Enjoy yourselves and we do expect some stories and pictures shared upon each of you returning after the weekend meet/greet. But I have one question that is begging to be asked, after reading your post I'm curious if you those "5 so fat" will be.........LMAO!!!
Saturday's Meet & Greet in Crystal City although small was a great time!
We all had a great time sharing travel stories and trying to recruit Pluto's Mom to Insiders. She has a wealth of knowledge about the Marriott Timeshare program and foreign travel and would make a great Insider! Hopefully we will all be able to catch up again someday!
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I do have a free parking tip for those who are making weekend stays in Crystal City: http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/thread/14653
I'll also will be posting a review of my recent stay at the Crystal Gateway Hotel.
I have posted photo albums for all 3 hotels I stayed at, and a review of the Washington Marriott Foggy Bottom.
Washington Marriott Foggy Bottom Review http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/edit-ratingReview!input.jspa?ratingReview=25096
Washington Marriott Foggy Bottom Photos: http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/photoAlbums/1519
Key Bridge Marriott Photos: http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/photoAlbums/1517
Bethesda Marriott Pooks Hill Photos: http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/photoAlbums/1518
I had a marvelous time visiting our nation's capital over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Meeting up with MI's californian (and Cali and I also did some sightseeing together, which worked out really well), vaboywnder and later on that weekend GemPrincess, couldn't have been nicer (well, more time would have been nicer - it went by fast!) I count it a privilege to have had the opportunity to meet such lovely people and fellow travelers. I hope we will have the opportunity to meet up again and further our newfound friendships, as well as meet other MI's in the future. Making connections and meeting new friends is one of my favorite things about traveling, even armchair traveling in cyberspace here on Marriott Rewards Insiders. We each bring so much wealth to the table.
I'll supply a report on my hotel stays and dining experiences in another thread.
As far as DC travel tips, the metro is always a friend, but if you have to make connections, such as metro to bus (to Baltimore, as in my case), do use the online metro trip planner, being mindful of time of day (which can make a big difference), and allow yourself plenty of time! Metro - Trip Planner. This may be a no-brainer for local DC folks, but as an out-of-towner who isn't used to mass transit, this is good to bear in mind, especially if you have reservations or appointments. Our last night, we had dinner reservations in Georgetown, and I thought I had the metro-to-bus thing sorted, but we were still 30 minutes late (fortunately, the restaurant accommodated us with a quick phone call). Same with the Baltimore connection. We missed our express bus (which only runs every 40 minutes) and ended up taking a taxi, as our appointment in Baltimore was both important and time sensitive.
Also, along the lines of Vaboywnder, I noticed that there are parking garages in DC itself that offer much better rates than the hotel parking. One place on 6th St. near the National Archives only charged $11 all day on weekends, and $24/day maximum on weekdays. Much better than some of the hotels (upwards of $45/day) and very much worth a to/from walk.
Finally, when visiting the monuments, definitely try to attend the ranger talks. Every design element of each monument has been created with purpose, and the ranger talks explain each purpose as well as provide some wonderful information and background about the monument and what it represents. Thankful for californian 's advice on coordinating our itinerary around the talks.
Like we all suspected a grand time was had by all who were fortunate enough to be able to attend. Good advice on the METRO stuff, I was lucky each time I've been in DC to fly into DCA and hop on the METRO to downtown and the hotel, didn't have to deal with buses just the rail system which is such a breeze.
I look forward to your next thread.