My Mom and Aunt have a big overnight gambling run to Washington, DC planned and I am the chauffeur. My niece, Danielle rides along to roll her eyes at the weeping widows and distribute Kleenex. She has also offered to take me on a tour of National Harbor. I forgot that teenager’s tours are mostly centered around shopping for clothes that are inappropriate for my age group.
She is kind enough to take a few photos of me admiring the lifelike statues along the waterfront. I suffer sticker shock when due to impending heat stroke I am forced to purchase a $9 small milkshake at the Ben and Jerry’s. I later realize that we could have done most of our shopping on the air conditioned Casino level of thet MGM Grand during the oppressively hot afternoon. We should have saved National Harbor with its retail attractions for evening when cooler temps and twinkling light adorned streets make it more tolerable and enchanting.
On the way home, we discover a marvelous historic restaurant on US 301 north of Richmond. Hanover Tavern features reasonably priced, fresh local fare. The Historic Building has several dining rooms, a pub and a theater and is a splendid lunch destination. Here are a few photos from our outing.