D.C. With the Girls — A New View of an Old Standby

November 14, 2006 at 3:26 pm 4 comments

Bet you never thought about a girlfriends’ getaway to Washington, D.C. Well, my perception was — and I emphasize was — that a trip to Washington lived within the realm of family vacations or 8th grade field trips. But that’s really not the case. I just visited Washington with my friend, Sandy (who had never been there before), and we had a terrific time.

First of all, let me suggest you focus on Georgetown as yourgeorgetown3.jpg base of operations for this trip. It is a definitive getaway town — actually the oldest Washington, D.C. neighborhood, northwest of the city. It’s historic, picturesque, upscale, lively and filled with great shopping, dining and sightseeing opportunities. No malls — just great storefront shopping on a number of streets. Best of all, we found that the stores were open until 10 p.m.

I recommend Georgetown because it offers such a nice ambiance for a real getaway. After you’re done visiting the Washington museums and memorials, you can spend the capitalhill.jpgevening relaxing at a great restaurant, strolling through the shops after dinner and then visiting one of the clubs or musical venues in town.

We discovered Georgetown late in the afternoon of our last day in Washington. We decided to end our ride on the tour trolley in Georgetown and spend the evening. What a great decision! Then we cabbed it back to our hotel which was 5-6 blocks south of the Capitol — all the while wishing we had known about Georgetown before the trip!

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Add a Comment Below: Have you visited Georgetown? Recommend a “must do” there for a girlfriends’ getaway.

Hotel Tip: We (thought) we wanted to stay closer to the museums on the Mall, so we found a good price at the Best Western Capitol Skyline, south of the Capitol building — had a great view of the Capitol from our room. $94 /night). Newly remodeled, very nice inside. Rooms were nice and clean. But the linens were those of a much lower quality hotel — soggy capitol-view-from-hotel-room.jpgsoft pillows, only a thin mattress pad and a not-well-fitting flat sheet that exposed the mattress. Also kind of an industrial neighborhood — we didn’t walk around there. We tried the hotel restaurant for breakfast the first morning and wouldn’t even return there for a cup of coffee the next day. A cab ride to Ford’s Theater from this hotel was $16. The free hotel shuttle filled up fast so we thought it best to take a cab.

Photos courtesy of the Washington Convention & Tourism Corporation (WCTC)

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Entry filed under: Georgetown, Washington DC.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mary Jo  |  November 14, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    It sounds like you had a fun trip! I’ll be looking forward to reading more about it.

  • 2. Lori Duchrow  |  November 19, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    I agree that Washington DC is one of the best places to visit. I’ve been there about 5 times in 4 years and I take different people with me whenever I go. It doesn’t matter what end of town you stay on, as long as you are close to a metro station. DC’s subway system is very easy to navigate and way cheaper than taxis. You may not want to be on the green line going east, late at night by yourself, but I have to say that I felt very comfortable riding anywhere during the day and early evening. One area to check out next time you go is the Woodley Park area. There is a metro stop about 4 or 5 blocks from the National Zoo, which is great, but even better, across the street from the metro and down about 1 block, is an area of fantastic ethnic restaurants. The Lebanese Taverna is a MUST. Its fun, & the food is fabulous and inexpensive. A fun game to play while out and about it “Look who’s here…” Pick out people who LOOK LIKE someone famous. While I was there with my cousin, who is a stitch, we saw “Bill and Monica”, and “Nicole Kidman” and “LBJ” and “Ichabod Crane”. (It sounds stupid but after a glass of wine, it gets to be more fun. That Ichabod Crane one might have been after 2 glasses.)Anyway, thanks for the great tips about Georgetown. I will definitely check it out next time I’m there.

  • 3. tish  |  November 19, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    Lori — Thanks for adding such great information. It will be very helpful when visiting DC, Omaha or Milwaukee. Haven’t been to Omaha yet, but it sounds like it has a lot offer. Your tips are great.

  • 4. psipsinasays  |  April 10, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Oh gosh, I had no idea Washington was so beautiful- stunning pic- must bookmark your page ^_^


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