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If you’ve come into a little extra money, or you’ve been working hard to put away savings, there’s no doubt you’ve been wondering what the best way is to invest that money. If you’ve never considered a rental investment, now is the time to give it some thought. Not only can it be a great decision from a financial standpoint; it can also provide you with another residence that you can make use of if you choose.
Here’s a look at some of the best reasons to consider a rental investment.
A Lovely Retirement Home Down the Road
One of the top reasons people end up investing in a rental vacation property is that they hope to be able to take advantage of it themselves in their retirement years. While you may still be busy in your career with many years left until you retire, there’s nothing wrong with planning for your future, especially if that includes a restful location to enjoy your golden years.
Enjoy Owning a Second Home Without Having to Absorb All the Costs
If the idea of owning a second home appeals to you but you don’t have the extra income to pay for it, investing in a rental property can make excellent financial sense. Think about it, you’ll have the vacation home available to you to use if you like, but at the same time, your guests are paying the mortgage.
Where you need to be careful is that you don’t block off too much time for your own use, as this will take away from your profits. Ideally, you want the income from the guests to cover all the carrying costs, and a little extra is possible. Experts recommend that you don’t stay in the home for any more than 10% of the year if you don’t want to eat into your profits too much.
Discover a New Destination and Culture
Rather than just staying in random hotels on your vacation each year, when you own a vacation home you get to learn about that destination, its people, the culture, and its history. It’s an immersive experience since you become a home-owner rather than just a guest.
You Will Spend Less on Vacations
For some people, owning a second home is actually a way to make vacations more affordable. Think about it, you won't be paying for a hotel when you're on holiday and, ideally, you'll have enough guests booked year-round that your expenses are virtually nothing. All you will have to pay for is the flights to and from your vacation property.
A Couple of Buying Tips to Keep in Mind
If you do decide that a vacation home is for you, then there are a few tips to keep in mind. First of all, the location should be a huge factor. You want to pick a home that is not just appealing to you but would be appealing to guests as well, says Greg, rental executive at luxuryvillasmalta.com. What this means is that you want to look for places that offer scenic views, are close to towns/attractions/landmarks, offer dining nearby, and aren’t difficult to reach from the airport.
You’ll also have to decide whether you want to put work into the home and purchase a fixer-upper or if you want to get a place that is ready-to-go so there are no nasty surprises in the budget.
Purchasing a rental investment can end up being an excellent financial decision for you, not just right now but for your future and well into your retirement years.
Whoopi Goldberg and Marc Jacobs were among the over 2,000 attendees at the 32nd Annual Toys Party, held last night at Pier 60 in Chelsea, which raised over $270,000 for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and collected over 5,000 toys. Marc Jacobs brought so many toys, they needed help unloading them all from the car!Read More
What better way to introduce a home, as well as peruse artwork by than an art themed party? Recently at 45 Lispenard Street 6E, listed at $2.4 Million brought the life of Miami Art Basel into Tribeca, curated by the residential real estate team at Stribling & Associates, Ltd.
The 1,800 SF loft hosted an exclusive viewing of large artworks by Julia Ryan, a visual artist whose works were featured in galleries in Los Angeles and New York.
Julia's work originates from an original photo which is then manipulated to create ultimate contrast and saturation. Her work has appeared on the cover of Paper Magazine featuring songstress Nicki Minaj, as well as in galleries across New York and Los Angeles.
Stribling’s top-producing Lanyard Grandelli Team consisted of Jason Lanyard, Nicole Grandelli, and Geo Punnapuzha.
Attendees can view portraits of people or close-ups of inanimate objects decked in all the finery, paint or studded jewelry.
Celebrating its third year of CS Talks, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group brought in more than 1,250 real estate industry professionals for an eight-day series of creative events and dialogues which spanned 17 new developments.
Started in 2015 CS Talks brings in Industry professionals in the city's top new developmental projects offering unique persectives similar to TED Talks
This year’s CS Talks kicked off at Waterline Square where guests sipped on Bellinis and previewed the Cipriani dining and food hall experience James Linsley of GID Development Group and Maggio Cipriani are planning for the development.
