The DC Vinemeet is on for the weekend of April 11, 2008 and the party's shaping up!
We'll be staying at Georgetown Suites (in 1 to 3 townhouses), at 1111 30th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel (800) 348-7203 or (202) 298-7800. See details below under Accommodations.
Here are the events (more to come, check this article often):
1. We'll meet Friday evening in DC for dinner/entertainment around 8pm at Capital Cities Brewing Company (2 Massachusetts Ave, NE., Washington, DC. Phone: (202) 842-BEER), right next to Union Station.
Before that, Bill Harrison has invited all who are in town to the Mayflower Hotel's Town & Country Room (1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 1-202-347-3000) from 6:00 p.m to 7:30. It's right at Farragut West on the blue and orange lines and Farragut North on the red line (coming from Union Station) and would be on the way to the hotel in Georgetown or back towards Union Station if you have time and want to check in first. You might send Bill a confirming email if you're planning on dropping by.
2. We'll tour the Mall on Saturday afternoon and whatever else strikes our fancies. Perhaps a little citizen journalism?!!
3. We'll come together at the hotel on Saturday evening for a potluck dinner (with Killfile's special chili and perhaps stuffed potatoes), Mykola's Thai curry, and more--including some vegetarian pizza and more). After that, the evening's open...
4. Sunday's open for those who would like to continue...
4. Ideas, thoughts, events you'd like to add?
We need to know who's reserving spaces at Georgetown Suites, 1111 30th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007.
Here's the rundown on the townhouses (we have reserved up to three for Friday and Saturday evenings and up to two for Sunday evening (if needed).
The townhouses each have two floors:
Main level: living/dining room with queen pull-out sofa (for up to two), kitchen, half bath.
Upper level: master bedroom (1 kingsize bed for two, couples encouraged) with master bath, second bedroom (two twins), second bath.
So five or six can comfortably stay in each, for a total of 15 to 18 in the three. Each costs $500 total per night (so about $100 per night per person if we have five to a unit), I have three reserved for Friday and Saturday evenings and two if we need them for Sunday evening. Check-in from 3pm, checkout at noon.
I've arranged for people to register by calling Georgetown Suites directly at 800-348-7203 (say you are with Newsvine, mention the confirmation numbers: R0B1F6, R0B1F7, R0B1F8).
You'll need to say if your a single or a couple. The first couples to register get the master bedroom, second couple (or singles) get the second bedroom, others get the living room sofabed, depending on how many register, so please be content with what we arrange once we know how many people have registered. I estimate about $100 per person per night, not including those pesky taxes, etc. if we have full occupancy per townhouse. So, encourage everyone you know to come!
DC has a very usable public transit system, including trains, Metro rapid transit, and buses. WMATA (or Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) is the Metro site, where you can see (and print out) directions for train,bus and Metro before you arrive. DCA (also known as Reagan National Airport) is on a Metro line, so if you fly and can arrange to arrive at DCA you can simply take Metro from there. Trains stop at Union Station which also features a major Metro station, parking, restaurants and shopping.
Unfortunately there are no Metro stops in Georgetown itself. However, there are two public transit options: Georgetown Metro Connection which stops at Thomas Jefferson between 30th and 31st on M Street, and the DC Circulator, which stops at 31st on M Streets, which are both very close to the hotel/townhouses.
Your ideas welcome
We're checking out the events of the weekend, and will post updates to this article as we figure out more of the details. As usual with Vinemeets, getting to know each other is what it's all about. See you soon!