Government Connections - Winter 2010 - (Page 13)

GOING PLACES Washington, DC WASHINGTON IS A lot of things to many people. The pace moves fast, but if you can keep up you will find a thriving mini-metropolis. In Washington, DC, you’ll enjoy access to fascinating, free attractions and historic sites. Touch a moon rock, marvel at the Hope Diamond, view Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers or explore Native American culture at the Smithsonian Institution’s 15 Washington, DC-area facilities. Discover treasures like the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress, the only da Vinci painting in North America at the National Gallery of Art and historic documents like the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives. Away from these celebrated federal sites, Washington, DC unwinds into a fascinating network of neighborhoods where visitors discover trendy boutiques, hip bars and restaurants, plus art galleries, historic homes and lush parks and gardens. Shoppers love the store-lined streets of Georgetown, while jazz music fans won’t want to miss a trip to U Street, where Duke Ellington played his first notes. The city’s international character shines through in its Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods, two prime destinations for eclectic dining and nightlife and the historic center of the city’s embassy community. The arrival of several new eateries has made the nation’s capital a prime destination for dining out, with many of the city’s top tables located in the downtown Penn Quarter neighborhood. DC is also earning new recognition as a thriving performing arts town, with 65 professional theatre companies based in the metropolitan area presenting edgy world premieres and celebrated Broadway musicals throughout the year. Be sure to check out Tony Award-winning theater Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater located on the Waterfront in a new remodeled facility featuring a centralized lobby leading to three state-of-the-art performance venues seating up to 650; multiple large and intimate reception spaces with four onsite caterers to choose from. New spaces for rent also include an outdoor terrace with a view of the Washington Monument; onsite café operated by José Andrés; and easy access to all areas of the building for people with disabilities. It’s easy to find a hotel to suit your taste and budget in Washington, DC. Choose from award-winning luxury properties, business-traveler-ready chains, stylish boutique hotels, comfortable family-friendly inns and charming, romantic B&Bs. Thanks to DC’s pedestrian-friendly streets and its safe, efficient public transportation system – including Metrorail and the hip new Circulator bus – it’s easy to get from your hotel to Washington, DC’s attractions. For more information, visit G 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Winter 2010

Government Connections - Winter 2010
Table of Contents
President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Education Edge
That’s Technology
Supplier Strategy
Plan Green
Travel Tips and Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
The Per Diem Pendulum
Contact Sport vs. Meeting Professionals
Raining Cats & Dogs
Are You Planning to Fail?
7 Deadly Sins of Small Meetings
Meeting Follow-Up is Key to Success
SGMP Nation
Membership News
Conference Connection
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Winter 2010