I am sure you all are waiting with baited breath to hear all about our family trip to DC. According to the Hoos, LP was an angel in the car. She played with her baby for a while, they sang songs (she now puts in requests, e.g., "Bus!" while rolling her hands = the wheels on the bus; "Sumpin" while holding up one hand = where is Thumpkin), she napped, and they visited Bass Pro Shops. All in all a smooth 5 hour trip.
I actually managed to finish my meetings and walk over to our hotel before the Hoos and LP arrived so I could check us in. This definitely simplified life since it didn't require the Hoos making multiple trips in and out of the hotel while carrying sugar muffin. In case you are wondering, we stay at the Marriott Residence Inn in Rosslyn. For less than $100 a night, we get a suite which has separate bedroom and living rooms, free hot breakfast daily, and is a walk to the Rosslyn metro, various restaurants and our old stomping grounds of the Court House and Clarendon neighborhoods.
We had a really nice time and missed a big horrible snowstorm in Connecticut! We visited the mammal exhibit and insect zoo at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, we got to meet 2-week old baby Ezra, we checked out the cool photos and live frog exhibit at the National Geographic Museum with our friends the Raks, and we had some nice family time to boot. Of course when we got home, the Hoos had to shovel our driveway, but again, much better than spending the weekend snowed into our house.
Now that we are home we are trying to decide where to go for our next vacation or long weekend. Any ideas of places ideally within driving distance of Connecticut that are fun to visit, family friendly and good destinations for the March/April time frame?