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TDIFest 2009 Discussion about TDIFest 2009 coming to Washington, DC (Dulles)on the Labour Day weekend (September 4-6th, 2009) .

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Old July 15th, 2009, 08:51   #46
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Old August 10th, 2009, 13:15   #47
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That is why I said PM me for best times to travel. The drive from NOVA to Annapolis or the Eastern Shore is 1 hour give or take during light traffic.


From the Alexandria waterfront, maybe. From the location of the Fest in Herndon, you might be able to make it to Annapolis in an hour if you drive 20% faster than the locals, see no cops, and hit zero backups. The Shore is at least 15 minutes farther along, again in perfect traffic.

The Fest is on the last vacation weekend of the year. Traffic won't be perfect.

With all due respect, I would not advise out-of-towners coming to the Fest to try to do the Shore this time, unless you want your "authentic" DC experience to be the 5+ mile backups approaching the Bay Bridge. The Fest is just on the wrong side of the area to do the Shore. From Baltimore, your chances would be far better.

But what do I know -- as an ex-Reston resident who would estimate that at least 7500 miles on his TDI's odo are from Sunrise Valley Drive between his old apartment and the Fest location, my lunch plans on Saturday are to hit my favorite Mexitalian joint 3 minutes away from the site. I just don't want people making plans and then getting burned -- we all like quality time with our TDIs, but there are better places to get it than the Route 50 parking lot.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 13:17   #48
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I'm with you, VT. Traffic is gonna be perma-f'ed all weekend... especially on Friday.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 18:13   #49
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Another nearby attraction is the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax. Take Rt 50 East and hang a left at the light just after crossing over I-66. It's in the NRA building. The only downside is that I think it's only open from 9-5.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 21:10   #50
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Aaah, that's right! I'll have to add that to the map.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 21:19   #51
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Added. Museum hours are as follow...

Sunday through Friday: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturdays: 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM
The Museum is closed on major holidays.

Admission is free.
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 17:12   #52
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Is there a coin-op car wash nearby?
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 20:29   #53
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I added the two closest car washes to the map (I don't know if they're coin-op or machine). There will also be a hose available in the hotel loading dock.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 10:12   #54
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There is a big sailboat regatta out of Annapolis Labor Day weekend. I shall be spectating on Saturday. FYI
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Old August 28th, 2009, 22:20   #55
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I added the two closest car washes to the map (I don't know if they're coin-op or machine). There will also be a hose available in the hotel loading dock.
"7 Car Wash" definitely isn't coin-op, from the reviews I found, and "suburan" is miscategorized -- it's a body shop.

I do not recall a coin-op car wash anywhere close to the hotel. That part of the suburbs is not coin-op territory -- overpriced, rushed and poorly-done hand-wash places or machines rule that turf. Too many people with too much money and too little time to use a coin-op place.
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Old August 28th, 2009, 22:24   #56
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Boo. Well, I tried. I don't think that there are any coin-ops in the area.
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