Great write up erc.
I'm not sure I can add much more to that narrative. I will add my voice of thanks and praise to our wonderful NathalieF and the team from Marriott who took such great care of us. I had anticipated a small gathering with Insiders pluto77 and erc sharing tales and enjoying a few laughs. Instead Nathalie worked her magic and we were treated like VIPs (complete with a guided tour of the Mayflower and delicious food and beverages).
Mr. Pluto, Nathalie, Pluto77, Bejacob, Erc, and Mrs. Erc all smiles after our VIP tour (and a few drinks).
We had a fantastic evening. It was the stuff of legends (at least it will be on this forum) in that we'll be telling tales about our get together for some time. It certainly broke the mold as far as Insider gatherings.
Thanks again to everyone who had a part in making this happen and another special thank you to our CM (you're the best ).
How great to see all of you and read the stories told be erc, can't wait to read what our country crisscross Insider pluto77 and our county card collector bejacob add to the great report already given. A splendid looking group I must say and the smiles tell the joy of attending the gathering.
Great stuff for sure.
Looks like everyone had a great time, thanks for the write up and the pictures. I see you got some nice gifts also; I bought the same book about the Mayflower in the gift shop; lots of fun pictures in it; I especially like the ones of JFK and Mrs. Kennedy at their Inaugural Ball.
I hope I can make it to the next get-together.
Wonderful story, pictures and SO glad a good time was had by all!
Congratulations, I only hope some day to join all of you!
Thanks jerrycoin, it would have been great to see you, jakeal, insidenji (and of course my brother from another mother IAHFLYR) and others. The CM was talking about the possibility of, similar to FT where they have scheduled Get Togethers, helping us coordinate such gatherings. We probably need a larger, more participatory base to pull it off - but considering the idea is a good start for something down the road as Insiders hopefully grows back to its previous size and participation.
Being the latecomer to the afterglow, all I can do here is simply endorse the comments above from my Insider Get Together Pals. It was delightful and magical evening, filled with fun and surprises.
It was so great to meet face to face and visit with some of the fine people that I have been conversing with here for a couple of years now (chatting in person is so much more pleasant and efficient!) The sublime people of Marriott - nathalie, Aaron and Jay, along with the exquisite Mayflower Renaissance have ahem, ruined me (I don't want to leave this place). What a fabulously, remarkable hotel, only topped by the graciousness of our hosts. The company, conversation, the VIP tour and knowledge imparted by Jay was nothing short of fantastic. Many thanks also to Insiders razorbackfan, painedplatinum, ssindc, clebert and others who have lauded the charm of this historic hotel. It is indeed quite extraordinary and will now always be my first choice (when I can afford it ) when visiting the DC area.
We met Jay in the lobby the next morning (does he ever sleep?) and chatted further for a while. What a neat guy. And by the way, I would've posted much earlier than now, but at midnight after our evening and dinner at Ris (yep, rinny54, the menu, after dark ambiance, service and food is all excellent and thanks for your tenacity!), I couldn't put the (Mayflower history) book down. Then, applying some of the sage tips from the evening by our good man erc, I was up and out the door the next morning at 6am, in order to have a small slice of the capital all to myself, and fantastic advice; the early morning is definitely the way to enjoy this fine city.
Snagging last minute tickets for the Washington Monument
Private, early morning commune with TJ
Great seeing you and Mr. Pluto (Guitarman - would love to see him play...and his homemade Fender Stratocaster - give him my regards).
Anyway, my feeble mind can't remember if it was you or NathalieF who mentioned this - but look what I found a BOGO $15 -- President Lincoln's Cottage: Top-Rated Tour, 50% Off | Travelzoo
probably too late for you, but I was thinking of you. Have a nice return trip.
I am glad you enjoyed your dinner @ Ris! I will let Ris know that you had a wonderful time @ her restaurant. Did you let her know that Rinny sent you? If you had, she may have come out to see you @ some time during your dinner as I had told her that Marriott insiders might be coming...:-) I would have loved to have been in DC with you all. I have stayed @ the Mayflower this past June & loved it!! They upgraded us to a 2 room suite. (oops...another thread!). Perhaps another time.
Rinny, I wasn't sure if you were serious or not, otherwise I definitely would've dropped your name. I did ask about the name Ris and they explained that it was the owner's nickname (short for Doris.) Great place. The scallops and the seafood stew were both delicious with creative flavors. I would enjoy a return visit.
We also dined at a new establishment - selected by my cousin, Boss Shepherd's. It lived up to it's reviews, nice ambiance ( a little noisy, but I've experienced worse). The Maine Blue Mussels and the North Carolina (head on - cute guy) Trout were both tasty. I was made to try (yes, she made me! ) DC's signature cocktail, The Gin Rickey. Mine was made with Green Hat gin, distilled here in DC. It is the first distillery in DC since Prohibition.
Yes, Pluto77, I was serious! Ris is the owner /chef and my sister! She has a great reputation in DC & is a wonderful person. Before she owned Ris, she was the executive chef @ 1789 in Georgetown & before that @ Kinkaid's on Pennsylvania Ave. (now closed). Glad you had a delicious dinner. When you return, say hi from me!
rinny54, Oh darn!! It would've been great to have met her. Perhaps next time, and I believe there will be (DC is my favorite U.S. city.) As a cross-country leisure visitor and with so many good restaurants in DC, it would be quite easy to never dine at the same restaurant twice, but I will happily make an exception for Ris. You are right to be proud of your accomplished sister. (And I love 1789 too.) Please send her our regards.
I have dined at Ris many times, and have always enjoyed the food and ambiance.
This is a wonderful place to experience. I was introduced to the fine place by Al Johnbrier, whose daughter was an executive there years ago.
The customers were noted, and I would enjoy going back!
We missed you (indeed you were acknowledged). Just the same, congratulations on flying (and sleeping) in first on a triple seven! Hope you are having a wonderful time in Florida and then later, SA. Livin' large my friend and good on ya! Next time, for sure.
Here's what my military reunion group had the honor of participating in during our October, 2014 reunion, held this year in DC.