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Female-friendly travel tips for Washington D.C.


Check out these hotels...

Maureen can help you find a D.C. room...
If a JourneyWoman has trouble finding a hotel room in Washington, DC. during those 'no room available' times, try contacting Ford Hospitality Services and speak to Maureen Ford. Maureen works on a finder's fee from the hotels, no charge to you. I've used her company many times and she has never failed to find me rooms for my visiting business colleagues. Actually, her business covers hotels throughout the entire U.S.A so hold on to her telephone number, ladies. It's 410.439.8271. Website:
Angela, Washington, DC


Great hotel rates in Washington, DC...
One of my favorite cities is Washington, DC. Prior to departure I always do a lot of checking on room rates and inevitably I book through a website called: Their suggestions are reliable, the site is easy to use and the only cancellation fees are those imposed by the hotel itself. Once I booked an hotel at a rate of $129. On the hotel's website, that same room was a whopping $329. Now, the savings aren't always that much, which is why I check other sites as well, but usually does comes through with a great rate for me.
Linda, Longbranch, USA


Delicious sleeps in D.C...
As a solo traveller I found Washington such a great city and I'd like to recommend two female-friendly hotels that other readers might enjoy. Both are boutique, funky and fun -- the Hotel Rouge (1315 16th Street, NW ) and Hotel Helix (1430 Rhode Island Avenue, NW) with it's 60s decor. Both are within a couple of blocks of each other in a safe part of the city.
Rachelle, London, England



Eat, eat, eat...

First-Sunday-of-the-Month Brunch...
National Museum of Women in the Arts has this notice at their website:
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
General $25. For reservations call 202-628-1068.
Brunch at the Museum Caf featuring: Eggs any style, omelets, French toast, and waffles cooked to order; fine pastries, fruit, juices, coffees, and tea. FREE admission to the museum. Docent-led tours are available: 12:30, 1:30, and 3:30. For reservations call 202-628-1068.
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada


Try this Thai...
My best restaurant in Washington, DC is Thiatanic. Yes, it's a cheesy name but, believe me... it has the best Thai menu in DC -- very veggie friendly, trendy but comfortable atmosphere, and in a great location (Logan Circle/Dupont neighborhood). Located on 14th Street. at 14th and P Street. NW.
Maude, Washington, DC

Editor's note: Some people love this place; others are not as impressed. If you try it, please send us your opinion. It will be a great help. Email:


Whole Foods and more...
If you are visiting Washington, D.C. check out the Whole Foods Market (healthy selections) at 15th and P. This is a great place to buy snacks or a picnic. Their take-out section is absolutely wonderful. For dinner try El Tamarindo on Florida and 18th for interesting Salvadoran and Mexican food - cheap, cheerful and very informal. P.S. Dining solo in Washington never seems to be an issue perhaps because of the large number of female business travellers that converge on the city. P.P.S. Don't forget to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It's fabulous and makes you proud to be a woman.
Rachelle, London, England



Hurrah for female artists...

I'd like Journeywomen travelling to Washington, DC, USA to be aware of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the work of women artists. I saw some of Frida Kahlo's work in their permanent collection. Admission is $10.00 (seniors $8:00) and the first Sunday of each month is free. I suggest you make time for afternoon tea surrounded by the fine art in their lovely Mezzanine Caf. Great sightseeing! Their website is:
Marilyn, Toronto, Canada


WomanFacts in Washington ...

The oldest house on Capital Hill, the Sewall-Belmont House is the headquarters of the National Women's Party and also houses the Women's Rights Museum. Website:

The Society of Women Geographers in DC. brings together -- explorers at heart -- whose work has involved extensive travel in their investigations of unique places, people, or things in the world. The Washington Headquarters houses a museum displaying the work of members such as Jane Goodall, Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Mead. The Society is located at 415 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 and is open by appointment.
Call 202-546-9228 or email Website:

Take time to seek out these war memorials designed by women -- In 1982, Maya Lin, a 21 year old Yale University student submitted the top design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- a black granite wall inscribed with the names of 58, 000 Americans who lost their lives in the war. A walk along its 246 ft. length helps one to understand the enormity of the nations loss. Close by is the Vietnam Women's Memorial designed by Santa Fe-based sculptor, Glenna Goodacre. It's poignant, beautiful and deserves a respectful visit.


Please send your Washington, DC tips...

Do you have a tip about Washington D.C. that will help other women travellers coming to this destination? Museums, restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, boutiques and funky shops -- we're interested in everything you have to say. Please send your emails to: We'll add your tips to this page as we get them. Thanks, everybody!




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