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Slowswim
July 5th, 2007, 08:02 PM
I'm going to be in the DC area (Crystal City), are there any places to swim. I checked the "find a place to swim" here but no help.

Thanx in advance...

fanstone
July 5th, 2007, 09:01 PM
Potomac River? No, that might be illegal! I am sure The Fortress will be here soon and give you advice. She lives close to the area you mentioned. Well, in that general direction, in the Virginia area.

thewookiee
July 5th, 2007, 09:26 PM
Not far from Cystal City is Haines Point. That is a outdoor 50 meter pool. There is a masters team that practices in the morning there(mon-fri). There used to be a masters team that practiced there in the evenings as well.

If you check www.ymca.net, you can find a number of Y's in the area as well. Some of the Y's have masters teams as well.

Or check this site, www.swimmersguide.com

The Fortress
July 5th, 2007, 09:45 PM
Haines Point may be close and the view is pretty, but a yucky pool. But OK for a workout.

Go the Potomac Valley website, www.pvmasters.org (http://www.pvmasters.org), and check the clubs and locations.

I think Curl-Burke also practices at American University in NW DC during the SCY season. Not sure if they do in the summer. Check DC Masters and VMST (Virginia Masters) too.

If you want to venture further into Northern Virginia, I can give you some tips. Julie Oplinger lives fairly near Crystal City, so she probably has the best inside scoop on that area. There are also a lot of rec centers in Northern Virginia that have extensive lap swim hours, if you don't want to swim with a team or want to catch a workout at a time that suits you.

Julie Roddin
July 5th, 2007, 11:06 PM
If you want to venture further into Northern Virginia, I can give you some tips. Julie Oplinger lives fairly near Crystal City, so she probably has the best inside scoop on that area. There are also a lot of rec centers in Northern Virginia that have extensive lap swim hours, if you don't want to swim with a team or want to catch a workout at a time that suits you.

Will you have a car? Hains Point is not the best pool, but it gets the job done. There are some pools in Arlington and Alexandria that may be close if you have a car. PM me if you want to chat about where you'll be, what transportation you have and what time you want to swim. I swim all over the place so hope I can help!

-Julie

Blackbeard's Peg
July 5th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Bill, the ladies of NoVa have got you covered. The PV website is your best bet for info, as Jeff Roddin keeps that pretty up-to-date. There are plenty of places that are metro-accessible too. When are you coming up?

craiglll@yahoo.com
July 6th, 2007, 11:22 AM
When I lived in DC I loved swimming in Marie Reed. It still is as lovely as it was in the 80s. Outdoors try Key. There you have the view of Rock Creek.

Slowswim
July 6th, 2007, 12:09 PM
Thanx for your help. I think I found one, YWCA-NCA. Its not far from the Metro, White House, and my favorite restaurant (Old Ebbets Grill).

That'll be convenient for a workout and dinner.:drink: :groovy: :wine: :banana:
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swimshark
July 6th, 2007, 03:49 PM
Thanx for your help. I think I found one, YWCA-NCA. Its not far from the Metro, White House, and my favorite restaurant (Old Ebbets Grill).

That'll be convenient for a workout and dinner.:drink: :groovy: :wine: :banana:
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Will you be able to stay for a meet or at least a meeting with some NoVA people? I'm about 30 miles west of DC.

Alison

craiglll@yahoo.com
July 6th, 2007, 04:41 PM
Thanx for your help. I think I found one, YWCA-NCA. Its not far from the Metro, White House, and my favorite restaurant (Old Ebbets Grill).

That'll be convenient for a workout and dinner.:drink: :groovy: :wine: :banana:
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Old Ebbets grill is one of the most silly restaurants in DC. go on an adventure and try somehtinfg that isn't so WASPY.

Blackbeard's Peg
July 6th, 2007, 05:06 PM
Old Ebbets grill is one of the most silly restaurants in DC. go on an adventure and try somehtinfg that isn't so WASPY.
My mom used to go there all the time when she worked at the Nixon White House. As a treat, when I was interning there 6yrs ago, I took her to lunch there on my last day.

My best memory of that restaurant is that my Dad almost got in a fight with a drunk guy at the bar when we were little (like 5 yrs old). The cops had to take that dude out the door in handcuffs.

Slowswim
July 7th, 2007, 09:54 AM
Old Ebbets grill is one of the most silly restaurants in DC. go on an adventure and try somehtinfg that isn't so WASPY.

I love the variety of oysters with a martini, but I love new things. Any suggestions?

Slowswim
July 7th, 2007, 09:56 AM
My mom used to go there all the time when she worked at the Nixon White House. As a treat, when I was interning there 6yrs ago, I took her to lunch there on my last day.

My best memory of that restaurant is that my Dad almost got in a fight with a drunk guy at the bar when we were little (like 5 yrs old). The cops had to take that dude out the door in handcuffs.

My brother works in the White House so Its convenient to meet him too. No fights are planned, but you never know.

Slowswim
July 7th, 2007, 09:57 AM
Will you be able to stay for a meet or at least a meeting with some NoVA people? I'm about 30 miles west of DC.

