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How to Avoid Jet Lag

Many of our guests who travel great distances to join us have trouble adjusting to the time difference in their destination city. Here are some tips on how to avoid the dreaded “jet lag”.


What is “jet lag”?

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Marine Corps Sunset Parade

Sunset Parade at Marine Corps Memorial 2020

Every summer the Marine Corps hosts a weekly Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial). The tradition began in 1956, two years after the dedication of the memorial, and has continued ever since.

The parade includes musical performances by “The Commandant’s Own,” the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. 

 

For 2018 and 2019, the parade took place at the Lincoln Memorial due to renovations at Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial. This video is from that location. In 2020, it returns to Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial.

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Washington DC Food Tours

 Washington DC Food Tours may not come to your mind for a visit to the city. DC may not be known as a culinary destination to visitors, but this is a mistake.  The nation’s capital will surprise and inspire your taste buds.  We want to show you how to experience the culinary offerings of the nation’s capital city.

 

 

NoMa & Union Market: Craft Beer, Wine, Food & Street Art

Explore the fast changing NoMa neighborhood through its street art and sample some local DC favorites at the famous Union Market. Depending on when you take the tour, your guide may be a local artist or a NoMa foodie. You sample some sustainable wines, a few savory food samples, a dessert all while learning about DC food and street art culture. 

We end at Union Market where you can stay to shop and eat some more, with an easy walk back to the Metro station where we started the tour.

Includes: Food & Drink samples (vegetarian options available) and Professional Tour guide.

Duration: 2.5 hours

When: This tour is run as a private option only. Please contact us for more information on how to book.


Eastern Market Food Tour

The neighborhood of Eastern Market/Barracks Row is set on historic Capitol Hill, where the homes of historical figures mix with modern day congressmen. One of DC’s first neighborhoods, you’ll see the small town charm in the center of the City. From John Phillip Sousa’s first home, to the men (and women) at attention at the Marine Barracks, hidden statues and a lost wine cellar. The diverse architecture surrounded by the old trees on Capitol Hill to the historic Main Street of 8th Street SE.

And as we visit these historic sites, we’ll sample some of DC’s finest local sweets that the neighborhood is known for.

The tour ends at Eastern Market, DC’s oldest market where you’ll have time to meander the farmers market for fresh local produce, shop at the weekend flea market, or eat some more! (Weekday tours will only have original market and not open air farmer’s market)

Note: We will view the above sites and homes from the street and will not be entering any residences.

Includes: Food & Drink samples (vegetarian options available) and Professional Tour guide.

Duration: 2 hours

When: This tour is run as a private option only. Please contact us for more information on how to book.


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Georgetown Cupcakes & Desserts Tour

Georgetown Cupcakes… and Macarons… Cookies, Scones, oh my! These tasty treats and more can be found in Georgetown.

Walk with our guide through the tree lined streets as we weave around the historic neighborhood led by our sweet tooth. We’ll talk about the history of these local and famed shops, with a chance to pop inside for a nibble, or two

 

 

Want more history on your visit? Take our Historic Georgetown tour! This Georgetown Cupcakes & Desserts Tour is for the foodies – yummy treats and tasty stories about Julia Child, nineteenth century dinner parties, and historic restaurants.

Check out our audio tours for before or after your visit!

Potential Stops on Georgetown Cupcake Walking Tour

Samples are … sample size so we recommend having lunch before the tour! Stops with * do not include samples, so bring some extra cash if you want a coffee along the way or a full size cupcake! 

Includes: Food & Drink samplesand Professional Tour guide.

Duration: 2 hours

When: This tour is run as a private option only. Please contact us for more information on how to book.


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U Street History & Food Tour

Join us as we explore the tastes and historic treasures of DC’s U Street corridor. Once known as “Black Broadway,” this neighborhood remains a trove of the capital’s African American history. From the Civil War through the Jazz Age to the race riots of the ‘60s and beyond, we’ll not only discover that rich history but also taste how it has influenced the diversity of U St’s many eateries.

Washington DC Food Tours

 

Come hungry, as we’ll be using our fingers to get a true feel for the deep flavors of Ethiopia, dropping in on a local favorite for some sumptuous soul food (hint: Guy Fieri oohhs and aahhs about this place) and ending up with a good old bowl of chili from one of DC’s most famous stops.

Includes: Food & Drink samples (vegetarian options available) and Professional Tour guide.

Duration: 2 hours

When: This tour is run as a private option only. Please contact us for more information on how to book.


