Cleveland Park is a Metro station I used once in Weekly Museum Visits: to visit Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. To get to Peirce Mill, I walked along Melvin Hazen Trail, which is one of 114 sites detailed in the book Peaceful Places Washington D.C. by Judy Colbert and Denis Collins.
The book includes a couple of restaurants I love (Busboys and Poets, Lost Dog Café), some interesting landmarks (the Temperance Fountain, the Albert Einstein Monument), and a number of museums and parks, including many from Weekly Museum Visits. Fourteen of my Weekly Museum Visit locations are designated as Peaceful Places in the guidebook.
What makes a place peaceful? Melvin Hazen Trail is described as a path through “a thick curtain of trees” and “occasional cascades of water,” with animals flying and scampering, and picnic tables for resting and eating.
Other places in the book are peaceful because of “the aroma of a thousand rosebushes” (Dumbarton Oaks), or because “miniature trees reflect the patience and skill of the gardeners who cultivated them” (United States National Arboretum). The United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center “is understandably quiet as visitors contemplate the bravery shown by our former and current military personnel and their families.” Lost Dog Café is peaceful for many reasons, including “the funky painting on the wall, of dogs in bowler hats playing pool[.]”
I bought the book last year because I was fascinated by the premise: the attempt to make a definitive list of places that have that elusive quality of peacefulness. Does peacefulness refer to quiet and tranquility? To spiritual recharging? To an uplifting atmosphere of harmony and joviality? To a dedication to promoting world peace and social justice?
Here are some places in DC, Maryland, and Virginia I would add to the book’s list:
- Acorn Park
- American Visionary Art Museum
- Art Museum of the Americas
- Bladensburg Waterfront Park
- Brookside Gardens
- Clarendon Common (gardens, fountains, gazebos)
- FDR Memorial
- Frederick Douglass House
- Freer/Sackler and Moongate Garden
- Georgetown Waterfront Park
- Ladybird Johnson Park and Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove
- Lake Artemesia
- Man Helping Man sculpture
- Meridian Hill Park
- Petworth Citizen
- Red Emma’s
- SiTea in Takoma DC
- Spanish Steps
- Sticky Fingers
- Teaism near the National Archives
- United States Institute of Peace
- University of Maryland – College Park Labyrinth and Peace Garden
- Washington Ethical Society
What sites would you add to the list?
As for Cleveland Park, there are a few other Peaceful Places from the book that are listed in the book nearby: Ardeo and Bardeo, Transcendence-Perfection-Bliss of the Beyond, and Tregaron Estate.
Cleveland Park is on the Red Line.