mountvernon christmasSometimes it is fun to get out of Bethesda and explore historic sites in the DC area. Mount Vernon, the historic home of our first President, has done a wonderful job of showing countless visitors each year what the property was like when George Washington was in residence. The Mount Vernon Association also does a wonderful job of presenting special events that keep their raving fans coming back year after year.

Starting on November 28, you can go to Mount Vernon in the evenings for a candlelight tour. “Mrs. Washington” will be there to greet you as she hosts her visitors for an evening filled with music, candlelight tours, fireside caroling, and hot cider and ginger cookies. There will be dancing and guided tours of the first two floors of the residence, led by personnages from the time of George Washington.

The tour ends in the eighteenth century kitchen, where visitors can see a duplicate of MarthaWashington’s Great Cake, and bring home a recipe for that amazing cake. After the tour you can stroll through the grounds by candlelight, hear more carolling, and meet Aladin, the Christmas camel.

Mount Vernon offers lots of different types of tours. For instance, if you are a Nicholas Cage fan, you might like to take the National Treasure: Book of Secrets tour of Mount Vernon. This popular tour focuses on locations at Mount Vernon that were used in the filming of the movie, like the basement and the cornerstone.

If you ever wondered what George Washington ate, you might like the tour, “Dinner for the Washingtons.” This one hour walking tour focuses on where the food was produced, stored and cooked at Mount Vernon and finishes in the greenhouses with a sampling of food prepared using an 18th century recipe.

There are lots of things to do in Washington, DC that make it a wonderful place to live and visit. If you are thinking of relocating to the DC area or if you are looking for a new home here and want to work with an agent who knows the neighborhoods, schools, and what it is like to live in Washington, then give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at Whether you are looking for a home in Bethesda, a townhouse in Kenwood Forest, or a stylish condo in Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria with a view of the Potomac, the Lise Howe Group will help you find it!