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Seattle (Bremerton?) moving update, still in need of guidance

Moving in two weeks, and we've got a bit more information. The listings online have us a little worried, so I'm asking for some more guidance. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Jul 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Books to take a train by

Next week, I am taking the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland, Oregon. In a previous question about train travel, someone suggested reading books that take place along your train route. This is an idea I love ... and I have at least 47 hours to pass! So: what are your favorite (kindle) books which occur in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon? Bonus for rural themes. I am not a big mystery fan, but if it is particularly excellent, I'll read it. Romance is out. Otherwise, I'm open to anything!
posted by ChuraChura on Jun 20, 2014 - 41 answers

North West Road Trip (what to do in Oregon)

I'm taking a leisurely drive from San Jose CA. to Tacoma WA. I have allowed myself 4 days for the ride up and 4 for the ride back. What should I see? [more inside]
posted by doctor_negative on Jun 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Four Years in our Nation's Capitol!!! What to do?!! What to do?!!

What should be my nephew check out while he's going to school in Washington, D.C.? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Jun 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Family-friendly northern DC dining?

A friend and his family are driving from North Carolina to Washington, DC. I'm going to drive down from Baltimore to meet them for dinner on Friday evening, but I hate going into central DC, so we've agreed to meet in a more northerly region: perhaps Bethesda, Silver Spring or College Park. Unfortunately I'm not too familiar with that area, so AskMe, where should we have dinner? It'll be a party of four adults and three small children at about eight-ish on a Friday night. It should be someplace we can relax and have a leisurely conversation. Easy driving and parking is important. Thanks for the suggestions!
posted by Faint of Butt on May 7, 2014 - 15 answers

So, we're trying to decide between Colorado or Washington

Moving is inevitable, the question is... to where? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Apr 17, 2014 - 22 answers

DC Cab (not the movie, but the taxi)?

A relative of mine needs to get from the Southwest area of Washington DC, to Union Station, around 3am tonight/Monday am. I haven't been here very long, and I've only caught cabs in cab ranks from the airport or flagged one down, never called one for a late-night pickup, so I don't know what's best. Looking at Yelp for taxicabs, they're full of zero-to-one star reviews and horror stories. So please help! How can I best and most reliably get someone from southwest DC to Union Station in the wee hours?
posted by theatro on Apr 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Washington DC vacation

We are thinking of taking a family vacation to DC this spring. Our kids will be 12, 15, and 17. We haven't yet decided whether we'll drive or fly (from Boston). How many days would we need to see most of the main sites? Any suggestions for an itinerary? What about a good but not terribly pricey hotel (preferably where we can get 2 adjoining rooms and continental breakfast)? Other tips or resources? I've seen some previous questions about off-the-beaten-track attractions, but we would be very much ON the beaten track. :)
posted by wisekaren on Jan 6, 2014 - 36 answers

Help me fight this parking ticket!

At what time of the day are the parking meters no longer in effect on 17th St NW in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Nov 8, 2013 - 3 answers

How often do votes in the Senate or House fall along party lines?

That is to say, how often will Republicans overwhelmingly vote one way and Democrats vote the opposite way, and how often do majorities within both parties vote the same way? Do Democrats and Republicans agree on most things, but the news outlets only report on the disagreements? Or do they indeed disagree on everything? Where might I go to get such numbers?
posted by jwhite1979 on Oct 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Half a weekday in DC

Hello D.C. Mefites. Later this month I'll have half a Monday to spend in D.C. The rest of the week I'm working until dinner time. I'm flying into Reagan around noon on a Monday. I'd like to cram as much Capital type stuff into the afternoon as I can. Any suggestions on what to do? A friend has suggested I rent a bike and cruise around the Mall, monuments, etc. Also, I run and would like to run two or three time the week I'm there. Any suggested multi-mile routes near the Pentagon or Crystal City area? I'm completely unfamiliar with the area, but would really like to avoid the hotel treadmill.
posted by tayknight on Sep 22, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I get my place painted soonest?

