Class and Comfort at the Westin Georgetown

Westin Georgetown Caucus Room George town view 2On my most recent trip to DC I got a chance to stay in Georgetown for my cousin’s wedding and was pleasantly surprised by the Westin Georgetown.  The Westin Georgetown offered a strong showing of class without the pretentiousness that can make a nice hotel a little too uptight.  Any hotel in Georgetown has a lot to live up to. The area is known for its old neighborhoods and even older money and with the metro not servicing the area it can seem a little out of the way.  Westin Georgetown LobbyI found the location to be perfect, however, as you could quickly access some of the fun and liveliness of other areas like the U street corridor while still being nestled in a serene yet active neighborhood.  I love to be out and about when out of town and the location forced me to second guess getting out and really made my vacation a relaxing one.  The Georgetown area still has a wide array of shops and stores and restaurants and the nearby waterfront offered another level in options when I surveyed what there was to do while I was in DC.

Westin Georgetown Pool view from roomThe Westin Georgetown offered all of the great nuances I have come to expect from a Westin, no matter where I am.  Luxury features like their dream shower head and bathrobes always set the stage for fun at the Westin and the Westin Georgetown met and exceeded my expectations with their friendly staff and beautifully appointed room.  The view with the pool had my daughter thrilled to be there and the courtyard was the perfect place to enjoy a sunny day or nightcap after a long day sightseeing.  Westin Georgetown Caucus room top view Westin Georgetown Caucus Room Entrance Westin Georgetown Boveda 3 Westin Georgetown Boveda 1 Westin Georgetown Caucus Room insideTo put a cherry on top of the great location, amenities, and people the fun was dynamite.  From room service to late night snacks to their great restaurants I was stuffed the whole stay.  The Caucus Room Brasserie served as a cool venue for my cousins welcome reception with great finger foods and a warm environment that got everyone comfortable and talking.  Boveda really made my day by serving a classic Caipirinha (my Rio favorite) and the fun vibe and weekly free salsa lessons had me wishing I could extend my stay for a couple of days.  All in all the hotel offered superior quality mixed with definite comfort that made the hotel a winner in my book.

Adventure Time – Exploring DC by foot

US Capital SelfieWith a great mix of culture, history, food and fun, few cities set the stage for walking about than Washington, DC.  As with many old cities, there is an architectural style that sparks your imagination to what its residents experienced hundreds of years before you retraced their steps.  As older cities were designed at a time where walking was a major means of transportation, it is designed to fit that mode, with sideways and crosswalks readily available and stores and restaurants situated for those on their feet.  Grafitti wall in DC 1 Grafitti wall in DC 2As the doors to my imagination opened up I want to get out and experience all of that adventure myself and walking lets me touch, feel and see the city in a much more intimate way than driving in cars or on public transportation.

My love for walking and discovery was not initially shared by my daughter as the thought of a 4 mile hike to our hotel with no idea of what was in between did not sound equally appealing.  US CapitalBut instead of just looking at it as a long walk around DC, I challenged her to change her point of view and be open to the idea of going on an adventure.  When you start on an adventure something changes.  Stop and smell the roses in DCInstead of a focus on the fastest and most convenient route, you look forward to the delays and detours along the way as the point is not the route, it’s the experiences along the way.  Our walk took us through skater ramps, parks, the capital and Pennsylvania Ave and along the way just how special these times are became clear.  The constant focus on time was thrown out the window and all roads became open to the adventure at hand.  If something looked cool or caught our eye the plan quickly changed to accommodate the new experiences. Chy climbing Trees If a tree looked fun we climbed it, if there was a building that looked cool we walked up to it, anything that added to our daily adventure.  Having the access and ability to not just pass things up but get some hands on action made the experience much more alive.

When you have no idea where you are than almost everything seems new and adds a great twist of spice that is unbeatable when it comes to having an adventure.  With great weather and phenomenal scenery (not to mention the people watching) DC is a great place to step back in time or have your own modern adventure.   Two Scholars Fredrick Douglas ground coin First Amedment Cool Architecture DC Park and statute