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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Labor Day weekend: Where to go for dining, music and cultural activities


Summer cocktails from the W Hotel's POV rooftop bar. (Franz Mahr/The W, Washington D.C. Hotel - For The Washington Post)
Don't let the last days of summer go by without soaking up a fleeting bit of fun and sun this Labor Day weekend. Here are a couple of activities for cocktail lovers, music aficionados, museum goers and everyone in between to try during the holiday weekend.

Friday

Try some of the W Hotel's summer cocktails from their POV bar's seasonal menu. Lounge in one of the most beautiful rooftop venues in D.C. as the sun sets with a spicy Luchador Rosa cocktail made with Silver tequila, raspberries and Hellfire bitters, or a Champagne and gin cocktail called the French Reception. If rum is your spirit of choice, try the La Floridita Daiquiri No.3, which features a blend of Light rum, Maraschino, grapefruit and lime juices, and you’ll be imagining you’re in the Caribbean this weekend!

Saturday

Go see Maysa at The Bichmere in Alexandria. Her soulful voice is like a cool breeze on a tropical island. This hidden treasure of a jazz singer enjoys an underground cult following and gained popularity singing with the British acid jazz band Incognito in the 90s. Her $45 show starts at 7:30 p.m., and she will no doubt sing tunes from her recent album “Motions of Love” as well as fan favorites. She also appears at Birchmere on Sunday night.

Sunday  

Head to the Hotel Monaco’s Jackson 20 restaurant in Old Town Alexandria for a southern brunch. Stars on the menu include the deconstructed wedge salad, fried apples, Chicken Fried steak, Eggs Chesapeake and six (yes, SIX) different Mimosas (including the brunching patron pleaser: the bottomless mimosa!).

Monday

Visit the Smithsonian's American Art Museum and after touring the “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond” exhibit, pause a moment in the Kogod Courtyard and marvel at the glass canopy comprised of 864 panes of glass of which no two are alike. If the tranquil setting captivates you (and it most likely will), take a moment to relax or stop by the museum’s Courtyard Café for a glass of wine while you contemplate the courtyard’s black granite floor water feature.

Life’s a beach

If none of these outings tickle your fancy, and you still haven't gotten your summer beach fix, it can be had with an approximately 50 minute drive heading east on Pennsylvania Ave. Slip out of town to nearby Chesapeake Beach. There is a small but completely serviceable public beach, and Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa can accommodate you and your boat. Rooms are spacious with nicely modern, family-friendly décor. Seventy-two water view rooms include waterfront suites that look out onto the resort’s own shoreline. There is even a marina that awaits the docking of your yacht should you choose to arrive by water. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and free WIFI.  The resort also offers a heated indoor pool and three waterfront restaurants. Rates for Labor Day weekend range from $189 for a Limited View Room to $419 for a Waterfront Suite.  So put on our white shorts one last time and enjoy the last days of summer this weekend. Cheers!

Shari Sheffield contributes to The Washington Post The Root DC writing on travel, wine and restaurants. Follow her @ShariSheffield on Twitter.

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By Shari Sheffield  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/28/2012

 
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