Relyance Bank Crown Club members tour the nation’s capital


A motor coach full of Relyance Bank Crown Clubbers recently enjoyed a leisure vacation in our nation’s capital. The travelers tried their best to see and do all they could in historic city of Washington, D.C.

They overnighted in Nashville after a fantastic country style lunch at the famous Casey Jones Country Store and restaurant.

The next day the group stopped in the Market Square in downtown Knoxville, where they had to choose between the many eclectic culinary delights for lunch, then they toured the East Tennessee History Center before traveling to their overnight hotel in Virginia.

The following morning, the travelers were up and running. They enjoyed another historic stop in Downtown Staunton, known for its fine culinary traditions and wide-ranging dining choices. This friendly downtown has been praised by food critics from large metropolitan areas for its fresh, local cuisine. After a fantastic lunch and some shopping time in this unique square, they were overwhelmed at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Dulles. After a wonderful tour, they headed to Texas Roadhouse before turning in at the Hampton Inn in Chantilly.

After breakfast, the Crown Clubbers met their charming, personal guide for the week. They started their city tour with a special tour of the seven and a half acre, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Running water is an important and metaphoric component of the memorial. Each of the four “rooms” representing Roosevelt’s respective terms in office contains a waterfall.

The group continued to the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, The National Cathedral, Embassy Row, WW II Memorial, the U.S. Capitol, Georgetown, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and much more. The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most recognized memorials with its 36 iconic white stone columns, representing the 36 states of the union at the time of Lincoln’s death. The statue of Lincoln is 19 feet high and weighs 175 tons. After a day of touring the group enjoyed a delicious dinner at Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown.

Early the next morning, the travelers made their way to Arlington National Cemetery, where they watched the Changing of the Guards and visited many inspirational sights such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Kennedy Graves. Cindy Whitwell and the personal guide surprised the group with a visit to the unique, historic town of Alexandria, after a tour, they had time to explore and do lunch on their own. Most of the group couldn’t resist the world-class dining of the Chart House with the breathtaking views of the Potomac River. The afternoon was filled with free time to enjoy the National Mall and visit the Smithsonians. The group was dropped off at the Natural History Museum, home of the “Hope” diamond. Next door is the American History Museum, filled with ball gowns from the current and former president’s wives. That evening the group enjoyed dinner and entertainment at the Sheraton Reston Hotel.

The following day, the travelers had a full day to spend more time at the National Mall and explore more of the Smithsonians, including the newer, American Indian Museum, the Castle, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the National Gallery of Art along with its sculpture gardens and the moving Holocaust Memorial Museum. After a long day, the clubbers enjoyed a wonderful time and dinner at Capitol City Brewing.

The group left early in the morning to travel to Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. They had plenty of time to tour and enjoy the complete grounds of George Washington’s home and gardens. They enjoyed a leisure lunch on the beautiful estate before proceeding to Wytheville, Va.

They departed for Knoxville and stopped at the Market Square for lunch. After lunch, the group toured the Knoxville Museum of Art and World’s Fair Park. They boarded the coach and continued to Nashville. They stopped at Opry Mills Mall for some shopping time and dinner before continuing to their overnight hotel.

Members and guest enjoying this vacation were Sara and James Bearden, Pat and Ed Gnau, Linda Patterson, Fran Hegwood, Wanda and Earl Raines, Ann Scott, Juanita Mantz, Rita and George Sevall, Pat Henderson, Marylyn and Jimmy Williams, Barbara Davis, Vivian Washington, Christa Bruner, Judy and Gordon Reese, Nancy and Robert Rosen, Mary and Claude Wilbern, Linda and John Piette, Kandy Moore, James House, John Whitwell. Cindy Whitwell escorted the tour and reminded everyone to sign up for the Fantastic Biltmore Christmas tour this year.