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Changing of the Guard: Goodbye, Jeffrey!

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We'd like to say an "official" goodbye to our trusty/amazing/superb/exceptional/fantastic Operations Manager, Jeffrey Holliday! His immeasurable impact at Bike and Roll DC will surely be felt for years to come (yes- he was just that good!). We're all very excited for what the future will bring him, and are thrilled to welcome new "Ops Man", Keith Winer to the team! (More on him soon...)

As some of you may know, aside from being an all-around great employee, Jeffrey was frequently the "talent" in our marketing endeavors. Let's take a look back at some of his major starring roles...

There was that time he led a filmed Segway tour around DC... Or that time he played a down and out Film Noir protagonist... or even that time he reenacted "Starbucks Drake hands"! But, lest we forget, his shining role as our cheesy bike salesman!

Ahhh, we sure will miss him... Happy Trails, Jeffrey!

 

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Top 5 Farmers Markets in DC

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Fresh air, the sweet smells and sounds of summer, and a beautiful bounty of fresh picked fruits and vegetables everywhere you look.... yes, we're talking farmers markets!

What better way to celebrate the weekend than with a trip to a local farmers market? We've done a bit of research and are bringing you the top 5 farmers markets you should be frequenting in the DC area. And the good news is, most are just a quick bike ride away! No bike? No problem. Swing by our Downtown DC location and pick up one of our DC Cool bikes, equipped with wonderfully retro-chic front baskets to haul your newly purchased goodies.

1. Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market
One of the most popular in DC, this outdoor market is located on 20th St between Mass Ave and Hillyer Pl. During its peak, this market has over 40 farmers offering the very best in produce, meat, and baked goods. Talk about fresh!

2. Eastern Market
Not technically a "farmers market" per se, but a food and arts market that offers a plethora of options for the weekend shopper. Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, Eastern Market is historically renowned as the go-to for indoor/outdoor markets in DC. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about!

3. Del Ray Farmers' Market
Voted locally as one of the very best, the Del Ray Farmers' Market is just a bike ride away from Downtown (right off Mount Vernon Ave in Alexandria), and offers a quaint Virginia setting along with a variety of farm-fresh produce for perusal.

4. Takoma Park Farmers Market
Make the trip to historic Old Takoma for a true farmers market gem. Located off Laurel Ave, this market is open every Sunday and offers a "producers-only" philosophy that provides shoppers with only locally grown and sold items.

5. Union Market
Another not-so-farmers-market market, Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE. With over 40 local artisans offering a wide selection of produce, crafts, jewelry, meats, and gelato, there's sure to be something for everyone!

 

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Cat and Aladdin Go Down Under!

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Our Marketing Director recently travelled to Australia and New Zealand for business, and was kind enough to bring a plus one in the form of her favorite (plush) camel! Let's take a gander at the photo diary Aladdin kept during his trip...

 

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Tag us with #BikeandRoll!

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Come on, don't be shy... we're all taking them... (selfies that is!)

I do it, you do it, we all do it! Selfies happen, people. Especially on our bike and Segway tours, and we want to see them!

After your tour, tag your best photos with #BikeandRoll so we can get a good look (and maybe even turn you into a quasi-celebrity by reposting them on our various social media channels!) You can also search for all things Bike and Roll related by using #BikeandRoll... since we know you want to keep up with what your favorite tour company is doing!

Check out these awesome pics from tour-goers who used our hashtag, loud and proud!

 

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Top 5 Things We Love South of the Mall

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As most all of you know by this point, our new National Mall tour center is located in L'Enfant Plaza (which is undergoing a serious revitalization these days!) Read up on our very favorite things about the new neighborhood we call home.

1. The Waterfront
With prime real estate on the Potomac River, the Southwest Waterfront is definitely worth a visit (or two, or ten...). There you'll see the oldest continuously operating fish market in the whole United States in the Maine Avenue Fish Market. Nearby you'll also find the Gangplank Marina, which houses hundreds of boats and outdoor dining to boot.

