Spouse/Family Tour at Mt. Vernon
Thursday, June 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost included in registration
Travel back in time to the 18th century – to the life and
times of the father of our country, George Washington. Mt.
Vernon Estate sits on a grassy, shaded slope overlooking
the Potomac River. Guests will walk through Washington’s
home, tour the outbuildings where much of the dayto-
day domestic activity on the plantation took place,
and visit the plantation gardens, which demonstrate
firsthand why Washington was considered the foremost
horticulturist of his day.
Mt. Vernon also offers a new educational center for
children that depicts Washington as an incomparable
American hero who evolved from a young man of modest
means into this country’s first and greatest president.
Throughout your visit, you will observe the beautiful
landscape that has been carefully and meticulously
groomed for decades. Lunch will be on your own.
D.C. Day for Guests and Families
Wednesday, June 2, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost included in registration
ASTA participants will have complimentary shuttle access
from the hotel to the Smithsonian Castle every hour from 9
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Once in D.C., there
will be an ASTA shuttle making stops at the Smithsonian
Castle, the U.S. Capitol and the National Portrait Gallery/Spy
Maps will be provided for the series of Smithsonian Museums
on the National Mall for periods when individuals may want
to go exploring on their own. The last bus will depart from
D.C. to the Gaylord at 5:30 p.m. Later that evening, ASTA will
host its Welcome Reception at Oxon Hill Manor.
ASTA has arranged for special access tickets to
A. U.S. Capitol and Visitor Center Tour
Up to 50 participants will be guided through the halls and prestigious rooms of the U.S. Capitol and learn about its architecture, history and those who work there. Participants should plan to arrive at the Capitol by 1 p.m. to enjoy the new food court, offering a wide variety of options prior to the tour. Lunch is not included.
B. Operation Spy at the Spy Museum
Through interactive exhibits
with state-of-the-art audiovisual
effects, film and hands-on
components, the International
Spy Museum traces the evolution
of espionage through the
people who practiced the profession
and provides a context
for visitors to interpret the role
intelligence plays in current events. The Museum experience
continues with a series of intimate galleries that trace the history
of espionage and transport visitors to another time and
ASTA guests will work a real case file and have to locate a
missing nuclear trigger before it ends up in the wrong hands.
Think of it as a live action spy adventure, only ASTA guests
are the spy. This one hour adrenaline-fueled fest is no exhibit.
No pressure. Just crack a few safes, decode some messages
and interrogate a suspect double agent. Possibly jump into
a helicopter. Each spy operative will have a chance to cross
the border into an alternate reality. Your first mission you
must first register with the ASTA embassy and then know the
secret entrance to cross the border without being seen. Are
Friday, June 22, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
A. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Garden
$49 per person
Founded by American collector and heiress to the Post cereal empire Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is one of the premier art collector’s museums in the United States. Participants will explore the art-filled mansion, 13 acres of formal gardens, a working greenhouse, the Hillwood Café, and museum shop. The museum features the most comprehensive collection of Russian art outside of Russia and a world-renowned collection of eighteenth-century French decorative art and furnishings. Lunch will be on your own.
B. Educational Whirlwind Tour of the D.C. Monuments
$45 per adult and $25 for
children ages 13 or younger
Become a part of our nation’s most
historic landscape and feel history
come to life as you see some of our
country’s most beloved sites. As
the tour makes its way to Capitol
Hill, you’ll follow a route that offers
splendid views of the monuments and famous sites along
the Potomac River. You’ll be able to climb the marble
steps of the Lincoln Memorial. From there, you will take a
short walk to the somber setting of the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and other
memorials. The tour will end with a stop on Pennsylvania
Avenue to view the White House. As you approach the
White House, you’ll learn about many of the famous
buildings that surround you. Lunch will be on your own.