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The 11-best Delaware, Maryland and Virginia beaches just a car ride away from Washington, DC

The 11-best Delaware, Maryland and Virginia beaches just a car ride away from Washington, DC

As increasing heat and humidity descends on the capital district, beach getaways will be in high demand. Whether you’ve lived in DC for years or are just in town for the summer, you will find yourself weighing a number of variables when deciding where you’ll make your escape to.

Each beach destination has their pros and cons, so we’ve compiled a list to help you sort things out.

From the bluffs of the Potomac to the coast of Delaware, these are the 11 best beaches within a one-day roundtrip of DC:

BEST: Sandy Point State Park

S Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD

Sandy Point is the ideal beach destination for DC residents. Just 39 miles (48 minutes) from Capitol Hill, this park’s beach is located right on the Chesapeake Bay and is lifeguarded from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The daily entrance fee is $5 for Maryland residents and $6 for out-of-state travelers. Fishing and crabbing is also permitted in designated areas.

Other Options…

2. Rehoboth Beach

Grenoble Pl, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2 hours and 33 minutes away, this is the closest DMV beach with Atlantic Ocean access and a full array of amenities, highlighted by a mile-long boardwalk with restaurants, arcade games, and a small amusement park. Crowned the “Nation’s Summer Capital,” this has been a popular getaway for generations of DC residents. For a slightly quieter option nearby, check out Bethany Beach (the next beach town over). 

3. Point Lookout State Park

11175 Point Lookout Rd, Scotland, MD

Hidden on the southern tip of Maryland, this former Prisoner-of-War camp is now a beach and Civil War Museum. Just under two hours away, this state park features areas for swimming, fishing, an expansive campground and Point Lookout Lighthouse. It’s not your conventional water and sand beach, and the fee is $7 for out-of-state visitors, but it’s a nice contrast from the office.

4. Ocean City

Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD

Just down the road from Rehoboth, Ocean City is the premier beach spot for Maryland residents.  All beaches are free, with the Atlantic on one side and a number of restaurants, shops and resorts on the other.

5. Virginia Beach:

Oceanfront Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA

It's  the farthest of the DMV’s best beaches, but distance is the only con. A good four hours removed from the District, Virginia Beach is a chain of free beaches, each with its own style to fit your beachgoing needs. Resort Beach is the most crowded with both amenities and, consequently, people. Sandbridge offers far more privacy, while Chick’s Beach is known for being extremely family friendly for young children.

6. Assateague Island National Seashore:

National Seashore Ln, Berlin, MD

Wild ponies. Picturesque sunsets. A VSCO-lovers dream and another markee beach location within a drive of DC. The Maryland portion of the 37 mile long park is 138 miles, or 3 hours, away. Cost is steep for day-trippers – $10 for a seven-day vehicle pass – and the island’s only lodging is campsites, but this National Park should be on every DMV residents’ bucket list.

7. Westmoreland State Park

145 Cliff Road, Montross, VA

Another check in both the family-friendly and distance boxes is Westmoreland State Park. Entrance fees are $7 for Virginia residents and $10 for out-of-state visitors, a small tax to pay for priceless views from the bluffs overlooking the Potomac or the myriad of prehistoric fossils scattered throughout the shore. “Fossil Beach” is 1 hour, 54 minutes away and also features swimming pools, hiking trails and camping sites.

8. Lewes Beach

Bay Ave, Lewes, DE

Another beach town in close proximity to Rehoboth is Lewes Beach. Located 2 hours and 36 minutes away, this is a quaint beach town with plenty of history, restaurants and shops. The beaches are free and lead into the Delaware Bay, so there are little to no waves compared to Rehoboth.

9. Colonial Beach:

McKinney Blvd, Colonial Beach, VA

Voted USA Today’s No. 1 beach in Virginia in 2018, Colonial Beach is another ideal DMV antidote to the summer heat. This beach is an hour and 52 minutes away and has the second-longest accessible shore in Virginia, not to mention you can visit the birthplace of George Washington and James Madison and watch bald eagles nest. ‘Merica.

10. Breezy Point Beach:

Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Another beach town within an hour of DC is Breezy Point Beach. Located on the tame surf of the Chesapeake Bay, this destination features a free half-mile beach and a 200-ft pier for fishing and crabbing.

11. Dewey Beach: 

Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, DE 

Day trips to this beach are not suggested unless you aren't the driver. This stretch of .3 square miles is littered with bars and clubs and has the unique advantage of Rehoboth Bay on one side and the ocean on the other. Just under 2.5 hours from Washington, this the spot for party-loving beachgoers. 

Whether you want a day off from work or a weekend with the whole family, these 11 DMV beaches and their surrounding towns have more than enough to keep you occupied this summer.


12.9.19 Rick Horrow sits down with Julie Edelman, Global Client Partner of Google


12.9.19 Rick Horrow sits down with Julie Edelman, Global Client Partner of Google

Edited by Tanner Simkins

In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick sits down with  Julie Edelman, Global Client Partner of Google.


