Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Getting TO and AROUND D.C. REPOSTED for 2/2013 HOTH

If you have not been to D.C. Here's a little I know about airports and getting myself around town --  may be helpful for those who have never flown into the D.C. area.

IAD (Dulles International Airport) is furthest away from the downtown area.  I have not flown into Dulles.

DCA (aka National; Reagan)  I flew regularly into this airport because I could get on the metro there and get pretty darn close to where I was going.  At my destination Metro stop, a cab was generally available if further than an easy walk.

BWI (aka Baltimore Washington Int'l; Thurgood Marshall) I landed at BWI one time and took an airport shuttle to the Swankin-Turner office at a cost of about $45 one way including tip.    

An option for traveling to D.C. from any of the airports would be to take a shuttle or a cab to the nearest metro station and use the great public transit system D.C. offers.   Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority better known in D.C. as the METRO has a pretty user friendly website tool to find your way from A to B via C, etc.  :)    Since I'm there so often, I ordered a handy SmartTrip Card so I always have my fare handy.

For close Metro Stops, see
-- your hotel website
-- the link to the map and directions for the Lutheran Church of the Reformation
-- Dupont Circle is easy walking distance to Swankin-Turner Law Offices

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UPDATE on HOTH accommodations -- Be sure to read comments too!!!

To help attendees with accommodations for HOPE on the HILL - DC programs and to offer a way for attendees to connect, I've opened this blog.

Let the communication begin!!!   

Posted below is the agenda and locations of HOPE  DC activities. 

Suggested hotels in the area follow to get you started.  

Connect with each other here about room sharing. 

Share comments about your experiences seeking and finding accommodations and give feedback on  your stay for future HOPE on the Hill - DC attendees.

**Be aware that although that this  URL is being disseminated only to our group, this blog is public so use caution with sensitive information.**

HOPE will have activities in two locations according to the following agenda. It is suggested that you can taxi (sharing a ride with others is very cost effective and easy) from your hotel to one of the locations and (perhaps) be within walking distance of the other.  They are about a 15 minute drive apart. 

Agenda HOPE on the HILL  
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 6, 7, 8, 2013

               Building Conference Facility 
               Law Offices of Swankin & Turner   
               1400 16th Street NW, Floor 1
               Washington, D.C.   20036            Map - Directions

               Lutheran Church of the Reformation
               212 East Capitol Street
               Washington, DC   20003              Map - Directions

Get Acquainted 
Wednesday Evening       6 – 9 PM
    Meet and Greet Social / Networking

    Buffet Dinner 

    Welcome and Overview   

    Introductions / Sharing “Why I am here”


    The ‘big picture/long range vision for Voice for HOPE

        Q & A

“HOPE”Training & Message              (required for “on the HILL” dialogues)

Thursday      8:30 AM  - Noon
    Citizen Healer training and tools
    What to expect
    Delivering the HOPE Message

 Lunch served.

“on the HILL” Dialogues   (the experience(s) fulfill Citizen Healer Training requirement)
Thursday      Noon – 5:30 PM
Visits to Congressional Offices

Church Space open for group sharing and taping of testimonials

between and after Capitol Hill appointments.

Thursday Evening On Your Own                                       Location TBA
Activities that may be organized and announced could include:
Group Evening Meal, Impromptu Gatherings, Planning Sessions, Experiential Offerings, Other


“HOPE Builders” Brunch and Planning Meeting      
FRIDAY       9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
               HOPE Builders
·        Organization Needs
·        Communications
o   Social Networking, Forums
·        Best Practices
·        Tracking Progress
               The States of HOPE
·        Mobilizing for the HILL in:
COLORADO and more 
·        In-District Meetings
       Strategies for expansion

I have found it cost-effective to check Priceline, Expedia, or Hotwire using the address of the location you'd like to be near.   Likely there is a hotel in convenient proximity with rooms for a reasonable price -- especially if you arrange to share a room.   Be sure to post a comment to let others know what you have found!

Here is a start:

 Suggested hotels CLOSER to Swankin & Turner, Attorneys at Law:

Hotel Rouge 
1315 16th St, NW, Washington, DC  20036
800.738.1202  or  202.232.8000

Washington-Central/White House Holiday Inn
1501 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC   20005
877.865.6578  or  202.483.2000

The Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters
1615 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20036
800.821.4367  or  202.296.2100

REMEMBER:  These may or may not be comfortable walking distance for you --the scale here is immense, kinda like Vegas!   A cab experience in DC is worth having :)

 Suggested hotels CLOSER to Capitol Hill

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20001
888.591.1234  or  202.737.1234

Phoenix Park Hotel
520  N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC   20001
800. 824.5419 or 202.638.6900

525 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC  20001
800. 321.3010  or  202.628.2100 

1225 First Street NE, Washington, DC  20002
800.560.7843   or  202.408.4870

Booking Blesses.