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Washington DC – Day Trip 1 – Virginia Horse Country – J

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

There are some early evening additions if you do the day trip loop to the south of Washington DC. This activity requires nice weather, so it’s offered only seasonally. Do check before you head out as to whether they are operating that day. This is only on Saturdays.

Another English “transplant” activity — from turn-of-the-19th century in Virginia — is Polo. As Virginians love their fox-hunting and dogs and horses, for the past 103 years in Virginia, polo is a natural extension.

Polo was actually invented over 2,000 years in Persia, making it the oldest historically-recorded sport!

This attraction is ½ hour’s drive south from the Beltway (more from Downtown Washington DC). It is between Delaplane (to the west) and Warrenton (to the south), yet it’s not far from Middleburg (to the north) or Manassas (to the east). You can combine it with other activities that I’ve already written about nearby e.g. wine-tasting. See the archive link below.

At Great Meadow Polo Field, the crowd’s favorites continuing this year include: entertaining half-time activities, tailgate competitions and dancing under the stars in the Meadow Club polo pavilion, after polo. Make it an evening. If you want to stay nearby, then see below.

Virginia Horse Country Activities

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Washington DC – Overview 4

Monday, May 9th, 2011

As I leave Washington DC for the moment, it is with the advice that ‘there’s so much to see within a few hours drive from the city’. DO see the important historic plantations, villages and beautiful landscapes of the Piedmont and the Chesapeake and The James River.

So, here is my Day-Trip Overview list.

___ Williamsburg, in Southern Virginia (needs at least 3 days, but you can do a little in one L-O-N-G day). If you are able to stay longer, then go to see Jamestown, and see Jefferson’s mansion, Monticello, in Charlottesville on the long-way back to DC. I’ll write about Williamsburg, maybe in the fall.

___ Annapolis, Maryland — home of the US Naval Academy and one of the first capitals of the new American republic. It’s a beautiful, historic, walkable inner core and harbor.

___ The historic plantations, farms and mansions, westward to the Piedmont and the Shenandoah, from Washington DC. I’ve written about quite a few, but there are enough to see a new one each trip!

___ Baltimore — innovative, socially-aware and fascinating.

Enjoy! I’m back to some old favorites for awhile, next time.

Reference:
Washington DC Overview Part 1
Washington DC Overview Part 2
Washington DC Overview Part 3

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Washington DC – Overview 3

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Washington DC is not a great place to visit in the summer, although many people do. Spring and Fall have lovely weather, so people coming to the city now, see it at its best.

Here’s a few more of my Overview Choices, oriented this time towards more historic areas or sites.

___ The White House
___ The Vice-President’s Home in the Embassy Row section
___ Georgetown, historic neighborhood
___ Mt. Vernon, George & Martha Washington’s plantation home
___ Woodlawn – circa 1850 Custis-Lewis Family home of Washington’s nephew and also the site of Pope-Leighey House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, as an example of a 1,200 sq. ft modern, affordable home.
___ Statuary Hall and the Old Senate Chamber, Congress
___ “The Castle”, Smithsonian Institution original museum
___ Historic Alexandria, Virginia

Next time: Best Day Trips from DC List.

Reference:
Washington DC Overview Part 1
Washington DC Overview Part 2

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Washington DC – Overview 2

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The main purpose of spending so much time on Washington DC during these past months has been to compile a cache of information, ready for spring trips, for which DC is famous.

People travel to DC then to see the famous Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin and 8th graders come from throughout the nation, often on their first major trip, just before Graduation. It’s often to showcase how and where their government functions (along with historic places) any tourists coming now get some of the best weather of the year in the city.

See Part 1 Washington Sights .

This time, I’m adding more Arts, Cultural and Historic venues (in addition to the fabulous government sites, Smithsonian Science Museums and Kennedy Center in Part 1).

___ The Corcoran Gallery
___ The Freer Gallery of Art (Smithsonian Asian Arts Museum)
___ The National Museum for Women In The Arts
___ The Museum of the American Indian
___ Wolf Trap, National Performance Center, Vienna, Virginia (National Park Service)
___ Mt. Vernon – George and Martha Washington’s home
___ Georgetown, an historic North West neighborhood in DC
___ The Torpedo Factory, Center for Artists, Alexandria, Virginia
___ Dining at Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian
___ Gift shops in the Smithsonian Museums, especially in the Museum of the American Indian and the Renwick Gallery, near the White House.
___ Summer Concerts and Festivals on The National Mall.

Enjoy!
There’s LOTS more detail in the Archive.

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Washington DC – Overview 1

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The whole purpose of spending so much time on Washington DC in these past months has been to get a cache of information ready for the spring trips for which DC is famous.

People who travel there to see the famous Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin and 8th graders who come from throughout the nation, often on their first major trip, to see how and where their government functions (along with historic places) get some of the best weather of the year in the city.

So, I’m giving a quick overview of my list of highlights to consider. Some require prior planning with your Congressional Representative. Some require security, so bringing “stuff in backpacks” may not be wise etc., but regular guide books or some of my former posts can acquaint you with these.

I’m dividing my list into groups. These are the governmental and publicly-owned venues.

___ The White House
___ Congress
___ The Supreme Court and Library of Congress
___ The Jefferson Memorial
___ The Lincoln Memorial
___ The World War 2 Memorial
___ The Viet Nam Memorial
___ Arlington National Cemetery
___ The Smithsonian Institution Museums
___ Festival of American Folk-life (in summer by Smithsonian)
___ The US Holocaust Museum
___ The National Zoo
___ The National Arboretum
___ The C & O Canal
___ The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
___ The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Enjoy!

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