Adam's Inn Bed & Breakfast
Adams Morgan PorchFest is Back! 16 Oct 2014, 9:56 am
(Official Adams Morgan Press Release)
Adams Morgan’s PorchFest Turns Front Porches into Stages for A Day:
Over Three Dozen Musicians (including NSO Members) to Play Free Event
Saturday October 18
Last year the Adams Morgan Partnership BID, in collaboration with Cultural Tourism DC and the Art4All DC festival, launched PorchFest to bring music of all styles out from the confines of walls and into the light of day. The free event returns Saturday, October 18th, from 3 pm to 7 pm. With maps (handed out on the day of the event at 18th and Columbia) in hand, music fans, families and neighbors can follow their ears through the tree-lined side streets of Adams Morgan to experience a wide range of music styles, from brass bands and Brazilian beats to blues, rock, jazz and soul.
“More musicians and musical styles can be experienced here at PorchFest on one day than at any other time of year,” says Kristen Barden, Executive Director of the Adams Morgan Partnership BID. “And seeing them play in a setting like this — in front of the beautiful homes in our neighborhood – is a rare opportunity.”
PorchFest could have some high level talent this year, as members of the National Symphony Orchestra were added to the schedule. Street favorites Brass Connection will join Batala and Greg Hammond at the 18th and Columbia Road headquarters throughout the day.
“Adams Morgan has a rich musical heritage, from Charlie Byrd introducing bossa nova to the country at the old Showboat Lounge, to homegrown soul acts like Father’s Children” says co-organizer Nathan Ackerman. “PorchFest celebrates this heritage by bringing dozens of performers to the community to share their talent.”
“PorchFest not only shows we value the arts in our community but it gives residents and visitors alike another reason to come experience Adams Morgan,” says Kristen Barden.
Adams Morgan PorchFest is presented in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC and is a signature event of their Art4All DC festival programming.
The History of Adam’s Inn 16 Oct 2014, 9:48 am
Adam’s Inn has been operating as a bed and breakfast for more than 30 years, with current owner, Adam Crain, at the helm for the past 13 years. Prior to that, the Inn was run by two different sets of owners in the 80s and 90s. Funnily enough, it’s just a coincidence that the current owner and the Inn bear the same name. In fact, the Inn was named after the Adams Morgan neighborhood, which derived its name from the names of two formerly segregated elementary schools.
In 1955, District schools were desegregated. In 1958, the Adams Morgan Community Council was formed comprising the former all-white John Quincy Adams school with the all-black Thomas Morgan school. The surrounding neighborhood then took on the name “Adams Morgan,” reflecting a commitment to desegregation and racial tolerance.
Before transforming into a bed and breakfast, the Inn operated as a group home for the elderly. It sits on Lanier Place, a street with a diverse and eclectic history: it has been home to several prominent 1960s local civil rights leaders and social activists, including the infamous Weathermen Group, who plotted their violent protests against the US government across the street from the Inn. Also residing across the street is a fire station which has served the neighborhood for more than 100 years, and whose distinctive architecture resembles a church.
Adam’s Inn is comprised of three Victorian-style townhouses that were built in 1912; the Inn’s original structure and historical façade remain intact, which explains why the Inn’s maintenance crew is always busy! We have hosted travelers from more than 50 different nations around the world, which fits right in with the cultural and racial diversity of the Adams Morgan neighborhood. No other District neighborhood offers as much variety in restaurants and nightlife as the 18th Street corridor; one can sample food from more than 20 different nations within a 4 block radius.
In 2013, Adams Morgan’s 18th Street commercial sector benefited
from a six million dollar federal Streetscape grant widening and
beautifying its sidewalks. It’s no wonder, then, that our
neighborhood was recently named one of the ten best neighborhoods in the
country to live by the American Planning Association!
Adam’s Inn prides itself on keeping its room rates affordable so that it can continue to host a diverse clientele from within the United States and abroad. We invite you to come and experience Adams Morgan, and Adam’s Inn, for yourself!
Cherry Blossom Season Is Upon Us! 14 Mar 2014, 7:53 am
By Lisseth Juarez
Adam’s Inn Staffmember
The Cherry Blossom Festival begins March 20th through April 14th!
Interested in checking out the famed blossoms? The National Park Service announced that peak bloom will occur approximately April 8 – 12, 2014.
Enjoy strolling around the Capital Grounds or the Washington Monument with some company, plan a bike tour of the Tidal Basin near the West Potomac Park, or get caught up in the Lantern Walk hosted for free by the National Park Service.
You can purchase tickets to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony, National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade West End Between 15th & 17th Street, and you can even get your jam on at the Cherry Blast, which is sure to be amazing.
For those who want to sample a taste of Japan’s culture, purchase tickets to try authentic Japanese teas and treats, or enjoy Japanese art exhibits and programs for the kids at the Smithsonian for free.
Whatever you do, get out there and enjoy the beautiful blossoms that people from all over the world seek to admire.
For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-tours-and-programs.htm or http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/
LivingSocial – Frequently Asked Questions 28 Jan 2014, 9:04 am
LivingSocial has returned to Adam’s Inn!
Have you purchased or are considering purchasing a LivingSocial voucher for Adam’s Inn? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this deal. Please call our special Adam’s Inn – LivingSocial phone number if you have additional questions: (240) 745-5315.
When does my voucher expire?
The promotional value expires on February 28, 2015. After that, you can use the paid value towards a regularly priced room (like a coupon).
Are there blackout periods?
Yes. You may NOT use your LivingSocial vouchers during the following periods:
April 1 – June 30, 2014
September 16 – October 31, 2014
How do I find out about room
Visit our “Check Availability” page, or call (240) 745-5315.
Can I book rooms online?
No. Please call us directly at (240) 745-5315 to book a room using your LivingSocial voucher. You will not be able to get the deal rates through our website.
How many vouchers can I use at a time?
You may only use two (2) vouchers at a time.
What if there are more than two people in my
Your voucher is good for two people. You will be charged $10+tax per night for each additional person in the room.
Are there any other fees?
Yes. You will be charged a 14.5% tax for each voucher.
What if I have to cancel my reservation?
Cancellations more than 72 hours prior to arrival: No forfeiture of your voucher (you can reuse at a later date); no refunds of taxes and extra person fees.
Cancellations less than 72 hours prior to arrival: No refunds issued; one voucher forfeited.
Rescheduling of dates is permitted without penalty.
I’ve changed my mind. How do I get a refund for my
Please contact LivingSocial directly if you want a refund on your voucher purchase.
What about parking?
Your voucher does not cover parking costs. We have a limited number of spaces available for $29.50 per night. These must be reserved separately.
Adam’s Inn Hosts Its First Wedding! 23 Dec 2013, 12:34 pm
By Nikki Pisha-Lail
Adam’s Inn Guest and First Bride
I love Adam’s Inn so much that I had my wedding there last Columbus Day Weekend (October 12, 2013). It was the PERFECT location for our backyard D.C. wedding and a great gathering spot for our family and friends.
After we got engaged, my fiancé and I set out to find a small venue to host our 60-70 person wedding. We live in the Adams Morgan neighborhood and had passed by the Inn frequently, so we decided to reach out to them about hosting our fall wedding. For us, it was a wonderful location with a great backyard and accommodations for our out of town family and friends.
The staff at the Inn were fantastic! We met with them throughout the year to plan our wedding details, and they communicated with our vendors to make sure everything was in place for our big day. Unfortunately, it rained like crazy the weekend of our wedding, and a lot of last minute changes needed to be made. The Inn was incredibly flexible and accommodating! The owner, Adam, made sure that everything was in place for us and worked to make it as nice as possible despite the uncooperative weather. In the end, we had a beautiful wedding and an incredibly fun event for our family and friends.
In addition to hosting our wedding in the backyard, we also stayed at the Inn for the weekend. We rented out one entire house, as well as the Carriage House, and we stayed there with our family and friends. This was such a fun way to get to spend time with all our out of town guests! It was also nice to have everyone in one location.
The Inn itself is adorable and comfortable, clean and homey. It’s close to public transportation as well as a ton of fun restaurants and bars. I cannot say enough good things about this location!
Getting Work Done at Adam’s Inn 23 Dec 2013, 12:32 pm
By Steven White
Adam’s Inn Employee
If you’re here on business, Adam’s Inn makes it easy to get your work done!
