Washington, D.C. Journals

Iz and Irene in DC

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A May 2003 trip to Washington, D.C. by zabelle

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Iz and Irene's Excellent Adventure

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American Red Cross Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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This was a case of two girls, two days, and too much fun. Irene and I have been girlfriends for many years and in the past have gone on vacations together with our husbands. This time, it was just us girls. We decided that we would fly to D.C. and have a long weekend to catch some of the sights. We wanted to see some of the lesser visited spots in D.C. We began our big adventure at the Museum of Women in the Arts. It was too late to visit another museum, so we walked down New York Avenue to Pennsylvania and walked by the White House and around Lafayette Park ...Read More

Grand Hyatt Washington

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Hotel | "Grand Hyatt"

Grand Hyatt Washington Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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My first impression as we walked into the twelve-story atrium, with a huge American flag hanging, was awe... a waterfall flowed down the wall, and the bar piano floating on a small island in the pool only added to that feeling. Our check-in was seamless, and we were soon zooming up to our 11th-floor room. My awe only lasted until I tried to insert my key card into the door, and it took two hands to yank it back out that time and every time I used it. The room had all the amenities you would expect of a first-class hotel: two double beds ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H St.
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 582-1234

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square

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Restaurant | "Capitol City Brewing Company"

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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If you are looking for a romantic after theater dinner restaurant, keep looking—this place isn’t for you. The Capitol City Brewing Company rocks even at 11pm. There were two reasons we picked it for our dinner stop after the National Theater. First, they serve dinner until 11:45pm, and second, it was diagonally across from the Hyatt Hotel, which made it a perfect place for us. We were seated quickly, and there was no delay in getting our orders taken. I ordered the Bistro Beefsteak Garni, which is an 8-ounce center-cut top sirloin steak with peppercorn butter, marinated in red wine and roasted garlic. It was served with a Caesar salad and fries. Irene ordered the pasta primavera, angel hair pas...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square
2 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20001

Ford's Theatre

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Attraction

Ford's Theatre Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Ford’s Theatre is one of those places that I have always wanted to visit but have never quite managed to do. Every time I have been in Washington, nothing was playing there. It was meant to be this time, since the performance of 1776 was extended by a week, which made it possible for us to go. I wasn’t sure what to expect; I guess I expected it to look like every other theater I’ve gone to in London or New York. In some ways it does, but I was totally surprised by the seats. They are wooden chairs with cushions tied on to make them more comfortable. Your program will be on your seat when you arrive, escorted by one of the ushers. You feel like quite a privileged guest. By sheer dumb l...Read More

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Ford's Theatre
511 10th Street Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-4833

Decatur House Museum

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Attraction

Decatur House Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Located on the northwest corner of Lafayette Park, this Benjamin Henry Latrobe House was designed and built for the naval hero Commander Stephen Decatur in 1819. Our docent, Mary, took us on a tour of the house, along with three architectural students. We were the beneficiaries of this unique tour composition, since we would have never discussed the issues they brought up about the house. The only way to visit the house is on a tour, and they begin on Saturday morning at 10:15am. The last weekday tour begins at 4pm. The normal tour would take about 45 minutes, but ours ran over an hour--we were almost overlapped by the next tour, so I know we took longer than usual. The Decaturs only...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

Decatur House Museum
1610 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 842-0920

Octagon Museum

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Attraction | "Octagon House"

Octagon Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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You begin your visit of Octagon house with a self-guided tour of the lower level of the house. This is where the staff lived and worked, or rather, I should say, where the slaves worked. The Tayloe family, who built the house, were slave-owners from Virginia. Mr. Tayloe was a tobacco farmer, and Mrs. Tayloe was the daughter of the governor of Maryland. They had Octagon House built as their winter home. Washington was deserted farmland when they took bids from Latrobe and Thornton for the construction of their new home. They took Thornton's bid mostly because it was one third the price of Lat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

Octagon Museum
1799 New York Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 638-3221

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum

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Attraction | "DAR Museum"

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Throw out any preconceived notions you may have about the DAR and come here prepared to see some beautiful rooms, a fantastic genealogy library, and a lovely building. I don’t know what I thought it would be like, but I was totally unprepared to wish I could join. We arrived between tours, so we had a few minutes to walk around the lobby area. Security was very strict here; our bags were looked at, and we had to go through metal detectors before getting our badge. You need a badge to tour the building. The member who greeted us suggested we might want to pass the time until the next tour by visiting the library. We did go to the library, but there is a charge to use it. Since neither of us has...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum
1776 D Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
(202) 879-3241

National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Attraction

National Museum of Women in the Arts Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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What drew me to Washington at this particular time was the exhibit being shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, entitled "Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum". Unfortunately for anyone who might wish to see this exhibit, it ends on June 18, 2003. In the exhibit are works by Angelica Kauffman, Elizabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun, Christina Robertson, and Marie Anne Collot. It was put together to celebrate the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. Since I am a big Vigee-Lebrun fan, it was a must-see for me, and I was not at all disappointed. It was magnificent, with lots of portrai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., United States 20005
(800) 222-7270

More Important Stuff

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Story/Tip

Flag that hung off the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001 Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Blue Shuttle If you are traveling by plane, this is one easy way to get from either Reagan or Dulles Airport to your hotel. The vans hold seven people, and they will definitely try to fill it before they leave the airport, which can cause some delays, but for $9, it is an effortless way to travel. You can either buy your voucher ahead of time on Expedia or you can purchase them in the terminal. Follow the signs for ground transportation. Even if you don’t have a reservation, they will try to fit you into a van. To reserve your ride back to the airport, call at least 24 hours in advance and let them know the time of your flight; they will tell you what time you will be picked up. The...Read More