TEI’s whole staff will be on hand at the Conference. Here are our recommendations on places to visit in DC while you’re in town.
Go to McCormick & Schmick‘s around the corner from your hotel to eat delicious seafood, shellfish, salad and — of course — steak. They also have a wide variety of drinks, from beer to cocktails to wine.
Joseph Brooks, General Office Assistant
“On the west side of the US Capitol Building, there’s a small brick structure called the Summerhouse. It’s one of DC’s hidden gems, with flowers, birds, a water fountain and benches. It’s so peaceful and not many tourists know about it.”
Lisa Campo, Website and Community Manager
“Just a few blocks away from the conference hotel is DC’s Chinatown. Filled with great food and drink, great culture, museums, and even a sports arena (the Verizon Center), you’re never more than a short walk away from something exciting.”
Dan De Jong, Tax Counsel
I like to visit any of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup restaurants in the Penn Quarter neighborhood. Some of my favorite food selections include the Chicken Shawarma sandwich at Zaytinya, the Dátiles Con Tocino Como Hace Todo El Mundo (fried dates wrapped in bacon) at Jaleo, and of course the Chapulines and Guacamole at Oyamel. José’s mission is to change the world through the power of food. I would have to say that José and his leadership team are succeeding in that endeavor. Feel free to stop by the TEI exhibit booth for additional information and recommendations including the all you can eat Indian/Pakistani buffet, which is walking distance from the Grand Hyatt.
Lars DeSalvio, Director of IT & Web Services
“Looking back across the Potomac from the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial has always been special to me. Set just outside the walls of Arlington National Cemetery and the Netherlands Carillon, from that elevation, you have a majestic view of the Lincoln and Washington memorials as well as the U.S. Capitol, far in the distance. Iwo Jima is one of the few locations in the United States where the U.S. flag flies at full staff twenty-four hours a day.”
Eli Dicker, Executive Director
“My favorite place in D.C. is Bartholdi Park behind the U.S. Botanical Gardens. In the spring there are daffodils and tulips everywhere and when the sun sets behind the fountain, the play of light and water is beautiful! They have benches, chairs and tables to relax and enjoy listening to the splash of water and to watch the people wandering by.”
Cathy Flake, Membership Coordinator
“Dr. Martin’s Luther King Jr.’s national memorial is a very impressive and nice tribute to a great man and his legacy. There are also quotes from some of his speeches that are so inspirational.”
Theresa Ford, Central Transaction Processor
“One of the greatest places for live music in D.C. is The Hamilton at 600 14th Street NW. The owner, a prominent Washington restaurateur, had long dreamed of opening the ideal music club, and he succeeded. With tiered seating and an incredible sound system, there’s not a bad seat in the house. The acts are a great mix of new rock, old rock, R&B, jazz, funk, indie … you name it. It’s always a great night at The Hamilton. Take your time over a nice dinner upstairs before the show in their sprawling dining room, or take advantage a more limited menu in the club itself. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, they offer a popular gospel brunch.”
Deborah Gaffney, Director of Conference Planning and Continuing Education
Debbie Giesey, Director of Administration
“Lincoln House, located on the historic 10th street NW in Downtown Washington. This is comfort food at its best. Down-home breakfast, lunch and dinner, served all day. It is reminiscent of the diners of the 50’s. Nice people, good food.”
Christine Hayes Botts, Publications Manager
“The Old Post Office Tower at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Ever since the Washington Monument closed for earthquake repairs, the tower’s observation deck is the best place in town to get an awesome view of DC. It’s free and within walking distance of the TEI Midyear Conference. (Go now – it will close this spring and be redeveloped as Trump International Hotel.)”
Coleman Kane, Director of Membership & Chapter Relations
“In my travels I like to see places where movies were filmed. When in D.C. you can head over to Georgetown and visit The Tombs for drinks (1226 36th street, NW) and see the bar where the original Brat Pack hung out in “St. Elmo’s Fire.” After that, head a block south on 36th street to see “The Exorcist” Stairs (Hint: hold onto the railing on your way down!). Once at the bottom of the steps on M Street, you can stroll by The Shops at Georgetown Park and see where Kevin Costner fled out of the mall and ran directly into a Metro station to escape the Feds in “No Way Out” (the problem with this is there is no actual Metro stop in Georgetown).”
Mike Lowery, Assistant Director of Conference Planning and Continuing Education
“Nothing says springtime in The District like visiting the shops in Georgetown after grabbing lunch at one of my favorite Italian restaurants, Paper Moon. I enjoy a bit of adventure, so I pop just two and a half miles over to the Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove. I can be sure to have a great time renting a rowboat, kayak, or canoe. They even have fishing licenses available for purchase. I am certain to bring my sunblock and Gatorade as I venture into the heat and onto the Potomac River. The experience is transcendent, seemingly escaping the busy US Capitol for what feels like a small town experience – even if it’s just for a few hours.”
Janessa Robinson, Conference Planning & Marketing Coordinator
“One of my favorite spots in DC is Churchkey, the specialty beer bar above Birch & Barley restaurant. Churchkey has more than 50 beers on tap and 500 in bottles. Each beer on tap is kept at its optimum temperature to ensure you get the best possible taste.”
Matt Rogers, IT & Website Specialist
“My favorite restaurant, when I’m with a group of colleagues or friends, is Fogo de Chao. This Brazilian barbecue has fantastic food, is relatively reasonably priced (considering the location & amount of food!) and is great for a group of people with varied tastes. Even vegetarians can get their fill on the salad bar. It’s just a fun way to dine and enjoy each other’s company.”
Lisa Samuels, Director, Communications & Marketing
I enjoy the thriving Washington, D.C., music scene, especially 9:30 Club on V St NW. There, you can see legendary musical performers such as James Todd Smith, Alecia Moore, Andre Young, O’Shea Jackson, Carlton Ridenhour & William Drayton Jr. (accompanied by Norman Rogers), Cheryl James & Sandra Denton, Shawn Carter, Katheryn Hudson and Calvin Broadus Jr.
Ben Shreck, Tax Counsel
“I’m a chef’s daughter. I would recommend dining at Fiolo Restaurant located in downtown DC at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, named as ‘Best New Restaurant in 2012. Chef Fabio Trabocchi is an excellent connoisseur in the preparation of Italian food and was named ‘Chef of the Year’ in 2013. Fiola is a dining experience known for its freshly prepared food and its fine wines. Love the ambiance as well.”
Margaret Stanback, Administrative Assistant
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