In the offing for the nation's capital: a $580-million stadium south of the Capitol. Planners hope it will be completed in time for the 2008 season. It will be near the Anacostia River.
Fans cannot live by hot dogs alone. A couple of favorites in the district: Georgia Brown's, 950 15th St. N.W., (202) 393-4499, http://www.gbrowns.com . The restaurant dishes up Southern-style cuisine. It's a hangout among the politeratti, but not out of reach of the rest of us. Entrees $18-$25. Tunnicliffs Tavern, 222 7th St. S.E.; (202) 544-5680. Simple but tasty fare that won't break the bank (burgers and eggs) right across from the Eastern Market. Dinner entrees $13-$22.
Three very different places to stay. In the district: St. Gregory Luxury Hotel & Suites, 2003 M St. N.W.; (202) 530-3600 or (800) 829-5034, fax (202) 466-6770, http://www.capitalhotelswdc.com . "Luxury" is a stretch, but this is still a well-appointed 154-unit hotel where many of the suites have a kitchen. A real value for Washington. Doubles from $149. Hay-Adams, 800 16th St. N.W.; (202) 638-6600, fax (202) 638-2716, http://www.hayadams.com . The place to stay when you're in need of a luxury fix. Just across from the White House. Doubles from $289.
Out in the Virginia 'burbs: the Wingate, 3940 Centerview Drive, Chantilly; (571) 203-0999, fax (571) 203-0998, http://www.wingateinns.com . Five miles from Dulles airport (free shuttle service), clean, comfortable and, best of all, inexpensive, even serving continental breakfast. Doubles from $89.
And just up the road in Baltimore
There's Oriole Park at Camden Yards, considered the best of the new old-fashioned stadiums and a swell place to watch a ballgame. (For details, baltimore.orioles.mlb.com.) The ballpark designer, HOK Inc., is the creative force behind the new Washington stadium as well. The Orioles are also off to a good start, last month rocking the New York Yankees' world (but who hasn't?) to the delight of the capacity crowd. And even when the game's over, the legends live on.
Boog's Barbecue, at Camden Yards. There is better pit barbecue, but none of it comes quite this way: in front of one of the world's prettiest ballparks, where former Orioles first baseman Boog Powell stands (really, he towers) and signs autographs, then acts surprised that you're thrilled. The barbecue is good, but he is better. Sandwiches (beef, pork and turkey) from $7.25.
Reagan National is the closest to downtown D.C. of the three airports that serve the Washington area. Nonstop service is available on Alaska. Dulles, in suburban Virginia, is about 25 miles from downtown Washington. From LAX, nonstop service is offered on American and United. Restricted round-trip fares to either National or Dulles begin at $208. Baltimore Washington International is about 35 miles from downtown Washington. Nonstop service from LAX is offered on United and Southwest; restricted round-trip fares begin at $376.
Catharine Hamm Times Staff Writer