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On the trail of Watergate sites
Political junkies and history hounds can take a deeper look at the Watergate affair through tours and exhibits in Yorba Linda and Washington, D.C. You can even "taste" the scandal at a couple of hotels.
The occasion for this nostalgia, of course, is the recent revelation by former FBI official W. Mark Felt that he was the secret source dubbed "Deep Throat" who helped two Washington Post reporters investigate a 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington's Watergate complex. President Nixon resigned in 1974 after being linked to a coverup of the crime.
In its Watergate Gallery, the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda offers the former president's viewpoint on the scandal, said assistant director Sandy Quinn. Exhibits include a timeline and excerpts from the White House audiotape that implicated Nixon in the coverup. The library also has a 30-foot-long model of the White House and a full-size re-creation of the White House East Room where Nixon gave his resignation speech. Information: (714) 993-3393, http://www.nixonlibrary.org .
Among Watergate-related attractions in or near D.C.:
Tours: The apartment building where Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein lived while he reported on Watergate is on the Adams Morgan neighborhood tour offered Aug. 7, Sept. 25 and Oct. 16 by Anecdotal History Tours. The cost is $15 per person. The company's customized motor tours add the Dupont Circle building where Bob Woodward rented an apartment during the scandal and moved a flowerpot from the front to the rear of the balcony to signal "Deep Throat" that he wanted a meeting. The cost starts at $455 per tour group. Information: (301) 294-9514, http://www.dcsightseeing.com .
Scandal Tours' 90-minute bus trip, hosted by the Gross National Product comedy troupe, includes a stop at the Watergate complex and environs during a tongue-in-cheek review of Washington lowlights. The tour, at 1 p.m. Saturdays, costs $30 per person. Information: (202) 783-7212, http://www.gnpcomedy.com .
Exhibits: You'll find a tape recorder used by Rose Mary Woods, Nixon's secretary who was accused of erasing part of a crucial audiotape, plus other scandal artifacts, in the "Public Vaults" exhibit at the National Archives in D.C. More complete texts and tapes are at the archives' satellite in College Park, Md.; you'll need to get a free researcher's card to access files. Both sites are free. Information: (866) 272-6272, http://www.archives.gov .
Hotels: The new "Deep Throat" cocktail at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., blends crème de cacao, vanilla vodka and cream with a Hershey's Kiss hidden at the bottom. It's $12.50.
At the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va., you can order "Presidential Meatloaf" ($12.95), based on a recipe from former First Lady Pat Nixon, says the staff at Allie's American Grill.