Some of the events consisted of
- Food52 founder Amanda Hesser, along with interior architect Jeffrey Beers, discussed the ever-evolving restaurant scene in NoMad at one of Corcoran Sunshine’s newest projects 277 Fifth Avenue.
- The significance of Hudson Yards by Related Companies was featured in three separate events that touched on culture, new public parks, and sustainability— all key aspects of the development. Related CEO Jeff Blau also spoke to the dynamic changes underway in West Chelsea at the penthouse of Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th Street on The High Line.
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- The changing face of the retail landscape with grocery impresario Eli Zabar at 389 E. 89 was a popular event for Zabar loyalists, and The Rudin Family’s Greenwich Lanefeatured a cooking demonstration and risotto tasting in the chef’s kitchen amenity space, presented by famed Italian eatery Sant Ambroeus.
- Four Seasons Private Residences unveiled the 82nd floor Penthouse model residence for an exclusive Savoir Faire partnership between Silverstein Properties and Louis Vuitton, presented by Robert Vecsler, Silverstein Properties President of Residential Development.
- The official launch of Tribeca’s 45 Park Place brought designer Piero Lissoni over from Italy especially for the event, hosted by developer Sharif El-Gamal of SoHo Properties.
- The grand finale of CS Talks included a champagne toast to celebrate the unveiling of Brad Ford’s design for The Penthouse at Tribeca’s One Hundred Barclay.
“This year’s compelling events at CS Talks resonated with the city’s top agents and industry tastemakers, who came out in record numbers,” said Kelly Kennedy Mack, President of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. “New development is intertwined with arts, culture, and dining in New York, and CS Talks is a celebration of that fascinating meeting point.”
While the weather continues to drop many of us miss the opportunity to go outside and take in what the city has to offer. We've compiled a list of our favorite listings with Instagram worthy terraces where you'll want to be outside all year round without leaving your home. With a rooftop pool or a kitchen to grill year round you can't go wrong with these options.
87 Mercer Street, PHB - SoHo - Nolita
UPDATE: No longer available
This luxurious Manhattan Penthouse provides the unique opportunity to own a 2,350 square foot bi-level private rooftop terrace with a pool detail. Three sides of floor-to-ceiling Nano doors seamlessly blend the indoor living space with the outdoor roof decks. Whether relaxing by the fireplace or entertaining on the double-level terrace, the features are endless. In the center of the outdoor area is a top-of-the-line Kalamazoo stainless steel kitchen, which includes a 60-inch hybrid grill, a beverage center, a wine fridge, an ice maker, a dishwasher, endless counter space, and a large sink. Here, the city skyline steals the show; from One World Trade to the iconic water towers of SoHo. Completing the terrace experience is a ten-person custom stainless steel water installation and a 55 inch outdoor TV with surround sound.
2150 Broadway, PH1A - Upper West Side, NY
Prepare to be wowed as you step on the 2,200+ SF landscaped roof deck; it is truly astounding. An entertainers delight, no summer home required! With its custom kitchen and bar outfitted with Kalamazoo appliances, you will only need to choose your favorite angle, your favorite view, as your private oasis offers multiple lounging and dining options.
7 Hubert Street, TH3 - TriBeCa, NY
The Townhouse at The Hubert. Have it all with this quintessential family home at a premier full service condo located in the heart of TriBeCa. This extra wide, sun flooded townhouse is perfectly divided into three levels consisting of 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths. A gracious entryway leads to the main floor including the kitchen with top of the line appliances and an open dining area. Through the kitchen is the private parking garage with accessory space, which can easily be reconfigured to its intended fourth bedroom with separate entry. The center of the home is the expansive 32' wide great room with 12' ceilings and a decorative white onyx fireplace. Massive California doors open out to the secluded 800 sq. ft. patio, complete with an oversized Sundance Spa.
1 Plaza Street West, PH - Park Slope, NY
This one-of-a-kind Penthouse features inspirational five-borough views, from sunrise over Prospect Park, north to the New York and Brooklyn skyline and beyond, to the sunset past New York Harbor, and south to the Verrazano Bridge. With private wraparound terraces surrounding the apartment, this stunning Brooklyn Penthouse will make you feel like you've stepped into a sanctuary, full of warmth, air, and light, every time you arrive home. With multiple terrace exits, you'll enjoy inside/outside living from your bird's-eye perch. In the winter, cozy up beside the working fireplace with a view over your domain.