1. It's hard to believe, but we have reached the end of yet another decade. And in the business of sport, it’s been a busy one. Here are Rick Horrow’s top 15 sport business/law trends and issues of the decade just ending. Stay tuned throughout December for his top 15 sports technology and media picks, as well as his most influential philanthropic/corporate social responsibility actions in sports, and an early look at the year and decade ahead.

2. State by state, legal sports wagering outside of Nevada sportsbooks takes hold, with massive business implications. On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting. Since the ruling, 19 states have legalized the practice, with Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Tennessee passing legislation this year. Additionally, 24 states have pending legislation. Legal sports wagering has already had a profound effect on virtually all American professional sports, casting a wider fan base net, spurring innovation in sports media and e-commerce, and birthing an entire cottage industry of related new companies. Sports teams are embracing fans who wager – Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owners of the Washington Wizards and Capitals, is only the latest ownership group to install a sportsbook in their venue. And tens of millions of tax dollars on net sports betting proceeds are adding income streams to state and community coffers. 


3. College football adds a real playoff. After years of avoiding adding yet another game to the college football season via the auspice of the Bowl Championship Series – a selection system that created five existing bowl matchups involving ten of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision’s top-ranked teams – the NCAA in the 2014-2015 season finally embraced the College Football Playoff (CFP), a bracket tournament between the top four teams in the country as determined by a selection committee, culminating in a championship game at a neutral site. While the payout for the semifinal teams is a modest $6 million, the playoff format delivers tens of millions in additional revenue to the schools, conferences, and contract and access bowl host cities – a handful of which, including New Orleans this year, get to double down on hosting duties and economic impact.


4. After 20 long years, Los Angeles gets an NFL team back in 2016. In fact, it gets two. Largely thanks to billionaire and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, Los Angeles has now positioned itself to be the center of the sports universe for the next decade and likely longer. The two-decade span in which Los Angeles lacked an NFL team was brought on in part by the obsolescence of Los Angeles’s existing stadiums, the unwillingness of the NFL to add expansion teams after 2002 (when the Houston Texans premiered) or relocate any other teams, and an inability to agree on a plan to build a new stadium, despite several proposals that were vetted but never landed a team willing to relocate under the developers’ terms. Kroenke’s privately-funded SoFi Stadium opens next July with a Taylor Swift concert and will house both the Rams and the Chargers. Additionally, the $4.963 billion venue will host Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the CFP National Championship Game in 2023, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. L.A. is now synonymous with mega sports events.


5. Rob Manfred became the 10th Major League Baseball Commissioner during a period of labor peace and unrest in almost everything else. At the beginning of the decade, baseball was still healing from its steroid era, a span in the 1990s-2000s where home runs were plenty and performance-enhancing drug testing scarce. Former Commissioner Bud Selig was largely credited with cleaning up the sport, and in 2015 Manfred inherited a league that was in decent baseball shape but desperately trying to stay relevant to the next generation of fans. Slow play was an issue…but a pitch clock somehow made games even slower. PED bats were gone, but the balls appeared to be corked. And Manfred’s decade ends with a nasty sign-stealing scandal involving the World Series champion Houston Astros. One bright spot in baseball continues to be its vast minor league system, which ensures pro baseball is played throughout America’s smaller communities – MiLB saw attendance in 2019 surpassed 44 million fans annually. As baseball’s Winter Meetings convene next week in San Diego, MiLB President Pat O’Connor and industry experts present a solution to improved facilities that rests in three key areas: time, money, and space.

Teenager Coco Gauff to return to the Citi Open in 2020

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Teenager Coco Gauff to return to the Citi Open in 2020

Teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff will return to Washington D.C.'s Citi Open in 2020. 

Gauff, who will be 16 at the time of her second appearance in D.C., broke onto the WTA Tour with a historic run at last year's Wimbledon Championships. She upset seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams en route to a Round of 16 finish in her major main draw debut. 

Last year, Gauff made the trip to the nation's capital a month after her phenomenal run. However, due to her low ranking and her primary source of ranking points coming from Wimbledon, she had to play in the qualifying tournament just to make the main draw of the Citi Open. She would end up losing in the First Round of the singles draw but win her first WTA title with fellow American teenager Caty McNally in doubles

That will not be the case for the Florida native this upcoming year. Gauff won her first WTA singles crown at the Linz Open in Austria and became the youngest player ranked in the top 100 at 15 years of age. She wrapped up her 2019 campaign ranked No. 68 in the world. 

Coco Mania in D.C. helped contribute to one of the best Citi Opens ever. The tournament set several new attendance records in 2019 and sold out seven of the 11 sessions. An empty seat could not be found in any of Gauff's qualifying or main draw matches.

“Seeing the energy and excitement that Coco brought to our Citi Open fans and community last summer was one of the highlights of the tournament, so we are thrilled to welcome her back in 2020,” the manager of the Citi Open Mark Ein said in a release.

Gauff will be defending her doubles title, in addition to playing singles, and hopes to do so with McNally again. 

The 2020 Citi Open will be Aug. 1-9, where they will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the women's draw at the event.