Columbus Day Weekend

by Amy, October 12, 2012
Last weekend we took a family trip down to Maryland to visit the family and also for a quick getaway. Mom and Pam offered to watch the Mighty One so Don and I could get away for the night.  We drove down Saturday morning, dropped off Quinn, and then hightailed it in to DC.  Our hotel was in the Penn Quarter district which turned out to be very conveniently located.  We parked the car and walked everywhere.   We didn't get down to DC until about 3 pm so we walked down to the Mall and walked through the Smithsonian outdoor sculpture garden and then on to the Newseum which was fascinating.   We only had about an hour until the museum closed so we chose to see the pulitzer prize winning photos, the berlin wall, the antenna from the WTC, the Unabombers cabin, and the gorgeous roof top deck.  




I made reservations at a restaurant called Grafiatto which is owned by a previous Top Chef contestent.  It gets rave reviews and seemed like it would be fun to boot.  Unfortunately the earliest reservation I could get was for 8:45 pm...living like Rock Stars!  So we had the evening to walk around town and grab a glass of wine.  We were pretty close to the new Verizon Center where the Washington Wizards and Capitals play.  It's right in the heart of what used to be Chinatown.  There are still some signs of the old Chinatown but it's quickly being gobbled up.    We had a great dinner and saw the chef Mike Isabella.  Sunday morning we were able to get in a quick trip to the Spy Museum and lunch at a modern dim sum restaurant.   Then back to MD.

Sunday night we had dinner at mom's house with all of Pam's family.  Quinn was very happy to see his cousins Alex and Ben.   It's cake time....raise your hand if you want cake.



And then on to presents!!  It was a pirate puppet from the Newman Family.  You can only imagine the fun Don was having with the puppet.



And a ball pit from Grams!  What a lucky little boy!



A great way to spend our Columbus Day Weekend!!!





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