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Mount Vernon & Williamsburg

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Mansion

On our way down to Williamsburg, we stopped off at Mount Vernon to see where George Washington lived. Before you go, know that you have to buy timed tickets in order to get in.

We spent a beautiful afternoon exploring the grounds of this historical house. There are more than a dozen out buildings, as well as, the mansion to explore. We were fortunate enough to see several period actors giving historical talks while walking around the property.

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Washington DC Eats

I wanted to find a few places that would be fun to eat at during our time in DC. I combed through Pinterest, blogs and even asked my friends on Facebook. The following are some of the recommendations we were able to hit during our vacation.

Georgetown Cupcakes

I’m a cupcake fanatic and I love visiting cupcake stores all over the country. I heard this was the best one in DC so we visited Georgetown Cupcakes as we rolled into town. Two sisters started this brand and have become very successful through their DC Cupcakes show on TLC. 

All the cupcakes looked delicious but we settled on red velvet, vanilla and chocolate, milk chocolate birthday,  cookies and creme and dad chocolate. OMG! I had to resist eating all of them. 

Georgetown Cupcakes now has several locations throughout the United States. They are worth waiting in line for.

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Up on the Hill

On day 2 we geared up for an early and big day up on the Hill! We toured the White House, Library of Congress, Supreme Court and the Capitol building. 

Getting Tickets

We had to request tickets to tour the White House and Capitol Building through our congressional members. Do this at least three weeks in advance (ideally more like three months) It was an easy process but we had to keep our schedule flexible because we didn’t know exact days and times until a week before we left. 

You have several choices in what to tour through your congressional member. I chose the White House and Capitol Building, but you can also choose FBI building, Quantico, etc. If you have older children I highly suggest the later and wish I had done so for the girls.

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