The Washington Times - January 23, 2009, 02:44PM

by Jacquie Kubin, Donne Tempo Magazine

Put a little bit of vacation-quality fun into your weekend by visiting local resorts, hotels and restaurants where you can excape the mid-winter blahs by treating yourself to some vacation quality food, fun and forays into areas in and around D.C.

Following are a few Donne Tempo approved ideas to make this weekends forcast a little bit brighter….


Lansdowne Resort, Landsdowne, Virginina

Lansdowne Resort will be participating in the Yoga Alliance’s Yoga Day USA with a selection of yoga classes, geared to the beginner or advanced students. The talented instructors from the resort’s health and fitness club are planning a schedule offering four various Yoga classes for yoga students of all levels of experience:
9:00AM  - Introduction to Yoga - Learn how the basic yoga poses can help you gain strength and flexibility in a calm and relaxing manner while using easy breathing techniques.
10:00AM - Yogalates - “Yogalates” instead! A fusion of the ancient discipline of yoga with the modern pilates techniques, the exercises mix both disciplines to develop core strength, help tone muscles, increase flexibility, and reduce stress.

Photo courtesy of Landsdowne Resort

11:00AM - Yoga Strength - In this class you will be creating a union between breath and movement. Concentrate on flexibility and breathing with particular focus on the core and upper body. Designed to both strengthen and tone.  Enhance your yoga practice with the use of light weights.

12 Noon  - Gentle Yoga - Open to all levels and recommended for young and old, this soothing gentle class focuses on an exploration of basic yoga poses and how to connect them through attention to breathing, alignment and mindfulness. Meditation and relaxation techniques will also be introduced, perfect for stress relief and overall well being.  All levels welcome!

All classes are 50 minutes. Classes are complimentary for Lansdowne Resort’s guests and members, but pre-registration is required. Area residents are invited to participate at $10.00 per class, or three classes for $25 per person. Please call 703-729-4095 to reserve classes.

Guest rooms for the weekend of January 23-25, 2009 start at $149 per room per night, plus tax ands resort fee.  Throughout the month of January Lansdowne Resort is also offering a health and wellness menu at the On the Potomac Restaurant. The three course menu with wine pairings is available for $55.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Imperial Hotel and Front Room Restaurant, Chestertown, Maryland

Brighten the blahs by taking a trip across the Bay Bridge to The Imperial Hotel and Front Room Restaurant, one of Donne Tempo’s favorite Eastern Shore locations.  Located in Chestertown, Maryland it is a destination with year round charm. 

Chef Thomas Pizzica offers a menu filled with great dining option for both lunch and dinner.  For overnight guests at this historic hotel, breakfast is full and sumptuous.

This weekend, Chef Thomas offers an “On the Table” special that include his house recipe warm buttermilk biscuits and pickled red cabbage and Split Pea with Ham soup followed by a savory Bacon Wrapped Monkfish with a Choron sauce or Slow Braised Veal Short Ribs – both excellent cold weather choices!  One the side, choose Garlic Duchess of Potatoes, Cream Spinach, Buttered Papperdell Pasta and Roasted Rapini vegetables.  ($24 per person).

Annapolis, Maryland

This weekend fun in Annapolis includes Plungapalozza ’09  on Saturday, January 24.  Registered “plungers” can dive into the Bay at the Sandy Point State Park by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. This event will be raising funds for the Special Olympics Maryland and plungers must bring $50 in pledges for the privilege of diving into the icy cold water!

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be appearing on Sunday, January 25th at 7:00pm at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts ( . For more than thirty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo performers have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience that represents every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape.