Thanksgiving in Washington, DC

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The countdown has officially begun–we’re just 10 days out from America’s day of giving thanks, and my, are us Washingtonians getting pumped! Something about this particular (delicious) holiday has the jolly citizens of our nation’s capital brimming with turkey-tinged excitement over the abundance of Thanksgiving-themed food, activities, and volunteer opportunities we can take part in. To help focus your holiday-hyper brains, we’ve nailed down our list of favorite Thanksgiving events in the DC area.


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Presidential Turkey Pardon

Without thinking too far into the gory details, we still love us a good old fashioned Turkey Pardon! This famous event is said to date all the way back to 1947, but the first official “pardon” was doled out by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Every year since, a lucky turkey is presidentially pardoned, and from 2005-2009, were flown to Disneyland to serve as Grand Marshal of their Thanksgiving parade. For the past three years, the birds have been sent to the beautiful Mount Vernon Estate to live out the remainder of their years in true presidential fashion. (Fun fact: our feathered friends have also been put up in the Presidential Suite at the W Hotel the night before their big day.)



Turkey Trots

There are a plethora of fun run/walk trots to take part in this year, so grab a family member/friend/co-worker/stranger to join you in a quest for some fun, charity-centric exercise! DC’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot for Hunger is sponsored by SOME (So Others Might Eat),Bethesda’s Turkey Chase supports the local YMCA and Rotary Club, and Arlington’s Turkey Trot raises money for the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Doorways for Women and Families and Arlington Food Assistance Center.



Small Business Saturday

This day is all about fueling the local economy, supporting small businesses nearby, and knocking some items off your holiday shopping list. Sure, everyone likes a good Black Friday deal, but there’s something to be said for supporting all of the wonderful small business shopping destinations the DC area offers (ya know, think Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, H Street, Arlington, Old Town Alexandria, Union Market, etc.)



Thanksgiving Meals to Go

Another way to support local businesses and keep yourself from slaving away in the kitchen all day long is to order take-out! (No, seriously!) Here’s a great list of DC area restaurants who’ll be prepping Thanksgiving Day meals for the non-culinary inclined: Acadiana, BlackSalt,Blue Duck Tavern, Del Campo, and Hill Country to name just a few!



Volunteer Opportunities

Lest we forget one of our very favorite Thanksgiving activities! With so many wonderful opportunities to take part in (and give you a serious case of the warm fuzzies,) the tricky part is deciding not IF but HOW you’ll help out! Learn more about DC area charitable organizations and events you can participate in on our near Thanksgiving here.


Bike and Roll DC is Moving!

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For those of you who may or may not have been living under a rock this past year, it has become quite official that a Mr. Donald Trump will be converting the Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel, with construction beginning as soon as Spring 2014 (see potential renderings here.) Since the Pavilion is where we’ve hung our helmets for the past 10 years, and we don’t anticipate a full Bike and Roll outfit being included in the design of this hotel, we’re going to be moving!

We’ll be giving teasers along the way to surprise you with our new location(s) as we near the date of our big move. Regardless of our change of address, we’ll still be providing the same great experiences that have kept you all coming back year after year. In fact, we anticipate things will be better than ever! (And don’t worry, we’ll still have our location at Union Station in tact and we’ll be in Alexandria as well.)

Thank you all again for your continued patronage and for generally just being awesome. As we like to say (with a hashtag,) #WeHeartOurCustomers!


Bikes for Sale at our Union Station Locale

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This just in: Bike and Roll will be selling 2012 Trek 7300 Comfort Hybrid Bikes at our Union Station location!

Starting this week, and on an ongoing basis, we’ll be selling our Hybrids for $280 + tax (cash only) in a variety of sizes, including smaller sizes for younger riders! Our fabulous employees will be on site to fit and adjust any bike to be sure you ride off 100% satisfied. And, as an added perk, you’ll receive 10% off service at our Union Station repair shop with purchase of any bike! (Not that you’ll be needing it any time soon!)

Late Fall Hours at Bike and Roll DC

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What a weekend!

Daylight Savings Time ended, the Washington Monument’s lights shone for the last time, there was a partial solar eclipse… oh, and Sunday marked our last day of Fall hours!

Just like our clocks, we’re transitioning into Late Fall hours here today. This means that our Rental operations will close daily at 5:00PM at all locations, and that there are no more [email protected] tours to be had (until 2014 that is!)

Please plan accordingly when visiting Bike and Roll DC. Happy Late Fall, everyone!

Happy Halloween, DC!

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Wondering what on earth you and your pals (or kiddies) are getting into this All Hallow’s Eve? Well, we’ve rounded up the best Halloween activities in our nation’s capital. Any of one of these is surely bound to fright and delight!

Trick or Treating in DC
For traditional Trick or Treating fun, checkout Halloween on the Hill which includes Hilloween: “Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30pm. This is one of the Hill’s best traditions: 7th Street SE closes between North Carolina Avenue and C Street SE so that families and neighbors can gather for hayrides, games and fun.” For the more worldy (or adult) Halloween-ers among your brood, head over to Embassy Row for Massachusetts Avenue’s Trick or Treat extravaganza. Instead of door to door, it’s country to country!

