When I moved here, I bought a membership at Mt Vernon. I live a 15 minute drive - a pretty drive along the Potomac from Mt Vernon, and enjoy a nice walk about on the grounds. Over a year ago, I let the membership expire, but I am once again comfortable with the walk. So this week I renewed. My goal is to go at least once a month and walk the grounds, take a few pictures. Membership also gets me invited to special events and I can cut in line anytime for tours of the house.