Post # 1
I need some assistance! Im wanting to take my better half to DC to celebrate and I have no idea where to stay. With our jobs, we are only going to be able to go down on a Friday night, spend all day saturday and then head back home on Sunday.
Basically, we will only have a full day Saturday to do everything. He is a huge history buff so he would love to tour the Whitehouse (is that super difficult to schedule a tour? any quick ways? Im wanting to take him at the end of March/first of April).
What hotels are close to the Whitehouse that are pretty nice but not going to cost an arm and both legs? We would love to be within walking distance to most things.
Any suggestions I greatly appreciate it 🙂 🙂
Post # 3
I was just there!
we stayed at the Omni Shoreham, its just gorgeous. Look it up on TripAdvisor.
Theres a great, and very inexpensive restaurant right across the street called Open City. If you like mussels, its the special on Tuesday night (I’m pretty sure…) its $15 for like FOUR pounds of mussels and a glas. of wine. Insane. Also try the gingerbread pancakes.
We went to the Natural History Museum and I saw the Hope Diamond in the Harry Winston Gallery!
The zoo is amazing, and about a 10 min walk from the Omni (if you stay there). Taxi Fare to the Smithsonian was about $13/$15 and we travelled during rush hour, so pretty reasonable.
I’m fairly certain that only student groups are permitted on WH tours. Since I was travelling with a grp of students, I was supposed to go, but had a killer migraine from the weather change, so I missed out on that once in a lifetime opportunity.
Post # 4
You should go eat at the Old Ebbitt Grill. It’s right by the white house, reasonably priced, and has amazing food. (Make your reservation soon though. They book up fast!) As long as you stay near the mall. hotels shouldn’t be too bad. I’d recommend signing up for dc groupons. You might find a hotel that way that’s nicer than you might normally get.
If you can’t get into the white house, you can always tour the capitol building. It’s an interesting tour. And the natural history museum is the best smithsonian (in my opinion). My next favs are the holocaust museum (reserve your tickets early if you go), the spy museum, and the newseum.
You all are going to have an awesome time!
Post # 5
Is it ok to send an email to my rep and senator or should I send a letter?
Post # 6
Send an email to your rep but do it exactly 90 days before your visit; they do not take requests prior to that, so yours will likely be black-holed if done too far in advance. Be flexible with your dates and times, and don’t expect confirmation of your White House tour till a few days before your visit.
As for hotels, check out Beacon House on 17th and Rhode Island Ave NW, it is a bit of a walk to the White House but not too bad, and there is good public transport options in both neighborhoods. Beacon House is on a very quiet block on the edge of DuPont Circle neighborhood so you have a ton of choices for shopping, dining and nightlife wihtout all the crowds and noise, and likely a bit of a savings over a hotel closer to the WH.
Also have a meal at one of our many fine Ethiopian restaurants; DC has the largest Ethiopian community outside of Ethiopia, and I’ve been all over the US and never really seen many choices in Ethiopian cuisine outside of DC. My favorites are Meskerem on 18th and Belmont NW, or Dukem on 11th and U NW. Catch a show at the 9:30 Club (seriously one of the best live music venues anywhere) http://930.com.
Post # 7
If you can, I’d try to make it for the Kite Festival (March 30, 2013). It will be crowded, but seeing all the kites in the sky is spectacular. Keep in mind the Cherry Blossom Festival is March 20- April 14 this year.
I think being around Dupont Circle would be a great place. Lots of food and entertainment, but close to metro.