LIFESTYLE TRAvEL TIPS B TRAVEL e sure to have proper ID on your pet at all times while traveling as well as up to date flea/tick medications, vet phone number and keeps pets a on a leash at all times. Visit OurNation’s Capitol… with Your Pet In Tow! www.houstonpettalk.com By MichelleMantor I t’s no secret that our nation’s capitol is a great city to visit! It’s full of history, great sightseeing adventures and fabulous restau- rants. Recently, I had the pleasure of returning toWashington, D.C., a city I haven’t visited in 15 years. Although we were visiting for a graduation and didn’t have much time to explore, the trip remindedme that I need to re- turn ASAP with my children and take advantage of the rich experiences (mostly free!) the city has to offer. Although not traveling with pets, the hotel we stayed in was pet friend- ly and I thought it would be nice to share this property with our readers. Tucked away in a peaceful residential 32 www.houstonpettalk.com setting in the near Georgetown in an area called Foggy Bottom, The River Inn is just a stroll away from all the action. Featuring 125 luxury suites, each with a fully equipped kitchen, the River Inn rooms aremodern and even come replete with fresh Starbucks coffee beans and a coffee grinder! One of the best features of The River Inn is the location which is only two blocks away from the city’s Metrorail System and a short walk away from Dupont Circle and Down- town. Enjoy a walk with your pooch down the quant tree lined streets that lead to Rock Creek Park or take advantage of complimentary bike rentals and check out local favorites, such as Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (.3 mi), The White House (1.1 mi), theNational Zoo (2.5 mi), The Air and Space Museum (2.6 mi) and muchmore. Return back to the Inn and enjoy one of Foggy Bottom’s best-kept culinary secrets at their onsite restaurant, DISH+drinks. Director of Sales, Tricia Ualat- Guardado explains, “The River Inn is not only a ‘home away from home’ for the humans in your family, we believe that pets are people too!” I can attest to the fact that pets are very welcome at The River Inn as well as in the city. While we were visiting, we attended National Kite Day at TheMall and I felt like I was at a pet festival. There were tons of dogs in every shape and size…and I didn’t havemy camera, duh! I guess that’s a good reason to go back! Check out The River Inn…it offers endless opportunities for people and pets alike. Visit them at, www.theriv- erinn.com, formore information and see their packages and special rates.