Enjoying the Final Days of Summer

We're now about half way through the summer, with August set to arrive at the end of this week. While I'm sure most of you have already had an eventful summer thus far, there is still plenty of time left to enjoy the warm weather and sunny skies.

My summer has been pretty jam packed so far... everything from spending a week at the beach, to shark fishing (uhhh pretty cool), to attending a country concert, eating at some of my fave brunch spots, and preparing for the big move next month. It has been a crazy few weeks, with my planner offering very little relief over the next month and a half. To fill the little time that I do have, I put together a list of a few things I hope to do before the new season begins (although I am rather excited about fall). You should be able to accomplish these five things no matter where you live. So get to reading and start the planning. Summer isn't over my friends, so enjoy every minute of the time that's left.

Visit a Local Winery or Brewery
Who doesn't love spending a day taste testing some amazing wine or beer?! Did you know that there are wineries and breweries right around the corner from you? Odds are, there is one close enough to you for a day trip out of town. Especially in DC; there are tons if wineries within an hour or two of here. Here are two that I've been looking at visiting later this summer: Stone Tower Winery or Hillsborough Winery (both at recommendations from friends).

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Be a Tourist for a Day (in your own city)
Depending on where you live, there are bound to be sites and places you've yet to visit. Even for my friends in good ole Knoxville, Tennessee. There are plenty of museums and attractions you probably haven't visited before, like The Museum of Appalachia or the home of John Sevier, Marble Springs. For myself, I definitely plan to do some more touristy things here in DC. I've still never been to the Jefferson Memorial or the National Arboretum. Make sure you do some research about places in your town, and then get out and explore. You never know what you might find.

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Summer Picnic 
It seems as of late, the picnic is making a huge comeback. I've seen some friends who have attended very chic picnics, minus your typical checkered blanket and basket. Check out a few that I've followed via other blogs here and here.

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Spend a Day By the Water
You probably should have accomplished this one already, so for this one think outside the box. Head to your local water park, go tubing in a nearby river or head out to the lake/ocean for a day of fun in the sun. The opportunities to be "by the water" are endless. Summer is always better when you can get out on the water, not to mention it helps you stay cool during the high heat and humid days.

Host a Summer Dinner Party
I posted a few weeks ago about a workshop I attended called The Gathering Project. At this day long event we learned how to host our own summer dinner party. You can read a few of my tips here. Once I make it through the big move coming up, I plan to celebrate the new place by throwing a summer dinner party. So stay tuned for a post later on this summer for that. We're thinking an upscale shrimp boil!! I'm already getting excited just thinking about it. The planning will be so much fun.

I'm always down to add new things to the list, so comment below if there's something fun you're looking forward to this summer.

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