2. Nationals Park
Arguably the most popular destination in Southeast DC, Nationals Park is located along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard area of Washington. It is home to our fabulous Nationals baseball team, but also boasts a wide array of culinary treats for game-goers. Flying Dog beer and a Ben's chili dog, anyone? Yeah, we thought so.

3. Food trucks
Granted, food trucks are the rage all over the DC area, but we're especially fond of the variety and volume of trucks that set up shop daily in L'Enfant Plaza. Check out Food Truck Fiesta before grabbing a bite and then head over to a nearby park (or the Mall!) to enjoy your sure-to-be-amazing dish.

4. L'Enfant Plaza's Face Lift
Major progress is being made in the Southwest neighborhood as a whole these days, but especially in our neck of the woods at L'Enfant Plaza. The new outdoor atrium is officially open, which leads to an underground shopping and dining center. With new stores and restaurants popping up all the time, this is sure to be a major SW destination!

5. Hains Point
What better way to spend your lunch break than with a quick bike ride? This is how many Washingtonian professionals spend their midday respites at Hains Point. Ride around the East Potomac Park and head back to your office happy and recharged- Bike and Roll DC approved!

 

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These Bikes Save Lives

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One of the things we love most about being a young give-back company is that we get to work with a lot of other companies who are doing amazing things. That's why it's been so fun to be working with Bike and Roll DC​, and such an honor ​for our bars to be ​included ​with each of their​
"DC ​Cool" bike rentals!

We think it's pretty cool that we get to give life-saving food to children in need around the world, and to have Bike and Roll DC promote that cause through the cool people around Washington riding their cool bikes is just... well... cool!

We've had similar partnerships with other great companies like People Water, Out of Print, and now with Bike and Roll DC. We're learning that not only is there a place for companies that do good and give back, but it's becoming the cool way to do business.

​- Todd Grinnell, Co-Founder, This Bar Saves Live​s

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Presidential Sighting

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SPOTTED: the Nationals' Racing Presidents make an appearance on guide Rob Pitingolo's tour on Saturday!

Those tour-goers look starstruck, huh? (We would be too!)

 

 

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5 Reasons We're Excited to Call L'Enfant Plaza Home

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1. L'Enfant Plaza's Rennaisance
JBG Companies has initiated a complete renovation of L'Enfant Plaza to include new retail, office, and cultural spaces that emphasize sustainability and green practices. Development of a 10th street civic corridor that would connect the Mall to the Waterfront is also in the works. (We suspect bike lanes will abound in this new design!) For now, one can still enjoy the historic architecture, La Promenade's variety of dining options that will continue to grow in 2014, and Bike and Roll tours starting this March!

2. Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative
Though the plan has been in the works for several years, the SW Ecodistrict Initiative has picked up speed as of late. This urban renewal will revolutionize and revitalize the L'Enfant neighborhood (more specifically, the 15 block radius from 12th to 4th street, bound by Independence Ave and the Waterfront.) The project is focused on interconnectivity between the National Mall and the Waterfront that will be achieved through sidewalks, bike lanes, reconnecting avenues, and creating various pedestrian and park spaces along the way. We can't wait to see this innovative vision take shape!

3. Proximity to the National Mall
Need we say more? Having the Smithsonian Institution Castle in your backyard is nothing to sneeze at! One block south of the National Mall, L'Enfant Plaza is just a short walk, or bike ride from all the major sites to see in Washington, DC.

4. Proximity to the Waterfront
Another benefit of being just south of the Mall comes in the form of the lovely SW Waterfront! Dubbed the Wharf, this area will also undergo exciting new renovations to transform the neighborhood into something more reminiscent of the Baltimore National Harbor or the Seattle Downtown Waterfront (with a DC flare, of course.) For now, the Waterfront still offers beautiful views, the legendary Fish Market, marinas, and Arena Stage.

5. Access to the Cherry Blossom Trees
Talk about direct entry to the cherry blossoms! East Potomac Park, Hains Point, and the Tidal Basin are just a stone's throw (or roll...) away from L'Enfant Plaza. We'll be able to take our customers to, from, and around the blossoms more efficiently than ever before thanks to our new location.

 

Bike and Roll DC's New Year's Resolutions

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Hello, 2014!

