Washington, D.C. Journals

Visiting Washington DC

A travel journal to Washington, D.C. by VanessaK

George Washingtons Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Photo, Mount Vernon, Virginia More Photos
Quote: My sister lived in Virginia so I would visit a few times a year. Here is a look at some of the things we did.
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Photo, Mount Vernon, Virginia
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Our day at Mount Vernon was cool and windy. The house sits atop the hill, so we were quite chilled. Of course, it was January. This time of year is the off-season for tourists so we were two of about 75 people on the grounds. The price is about $11-$12 per adult which pays for the home tour, grounds, tomb, and museums. The home tour was very educational in that the home was built on numerous times and contained some original furnishing from Washington himself. His bedroom and study were my favorite because the books were those he used in his business. You can also visit the gardens and stables. Mount Vernon is still a working farm, so you will see farm animals and people working in the fields. Also, v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2007

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
(703) 780-2000

Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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My sister and I visited Mount Vernon then had lunch at this wonderful country inn. The decor is colonial containing six rooms, two with fireplaces, with the waitress wearing long dresses and the men coats and short pants. What was so wonderful was the food. Please don't miss this opportunity. We tried the peanut soup. Apparently, this is as old as George himself and very popular in this region. We found the taste very interesting but not a favorite. It tasted like watery peanut butter. We then had a half of a roasted chicken seasoned with garlic and rosemary, cornbread stuffing and garlic green beans. The chicken was moist and tender, the best I have ever had. For dessert we had the bread pudding...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 16, 2007

Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant
3200 Mount Vernon Highway
Mount Vernon

Ristorante Tosca

Restaurant

Ristorante Tosca Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Close to our hotel we found an elegant yet understated Italian restaurant that please everyone in our group. We were met and served by a wonderful professional, the manager. He treated us like queens in his palace. We were offered a glass of red wine, I was told it was very tasty. I do not care for red wines, so he brought me a sparkling wine that was sweet and beautiful. The menu is extensive and we all had a pasta dish. I could never pronounce the dishes, but each was named as wonderfully as they were prepared. I had a gnocchi with shrimp and spinach in a creamy butter sauce. It was heavenly. You are served bread, butter, and cheese-breadsticks to eat before or during you meal. The servings were ple...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2007

Ristorante Tosca
1112 F Street NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20004
(202) 367-1990

Grand Hyatt Washington

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Hotel

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We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Washington and I was very pleased with the rooms, conferences facilities, and staff. The location of the hotel is one block from the metro and within 15 minutes from the airport. You can reach the metro from the basement and never leave the hotel. This feature was wonderful because of the rainy and cold outside weather. My first impression of the hotel was how expansive and lush the lobby was, it reminded me of a beautiful hotel in Las Vegas. There is a fountain and lagoon. The piano is even on an island in the middle of the lagoon. Since this is a high end hotel, the price is not cheap. You will find the price range of $250-500.The rooms were very contempor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2007

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H St.
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 582-1234

D.C. Party Shuttle Tours

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Attraction

Korean War Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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If you want something different from the usual walking tour of D.C., try the D.C. Party Shuttle Tours. This 3-hour bus tour gives you a comprehensive look at the monuments and buildings of D.C. They also have a day tour lasting 6 hours. They also provide a licensed, tour guide that gives you education and interesting facts on the people, buildings, and history of DC. Our tour guide, was a man by the name of Mr. B. He was full of information and very funny. This is not a bus tour where you never get off the bus. We walked a total of about 3 miles and spent adequate time viewing the historical sites. Our guide took us right up to the monuments and educated us instead of leaving us on our own...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2007

D.C. Party Shuttle Tours
Old Post Office
Washington, D.C., United States
(202) 756-1983

Legal Seafood

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Restaurant

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My sister and her husband raved about this seafood place that "had the best fish". So when I visited D.C., I had to try it myself. I love fish, crab, shrimp, etc., so local and fresh seafood was a must try. We actually visited the restaurant that is located in Reagan National Airport. The atmosphere had quite a bit to be desired. Most of the seating is out in the airport, so it is crowded and noisy. The tables were so close together that the waitress was constantly hitting my mother. The service was adequate. Our waitress was very busy and had, what I thought was, too many tables.The menu had numerous kinds of fresh fish. My sister had a sampler plate that included shrimp and cod. The c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2007

Legal Seafood
704 7th Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 347-0007