When you enter Dumbarton Oaks from the 31st and R streets entrance, go to your right and follow a path that will lead you straight to the pool after a five-minute walk. The gardens are free during the winter (entrance fee is $8 starting March 15), but make sure they aren’t closed because of bad weather before your trip.
• While the idea of proposing in front of the White House may sound grand, make sure you take into account that there will be interruptions — namely, tourists.
That’s what happened to Don Seymour, deputy communication director for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Seymour convinced his then-girlfriend to walk past the White House by saying it would be easier to walk to a nearby bar than to take a cab.
“In fairness, she was highly skeptical and simply humoring me,” he said.
While standing outside the fence of the South Lawn, he waited for the right moment, but tourists kept walking by. In particular, one group argued whether the building in front of them was the White House or the Capitol. His girlfriend offered some help — the Capitol is the one with the dome.
After the group left, there was a brief pause before Seymour said “something forgettable and cheesy, kneeled down in a puddle and asked her to marry me.”
“Thankfully, for yours truly, she said ‘yes,’” he said.