What better way to kick off this brand new year than by publicly declaring some new year's resolutions? (We thought you'd concur.)

Okay, so these aren't exactly company resolutions but rather a mix of resolutions for DC locals or visitors this year!

1. Commute by bike
So, we know this is a big commitment, and the writer of this blog (that's me!) needs to try this out herself as well... so let's all do it together! We can start small and do it once or twice a week. Here are some tips to get you (and me) started. Bonus: this also counts as exercise, so you can thank us later for helping you kill two birds with one stone!

2. Visit one Smithsonian a month
The choices are endless! Pick from this vast array of fantastic museums that are sure to wow you.

3. Dine at one new or favorite restaurant a month
If you haven't been yet, we suggest: Ted's Bulletin (shout out to cheesy grits and adult milkshakes!); Le Diplomate (we haven't been but are dying to make it an office outing); and Birch and Barley (try the curried goat!) Those will certainly get you started off nicely!

4. Bike the Blossoms
If you're visiting DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, make a mini-resolution out of your trip and see the blossoms by bike with Bike and Roll DC this year! We can honestly say you won't regret it.

 

Happy Holidays from the Bike and Roll DC Team!

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Seasons Greeting from Bike and Roll

No matter what holiday you do or don't celebrate, this time of year is perfect for slowing down and appreciating those around us. We hope you and yours have the very best holiday season!

Happy Holidays, from the Bike and Roll Family!

Happy New Year from Bike and Roll DC!

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Have a very happy (and safe!) New Year's Eve, everybody!

A Few of Our Favorite Things About December in Washington, DC

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With December already in full swing, it's about time we play catch up by highlighting some quintessential twelfth-month activities in DC. Grab your mittens, hot cocoa, and tackiest holiday sweater as you dive into our top 5 favorite things about December in our nation's capital.

 

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1. Newseum's Anchorman Exhibit
Well, cat's outta the bag! It's no secret that we're huge fans of Anchorman (and the Newseum, and Will Ferrell, and Ron Burgundy...) So go and peruse the fantastically kitschy exhibit devoted to your (and our) very favorite fictional news anchorman! Oh, and stay classy while you're at it.

 

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2. Downtown DC Holiday Market
Located on F street, directly in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, this whimsical holiday market will be open through December 23rd. Outdoor shopping becomes all the more charming with 180 rotating exhibitors and artisans offering a huge variety of distinctive handmade holiday gifts. 

 

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3. Ice Skating in the Sculpture Garden
What's better than taking in the magnificient sculptures outside of the National Gallery of Art? Doing the former... on ice skates! Music serenades you as you skate around the open air rink in true winter fashion!

 

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4. Our December 7th Bike Sale
If you haven't already (shame on you!) seen our 15 second film detailing the before and after effects of owning a bike, you really need to. After viewing, please pencil in our wonderfully fantastic end of the year bike sale on December 7th from 11am-3pm. You (and all of your bicycle gift recipients) won't be sorry!

 

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5. New Year's Eve in DC
Crazy (slash terrifying) to think it will be 2014 in just a few short weeks... but we might as well find reasons to celebrate! New Year's Eve in the District is truly a glittering fete to behold. Here's a great list of the vast celebratory options for the grand 2013 send-off. 

 

Bicycle-themed Halloween Costume Ideas

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Don't have the perfect Halloween costume picked out, prepped, and ready yet? Don't fret! If you're a cycling enthusiast like our gang here, you'll probably want to bring a bike into you or your child's design. And boy, do we have some cycle-riffic ideas!

 

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Now the real question is, which will you choose??

 

5 Things to Do in DC During the Shutdown

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Contrary to popular belief, there are still many things to see and do in DC during a government shutdown! Trust us and read on...

1. Visit Off-the-Mall Neighborhoods

Sure, our National Mall is truly awe inspiring and a must-see attraction. But that's really just scratching the DC surface! Veer off the standard tourist's path and discover the magic of U Street, Dupont Circle, Eastern Market, Georgetown, and many other amazing neighborhoods in DC.