Hotel Helix Pumpkin Carving
The Helix Lounge will be dishing out pre-scooped pumpkins ready for carving at their 9th annual carving contest! Beginning at 6:00PM tonight, pumpkins will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. Prizes to be awarded for best carved, so start sketching your designs now!

Night of the Living Zoo
From 6:30-10:00PM tonight, join the creatures of Smithsonian’s National Zoo for a ghoulish night of fun! Event (21 and up) will include a live band, costume contest, palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists!

AFI Silver Theatre
Take a quick jaunt up to Silver Spring and drop in on the lovely AFI Silver Theatre over the next few nights for some classic horror flicks. Movies will include the likes of Ghostbusters, Shaun of the Dead, The Haunting, and Nosferatu.

Washington Walks Ghost Tours
In for a real scare? Take a two hour walking ghost tour of DC’s most haunted houses withWashington Walks, and learn all about the spirits that haunt the disctrict. Look out for Washingtonian ghouls that go bump in the night…

Bicycle-themed Halloween Costume Ideas

Don’t have the perfect Halloween costume picked out, prepped, and ready yet? Don’t fret! If you’re a cycling enthusiast like our gang here, you’ll probably want to bring a bike into you or your child’s design. And boy, do we have some cycle-riffic ideas!


The Jockey



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(Baby) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

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The “Ruff” Rider



Atreyu from The Neverending Story



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Now the real question is, which will you choose??


2013 Marine Corps Marathon Weekend

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It’s that time of year again!

After some “Is it on? Is it off?” shutdown debate, we’re all collectively rejoicing that this weekend’s Marine Corps Marathon is decidedly ON! The “MCM” is the fifth largest marathon in the United States and has been a true blue DC staple since 1976.

Bike and Roll DC would like to celebrate the marathon’s participants and viewers this year by offering a special $5 off discount with code “MCM” for runners or attendees to enjoy one of our guided tours or full day rentals from 10/24 – 10/28. Renting a bike is the perfect way for viewers to keep up with their runners, and a tour is a great pre-marathon non-strenuous activity too!

So keep those sneakers on and head over to Bike and Roll this weekend for some cross-training!

Top 3 Reasons DC is Glad the Shutdown is Over



Aaannnnd we’re back!

As many of you have heard by now, our Government is officially back in business! And while we could detail all of the serious, practical reasons DC residents are thrilled the 15 day ordeal has finally come to an end (seriously, hooray for furloughed workers returning to their jobs!!) we thought we’d tell you why we’re especially giddy things are back in order today…

1. National Parks and the National Mall reopen

Need we say more? DC has not been itself since barricading off our precious memorials! Good to have you back, NPS.

2. WMATA will bring back 8 car trains

We thought the metro would be less crowded during the shutdown, and it may have been, but that didn’t mean we were getting to work any earlier! 8 car trains for the win!

3. The Panda Cam will be back up

All of DC is waiting with baited breath to see how much our little panda cub has grown since the cameras were first shut off!


Most importantly, we can’t wait to resume our regularly scheduled tours and take our guests to see our capital’s memorials up close!


5 Things to Do in DC During the Shutdown

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Contrary to popular belief, there are still many things to see and do in DC during a government shutdown! Trust us and read on…

1. Visit Off-the-Mall Neighborhoods

Sure, our National Mall is truly awe inspiring and a must-see attraction. But that’s really just scratching the DC surface! Veer off the standard tourist’s path and discover the magic of U Street, Dupont Circle, Eastern Market, Georgetown, and many other amazing neighborhoods in DC.

2. See the Still Open Attractions

There are still plenty of museums and galleries open to the public in our Nation’s Capital– really, we promise. Such gems as the National Geographic Museum, Phillips Collection,Newseum, or National Building Museum are all more than worth a visit (or two, or three, or ten…)

3. Ride a Bike

The shutdown can’t shut us down! We may have had to edit some tour routes, but we’re still open and ready for business! Stop by to rent some bikes or join one of our thoroughly amazing bike or Segway tours. You know you want to!

4. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Shutdown specials abound for Government employees, but you can still enjoy the many fine and budget-friendly restaurant choices DC has to offer sans federal ID! In fact, why don’t you refer back to our Top 5 Cheap Eats list for ideas.

5. Get out of DC

There are so many great getaways right in DC’s backyard, and now is the time to take full advantage! We suggest you head down to Virginia to check out the very extraordinary Alexandria. There you can rent a bike from us, and check out all the quaint little city on the water has to offer.


Shutdown 2013 Special

Open for Business


Furloughed and forgotten? Not by us!

We’re open and ready for business, so ease your shutdown pain with the simple pleasure of a bike ride! Book any of our regularly scheduled guided tours or full day rentals, and get $10 off* with discount code: Shutdown

*Must show Government ID upon arrival.