Ahh, another long weekend. As it seems with every long weekend, I'm stuck here in town, but this time I'm going to try to hit some places that I don't get to enough or that I've been meaning to for some time. The Metro repairs that will shutter three stops on the yellow and blue lines have thrown a wrench in my plans to head out to Old Town and Pentagon City, so I'm going to have to stick to things in the District.
• Lincoln's Cottage. Abraham Lincoln's country house is located near the Soldier's Home in D.C. It recently underwent a $15 million restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and I've heard that it's lovely.
• Georgetown Cupcake. Their September flavors are caramel apple cupcakes served Wednesday through Saturday and cinnamon served Sunday and Tuesday. I want to try both, of course, so I might head there Saturday afternoon and browse the used book stores in the area (as if I don't have a towering stack of unread books already). I just never get to Georgetown as often as I'd like.
• Kayaking on the Potomac. Monday will be spent kayaking to Roosevelt Island and picnicking.
Other things going on this weekend:
• Old Ebbitt Grill is hosting a block party on Saturday on G Street, NW between 14th and 15th Streets. From 6-11 p.m. there will be jumbo lump crab cake sandwiches, beef brisket, shrimp cocktail, bratwurst, white lemonade, blue margaritas and strawberry daiquiris. Tickets are $75 through Sept. 4 and $85 the day of the event. Go to www.ebbittblockparty.com for tickets and more info.
• Junction, a vintage store owned by my lovely former roommate, is holding a Labor Day sale and fall preview, Saturday through Monday. If you buy one item, you get 25 percent off the second item.