July 7, 2012
Written by Guest Editor James Boden
Photographs by Chris Ley
The Capitol Skyline Hotel continues to be the premier venue for pool parties and the Mother Trucker Pool Party & Food Truck Festival is no exception. Where else can you enjoy sun, fun, and Chinese tacos?
The pool and grounds are spacious and well-kept, with ample room to roam and revel. At other hotel pool parties in town, the pool is for show and the goal is only to see and be seen. At this pool party, you can do that…but also expect to get wet and have some fun. Come early if you want to get a prime spot, but you also can just show up when the afternoon’s heat becomes unbearable.
DJs spin the tunes and the parties often include additional entertainment options (like corn hole games or giant slip and slides!) A past party included aerial suspension artists and a fire breather—now that’s hot!
The hosts do a superb job of making sure that there is plenty of food and drink available. Food trucks provide the grub—some recent purveyors included favorites like Dangerously Delicious, Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Chupacabra, PopKern, and Pino's Auto Grill. The tacos I had from Hot People Food were truly tasty (some of the best I’ve ever had) and included a meat. a chicken, and a Chinese vegetable option. Ten bars keep lines short. (You must try the fruity strawberry margarita.)
So the next time that you find yourself without a cool summer option, head over to the Capitol Skyline Hotel and frolic with hundreds of your fellow Washingtonians! The next Mother Trucker Pool Party splashes into town on July 14th, with future ones planned for July 28th, August 11th, and a blowout closing party on August 25th.
So, go ahead and jump in! But remember, before you go swimming, to "Like" Mother Trucker’s event page for a chance to win tickets to Hot Chip & Sleigh Bells (with a DJ set by James Murphy of DFA/LCD Soundsystem), courtesy of the 9:30 Club & Merriweather Post Pavilion.
To see photos from previous Mother Trucker Pool Parties, click here.