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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
(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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -