Bipartisan crowd celebrates launch of new insider's guide to DC
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Washington D.C. notables were at Café Milano in Georgetown Monday night to celebrate the release of "Moon Washington D.C.," a new guidebook to the nation's capital by noted travel expert Samantha Sault.

The book is the latest edition from Avalon Travel, whose Moon travel guides to cities and regions are written by prominent locals.

Sault said her book provides an insider's look into the many different communities that make up the nation's capital. And she highlighted the bipartisan nature of the book party, which she said represented the real Washington.

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“When I look around the room, it is evident to me that in Washington, at least, we can come together. Here tonight we have Trump staffers, we have Obama staffers, we have, I think, somebody from every administration all the way to Reagan.”

The crowd laughed as she pressed anyone from the Reagan administration to speak up.

The party was hosted by Kevin Chaffee, Chuck Conconi, and Matt J. Lauer of Qorvis Communications; Linda Mercado Green, president and CEO of the Linda Greene Group; Patricia De Stacy Harrison, the president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; author Karin Tanabe; and Franco Nuschese, the owner of Café Milano.

Among those attending were Walt Cronkite from FTI Consulting, D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham, The Atlantic's Steve Clemons, The Washington Post's Roxanne Roberts, and Margaret Carlson.

Sault said she wanted to convey how people from different backgrounds all came together to contribute to life in the capital.

Sault talked about discovering the Frederick Douglass House, which she called a "hidden treasure" in the District. The home of the prominent 19th century African-American statesman and abolitionist is a national historic site in the Southeast neighborhood of Anacostia.

Her book also includes a walking tour of Anacostia that ends at the house. She described it as a experience that even many D.C. locals have still not enjoyed.

Sault also mentioned Café Milano and the French restaurant Le Diplomate as two special discoveries. Aside from good food, Sault said the two venues offer guests the chance to view Washington celebrities, in what she jokingly described as a "petting zoo environment."

And she recommended that visitors also check out the Trump Hotel to see members of the first family, prominent media members and administration officials.

“No matter your politics, it’s really interesting to check out,” she said.