Perfect picnic lunches (and where to eat 'em)
So, once you grab a blanket and pick up a sandwich lunch, where should you take your alfresco meal? The following three spots always fit my picnic needs. Add your favorite picnic spots in the comments below.
• The bank of the Potomac River near the intersection of Ohio Drive SW and Independence Avenue
Right now, the Tidal Basin is enjoying a lull, a calm before the cherry blossom storm. This bank is even set off from the touristy hustle of the monuments and dotted with elegant weeping willows. The ground is still a little wet, so you might want to take advantage of the few picnic areas here. (Nearby East Potomac Park has more seating)
• The section of Rock Creek Park across Calvert Street from Open City.
Picnickers and playful dogs dominate this sloping hill throughout most of the summer. The pastoral spot is close to one of the main Rock Creek trails and Adams Morgan, so you can grab drinks after the picnic.
• Great Falls Park
I'm a Virginia girl at heart, so I have a fondness for the Virginia side of the falls. Picnic tables are available here.
-- Julia Beizer
| March 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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