The hum of idling engines, roar of forklifts and bleeping of construction vehicles are audible harbingers of this quickly evolving Southeast Washington spot. A 10-minute walk to Nationals Park, the once-industrial area is well on its way to becoming one of the District’s most vibrant areas.
The tented enclosure at Trapeze School is filled with a can-do spirit. A T-shirt for sale behind a counter reads "Forget fear/worry about the addiction." That applies to 27-year-old D.C. resident Jennifer Kimball, who took classes to overcome her fear of heights. "Now I realize the worst thing is all of my extra income will go to this," she says with a smile. When the outdoor trapeze is in use, passersby can get a glimpse, but remember, these are beginners!
The brewery-restaurant-bar housed in a renovated early 20th-century factory is a happy respite for red-jerseyed Nats fans, off-the-clock suits and beer enthusiasts alike. With its towering, gleaming brewing vessels, Bluejacket has released an estimated 75 original beers on site. "We built the brewery to allow us to innovate and create any flavor that came to mind," says beer director Greg Engert. "We really run the gamut."
Considering the northern Italian restaurant's kudos, it wouldn't be surprising if Osteria Morini had an air of foodie arrogance. In actuality, you'll find a casual eatery in which a 30-something mom wearing a BabyBjorn fits in as easily as the businessman sipping a cocktail. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the Anacostia waterfront, while more than a dozen homemade pastas make sharing a must.
Banana bourbon caramel. Honey lemon lavender. Going over the flavor selection here has salivary-gland-seducing side effects. Owner Victoria Lai left a job at the Department of Homeland Security to become a full-time ice cream entrepreneur in February. She has come a long way since making cold concoctions for her pals in 2009. "Six months ago, I couldn't have fathomed I would be in this place."
In this 5.4-acre public space, dozens of bathing-suited children splash gleefully in a canal basin pool as picnickers plop on ample grassy areas. A pedestrian bridge leads to the boardwalk along the Anacostia, where a band plays for blanket loungers on Friday evenings. And it's an easy walk from Nationals Park's first-base line.
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