Beat the rain in ‘Capitol’ style

Rain is part of our summers here in Washington. But don’t let those pesky drops of water dampen your spirit. Here are some surefire ways to beat those rainy-day blues.

1. Visit “Boozy Milkshakes” at Ted’s Bulletin: The brand-new offerings include 10 deliciously decadent versions of what you loved as a child. Get ready for plenty of whipped cream, sprinkles and cherries. However, once you take your first sip, you’ll see these sweet concoctions are spiked with vodka, rum and other liquors.
So, next time it’s raining cats and dogs outside, heading up to Ted’s Bulletin on 8th St. S.E. might just be the cure for what ails you.

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2. Spend an entire day in the National Gallery of Art: The National Gallery of Art is so huge there’s no possible way you’ve seen every work of art in the building. Also, if you decide to visit during rainy weather and have seen mostly everything, this time really look deeply at each piece of art. Chances are, you might see things you’ve never noticed before. On display this summer is “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsburg.” The display includes 1950s drugstore prints as well as other pieces all the way up until the 1980s.

3. See a performance at the Shakespeare Theater: With performances nearly daily, the Shakespeare Theater is a great place to head to if you’re sick of rain and interested in some quality entertainment. A noteworthy tour coming through in late June is the Upright Citizens Brigade touring company. The Upright Citizens Brigade is the company that made famous stars such as Ed Helms, Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz.

4. Order in Ledo Pizza and watch a D.C.-themed movie: Ledo Pizza, with locations around the area, is home to one of D.C.’s only squared-shaped pizzas. The large sizes feed a group of your friends easily. Have everyone pick their favorite topping.


If you’re with your girlfriends, rent Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde for some mindless D.C.-oriented fun. Actress Reese Witherspoon was recently in D.C. this spring for an Avon women’s breakfast and the annual Easter egg roll. For some more old-school fun, try Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or The American President.

5.Take a walk in the rain: For those of you who aren’t afraid to get a little wet during a summer shower, take a nice long walk in the rain. There’s nothing like staring at the monuments on the mall, half obscured by misty fog or gazing at historical statues from underneath a polka-dotted umbrella.  Surprisingly refreshing!