First, I've got to say, the contributers to this list are amazing! I have read through a lot of the previous questions and posts and gotten great ideas for our trip, so thanks! My husband, two kids and I are traveling to DC on April 23 for the Great Family Trip to Our Nation's Capitol. We are very excited and have all the usual suspects lined up - Capitol Tour, White House Tour (fingers crossed still, and got shut out for the Easter Egg Roll - boo), Smithsonians, etc. We are good travelers, kids fairly adventurous eaters (sushi, Vietnamese and whatever else we throw at them in SF), and staying at the JW Marriott near the Mall. Two things I'm curious about - best place for a fun brunch or earlyish Easter dinner - NO hotels - not that kind of thing. Doesn't have to be a special Easter menu, I just want to be festive. Also, if there are Easter-related activities that people know about that would be good to know too (my son is skeptical of the bunny, although a grudging believer; my daughter's all in). Second, the best fun, cool neighborhoods to explore for food, small non-mall shops, people-watching. I visited DC in the late '80's and loved the Adams-Morgan area (and ate at a great little place then called Wings and 'Tings), but don't know if that's happening at all anymore. We live in the Mission/Noe Valley area of SF and like that sort of vibe - but want to see what DC thinks is fun and cool. Oh, and one more thing, where's the best place for a cafe latte - my husband will have withdrawal if he doesn't get good coffee, and I doubt it's at the Marriott.
Thanks in advance, Monique