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“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”  – George Washington

It’s a popular month for Washington, DC. Why? Because the election is coming up! Actually…the election is tomorrow! I’m pretty sure that Washington, DC is always a popular place though. Also, I’ve heard that DC makes for a fantastic vacation spot! Washington, DC has so much to offer. There are always a ton of events going on and there is so much history, that you can’t help but be interested in taking a few tours. One of the most famous places that people like to visit while they’re in DC is Mount Vernon, the place that George Washington called his home for more than 40 years. There will also be festivities going on in the state capital for both Election Day and Veterans Day, so don’t miss out! Oh…and one more thing! You could win four tickets to Mount Vernon plus dinner just by entering our “History and Heritage” Sweepstakes!!

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Mount Vernon

According to MountVernon.org, guests that arrive at our first president’s home, can “visit the Mansion, more than a dozen original structures, Washington’s Tomb, and nearly 50 acres of his extensive plantation.” George Washington earned the title “Father of His Country” by showing excellent leadership in his roles as the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, and gentleman planter. By visiting George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens, you can really get a sense of what he means to you. The Mount Vernon website tells us that “Over 1 million visitors come to walk in Washington’s footsteps each year, making Mount Vernon the most popular historic estate in America.” Wouldn’t you love to see what it’s like to walk in his footsteps? If so, then you have a variety of activities to choose from once you arrive at Mount Vernon. For example, you could make the most of your visit by choosing from the following options:

Take a look at this video to see what Mount Vernon is like:

Election Day

As I mentioned earlier, Election Day is tomorrow, 11/5/2012. How exciting is that? No matter what party you side with or who you voted for, take advantage of the events going on in Washington, DC tomorrow. Instead of sitting around stressing about who will win, go have some fun! Questioning what events I might be talking about? Well, first of all, there are some amazing food and drink specials going on tomorrow in DC! Check them out:

  • Next, hit the Lounge at the Park Hyatt, where you can snack on red-rind or blue fromage. There’s even a 35-pound cheese wheel to be named for the popular-vote winner.
  • After that, wear an “I Voted” sticker to Del Frisco’s Grille, order a bite, and get a free Partisan shot (a blend of exotic fruit and Sauza Silver tequila).
  • Finally, head to Lincoln Restaurant’s Tally the Vote party (6 p.m.) to enjoy dishes like Mitt meat loaf and hints at special (menu) guests, including the 26th President.

For more information on the food and drink specials, see: Election Day Festivities in the Capital. Curious about another Election Day event? Well, if you’re looking to break out of your work clothes and celebrate the election in a nightlife type of atmosphere, then Barcode and Ultrabar are the places for you!

At Barcode:

  • Present your “I Voted” sticker and receive an open bar as the results come in from 9-11PM.
  • Free entry all night for everyone
  • Results aired live on
    (10) HDTVs and (2) HD Projectors
  • Kitchen open until Midnight!
  • Heated outdoor patio

At Ultrabar:

  • Tickets available here
  • Open Bar 8-11PM
  • Snacks, Giveaways
  • Red Carpet
  • 14 viewing screens
  • VIP lounge, Microsoft lounge, Blogger lounge on site

For more info on where to vote, then party, see: 2012 Election Day Events in Washington DC

DC Election Day Events

Check out the amazing food & drink specials in DC on Election Day. Don’t miss out on the nightlife events either!

Veterans Day

Are you wondering if DC will still be popular after the election is over? Of course it will! Like I said earlier, I’m pretty sure that Washington, DC is always a popular place. I also mentioned that there are always a ton of events going on…which is very true! For example, less than a week after Election Day, comes Veterans Day! On Veterans Day (11/11/2012), people like to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. In order to celebrate, people usually hang the American flag at half mast, participate in a parade, or hold a church service. In DC, many different events are organized with the intention of celebrating Veterans Day. For example, people like to attend wreath-laying ceremonies at the following places:

There will also be a presentation at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, a ceremonial sword cake cutting at the National Marine Corps Museum, a patriotic community concert and wreath-laying at Mount Vernon Estates & Garden, and finally, the Manassas Veterans Day Parade 2012 that includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations. For more information on Veterans Day events in DC, see Veterans Day 2012 Events in Washington, DC.

In celebration of Veterans Day, check out the video “Military Reunions with Man’s Best Friend: Dogs Welcoming Home Their Owners from Deployment.”

Washington, DC is a spectacular place that is full of history as well as a bright future. Take some time out of your life to make sure that you visit DC. I know I want to! Also, if you’re ever there, don’t forget that you can always use the My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion to guide you around!

I hope everyone has a great week! If you’re feeling down, just remember that the bigger your problem is, the greater you will succeed. As George Washington said, “I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

Melissa Woodring 🙂

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