Does Memorial Day weekend sneak up on you every year? It happens to me all the time. If you have been caught off guard again this year (like me, again), here are some fun and off the beaten track ideas to salvage your Memorial Day holiday and kick the summer off right! Cheers!

Encompassing 6.3 million square feet, the $2.4 billion Revel will premiere its complete resort experience on May 25, the kickoff to Memorial Day weekend. (Courtesy of Revel Entertainment/COURTESY OF REVEL ENTERTAINMENT)

Or check out the menu at Amada, celebrity chef Jose Garce’s new restaurant. Then go see Beyonce, who will be appearing all weekend. You can also hit the dance floor at one of the resort’s three night-clubs, including Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub. Revel Resorts, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (855)-348-0500.

Why? Because isn’t it time to start your own Rat Pack? And you might see me there. But if you do, remember what happens in Atlantic City, stays in Atlantic City! Enjoy!

Learn to Stand-Up Paddle Board. Get out on the water for a three-hour Stand Up Paddle Fundamentals lesson from Potomac Paddle Sports in Rockville. The instruction includes practicing the proper stance and propulsion strokes. Then take a group tour with your instructor. Classes are this Saturday at 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Board and equipment rentals for those who want to go out on their own are also available. Potomac Paddle Sports, 11917 Maple Ave., Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 881-2628.

Why? Because you’ll be using your core muscles and arms to paddle standing and there’s no better time to work on your abs! Summer is here!

Brunch on Heavenly Food

Attend the gospel brunch at The Hamilton on Sunday. Enjoy the sounds of Honorable Voices of Praise along with mouthwatering waffles, fried chicken, biscuits, and sticky buns.

The Hamilton, 600 14th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005. Tickets can be purchased by going online at The Hamilton or calling 202-787-1000.

Why? Two words: “sticky” & “buns.”

Get Chauffeured and Act Like a Tourist Rent a pedicab (a bike peddled rickshaw manned with a driver) and tour some of the monuments you have always been meaning to visit, like the MLK National Memorial and newly repaired World War II Memorial. Suggested outfitters: D.C PediCab at 202-345-8065 and National PediCab 202-269-9090 can hook you up with reservations.

Why? Because you can let someone else take the driver's seat as you laugh-in the face of the D.C. parking meters whilst being comfortably peddled by.

Drive Like A Race Car Driver Take Formula 1, stock car or accident avoidance driving lesson at Summit Point Motor Motorsports Park in West Virginia. Make a day of it and stay for the motorcycle races on Friday or the Sports Club Cars of America (SCCA,) Blue Mountain Region Time Trials on Saturday.

Call Summit Point Cars at 800-973-1136 for information on private lesson. Contact the the Summit Point Raceway for information about the weekend's race events at 304-725-8444. Summit Point Cars, 201 Motorsports Park Circle, Summit Point, WV 25446.

Why? Because you have the need...the need for speed!

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