327 East 9th Street, TRIPLEX - East Village, NY
327 East 9th is a one of a kind boutique rental building that redefines the townhouse experience. Perfectly located on an intimate, tree-lined street in the Heart of the East Village between 1st and 2nd Avenue. This triplex residence features: 3,700 Sqft, 5 Large Bedrooms, 4 Full Bathrooms and 1 Half Bath,Private Keyed Elevator, 5-Fixture Master Baths with Radiant Heated Floors, Private Roof Deck with Full Outdoor Kitchen, Private Balconies with Wrought Iron Railings, Floor-through Living and Dining, Radiant Heated White Oak Chevron Floors, Large Chef's Kitchen with Italian Arabescato Marble Island and Custom Christopher Peacock Cabinetry, Wolf, Miele and SubZero Appliances with 106-Bottle Wine Storage, Sweeping Architectural Staircases, 2 Electric Gas Powered Fireplaces adorned in Pietra Cardosa SandstoneWalk in Closet, Laundry Room with Vented LG Washer & Dryer and Multi-zone Central Air.
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If you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to take all the summer and autumn clothes out of your closet and make room for cosier and thicker clothes in order to adjust to the cold and windy weather that’s approaching. Winter is here, and while we might be longing for the summer again, at least the season in which we can wear our favourite sweaters, jackets and socks while drinking hot chocolate or eggnog is here. So, with this in mind, what are the essentials for your winter wardrobe?
Forget about all the floral and colourful t-shirts (and shirts) you were rocking until now. Winter dictates simple and monochromatic t-shirts and shirts, without any patterns or eccentric prints. Why? Since you will likely be dressing in many layers, the best way to combine different t-shirts with pants and sweaters is if you had only minimalistic t-shirts. That way, you will be able to wear the same t-shirt more times this winter, without looking like you have nothing else to wear. Moreover, the minimalistic approach is very trendy now, so start your car and go get yourself simple tees in beige, brown, black or white.
Many make the mistake of wearing sneakers and summer footwear during winter. It doesn’t matter if it’s not raining or not very cold, summer footwear is called that for a reason. Since many people say that shoes make the first impression on them, having leather shoes will definitely enhance how people perceive you. Choose brown shoes – you won’t be in the wrong. If you want to add a nice, urban twist to your wardrobe, try ankle boots as they are very trendy nowadays. Not only does this design look good on you, but this height will keep you warm and protect you from the cold weather. However, if the weather is dry, you could perhaps pull off sneakers – but make sure they are white, simple, and not flannel.
As The Neighborhood says, “let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater”. And if you want to do this, then you’ll need very beautiful and comfortable sweaters, right? As it is the case with t-shirts, the best sweaters you could have are monochromatic, due to the fact that you could easily match them to the rest of your outfit. However, winter is the only season of sweaters, so it’s advisable to have patterned ones since those also look amazing. Get yourself an “ugly” Christmas sweater and rock it only during December and around the Xmas tree (the word “only” cannot be emphasized enough). The worst thing you could do is wear the Xmas sweater after Xmas – save the patterned ones for then. If you pair a colourful sweater with plain pants and nice leather shoes, you’ll have yourself an excellent winter outfit.
November and December are months in which you will probably have at least one formal event. Not to mention Christmas and New Year’s Eve, when it’s a must to look the best you can. For these occasions, it would be best if you had a nice, elegant suit. Make sure, though, to have a suit that’s designed for winter – meaning no ankle chinos, but rather regular trousers. You can find many great men’s suits in Melbourne that you could invest in for the upcoming holidays, so book a fitting and wait for all eyes to be on you this season.
Winter is also the time of coats and jackets. If you want to add some flair to your style– a good coat is the key. Coats are excellent since they look very classy, and you can pair them with literally everything – jeans, sweaters, even sneakers. A coat is not only used as a layer of warmth, but of style as well. The best option is to get a coat the same colour as the shoes you’re wearing the most during winter. If they are brown – get a brown coat. Shoes (not talking about sneakers) of different colour than the coat might seriously clash. However, white footwear pairs well with any colour coat. So, to sum up – get yourself a coat this winter, and leave the jackets for some other time.
