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Trip Report Washington DC - Mini Trip Report

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We’re just back from a long weekend in DC over the holiday and here’s a mini trip report. To start, the weather was fabulous …. The best I’ve ever had there and so it was a pleasure walking all over the place! We loved the Metro and it worked seamlessly (except for the afternoon when all the Virginia Tech/Boise State football fans took over the trains on the way to the game).
Our hotel was the Palomar in Arlington. My preference is to stay outside the city but close to a metro stop and this fit the bill. Two quick blocks to the Rosslyn Metro. It’s definitely a very dead area over the weekend. Dining options were limited to Cosi (which we loved for breakfast), McDonalds, Starbucks, Chop T, and I think a Mexican restaurant. There was also a CVS nearby.
We got a great package that included parking, but no room upgrade. However, the standard room really was fine. Beds were great; bathroom is a little strange (toiletries in the wall instead of individual bottles) and a sliding door; very few towels (we had to ask for more and they gave us 1 additional towel each day). They supposedly provide turndown service although we only had it the last night. Ice machines are on even floors. We didn’t go to one of the wine servings (from 5-6 pm) since we never made it back to the hotel by then and really aren’t big drinkers. If you’re a member of their frequent stay club, you get 2 free items from the minibar ($10 value) which is always nice! The fitness center was small, but nice and well equipped and there wasn’t a pool (which wasn’t an issue for me but everytime I was in the fitness center people kept asking me about this…).
Restaurants: This wasn’t a big trip for fine dining and the nicest place we went was Ebbitts Grill for brunch on Sunday. Their featured special of poached eggs with crab cakes was wonderful and service was also very good. It’s a huge place but was very crowded (and I was glad we had reservations).
Tourist Attractions: Some of our favorite sites were the Portrait Gallery (especially the Norman Rockwell exhibit); Madeline Albright Pins exhibit at the Smithsonian Castle, the First Ladies Dress exhibit at the American History Museum (which I haven’t seen in years and has been nicely updated) and the Newseum.
Loved the Newseum. Yes….it’s expensive (but you get a $2 discount with a AAA card) but it is for a 2 day ticket and we definitely could have visited for two days. The movie on Katrina and related exhibit were excellent, as were the exhibits on September 11 and Tim Russert’s office. Lots more to see as well and the food in the café looked great.
There’s never enough time in DC and I’m looking forward to our next trip.

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