Local Attractions/Info

Getting Around

  • Metro – The DC Metro travels throughout the entire city and is quite easy to navigate. Check out this handy guide here.
  • Water Taxi – The Water Taxi leaves from National Harbor and treks into historic Old Town Alexandria and the heart of DC to the wharf in Southwest DC (which is near the National Mall). For more information on timing, check out their website.
  • Ride-sharing with Lyft/Uber/Via – The Washington, DC region has a number of ride-sharing companies, including Lyft, Uber, and Via. Each service can pick you up from your hotel and take you anywhere in the area, either in a shared or private ride.

National Harbor

Restaurants

National Harbor has a number of new and exciting restaurants:

  • Crab Cake Cafe – Enjoy Maryland’s most famous dish.
  • Granite City Food and Brewery – Classic American fare.
  • Succotash – Chef Edward Lee crafts Southern tastes w/Asian accents.
    Great vegetarian/vegan options are available.
  • Rosa Mexicano – Upscale Pan-Asian fare. Vegetarian/vegan options are available.
  • MGM Casino – Houses numerous restaurants run by some of the region’s top chefs.

Attractions

  • Ride the Capital Wheel – Soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront and marvel at the incomparable views.
  • Go Shopping at the Tanger Outlets.
  • MGM Casino – Try your luck at Maryland’s newest casino.
  • Muse Paintbar – The Premier Paint & Wine experience.

Old Town Alexandria

Located just across the river is the historic port of Alexandria. Be sure to take the free shuttle bus up and down beautiful King Street.

Restaurants

Vegan/Vegetarian Spots

  • sweetgreen – Founded in 2007, sweetgreen is a destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food.
  • Momo Sushi & Cafe – Old Town Alexandria’s #1 sushi restaurant serving only the freshest fish using the tastiest ingredients.
  • Hawwi Ethiopian Restaurant – Serving up delicious (and healthy) traditional Ethiopian dishes purchased from local farmers with a side of courteous, warm service.

Attractions

  • The George Washington Masonic National Memorial – Features great history of the Masonic tradition, along with a fantastic view of DC.
  • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum – Boasts a vast collection of herbal botanicals, hand-blown glass, and medical equipment. It also has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices.
  • Torpedo Factory Art Center – A great collection of art located in a converted factory.
  • Alexandria Black History Museum – Includes the Museum, the Watson Reading Room, and the Alexandria African American Heritage Park. Other African American historic sites in Alexandria include the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, and the Freedom House Museum.
  • Mount Vernon – See the house and farm of our first President, George Washington.

Washington, DC

Take the water taxi or the shuttle directly from the hotel to our Nation’s Capital. So much to do, so little time!

Restaurants

DC has become a great food city with sixteen Michelin Star Restaurants:

  • Busboys and Poets – A social-justice focused restaurants with great options for vegetarians.
  • Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant – Bring some friends and share some of the best Ethiopian food in the country.
  • José Andrés Restaurants – Make sure to go to at least one of José Andrés restaurants downtown. You can’t go wrong with his Mediterranean themed, Zaytinya, the Peruvian Chinese fusion, China Chilcano, or his 2-Michelin Star restaurant, minibar.
  • Florida Avenue Grill – DC soul food. You can see one of the restaurant’s pots on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Old Ebbitt Grill – Rub shoulders with politicians, journalist, and lobbyist at this DC institution (est. 1856). Enjoy great cocktails and oysters on the half shell.
  • Pineapple and Pearl & Rose’s Luxury – Owner Aaron Silverman’s two Michelin star restaurants, both located in the Capitol Hill/Eastern Market area.

Vegan/Vegetarian Spots

  • Chaia Tacos – Delicious taco spot serving nothing but tacos… all made entirely with vegetables. In a rush? They have online ordering.
  • HipCityVeg – It’s simple: Nothing but purely vegan ingredients, compostable materials, and delicious food. Be sure to check out their Seasonal Milkshake Calendar.
  • Fancy Radish – A Vegetable Restaurant by James Beard nominated Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, Fancy Radish offers an exciting new dining experience featuring both signature and seasonal dishes.
  • Fare Well – This veggie-centric bakery + diner + bar specializes in delicious house-made comfort fare while serving up everything from morning coffee to nightcap beverages; breakfast pastries to after-dinner desserts.

Attractions

  • Smithsonians – With 19 free Museums, you can spend a week going to each. Start at the brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture (make sure that you check online for free tickets and visit the exhibit that honors African American Midwives), see the Star-Spangled Banner at the National Museum of American History; the National Museum of the American Indian features one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native objects, photographs, and media; see the famous giant panda bears at the National Zoo; or the Presidents at the National Portrait Gallery.
  • Monuments – Walk the National Mall and explore all of its various historical (and impressive) memorials.
  • Kennedy Center – Check out free concerts at the Millennium Stage every day at 6pm.
  • Spy Museum – See if your midwifery skills can help you as an international spy.
  • US Capitol – Head to the Capitol Visitors Center and take a tour of the Capitol to see where laws are made. This particular spot will play an important role in this year’s event as we gather for ‘Hill Day.’

Local Nurse-Midwifery Programs

  • Georgetown University – Located in the historic Georgetown neighborhood, Georgetown University is home to Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP and WHNP Programs that utilize a hybrid distance learning program educating midwives and WHNPs across the country
  • Shenandoah University – Located in picturesque and quaint Winchester, VA, Shenandoah University houses the Midwifery Collaboration with students from George Washington University, Old Dominion University, James Madison University, Marshall University and West Virginia Wesleyan College.