Tag: D.C.

The Working Hilton

The Washington Hilton is ideally situated, by would the service be as good as its location? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Knowing how sizeable the Washington Hilton is, how it is a lure both for tourists and business folk, I am reticent to stay there. Yes, it is ideally situated just north of Dupont Circle on Connecticut Avenue, perfect for getting…

It’s Just a Sweet Art Installation

A visitor assesses the wax room at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Beyond the Luncheon of the Boating Party at the Phillips Collection We can pretend all we want that our visit to the Phillips Collection is to appreciate the Rothko paintings, but we know as we climb the stairs, shuffle through…

Disco D.C.

The bright lights of a changed city at the former Hotel Washington in the District of Columbia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

That Vegas Feeling in Washington’s Grand Dames Has anyone ever gone to the nation’s capital to experience the glitz? D.C. tends to be a staid and educational or work-related travel destination, one where a little history, a brush with power,…

What to Order at Russia House

A shot of Imperia vodka launches a very smooth evening at Washington, D.C.'s Russia House Restaurant and Lounge. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

On a quick trip to the District of Columbia with the Brawny Sherpa and the most senior of our youthful adventurers, we opt for dinner at the Russia House both for its convenience — located in close proximity to the Washington…

Remembering the Maine Far from Havana

Add the explosion of the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 to the list of historical events I don’t know enough about. I would “remember the Maine” if only I could. I know the incident triggered the Spanish-American War.…

Embracing the Grind in Newport

For me, the only thing more dangerous than having to walk past a book store on my way home from work (personally, I think Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café should still be grateful for my patronage during my D.C. years) is…

Making Field Trips More Fun: Gargoyles and Grotesques

It’s Wacky Wednesday! One favorite travel oddity is a certain grotesque at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque, I have learned, is that gargoyles have spouts as part of a building’s…

Logging Some Romance

I’m not sure why rooms with a fireplace are so attractive to me since I have a fireplace at home, but I’m quick to click “buy now” whenever a hotel features a bit of flame. Fireplaces are so romantic that…

Tis the Season for Reflection

Another year, not enough travel! I’d hit the road all the time if my checkbook would let me. But I am grateful for all of the places I have been so far and to have goals about where I want…