Some Quirky Things

Every city has unique things about it. DC is no different. Scroll down to enjoy a few of those things that DC docents enjoy.

Teaism and so Much More.

Going to Teaism is always a fun respite from the hustle and bustle of D.C. says Susan W. a docent at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The tea here is good but it is their menu that really makes Teaism special. They have bento boxes, curries, and sandwiches with an Asian bent.  It's also a great breakfast or brunch stop. Don't miss their salty oat cookies which are delicious with tea or to snack on later. There are four locations with two walking distance from the Mayflower and one just down 8th Street from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The one near SAAM would be a great place to go with a crowd on Friday night as they have a large seating area in the basement and could easily accommodate a large group.


Morning News Show.

Betsy H. from Smithsonian American Art Museum says that when she travels she likes to sip her morning coffee while watching what the locals watch to get traffic, weather and news. In DC, she enjoys CBS’ “Get Up DC” which runs from 6am to 7am weekdays. It’s informative and funny and everyday they run a “most DC thing” segment which often pokes fun at the Metro system, the way we drive in DC or our new scooter rental programs.


Glen Echo Park.

David W., a docent at the Library of Congress, recommends Glen Echo Park, a cultural highlight of the Maryland suburbs. It’s the home of 13 resident artists and arts organizations, theaters, art studios and galleries, a nature program, hundreds of classes in visual and performing arts, concerts and festivals year-round, a restored 1921 Dentzel Carousel – and dancing! Glen Echo, a renovated amusement park, has several ballrooms and other spacious halls where bands come in on week-end evenings and the dance-floor is open to all.  On tap for the dates of NDS at various venues in the Park are: Blues, Contra, Swing, Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Contra and Square Dances. Details of dates and times can be found on the Glen Echo Park website. The park is free, but there is often a small admission fee for the dances. To get to Glen Echo Park, hop on Metro’s Red Line to the Friendship Heights station, then take either Montgomery County Ride-On bus # 29 (or Uber or Lyft) for the 4-mile ride to the Park.


Water Taxi.

Lillian O., an adventure seeking docent from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, likes to get around town using the Potomac Riverboat Company’s water taxis. She says you can enjoy our city of monuments and parks from the water and arrive at some of the fun places on both sides of the Potomac – Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria, National Harbor. Her favorite route is to the Wharf area where she catches music, libation and great restaurant choices. Perhaps best of all, she beats the traffic. 


Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.

Don’t wait until 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, says SAAM docent Ellen McCloskey. Start now by visiting the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, home to the National Woman’s Party for nearly 90 years. From this house in the shadows of the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court, Alice Paul and the NWP developed innovative strategies and tactics to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and equality for women. This charming home built in 1800 is one of the most recent places to come under the aegis of the National Park Service. Bring your National Park Service Passport and get it stamped! Located at 144 Constitution Ave., NE. Check out their section on the NPS website. Take Uber, a cab or Lyft or Metro – orange, blue or silver lines exit at Capitol South station or on the red line us the Union Station.

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