erc, great report - thanks for posting!!!
Can you say more about the top of the Key Bridge Marriott these days? Just to clarify - so the old The View restaurant is dead space if there's no event up there? (What a shame!) Safe to assume the awesome fish tanks are gone too? Anyway, I've met folks there for breakfast (convenient, good buffet), but I haven't been up to the top for more than a decade.
p.s. when we eat at Ted's, it's typically at Ballston... among other things, great pickles!
They do have some rooms up there (by the way, the Concierge Lounge on the 12th has great views of Georgetown University), but the former restaurant is now used mostly for business meetings, wedding receptions, and other parties in search of a nice view. As often is the case, I concur with your culinary opinion, those pickles (I call them cukes that haven't fully gone over to the other side) are delicious.
Great post! Thanks for sharing your pics from Keybridge. You guys definitely had a great view of the fireworks from there. eclektech (Matt) and I enjoyed having lunch and swapping travel tales with you guys. When I get back home I'll be sure to post some pics from the Renaissance in Arlington. By the way I got a message from pluto77 on Facebook...she wanted me to say hi to you guys but unfortunately I didn't see her message until after lunch.
PS> Next time I'll try not to blink when we pose for the next photo. As you know Eclektech is used to being photographed with the celebs.
Hi to pluto (pluto, thought of you when we walked the Women in Military Memorial - thanks for your service).
I just figured your photo was the sly look of a real wheeler dealer. You'll be glad to know you guys are a hit with the octogenarian set, Mom said, "wow, those were some good looking men"
Thanks guys for taking the time to swing by.
erc, thanks so much for posting…..you surely found a fantastic way to fully enjoy the fireworks with the least amount of hassle…very impressive.
Thanks too for the reminder of what a great country the USA still is!! Glad you had a great 4th with Mrs. Erc, Granny Erc & the MRIs!!
Erc, truly wonderful post and thanks for the mention. Thought of all you local folks taking advantage of the 'tax day' rates in DC (had to give mine up unfortunately) while watching the fireworks on PBS last night (after y'all were probably in bed, ha!) (And as it was 107 here, TV fireworks were a perfect addition to the backyard stuff.)
I've decided that when I retire (Mr. Pluto does not know this yet ), we are shutting up the house (heck, maybe we might even sell it ) and letting a studio apt. in NoVA for about a year so that we can explore the U.S. east coast.
So many obvious things to love about this Marriott forum, but one that is especially appreciated during this (non-traveling) year for me, is to be able to travel vicariously through the excursions of those (like you guys) who are generously willing to share them with the rest of us. Many thanks! Am not familiar with Washington Harbor. Looks lovely. Finally, great pic (Vaboy, you look fine and Mom is right - a couple of good lookin' young men). I think the Coins have some competition with the Erc's in the meet and greet department! (And those Va boys now too.)
I didn't realize that eclektech was going to be there!!! I thought it was just you and vaboywnder. I would have changed my plans if I knew..... Sorry we missed it. We enjoyed the fireworks from the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. We visited the zoo this morning in the Cleveland Park section and hit up our favorite 2 Amys for some awesome roasted olives and authentic pizza!! I love that place.
pluto77, Those roasted olives were the first ever consumed by us. We didn't notice them on the menu in the past...boy were they good. Simple, simple, simple..but good good good.
Thanks for taking us along with you on the 4th in DC, beautiful pictures and looks like a great time with the "Meet/Greet" as expected. I love the picture of Arlington, well written.
However; I do believe Mrs. Erc and Granny steal the show each time!!!
Great write up, erc.
Key Bridge is tentatively on my list for the last Saturday in September (need to keep adding to the county list before the days get too short). Not sure I'll do much exploring in the city, but I have another (longer) trip to Arlington already booked for early November.
I always love seeing posts about places I'll be visiting as it gives me ideas of what to see.
Heck, I love seeing places I'm not going so I know what I'm missing and can make plans to rectify that.
Thanks for sharing.