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Washington DC with a WWII Veteran

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A July 2004 trip to Washington, D.C. by barbara

McCormick & Schmicks Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: If you wanna meet a flag wavin', apple pie lovin', Star Spangled Banner singin' American, my family's full of 'em. My grandfather was on the Enterprise. My husband's grandfather was in the Battle of the Bulge. A trip to the WWII Memorial was inevitable.

Capital Hilton

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Hotel | "Capitol Hill Hilton"

Capital Hilton Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Very close to the White House, the Capitol Hill Hilton offers what you'd expect from the Hilton brand. We had three rooms here, all of which were nicely appointed and spacious. In one of our rooms, my mother-in-law used a roll-away bed so that she could be near her elderly parents if they needed help in the middle of the night. Still, there was enough floor space to move around. When we first arrived, our rooms were not yet ready, so we decided to have lunch at Twig's Grill. The staff here was very helpful with my grandmother-in-law's wheelchair, and we enjoyed the casual yet nice setting. Papa loved his giant club sandwich ($13.25), and I thought the vegetable panini I ordered ($13.7...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2004

Capital Hilton
1001 16TH ST NW
Washington, United States 20036
202 393-1000

McCormick & Schmick's

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Restaurant | "McCormick & Schmick's"

McCormick & Schmick's Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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McCormick and Schmick's is part of a chain, but you'd never know it. The location on K Street has a decidedly DC flair. I got a big kick out of the stained glass panels over each of the two entry doors. One panel depicts the Dem's donkey, while the other shows the GOP elephant. Perhaps you enter the door under your party's mascot? Pollsters could sit on the sidewalk and count! Furthering the patriotic decor is red, white and blue bunting, colonial soldiers in stained glass, and a wooden Indian to one side of the front counter. Lots of guys and gals in suits were sipping drinks at the long bar, but I liked the small tables that were in cubicle-like enclosures the best. I could imagine a lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2004

McCormick & Schmick's
1652 K Street, North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20006
(202) 861-2233

Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steak House

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Restaurant

Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steak House Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Fran O'Brien's is located in the Capitol Hilton where we stayed. Full of plush, red leather booths and dark wood, it has a masculine feel that is extended by the fact that the bar in the center is cigar friendly. (Non-smokers don't need to worry. The main dining area is a bit separated from the bar, and I did not smell smoke during our meal.) The restaurant is actually named after a football player who wore a Redskins jersey from 1960-66. But don't expect sports bar prices here. This is a fine dining a la carte menu. (I.e. side dishes are priced separately from your main entree.) First of all, the service here was very efficient. We had a large party, but our waiter did a nice job...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steak House
1001 16th Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20036
(202) 783-2599

Occidental Grill & Seafood

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Restaurant | "Occidental"

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We left the White House and crossed the street to the Occidental. My husband's grandparents were tired, so I was relieved to see a hostess open the outside patio area here. I thought, "How convenient!" Although the restaurant was chosen quite by random, I was soon to discover we were in for a real treat. We had stumbled into one of the most famous restaurants in the District! Apparently a meeting that helped avert the Cuban Missile Crisis took place here! Completely oblivious to all of this, I settled Grandmother in a chair under a wide green umbrella. There was a cool cross breeze that made outside dining extremely comfortable. Papa and I then took a look at the interior of the restaurant. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2004

Occidental Grill & Seafood
1475 Pennsylvania Avenue North West
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-1475

Rumors

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Restaurant

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A wonderful friend of mine met me for lunch at Rumors because a friend of hers had told her it was a decent, casual place to eat. We walked into the restaurant and took in the nautical decor. There's actually a sailboat in the center of the floor! Since it was a beautiful day, however, we decided to eat lunch outside on the wood-planked patio. The bar has windows that open up to this area so you don't have to go back inside to get a drink. The menu here offers a lot of traditional pub fare. You can get popcorn shrimp, a turkey burger, buffalo wings, or even a reasonably priced NY strip for lunch. I ordered a crabcake sandwich. Truthfully, it was only okay: apparently deep-fried in...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 20, 2004

Rumors
1900 M Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20036
(202) 466-7378

Old Ebbitt Grill

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Restaurant

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A friend of mine who writes for the Washington Times suggested we meet at the Old Ebbitt Grill for lunch. A DC fixture for years, this restaurant first opened its doors in 1856! I loved the atmosphere here, which had an upscale feel yet still remained casual enough for kids. Think lots of dark woods, tablecloths, and booth seating. Paintings on the walls show scenes like the nearby White House. We were quickly seated and started looking at our menu.Since I'm from Georgia, I had to order the Georgia Spinach Salad: a delicious concoction topped with mango and pecans. However, I could have gotten anything from pasta to trout. The offerings are typical American fare,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2005

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
(202) 347-4800

Arlington National Cemetery

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Attraction

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Every time I have ever gone to DC, I have visited Arlington National Cemetery. Near a tree on one of the flowing green fields, there is a marker for a USN Lieutenant Commander... my grandfather. Once a petty officer on the most active carrier in the Pacific, the Enterprise, he also served in the Korean War. I never met him. He died long before I was born. But I knew this man through the eyes of my own father. In my house, my grandfather was a hero. During this visit, my husband's grandfather was with us. He, too, served his country in WWII. A Battle of the Bulge veteran, he wanted to see the changing of the guard. So we went to the Visitor's Center and purchased tickets on the To...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2004

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia 22211
(703) 607-8000

National World War II Memorial

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Attraction | "World War II Memorial"

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We took this particular trip to DC for one simple reason: my husband's grandfather wanted to see the WWII Memorial. A patriot who has two middle names---Woodrow and Wilson---Papa is pushing ninety years old. As a young man he was a sergeant at the Battle of the Bulge, where he won a purple heart for a devastating head wound. He was also with the troops that liberated Paris. So when he asked for this trip, what could we say? He earned it. While you could make a day of visiting all the different memorials on the mall, elderly tourists might not be up for this. If we had driven a car, there's plenty of handicap parking. Since we didn't have a car, we simply took...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

National World War II Memorial
Constitution Avenue And 15th Street, Nw
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

Visiting the District with the Elderly

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When you're traveling with people who tire easily, who are physically challenged, and who need a couple of breaks throughout the day, make sure you stay in the city. We chose the Capitol Hilton near the White House. It was easy to recharge here each afternoon before an evening activity.Don't try to fit a lot into the schedule. We only had a couple of days. If you are young and fit, you can cover a lot of ground in this amount of time. If you are a senior citizen, you're not in a hurry to cover a lot of anything. Decide before arrival what is the attraction you (or those in your party) want to see and build your schedule around this. Then make ...Read More