OKay so I am looking at going from New Orleans to DC, and then from DC to Portland Maine in February. I will no doubt have a roomette for the first leg, and will likely stay in DC for 2 days. I am concerned about the Downeaster leg at this time of year. I would want a right side seat, can you choose your seat? Is there anything I need to take into consideration regarding weather, for this leg? I realise it is not the best time to do this part of the coast as there may be winter storms that influence things, but its the only time I have and will be travelling from Australia. Will be goin on to Ohio by air. If I can't do this , I will be doing the Eagle. But not having done any east coast trips I really want to do at least one before I am too old to enjoy it or my hips get that bad that I simply cannot do it. Suggestions on where to stay in DC and Portland would also be appreciated.