Washington DC Travel and Tourist Information
June 9, 2006Rebecca@washington.org
Contact: Rebecca Pawlowski
Director of Communications
Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation
TIP #3: WASHINGTON, DC ON ANY BUDGET
DC on About $100 a Day
There are many affordable options for lodging when visiting Washington, DC. If it’s the “home away from home” feeling you are looking for, try a cozy neighborhood B&B, like Adam’s Inn (www.adamsinn.com) or Kalorama Guest House (www.kaloramaguesthouse.com). Washington’s B&B’s are unique, reasonably priced and offer complimentary breakfast. A night at Adam’s Inn is $99 and Kalorama Guest House is $55. If you want to get a bit of the wilderness on your stay, Cherry Hill Park (www.cherryhillpark.com) is the closest RV park to Washington, DC. With the $38 a night price, the park provides free transportation into the city at multiple times during the day, allowing you to plan your vacation according to your schedule.
A strict budget won’t leave your hunger lingering. Washington, DC is known to please any appetite or taste. If you are looking for a menu filled with low-fat vegetarian meals, pasta and sandwiches Café Luna (www.skewers-cafeluna.com) is the place to visit. Even with a menu starting at $4, every week, Sunday through Wednesday, either pizza, pasta or a bottle of wine is half-price. If the rare energy doesn’t excite you, the great prices will. Before you leave DC, a visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl (www.benschilibowl.com) is a must. This family owned restaurant has become a DC landmark over the years. Staying true to its roots, you can enjoy the same feel locals felt in 1958. At Ben’s you can get a $3 chili dog, $4 burger, $4 chili half smoke and even a few vegetarian options.
You can also grab an inexpensive meal during happy hour. When you are ready to let loose, it’s not hard to find a cheap drink and free food during happy hour in DC. Enjoy a low-priced drink and complimentary wood fired pizza, during happy hour at Ella’s Pizza (www.ellaspizza.com). Drink prices start at $3 and complimentary pizza is served 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The upscale atmosphere at Ozio Restaurant & Lounge (www.oziodc.com) offers its visitors free appetizers with the purchase of a drink during happy hour. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant (www.mccormickandschmicks.com), brings the freshest seafood to Washington. During happy hour a $1.95 bar food menu is offered with items including burgers, tacos, dip and oysters.
When looking for entertainment in Washington, DC, one thing’s for sure, you don’t have to spend a dime. In a city that is filled with historic attractions it’s hard not to learn a thing or two as you tour the free monuments and museums. If a self-guided historical walking route is of interest, Cultural Tourism DC (www.culturaltourismdc.org) offers many different free tour routes throughout DC. On a warm day, take a break inside one of the cool Smithsonian museums. If history doesn’t stimulate your mind, all you have to say is “Show me the money!” At the Bureau of Engraving and Printing take a free tour and watch the money come hot off the presses. You can enjoy a free concert or performance every day at 6:00 p.m. on the Millennium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (www.kennedy-center.org). Public transportation in DC fits everyone’s budget. A Metrorail (www.wmata.com) one-day pass costs $6.50 and the DC Circulator (www.dccirculator.com) fare is $1.00.
If you’re looking to celebrate a great year, splurge for a special occasion or pamper yourself with a taste of the good life, you’ll find it in DC. You’ll want to stay with the best. For historic elegance there is The Hay-Adams (www.hayadams.com) or the Willard (www.washington.intercontinental.com). If you want to be near Georgetown’s shops and restaurants, Park Hyatt Washington (www.parkwashington.hyatt.com) or Four Seasons Hotel (www.fourseasons.com/washington) fits the bill. Or if you want an exotic feel, the Mandarin Oriental (www.mandarin-oriental.com) on the SW waterfront may do the trick. If you want a view of the White House, and want to feel as if you were invited by the President, The Hay-Adams Hotel ($600/ a night) and Willard ($370/a night) are places to stay. The luxurious new Park Hyatt Washington ($450/ a night), and Four Seasons Hotel ($375/ a night) are easy on the eye, but you will also experience excellent service, complimented by the warmth of American heritage. Don’t be scared to pretend as if you were in another country. At the Mandarin Oriental ($895/ a night), oriental elegance is blended with the best of Washington, DC. With its internationally recognized luxury and service, you won’t have to be hesitant to try something new with a little flare.
Fine dining is a known delicacy in DC. If you are staying at the Mandarin Oriental, you have the exquisite and modern American cuisine of CityZen (www.mandarinoriental.com) right at your fingertips. The modern cuisine and décor shows why it was recently recognized as one of the “Hottest Restaurants in the World.” CityZen also features Chef Eric Ziebold, former chef of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry. A fixed three course menu is priced at $75. In Georgetown, Michel Richard Citronelle (www.citronelledc.com) combines East Coast-style dining with a stylish atmosphere. Chef Michel Richard will transport you into a place where joyful spirits and fresh ingredients are parts of the menu. A fixed dinner menu is priced at $85 to $150. Travel to Maestro (www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/tysons_corner) in Tyson’s Corner where you can marvel at the creations of the acclaimed Chef Fabio Trabbochi, who was awarded the James Beard Award for best chef in the Mid-Atlantic. A fixed dinner menu is available Tuesday through Saturday, prices ranging from $85 to $150.
Even though you can see the monuments during the day, don’t be afraid to take a look at them in another light. A horse and carriage ride by Carriages of the Capitol (www.carriagesofthecapitol.com) around the historic monuments not only offers a romantic time, but also a different view of the city. A Segway Safari and rental from Segs in the City (www.segsinthecity.net) is a fun way to get around DC. The price to go on a Safari Tour or rent these self-balancing, fully battery powered devices, starts at $45.
Don’t think you can’t “shop ‘til you drop” in DC. There is lots of shopping to be done at the new Collection at Chevy Chase (www.thecollectionatchevychase.com). The collection of exclusive shops includes, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and much more. The best part is shoppers won’t go hungry. The collection also, includes a large array of dining options. The Shops at Georgetown Park (www.shopsatgeorgetownpark.com) is filled with a multitude of boutique shops, such as the bohemian emporium Anthropologie, the designer showcase at Intermix and the designer shoe haven of Hu’s Shoes.
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