Washington, D.C. Journals

The Two-Day Tourist in Washington DC

Best of IgoUgo

A November 2007 trip to Washington, D.C. by sararevell

Quote: Tacking a weekend break onto the front end of a business trip, my husband and I discovered what it meant to be frugal with our time and energy in Washington DC. No mean feat in a city of countless museums, art galleries and national monuments.

Meridian Manor Bed and Breakfast

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Meridian Manor Bed & Breakfast"

Quote:
There wasn’t much not to love about the Meridian Manor Bed & Breakfast. It was clean, cosy, spacious, in a great location and we were treated to a warm and very informative welcome. One of the owners met us at the house after we’d phoned ahead letting him know that we were en route from the airport. About a 10 minute walk from U-Street / Cardozo metro station, the house was also only The house was a mix of old and new. Deep red and brown brick on the outside, the interior of our room was decorated in brighter blue/grey and beige tones with modern as well as traditional furnishings and accents. Before ascending the grand staircase to our room we were shown th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2008

Meridian Manor Bed and Breakfast
16th St NW
Washington, D.C.
(877) 893-3233

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "National Air & Space Museum"

Quote:
Opened in 1976, the National Mall Building reveals only a fraction of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s collection. To see the other 90% you need to venture out to Washington Dulles Airport and tour the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. I would hardly classify myself as an aviation fanatic but even I was impressed by this museum’s exciting mix of air and spacecraft.Our main reason for visiting was to view the temporary exhibition of the 150 objects from the National Museum of American History on view whilst that museum undergoes renovation. We shuffled along, viewing a variety of entertaining items ranging from Kermit the Frog and Muhammed Ali’s boxing gloves to Alexan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2008

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Independence Avenue At 4th Street SW
Washington, DC

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "National Gallery of Art"

Quote:
The National Gallery of Art is an enormous museum, encompassing two buildings - the original West Building and the more contemporary East Building - as well as an exterior Sculpture Garden. We entered the West Building on the Madison Drive side and checked our bag in at the cloakroom next to the magnificent Rotunda. Thick columns surround the fountain centerpiece, crowned with a statue of Mercury who looks lost under the vast dome that rises over his head.At the time of its completion, the West Building was the largest marble structure in the world and even from the outside it towers above its subjects, impressing in the same way that London’s British Museum does. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2008

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

Arlington National Cemetery

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
Travelling out to Arlington Cemetery on the Blue metro line I braced myself for a somber experience, filled with moments of reflection and nostalgia. Arlington is the resting place of the Kennedy family and many US service men and women. However I had forgotten that Arlington attracts four million visitors per year, so my visit would not allow for much silent or solitary contemplation. We walked from the metro station to the visitors centre where you can pick up a map and other information to help you decide on the best course of action – tour on foot or buy a bus ticket. A quick look at the location of some of the "sights" showed us that the main points of interest were fairly...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2008

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia 22211
(703) 607-8000

Grill From Ipanema

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
We arrived at the cleverly named Grill from Ipanema around 8pm on a Saturday night and immediately regretted the fact that we hadn’t made a reservation. There were only two of us but the restaurant was packed out, mostly with lively groups so I fully expected a long wait. In the midst of the Adams Morgan area, Ipanema was full of life and evidently a popular place. By some miracle we were seated immediately and didn’t waste any time ordering Caipirinhas and Mojitos. When I arrived, I wasn’t particularly hungry and started looking for just a salad or appetizer to order. I was quickly diverted by the long list of seafood and chicken dishes, in particular the Moqueca à Baiana, not a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2008

Grill From Ipanema
1858 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 986-0757

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Capitol City Brewing Co."

Quote:
To look at it from the outside, you would think that the Capitol City Brewing Company would be as impressive on the inside and initially it is. The food and the service here however is sadly lacking when compared to appearances. Located on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue across from the stunning Union Station, you will find the bar and restaurant inside the historic Postal Square Building. Originally built in 1911, the building has the appearance of a library or museum rather than that of the premises of a brewing company.Capitol City Brewing has two other locations, one in Arlington and the other one in downtown DC, which in 1992 was the first brew pub established since Prohi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 6, 2008

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square
2 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20001

News Cafe

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "News Café – Cucina Italiana"

Quote:
After a full day of walking The Mall, we took a final hike up to Georgetown for dinner. We walked up and down M Street reading all the menus posted outside. Completely exhausted and with tired legs, I was craving a big bowl of tasty pasta and a glass of red wine. Peering through the window of the News Café and seeing a slightly empty bar, I wasn’t initially convinced that I would get an authentic Italian meal. In addition, once we got inside, the ornate mosaic tilework and cushioned benches made me wonder if I’d accidentally entered a Moroccan restaurant by mistake. We took a candlelit seat opposite the aptly named mosaic room and ordered a Peroni and a glass of Pinot Noir. After a quick s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2008

News Cafe
3056 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 965-5535

Bar Rouge

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
Going to Bar Rouge is something of a surreal experience, especially if you go on a Sunday. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that you go on a Sunday night. If you want to check out the real night scene then I’d imagine that Friday and Saturday nights are livelier. If you want to relax with a cocktail, possibly watch a film and not be disturbed then Sunday night is the night to go. On our way back to Dupont Circle, we stopped in for a couple of after dinner cocktails and literally had our pick of seats. The place itself isn’t that big but the range of furniture is and I felt not unlike Goldilocks, moving three times to find a seat that was not too hard, not too soft, not too narr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2008

Bar Rouge
1315 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(800) 738-1202