Sunday, November 12, 2006

Help a blogger: anyone out there know of good retreat sites in Washington DC?

...I will be at a conference in DC from Saturday to Tuesday. It would be great if I could go on a mini-retreat, even just a few hours, somewhere in the city. Know of anything?

Also, have any of you been the the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception? Is it worth going to?

Any suggestions welcome in the comments section.
Peace, IC


Susan Rose, CSJP said...

I haven't been there in eons, but you might consider a visit to the Franciscan Monastery -

It's not far from the Shrine ... which you should at least check out. It's hard to say what you'll think of it ... opinions vary greatly.

Have fun!

Cathy_of_Alex said...

I like to stay in Woodley Park area if I can. It's near the Zoo and the Rock Creek parkway. Lots of parkland in that area.

The Omni Shoreham if my favorite. But, the Marriot and the Kalorama Guest House are lovely too.

I've have not been to the Shrine yet. The National Cathedral (even if it is Episcopal) is lovely and it's within sight of the Woodley Park area.

Anonymous said...

I really like the National Shrine. The sheer size of it is impressive. If you go be sure to visit the crypt church underneath. They used to have Latin Mass there regularly.

Anonymous said...

The Shrine is DEFINITELY worth a visit. It's a beautiful, beautiful building, both the large Upper Church and the smaller Crypt Church.

The Franciscan monastery is beautiful as well.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to echo the comments of those who suggest the Franciscan Monastery, and the Shrine is nice--good gift shop, too:) As for retreat sites, you might look into the Dominican Retreat House

God bless!

Carolina Cannonball said...

echo the replies about the shrine, the crypt was my favorite.

I can't wait to go back next summer. Have fun.

SIC said...

I've been to the shrine...I remember being vaguely disappointed...perhaps I expected too's definitely a big space, very Cathedral-like. You can judge for yourself at their official website,

Anonymous said...

Franciscan Monestary: check.
National Shrine: check.

I loved the older parts of the Shrine, but there are some definitely modern parts. And our tour guide rushed us.

"There is a relic of Saint Pius X in the altar there. Now, over here..." And she was gone! Yikes!

We'll be in that area (Alexandria) after Thanksgiving and will see the Monestary and the Shrine, plus an afternoon at the JPII Center. Hubby has seen all three and loved them.