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Top 10 Places to Learn About Black History in DC

There’s plenty to do during the month of February to learn more about the black history of DC!

There are memorials to visit, tours to take, museums to explore, all celebrating black history. This post covers things to do in Washington DC during Black History Month 2020 including a top 10 list, nighttime activities, family-friendly things to do, and free things. Read our master post on things to do in DC any time of year.

 

 

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TOP TEN THINGS TO DO DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN DC

DC is the perfect place to spend Black History Month. There are plenty of places to see and things to do to honor those of color who have made a difference in our nation’s history. 

While a lot of these can be enjoyed year-round, we also added special events that are available only during this month.

For more ideas on popular things to do in DC, check out our posts on bus tours and walking tours of the city.

Be sure to look into purchasing a tourist discount pass for more ideas of things to do in DC for cheap.  Read more »

Washington DC in April

What To Do in April in Washington DC (2020)

This post covers things to do in Washington DC in April, including a top 10 list and some honorable mentions full of activities,  events, and entertainment. It is updated for 2020.

Read our master post on things to do in DC for more activities at any time of year.

 

 

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TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL IN DC

For more ideas on popular things to do in DC, check out our other posts:

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

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Washington DC in April

What is the Weather like in April in DC?

This post is about the weather in April in Washington, D.C., including tips on what to wear and on things to do. If you’re visiting around the turn of the month, look at our weather in March and May posts!

 

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HOW COLD IS DC IN APRIL?

Spring weather fully arrives in the Nation’s Capital during April as the temperatures steadily rise throughout the month. 

Early in April, the morning low temperatures tend to be low to mid-40s F (5-7 C) with a few mornings dipping into the mid-30s F (1-2 C) while the afternoon highs tend to be in the low 60’s F (16-17 C).  Read more »

White House Easter Egg Roll (2020)

This post explains what the White House Easter Egg Roll is and how to get tickets (lottery).  Spring in Washington DC is one of the best times of the year to visit the nations capital.  With the cherry blossoms in bloom, warm weather finally here, it is the a great time of year to get out and enjoy some of the many activities Washington, DC has to offer. 

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Arlington National Cemetery Security & Meeting Point

Arlington National Cemetery has recently installed new security procedures. We’re trying out best to make it clear on where exactly to meet your guide if you reserved our Arlington National Cemetery walking tour.

SECURITY PROCEDURES:

  • Please be prepared for:
    • ID Check for Adults ( all persons over the age of 16 must have government issued ID and international guests must have passport)
    • Bag Check -you will need to have your bag open and ready for inspection. Prohibited items include:
      • EXPLOSIVES
      • FIREARMS
      • KNIVES (blades more than 3-inches in length)
      • NARCOTICS
      • FIREWORKS
    • There will be an express lane for guests who have no bags.

You may want to look into luggage storage before arriving at Arlington National Cemetery if you’re travelling with large bags.

RESTROOMS:

There are no restroom breaks on the tour itself. While there are toilets at one of the stops it may require you to miss some of the tour. We highly encourage guests to use the toilets inside the Visitor Center, after security, before the tour.

MEETING POINT:

Your guide will be waiting at the benches outside the Visitor Center, after security. Please allow additional time to go through security. The tour will begin at 10am (or whatever time specified on your reservation). We request guests arrive 10 minutes prior to check in with the guide. Watch the video below to see where to enter the security at Visitor Center and where to meet your guide.

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FINDING YOUR GUIDE:

Due to the security procedures the meeting area may be crowded. Please use these tips to find your guide:

  • All guides wear orange shirts/jackets and nametags. Look for this first!
  • If you still cannot find the guide and you are there before the tour starts, check your email for the guide’s contact number. Please text them as we can answer texts faster than calls. If you reserved within 24 hours, you won’t have this email so text our office at 202-370-1830 to get the guide’s number.
  • If you are running late for the tour, we cannot delay the tour start. The group is usually at the meeting point for a few minutes after the tour start to go over logistics and background. Afterwards, the group will continue into the cemetery. The first stop is along Roosevelt Drive (map below).

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DC Wine Tours

Wine Tours in the DC Area

This post is your guide to wine tours in the DC area. We’ll list the most popular ones and tell you all about them such as wineries on the itineraries, prices, and more to help you decide which wine tours to book.

 

 

 For more things to do in DC, check out our Top Things to do in DC post!

