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Trip Report A Wonderful and Much Needed trip to DC for a week of fun

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Our trip to DC started last Monday (8/15) (finally). Friend of mine (John) and his wife had actually traveled down to DC from Hartford last week via Amtrak. They spent a couple of days here then went into Virginia for a wedding. My friend’s brother (Mark) and I decided to come down and meet up with them for 5 nights (friend’s wife headed back on Tuesday). We had been to DC previously but he had a broken leg and mobility was limited. Our motive this week was for fun, baseball and beer...

Mark and I got on the train at 6:25 Monday morning in Windsor, CT. Train was busier than I expected it to be as it was Monday morning. We got seats next to each other thankfully. Each enjoyed an Irish Coffee on the way down. Train got delayed for a while in Baltimore due to water in the tunnel from a downpour. They pulled everybody off of the MARC train and put them on our train as they were down to 1 track and alternating trains. We got into DC about an hour late so it could have been much worse. Got to Union Station and bought our Metro farecards for the week.

Our hotel is the Americana hotel in Arlington. It was chosen in an effort to save money as we got a very cheap rate. We got off of the Metro at Crystal City and promptly walked to the wrong end of the shops in the adjacent mall. Rather than walk back to the correct end, we jumped in a taxi and got to the hotel. Rooms are definitely very small but are clean and quiet so far. Each room has a refrigerator. Showers are extremely small and do not have a tub - just a walk-in. Not sure if this is every room.

We met up with John and his wife. Our intentions were to walk the monuments but due to the rain and clouds, we decided to head to the Portrait Gallery. We had been here on our previous trip and really enjoyed it. Knowing that there was a portrait of Pedro Martinez donated to the museum, a return trip was a must. We walked in and the portrait was the first one that we saw. Great portrait. We spent a couple of hours going back through the museum and enjoyed it as much as we did the first time. This museum should be a must for anyone heading to DC.

After leaving the Portrait Gallery, we opted to skip the adjacent Art Museum and hope to come back later in the week. We headed to RFD for dinner. Come to find out its DC Beer Week and there are special events throughout the week so we are keeping an eye on that site. RFD had $4.00 pints for a few local IPAs that we each enjoyed. It was also half price burgers. I went with the Hawaiian burger which came with pineapple and ham on it. Really enjoyed it as it was cooked the way I wanted it and the fries were good. All of us really enjoyed this dinner.After dinner, we stopped at the Irish Pub next door for a drink as well as Hooters across the street for their typical overpriced beer. We then headed to the DC Chophouse for a couple of their beers. Really enjoy this restaurant for its original beers. After this, we headed back to our hotel as we were ready to crash. Day 2 will be Arlington Cemetery, the Monuments and a Nationals game...

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