• A Crash Course in Wine Tour Etiquette

    A winery tour is a great way to learn about new wines and enjoy a fun, unique experience with friends. With a charter bus or guided tour, you can explore wineries without any concerns about finding safe transportation to and from the tour. Once you’re on the winery tour, there are a few etiquette tips you should know that will help you feel comfortable and enjoy the experience fully, no matter how experienced you are with wine. Here is what you need to know.

    Don’t Go on an Empty Stomach

    On a wine tour, of course you will be tasting wine, and the amount you consume can add up quickly. Generally, if you are offered food on the tour, it will be small bites, like cheese and crackers, and not a full meal. To avoid over-consuming on the tour, make sure you have a full stomach for the tour. Even if you plan on spitting the wines you taste instead of drinking them, you can quickly consume more alcohol than expected, and having a full stomach will help you keep your wits.

    Take Notes During Your Tour

    A winery tour is a great time to increase your knowledge of wine and test some new varieties. Chances are that you will taste so many different kinds of wine that you’ll quickly forget which ones you loved and which were not for you. Take notes as you taste, rating the bottles and writing down information about flavors. You will likely see a pattern develop that will help you better understand your wine preferences.

    Limit Your Perfume and Aftershave

    Strong odors can interfere with the way wine tastes, since smelling the wine is part of tasting it. Do everyone on your winery tour a favor and limit your use of perfume or aftershave on the day of your visit.

    Haymarket Transportation offers winery tours within easy reach of Washington, D.C., with convenient transportation designed to accommodate groups, such as charter buses. Get answers to your questions about planning a winery tour or our other transportation options by calling (301) 778-2007.

  • Introducing George Washington’s Mount Vernon

    If you are looking for an exciting excursion to add to your D.C. and Virginia guided tour, consider visiting Mount Vernon. George Washington’s home is a thrilling step back in time for anyone who appreciates history and wants to delve deeper into the story of the United States.

    Watch this video to learn more about visiting Mount Vernon. On site, you will get to walk in George Washington’s footsteps and learn much more about early American history and what life was like during Washington’s time period.

    Haymarket Transportation is pleased to offer Mount Vernon tours as well as many other guided trips to explore D.C. and Virginia. For more about guided tours of Washington, D.C., call (301) 778-2007.

  • Don’t Make These Transportation Mistakes at Your Wedding

    Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life. It should be memorable for all the right reasons. Extensive planning is required to make your wedding meet your expectations. During the wedding planning process, couples often put the focus on selecting the venue, cake, and flowers. But don’t forget about transportation! Wedding transportation is among the most crucial ingredients for making your special day a success.

    Mistake: Hiring a small limo service.

    It’s customary for the bride and groom to arrive and depart in a classic limousine. That’s why many couples make the mistake of contracting with a small, local limo service instead of a larger transportation company. When you choose a comprehensive transportation company instead, you’ll get a full spectrum of services. Larger transportation companies are adept at handling the logistics of special events. Plus, they’ll have a fleet of vehicles to choose from.

    Mistake: Forgetting to make arrangements for out-of-town guests.

    Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of each out-of-town guest to make arrangements for getting to the wedding. But let’s face it: It isn’t easy for guests to travel long distances for special events. That’s why it’s courteous for the bride and groom to give them a helping hand. Talk to the transportation company about arranging airport pickups to bring your guests to their hotel ahead of the wedding.

    Mistake: Neglecting to book a shuttle service between venues.

    Many couples get married in one location and hold the reception in another. This can create problems for the guests, who may have trouble navigating the streets of an unfamiliar city. Consider booking a charter bus or mini bus to act as a shuttle service for your guests. They’ll love the red carpet service!

    You can count on the team at Haymarket Transportation to help your wedding proceed without a hitch! To discuss booking our limos in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond, give us a call at (301) 778-2007. Our fleet also boasts luxury charter buses, SUVs, vans, and sedans, all driven by professional chauffeurs.

  • Touring the Three Branches of Government


    If you’re planning to take a day trip to Washington, D.C., there are three destinations in particular that might interest you: the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Supreme Court. These D.C. guided tours are a must for anyone who is interested in government or history.

    You can get the inside scoop on touring the three branches of government when you watch the accompanying video. You’ll hear about what it takes to get inside the White House for a tour, and why you can only visit the East Wing. When you visit the U.S. Capitol, be sure to ask for a gallery pass. And during your stop at the Supreme Court, try to make time to attend one of the free lectures!

    It can be a hassle to get into high-profile areas like the White House, but Haymarket Transportation can take care of the logistics for you! Just call (301) 778-2007 and ask us about our Presidential Tour.

  • Tips for Planning Your Corporate Seminar

    Corporate seminars allow you to let you inform your team about the state of the industry, new businesses and projects, new opportunities, and much more. They’re also helpful for launching products and services and networking with other people in your field—and even other people in your own company with whom you haven’t had a chance to connect with. If you’re in charge of planning a corporate seminar, there will be a lot of activities for you to juggle, from hiring event staffing to setting up transportation for your panel members. These tips will help you get through the planning process smoothly.

    Know Who Your Audience Is

    Catering to your audience is important to having a successful event, so make sure to understand exactly who will be attending your seminar. Are your attendees most promotional team from companies, people who are attended the event to learn, or top-level leaders hoping to network? Knowing who is likely to be in the audience will help you make decisions about what kinds of events to plan, how to set up the space, and much more.

    Secure Speakers in Advance

    The last thing you want is to have a large group of people who are signed up to attend your seminar and no one to speak to them. Although you don’t have to have your seminar packed with speakers for the duration of the event, be sure that any speakers you do decide to have are booked well in advance, so you can get the people you want without scrambling at the last minute.

    Make Attending Convenient

    You will attract more attendees and get more people to come back again next year if attending is convenient. This means things like booking blocks of hotel rooms, providing transportation to the venue, and food and drinks onsite.

    Haymarket Transportation can be part of making your seminar a success. We offer transportation and event staffing in Washington, D.C. for events of all sizes. Call us today at (301) 778-2007 to discuss your event’s needs and learn more about how we can help.

  • Planning a Visit to Jamestown

    More than a decade before the Pilgrims made landfall in Massachusetts, America’s first permanent colony was founded by the English at Jamestown, Virginia. The date of the settlement was April 1607. The first inhabitants of Jamestown chose a promising area for their colony, but soon faced considerable problems. You can learn all about them when you make your own voyage to Jamestown. While you’re planning your trip, consider booking transportation through an educational tour company.

    Historic Jamestowne

    You can see the site of the original settlement at Historic Jamestowne. The area is still under an active archaeological dig, and your group can visit! Check out the interactive map of discoveries, including the latest artifacts found in the area. It can help you narrow down exactly which sites you’d like to visit here. Kids in particular love to watch ongoing excavations and ask questions of the archaeologists as they work. There are lots of scheduled activities and programs, so be sure to check out the website as you plan your visit. You should also set aside time for the Visitor Center, which exhibits more than 1,000 artifacts and has an informative film that introduces the history of the region. If those 1,000-plus artifacts weren’t enough, stop by the Nathalie P. & Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium—an award-winning museum with more than 4,000 artifacts!

    Jamestown Settlement

    After your stop at Historic Jamestown, swing by the Jamestown Settlement. It provides an immersive experience into the world of the colonists. There are year-round exhibits and events at this living history museum. Watch the introductory film in the museum theater and tour the extensive gallery exhibits. Then, tour the grounds outdoors and check out the historical interpreters. They explain life during the 1600s. Visit the Powhatan Indian Village to explore the culture of the original inhabitants of the area. Then, stop by the re-created James Fort and the re-creation of one of the ships that brought the colonists to Virginia’s shores.

    Make the most of your visit to Jamestown by booking your charter bus through Haymarket Transportation. We provide fun and educational tour services for Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at (301) 778-2007, and be sure to ask us about our school field trips!

  • Planning a Casino Trip? Get There in Style with a Coach Charter

    Day trips to casinos are a popular choice among families, friends, and social organizations like senior citizen centers. There are several options in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas, such as the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, the Maryland Live Casino, and the Hollywood Casino in West Virginia. Fun excursions like these should be as relaxing and hassle-free as possible, which means the last thing you want to worry about is transportation.

    When you choose Haymarket Transportation for your casino day trip, you can sit back, relax, and let us take care of the details for you! We’ll get your group to your destination in style with our luxury charter bus. With comfortable seats and spacious interiors, our charter bus will help your group get into a celebratory mood before your arrival at the casino. All of our buses are driven by courteous professionals who will make every effort to make your experience positive and pleasant.

    Book your charter bus for Washington, D.C. or the surrounding areas today! Call Haymarket Transportation at (301) 778-2007.

  • How to Plan a Fun and Educational Overnight Field Trip

    Some of the most impactful and memorable learning experiences can take place outside the classroom. School field trips are a meaningful way for teachers to bring the curriculum to life for their students. In many cases, itineraries are limited to locations near the school district. This is unfortunate because students may miss out on fun and educational destinations farther away. Instead, consider planning an overnight field trip that includes a guided tour of D.C., or key locations in Virginia or Maryland.

    Send out a questionnaire far in advance.

    Even before you hammer out the final details of the itinerary, you’ll need to send a questionnaire home with the kids. You’ll need to know about the kids’ dietary needs and preferences, medical conditions (such as allergies and asthma), and emergency contact information. Print this information and plan to bring it with you so it’s easily accessible, just in case.

    Separate the kids into groups.

    It’s likely that for most of the activities the kids will be together in one big group. But certain circumstances call for division into smaller groups. Plan each small group carefully to ensure a harmonious mix of personalities and friendships. Likewise, choose a chaperone for each small group that would be best suited to look after those particular kids. Unless each kid will be getting his or her own hotel room, you’ll also need to sort out smaller groups to share hotel rooms.

    Give the kids a meaningful assignment.

    School field trips should be fun, but also educational. Before departing on the trip, each kid should have an assignment or two. Perhaps you could have your students keep journals of what they see and what they learn. You might also instruct your students to write an essay about one thing they saw or learned about on the trip.

    Teachers can count on Haymarket Transportation to coordinate logistics for overnight school field trips in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. We provide regional transportation on our comfortable charter buses, and can even offer educational tour guide services. Get started today by calling (301) 778-2007.

  • Sites You Can Expect to See on Our Presidential Tour

    Every year, millions of people visit our nation’s capital. Washington, D.C. is chock-full of so many exciting things to see and do that it’s impossible to fit it all into one trip. You can make the best use of your time in the city by joining a guided tour. Haymarket Transportation’s Presidential Tour is an all-inclusive look at some of the most significant sites in the area, including the Jefferson Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Ford’s Theatre.

    Jefferson Memorial

    America’s third President and the author of the Declaration of Independence is honored with a memorial on the National Mall. It was designed in 1925 with the intention of mimicking the Neoclassical architecture of the Pantheon in Rome. Before the memorial stretches the Tidal Basin, and nearby, you’ll see Washington D.C.’s famous cherry blossom trees. Within the structure, the 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson stands proud, gazing toward the White House.

    Iwo Jima Memorial

    The Iwo Jima Memorial is formally called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Although the event it depicts is the flag raising at Iwo Jima during World War II, the memorial was built to honor the all of the men who gave their lives in the Marine Corps since its inception. The flag raising occurred on top of Mount Suribachi, which was captured after a bloody battle.

    Ford’s Theatre

    Another historic site you’ll see on the Presidential Tour is Ford’s Theatre. It’s the infamous location of President Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln had been attending a performance of Our American Cousin on April 14, 1865. As an actor, Booth knew the play well. He timed his gunshot to coincide with a moment when he knew the audience would be laughing loudly. Today, Ford’s Theatre includes a museum. You can also still see performances at the theater.

    The entertaining and personable guides at Haymarket Transportation are committed to giving each of our guests the best possible experience. You can sign up for our Presidential Tour in Washington, D.C. by calling (301) 778-2007. Our transportation company also offers customizable private tours and school field trips.

  • Solving Your Wedding Transportation Problem

    There are so many details to figure out in the months ahead of your wedding date. While it can be difficult to choose the perfect menu or pick the right flower arrangements, transportation is one problem you won’t have to fret over. Haymarket Transportation offers complete wedding transportation solutions in the Washington, D.C. area. Our coordinators will help you plan every detail so that you can focus on enjoying your perfect day.

    You can book a limo for the bride and groom, complete with a professional chauffeur and a full line of amenities. Haymarket Transportation also provides luxury sedans, SUVs, mini buses, and vans to bring your wedding party and guests to the venue. Our fleet can easily accommodate any size of wedding, from small, intimate affairs to large receptions with hundreds of guests.

    To begin the wedding transportation planning process, please call Haymarket Transportation at (301) 778-2007 and speak with one of our expert coordinators. We can also provide transportation solutions for your bachelor and bachelorette parties.