These five items are definitely must-haves for this season. If you follow these tips and really get into the winter weather, you’ll surely look top notch this winter.
You bought everything you wanted on Black Friday, now what do you get for the person who already has everything in fitness, health, and beauty? The person who does yoga in the morning and getting their hair blown at night while sipping green juice at all times. While you may not be thinking clearly, there's actually lots you can get them
Check below to see what to get the Lululemon wearing fan in your life. We promise they will love a trip to Red Mountain Resort or start their day with Clarisonic.
Clarisonic Alpha Fit
The gift that will keep on giving all year round. Clarasonic revolutionizes the way men and women clean their face, as this tool has allowed beauty addicts to clean beyond their hands.
A brand new, compact and waterproof design fits in the palm of your hand and is easily portable for gym, travel and on-the-go cleansing.
If you want to gift the special someone this gift, feel free to pick up an extra bush for yourself!
$219 Shop Here
Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Kit
No one wants thinning hair, male, female, which makes this gift just as good as real caviar. A thinning hair treatment set for fuller, healthier and denser-looking hair.a targeted anti-aging kit formulated with luxurious Caviar Extract & Red Clover Densifying Complex, which helps combat the causes of thinning hair and provides fuller, denser-looking hair.
The kit includes: 1. Daily Detoxifying Shampoo: gentle cleanses scalp and hair, soothing irritated skin and eliminating buildup and 2. Daily Densifying Foam: improves blood circulation, encouraging thicker, fuller, stronger hair that looks and feels denser from the inside out.
$57 Shop Here
Fitbit Aria 2
This stylish scale will keep you fit all year round as it measures weight, body fat percentage, lean mass and BMI. Being able to sync with your other Fitbit apparel the scale tracks your progress with simple, easy-to-read graphs. With a modern, polished glass surface for a scale that looks stylish anywhere
$129,50 Shop Here
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Why put in so much effort it doesn't maximize your body's potential. Fitcode helps you understand how your DNA affects your fitness potential, so you can get the info you need to fine-tune your routine and reach your goals faster.
A 27-gene profile that helps you understand how your DNA affects your fitness potential, so you can get the info you need to fine-tune your routine and reach your goals faster.
$149 Shop Here
Red Mountain Resort
Looking to get away and be healthy, while taking in beautiful scenery and being pampered. Nestled in Southwestern Utah’s red rock bluffs, Red Mountain Resort is a one-of-a-kind active destination retreat, inspiring guests to pursue health, wellness, balance and joy. With one of the country’s most breathtaking natural settings as its backdrop.
The resort offers an array of different Retreat Packages which include three healthy meals daily and allow guests to enjoy a number of amazing hotel perks such as daily guided hikes through the surrounding canyons and access to array of unlimited fitness classes (yoga, Pilates, etc.),personal discovery and wellness activities, offered daily.
For the health continence TwinMedix PRO:ESSENTIALS is a cruelty-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free skincare line developed with the purest, most professional pharmaceutical grade formulas for daily care and protection. Using patented microsponge technology with the goal of transforming, defending, renewing, brightening and resurfacing the skin
$40-90 Shop Here
Just in time for the new year Rise-N-Shine's Pro Muscle Enhancer is a great companion for a person to maximize their workout, and has Deer Antler, Tongkat Ali, DHEA and more - it can be especially helpful for those who may be hitting the gym after the holidays.
Other vitamins that they offer are the Bikini Vitamins for weight loss, and the Vitamin Facial which is like enjoying a facial in a capsule - the natural phytoceramides in each capsule are known to plump up skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
$29.99 Shop Here
SOUL Electronics’ Run Free Pro H
Wirelessly connected to your phone via Bluetooth, the earphones use Beflex technology to track the runner’s movements and provide real-time voice coaching to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. The accompanying app analyzes and saves run metrics to show progress and better future runs. Whether running on a treadmill or outside, the Run Free Pro HD makes for the perfect fitness mate.
