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Trip Report We finally made it to DC

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I finally was able to make it to DC with sweet Momma! We have tried to go two other times and something has derailed the trip. We were both so excited to have this time together. We stopped in Staunton, Virgina on the drive up. We had reservations at Zynodoa - http://zynodoa.com/ in town. What a great meal!! This town is very nice and we made notes to return and see some of the theater and restaurants. We had chicken liver mousse to start and then sea scallops and trout. It was just a lovely meal.

On to DC the next day. We had decided to drive straight to Hillwood Estate as there was no good access to it with public transportation. We had a delightful meal at the cafe and then we toured the gardens and the home. The Faberge' Egg was the highlight of the visit. It was not crowded and we just enjoyed the day. Our guesthouse was the Kalorama Guest House. Our room was on the top floor and while the manager was so lovely and kind I would not recommend this place - our shower was very dated and did not work well and the room was just a little run down. But who really cares about the room!:) We walked to the zoo and saw the Pandas (my sweet mother had never been to a zoo). We enjoyed this zoo but the walk was pretty hard - there is a steep hill back up to exit the zoo.

Dinner that evening was at Petit Plats which was nearby. What a great little find for us. It was exactly what we were looking for! They were exceptionally friendly and made a big fuss over sweet momma (they could do no wrong for me after that) and were extremely helpful with the wine menu. We had the onion soup, mussels, and bronzini with fennel and pernod - yummy!

We had tickets to visit the Newseum and thoroughly enjoyed the experience - if you are a newsie at all you will really enjoy this museum. The view from the top deck is really nice on a clear day. Lunch was at The Capital Grille - I am sure we could have found something more "original" but it was just perfect for us. We both had fish and a nice salad with 1/2 bottle of chardonnay. We ended that day with a visit to the National Gallery of Art for the Impressionists and then the Museum of American History. We were blown away by the items in the Museum of American History - wish we had more time here. We did see the First Lady gown collection and the American flag - both were spectacular!Dinner was at the Rustic Kitchen - lots of small plates that we shared. We were both exhausted at the end of this day!

Our last day we walked to the Phillips Collection as there was some problem on the metro and we didn't want to waste our time. Mom ticked off that mile with no problems - she is just amazing! I am so glad that we have visited this museum several times because they had taken the "regular" art down and had an exhibit on American Art - "Made in the USA". What a great show. I was able to overhear several people upset that they didn't get to see "The Boating Party". We wandered by the National Geographic and then headed down to the mall to see the Botanical Gardens. We returned to Dupont Circle for a late lunch at an Italian place, I cannot remember the name. Again, they made a big fuss over my sweet mother (she is pretty adorable) and we just had a fantastic meal - homemade pasta, chianti and simple salads. We decided to return to Petit Plas for dinner.

I am so glad we finally go this chance. We didn't get to see everything we wanted but we had at least seen all of the monuments and Arlington cemetery in a previous attempt for DC when all the Smithsonian museums were closed due to flooding. We had a good time together. I am lucky to get to do this kind of thing with an amazing woman.:):)

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