I need to get my 2 BR apt in the Washington, DC area painted before I move in. But my only personal-networking options have fallen through: the co-op itself is presently too short-staffed, and it turns out the guy recommended by my realtor can't do it until August. I really need it painted ASAP--although I'd also like a neat, professional job. Is it realistic, to want to get it painted much sooner than August? If so, how can I go about finding a good and reliable painter or company, being new to the area? (Bonus if you have a painter/company in the area whose work you liked and you would recommend!)
posted by theatro on Jul 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Destination request, western/northwestern US; 20th anniversary edition

We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this summer (yay!) and we're trying to find a place to stay for a week in the western/northwestern US to celebrate this milestone. The catch is that this destination needs to be some place new to us. A few other particular requirements below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Apr 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Best Bookstores in Pacific Northwest

I'm road tripping thru the Pacific Northwest. I'll be vetting bookstores for my upcoming book tour in Boise ID, Bend OR, Eugene/Corvallis OR, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Spokane WA, and Missoula MT — and any towns in between that warrant it. :-) I'm hoping y'all might have bookstores to recommend! Aside from Auntie's in Spokane and Powell's in Portland, I'm relying on Yelp — but I'd much prefer your personal recommendations for bookstores that host author events, have a great vibe, and friendly staff.
posted by silusGROK on Apr 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Cooking Classes in DC for my friends

My friends are moving from Brooklyn to DC and I would like to gift them cooking classes in their new area. Any recommendations? A place similar to Brooklyn Kitchen, with diverse classes with a foodie, hip bent is what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Good bank in Washington State

I'm looking to set up a personal account in a local bank in Washington state. I want to work with a bank that does local business and isn't laundering hundreds of billions of dollars for drug cartels (or insert whatever other horrifying banking scandal comes to mind.) I need a bank with office and ATM locations in the Northwest part of the state, and ideally they'd have an ATM sharing agreement with banks/credit unions in other parts of the country (and Canada? does that happen?) [more inside]
posted by pleurodirous on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Restaurant recommendations near Dupont Circle (Washington DC)?

I moved to DC recently-ish, but haven't explored the restaurant scene very well. Now I have a friend coming to town next week, staying right near the Dupont Circle Metro station, and I could use some recommendations for places to eat. Can any locals help me out? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Mar 22, 2013 - 21 answers

No need for matching linens

Looking for a pretty, small, old, and inexpensive hotel within a short drive (up to 4 hours) of Seattle. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Barack Obama Dance Party! Jan 21st, Washington DC!

I'm going to the Presidential Inauguration this month, in Washington DC, and I'd like to solicit tips and tricks to make the day go smooth for me. The last time I was in DC was 8 years ago, and it was for a day trip. What to do? What to avoid? What is security going to be like, will they have food and drink for sale, etc. If you went in 2009, what was it like? How did you survive the day? Also, I have written both of my Senators for tickets, and have heard nothing back from them, so I'm going under the assumption that I didn't get any. Thus, I will probably be watching the ceremony on the National Mall. If I end up here, where's the best place to stand? I'm flying in from Seattle for this, I'm not missing it! [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Jan 10, 2013 - 24 answers

Help me plan a very short itinerary in Washington, DC

I'll be in Alexandria, VA for two days next week for work, and have until 1 pm on the Thursday (Dec 6) free. What might I comfortably see in Washington on a Thursday morning that would allow me to be back in Alexandria by 1 pm? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Nov 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to get a quietclassy drink in DC?

I'm looking for a quiet and classy hotel lobby in DC where a couple can have a drink tonight. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Nov 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Baby tips for car-free biking couple in Washington DC?

We're Brits in Washington DC about to have our first baby! We have bicycles but don't own a car (use Zipcar / taxis). All the standard baby-prep advice seems to assume owning a car... so do you guys have any tips for car-free baby living? In particular: car seats (for occasional use / quick installation), diaper services and bike trailers? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Nov 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Clothing culture shock: getting a woman from the lab to Capitol Hill

Business clothing for female scientist working in Washington DC. [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa on Oct 20, 2012 - 15 answers

I'm not biking this whole way just to take a picture in front of the White House.

Biking to Washington, DC, arriving Oct 19 and leaving the 21st. What should I do (bike-related and not) while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by vulgar_wheat on Oct 10, 2012 - 8 answers

What D.C. activities on a need-to-know basis?

What off-the-beaten-path activities can I do in D.C.? I would love to do something that makes me feel a bit like a VIP. I want the city to seem like it does in a spy novel. Seeing the vintage Congressional bathrooms, getting a behind the scenes tour of the Library of Congress, and unusual sights like the Pentagon's gold AK-47 are the kind of things I'm after. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Sep 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Yakima

Tourist/food/interesting things in the Yakima, Washington area. [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Pedicure in DC?

Pedicure in Washington DC. I'm at the start of a long visit, and my feet hurt already! [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Low-exertion day trips/weekends from Seattle?

Low-exertion day trips/weekends from Seattle? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Jun 29, 2012 - 17 answers

1930s Uniform Mystery

Can anyone help identify this 1930s-era uniform, and also possibly provide info on a small plane crash at the time? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc on Jun 18, 2012 - 15 answers

Where should I spend the night after arriving into Washington, but not necessarily IN Washington?

