Washington D.C. is one of my favorite cities in the US. There is so much to do and see, but this trip we wanted to keep things simple…. and local.
Below are my insider spots in D.C so you can explore the area like a local.
MUST SEE IN D.C.
Aside from the museums and the Lincoln Memorial, there are a few stops that are a definite must see.
Dumbarton Oaksis a lush garden spanning sixteen acres. Owned by Harvard University it’s located in the gorgeous Georgetown neighborhood. Take a day to plan your visit. It’s worth the exploration.
The Wharfis a newly gentrified area of D.C. is built under sustainable design. It is a mile-long stretch along the Potomac River and comes to life with restaurants and retailers, which are definitely worth checking out. Traffic is heavy near happy hour time (usually around 4) so pop early to grab a seat by the water.
City Centeris a luxury neighborhood filled with shop till you drop fun. There are your usual mall suspects but within its perimeter is DGBG– and although this restaurant didn’t make my list – it will next round! It is an absolute must see.
WHERE TO STAY IN D.C.
With an unrivaled location in the heart of Georgetown, the Westin Georgetown is a boutique style hotel with luxury accommodations. We checked in to our Starwood Preferred room which included a walk in closet and whirlpool tub.
The best part about the Westin Georgetown is that it is steps away from the cutie neighborhood of Georgetown. Hello cupcakes and shopping galore!
It’s an all inclusive location featuring White Tea by Westin™ Bath products. And get this… they even have a Heavenly® Dog Bed for Zoey! She was in nugget heaven at the Westin and literally went bananas in the room when she saw her new bed. She also ate so many treats from the lobby pup bowl… that she’s now on a strict diet, ha!!
My favorite part of the room is the complimentary lavender oil they place on the bedside table to help with sleep. I just love the smell.
The hotel also features two yummy restaurants onsite, the Caucus Room Brasserie-Steakhouse and Bóveda – they have incredible margaritas!
STAYING ACTIVE IN D.C.
I love traveling but it often gets the best of my waistline – literally eat everything while exploring a city! One of the perks about staying at the Westin Georgetownwas the fully equipped gym.
The Westin is a health and fitness brand and they cater to fitness junkies on the go. From guided runsaround Georgetown to TRX equipment in the gym, Westin ensures that you can live optimally while on vacation.
The best part is that if a guest forgets gym clothes, the hotel will deliver a fresh set of New Balance Gearwith their lending program. So… there’s no excuse for not staying fit on vacation!
WHERE TO EAT IN D.C.
*** Note: we tried so many spots that I’ll be sharing a full restaurant list next week! You’re welcome.
Duke’s Groceryis a neighborhood pub and supper spot located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. A nod to the ubiquitous corner cafés, bodegas and curry joints of the East London neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Hoxton, Duke’s culinary inspiration is as diverse as these brilliantly working class parts of the English capital.
- Earth to Sea Tartine– Red Beet cured salmon, goat cheese & hemp seed spread, mint chive infusion, roasted red beet chip, all served over multigrain toast.
- The Brunchie Burger– just look at the melt in your mouth photo above and you’ll want it too – trust me!
- Quinoa Salad-Mandarin oranges, shaved fennel, red quinoa, goat cheese, almonds, served with lemon vinaigrette.
It’s rare for a spot to make one of my lists for just one item… but when a dessert makes an impression on me, I need to share with you! I used to eat PopTarts like they were going out of style in high school and Ted’s Bulletin brought back these memories with a gourmet tart. Don’t leave D.C without picking up a Strawberry Tartfrom Ted’s, it’s beyond incredible.
The Baked Joint
If you saw my instagramstories I indulged heavily on Baked & Wiredice cream sandwiches. So after a weekend of indulgence we wanted to do something healthy-ish and The Baked Jointhad a curated menu perfect for a light meal. Their bread is handmade on site and baked daily using organic wheat and a long, naturally leavened fermentation process to bring out the maximum flavor and nutrition out of the grain. No commercial yeast. All of their dishes are just as simple… and delicious.
- Smoked Salmon Sandwich smoked salmon, scallion cream cheese, tomato, fried capers on an open-faced baguette.
- Curry Chicken Salad Sandwichis served with roasted chicken, granny smith apples, walnuts, curry, arugula, mayo on a croissant
- Biscuit Sammie choice of meat/cheese or goat/cheese/herbs with an organic fried egg & mayo
- Bánh Mi-toserved with carrots, cukes, shrooms, cilantro, sriracha special sauce + chicken on a baguette
Le Diplomateis a Parisian brasserie, where every meal with a sweeping sense of European drama. And you know me I love dramatic flare. The menu features a variety of Gallic classics, including onion soup gratinée, steak frites and escargots, as well as daily plates such as bouillabaisse and cassoulet. A thoughtfully curated wine list and specialty cocktail program complete the transporting experience
- Onion Soup Gratinée
- Salade Niçoise with confit tuna, red bliss potatoes, green beans
- Steak Frites*with herb roasted, maître d’butter, pommes frites
Washington D.C did not disappoint! It’s always fun catching up with friends in the city and exploring the town with Zoey. Any city that has a friendly hotel like the Westin Georgetown, is always on my list! If I missed any hot spots, leave a comment below as I know I’ll be back to D.C soon.
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