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4 million people coming to our area Jan. 20

That’s what the Washington Post says today. We’ve already reported that hotels from DC south to Williamsburg are booked in anticipation of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.

That means camp-outs in the bitter January cold and lodging in private homes will play a big role in housing the inaugural crowd.

Up in D.C., even this sarcastic (and fake) room offer drew an offer of $500 for the week.

Skimming Craigslist, there are already a few Fredericksburg-area rooms listed for rent for the big day. Here’s one in Stafford for $2,000 for the week.

In Pentagon City, a guy is trying to get $350 a night from an inauguration-goer for the privilege of sleeping on his fold-out couch.

Are there any CityBeat readers out there planning to rent out a room for the inauguration? Know of any great ideas businesses in the area have had to make the most of the anticipated crowds? Don’t forget the Jan. 20 inauguration is the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. That means it caps a four-day weekend for many government employees and school children.

We’ll be covering the various aspects of this story up through the big day, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you learn of a noteworthy way this huge historic event will affect Fredericksburg.


  • lgross

    I understand that Obama consorts with all
    manner of shady characters.. and renting rooms
    out to those kinds of folks seems risky to me.