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Nerd adventure: Mount Vernon

November 21, 2010

Yep, we’re nerds.

Simone and I love all of those history recreation sites — visiting Colonial Williamsburg was one of this summer’s highlights — and Mount Vernon is just too close to pass up. It’s about 40 minutes from my house, just south of Alexandria, and an easy drive down the GW Parkway.

Good call of the day: buying a one-year pass. It’s just $10 more than a one-time admission and now I can go back during different seasons to take pretty pictures. Score! 😀

How pretty is this house? I would move in today if possible! No photos are allowed inside but each of the rooms is painted with bright colors, which one woman commented that she hated but I absolutely loved. The bright colors made each of the rooms seem cheerful and energetic.

Along the back of the house is a long veranda with rocking chairs that look out onto the Potomac River. It’s easy to imagine rocking away for hours with a cup of tea and a book, all the while admiring the view.

Speaking of the view… not too shabby, eh?

It’s hard to believe you’re just 8 miles outside of Alexandria and just a little father than that from DC. It’s so quiet and peaceful at Mount Vernon along the water, besides the occasional buzz of an airplane coming in for landing at National Airport.

Doesn’t this look like a postcard? It’s easy to see why George Washington hated to leave Mount Vernon.

Simone and I are such city girls who are clearly not used to being around animals. We dared each other to touch the bull — and both did thankyouverymuch — but freaked out a little when he kept ramming his horns into a post. 😉

And then I was minding my own business, snapping photos of the chickens, when I felt something tapping my toes. Looking down, it was a chicken escaped from the coop! I know chickens are harmless but it definitely sent me jumping! 😀

A few signs of Christmas were already on display, with more to come next week. A Mount Vernon gingerbread house was in the final stages when we walked by — all edible, all gingerbread. Yum! (No samples, sadly.)

It was past 2:00 by the time we ate lunch and we were both starving. The first option to present itself: an uninspiring food court filled with Pizza Hut, a mediocre-looking deli and a burger joint. Thankfully, we noticed a sign for the Inn Restaurant and headed over there for a sit-down meal.

Let’s start with some drinks, shall we? Hot apple cider and beer crafted from George Washington’s personal recipe:

As for lunch itself… well, it was no Williamsburg, that’s for sure! I went for soup (roasted red pepper with tortellini) and a garden salad. Peanut soup was on the menu but once was enough! 😉

Nothing in particular was wrong with the meal except a) sloppy presentation b) ranch dressing (at least it was on the side!) and c) tasteless cornbread.

Then again, I’m picky. 🙂

Simone got a turkey pot pie that was tasty and warm.

Highlight of the gift shop: a book specially for me!

Or, you know, every other blogger who’s obsessed with pumpkin, too. 😉

Before leaving, we met up with one very special lady: Mrs. Washington.

Me, Simone and the Girl Scouts. That’s just how we roll.

I’ll definitely be back at least a couple of times in the next year — need to take advantage of that annual pass! — and it will be interesting to see how the decor and atmosphere change along with the seasons.

What group were you in high school? Nerd? Jock? Artsy-fartsy?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2010 8:40 am

    I loved Mount Vernon when I visited with my family a couple years ago. I remember being fascinated by the house and thinking the same thing as you about the beautiful view of the grounds. And seriously, how perfect would it be to just sit in one of those rocking chairs and look out at the water? It was ridiculously hot when we were there (something like 100, if I remember correctly), but we still took time to explore outside.

    Glad you had fun!! Thanks for sharing the pictures 🙂

  2. November 21, 2010 9:38 am

    I was kind of a hippie in high school. I used to wear birkenstocks, Phish t-shirts and hemp necklaces. In my defense, it was in style when I was in high school. At least, in my mind it was!

  3. November 21, 2010 11:40 am

    Well, call me a nerd, too. I love traveling to historic places. Thanks for sharing your fun day.

  4. November 21, 2010 12:10 pm

    I was just kind of in the middle in high school- I played sports, but I was a bit nerdy too. I love doing this kind of nerdy history stuff though now definitely 🙂

  5. November 21, 2010 2:04 pm

    Nice pics! Haha yes, bloggers (including me) seem to be all obsessed with pumpkin.

    I was pretty much all over the place in high school – I was obsessed with getting good grades, played basketball and softball, wrote for the school paper, was part of the choir, and talked about boys nonstop! Haha. But if I had to choose, I think I was mostly jock 😉

  6. November 21, 2010 4:42 pm

    Aww, what beautiful pictures! I am in love with old heritage like this and old homes. I would love to have a victorian style home I can redo! Such a dream of mine 🙂

    Looks like an amazing time you had 🙂

    I was just “average” in high school….not really labeled anything…pretty sad 😉


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    November 21, 2010 9:59 pm



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