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Fall Fun and Festivals in Washington DC

October 4, 2011

Fall is one of our favorite times in Washington DC. The heat and the crowds are gone, so you can enjoy the best of the city. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in October.  

Fall Foliage

Enjoy the fall foliage along the C&O Canal National Historic Park starting in Georgetown and stretching for 13 miles to Great Falls Park in Northern Virginia.

Explore Rock Creek Park – a park in the middle of the city offering walking, jogging and bike trails – even a stable.

Visit the US National Arboretum  and enjoy the Orchid show and sale or just take a walk around the grounds and enjoy the fall foliage and the seasonal blooming plants including hibiscus, autumn crocuses, water lilies, camellias, chrysanthemums, boxwood and more.

Take a walk at the National Zoo in the crisp fall weather (and maybe even smaller crowds).


Enjoy the Halloween Film Festival at American Film Institute in Silver Spring. This year includes a special tribute to Vincent Price, plus the annual showing of the silent Nosferatu accompanied by live music. Halloween night brings a live interactive show of “The Tingler.”

Visit the National Zoo the evening of October 21, 22 or 23 with Boo at the Zoo and get treats and see the animals at night.

Take a walking tour and visit Washington’s most haunted houses including the Octagon House.


Looking to celebrate Oktoberfest? The Post’s Going Out Guru’s recommend the best in DC including Beirgarten Haus.

For German culture, including film, games and yes, Oktoberfest, visit the Goethe Institute.

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Family Summer Fun in Washington DC

July 1, 2011

If you’re looking for a great family summer escape, come to Washington DC! There’s plenty to see and do and we’re running a great Family Fun Package to keep it affordable to bring the whole family and stay right downtown.

The Hamilton Crowne Plaza is right across the park from the McPherson Square metro station on the Orange and Blue lines, so you won’t even have to worry about driving during your stay – you can walk or take Metro to all the most popular sites around town.

While you’re in town, you can:

  • Visit the Giant Pandas and the lion cubs at the National Zoo
  • Visit the Washington Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, plus the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall
  • Visit the Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall including the Air & Space Museum
  • Visit the Butterfly exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
  • Tour the US Capitol
  • Take a walk past the White House
  • Head over to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

See a great list of 100 free (or nearly free) things to do in DC. Reserve your vacation today.

Help us celebrate Earth Day – April 19, 2009

April 1, 2009

Washington, DC is a wonderful place to celebrate Earth Day whether you’ll be taking part in the events on the Mall or want to help with the cleanup at the National Zoo.  The Zoo will also be collecting cell phones and rechargeable batteries that you don’t use anymore so they don’t end up in landfills.

Over the past year at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, we’ve taken several steps to make our staff and guests more environmentally aware and reduce our energy usage.

Let there be light

Since our hallway lights have to be on all the time, we’ve replaced those with more energy efficient bulbs. This helps in several ways:

  • The new bulbs take less energy to light the hallways,
  • They emit less heat, meaning there’s less impact on the environmental systems,
  • And since the new bulbs last longer, they have to be changed less frequently which means less waste in landfills.

Water, water everywhere

Because of all the towels, sheets, napkins, and linens used in hotel rooms, room service, etc., the average hotel uses about 150 gallons of water (and usually hot water) per room per day. To help reduce that, we’ve instituted a linen re-use program for guests who would prefer that we not change their sheets or replace clean towels every day.

Waste not!

In our restaurants and offices we’ve instituted a recycling program for paper, glass and cans. If you’re hosting a meeting at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza and would like us to provide paper recycling containers for meeting materials, we are happy to do so.

We’re not done

We’re always evaluating what we can do to make our hotel more green. Right now we’re looking at our appliances, fixtures, HVAC systems and evaluating what we can do to be more energy efficient. If you see anything that will help, leave us a comment here or on a comment card at the hotel.

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