Archive for January, 2010

Bike Summit

January 26, 2010

On March 9 – 11, Washington DC will be welcoming the 10th annual National Bike Summit. The Summit has grown from 100 participants to over 1,000 in that time – reflecting the growing interest in bicycling whether for health, commuting or recreation.

If you’re attending the Bike Summit and planning on bringing your bike, here’s a bicycle map of Washington, DC. (Also available as a PDF download.) You’ll need a copy of Washington’s Bicycle Parking Guidelines as well (PDF).   If you’re staying at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, you’re welcome to keep your bike in your room with you.

There are a variety of places to rent bikes around town.  Bike and Roll DC also offers guided bicycle tours of Washington.  DC also offers SmartBike – a bike sharing program that allows you to ride a bike and return it at any SmartBike station in the city.

If you’re staying through the weekend,the National Mall has some great bike paths. Later in the season, there are free Park Ranger led bike tours on the National Mall every Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re arriving by train, be sure to check out the new Bikestation right outside Union Station.

If you need any additional information planning your trip, our concierge would be happy to help or leave us a comment.


Keep Your Resolutions in 2010

January 12, 2010

If you’re like most people, one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be more active or get back in shape this year. And this weekend’s Health & Fitness Expo is a great way to keep you on track. Held at the Washington Convention Center, the Expo offers the opportunity to get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, healthy cooking demonstrations, as well as try a variety of new activities including Bollywood dancing from local studio Dhoonya Dance.

And when you’re done walking around the exhibit floor, take a healthy walk over to 14K Restaurant and enjoy one of our heart-healthy entrees or salads and keep your resolution.

Better than the Real World

January 7, 2010

Have you been watching the new installment of the Real World on MTV? The house where the cast lived during their time in DC was just a short walk up Connecticut Avenue, and Human Rights Campaign (where Mike worked) is just around the corner from us. If you’re intrigued by the sights of DC, or want to know more about the reality, we’d be happy to show you around.

You can find all the places the Real World crew went in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, plus all the sights like the Smithsonian, the National Zoo, and the White House. Plus there are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the area that are off-limits to camera crews that you won’t see on the show.

We also offer a special I Love Nightlife package that means you can sleep late, enjoy breakfast and a late checkout which will give you a chance to experience any of the clubs in our neighborhood including Lima, Tattoo Bar, and the Black Cat.

Enjoy watching the rest of the Real World DC season and we hope to see you soon.

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