When There Is a Rock Creek Park in DC, Why Bother Heading to Virginia or Maryland?

Since, my return back to DC from Europe last month, I finally found some time to grab my digi and headed to our beautiful Rock Creek Park.  Honestly, can you find anything more beautiful than this at any of the parks in MD or VA? Read more of this post

Things to enjoy in Washington, D.C., beyond the classic Politics, corruptions, and scandals


Those of you non-Washingtonians planning to visit Awesome DC soon, here are  things to do that will offer a new perspective besides Politics, corruptions, and scandals

. Starting with my favorite part of the town, Rock Creek Park — One of the largest urban parks in the nation and a gem. Options include hiking and biking, a planetarium, ranger-led programs, golf and more. In much of Rock Creek, especially patches along the river or at the bottom of a plunging ravine, you would have no idea you are in a major metropolitan center, let alone a few miles from the White House.

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Awesome New Resort Holiday In Washington, DC – National Washington Harbor


by
Elias Shams
Finally, I visited our National Harbor yesterday in freezing temperature. I usually don’t visit places like this in Winter time, because of persistence from a few close non-DC friends, as a patriot DCian, I found it my duty to make the trip there so I can share my personal experience about the resort. You asked for it, here it is…. 🙂

I don’t mean to sound like a snob, if you have already traveled outside of the US (and, I mean the other side of Atlantic Ocean, not Canada nor Mexico), you might get bored with the area. You will enjoy the awesome view of the Potomac River though.. Otherwise, it a great place to visit. I might have a better experience during the summer. It is only 5 miles from where I live in DC

National Harbor is a new 300-acre waterfront destination in the Washington, DC area that opened over a year and half ago. It is set along side of the Potomac River. The area includes hotels, restaurants, retail stores, condominiums, a full-service marina, a convention center, and commercial office space. The cornerstone of the development of National Harbor is the new Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center which was beautifully decorated for the holiday. Their great atrium is adorned with holiday lights, sculptures and a great hanging Christmas tree made of glass. I was told the place is the largest non-gaming hotel and convention center on the East Coast. The resort hotel features 2,000 guestrooms, flexible meeting and banquet facilities, 6 restaurants, a nightclub, retail shopping, a full service spa and fitness center, indoor/outdoor swimming pool and outdoor event space. The area covers 41.7 acres and has spectacular views of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria.

Good News for families with kids, there are plans underway to build the National Children’s Museum there.
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You Got To Try Rose Park

Rose Park is a great place in Washington, DC I recommend you all to check it out – particularly its Tennis and Basketball courts. They are open to public.

Ever since, I moved back to DC from London in 2006, I have done my best to play at least 30 minutes of Tennis with either somebody or with the wall 4 to5 days a week in this place, mostly during the mornings. I have lost over 10 lbs for just doing that and always feel good during the day – even when I think of my mortgage and credit card debts. I would have end up paying at least $200 per month back in London for something like this – so convenient, well maintained and empty. The mornings and afternoons from 1:00– to 4:00 are the best time to play. Otherwise, expect to be behind a few people on the waiting list on any playable weekend morning.

There are three Tennis courts. The nets are in great shape. There are no benches but there are plenty of donated plastic chairs. The locals have also donated three court squeegees and have also apparently paid to have the grounds surrounding the courts manicured.
Here is the location of the Park:

Rose Park
26th & O St NW
Washington, DC 20007
map

Rose Park is relatively well-maintained. It is west of Rock Creek Parkway between Georgetown and Dupont Circle within walking distance to both areas. It hosts community gatherings and other events. Here is their events calendar. You will also enjoy their annual Spring Celebrations, which are very family-oriented and usually free. Also, there is a seasonal farmer’s market each Wednesday afternoon. If you got kids, they will certainly love it.

There are trees around the courts for shade, though not so many that they protect the courts for most of the day, nor do they shed much onto the courts. There is a 7-11 right around the corner, there’s hardly any traffic going by.

Here are a few photos I took this morning after I finished my Tennis.

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Hi, My Name is Elias, I am a Dupont Circleholic!


by Elias Shams
And, NO! I am not gay 🙂

Considering my first boy was born in Dupont Circle area, how could I be so stupid not to start my blog with covering this great area, one of my favorite places in the Washington, D.C?

Those of you not familiar with the D.C, Dupont Circle is known for its gay & lesbian community. Well, correction – it used to be known as the main hub for gays & lesbians till 2002 or 2003. Something changed. After four years of goofing around in Europe, ever since, I moved back to D.C in summer of 2006, It looks like most of the gay and lesbian community have moved to the U street – a few blocks further to the East. Even one of their old hangout clubs, the Circle is now a hang out club for straights. It is called Cazuza. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I got nothing against them. In fact, I have four gay friends – one from Madrid, one from D.C, and two from Tehran. Did you hear that Mr. Ahmadinejad? Gays from Tehran. Yes, there are tons of them in Iran and other part of the world.

Anyway, enough of gay, lesbian, and straight stuff. Back to the Dupont Circle:

Dupont Circle is also known for its funky shops and trendy restaurants and bars. This neighborhood is the heart of Washington, D.C’s nightlife. The area is one of the hippest neighborhoods in town. I’d say over 80% of Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with some of historic homes and foreign embassies as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and other private art galleries. Its cosmopolitan air draws visitors both young and old. You can easily notice seven girls for a guy in the area which is right along the poll the Washington Post conducted a few years ago. Great news for the us. 🙂

It used to be a neighborhood of old money. Dupont Circle today is home to artists, intellectuals, young professionals, many recent college graduates, and me. There are many high-rise apartment buildings and many rowhouses have been converted into apartments. The Circle itself is a gathering place with park benches, grass and a unique fountain in the center. The neighborhood, today is the house of art museums, restaurants, embassies and fun shops. Dupont Circle is also home to the Phillips Collection, one of the city’s foremost art museums with paintings by Renoir, Degas and Cezanne. In fact, it was the first museums I took my first date back in 1989 when I was still going to school. I just wanted to pretend I was cultured. Not that I am not. You know, it was one of those classic stupid guy thing. I just wish I had done my homework about the museum prior the date, cuz she ended up being my first and last date once she found out I didn’t know jack about Renoir, Degas and Cezanne.

Here are two great clips of Dupont Circle I found on Youtube. No, I am not in any of the videos:

We were also mentioned in The American President movie Michael Douglas played as the U.S. President:-) not in a positive tone though 😦

Check out a picture gallery of Dupont Circle and the surrounding area.

The area is located North of Downtown, East of Rock Creek Park, South of Adams Morgan and Kalorama, and West of Logan Circle. Map of Dupont Circle .

Public Transportation is very easy, but parking might be bitch – especially over the weekend.
Metro station: Dupont Circle

Nightlife in Dupont Circle is great. This neighborhood is one of the most popular destinations in the city for nightlife. See a guide to Dupont Circle Bars and Nightclubs.
Major Attractions Near Dupont Circle:

The Textile Museum
National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall
Woman’s National Democratic Club Museum
Embassy Row
Woodrow Wilson House
The Phillips Collection
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
The Brewmaster’s Castle
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle

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