gathering, I stepped to the side for what I thought would be a couple of moments in quiet reflection as we prepared to take the Lord’s Supper. But I was immediately called backstage and told that the President of the United States was on his way to the church, would be there in a matter of minutes, and would like for us to pray for him. I immediately thought about my longing to guard the integrity of the gospel in our church. As I said in the sermon today, Christ alone unites us…

My aim was in no way to endorse the president, his policies, or his party, but to obey God’s command to pray for our president and other leaders to govern in the way this passage portrays…

I wanted to share all of this with you in part because I know that some within our church, for a variety of valid reasons, are hurt that I made this decision. This weighs heavy on my heart. I love every member of this church, and I only want to lead us with God’s Word in a way that transcends political party and position, heals the hurts of racial division and injustice, and honors every man and woman made in the image of God. So while I am thankful that we had an opportunity to obey 1 Timothy 2 in a unique way today, I don’t want to purposely ever do anything that undermines the unity we have in Christ.

1 Timothy 2 invites believers to pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” I’m just a simple unfrozen atheist caveman, unqualified to tell Christians how to practice their faith, but I can tell you this: In 12 years of Catholic schooling, not once was it intimated to me that it might be wrong to pray for someone. The very idea of it shocks me even now, decades later. Prayer is never wrong. If anything, it’s more righteous when offered for the wicked, that God might turn their hearts and redeem them. Nancy Pelosi claims that she prays for Trump, for fark’s sake.

What are the anti-Trump congregants of this church learning about their faith to make them feel “hurt” that the pastor would pray for someone whom they deem wicked? And what is the pastor of this church teaching to make them believe it’s “valid” to feel that way?

Becket Adams is as mystified as I am:

Prayer is the most fundamental and routine of Christian practices. Christians pray for everyone, especially those who appear to be less than righteous. That is sort of the point.

Moreover, it is standard practice (in the United States at least) for Christians to pray for world leaders during church services. Speaking as a Catholic, I can confirm that nearly every Mass I have attended in my life has included a prayer for the current president, including Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, etc.

The McLean Bible Church incident is made all the more insane considering Platt’s prayer was perfectly appropriate and reverent. It was not one of those obscene tongue-bathings that Trump has enjoyed from Christian activists like Jerry Falwell, Jr.

See for yourself below. All I can figure is that it’s not the prayer per se that congregants objected to but the fact that Trump’s presence turned it into something like a photo op. Trump didn’t speak, though, and it’s unclear how the pastor should have determined that he was orchestrating a PR stunt rather than earnestly requesting a blessing. As unlikely as it is that Donald J. Trump would carve out time to seek God’s grace, that’s the first step all sinners take in finding their way back, right? Imagine a pastor turning down a request for prayers from *anyone* on grounds of, “Nah, I just don’t believe you’re sincere.” What a ridiculous controversy.

The post Virginia pastor to congregation: I’m sorry-ish that I led you in a prayer for Trump appeared first on Hot Air.

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Can’t travel to the Atlantic Ocean this summer? Head to this ‘beach’ in the DMV instead

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Photo via Instagram/@pikeandrose

Of course you want to get away for Memorial Day weekend. It’s the official kick-off to summer, and trekking to the beach that weekend is an annual tradition for many Northern Virginians.

But, if you won’t be able to head to the ocean this year (or just don’t want to fight three-plus hours of traffic), we have something else in mind for you.

Last year, Pike & Rose, an entertainment, dining and shopping venue, brought the beach to its Bethesda neighborhood, and it’s doing it again for this upcoming summer season—the Beach’s 2019 season kicks off during Memorial Day weekend.

The Beach at Pike & Rose is the brainchild of Federal Realty, the developer of Pike & Rose who ships in picnic tables, umbrellas and 525 tons of sand to transform a parking lot behind Rose Park into a beach scene.

There’s even cabanas, a mural painted to look like the ocean, sand pails and shovels for kids, beach games for all ages and pop-up events planned there throughout the summer. Events include fitness classes and a weekend bar with beachy drink offerings.

The Beach will be open to the public daily, with seating and dining areas along the sand. The space is also available to rent for private events, including birthdays, baby showers and more. For more information, visit pikeandrose.com. // 11580 Old Georgetown Road, Northern Bethesda; free entry

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Woodward WreckTangle obstacle course set to open in Ocean City for summer season

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Woodward WreckTangle’s Ocean City location opens in late April. (Photo courtesy of Woodward)

Heading to Ocean City this summer? Challenge yourself while visiting the Maryland beach destination through Woodward WreckTangle, a ninja obstacle challenge course made for both kids and adults.

The obstacle course debuts in Ocean City (only about a four-hour drive away from NoVA) in late April, and will be open through October. It features 10 obstacles, and will be located adjacent to the Ocean City Skatepark, just a few steps away from the boardwalk and beach.

Obstacles are designed to be achievable for all ages, and instructors will be available to help along the way.

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Ocean City’s obstacle course is Woodward’s seventh WreckTangle location. (Photo courtesy of Woodward)

There will also be a WreckTangle app, allowing participants to compete with friends virtually, share videos and track individual “ninja athlete” progression.

““We are excited to bring Woodward WreckTangle to our community,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan in a press release. “This is a great partnership, in that Ocean City and Woodward both aspire to deliver amazing experiences that bring people together, doing things they love with the ones they love.”

The Ocean City WreckTangle is the brand’s seventh location in the country. For more information on its Ocean City location, visit oceancity.com. For more information on the Woodward brand and its obstacle courses’ location, visit campwoodward.com.

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