1) Internet Access:
• We recently upgraded our free WIFI Network. The new routers offer faster connection speeds including 5G (for those devices that have it). WIFI service is available in all guest rooms, the garden, and on the front porch, as well as all first floor common areas.
• If you have large files you need to send or receive, ask front office for a patch cable to connect to one of our routers. That should speed things up a bit for you. If you are still having trouble sending or receiving those large files consider creating a “cloud” based drop box using free services such as Google’s Drive or Microsoft’s SkyDrive.
• You can also get free Internet access near Adam’s Inn. McDonald’s or Starbucks are two nearby options, just around the corner. You might have to buy some fries and a Coke or a Grande Latte, but it is worth it. A 10-minute walk will take you to IHOP, Panera Bread, Tynan Coffee Shop, Starbucks and Target, all of which offer free WIFI and are located at or near the intersection of Irving Street and 14th Street NW. You can also find WIFI Hot Spots by visiting this government sponsored website.
• If you currently pay for your Internet connection through a service such as Clear or Comcast’s Xfinity, you should be able to use it in most places around the Washington, DC area. Comcast may offer free WIFI for a couple hours then you can pay for it by the hour of day. Go to their website to check coverage maps and get free Apps for your mobile device http://hotspots.wifi.comcast.com/.
2) Printing, shipping and supplies:
• We have a computer and printer available for guests, free of charge. You can print boarding passes, directions to your meeting or very small presentations. If you have an urgent need to make a copy, mail a letter, or borrow from our stash of office supplies, stop by the office – we will gladly help you out.
• The nearest Post Office is at 2300 18th Street, NW, about four (4) blocks away from the Inn. The hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday and 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday.
• If you have a large copy, print, or shipping need we recommend you go to the FedEx Office Print Ship Center located at 1812 Adams Mill Road, just around the corner from the Inn. Their hours are 7:30 am – 9:00 pm Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Sunday.
• You can also do large copy and printing jobs at Staples in Columbia Heights, across the street from the Columbia Heights metro station. Located at Irving and 14th Street NW, Staples is about a 10 minute walk from the Adam’s Inn. Remember, you can buy all of your office supplies there, too.
• Other places to get supplies include: Target, Giant and CVS in Columbia Heights, and CVS and Safeway on Columbia Road behind the Inn. FedEx Office Center will usually carry basic supplies as well.
Four Favorite Local Hot Spots for Cool Treats 23 Dec 2013, 12:21 pm
By Christina Dzingala
Former Adam’s Inn Employee
Sure it’s winter time, but who says you can’t still enjoy a good ice cream? Here are four favorite options for the bold and brave:
ADAMS MORGAN – 2473 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202) 234-0330
This is the place for you if you enjoy your frozen yogurt cool, tart, and fruity. The shop is right around the corner from Adam’s Inn and features a new flavor each week. My favorite is blueberry frozen yogurt topped with fresh blueberries.
DUPONT CIRCLE – 1704 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20011, and GEORGETOWN – 1560 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20007
For an international twist, foodies will appreciate the exotic flavors of gelato and sorbetto at this artisanal creamery. Flavor menu changes weekly and includes unique flavor blends like avocado honey orange and pineapple mint.
3. Dickey’s Frozen Custard
FARRAGUT SQUARE – 1710 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 861-0669
If you want to escape winter’s drudgery, if only for a few minutes, you can escape downtown to Dickey’s. Their smooth and creamy vanilla frozen custard is an old-time favorite.
4. Baskin Robbins
WOODLEY PARK – 2604 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Kids young and old will want to stop at Baskin Robbins after a long day at the National Zoo. Or, make a quick stop here before heading to the annual Zoolights ! With 31 flavors of ice cream, there is something for everyone. My favorite is rocky road.
A Stranger in a New/Old Land 23 Dec 2013, 11:33 am
By Christopher Harkins
Former Adam’s Inn Employee
Travel writer, Bill Bryson, describes in his book, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, the shock he felt upon returning to the United States after 20 years in England. Despite growing up in the U.S., Bryson experienced reverse culture shock after so many years in English culture.
