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How to Blow Lots of Cash on "The Lost Symbol"

You'll only spend hundreds of dollars per night

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    How to Blow Lots of Cash on "The Lost Symbol"
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    Author Dan Brown promotes his book, The Lost Symbol, at Gotham Hall in New York City.

    Dan Brown's latest novel, The Lost Symbol, is wracking it up. In more ways than one.

    Well, maybe not him directly. But still. How many "Lost Symbol" tours, packages, treasure hunts and articles can one handle without starting to get a little paranoid?

    The latest offering comes from Marriott International, which owns The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown. For the starting price of $389 per night (cough, cough, hack), you get overnight guest accomodations (let's hope so), a copy of Brown's book (check that off in Dan's credit column), breakfast for two at The Ritz-Carlton's Fahrenheit restaurant (mmmm, tempting...), a guide to the secret locations featured in the book, and overnight valet parking.

    We're sure there are people out there who'll sign up for The Lost Symbol package at the turn of a skeleton key. We're also pretty sure they won't be locals.

    This being D.C., we like our free things, like no charge museums, memorials, etc. It's one of the perks of living here.

    It's not like you couldn't do like Brown himself and check out the places in his book just by going on tours. Or become self-professed geeks of the 33rd degree like Washington Post reporters Monica Hesse and David Montgomery and stalk "The Lost Symbol" on your own.

    Destination DC even has a few locations mapped out for you. Like the U.S. Botanic Garden, which was featured in a clue released on The Today Show. (Hey, we know how to promote ourselves too.)

    Of course, if you really want to spend a lot of money and a few nights at The Ritz-Carlton, it's easy. Just leave the baseball cap at home.