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Mount Vernon

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sunset at mount vernon
Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon

As George Washington’s adopted hometown, Alexandria is a “best of” when it comes to the spectrum of sites and events associated with the nation’s first president.

And only eight miles south of Old Town Alexandria, lies the most visited historic estate in America: George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This is the general’s former home which continues bustling centuries later!

Following on from my post about ferrying to Alexandria earlier this week, I wish to dedicated this post to “Mount Vernon” – home to George Washington – as well as the neighbourhood that houses it, Alexandria, where Washington called home.

I’ve also written about Old Town Alexandria here and the ferry ride to get there from the National Harbor in Washington D.C. here.


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The White House in Washington

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Stone Cracked Crab Claws + Oysters at Old Ebbitt Grill near the White House


The White House is a 2 minute walk from where I stayed when recently in Washington. Needless to say, this is an iconic site. It’s perfect for couples, friends, or the whole family to do when visiting Washington.

Lafayette Square is a seven-acre (30,000 m²) public park located within President’s Park, Washington, D.C. directly north of the White House on H Street, bounded by Jackson Place on the west, Madison Place on the east, and Pennsylvania Avenue.


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Stay Washington D.C: The Hay-Adams



Originally designed and built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, today the boutique hotel in downtown Washington, DC has the distinct presence of a private mansion where guests can retreat. With 145 GUESTROOMS, including 21 SUITES, the hotel prides itself on exceptional service in a discreet, intimate atmosphere.


The Hay-Adams


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See Washington D.C: St. Regis Hotel


It was wonderful to see the St. Regis Hotel in Washington!

5 Facts:

  • Signature Suite is the Presidential Suite
  • 2nd oldest St. Regis in U.S.A.
  1. A day trip to the renowned RdV Vineyards Estate at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a cherished experience. This multiple award-winning estate crafts Bordeaux-style blends; The Lost Mountain and Rendezvous have been praised for their complexity and finesse
  2. RdVs leading expert, Jarad Slipp, will guide guests through the terroir and explain the unique conditions to Virginian vines. Slipp, one of the very few elite Court of Master Sommeliers, will welcome guests of the hotel to participate in a blind tasting of some of the most exclusive vintage Bordeaux. Then, guests will enjoy a light lunch of cheese and charcuterie supplied by local artisans and hosted by Slipp, and they will have the opportunity to reserve a limited number of this year’s vintage.

From $645 for two nights in a Grand Deluxe Room includes, daily breakfast, return transfers to RdV, and private tour at RdV vineyard with lunch. Reservations must be made 7 days in advance.


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Highlight: Scripps National Spelling Bee

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I Recently enjoyed the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington!
Congrats to the co-champions on their fantastic win!

What an exciting event live! And to everyone watching on ESPN, I’m sure as nervous as I was watching the contestants spell their words!

More on the prizes here.

The winners will be very busy this coming week, with appearances on



‘Live with Kelly’ on ABC

Jimmy Kimmel Live

And Ringing the bell to the opening of the New York Stock Exchange!

More photos from this fun event on my Twitter (@TamiScripps) & Instagram (@TamiScripps) – my social links are along the side of this blog!

Also on the Scripps Spelling Bee Facebook Page

My husband and I at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington