Ask a DC Limo Driver: The Top 5 DC B&Bs

Ask a DC Limo Driver: The Top 5 DC B&Bs

Last week, I talked about the top five hotels in Washington, DC. The kinds of places that you always see DC limousines pulling away from because important people are always going and coming. But not everybody’s a “swanky hotels” and “limousines” kind of guest. Sometimes, you want a comfy feel for your trip. That’s where DC’s best B&Bs can serve you. The bed and breakfasts in DC are as welcoming as my mom’s house (but without constant texting about not being late for dinner). Which bed and breakfasts should you stay at? Here are my recommendations. A DC limousine driver’s top 5 B&Bs in our nation’s capital 1 & 2. Woodley Park & Embassy Circle It’s not that I couldn’t make a decision for the top spot. (Drivers of DC limousines can’t be indecisive.) It’s that Woodley and Embassy are run by the same brothers-in-law, Raymond and Joe, who restored them from run-down conditions. Both B&Bs feel like modern suburban homes . . . if we’re talking about an upscale DC suburb where Martha Stewart designed every interior. The rooms are full of natural light, and all the artwork is done by guests who happen to be artists. Hopefully you’ll get the Mascarpone French Toast at breakfast—and don’t skip the coffee! (It’s really good.) Both B&Bs are located downtown, in the middle of attractions and restaurants, and Metro isn’t far. For special outings, DC limousines services can pull right up to the inns. During renovations, Raymond and Joe installed high-efficiency, green appliances at both inns. So if you’re an eco-traveler, Woodley Park and Embassy Circle are great choices. Taft...
How To Deal with Flight Delays on Business Trips

How To Deal with Flight Delays on Business Trips

You’re in LA at 8:00 am, and you have to meet a client at 8:00 pm in Washington DC. You’ve got a DC limo service all lined up, and reservations for dinner at 8:30 at a restaurant the president once ate sushi at. Even accounting for the three-hour time difference, you’ve got plenty of time (even if you have to deal with flight delays). Then the lady at the airline counter announces that the plane’s flux capacitor is broken, and they have to transport another one in from the year 1985. That’s going to take five hours, at least. Well, now you’ll need an act of time travel to meet your client on time in Washington DC. You have to face the music. It’s probably not going to happen. The DC limo service will probably just leave without you, and you can kiss the presidential sushi goodbye . . . not to mention that big deal you were supposed to seal with your client. Every day, travelers have to deal with flight delays on business trips. Flux capacitors break. Hurricanes tie up airports along the entire eastern seaboard. Fog descends like a veil preventing you from understanding anything in your life. I see the frustration it causes, because I work with travelers—I drive for a DC limos service. So I have some insights into the whole mess of how to deal with flight delays on business trips. Here’s my advice. Step 1: Do not get angry and pushy. It won’t get you anywhere with the airline people, and might make them less able to find you alternate flights to...
How To Get Through Security Easily in DC Airports

How To Get Through Security Easily in DC Airports

A lot of my clients ask for tips about how to get through security easily. I am, after all, a savvy DC car service chauffeur, and I know a thing or two about getting around. It’s not exactly a breeze to get through security at DC airports. Even when everything goes as planned, moving smoothly as an assembly line at a butter factory, it’s annoying to have to take things out of bags and take off articles of clothing. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a hassle to get through security. How To Get Through Security Easily: Top Tips from a Tip-Top DC Airport Car Service Driver Dress for success I’m guessing you would like to get through security without taking off too many of your clothes. So before your DC car service drops you at the airport, put on shoes that are easy to slip in and out of. If you don’t have to wear a belt, don’t. Likewise for clothing that has a lot of metal on it, like cargo pants covered in zippers, or scarves woven with metallic threads. If you can get away without wearing a coat or jacket, pack that in your bag. (If it’s cold outside, just ask your friendly DC car service driver to crank up the heat, then dash from the car to the terminal like a rabbit.) How to pack You know the rule about liquids and gels: 3 oz or less per container, and it all has to fit in a 1-quart plastic zip bag. But we’re going beyond the bag, to get through security even faster....
When NOT to Get into a DC Limo

When NOT to Get into a DC Limo

I know you want to ride in a DC limo. Everybody does. And you can have this elite experience . . . assuming you hire a DC limo service with a proper chauffeur like me to take you around. Or assuming you’re a guest of someone who hires said limo service. But you can’t just go climbing into any DC limo pulled up along the sidewalk. That’s bad manners. Here’s a short list of who I will allow in my limo: • The person who pays for my limo service • The people they tell me will be riding That’s pretty much it. So if you pay, or if you’re on the list from the day you’re booked, or if you show up the day of the ride and the person who paid says, “She’s with us,” then you can get in my limo. Here’s who I will not allow in my limo: • People wandering out of the airport with barely concealed smirks who spot my limo and ask me, “Who are you here for?” If I answer, “Mr. Smith.” The smirker says, “OH, that’s me!” Slick move, Mr. Not-Smith. Go away. • People wandering out of clubs with stupid grins on their faces, nudging each other and saying, “Oh great, our ride’s here! Let’s go Jeeves!” Not as slick as the airport guy. Go away. • A guest at your wedding, who may or may not actually be your friend, and who may or may not actually be drunk, as they tell me, “I’ll just sit in the limo for awhile, I’m with the wedding party.” No,...
How To Get through Customs at Dulles Airport Easily

How To Get through Customs at Dulles Airport Easily

Tips from a Dulles car service driver on getting through customs easy like pie. (Tip 1: Don’t bring pie.) I understand. Going through customs at Dulles sucks. I feel your pain, my little international grasshopper. As a Dulles car service driver, I’ve chauffeured many a disgruntled traveler around DC, and I’ve picked up a tip or two. So here are some tips to help you get through customs at Dulles like a hot knife through room-temperature butter. (Or like a Dulles car service driver through DC traffic!) First of all, here are some things you should not try to bring back into our noble country (or customs at Dulles will confiscate them and slap your knuckles with a ruler): • Alcohol (and absinthe). • Biological specimens, like fungi, plants, birds, goats, and viruses. • As the picture above suggests . . . don’t bring a car. • Arts and crafts made from plants. No woven baskets that may or may not have contained a cobra at one point. (It probably never had a cobra in it, anyway.) • Cuban cigars. • Cultural artifacts, whether you bought them at a market, took them from an ancient ruin, or stole them from a museum. • Software, blueprints, or designs that might have military application. Don’t try to pull any James Bond stuff. • Drug paraphernalia. You can bring medications, but check and make sure they don’t include prohibited substances. • Weapons. (As a driver for a Dulles car service, I have to second this. Don’t bring weapons in my car . . . or drug paraphernalia? Please and thank you?) •...
When the President Goes Out in DC, Prepare for Detours

When the President Goes Out in DC, Prepare for Detours

As a DC limo service driver, I have to be prepared for any eventuality: Brides who want to change the location of their photo shoots at the last minute. CEOs arriving at Dulles Airport five hours later than they planned, and still need a DC limo service to pick them up. Swarms of passionate people marching and mobbing intersections and blocking the traffic lights with their signs. And, of course, the president’s date night. I’m not saying I’ve driven the president’s limo on his date night. The president has an entire fleet of limos ready to launch from the White House at a moment’s notice. They take him on date night and to dentist’s appointments and to his kids’ dance recitals and all around DC. (And if, on occasion, the White House DC limo fleet needs to be supplemented with a few of our choice rides . . . well, it’s happened once or twice, and we’re always happy to oblige.) But when the president goes out for dinner, it leads to some driving detours in the nation’s capital. Any driver for a DC limo service worth his salt has to be on his toes. The entire street where the restaurant is located will probably be blocked off. Sometimes adjacent streets are blocked, too. The Secret Service usually sets up a tent outside the restaurant’s entrance, so nobody has a direct line of sight at him as he walks in. But sometimes the tent is a decoy, and the president sneaks in through the back door or the service entrance. The staff of the restaurant are thoroughly checked before...