$129.99 Shop Here
This pitch black Instagram bestie has everything you need to detox. Not only does it taste like an old school hot chocolate, but it's packed full of healthy superfoods to give you a jolt of natural energy and increase your mental focus. We combined Cacao for natural energy, activated charcoal for a deep detox, reishi for increased brain clarity, coconut milk for gut health, cinnamon/cayenne for a metabolism boost, and vanilla/stevia for a touch of sweetness.
$20-$40 Shop Here
Bella Schneider Beauty
For the friend who wanderlusts, bring the feeling of vacation to them with this Polynesian inspired gift set. The set contains Organic Lychee & Coconut Face + Body Polish to exfoliate the skin, and Coconut Soufflé Cream + Olive Oil to nourish and moisturize. With use of this polish and cream, skin will feel vacationed and renewed.
$95 Shop Here
We've all done the dating apps, you find some people to talk to, but how often do you actually meet in person? Or even better have a second date with them?
While dating apps are great to see who is out there, you still need to do some work and actually leave your place (well, most of the time), what's the solution, actually going out! This can now be done with Social Concierge, a group that hosts private dating parties, originally from London.
Rather than swiping left or right, Social Concierge is a private dating club for 20/30-year-olds who have been vetted by their team so everyone you meet will be top tier.
To kick off the holiday season Social Concierge will be holding a festive party Baby It's Cold Outside, with 150 + single professionals waiting to drink, network and flirt. The event will be hosted by musician Michelle Rose of Frances Rose fame.
In case you can't make it to this event, don't worry! Members (at a low $25 per month cost) have access to 2 invite parties a month at such locations like The Jane Hotel and the Mailroom.
Apply today to join the network in time for the festive celebrations and receive a complimentary guest ticket by using the code, SCLOVE as your proposer:
Travelling for work can be a stressful experience, trips to the airport, meetings, schedules etc. can take their toll. But perhaps the hardest part of the whole trip is the wardrobe choices. Odds are on your trip you need to meet with people, attend events, dinners and other meets and greet, therefore you constantly need to look the part. However, you don’t want to be carrying a lot of luggage with you, so you need to find the balance and bring a small number of key pieces that will get you through any eventuality.
Here are a few tips to make your packing (at least!) stress free!
First, figure out exactly what you need to take…if you have a dinner event, consider bringing an outfit that can go from day to night with just a few adjustments. Therefore, you are packing less clothes, instead you are using one item and wearing it two different ways. For example, taking several ties of different patterns and colors to match your shirt is a good choice. For business women, you can also try to cover your day dress with an eye catching coat. Which is quite risqué, but in a good way!
And the look becomes a stylish day time one!
Then, when you are going out for dinner or drinks that evening, remove your coat, flash your elegant dress(or your nice silk shirt), better add in a pop of color with matching shoes or a dressy silk scarf.
Eh voila, one look, two ways! Saves a bit of space in your bag!
Don’t forget about down time when you are away also. If you are a gym bunny, then a good idea is to pack some work out gear or perhaps a swimsuit. Easy to fit in as they take up very little space and may be a welcome addition to your trip if the work part gets a bit too much. Working out is the best stress reliever after all.
Gorgeous, and while conservative enough for a work trip, still says that you’ve got personality, plus, on trend!
For traveling, I would recommend a jumpsuit. Now, don’t be afraid, jumpsuits have come a long way since Charlies Angels and are now a comfortable and accessible piece of clothing, no matter what your style or shape. They are a great one-piece item to pack in, as they take up very little space and look amazing. Great for the trip there and back because you look both smart and professional but also you can move around easily and feel relaxed.
Wear with a pair of flats to give your feet and easy time too! You never want wear your leather shoes or height heels from morning till night, right?
Nearly there, the final point is don’t forget the handbag. If you pick the right one, then one is all you will need, trick is…go for a neutral color which will match whatever you wear…light tan is a winner.
I know, right? Amazing, and screams…I am a strong, confident businessman/woman with style AND substance.
Oh…nearly forgot, top tip! When packing, roll up your clothes: this double edged sword means you will fit more in your bag and remove the risk of creased clothes….you’re welcome!!
