24 Hours in DC: Washington, the White House and the W Hotel!

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015


24 Hours in DC:

Washington, the White House & the W Hotel!

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We’ve been wanting to visit the White House for some time. So, we contacted our congressman’s office to get the ball rolling. It took about three months to get approved. Which turned out to be perfect timing to take a little getaway before David goes on tour with The Hooters in Europe.

We love packing up the car and hitting the road. And within three hours we were in the beautiful city of Washington, DC.

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First stop was Duke’s Grocery. Recommended by Robbie, one of the fabulous concierges at the W Hotel in DC.

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The menu looked great and the place was adorable!

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We decided to share the a Proper Burger and the Peruvian Carne Sandwich. Both were great choices!
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Next stop…The W Hotel!

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We chose the W because it was just 2 blocks from the White House.

From the front door to the roof-top restaurant, the W Hotel was the perfect choice.

Our package included valet parking and two cocktails, which offset the cost of the room by about $80!

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The lobby is beautiful! They offer a complimentary mock-tail each afternoon at 4pm and coffee in the morning.

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When we checked in, I asked if it was possible for a room upgrade. I always ask and 9 times out of 10, we get one. This upgrade exceeded our expectations. When we opened the door, we were delighted to find that our room was a suite!

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Complete with office space, living room, bedroom and oh-what-a-bathroom!

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The shower and tub had its own separate room, and even a dimmer light switch 😉

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It’s not often that the hotel becomes as big a part of our getaway as our adventures throughout the city. But, the W Hotel was so good, that we may stay at W’s for all of our trips!

A special mention goes out to all three concierges, Robbie, Marlon and Kimberle. They went far and beyond the call of duty helping us with museum passes and restaurant recommendations.

Marlon even called several stores, trying to help me find a pair of sneakers

when my feet were so sore from all of the walking we did.

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And check out the view from our room!

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And this is the view from the POV rooftop restaurant!

That’s the Washington Monument to the left and the White House to the right!

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After a little siesta, it was time to walk over to the Holocaust Museum.

Along the way, we passed right by the Washington Monument!

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The Holocaust Museum was quite moving. No words can describe the horror and sadness.

We walked back to the hotel with a heavy heart.


After a little rest, it was time for dinner. Our concierge, Robbie suggested a cute little Italian called Il Canale in Georgetown.

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Our table by the window was perfect! Although my hair, not so much! Damn that humidity!

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And the food was to-die-for!

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Scialatielli al Frutti Di Mare and Diavola Pizza. Then a walk around Georgetown and a chocolate ice cream cone for David.

He was a happy man 🙂

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We headed back to the W and up to the rooftop lounge for another look at the view of the White House.

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Then a warm bath and time to hit the sheets. Goodnight Washington!

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That bed, those pillows…OMG! It’s no wonder we slept in. I must find out how to get those pillows (answer: W Hotel store).

At almost 10am, we were up and at ’em! Time for coffee and an early lunch at Top Chef alum’s, G by Mike Isabella.

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We chose the (soft) Crabby Korean and the Chicken with braised thigh meat. Oh yeah!

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Check out the menu!

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Another meal, another happy David!

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Next up…The White House! We waited in line and were thoroughly screened by all kinds of security and secret service.

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The tour was cool. But, we were told no photos.

Here is a brochure of some of the rooms that we saw…


We were allowed to take photos once we were outside of the White House.

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We walked around the perimeter of the house on the way back to the hotel.

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We requested a late check-out just so we could take advantage of some extra time in our beautiful suite.

At about 4pm, we said our goodbyes to our new friends at the W.

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David said that there was a great spot in Baltimore for dinner on the way home. The Hooters used to eat there when they played at Hammerjacks in the 80s and 90s.

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Sabatino’s was (and still is) famous for their salad dressing. David said, it was so good that the guys in the band would bring it home. The restaurant packaged some up in this wine bottle for us to bring home!

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Our server was great!

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And we ordered just about everything that was on the menu 🙂

The soon-to-be Mister ordered Spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers. I went with my old favorite, Chicken Parm.

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Another meal, another happy David!

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And with that, we said farewell to “Baltimore: The Greatest City In America!”

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Another great road trip for the books! Sending a special thank you to the folks at the W Hotel in DC.

We will definitely be back soon!

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Dallyn & David