Hotel Monaco, Washington, D.C.

A couple weeks ago, Andy was speaking at D.C. Social Media Week so I decided to tag along, have a few meetings of my own, and bring Rocco along for the ride. First, we had to find a pet-friendly hotel and I immediately thought of Hotel Monaco. I love the area it's in, Penn Quarter - close to everything, and great restaurants. I think the Kimpton brand aims to make traveling more fun and their hotel designs are usually whimsical and engaging without looking overly cute. The building, a former post office, is impressive and a National Historic Landmark directly across from one of my favorite museums, the National Portrait Gallery. Given what it used to be, many of the rooms (and grand hallways) have high ceilings and seem bigger than they actually are. The cool, green-hued lobby seemed to be a meeting spot for locals, and breakfast was great at Poste Moderne Brasserie.

Room view of the National Portrait Gallery

Never got a chance to sport these babiesWhile the stay wasn't perfect (for example - gym TV's weren't working and there was a line to work out each morning), I really enjoyed our time there. Clearly, so did Rocco. Now he's complaining our bed isn't as comfortable.

Thanks to a friend of Andy's, we got a last-minute, truly awesome tour of the West Wing at the White House. No matter how jaded to politics you might be, there is nothing like being steps from the Situation Room, peering into the Oval Office and walking the same hallowed steps that Jed Bartlet has. Oh! Um, I mean...JFK, Reagan, Bush, and Obama. We also had a wonderful dinner at Zaytinya and brunch at Founding Farmers.