Washington, D.C. Journals

Washington, D.C. during Cherry-Blossom Time

An April 2005 trip to Washington, D.C. by Susie Go Go

The Capitol Building Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: During the Cherry Blossom Festival is a wonderful time to visit D.C. This was my first visit to this great American city. The cherry blossoms were plentiful and provided a beautiful backdrop for our visit to our political home.

Washington, D.C. during Cherry-Blossom Time

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Overview

The Capitol Building Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The highlight of my visit to Washington, D.C., was the spectacular sight of the cherry blossom trees around the tidal basin in full bloom. We happened to be there during the Cherry Blossom Festival. For information about the festival, see this link.I also very much enjoyed the Marc Broussard concert at the 9:30 Club. (If you're not familiar with Marc Broussard, I would highly suggest giving his music a listen. Check him out at this link.)Washington, D.C., also has a wide array of restaurants to choose from. Just about any cuisine you can think of can be found...Read More

Doubletree Guest Suites Washington DC

Hotel | "Doubletree Guest Suites"

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Staying at this hotel was a suggestion by my travel agent. With three people sharing a room, it was suggested for its "suite" style. Our suite had a kitchen, living room area, bathroom, and bedroom with two queen-size beds. The extra room was nice, with three people sharing the space. The property was in a quiet residential area close to George Washington University. The area felt safe for nighttime walking. It was only a short walk to the Foggy Bottom Metro station. The property was clean and up-to-date. The front-desk staff was, for the most part, friendly and helpful. The doormen were extremely friendly. Some sort of reservation mix up delayed our check-in for a little bit, but i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Doubletree Guest Suites Washington DC
801 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW
Washington, United States 20037
202 785-2000

Jaleo

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Restaurant

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My group headed out to Jaleo for dinner after reading about it in a travel guide. Trying Spanish cuisine was intriguing to me. A friendly greeting was right inside of Jaleo's door. The interior is spacious and modern, with windows looking out onto the streets. We were promptly seated, and our server appeared promptly. Drink specials were pointed out, and I settled on the red-wine sangria, which was excellent. Our server asked if we were familiar with the tapas concept and thoroughly explained it for our benefit. Tapas (or shared appetizer portions) was what we settled on. Jaleo's tapas menu is divided into three sections - cold, hot, and combination. Our server seemed happy to make suggest...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Jaleo
480 7th Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20004
(202) 628-7949

Luna Grill & Diner

Restaurant | "Luna Grill & Diner"

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We stumbled upon this restaurant at lunchtime one day while walking in the Dupont Circle area of D.C. The front window booth provided us with a nice spot for lunch and a place to rest our weary feet. The location is cozy, not big at all. The interior has a colorful eclectic vibe to it. I ordered the Australian wrap. When it was brought to the table, I was shocked by the sheer size of it. It was huge! And there was quite a flavorful combination of ingredients - moist roast beef, blue cheese, roasted peppers, and onions with a cream-cheese spread. The wrap came with fries, but the server allowed me to substitute a salad - which was fresh and tasty. My girlfriends had the 8-ounce burger and t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Luna Grill & Diner
1301 Connecticut Avenue North West
Washington, United States 20036
(202) 835-2280

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

Restaurant | "Chipotle"

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Chipotle is a chain restaurant that I've seen in larger cities than my hometown. Despite seeing a few locations over the last few years, I had never actually tried one. I'm normally not a fan of chain restaurants, but the modern, upscale look of this tiny eatery intrigued me.This location is in the Dupont Circle area. We decided to stop in here for a quick bite of lunch one day. The restaurant was very busy. In fact, we had to wait a few minutes for a table to clear.I would describe Chipotle as upscale fast food. You go in, get in line, and have your meal custom-made. The menu is very simple. First, you must decide the "form" of your lunch. There are three forms - burritos, tacos, o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
1629 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 387-8261

La Tomate Italian Bistro

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Restaurant

La Tomate Italian Bistro Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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We visited this Dupont Circle area restaurant for dinner one evening at the suggestion of a local on the subway. She gave this restaurant rave reviews, and I thoroughly agree with her.Shortly after giving our server our drink order, he brought out a basket with a variety of fresh-baked breads. To accompany the bread, there was a delicious olive spread. We happily munched on this while reading La Tomate's extensive menu. I ordered a Caprese salad, which came prepared the traditional Italian way with fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. Topped with a splash of balsamic vinegar, the salad was flavorful and fresh. For my entrée, I chose one of the evening's specials - lobster raviol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

La Tomate Italian Bistro
1701 Connecticut Avenue North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 667-5505

Bedazzled

Attraction | "Shopping at Bedazzled"

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We stumbled into this unassuming Dupont Circle-area shop and were pleasantly surprised by what was inside - jewelry, every type of bead and bauble you could imagine, and a small selection of lady’s accessories. Bedazzled appeared to mainly be a supply store for those making their own jewelry, particularly beaded jewelry. There are beads everywhere you look! There are some loose and some already strung to common lengths - necklace and bracelet lengths. This shop is a must for those interested in jewelry making.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2005

Bedazzled
Connecticut Avenue nw
Washington, United States

National World War II Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

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

Washington National Cathedral

Attraction | "The National Cathedral"

Washington National Cathedral Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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See http://www.cathedral.org/cathedral/.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 537-6200

Marine Corps War Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

Marine Corps War Memorial
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Mclean, Virginia 22101
(703) 289-2500