I know that going to D.C. for the Inauguration will be as close to a religious experience as some people are going to get, and I would not begrudge anyone of that. But let’s be real. Driving or taking the bus to D.C. sucks. The trip is long enough to question yourself for taking it, but not long enough to consider it a full-blown vacation. The traffic is always nightmarish, and at this time of year, you run the risk of being on the roads during an ice storm. My advice: do something where you can meet the Obama family another time (save a little old lady from something, get a national award, etc), in a more personal setting, and watch the Inauguration Tuesday at “home.” If you are not parking yourself in front of your own television or at a friend’s gathering, here are a few places, locally, where you can cheer on history.
La Paloma Sabanera will have their television on and be serving an “Obama Blend” throughout the day. They are also advertising food specials for the occasion.
The cafe of Real Art Ways will open at 11. Snacks and beverages will be for sale, but people are encouraged to bring their own lunches. They will be showing coverage of the event in the cinema.
Cinestudio will open its doors at 10 on Tuesday to show coverage of the Inauguration.
The Stowe House will have an open house on Tuesday from 10-4. They will have a screen set up for viewing the inauguration. Admission is free. There will be complimentary tea and coffee, and free guided tours before and after the event.
It’s pretty much a guarantee, though, that any place with a television screen will have the coverage on.