Diehards who prayed for Barack Obama’s victory would do anything to be there on Jan. 20, 2009, when he will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. It will be a historic moment no doubt, but will it be worth spending $600 a night on a hotel room? (If you can even find one at this point.)
1. Washington vacation townhouse
Do a President-Elect proud: Support sustainability by renting this eco-friendly vacation home. The Capitol Hill townhome has bamboo flooring, a tankless hot water heater, eco windows and doors. It’s three blocks from the Metro, which will mean one less car on the road releasing carbon emissions.
2. Washington vacation apartment
To college students, Ramen noodle and mac ‘n cheese dinners are the norm five out of seven nights a week, but when it comes to that concert of a lifetime or, say, seeing the president in the flesh, money is no object. This six-bedroom apartment houses 28, but the owners are adamant that by no means is it a party house. So be careful about the company you invite. Perhaps your reserved poli sci friends over your loud indie rocker crew who would insist on bringing their guitars.
3. Washington, D.C. vacation rental
Obama will swear in as commander-in-chief on the steps of Capitol Hill, which happens to be within walking distance of this vacation apartment. While it’s only big enough for four people max, the nearby landmarks make it worth it, including the Library of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building. The property owner also accepts credit cards, a rarity among vacation home owners.
4. Luxury Washington, D.C. vacation home
If you don’t mind setting up your base in Bethesda, Md., which is only 15 minutes from downtown Washington, then you can do it up in style in this luxury vacation home. After elbowing the crowds and standing on your teepy toes to catch a glimpse of Obama’s head, you’ll be relieved to recharge in this spacious house, which has a beautiful Asian-inspired spa bathroom with soaking tub, massive kitchen and firepit. You can finally relax after so many months of bad news.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.