It's been a while since I've posted, actually since early November of 2018. I'll focus more on getting my personal travel out there, reason it brings some insight as to how I see your travel when I'm planning on your behalf.
For me travel is part of life, experiencing different cultures, life styles opens your eyes to all the possibilities there are in our wonderful world. Kindness isn't rare, it's just ignored in the frantic world of instant messages, news sources and false travel narratives often found on review sites. Start with an open mind, friends or better yet family. Washington, D.C. is a fantastic place for multi-generational travel.
Four generations - six personalities - six likes and dislikes - six opinions - six amazing people! That's what makes a vacation real. I've been known to travel as a single adventurer, often on a cruise or self guided exploration. The difference when traveling solo vs family or like minded groups is contribution to the experience. You're not in control, you're participating, sharing and building the relationships and shared memories. Travel is living - living is to travel!
Washington, D.C. April 2019 - celebration of life, multiple birthdays and new relationships was our purpose. Why Washington D.C.; that's easy it's a mecca for gourmet foods, unique shopping, historic exploration from the monuments to museums there isn't much left to desire after exploring this amazing clean, safe city. We walked an average of 6.5 miles each day from our hotel to Georgetown to the Potomac River. Exploring the memorials along the mall as well as the fantastic new NMAACH! If you don't know what the letters stand for you've missed a very important part of the history and culture of our amazing country. Yes you can goggle it, or better yet let's get you to D.C. to explore.
We stayed at the famed "Jefferson Hotel" - for the younger set it might be a bit on the old fashion, dull side until they realize what a true luxury hotel experience is. The younger generations was liking the experience more when they realized the staff remembered their names, what they had to eat each morning and more importantly treated everyone as if the hotel was our personal residence. In the area of the Jefferson Hotel there are more hotels from luxury to basic than one can imagine what is more important when you're experiencing a location like D.C. or even Savannah seek out a property true to the heritage of the city or region you're exploring. After all staying at a modest chain hotel is great for the budget and works just fine, it lacks the immersion into the culture and history that you'll miss with great regret later in life or as you share your experiences with others.
We took the current political turmoil out of our vacation with little to no discussion on the current state of affairs. We weren't there to visiting our nations capital to be beaten down by dissension or hate. We were there sharing love, kindness and exploring the true importance of our nations capital.
Shopping is always a part of our travels, yes you can buy most things anywhere it's never really needed but it's also part immersion into the local vibe, culture and people. It's rare to have a conversation with a person on the street as a tourist or your waiter or waitress; they're busy. A shop owner, sales person often loves to share stories and their pride in their city. We met a wonderful sales person who shared his favorite place in the city for Mussels, suggested an amazing Tapas place and a really cool French restaurant yes we did all of them and more. We did take a time out for one of my favorite burgers at "Shake Shack" - now that's keeping things real! Oh how yummy - after eating at the Shake Shack on the Potomac we found another one on 14th - the unique ave with bars and restaurants in the heart of the city. Don't ask - hint - if you did the answer would be yes!
When you're ready to explore this unique city, I've stayed in the area many times, restaurant fav list is long and vibrant let's talk! Unique properties in repurposed building offering great luxury hotel experiences to some very unique boutique hotels for the more ultra cool travelers. Until next time, dream big, go for it and remember you only live once, make all you can out of it. Share Kindness!