Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Washington, D.C.

Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Washington, D.C.

by Heather Bourbeau, Camille Eiss

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Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Washington, D.C. by Heather Bourbeau, Camille Eiss

Looking for a travel guide that goes where other guides fear to tread? One that rides roughshod over ad-copy puffery to smartly deliver the real scoop on a destination's sites and attractions? One that dares to be honest, hip, and fun? Look no more. Frommer's Irreverent Travel Guides are wickedly irreverent, unabashedly honest, and downright hilarious, and provide an insider's perspective on which attractions are overrated tourist traps and which are the secret gems that locals love. You'll get the lowdown on restaurants, lodging, and shopping, and even find out what the locals think of you. "Like being taken around by a savvy local," said the New York Times. "Hipper and savvier than other guides," concurred Diversion magazine. Never shy about confronting the issues, the Irreverents are guides to real travel in the real world.

The nation's capital is laid bare in Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Washington, D.C. Find out where the power elite meet for drinks, what the president is up to that day, which tours are overrated (the White House, because of what you don't see) and which are world-class powerful (the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum). Discover the city's great multinational eateries and the best spots for a rollicking Sunday brunch. Learn that D.C. is as much a college town as it is a political town—and has the passion for local sports teams to prove it. Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Washington, D.C. delivers all the insights and invaluable travel tips you'll need to enjoy your trip to the capital, a city that's as comfortable in its small-town gentility as its urban irascibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764567025
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/16/2002
Series: Frommer's Irreverent Guides Series , #26
Edition description: 4TH
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Heather Bourbeau has reported on domestic and foreign policy issues, economics and pop culture for TheStreet.com, AP Dow Jones, The Financial Times and KPFA Radio. Her articles have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Foreign Policy, The Village Voice, and The Washington Monthly. She received her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University SAIS and her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION.

NEIGHBORHOOD MAP.

YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW.

ACCOMMODATIONS.

Winning the Reservations Game.

Is There a Right Address?

THE LOWDOWN.

Democracy’s dowagers.

Top o’ the polls.

Ain’t what they used to be.

Scenes of the crimes.

Foreign affairs.

Spurious foreign affairs.

For the tasseled-loafer set.

More funky than quaint.

For those who hate surprises.

Indoor backpacking.

Suite deals.

Family values.

For Democrats.

For Republicans.

Modern makeover.

Likeliest to have royalty.

May I get that for you, sir?

Snootiest staff.

Deluxe addresses, bargain rates.

Well-kept secrets.

Best of the ’burbs.

Gym dandies.

When everything else is filled.

THE INDEX.

An A to Z list of places to stay, with vital statistics.

MAPS.

DINING.

Only in D.C.

How to Dress.

When to Eat.

Getting the Right Table.

Where the Chefs Are.

Street Food.

Info, Info, Info.

THE LOWDOWN.

First Family sightings.

Congressional hangouts.

Seats of power.

Historic surroundings.

Kid pleasers.

Vegging out.

For committed carnivores.

Something fishy.

Nouveau southern.

Asian delights.

Affordable French.

Très cher French.

Palazzo Italian.

Paisano Italian.

Mediterranean medley.

Top of the tapas.

Beyond the Beltway.

Al fresco.

Institutions.

The soul of black Washington.

Where to pop the question.

Museum places.

Prix fixe.

Bargain bites.

Caffeine scenes.

Best brunch.

All-you-can-eateries.

THE INDEX.

An A to Z list of restaurants, with vital statistics.

MAPS.

DIVERSIONS.

Getting Your Bearings.

THE LOWDOWN.

Since you’ve been gone.

Postcard views.

Monumental achievements

Memorial moments.

National treasures.

Where to see your tax $$$ at work.

Where you can’t see your tax $$$ at work.

Having a ball on the Mall.

Mall museums (art).

Mall museums (artless).

Dupont Circle.

Places to dawdle.

Artful, converted mansions.

Where bureaucrats roamed.

Historic houses.

Not for women only.

Wildlife.

Sea and space explorers.

Art off the mall.

Museums that won’t bore the kids.

Celebrity cemeteries.

Reverent guide to Washington.

Jumping the line.

THE INDEX.

An A to Z list of diversions, with vital statistics.

MAPS.

GETTING OUTSIDE.

THE LOWDOWN.

The world of Rock Creek Park.

Tranquil spots above the fray.

Parks with a past.

Urban wilderness.

Garden spots.

Out and about.

Happy trails for you.

Orienteering.

Boats and bikes.

Kayak-ity-yak.

Par for the course.

Good skates.

Mall crawl.

Go fly a kite.

Spy the friendly skies.

SHOPPING.

What to Buy.

Target Zones.

Bargain Hunting.

Hours of Business.

Sales Tax.

THE LOWDOWN.

Books for special interest groups.

Books for policy wonks.

Political connections.

Historical interest.

The British are coming.

Hippie-dippy-dom.

Alternative aesthetics.

Crafty design.

The other side of the Hill.

Incredible edibles.

Kid stuff.

THE INDEX.

An A to Z list of shops, with vital statistics.

NIGHTLIFE.

The Lay of the Land.

Sources.

Liquor Laws and Drinking Hours.

Tickets.

THE LOWDOWN.

Special places after dark.

For undergrads/recent grads.

Hillie haunts.

Diplomatic immunity.

Pickup spots.

Where to order a martini.

Concert clubs.

Croon and swoon.

Painting the town pink.

Local hangouts.

99 bottles of beer.

Coffee, tea, and whatever.

Billiard cafes.

All that jazz (and blues).

Dance fever.

The big game.

XXX-rated.

THE INDEX.

An A to Z list of nightspots, with vital statistics.

ENTERTAINMENT.

Sources.

Getting Tickets.

THE LOWDOWN.

The play’s the thing.

Classical sounds.

What’s opera, doc?

Men in tights.

Longhair-free concert zones.

Kid stuff.

Summer places.

Comedy tonight.

The silver screen.

The sporting life.

THE INDEX.

An A to Z list of venues, with vital statistics.

HOTLINES & OTHER BASICS.

Airports.

Babysitters.

Buses.

Car rentals.

Convention center.

Doctors and dentists.

Driving around.

Emergencies.

What’s happening.

Festivals and special events.

Gay and lesbian resources.

Limos.

Newspapers and magazines.

Parking.

Radio stations.

Subways.

Taxes.

Taxis.

Tipping.

Trains.

Travelers with disabilities.

TV stations.

Visitor information.

INDEX.

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