Alison

Not this trip. When are the meets and/or gatherings?:party2:

dvarner
July 8th, 2007, 12:07 PM
If you're considering other restaurants in the vicinity of Old Ebbet, you might try the Oval Room or Equinox, both just northwest of Lafayette Square. A little further afield, Vidalia is excellent even when billed as home cooking (don't be fooled!).

Internet search will give you an idea of menus and style.

Hains Point is a good early morning workout, very quiet with fresh air and generally cool water. If you're a golfer, it makes a good warmup before a quick round on the surrounding links.

Good Luck,

DV

The Fortress
July 8th, 2007, 12:17 PM
If you're considering other restaurants in the vicinity of Old Ebbet, you might try the Oval Room or Equinox, both just northwest of Lafayette Square. A little further afield, Vidalia is excellent even when billed as home cooking (don't be fooled!).

Internet search will give you an idea of menus and style.

Hains Point is a good early morning workout, very quiet with fresh air and generally cool water. If you're a golfer, it makes a good warmup before a quick round on the surrounding links.

Good Luck,

DV

I vote for Vidalia! Ten Pehn is fabulous too!

Maybe a get together around zones on August 18-19?

craiglll@yahoo.com
July 9th, 2007, 10:43 AM
DC has the cheapest taxis for a major city in the country. Take a taxi anywhere & try something different. Osters in martinis is so Ronald Reagon!
Before Old Ebbet redid itself in the 80s, it was a fun place to go. Now it might as well be in any mall anywhere in any suburb. It has never been any good for anyhting but for brunch. Don't go to the Oval Room, ever. Equinox isn't bad. DC has one of the most diverse ethnic mix of people. That is what I miss so much.

swimshark
July 10th, 2007, 07:42 AM
Not this trip. When are the meets and/or gatherings?:party2:

We can gather any time. Next big meet is zones Aug 18-19 at Univ of MA.

Alison

Blackbeard's Peg
July 10th, 2007, 08:50 AM
We can gather any time. Next big meet is zones Aug 18-19 at Univ of MA.

Alison
That is Univ of MD...

(MA is Massachusetts)

Rick
July 12th, 2007, 08:14 PM
Georgetown U. has a great pool - not that busy. Alexandria Y (not that far from CC) is a surprisingly nice and clean 4-lane pool with sunshine coming in through their windows - not busy from 7:00-9:00a.m. Vidalia is a great restaurant!!!

Slowswim
July 13th, 2007, 09:46 AM
That is Univ of MD...

(MA is Massachusetts)

That one confused me too.

Never made it out of the hotel (except a run the first evening). Worked pretty much 6am to 10pm.

I should be back for the week of 30 July-3 August and will definitely try to expand my horizons and be less Ronaldus Maximus.

If I am in town during Zones, I will definitely show up for support.

Slowswim
July 13th, 2007, 09:47 AM
Georgetown U. has a great pool - not that busy. Alexandria Y (not that far from CC) is a surprisingly nice and clean 4-lane pool with sunshine coming in through their windows - not busy from 7:00-9:00a.m. Vidalia is a great restaurant!!!

Can you get to it from the Metro? The "Y" I was going to go to charges $20 per visit!

swimshark
July 13th, 2007, 01:44 PM
That is Univ of MD...

(MA is Massachusetts)

Ack, major mistake in the eyes of the great MD backer. hee-hee Sorry, guess my home state (born in MA) came out of my fingers.

Alison

Rick
July 13th, 2007, 05:11 PM
Alexandria y - http://www.ymcawashdc.com/YMCA-Alexandria.aspx - is between the Reagan National and Braddock Road stops (closer to Braddock). From CC, it may be easier to get a hotel shuttle (about 6 minute drive) or cab. Georgetown is not near any Metro - harder to get to from CC w/o a car (over Key Bridge - often backed up in the morning - and then up several blocks). Hope this helps......

david.margrave
July 13th, 2007, 07:57 PM
any of the county rec centers - wakefield, providence, oak marr, etc. there is one in alexandria, sort of close to crystal city i guess, i just don't remember the name (sorry, it was a long time ago).

craiglll@yahoo.com
July 20th, 2007, 09:11 AM
Although it was always so gross in the lockerroom, I used to love to swim at Marie Reed when it was snowing outside. I think it happened about three times in ten years. The lights form the street lamps sparkling through that huge glass wimdow was trememdous.

Slowswim
July 27th, 2007, 01:58 PM
I heading back to DC this Sunday for a week. I'll definately give Videlia a try. Ten Phen sounds Thai. If so, I'll remember that for when my wife joins me.
:wine:

I just found out the the Pentagon has a lap pool so I'll try to hit it. Supposedly only a 10 minute walk from my Hotel.

trout
July 27th, 2007, 02:15 PM
There's an excellent health club in crystal city that many DOD employees belong to, so you might be able to tag along as a guest with someone. It has a decent lap pool and a cold plunge pool (about 50) next to the hot tub.

Slowswim
July 27th, 2007, 02:40 PM
I saw a health club on Crystal Ave which is very close to where I'm staying.

A 50 degree pool! :bolt:

Why!!

Slowswim
July 27th, 2007, 08:13 PM
I just googled the menu at Videlia. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Oval Room looks very do-able.