A quick trip to Washington, D.C.

I flew to Washington late Thursday for a series of meetings on Friday and, though it was a short trip, it was quite enjoyable.

When making my travel arrangements I found, to my surprise and delight, that my favorite DC hotel -- the Hay-Adams -- had rooms available for $60 per night LESS THAN the hotel recommended by the company I was visiting. I was more than happy to suffer the "inconvenience" of a walk through Lafayette Square, past the White House, and on a few blocks rather than just crossing the street in exchange for enjoying the ambiance and excellent treatment one receives at this lovely boutique hotel. Rather than gush on at length here, click the link above to read my previous review.

On Thursday night, I made my way to The Capital Grille at 6th & Pennsylvania for a light dinner at the bar. One of the bartenders there -- Tom, by name -- always remembers me no matter how long it's been since my last visit, which makes me feel as special as the Senators, Congressmen, and high-level Washington types who frequent this establishment. The food is excellent -- even at the bar -- the wine selection is extensive, and prices are well in line with other nice restaurants in Washington.

After my meetings on Friday, I met a friend for a drink in the bar of the St. Regis hotel. Just a few blocks north of the White House, the lobby and the bar are popular gathering places. The restaurant is said to be quite good, though I've not eaten there yet. For more on the hotel itself, please check my previous post.

A short walk to the McPherson Square station and a quick ride on the Metro Blue Line and I was back at Reagan National Airport to catch my flight home. Sadly, the Legal Seafood restaurant that had previously occupied a spot in the airport terminal has been replaced by another establishment. Instead of the restaurant's famous clam chowder I'd hoped for, I grabbed a Philly cheese steak that was OK but not worth writing about (little airport fare is), then boarded my plane to fly home ahead of what may turn out to be a record snowfall.

Sometimes, things just work out.

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