In a similar vein, I encountered my own culture shock when I came back to Washington, D.C. last summer after studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. Here are some things that surprised me anew, and which I share with you as cultural tips if you’re visiting Washington, DC for the first time from another country:
1. Spaniards are calm, Americans are not. Specifically, Washingtonians are pretty high-strung compared to their counterparts in Madrid. In DC, people are all about business, and like things done fast. For example, when I first arrived in Spain, I noticed that Spaniards walked much slower than I did—people did not rush from point A to point B. Gradually, I became accustomed to this slower pace, so much so, that when I got back to DC, I found everyone passing me and giving me strange looks.
2. People are even fast eaters here. Spain fit me perfectly because of the long lunches and the fact that I am a slow eater. Granted, if you are here on vacation, there is no need to eat quickly. Waiters and waitresses may try to rush you along (especially in a busy, popular restaurant), but there is no heed them, especially if you are on vacation.
3. But please do tip. In Europe the tip is included in the check, but here it is not. I’d say 15 – 20 % is a normal tip, and 10% on the low side. But as a recent student and a broke graduate, people understand that if you’re young, you may not have much cash.
4. Happy hours are fun! Monday through Friday from about 4 – 7 pm, the serious, business atmosphere evaporates as workers pile into bars to take a break from working. Drinks and appetizers are reduced in price (usually at least 50%), and great values for beers and wines. Take advantage of this!
5. “The water, my friends.” My Spanish host brother explained to me that in public school, this is one of the first English phrases they learned in Madrid. To an American this is a strange line that, but it is actually quite apt here. There is much water here, my friends. And unlike Spain, it’s free and we drink a lot of it. When you eat in restaurants, enjoy that water and don’t be afraid to gulp it down. The restaurant staff will refill it shortly. Did I mention it’s free?
Reservation Policies 23 Dec 2013, 9:56 am
Reservations: Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. We accept the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Diners Club.
Early Departure Notifications: Our cancellation terms also apply to early departure notifications. If you cancel any part of your reservation after full payment is received, we will refund 25 percent of your remaining stay charges.
Check-In: Check-in is between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Late Check-In: If you anticipate a later check-in, please contact us so we can make the proper arrangements.
Early Check-In: You are welcome to check-in earlier if your room is ready — please contact the office on your arrival date to confirm. If your room is not ready, we have a luggage storage area you may use at your own discretion.
Check-out: Check out is at 12:00 noon daily. This applies to our guest rooms and our garages. If you are catching a late afternoon or evening flight, we can store your luggage until the front office closes. Please verify the office hours before you leave.
Groups: We welcome groups of all sizes and purposes. Special group rates may be arranged for reservations of 5 or more rooms. A refundable 25% damage deposit is required upon booking, and a 50% deposit on the full balance is due 50 days prior to arrival. The remaining balance is due 15 days before arrival. Questions about group cancellation policies? Please review them here.
Restrictions: No smoking
Breakfast: All rates include a Continental breakfast served daily in our sunny breakfast room. Current hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 9:30am; Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 10am. Hours are subject to change.
Children: Children of all ages are welcomed.
Age Requirement: In order to confirm a reservation, the person booking must be at least 18 years old.
Occupancy: Occupancy of our guest rooms is limited to registered guests only.
Large Groups/Extended Stays: (7+ rooms or 30+ days) Please contact the manager for a quote.
Adam’s Inn Bed and Breakfast is not responsible for any guest’s personal belongings during the guest’s stay.
Check availability online or call 202.745.3600 or 800.578.6807
A WORD ABOUT PARKING…
We are located in a very popular and vibrant neighborhood. Parking is premium and costly. If you must bring a car, Adam’s Inn has limited availability (four spaces) for an additional cost. Please ask about clearance if you plan to bring a large vehicle. In addition, two-hour street parking is available during the week (exempt on weekends), as are a couple of garages within walking distance. As an alternative, public transportation is very accessible and easy to use.
Adam’s Inn Special Schedule June 27 – July 8 26 Jun 2013, 9:14 am
This week, Adam’s Inn welcomes Calvary Chapel of St. Petersburg, FL to our doors! This group will occupy our entire property beginning on Thursday, June 27, through Monday, July 8.
While we will have no room availability for other guests during this period, our offices will be open for business, with shortened hours: 9am – 7pm weekdays, and 9am – 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Please feel free to contact us at anytime! Our rooms will be available for booking again beginning on Tuesday, July 9. We look forward to hearing from you!