The front desk clerk of our hotel recommended Manginos for dinner delivery. Daughter had a race the next day and wanted pasta for dinner. The extensive menu also had a few coupons inside that we put to good use.
Our food arrived early than the anticipated 40 minutes. Not bad for a busy Friday night! We ordered a Penne Alfredo, Chicken Parmesan sub, Turkey Breast sub and breadsticks. We also ordered cans of pop with our meals.
No matter what Dulles hotel you choose we would recommend Manginos for food delivery. Everything was delicious!!!!
More information can be found here: http://www.manginosashburn.com/menu.html
We had a very early flight out the next morning from Dulles airport. It did not make sense to stay in Crystal City another night at the Radisson to have to leave so early in the morning. Instead we used Lyft to take us to our hotel near Dulles.
The hotel is very close to the airport, less than a five minute drive. However from near the White House in 5:30 traffic it took us almost 45 minutes to arrive at the hotel.
After hitting two museums and several building “gardens” we ignored our angry feet and walked toward the White House for a photo. We took a small break for an ice cream truck and then kept moving at a very slow pace. It was well over a mile walk that might have included some whining on the way…
It would be lovely to see the Smithsonian Gardens in the spring or early summer. Even with our late fall visit several of them were still stunning. There are sculpture gardens, a rose garden and a butterfly habitat.
The butterfly habitat was done for the season. We quickly walked through it and were hoping the rest of the gardens were not in the same state.
Going back to DC I would change a few things. #1 would be to visit the natural history museum first thing in the morning when it opened. I anticipated spending the most time here so we chose to spend the second half of our days here. I would instead visit American History in the afternoon…
We arrived a little after one at the natural history museum to throngs of kids. It was borderline chaos! A longish line for bag check and yelling kids all over the levels. We waited a few moments for the 1:30 tour and this group was very large. With the noise it was at times hard to hear the guide depending on what room we were in.
We began in the gems and minerals, learning about the Hope Diamond. And other interesting stories about jewels located in that room. Fascinating that the Hope Diamond was mailed to the Smithsonian!
Then we moved on to whales, giant squid, moon rocks and Lucy, Our guide was very good at explaining everything from how much whales eat to how they pieced together Lucy. Unfortunately a little after 3pm we had to bail on the tour. We wanted to visit the mummies and a few other items before leaving for the day.
We were a bit disappointed by the mummies. Maybe we have seen too many large displays? It just seemed to be such a small corner, we expected more.
Tours are offered at 10:30 and 1:30 daily. More information can be found here:http://www.mnh.si.edu/visit/
I like to use Groupons for food whenever possible. Before our DC trip I found a Groupon that would work for lunch on our museum day. White Apron Specialty shop serves up hearty sandwiches and is less than half a mile from the American History Museum.
For $13 we received two sandwiches, two bags of chips and two drinks. The initial plan was to share this between three people. (And we easily could have, the sandwiches were large.) But in the end we purchased an extra sandwich and shared the rest.
Daughter ordered the Brooklyn, I had the turkey Provencal and Sister ordered the Bronx sandwich. All were on huge sliced baguette with loads of toppings. Ordering was very quick! We snagged one of the last tables as it was pretty busy at 12:30. Lots of professionals grabbing lunch! All of us enjoyed our sandwiches and would return again!
After a very successful Air and Space tour we adopted the tour strategy for the next museums we planned to see. We knew there was so much information and no way to see everything. The highlight tours we figured would cover the “big stuff” and we could fill anything we had really wanted to see after the tour.
We arrive at American History just after the opening for the morning. Rode the yellow line in again from Crystal City and walked the short bit to the museum. We could tell already at bag check this morning was busier. We caught the 10:15 with around a dozen or so other people from the visitors center. The group was just large enough and some people did break off once the tour started.
We started with the Greensboro lunch counter and Jefferson’s desk. A Vietnam war helicopter and the inaugural gowns wore by the first ladies.
And Daughter loves to read the Smithsonian magazine, she spotted the “football” in a display.
We went down to Julia Child’s kitchen which was on my list of must see items.
And ended with the huge star spangled banner. Such an impressive display!!!!
Our tour guide was an older gentleman who had great information not only about each item but also about meeting guests who visited the Smithsonian and had a connection to an item. The tour was very well done and last until 11:30.
We viewed a few other items and at a little after noon figured it was a great time to break for lunch.
Currently highlight tours are given at 10:15 and 1pm. More information can be found here: http://americanhistory.si.edu/visit
My cousin suggested we find an Ethiopian Restaurant while in DC for something new. We pitched the idea to my sister with the promise that if she was hungry afterward we would find her something she recognized to eat. With some reservations she agreed and I had list of place to try depending on where we ended up around dinner time.
We oddly were back at our hotel around 7pm after leaving Georgetown. (I had a place in mind if we stayed in Georgetown but everyone was ready to head back.) Luckily a place with great reviews was just around the corner from our hotel.
Harar Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant was relatively full when we arrived. This picture is from Trip Advisor as the tables were close and it seemed rude to take a picture.
We spent the afternoon poking around Georgetown. What an amazing area!!!! The leaves were starting to subtly change colors and it was a nice warm afternoon.
We had to check out the Georgetown campus for Daughter.
We did a little shopping and a lot of window looking. I was not expecting the high end Kate Spade type stores, very fun. And we enjoyed the mix of tea stores, sports shops and cupcake places.
Then we did some strolling along the canal.
We definitely would love to spend more time in the area!
I love to seek out cupcakes or macaroons when on vacation. Each place has its own twist and it gives you a local glimpse. For this trip I wanted to try Baked and Wired in Georgetown.
Other places try to claim the local fame but we had only time to try one on this trip. Baked and Wired was easy to find and we waited in a short line of 10 people on a Thursday afternoon to pick out our treats.
The choices!!!!! Daughter is not a huge cupcake fan so she got a peanut butter brownie. it was so large she only ate half that day. I chose a red velvet cupcake with perfect cream cheese frosting! Frosting is important and most places get it too sweet! I also took an OMG for later that was graham cracker crust, marshmallow and chocolate like a s’more. Sister took a Blondie for later and a coconut cupcake she called amazing!
We sat on the cute little cafe chairs outside on the walk to enjoy our treats. It was a perfect break and Daughter also enjoyed a hot chocolate from the coffee shop inside.
If you are in Georgetown walk over, I wish they were closer to our home!!!!!
More information can be found here: http://bakedandwired.com/baked-goods/bars/