Looking for recommendations for a nice hotel, inn or B&B near Washington DC, southwards-ish down towards the I95. [more inside]
posted by generichuman on May 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Cheapest, fastest internet in the emerald city?

What are my options for broadband residential internet in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Is George Washington's Moonshine worth $95?!?

What can I expect from this unique unaged rye whiskey? Is this more likely to be a fine drinking experience, a cheesy collectors item, or a potential investment? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Apr 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Seeking Washington DC bars and restaurants that are great for groups

Can you list some bars and restaurants in DC that would be good for a group of 10-12, all 21+? I'm open to making reservations, but a) bars probably don't take them and b) it would also be nice to be able to descend on a location or two in a more impromptu fashion as the weekend develops. Neighborhoods and other relevant details within. [more inside]
posted by juliplease on Jan 23, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm out on the border, on the border

Renting a car in BC to drive to WA state - Why can't I? How could I? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Dec 26, 2011 - 12 answers

What to do in Washington DC?

Going to Washington, D.C. next week. Looking for some upscale restaurants and local events to keep me occupied - lectures, film screenings, and the like. I'll be in town from the 11th to the 16th.
posted by matkline on Dec 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Flying into the wrong airport, now what?

What's the best way to get from Washington Reagan airport to a hotel near Tyson's Corner, VA? [more inside]
posted by tamitang on Nov 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for a Lunch Break on Our Drive North?

We are looking for the best food-related stops on our drive from Washington D.C. to central Connecticut. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Nov 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Technology museums in Washington DC

Washington DC museums - What are some good museums in DC for the history of technology, transport, computers, etc. - I do know about the Smithsonian and their Air and Space Museum. Thanks!
posted by carter on Nov 2, 2011 - 25 answers

Where to go on an accessible road trip in the Northwestern US?

We have a week and a half off and a 4WD truck but no plans; help me find interesting things to do with my partner in Washington, Northern California, Oregon, and Nevada. Extra difficulty: I'm on crutches. [more inside]
posted by hackwolf on Oct 6, 2011 - 8 answers

How to get to DC Olmsted parks

How to visit Olmsted parks in D.C.? Without my car please. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Sep 30, 2011 - 4 answers

DC area ok for Chinese students?

(Passed on from an ESL teacher friend of mine, who got the question from one of her students...) A group of Chinese businessmen will be coming to DC to study at Georgetown. Their company is arranging accommodation on Michigan Ave. NE, and they're 1) worried about safety, and 2) wondering what the area is like. [more inside]
posted by theatro on Sep 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Slurpee In Seattle

The most awesome things for families to do in the Seattle/Tacoma/Peninsula area? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Jul 11, 2011 - 19 answers

How do I get a good apartment at the right time?

I'm in College Park, MD for graduate school. My lease ends in August, and I feel like it's time to start looking for a place. I want to stay within a few minutes of campus (lived in Hyattsville before, and really liked that) but also want to try to get a place between $500 to $700 before utilities and cable. I've mostly just known people for the past few places I've lived, so I'm looking for some advice on when to start seriously looking, where to look, and other advice. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Please Explain Real Estate Agent Exclusivity

We are buying a home - what is the etiquette/law of forming a relationship with a real estate agent? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Mar 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Who retains legal rights to the logos of long defunct companies?

Who retains legal rights to the logos of long defunct companies? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Feb 20, 2011 - 8 answers

What's a great 1 or 2 week adventure on the West coast?

I'm looking for a great retreat to do in late March/early April in Northern CA, Oregon or Washington state. I'm going to be in Portland, OR at the end of March and then in San Francisco and LA mid-April. I'm thinking that instead of returning to Vermont in the meantime I could stay on the West coast and find something fun to do (really? ya think?). [more inside]
posted by bumpcat on Feb 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Weather along the west coast in March?

In late March, I'm going to drive from Seattle to Los Angeles via 101 and 1 (hugging the coast as closely as I can while staying on highways). Are there any spots along that route which have the potential for bad weather? [more inside]
posted by sharding on Jan 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Where should we have a party?

What would be a good place to have a post-wedding reception for ~100 people in or around Seattle, WA? The wedding is in Wisconsin but we want a reception for all of our coworkers back in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Jan 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Who is this on posters in DC?

Who is this pasted on posters on the street in Washington DC? I've seen the posters on utility boxes and they seem to be becoming more common. What's the story?
posted by exogenous on Dec 11, 2010 - 29 answers

cool towns around DC?

I'm looking for a cool town near DC. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Nov 24, 2010 - 23 answers

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