An April 2005 trip
to Washington, D.C. by Susie Go Go
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.
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 somewhere in D.C.
The collections housed in D.C.'s various museums are not to be missed, but just can't be covered in one week's time.
And, of course, just being in D.C. - our great country's political home - is a highlight in itself.
My second suggestion is to try to plan your visit when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It is quite a sight to behold.
My third suggestion is to spend some time in the city's great museums. Our visit to D.C. lasted one week. A person could spend all week just visiting one of the amazing museums the city has to offer. And they're all free of charge.
Hotel | "Doubletree Guest Suites"
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 it all worked out okay. There was a complimentary breakfast on the weekends. For additional information about this hotel, visit its website by clicking here.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2005
Doubletree Guest Suites Washington DC
801 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW
Washington, United States 20037
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 suggestions. There were three in my party, and we decided to order six tapas (so as to save room for dessert!). Our choices included marinated grilled vegetables, potatoes with cheese, pork loin, shrimp, scallops, and portabella mushrooms. Each tapa was brought out as it was prepared, not all at once. Every item was delicious and had a beautiful presentation. For dessert, I ordered the flan. I also ordered an orange liqueur, which was suggested as an accompaniment to the flan. The flan was rich and creamy, and the liqueur was strong.
You can check out Jaleo's website by clicking here.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2005
480 7th Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20004
Restaurant | "Luna Grill & Diner"
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 the Monte Cristo sandwich. Both were large portions and received compliments.
Luna Grill & Diner
1301 Connecticut Avenue North West
Washington, United States 20036
Restaurant | "Chipotle"
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, or a burrito bowl. Next, select a meat of your choice - chicken, pork, beef, or veggies. Next, settle on a freshly made salsa of your choice and other toppings.
The food is quick, inexpensive, and high quality.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
1629 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
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 ravioli with a black-truffle cream sauce. It was excellent! The delicious salad and entrée left no room for dessert, but I did sip on a cappuccino while chatting with my friends.
The wait staff was friendly and attentive. We had two gentlemen serving our table of three. La Tomate had a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere despite the fact that the restaurant was completely full.
The only thing that sort of surprised me about this restaurant was the wine list. It was quite small.
Check out La Tomate's website by clicking here.
La Tomate Italian Bistro
1701 Connecticut Avenue North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
Attraction | "Shopping at Bedazzled"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2005
Connecticut Avenue nw
Washington, United States
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2005
National World War II Memorial
Constitution Avenue And 15th Street, Nw
Washington, DC 20024
Attraction | "The National Cathedral"
Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
Marine Corps War Memorial
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Mclean, Virginia 22101
Susie Go Go