A Little About Us

We are world travelers, sharing a love of our old home, sailing the waters of the Chesapeake bay on Esmeralda, our vintage 1969, 34 foot Tartan Sloop. We also share a passion for writing keeping us close friends with our computers. We are both long time residents of Washington DC. We love living in our Nations Capitol, welcoming travelers and sharing our knowledge of our neighborhood and the city.

I am the former editor of the Alexandria Gazette, the same paper President George Washington read daily. I was also a member of the USA Today newspaper staff when it was launched in 1982. Currently, my work includes volunteering for the Butterfly Conservatory of the Mid Atlantic, specifically the Baltimore Checkerspot Restoration project, and writer and speaker for National Geographic, Natural History division.

My husband Don has a host of professional interests and hobbies that keep him busier than he is aware. A talented photographer, and published author, his works include On High: The Adventures of Legendary Mountaineer, co-authored with Bradford Washburn, biography/autobiography of Washburn, as well as countless writings for National Geographic Magazine. His past work includes co-producer of Radio Expeditions with National Geographic and NPR's Morning Edition, White house correspondent for Congressional Quarterly and producer of Congressional Quarterly's weekly Public Television program Congressional Outlook. Visit Don's personal web sites for more about his work and hobbies.

www.donaldsmith.net (for writing)
www.donaldsmithphotography.com (for photography).

Extra Details

All visitors are treated as guests to our home. We offer a hot cooked breakfast, served family style, each morning at 8am. We offer premium “Starbucks” brand coffee, select teas, and fresh squeezed orange juice. Guests on the go, who need to start their day earlier than our breakfast times, always have a choice of cereals, yogurt and seasonal fruit.

We welcome children aged 6 yrs and older. The General Logan and Highland Suites have extra beds allowing for accommodations of extra guests (Children 6-18 $15/nt additional, Adults $25/nt additional). For those travelers with a car, we have limited parking available by advanced reservation for $20 per night. Our home is pet free and because of allergies, we are not able to accommodate guest pets. Smoking at our home is only allowed outside, either on the rear deck, or front entry.