Facebook and Instagram are towering social media giants that also serve as incredible marketing platforms. Social marketing, however, is not just the face-off between these two. Many other social media channels are popping up, while other established networks are also attempting to steal the show. The latter have unparalleled reach, but their success is far from guaranteed.
Due to the rising competition and complex technical dimension, staying on top of the ever-changing social media game can be a daunting challenge.
A plan of attack
Cost-effective social channels empower startups to overcome two of the chief obstacles on the road to success: Limited manpower and constrained budgets. A barrier to entry is low and the playing field is leveled. This is not to say that choices do not matter. On the contrary, they can make or break the whole social media marketing strategy.
First off, note that spreading yourself too thin is not the most efficient approach. Trying to make the most of all platforms tends to bring only mediocre results. Thus, instead of the scattergun tactic, embrace a targeted and focused plan of action. Save work hours, trim your payroll, and utilize platforms that give you substantial ROI.
After all, each channel is used in different ways and by various groups of people. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions or shortcuts to greatness here. You may already feel overwhelmed and that is fine. Many other companies seek social media experts from agencies like Jason Hornung to help them navigate the labyrinth of decisions.
Nevertheless, it always pays off to educate yourself.
Name of the social game
The key to making the right call is figuring out your target audience and the networks they use the most. So, conduct a thorough research. Do not fret if you are off to a slow start: Every little bit of spadework will pay dividends in the long run.
Snapchat, for instance, is a real gold mine for businesses that target millennials. To capture their imagination, brands offer behind-the-scenes photos, engaging video content, and feature interviews with prominent figures.
Furthermore, according to Statista.com, men and women between the ages of 25-54 form the bulk of all Facebook users. Because it captures a slightly older market, this channel might not be the primary platform for companies that cater solely to millennials.
Instagram may sound like a no-brainer as it is used by 500 million people worldwide most of whom run it every single day. However, the latest algorithm update changed the way in which posts are presented. They no longer appear in a chronological order, meaning brands lose some of the control over their branding efforts.
Besides, as Forbes points out, Instagram still has a smaller user database than Facebook.
Amalgam of moving parts
This brings us to the point that the target audience is not the only element that influences your decision-making. The aforementioned Instagram, despite the latest technical hullabaloo, is a sound choice for businesses that post a lot of visual content in order to foster a loyal following.
Then again, there is also image-heavy Pinterest to consider. It attracts one group of users, in particular, women the age of 18-49 and it is teeming with brands that offer products in the food, fashion, décor, and art sector. They do not have much use for platforms like LinkedIn, which facilitates business networking and job searches.
As you can see, the choices are never straightforward and answers are rarely cut and dried. Finally, the list of social networks goes on and encompasses some lesser-known, industry-specific, and even obscure examples. Why would you bother with them? Well, being an early adopter of a new platform can turn out to be something that launches your businesses into the stratosphere.
As we have already said, it all comes down to discovering where your company fits in the market. This should be your guiding principle if you want to make the social media work for you.
By Emily Bach
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now seems to be the best time of any to take a trip to somewhere new. For some that may look like a family member’s home, but for others it could be the spot of ultimate relaxation. Here are a few of our favorite places to spend for spending this Thanksgiving in bliss.
Hilton Head, SC
This booming island has quickly become a huge hit for the holiday times. Their laid-back and beachy vibes make it the perfect place to sit back, grab a pina colada and enjoy the sound of the waves. For dinner, there are a number of nicer restaurants, from Truffles, with a family-style menu, to Topside, known for their high quality seafood. But, the most notable of restaurants is The Salty Dog, a Hilton Head classic that’s quickly taken over the Atlantic region.
For a bit of a chillier escape, consider trying out a vacation in Utah. The destination is known for it’s insane ski-slopes, but contains far more beneath the surface. Complete with a cute city center and scads of adorable cabins, the city is the perfect place to go for a Thanksgiving getaway.
If you’re looking to explore and adventure, DC is the place to go. As the nation’s capital, it contains some of the US’ top dining locations and most carefully curated museums. If you’re not an art person, check out the Air and Space Museum, Spy Museum or Bible Museum for a fun, but informative, day. And while you’re there, make sure you don’t miss out on the Washington Monument, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime sight.