Washington, D.C. Journals

Greater DC Weekend

An October 2007 trip to Washington, D.C. by two cruisers

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Greater DC Weekend

Overview

The US Capitol Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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We had two nights and one and a half days to spend in the DC area. Our top priority was to visit my aunt and cousin who live in Falls Church, Va. But why not do a little sightseeing and check out the local cuisine at the same time? We selected one major sight to visit in Washington, DC. That was the new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. As for transportation, we out-of-towners thought that taking the Metro in from Falls Church would be another highlight.Six meals out provided more adventure. We ate in DC, McLean, Falls Church and Alexandria. The cuisine included American Indian, Italian, Greek, a pancake house and an historic tavern.We know the amount o...Read More

Inns of Virginia Falls Church

Hotel | "Inns of Virginia"

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Inns of Virginia415 West Broad StreetFalls Church, VirginiaWe chose the Inns of Virginia based on location and price. It was located within about 5 minutes of my relative’s home and it was a third the price of the other alternative in Tyson’s Corner. It still wasn’t cheap at $120.95 per night taxes included. The room was very small but had comfortable beds, a good TV, reliable plumbing, and a small desk/table and chair. What more do you need when you are going to be sight-seeing and visiting relatives most of the day? Well, maybe you could ask for a good continental breakfast. What they offered here was cellophane wrapped muffins and no place to sit and eat them. When given “lemo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

Inns of Virginia Falls Church
421 West Broad Street
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
(703) 533-1100

Pulcinella Ristorante

Restaurant | "Pulcinella"

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This is my cousin’s favorite Italian restaurant. I can see why. Pulcinella’s serves real Southern Italian Cuisine using homegrown herbs, fresh meats and vegetables, farro flour, healthy grains and homemade cheeses. The wood-burning oven certainly added to the quality of the meal, too. The room was decorated with traditional red checkered tablecloths, garlands of grapes and mellow warm colored walls. Bill had Ravioli con Carne and was pleased with the selection. My choice was a special of the day, Pizzette. It had sundried tomatoes, and lots of Fontina Cheese. This was my first experience with that kind of cheese and I have now declared it my all time favorite cheese. Oh, was that good!...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

Pulcinella Ristorante
6852 Old Dominion Drive
Mclean, Virginia 22101

Original Pancake House

Restaurant | "The Original Pancake House"

Original Pancake House Photo, Falls Church, Virginia
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Do you like the idea of 60 different meals of pancakes, waffles, omelettes, crepes and specialties to choose from? Plus lots of side dishes and beverages to create your own meal? Then you need to go to The Original Pancake House. There are three of them in the Greater DC area. The one we went to is located at one end of a brick-faced strip mall. It has a large green and cream striped awning. It looks kinda “Plain Jane”, but go on in the food is great. Inside we were seated with a view of some very nice art prints or through the wall of windows to the tree shaded parking lot. We visited here twice. The first time we caught the after-church crowd. The second time we had the suit and tie going...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

Original Pancake House
370 West Broad St.
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
(703) 891-0148

Mitsitam Cafe

Restaurant

Mitsitam Cafe Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The Mitsitam Café is located on the first floor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. There is no admission to the museum so anyone can walk into have lunch here. I definitely recommend that if you are visiting the museum you should have lunch here. It will heighten your experience of the diverse cultures displayed there.This café is a multi-island cafeteria. Each island has indigenous food from a different American Indian cultures. I may have missed some of the offerings but I did see South American, Mezzo- American, Northwestern American, Plains Indians and Southwestern American. There is also an island that featured desserts that have some regional connections, bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

Mitsitam Cafe
4th St. and Independence Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 633-1000

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This family oriented Greek restaurant is a local favorite. Located in a strip-mall in McLean, it has a moderate priced menu. The cuisine could best be labeled Mediterranean as there are both Greek and Italian dishes along with standard American fare. I had a good gyros sandwich and Bill had an okay chef’s salad. Nothing was outstanding or noteworthy. However, it was a comfortable place to sit and talk with friends. That certainly has a value. I read that is a particular favorite place in the area for breakfast.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

McLean Family Restaurant
1321 Chain Bridge Road
Mclean, Virginia 22101
(703 ) 356-9883

Gadsby's Tavern

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Restaurant

Gadsby's Tavern Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Saturday morning we checked out of our timeshare in Williamsburg, VA and drove to Alexandria, VA, where we were to meet my relatives for lunch. What was amazing was we arrived at the same off ramp intersection, from different directions, at the same time. Beep! Beep! Together, following different sets of directions we wandered the streets of this delightful Old Town and amazingly found two empty metered parking spots in front of Gadsby’s Tavern. We did have to stop people walking along the street to clarify the directions. They were most helpful. A word of caution, the parking meters only go up to two hours (insert six quarters). That was exactly how long we were in the restaurant. There are nearby p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

Gadsby's Tavern
138 North Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 548-1288

The Metro

Attraction

The Metro tracks Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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I volunteered my cousin to be our guide on today’s adventure. She lives in Falls Church and has used the Metro. Well she certainly got us to the station quickly. However, we all had trouble buying our Metro Passes. The machine didn’t like our cash and didn’t like another man’s debit card. We finally got a credit card to work. I’m glad it was a Sunday morning and there weren’t lines of people waiting for us to move on. We decided on purchasing all day passes so we could move about the city. Little did we realize that was overly optimistic! We spent all day at one of the Smithsonian Museums, and were too tired to go hop scotching through the metro tunnels to visit the memorials. Out trip into the L’ E...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian

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Attraction | "National Museum of the American Indian"

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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This not your usual Smithsonian museum building. No red stone turrets, or Beaux Arts architectural frills. This building looks to me, like the cliff dwelling villages in the American Southwest. Designed by a team of Native American architects/designers the buildings details are filled with significance. The grand entrance is fronted by a plaza and pond. More that 25 native tree species and 150 indigenous plants make up the landscaping. That includes cropland plants such as corn, beans, squash and tobacco. The Potomac atrium is the entry point. Look up to the dome and see the light enter the building through prisms that dance rainbow colors over the walls and floor. Look down and notice the f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2007

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian
Fourt Street and Independence Avenue on the National Mall
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 357-1300