Washington, D.C. Journals

Posh, Pre-Inaugural DC

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A January 2001 trip to Washington, D.C. by Tavia

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Quote: I had a three-day weekend thanks to Martin Luther King, Jr., but my honey was going to be in DC for a trade show. What did I do? I crashed the pre-Inaugural party!

Posh, Pre-Inaugural DC

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Overview

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It was exciting to walk around the political and governmental epicenter of our country only days before one of the most controversially-elected presidents in the USA's history was about to be sworn into office. The energy around Capitol Hill was palpable -- there were politicians and protestors everywhere! When not enjoying the mild weather, I wandered aimlessly through the National Gallery of Art. Discovering the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle on the edge of the Golden Triangle district was a lovely surprise, as I went there to worship and left edified by stunning architecture and art.Quick Tips: Anything you do in DC will be great, as most of the cultural attractions (the Smithso...Read More

St. Regis Washington D.C.

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Hotel | "Hotel St. Regis"

St. Regis Washington D.C. Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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When I was deciding whether or not to join Rick on his business trip, I checked out this hotel on the Internet, and was so agog that I decided to take the trip then and there. The St. Regis is a classy, old-school hotel which treats their guests with style and tact. I felt like an urban prep while there. The lobby is decorated in wood, deep-pile area rugs, and smart chairs and couches. Off to one side is the hotel bar, which features bookshelves lined with fake leather-bound books (they shelves are actually only an inch deep) and up on higher, deeper shelves are postmodern artwork and ceramics which don''t quite match up with the otherwise library-ish feel of the place. I sat in there one evening...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

St. Regis Washington D.C.
923 16TH AND K STREETS NW
Washington, United States 20006
202-638-2626

Mendocino Grille

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Restaurant

Mendocino Grille Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Now this is a restaurant. A local favorite, I hear. We saw the whole range of diners -- European visitors, young 30-somethings chatting about work, matrons in suits with Barbara Bush pearls and obedient husbands, and a table full of young blondes all wearing black leather pants and tight tops. Our waiter was a wry character, who very formally would explain dishes to us unbidden but at the same time grin at us while dealing with the matrons-in-suits, as if we shared a private joke. We liked him; he fluttered his eyelashes. In the front of the restaurant there is a wine bar, at which you can eat but mostly folks were drinking wine, chatting and looking cool. Of course, it's not har...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Mendocino Grille
2917 M Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
(202) 333-2912

Ristorante Piccolo

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Restaurant

Ristorante Piccolo Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Their business card says, "A Georgetown favorite since 1986!... Pasta-ively delicious!" A bit of self-promotion going on here, but for the most part, I'd say you can take them at their word. Rick and I went in and found a very inviting and colorful decor with lots of nooks with tables for two. Rick had made a reservation for a Sunday early-evening dinner, but we did not need it. Perhaps on Friday or Saturday, you would want to reserve a table. The food was better than average (but not outstanding) and there was much of it. I ordered gnocchi which I would have sworn the menu said came with a pesto sauce but it was brought with a red sauce. None of the other dishes rea...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Ristorante Piccolo
1068 31st Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 342-7414

Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle

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Attraction

Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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It feels weird categorizing this cathedral as a "top attraction," since it is usually overlooked for the National Cathedral and indeed does have a thriving parish community. However, its architectural beauty and artistic ease make it worth a visit. I went simply because I wanted to go to Sunday mass, and the concierge sent me here. It wasn't until I walked inside that I stopped in my tracks. The interior of this church is among the most beautiful I have ever seen -- and I've seen a lot (I lived in Italy for a while...). Its interior artistry definitely surpasses NYC's St. Patrick's Cathedral. St. Matthew's is so colorful! The mosaics, the several chapels, and (perhaps most of all)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2001

Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
(202) 347-3215

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden

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Attraction | "National Gallery of Art"

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Tel 202 737 4215 / www.nga.org / There are three parts to the Gallery: The West Building, The East Building, and the Scuplture Garden (outdoors). The two buildings are connected by an underground concourse which runs under 4th Street. The gift shops and cafeteria are located in this concourse. These galleries are immense. On a sunny day that is not too humid (as DC can be in the summer) the Sculpture Garden is an absolute dream. Any other day, the West Bldg holds the older art, while the East Bldg generally concerns itself with art from the 20th Century and forward, as well as special installations. While I was there, the French Art Nouveau show was drawing hordes of line-waiters (o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2001

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20565
(202) 737-4215

Sequoia Restaurant

Attraction | "Sequoia"

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The multiple terraces of this hip-looking glass and steel restaurant & bar affords beautiful views of both the Potomac and the patrons. This bar was built for flirting and chatting on a summer night, and it gets crowded. If a pretentious crowd bothers you, plan on starting or ending your night here, so you can have one cocktail, enjoy the view, and then skeedaddle. If you love flirting with the guy in Ralp Lauren or the girl in Donna Karan, get there early to secure a table! FYI the restaurant's food is generally considered subpar and overpriced.

Telephone 202/944-4200.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Sequoia Restaurant
3000 K Street Nw Washington, Dc
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
(202) 944-4200

The Golden Triangle

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Story/Tip

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This area, nestled in the triangle between Farragut Square, Washington Circle and Dupont Circle has an abundance of stores and restaurants. Rather than the quaint boutiques and cafes of Georgetown, though, it seems you will encounter stores you could find in many malls across America. The Golden Triangle is only a few blocks northwest of the White House. Despite my many previous visits to DC, I had never even heard of this part of the city. I am sure this is because most visitors, (me too), focus their attention on the areas of DC South East and South West of the White House -- from the Lincon Memorial to the Capitol Bldg. However, if you get tired of white marble government buildings, hit the Go...Read More

Pre-Inaugural DC

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Story/Tip

The Mall, Looking East Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Since I am not a delegate, a policy wonk, an elected official, a party goobersmoocher, or even a rich corporate donor, I was not invited to any of the Inauguration shindigs that went down the weekend after my visit. However, even us lowly voting taxpayers get to have a peek at the festivities, as many of them happen right on the sidewalk. It seemed that along the whole stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue the sidewalk had been taken up by football stadium bleachers, and all the flanking buildings were having their marble manicured, brass buffed, windows washed, and bunting brightened. Even the corporate banks, or rather, especially the corporate banks, were hanging flags from every hook, gutter and sill....Read More