I recently took my grandchildren to DC for 4 days. Since we flew, I didn't think we would be able to get to Mount Vernon due to the logistics of getting there. But we picked up a bus tour that picked us up at our hotel and gave us the better part of a full day at Mount Vernon & Arlington National Cemetery. The only down side of a tour is that you are limited for time, etc, but the upside was that the tour guide gave us a lot of background and history that we would not have had otherwise. Mount Vernon is a beautiful property with so much history, I feel it is a "must-see" if you can possibly do it. We would like to return since we now know what we missed due to time constraints! We did not get to the distillery so that would be another place that we would like to see. There is a food court in the visitor's center and a regular "sit-down" restaurant. We opted for the sit-down restaurant and it was a treat for all of us! Good food & service and only slightly over-priced!!