Let’s check out the fall foliage!
I’ve reserved a 65-foot double decker yacht, and made special arrangements with a captain and crew to take us down the Potomac for a 2-hour cruise (compared to others’ 50 minute rides) that:
- Highlights the panoramic view of the colorful trees surrounding the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, National Mall, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial!
- Along the way, we’ll get a great view of Washington DC’s skyline as we pass by famous landmarks to include Watergate, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Memorial
- We’ll also cruise up to the protected Potomac Gorge, which is home to countless species of trees and wildlife
- Sunset is at 5:04pm, so the timing will be perfect for a spectacular view of the colorful trees reflecting off the water. Bring a camera, and make use of your panoramic mode feature!
- Discounted Fall Foliage cocktail drinks will also be provided for our group!
DC is a city of trees, with some 300 tree species spread out in its vicinity. Each fall, the parade of foliage colors here wows visitors and residents alike. New England may draw more visitors for its fall foliage, but it’s far away, and they won’t see the capitol’s majestic monuments and parks surrounded by the colorful leaves. Colors typically peak in early to mid-November, which coincidentally falls in line with the day of our charter. =)
We will check people in at 3pm. Please account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. The boat will leave promptly at 3:30pm. Following the charter, we will adjourn at Farmers Fishers Bakers for food and drinks!
The normal charge for this 2 hour cruise is $40. We’ve got an early bird special for this event of $15! The first 60 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sun. Oct. 28th (whichever comes first) get the early bird price! After that it will go up to $20. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting.
So come join us, tell your friends, and let’s have a great evening taking in the Washington DC’s panoramic skyline featuring the lovely DC fall colors!
P.S. Please note the boat does not serve food, and restrooms are available.
We will be leaving out of Georgetown Washington Harbor. The boarding point is 1/2 block away (you’ll see the waterfront) from the address listed. I’ll be on the pier on the side closest to the Georgetown Waterfront Park (in front of the Fiola Mare restaurant)! Look for the red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK” on it! If it’s crowded, you will need to keep your eyes peeled for the flag, but I will be standing exactly where described (in front of Fiola Mare restaurant on the boardwalk pier).
METRO & PARKING
The closest Metro is Foggy Bottom – Metro (Blue, Orange, Silver lines), about a 15 minute walk. I suggest Metro / cabbing / Uber’ing if you can. I also recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don’t forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage. I recommend using parkopedia.com for garage parking planning.
PayPal account not required. Please follow the steps below (if payment by smartphone doesn’t work, please try your computer). Your RSVP is not guaranteed without payment, and your email receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment (please check your spam folder and email settings). You can also log into your PayPal or credit card account online to verify payment. Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out. Our events do sell out, so I recommend you secure your spot online early. If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price displayed without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.
- Select “Yes” (checkmark)
- Enter the number of guests coming and click “Finish Payment on PayPal”
- Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you’re paying for. Modify if appropriate, click “Pay Now” (or “Pay Online Now” button at the top of the event posting)
- If you don’t have a PayPal account, enter your payment information
- If you have a PayPal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via PayPal
Please be on time. If you are late (arrive after the start time of 3pm), you risk the possibility of not being able to join us for some or all of the event. I will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation email as a backup (if you are not on the list, you will be required to show it). When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the PayPal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver’s license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your PayPal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please log into your PayPal account (it will say “Welcome, [your account name]” at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP’d under someone else’s payment, please use that name for check-in.
Since this event is paid for in advance, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled or rescheduled, an UPDATE will be posted at the top of the event posting, and the UPDATE will also be sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. A full refund will be submitted no later than Wednesday of the following week. For rescheduled events, you must let me know within 3 calendar days of the UPDATE email if you are unable to make the new date… no refunds will be given after that time. Send me a message via my Meetup profile (do NOT comment on the event posting). Thanks for understanding. =)
TICKET RESELL / TRANSFER
Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell / transfer your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale / transfer. Work out any payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send me (the organizer) a message through my Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting me know the first AND last name, and Meetup profile link (if a member) of the person taking your spot (please also copy them on the message). To obtain their Meetup profile link, go to their profile from the mobile website or your computer (not the app), and copy & paste the link from your browser. I host a lot of events and groups, so please let me know the event name and group name the ticket transfer is for. You must let me know by the RSVP close time of 12pm on the day of the event.
If you are unable to attend an event, unfortunately a credit towards another event is not possible. Many credit requests are made, and it’d be nearly impossible to track which person has how much credit left from what event to be applied towards which upcoming event or events. It’s especially challenging since the ticket price for most of our events vary. You are free to resell or transfer your ticket to someone else (see the “Ticket Resell / Transfer” section for full details).
Should inclement weather (e.g. snow storm, hurricane, etc.) affect our event, we’ll need to reschedule or cancel. If any one of the following is not available for service due to inclement weather, we’ll need to do so: Metrorail is not running to all stops; Uber (X, SUV, etc.) is not running or available at no more than 2x standard rates; venue(s) are not open. I’ll post an UPDATE to the top of the event posting by 12:30pm on the day of our event with the details.
Since the lower level of the boat is enclosed, this event is rain or shine!
Due to availability, the boat charter is secured very far in advance. We use historical fall foliage data to determine an ideal date to have the event. Forecasts for fall foliage can shift unexpectedly due to seasonal weather. As a result, we may or may not see ideal fall foliage. The event will not be canceled or rescheduled due to the forecasts.
If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!