Washington, DC – an afternoon visit


I had the opportunity to travel to DC for business, but didn’t want to take a 6 am flight departing flight on Monday, so I went a day early and visited Washington, DC.  Years ago I visited most of the museums which are fantastic, but this time I wanted to see something different and started by finding this interesting historical hotel with a roof top venue overlooking the city, near the river and within walking distance of the White House.

GEORGETOWN WATERFRONT PARK

I was surprised to find such an active waterfront on a Sunday afternoon in August at the Potomac River: boats, yachts, people kayaking, picnicking,  visiting restaurants and enjoying a gorgeous day.  The setting was perfect for relaxation and due to arriving early, my room wasn’t ready so I spent time exploring; the boardwalk was a nice place to be.

THE WATERGATE HOTEL

The hotel had a $200 million renovation in 2016 and features:  fine and casual dining, The Next Whiskey Bar, a rooftop bar and lounge with 360 degree views of the Georgetown Waterfront and the National Monument, spa and fitness center, indoor pool, plus meeting rooms.  Some photos I took during my stay.

Historically speaking the Watergate hotel was “the” place for models, actors, supreme court justices and congressmen and the architectural design caused a bit of turmoil as well given the traditional neoclassical design of most buildings in Washington, DC.  It original opened in 1967.  In 1972, President Nixon’s time, it became tied to the Watergate Scandel when men broke into the DNC headquarters located at the Watergate Office and they stayed in rooms from the Watergate Hotel.

THE RIVER

I decided to do the tourist thing and take a cruise to see various historical sites along the Potomac River from Washington DC to Alexandria, VA.

THE WHITE HOUSE

I walked to the White House and found an artistic party atmosphere just outside with watchful guards and police surrounding.

For an afternoon, there was plenty to do!

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