Travel Diary: Washington, D.C. – Day 2


Bike and Roll has a fun and educational bicycling adventure that begins in Alexandria, Virginia, where you pick up a bike and cycle 9 miles along a scenic path beside the Potomac River, to the historic and beautiful Mount Vernon, George Washington’s former plantation.

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Before touring the Mansion and grounds, we had lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn.

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I recommend the Shrimp and Grits and the Root Beer is pretty darn good!

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The Mansion at Mount Vernon, built in 1735 by George Washington’s grandfather, originally a small farmhouse, developed into a 21-room Mansion when our first President took ownership and began having additions built on.

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The view of the Potomac River from the back porch is gorgeous…

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Taking photographs within the main Mansion is prohibited, but are allowed in the outdoor Kitchen.  It’s quite a feeling walking through the rooms that George Washington and his family lived in.  To touch the same grand staircase banister rail that his hands held.

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These out buildings are beside the Mansion.

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One of my favorite areas of Mount Vernon was the Gardens…

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Perfectly trimmed bushes were formed in elaborate designs…

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and of course, vividly colored flowers grew throughout the Garden…

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Tomorrow, I’ll take you to some of Mount Vernon’s other fascinating structures!

9 thoughts on “Travel Diary: Washington, D.C. – Day 2

  1. Thanks, Sherry, for that highly interesting post. It especially appeals to me as a bicyclist. I’ve saved it to my computer for further reference if I ever [there are so many places on my bucket list] get to see the region. Btw, I would forego the grits and the root beer, though. 😉
    Have a great week,
    Pit

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