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June 9

Please share your all-day workshop spaces in DC

I run an annual event for academics where we hold a 1 day workshop. Next year it will be in Washington DC. Attendees will be from all over the world, but many will be staying in Dupont Circle. We need a space to meet for a day. We have traditionally done this on a university campus or in a public library. The space needs wifi, room for 30 people in one room, and breakout rooms/areas for groups of 6. We also need to either bring in catering or use the catering service of the site. Suggestions for safe venues in DC, fairly close to Dupont?
posted by k8t around Washington, DC at 4:15 PM - 6 answers

April 9

Fun things for my Mom to do in the DC-area

My mother is visiting the Virginia/Washington D.C. area the last week of July and would like some suggestions of interesting/beautiful things to do. [more inside]
posted by blueberry around Washington, DC at 3:19 PM - 26 answers

December 27, 2017

Questions about hiking in Patagonia

For various reasons, we are getting the chance to spend some time in Patagonia in early to mid January, and intend to spend some of it hiking. We are finalizing our plans -- but we have questions, specifically about the Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon around Washington, DC at 8:21 AM - 4 answers

December 8, 2017

Probably going to avoid touring Melania's Creepy Christmas Castle.

My wife and daughter and I are taking a fairly spontaneous trip to Washington DC over Christmas, after some plans to travel further to be with family fell through. We have a cool, luxe hotel booked, and are excited to take in the museums and holiday cheer, but I was hoping all you Capitol-centric MeFites could give us both some general recommendations (unique things to do, fun shopping, special holiday displays, how to do parking, etc) as well as some specific food/drink suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady around Washington, DC at 8:48 AM - 15 answers

November 13, 2017

Washington DC Travelfilter: Seeking calm, quiet, cozy gustatation

I'm taking a much-needed short vacation to Washington DC this weekend (I've been describing it to friends and family as "four glorious days during which no one will talk to me."). I'll be alone, which is sort of the whole point. I'm looking for food and drink locations that are especially pleasant for a lone woman with a book to pass some quiet late fall evening hours, around the Foggy Bottom and Georgetown areas (or farther afield if it's really worth it). [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen around Washington, DC at 6:55 AM - 19 answers

October 23, 2017

Need recommendations for 4 evenings and an afternoon in Washington DC

I'm in Washington DC for a conference, staying near the national portrait gallery. Conference talks end at 5-6 but would like to make the most of the evenings. I also have an afternoon: I will see all the usual political landmarks and museums but interested in finding: 1. Cheap to mid-scale dining options, in particular hole in the wall korean/vietnamese thai places. Previous threads have mentioned that ethiopian food is a specialty - any others or specific recomendations? 2. Vintage/kitchenware shops? 3. Fun walks that I could do after 5pm when the conferences lets out?
posted by cacofonie around Washington, DC at 3:24 PM - 13 answers

April 16, 2017

Cheaper DCA parking options?

I'm flying out of DCA on an upcoming Friday evening, returning on the following Monday evening, and looking for cheaper parking options. (It's a stretch to call the $17 you pay at the airport "economy" parking.) I'd rather not involve Metro if possible, and this is a non-holiday weekend. I've seen sites that sell discounted access to a nearby parking garages, like this one. Is this reliable, in your experience? Do you have another suggestion for me?
posted by zebra around Washington, DC at 3:14 PM - 6 answers has best

January 20, 2017

Is DC to be avoided on Memorial Day Weekend?

Weird to be asking this today of all days, but: my wife and I want to travel to DC to do general tourist stuff in late May/early June. For a bunch of reasons, a stretch of time that includes Memorial Day Weekend looks best for us. But we're worried about the city being unusually crowded/gridlocked/hectic with Memorial Day stuff. Is that a legit worry? Would we be better off being in town a week earlier or later?
posted by the phlegmatic king around Washington, DC at 7:26 AM - 8 answers

January 8, 2017

Driving and parking for the Women's March

We'll be driving to the Women's March from the vicinity of BWI the morning of January 21. Should we reserve parking on Parking Panda, park at a Metro station, or? [more inside]
posted by john hadron collider around Washington, DC at 1:00 PM - 16 answers

January 3, 2017

Help me navigate the Washington DC DMV

I have several options for car registration in DC and none of them seem to work. Please help me navigate this process! [more inside]
posted by kingoftonga86 around Washington, DC at 8:59 AM - 5 answers has best

January 2, 2017

Washington DC - Womens March Weekend

My 13-year old daughter and I will be in DC for the Womens' March. We have one play day, Saturday the 20th. We'd like to go to either the NMAAHC or the National Zoo. I've never been to DC and I have oh so many questions. [more inside]
posted by duckus around Washington, DC at 9:38 AM - 21 answers has best

November 14, 2016

Weekend transit options in the greater D.C. area

We need to be in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 21. That's the day after the presidential inauguration, so hotel rates are ridiculous and parking will be nonexistent. People who know D.C. transit: Where in the greater D.C. area can we get an affordable hotel room and catch a train or shuttle into the city on a Saturday? [more inside]
posted by xylothek around Washington, DC at 9:25 AM - 13 answers

November 10, 2016

Fall colors near DC by public transportation?

I'd like to get out of DC for a day this weekend to see the last of the fall leaves. Difficulty: no car. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine around Washington, DC at 8:23 AM - 10 answers has best

July 23, 2016

Nature retreat, for individuals, within 3-4 hours of DC

I would like to spend a long weekend or perhaps full week, in mid to late October, alone or semi-alone in nature. An individual retreat that involves yoga, hiking, meditation and contemplation (and maybe even homesteading activities), but is not overly "woo" or religious, sounds ideal to me. Where can I do this within a (maximum) 3-4 hour drive of DC? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings around Washington, DC at 10:08 AM - 5 answers

July 18, 2016

Tasty and stylish Washington DC

Mr Tav is unexpectedly going on a work trip to Washington DC in the US on Friday. He'll hvae a couple of free days during the trip. What should he eat and where should he shop for cool clothes? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl around Washington, DC at 10:04 AM - 22 answers

July 13, 2016

Washington DC for a few hours...

I'm going to be passing through DC on a layover and need some advice on how to get around and see the main sights quickly! [more inside]
posted by ryanbryan around Washington, DC at 5:27 PM - 19 answers

May 20, 2016

Driving into--and parking--in Washington, DC.

The driving part I can handle, the parking part not so much. Steer me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott around Washington, DC at 7:51 AM - 14 answers

April 12, 2016

Bike tours in Washington, D.C.?

Has anyone done a bike tour in Washington, D.C., that they would recommend? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt around Washington, DC at 12:37 PM - 6 answers has best

April 1, 2016

Where should we stay in Washington DC?

I'm looking for a hotel in DC that is within walking distance of some cool attractions for a visit in May. I'd like something reasonably nice, but I'd prefer to stay below $400 a night. The ones I've found so far that look good to me are Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Hotel Lombardy, or the Mandarin Oriental (a little out of my range, but I'm flexible if it's considered awesome for the price. Any Mefites know the DC hotel scene intimately?
posted by blurker around Washington, DC at 10:08 PM - 24 answers has best

March 28, 2016

Any advice for family trip to D.C. in April?

My wife and I are driving down from New England to Washington, D.C., in later April with our four kids. We'll be staying near the Capitol. Is there anything we should especially know? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt around Washington, DC at 1:39 PM - 36 answers has best