2. See the Still Open Attractions

There are still plenty of museums and galleries open to the public in our Nation's Capital-- really, we promise. Such gems as the National Geographic Museum, Phillips Collection, Newseum, or National Building Museum are all more than worth a visit (or two, or three, or ten...)

3. Ride a Bike

The shutdown can't shut us down! We may have had to edit some tour routes, but we're still open and ready for business! Stop by to rent some bikes or join one of our thoroughly amazing bike or Segway tours. You know you want to!

4. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Shutdown specials abound for Government employees, but you can still enjoy the many fine and budget-friendly restaurant choices DC has to offer sans federal ID! In fact, why don't you refer back to our Top 5 Cheap Eats list for ideas.

5. Get out of DC

There are so many great getaways right in DC's backyard, and now is the time to take full advantage! We suggest you head down to Virginia to check out the very extraordinary Alexandria. There you can rent a bike from us, and check out all the quaint little city on the water has to offer.

 

Best Fall Day Trips from DC

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There's nothing quite like autumn in the district, and it's just around the corner! This weekend will bring a taste of crisper weather and with it comes a wanderlust for the perfect fall day trip! We've rounded up a list of the best day trips to take from DC.

 

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1. Williamsburg

Ride your bikes back in time around (perfectly flat and cruisable) historic Colonial Williamsburg, the world's largest living history museum, or take the kiddies off to nearby Busch Gardens for a day of thrill seeking fun!

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2. Harpers Ferry

Nestled above the Potomac river where Maryland, Virgina, and West Virgina meet, Harpers Ferry Historical National Park is a beautifully preserved town known for John Brown's raid and steeped in Civil War history. Enjoy hiking, biking, white-water rafting, re-enactments, and amazing views galore.

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3. Annapolis

Take in the wonderful shopping, dining, boating, and charming scenery in this lovely coastal seaport city that is the home of the United States Naval Academy and St. John's college.

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4. Mount Vernon

George Washington's digs really have it all! From stunning views to interactive exhibits and immaculate gardens, the 18th century plantation is a must-see for anyone in the DC area. And to really check out the lovely upcoming fall foliage, try biking to and from the estate on the Mount Vernon trail!

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5. Baltimore

An hour away from DC, Charm City is an often overlooked and underrated gem of a metropolis! Explore the harbor, take time to check out the National Aquarium, and try out some of the fantastic culinary fare this uber fun city has to offer.

Top 5 Cheap Eats in DC

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1. District Taco
The Penn Quarter crowds swarm to this taco mecca around lunch time, and it's no surprise why! With tacos for less than $3 a pop, you can chow down without breaking the bank.

2. Ben's Chili Bowl
A true DC staple for 55 years, get your fill of half smokes and shakes at this awesome U Street dive!

3. Amsterdam Falafel
Yummy Falafel + (nearly) infinite amounts of toppings + $6 price tags = Perfection.

4. Taylor Gourmet
Not your average deli, this sandwich empire is all about quality ingredients at affordable prices. Get a gourmet hoagie for under $10 and smile from ear to ear!

5. Jumbo Slice Pizza
The name truly says it all. Late nights often end at this Adams Morgan locale, where pizza slices sized for giants come fast and cheap.

 

Happy Birthday, Cat Pear!

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The team at Bike and Roll wants to wish Miss Catharine Pear a very, very happy birthday! Our Marketing Director inspires all of us each and every day with her enthusiasm and charisma, and we couldn't imagine running this show without her lovely self! Happy Birthday!

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10 Favorite Free Things in DC

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1. National Mall Smithsonian Museums

The National Mall is typically the first stop on any sight-seeing tour in DC-- and for good reason! Most of its attractions are free, including the famous Smithsonian museums. Stops to the National Museums of American History, Natural History, and Air and Space are must-dos for tourists and locals alike.

 

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2. National Zoo
Since it's under the domain of the Smithsonian Institution, this fantastic zoo is completely FREE! Crazy, huh? See over 400 different kinds of animals and take part in a variety of events put on by FoNZ (Friends of the National Zoo.) Family friendly indeed!

