08. Weekend Trip: Washington D.C.

Hi guys! It’s been a while since my last post. I apologize, things have been super crazy and seem to only be getting crazier.

Last weekend, Pete and I decided to do an extended weekend getaway to Washington D.C. (we were trying to stay fairly local). We had such a nice time last year that we wanted to go back this year. So Friday morning we headed down.

We arrived mid-afternoon on Friday and decided to grab some lunch and get settled in. We took a walk around the hotel (we stayed at the Capital Hilton) to see what restaurants were around and where we might want to have dinner for the next 3 nights. Shortly after, we got back to our hotel room and started to unwind and get into vacation mode – this of course includes drinks. We made a few dinner reservations (for the time we were there) and headed off to the first spot.

We settled on PJ Clarke’s. That turned out to be really delicious – better than what I was expecting. The drinks were fantastic and the food was just as good. After dinner, we decided to stroll down to the National Mall since the hotel was not far from not only restaurants but a lot of the sights. We watched the sun start to set over the Lincoln Memorial -the mall at night is stunning (highly recommend). There aren’t as many tourists and all of the lights come on.

Saturday morning we took our morning walk down to the Capitol Building (I highly suggest reserving online before going – otherwise you end up waiting in line)  for the tour.  The tour was a pretty cool and informative experience. I was mostly thrilled to be able to see the dome (nerd alert). The building is stunning and the history of it is so amazing. Considering this is where Congress and a lot of major events that helped shape the United States were born. Definitely a tour I recommend booking plus it’s free!

Shortly after our tour we headed through the tunnel and over to the Library of Congress. This in itself blew me away. We didn’t take a tour of – kind of just walked around the main area because there is so much to take in – in terms of architecture, art, and design. Totally gorgeous. From there we headed over to a few of the art museums. We hit the National Gallery of Art (American and European art) and the National Gallery of Art East Building (Modern art). Both are definitely worth a walk-through especially if you love art. We both found that we aren’t huge fans of modern art. Another great to-do that’s free since they are both Smithsonian Museums.

Saturday night we had made reservations for The Hamilton – amazing service, amazing food (especially the sushi, to die for). In the previous post, I noted that we ate there last year and we did, but we went back for more.

Sunday involved sleeping in and just hanging around. We took a walk to a coffee shop for breakfast and laughs before continuing on our stroll up to Dupont Circle. Now being a quiet Sunday morning, most things were closed. We decided to continue on and stumbled upon the National Geographic Museum. I don’t want to be negative nancy here, but just know – this “museum” is not free ($30 charge for 2 people) to see 2 exhibits (one mainly for children (Pete and I don’t have children so we were not interested in this) and in a sense, the lobby. I was extremely disappointed. I am a huge fan of the work National Geographic does and couldn’t believe this is what they had to show for it at such a price. We did see they had an exhibit in the Natural History Museum last year which was quite impressive – which is why we decided to give their museum a try.  Save yourself the trip and the money and just go to the Natural History Museum.

After that slight bump in the road, we wandered our way back for naps (sleepy Sunday for real). Later that afternoon, we decided to head back out for an afternoon walk around the National Mall before getting ready for dinner. We got to see what may have been the President coming on to the White House grounds (not sure since it was just a convoy of cars) but based on current events, my hunch is that it was.  We ended our last dinner of vacation at  Old Ebbitt Grill. Another one that I highly recommend. The service and food were phenomenal.

Monday morning came faster than we were expecting and we decided to get our brunch on before coming home. We landed on Founding Farmers which was worth the wait (we had tried to make reservations for Sunday brunch with no luck). The food was delicious and fresh.  *Side Note: I highly recommend making reservations before going to any of these restaurants. They are popular and always busy!* After brunch we headed home from a trip that was filled with the important things – love, laughter and adventure.

*Pete hates when I take pictures of our food before eating.*

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