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DC, Endlessly Entertaining

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An April 2006 trip to Washington, D.C. by zabelle

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Quote: DC is one of my favorite cities. I have never run out of interesting and entertaining places to visit.

DC, Endlessly Entertaining

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Changing of the Guard at the tomb of the Unknown Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Whether you have a week to spend or only a long weekend, there are an endless array of options of what to see and do in DC. We are artsy so our 3 day, 2 night getaway involved museums, galleries and a show.KENNEDY CENTER Located right outside zone one in Washington, the Kennedy Center is a must see. Their website offers not only the full schedule of events but the ability to purchase tickets online. www.kennedy-center.org. Be sure to stop and grab a bite at the KC café and take a walk outside for one of the best views around.CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART One of the finest collections of American 19th-century art in the...Read More

Hilton Washington and Towers

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Hotel

Hilton Washington and Towers Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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First let me tell you that I love the neighborhood that the hotel is located in. There are loads of restaurants and stores between Dupont Circle and the hotel. It is about a 5-block walk from the metro station and part of the walk is uphill. The good news is that cabs are plentiful and economical in DC.This is a huge convention hotel, and if you get a room far from the elevator (Joe did) it can be quite a walk to get to your room. We arrived at 11:30am and luckily we were able to check in. The only downside was that we had to settle for a room with two double beds, that early there were no kings available.The rooms are pretty standard and not very large. The walls are done in a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Hilton Washington and Towers
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20009
(202) 483-3000

Hillwood Cafe

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Restaurant | "Cafe at Hillwood"

Hillwood Cafe Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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What could be a better finale to a wonderful afternoon of visiting this marvelous museum and gardens than having a traditional afternoon tea. We made reservations as soon as we arrived to guarantee our place. Tea is served from 2:30 to 4:30pm. After 2:30 lunch is no longer served.The Café is in the grounds at Hillwood in a separate building. The decor is quite upscale, with artificially formed wooden chairs and sparkling white table cloths. We were expected and we were offered the option of eating outside or in where a table was reserved for us. We chose inside just because there was still a bit of a chill in the air. We had planned this tea from the moment we got our reservations to v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Hillwood Cafe
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20008
(877) 445-9663

Cosi

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Restaurant

Cosi Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Cosi really is one of my favorite chains and even though at home the only one I know is about 25 miles away I manage to eat their quite often. It is a standard every time we visit Philly so imagine my joy when I found out that there was not one but two within walking distance of our hotel. We visited the one at 20th. It was a short three-blocks downhill from the Hilton. With a bowl of cereal running $6 at the hotel we decided that we would get breakfast on the road. I have never had breakfast at Cosi before but I know they have all the continental choices. There are muffins, croissants, danish, and thank goodness bagels. I have to admit seeing square bagels is a bit offsetting, but what t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Cosi
1350 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, D.C., United States 20036
(202) 296-9341

McClellans

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Restaurant

McClellans Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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It's all about sports at McClellen’s Lounge. Located on the lobby level of the Washington Hilton, this was our choice for dinner our first night in Washington. With 15 TVs, all of which appeared to be on a different sports channel, you will never have to worry about missing a game while you eat. Too bad I’m not a big sports fan, but I did appreciate the hunting prints that were on the wall facing us.One warning, the lounge is entirely smoking. Come back next year and it will be all smoke free but for now that could be an issue. We asked the waiter if he knew an area in the bar where there weren’t a lot of smokers. He led us to the right and there were a lot of empty tables around us, so ev...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

McClellans
Hilton Washington & Towers
Washington, D.C., United States 20009
(202) 483-3000 (

Corcoran Gallery of Art

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Attraction

Corcoran Gallery of Art Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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I intended to start our day with a visit to the American Red Cross Museum, imagine my chagrin when I found out that it was closed for renovation. I don’t want to imply that the Corcoran was a second choice, I fully intended to go there but suddenly I had an extra hour or more to kill. That’s where our visit to the Renwick Gallery comes in but for now lets deal with the Corcoran.This is not one of the free Washington Museums. There is an $8 entrance fee for adults. Before you go, make sure if you intend on taking notes that you have a pencil, pens are not allowed. Photography, however, is in all the permanent galleries. I was a little disappointed to be told at the desk that a lot of the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 639-1700

Hillwood Museum and Garden

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Attraction

Hillwood Museum and Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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What you need to do to visit Hillwood?Call ahead and make a reservation. There are a limited number of visitors allowed each day. We called several months ahead. Access to the grounds is controlled, you will be asked if you have reservations. A note here: there are no children under 6 allowed in the house. When you see how it is set up you will understand why. You cannot carry your purse, a water bottle, or in my case I had to take off my leather blazer.How to get there?You can take the Metro to the Van Ness stop and walk but it is a good hike and the road is not flat. We took a cab but be sure your driver knows where Hillwood is. Have the address with you ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Hillwood Museum and Garden
4155 Linnean Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20008
(202) 686-5807

Phillips Collection

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Attraction

Phillips Collection Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Just a short walk from Dupont Circle this small but very fine collection of art is well worth an hour of your time. Admission is $12 for adults, and this includes any special exhibits that may be going on.While we were there was an exhibit of Degas, Sickert and Toulouse Lautrec: London and Paris 1870-1910. It had paintings from many different museums. One from the Philadelphia Museum of Art I recognized not from Philadelphia but from an exhibit we had visited in New Orleans about 5 years ago. Called "The Rape," it is a very disturbing picture on many levels. The was also a general feeling of celebration in the Museum over the return of their monumental Renoir after four years....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-2151

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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Attraction | "The Kennedy Center"

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The reason we came to Washington at this particular time was to attend a show at the Kennedy Center. In January we attend a performance of the Canterbury Tales in Stratford England. It was part one. We could not get tickets to part two. Imagine our excitement when we found out the entire production was going to be at the Kennedy center in April. I got tickets for part 2 as soon as they went on sale and then we planned our trip accordingly.I have never been to the Kennedy Center before. It is really an amazing experience. The hall of flags is dazzling. We took a cab to get there. Be aware that it is outside zone one so it is a two zone charge but the closest metro station I could see was F...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20566
(202) 467-4600

Renwick Gallery National Museum of American Art

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Attraction | "The Renwick Gallery"

Renwick Gallery National Museum of American Art Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect here, I had no expected to visit so I had done no research. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the Caitlin Gallery. Here is where you will put a face on the fearsome native American warriors but also on their wives and children, their homes and their way of life.The collection fills one large room with images five rows high. It is overwhelming. Each of the walls has a map with the pictures all numbered. You will see the face of the Osage and the Sioux. I felt like such a neophyte. Somehow I never realized that there were so many different faces in the Native American Tribes. There is a majesty here, a respect for a formidable enemy and a great sadne...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2006

Renwick Gallery National Museum of American Art
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia

Arlington National Cemetery

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Memorial to Columbia Crew Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Getting to Arlington couldn’t be easier. We actually went in a cab on the way there and then bought a day pass on the metro and took the metro back to Dupont Circle. It involved one change at metro Center from the Blue line to the Red line. The Metro station is just a short walk from the visitor center. However you arrive make the visitor center your first stop. If you are already on the Tourmobile tour you will just have to change over to the Cemetery tour, if not for $6 you can hop on and off the tourmobile at any of their three stops. One benefit of the tourmobile is that they narrate as they go along and point out things that you might miss on your own. We picked up a map of the cemete...Read More