- John Retired journalist (3)
- Pat Musician, retired journalist (3)
Hello from Washington
We are a pair of retired journalists who have lived in Washington, DC, for 18 years. Pat is also a church music director and organist.
We are interested in foreign and U.S. trips of all durations. We have had 15 wonderful exchanges in the U.S., France, Ireland, Canada and Mexico. Weekday exchanges work as well as weekends. Martine the basset hound can visit friends during your stay.
Pat is an avid bicyclist and so-so golfer and John is an avid golfer and fly fisherman.
Please note: The photo included here with the Capitol in the background was taken from the roof terrace at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, not from our house. We only wish! It is just one of many interesting museums here, most of which are free (though not the Newseum).
March 1 — January 1, 2017 These dates are flexible
March 1 — January 1, 2018 These dates are flexible
April 1 — October 31, 2016 These dates are flexible
We like to get local recommendations for food, sites, experiences.
We had a wonderful experience with these folks who listed their home in D.C. They left our home in Vermont in perfect condition. Their home in Georgetown was exactly as described - actually even better! The owners were terrific to work with, left us thorough instructions and helpful information about their area and getting around.
I had a wonderful stay in Pat and John's lovely Georgetown home. The location is excellent. It's a great walking neighborhood and is close to transportation and shops. They provided me with lots of useful tourist information too. Pat and John were excellent, respectful guests in my home. A wonderful exchange!
Linda's condo in San Miguel de Allende is bright, cheery and comfortable with a lovely rooftop terrace and a small patio -- ideal for breakfast -- that overlooks a beautiful garden. From her living room is a wonderful view of the city and the dome of the historic Colonia San Antonio, a church that dates to the 1620s. (Time your visit to coincide with the full moon and you will see one of the most spectacular views of the moon rising above the city without having to leave the house!) Linda provided very useful information about the town, its art galleries, historical sights and where to eat. Her neighbors were friendly and helpful too.
We spent a wonderful long weekend in this beautiful Georgetown home....the best location in Washington DC. We especially loved the gorgeous back yard....perfect for reading the paper in the morning and cocktails in the afternoon. The house is comfortable and well equipped, and public transportation is convenient. The Henry's could not have been more accommodating....leaving us closet space, tourism information and the all important parking space. We walked everywhere in Georgetown and even downtown Washington. We feel like we know the Henry's...a wonderful home and a wonderful time for us. And they left our home in North Carolina in perfect condition. I cannot recommend this property highly enough!
Our stay at Kathryn & Bill’s home in Wilmington exceeded our wildest expectations. Originally we’d hoped to swap for a house on the beach to be near the site of a friend’s wedding. Kathryn & Bill’s home is w-a-a-a-y-y-y better than a beach house. And they are great hosts. We exchanged e-mails regularly before and during our house swap and spoke a couple of times by phone. In a few months, we’ll be getting together for dinner when they come to Washington for a reunion. Their home is in a recently converted warehouse on the Cape Fear River. Their balcony hangs over a boardwalk along the river, and we used it to watch a fireboat imitating the fountains of The Bellagio in Las Vegas, US Marines cruising up the river on maneuvers, boats ferrying tourists upstream and back, pelicans and egrets, plus countless fishing boats, sailboats and barges. Even if there’s no river traffic, it’s a beautiful place to watch the sun set with a glass of wine or to greet the day with a cup of coffee and a bowl of fruit. Three blocks from the Grahams’ front door are four of the city’s top restaurants and two oyster bars of some renown. Plus there’s Kilwin’s ice cream and chocolate shop, two very nice coffee shops (not Starbucks), three top-notch pubs and a wonderful breakfast place called The Dixie Grill. Walk a little farther and you can tour the city’s historic neighborhoods. Or catch a ferry across the river and tour the USS North Carolina, a much-decorated World War II battleship. The Grahams’ home is comfortable and beautifully decorated. Each room has a ceiling fan and the air conditioning system works very well. Except for the absence of a television, it has all the modern conveniences. There’s a Bose sound system with a mind-numbing array of stations. Or you can go out on the balcony (see above) or the beach, about 25 minutes away. They also left our home in perfect condition. Top grades!