OVERVIEW

The DC area is a great place to explore wineries, as the area is filled with some incredible vineyards. There are plenty to drive to and visit on your own, but we think the best way to experience them is on a wine tour. This way you can relax and enjoy tasting without worrying about transportation. It also takes the guesswork out of planning which wineries to visit and the logistics of getting to them.

We’ve listed the best wine tours in Virginia and Maryland and researched them to give you an overview of the overall experience you should expect to have with each. This guide should give you the best idea of the wine tours around DC so you can best decide which is best for you!


VIRGINIA WINE TOURS

There are over 200 wineries in Virginia, and with so many options, deciding which ones to visit can be intimidating. Luckily, there are some great companies that will take care of the planning so you can just relax and enjoy the experience.


FROM DC

There are several wine tour companies that offer pick-up and drop-off in DC. This is a great option if you’re staying in the district.

DCAcar

DCAcar is a car service that offers a number of options, from driving clients to and from the airport, tours in DC, and wine tours, which we’ll be focusing on.

The great thing about this company is that they’re customizable. Want to add a winery? Want to create your own custom route? They can do that for you. Their vehicles as clean, reliable, and professional.

Wineries featured on their wine tours:

To learn more and book a tour, check out their website here.

Bonus: Use promo code dcbyfoot for 5% off your wine tour booking.  


Reston Limousines

Reston Limousines offers both public and private wine tours, great for all size parties. You can hire them for a private experience or join one of their already scheduled experiences, which usually pick up at the West Falls Church Metro Station. To learn how to use the DC Metro, click on our post here.

Wineries featured on their wine tours:

Price: Public ours start around $65/per person and include transportation and tastings. Special prices are offered for private tours.


Spirited Tours

Spirited Tours does it all- wines, beer, and spirits! They offer pick-up from 6 popular locations in Washington, DC, which makes it very convenient for those staying in the district. Their wine tours last around 6 hours and include snacks and tasting fees. They offer both public and private wine tours (up to 14 people) to accompany whatever your needs are.

Price: Tours start at $130/person.

 


FROM VIRGINIA

There are some wine tours that pick up/drop off in Virginia. This is a great option if you’re staying outside of DC.

DiVine Wine Tours of Virginia

DiVine Wine Tours of Virginia is an all-inclusive wine tour. This includes transportation, a guide, wine samples, lunch, and more! You can choose from their current wine tour packages or arrange for a private tour. Public tours provide transportation from Reston Towne Center, while private tours pick you up from your chosen location.

Wineries featured on their wine tours:

Price: Average tours cost $140-$170/per person.

To learn more and book a tour, check out their website here.


Getaway Driver

This company offers an all-inclusive wine tour of Northern Virginia wineries. They also offer wine, spirit, and beer tours for those looking for more variety. Their wine tours last 6.5 hours and include tastings, lunch/brunch, snacks, and water. They take care of everything so all you have to do is sign up, show up, and sip! Tours leave from Old Town Alexandria, and you can easily get there by Metro.

Price: Tours start at $115/person.

To learn more about their tours and book a spot, click here.


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MARYLAND WINE TOURS

Maryland also has some great wine tours. Here are some wine tour companies operating in Maryland:

 

 


On The Town Limousines

This car service is a great way to explore wineries in Maryland. They offer customizable private tours that last about 4-6 hours, although it is not inclusive and each person must pay for their own samples at the wineries. They offer not just wine tours, but tours of breweries and distilleries as well. This makes On The Town Limousines a great option if your party wants a more varied experience. This company also offers tours of Virginian wineries.

Wineries featured on their wine tours:

To learn more and book a tour, click here.


Transit Van Shuttle

This private shuttle company is great for those who want to create their own itinerary. Guests create their own list of wineries to visit and hire out this company for transportation to each of them and back. While it’s recommended that you have a list of wineries to visit and call ahead to book tastings, itineraries can be updated. Their website has a number of great winery recommendations to make planning easy.

Wineries featured on their wine tours:

To learn more about how their service works, check out their website here.


Vino 301

Vino 301 Maryland Wine tours are great for those who don’t want to plan. They handle all the scheduling and transportation! They have a number of tours to choose from, including Maryland Regional Wine Tours, Chocolate and Wine Tours, and Wine and Cheese Tours. They also have a Wine, Beer & Spirits Tour: A Beverage Adventure Tour, perfect for those groups with varying drink preferences. These tours last around 5 hours and include all tastings fees and a Tour Ambassador to help make the most of your experience.

Wineries featured on their wine tours:

Price: Tours starts at $95/per person

To browse their selection of tours and book your spot, click here.

 


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