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    Me and two of my grad students are going to spend two weeks in Ashburn at the Janelia Farms research complex. It's mainly a work trip but I'm looking for suggestions:

    1. Things to do that aren't a day trip to DC or a trip to the outlet mall. Quick hike maybe?
    2. Local restaurants that aren't too pricey. Our limitation is a university-mandated $50 USD per diem. I'll buy a weekly nice meal though. Mexican food is pretty rare in Canada, so if there's something authentic in the area we'd be in for that.
    3. Coffee shop/brew pub.

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    Great Falls (VA side) or River Bend parks would be good for a day hike. Or out to Shenandoah if you’re up for the drive- Old Rag, etc.
    Best beer near there is Aslin but they sell cans out the front of a garage, so no ambience, just a place to take away. I have heard great things about Dirt Farm Brewing in terms of a destination.
    Downtown Leesburg is nice to walk around- Lightfoot has good food and is located in a refurbished bank, pretty cool building. There’s a mini-chain of New Mexico-style restaurants called Anita’s. Not sure if there’s one close enough to you to make worthwhile. Taco Bamba is also good, though I’m unsure of locations out that way.
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    Welcome to the neighborhood!

    The Air and Space museum campus at Dulles is 100% worth a trip for anyone, but especially us science geeks.
    The strip malls of Reston, Chantilly, etc., are filled with inexpensive and delicious restaurants run and patronized by recent immigrants. I had some amazing Ethiopian food on the way from DC to Dulles lately.
    Further north and for the historically inclined are Harpers Ferry (30ish min, right on the Appalachian Trail) and Gettysburg (about 1:15). Both worth a visit.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoB View Post
    Welcome to the neighborhood!

    The Air and Space museum campus at Dulles is 100% worth a trip for anyone, but especially us science geeks.
    I completely forgot about the museum. The Enterprise is there! Way, way back I signed the petition to rename it from "Constitution".
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    Quote Originally Posted by summilux View Post
    2. Local restaurants that aren't too pricey. Our limitation is a university-mandated $50 USD per diem. I'll buy a weekly nice meal though. Mexican food is pretty rare in Canada, so if there's something authentic in the area we'd be in for that.
    3. Coffee shop/brew pub.

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    Maybe you already know this, but there is quite good food on site, and if I remember correctly it was remarkably inexpensive. No doubt to encourage people to put in long days and nights in the lab.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmac View Post
    Maybe you already know this, but there is quite good food on site, and if I remember correctly it was remarkably inexpensive. No doubt to encourage people to put in long days and nights in the lab.
    It's good to know that the food there is good. They told us that there's an on-site bar (god bless the HHMI!) and cafeteria but we kinda figured it would be crappy institutional food. I'd planned on making evening burrito and coffee runs to keep the students fed and watered.
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