Mount Vernon

If you’re in the DC area, Mount Vernon is a great option for a day trip. Hanging out downtown is nice, but it’s always a little refreshing to get out of the city and go somewhere that has a little more open space. I went over the weekend, and even though it wasn’t the nicest day out (hence the fairly gloomy looking pictures), it was still a lot of fun – it’s always nice to do something a little different, especially since as a college student, it can sometimes seem like your life only exists in the space between campus and your apartment. Now – onto the background information!

About Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon was George Washington’s estate, and it has been owned by the Mount Vernon’s Ladies’ Association since the 1800s. The association owns 500 acres of Washington’s estate, which actually included 8,000 acres while in his possession. The estate is open every day of the year, and if you live in the DC area, it’s pretty easily accessible. It took me about an hour to drive there (which is actually a really nice drive since you go past a lot of the monuments and through Old Town Alexandria), but you can also take a Fairfax Connector bus from Huntington Station on the Yellow Line. Once you get to Mount Vernon, you can purchase a ticket for $17 at the most (no student rates), and while you wait for your tour of the mansion to start, you can walk around other parts of Mount Vernon, watch an informational video, check out the gift shop or grab something to eat at the food court. I was a little bummed that you can’t bring food with you, since the estate has some really great views and would be a prime picnic location. It makes sense though that they want to preserve the area as best they can, and although the food court doesn’t have a ton of options, it gets the job done.

My Experience at Mount Vernon

I was really excited to go to Mount Vernon for the reasons listed above (going somewhere that feels a little more country, doing something different than usual), and I kept thinking to myself, “Yaaay! We’re going on a trip!” Of course, I also wanted to see the estate. Like I said, I was a little bummed that picnicking was not an option, but I got over that pretty quickly. Before the mansion tour, Boyfriend and I walked around the estate and got a little too into seeing all the animals. Clearly, we city folk need to get out a little more.

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Our mansion tour group probably only had about 10 people in it, which was great since we didn’t have to squish together and it was easy to hear the guides talk about each room. Photography isn’t allowed in the main rooms, but there are so many other things to take pictures of that I was content to stand and listen. The tour is only about 30 minutes, which I thought was a nice length.

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{view of the Potomac River from the mansion}

One fun fact that I thought was pretty interesting: some of the fruit grown on the estate is used at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, and some of it is also given away to shelters. There were some pictures of the estate when everything is in bloom, and it looks beautiful, so Boyfriend and I are thinking about making another visit once the warmer seasons start rolling in.

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{They don’t look pretty now, but I still liked seeing all the fruit trees.}

For More About Mount Vernon

There is so much to see and do at Mount Vernon, so I definitely recommend visiting! For now though, I provide you with these links to satisfy your Mount Vernon needs.

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