Hotel Rouge: Love at First Sight

by Gray Cargill on March 25, 2015

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[Disclaimer: I’m not sure why all my photos of this place came out so terribly, but you can definitely blame the photographer and not the subject. You’ll have to use your imagination to picture how great it looks in person.]

Hotel Rouge had me at “Hello.” Literally.

I arrived late on a Saturday night, after a flight from Vermont and a ride into DC on SuperShuttle. As I approached the front desk, the young woman at check-in, Laura, greeted me with such enthusiasm and friendliness, I was taken aback for a moment. It wasn’t your typical “Hi, how can I help you?” service-with-a-smile greeting that you expect in the service industry. It was as if I were a famous rock star she had been expecting all day. …Keep Reading!

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A Newbie at the United Club Lounge

March 11, 2015
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Are you one of those lucky people whose business pays for you to spend your airport layover time in an airline club lounge instead of with the rest of us riff-raff in the food court or at the gates? Or are you, like me, someone to whom the airline club lounge experience has always seemed […]

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My Two Favorite Smithsonian Museums

February 25, 2015
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You know how there are museums that you visit once and you’re glad you did, but you also know you never need to go back again? This article is not about that kind of museum. I’ve been to Washington, DC exactly two times–once back in the 1990s for a single rainy Saturday and once this […]

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A Tour of the U.S. Capitol

February 4, 2015
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Once again, I have to thank Tracy Antonioli, the Suitcase Scholar – this time for convincing me to tour the U.S. Capitol when I was in Washington. I didn’t want to. I’m so disgusted with politicians in Washington, Congress in particular. Why would I want to visit this temple to ego-driven decision-making? But the more […]

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Dining Around DC

January 21, 2015
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One of the greatest surprises for me about Washington, DC was just how much I dug the dining scene here. I didn’t get a chance to try as many restaurants as I would have liked; I had a really long list of places I wanted to try and didn’t get to a third of them. […]

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Out With the Old, In With the New

January 7, 2015
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As you may have noticed from reading this blog, 2014 wasn’t the busiest travel year ever for me. I had to scale back on my travel this past year to save money for a 2-year roofing assessment at my condo complex and a very expensive 2015 European cruise I plan to take. On the bright […]

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Feeling My Age at the Newseum

December 17, 2014
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The Newseum’s tagline is “There’s More to Every Story.” As an English Lit major, writer, and story-lover, I really, really like this tagline. The longer I live, the more I realize how true it is–in fiction, in nonfiction, and in our own lives. No matter how objective a newspaper or news show might try to […]

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A Visit to The Library of Congress

December 3, 2014
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When does a visit to the library not have anything to do with checking out books? When it’s the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In fact, I may have to give back my diplomas as an English Lit major, because I wasn’t at all interested in the book collections at the Library of Congress–I […]

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Random Thoughts on Washington, DC

November 5, 2014
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Would you believe that although I’ve traveled to cities all over North America and Europe, before last week, I’d only ever spent one single rainy Saturday in my own nation’s capitol? That fact struck me earlier this year. How is that possible? I thought. Washington is only a 1.5 hour flight from Burlington. You’d think […]

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