 

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3. Monuments & Memorials
Need we say more? From the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, and everything in between, DC is known for its magnificient memorials. Make sure you take time to hit all of the big ones! (As a non-free option, let one of our guides enlighten you via bike or Segway!)

 

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4. Willard InterContinental
Heralded as a beacon of political history, this legendary hotel is recognized as one of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Here, President Lincoln held meetings in the lobby, Ulysses S. Grant coined the term "lobbying," and Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his "I Have a Dream" speech. Nothing to sneeze at!

 

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5. Arlington National Cemetery
Not technically in DC, but close enough! Located just across the Potomac, this popular destination brings in over 4 million spectators each year. Be sure to catch the changing of the guards.

 

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6. The White House
Though I'm sure you'll need no persuading to visit this incredibly famous residence, we have seen Bo running loose in the lawn during a few of our tours (as an added incentive.)

 

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7. Georgetown
A picturesque neighborhood set on the river, historic Georgetown is chock full of charm (and shopping!) Popular for its 18th century architecture, cobblestone streets, high-end dining, and waterfront harbor, you can spend a whole day meandering along the lovely quaint streets.

 

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8. Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is truly a sight to behold. And if you make it there by 6:00PM, there are free performances at the Millenium Stage in the Grand Foyer- no tickets required!

 

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9. Rock Creek Park
For those in need of a respite from city living, Rock Creek offers just that. A 1700 acre enchanting oasis to the west of Downtown, this park became one of the first federally managed parks in 1890. Perfect for a bike ride or a hike!

 

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10. Old Post Office Pavilion Tower Tour
Take the elevator to the top of this 315 foot tall clock tower to enjoy stunning panoramic degree views of downtown DC.

 

Clyde's 50th Birthday Celebration

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The team at Bike and Roll wants to send a big Congratulations to a Washington staple: Clyde's of Georgetown is celebrating its 50th anniversary next Monday, August 12th!

The part Manhattan, part saloon-themed bar and restaurant is a bit of an institution here in the DC area. Opened in 1963 on M Street in Georgetown, Clyde's soon became a fan favorite for both locals and tourists alike. The restaurant will be celebrating this milestone by cooking up free breakfast (think egg dishes, juice, coffee, etc.) on August 12th from 8AM-10AM. The party will continue well into the night as the kitchen cranks out all-time favorites from the past five decades.

Again, Congratulations to Clyde's! Here's to the next fifty! ;-)


Meet Our Team: the Dominic Boone Edition

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Happy Friday, guys and gals! We are just loving the beautiful summer weather (and the fact that the weekend is almost here!)

Today, we're continuing the "Meet Our Team" series, and introducing you to the amazing Dominic Boone- Union Station Rental Manager. Dominic is equal parts efficiency and enthusiasm, and we love having him on our team! Stop by our Union Station location to say hello, and ask him more about his survey answers! 

Name: Dominic Boone
Position: Union Station Rental Manager

How long have you been with Bike and Roll?

1 year

What is your favorite bike ride in DC?

I still enjoy riding around the Mall and the Memorials. I never get tired of the ride! It makes me feel patriotic and I get that little kid feeling of being in awe.

Your favorite neighborhood in DC?

This is a tough one. I have lived all over the city. I would have to say Upper Georgetown, Glover Park area. I was born in Georgetown and my parents both went to school in the area, so I feel a strong connection to the neighborhood.

Favorite restaurant in DC?

Bistro Du Coin in Dupont Circle. Escargot broiled in garlic butter with French bread for soaking up the garlicky butter! Need I say more?

Best local tip tourists should know about DC?

I am really big on the Wharf—the oldest continuously operating fish market in the country (1805). Close to the memorials and it really has that old school DC vibe. Great food!

Favorite Monument/Memorial in DC?

Another tough one... I would have to say the FDR memorial. Not only is it beautiful, but it really covers some of the most significant events in our country's history.

Favorite park in DC?

Lincoln Park

Favorite museum or attraction in DC?

Dupont Circle. Always nice to see a wide range of eclectic people just relaxing, having lunch, playing games, etc. Great place to people watch!

The thing I love most about DC is its diversity. I love how the neighborhoods are similar but yet distinct in their own right. (Such as Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, etc.)

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