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The Washington Plaza, DC
The Washington Plaza Hotel is a little tiny slice of Miami put in the middle of Washington DC. The architecture of the hotel is very modern and airy with elegance. It is light and vibrant with some color which is different and refreshing for being in Washington DC. Most of the hotels in DC don’t have the resort fell to them and the Washington Plaza definitely does. The rooms are very spacious with comfortable and fun colors. There is a huge presidential suite that can be rented for a very large amount of money, but if you are looking to have a Miami experience in DC, and have the money, then it could be worth it! The big draw to the Washington Plaza Hotel is that there is a beautiful outside pool. It is very chic and there is pool service from the bar and restaurant. Most of the hotels in DC, if they have a pool, it is indoor, so this is one of the most appealing features of the hotel.
The hotel also offers two tasty restaurants, the International Bar and Ten Thomas Restaurant. Ten Thomas serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, which for the most part is all reasonably priced. Some of the entrees may get a little expensive for what the meal is, but most everything is locally grown and the chef prepares everything fresh in a very chic setting. The food is very tasty and the setting makes a fun day or night out. The International Bar serves a variety of fun drinks and cocktails and offers a smaller menu that is very affordably priced. I don’t know if I would say that the hotel is an overall child friendly stay. There were children in the pool and walking around with families, it is to be expected when you visit Washington DC, but most of the singles laying poolside were not happy when they got splashed. Though this would not rate as one of the top hotels to take your children, I think it is fine to take children there, my toddler did great, but it is a more mature cliental. No matter what age you are staying at the Washington Plaza Hotel is an enjoyable experience.
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A Sailabration for the Whole Family!
The Sailabration in Baltimore this year was an event that was not to be missed! Fun for the whole family, tall ships from around the world sailed into port, most of them were government or coast guard ships from other countries, and we were all allowed to visit and go on board! During the day time it was a history and culture lesson in the making. This was the perfect event to take a child to and have them learn about different countries, cultures and the fundamentals of sailing. Everyone working and crewing aboard had a special story to tell about how they sailed to Baltimore and the journey that lead them there. Learning about the journey and experience was just as fun as learning about the boat and seeing all of the fun aspects of a historic tall ship.
The evening was none the less of a huge party where each country’s boat would have an elaborate celebration on board. The boardwalk in Inner Harbor Baltimore was crowded with live music and people celebrating. The tall ship from Columbia had live salsa music and was going strong into the wee hours of the night. The tall ship from El Salvador had an elaborate ball and dinner happening, and everything would be watched and spectated, which made it fun for tourists and passer byers. The Sailabration was truly an event for people of all ages. There was something fun and entertaining for everyone to do and see. It was a celebration not only of sailing and tall ships but bringing different countries and cultures together. It was a great family environment as well as a great party scene! It was an event that was too good to be missed! So if you didn’t make it to Baltimore this year, don’t miss out next time!
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River Farm Garden Park
River Farm Garden Park is nestled on the Potomac in Alexandria, VA. It is the perfect place to spend the afternoon having a picnic with your little one! This park is part of the American Hortircultural Society but is open weekdays to the public, and the grounds are beautiful. The grounds itself offers literature to read about all of the gardening and different types of local flowers that are grown there. There is an education office with people to answer questions and give tours and everything is self-labeled so it is easy to walk around and enjoy the sites and learn about the gardening that takes place there. It is all set in a beautiful, colonial setting.
This is a great place to take your toddler to run around for a couple hours, or to enjoy a picnic. There is plenty of climbing areas and manipulatives available. There are also plenty of big and smaller tables set up just for that beautiful lunch hour in the garden. I went there not really knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. There is plenty of nature’s beauty as well as the history. It is very easy to get to, just down the road from Mount Vernon. These gardens also make the perfect backdrop for a wedding. It is such a beautiful and romantic setting overlooking the Potomac. I would highly suggest checking out the River Farm and Gardens on a beautiful and sunny day!
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