This year for christmas we decided to mix things up a little and instead of our usual heading down to Miami for the holidays, we all met in DC where little k lives. Hubs and I had never been before and I eagerly welcomed some sort of winter like weather for a change. Trading palm trees for different palms trees just wasn't going to cut it for me this year. And while little k was disappointed that it wasn't the white christmas she had been hoping for us all to experience, it was still pretty darn cold! Living in Cali has made me (and hubs) loose all tolerance to any kind of cold so yes, we were shivering in our coats in 40 degree weather. Kinda sad when that was a breeze just a few years ago but it happens. The weather was grey and rainy and I couldn't have loved it more! My hair and all that humidity it wasn't used to anymore, not so much... but then that's why we have hats right?! This post is kinda lengthy but hopefully it'll be helpful to anyone planning a trip to DC. Feel free to read, bookmark for future use, or just scroll through the pics.
^^^he actually jumped in my shot but i love it!^^^
^^^national world war ii memorial^^^
^^^where my heart is^^^
^^^lincoln memorial reflecting pool^^^
^^^good ol' abe^^^
^^^korean war veterans memorial^^^
^^^martin luther king jr memorial^^^
National Mall // Washington DC
Of course DC is littered with more monuments and memorials than you could possibly imagine or even want to see, but that's part of it's charm! An easy way to hit up a bunch of the major ones pictured above is tackling the National Mall. I looked a bunch up and kind of scavenger hunted them with little k and she was ever so patient! Funny thing is that even after years of living in DC, there were still some she hadn't seen so you're welcome for that little k! Also sprinkled throughout this area are a plethora of museums but we decided to focus on solely on the outdoor things since it wasn't raining and that my friends is rare for winter time in DC...
^^^united states capitol ^^^
^^^they humored me on my scavenger hunts^^^
^^^library of congress^^^
^^^supreme court of the united states^^^
^^^robert a taft memorial^^^
Like I said, there are tons! You can quite easily just pick one you really want to see and then google map the area around it to see what comes up. That's basically what I did with the capitol building, located just east of the National Mall. By now my parents had arrived and although they'd been here a few times before, they eagerly came along on another one of my scavenger hunts for historical things. I think that's one of the things that I really miss about the north east, the history and it's rich architecture. I wandered around like a wide-eyed tourists and snapped E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G!
^^^the white house^^^The White House // 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20500
I mean this one is like the creme dela creme as far as historical sights goes in DC right? You can't possibly expect me to have come all this way with out a glimpse of the white house do ya? My only complaint, I didn't get to see Obama...
^^^us botanic garden^^^U.S Botanic Garden // 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington DC 20024
This place is simply beautiful so if you're a flower/plant lover like my mom and I, definitely set a few hours aside for this visual treat. We lost ourselves in the gardens outside and wandered through all the various climates in the greenhouse while I tried to photograph everything because I knew my memories just wouldn't be enough! It was funny to me to see all of the cacti and succulents I've grown to love in Cali sitting here on the east coast. They also host evening concerts and we managed to catch one which just made the visit extra special! Nothing says christmas quite like smooth jazz and thanks to Tony Craddock Jr. we had just that.
^^^part of the berlin wall^^^
^^^ political cartoon by doug marlette^^^Newseum // 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
Trying to get hubs into museums is no easy task! And so little k and I brainstormed and thought this might be more up his alley. Filled with all kinds of hands on and relevant exhibits, this choice was a huge success! To quote hubs - "possibly my most favorite museum ever" and that is major in case you were wondering. The museum focuses on news, the impact it's had in our lives across the world and how it's evolved with technology. Something that is easily taken for granted in our modern over sharing days is stripped down to it's very origins and that's pretty incredible to witness.
^^^installation by gabriel dawe^^^Renwick Gallery // 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20006
This was by far my absolute favorite experience in DC out of all the things we did. I left feeling revived, energized and beyond inspired. I won't even go into too much detail here because I think this exhibit deserves (NEEDS!) it's own post so stay tuned...
The Howard Theatre // 620 T St. NW, Washington DC 20001
We caught the Drag Salute to the Divas show one night and what a treat it was! The host was super sassy and just rolling with the jokes all night long. As a first timer to drag anything, I was pretty impressed by most of the acts. The show included a lot of costume changes, a lot of sequins and a lot of larger than life numbers! You can order food here too but that's definitely not the main reason to come for if you know what I mean...
>>>EAT & DRINK...Concessions at National Mall // Washington DC
While out hunting for monuments and what not, little k and I worked up quite a hunger and we just happened to be passing one of these concession stands so we thought, why not? I tell you, nothing hits the spot quite like a salty dog lathered with the works and washed down with fountain soda. It all felt so very American (you can decide if that's a good thing or not) and while I normally wouldn't have gone for something like this, it just fit.
Bar Charley // 1825 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009
My sister lured me here with promises of the most delicious fries I'll ever try, topped with a fried egg because runny yolk and well yum! Not that you have to do much to get me to a bar but still, she delivered! The catalan fries are this mountain of goodness, seasoned to perfection with chimichurri, queso fresco, and a runny egg... and we we knew our burgers came with fries but you can never really have enough fries and so we really went for it... They also do some pretty yummy craft beers so it was a win-win in my book.
The Pig // 1320 14th St NW, Washington DC 20005
My sister lured our dad here with promises of amazing pig anything and again, she delivered! It looks like it's a seasonal menu but we sampled a bit of everything and seriously, you can't go wrong. All of the meat was so tender and full of flavor, I especially loved their mac and cheese with truffle crust, yum! Maybe not the best of places if you're a vegetarian, but if you're a meat lover with a soft spot for pig, this place is for you!
Rural Society // 1177 15th St NW, Washington DC 20005
Entrana also known as skirt stake or churrasco... enough said. Seriously, just do yourself a favor and go!
Cafe DuPont // 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20036
So this was a new one for us, not the whole having brunch on xmas day thing but, the having brunch out with sparkly mimosas and fancy eggs was! When in DC, am I right?! The salmon benedict was perfect and overall, everyone had good things to say about their meals. Xmas brunch, nailed it!
Jack Rose Dining Saloon // 2007 18th St. NW, Washington DC 20009
My sister lured hubs here with promises of all the whiskey his little heart could possibly desire and man was he over the moon with the sheer volume of choices! What can I say, little k really knows her audience it seems. Remember that scene in Beauty and the Beast when they're in that wonderful library with floor to ceiling bookshelves and that incredible rolling ladder used to get to the really high ones? Well just replace the books with whiskey bottles and that's pretty much what you've got going on in this place. They carry the largest selection of scotch and whiskeys in the U.S. and even have a specialist that can help you in making the right choices be it a dram, a tasting flight, or a specialty cocktail. Oh and their food is pretty darn good too!
Lincoln // 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington DC 20005
Butternut squash tator tots you guys! I mean the menu is filled with so many mouth watering options it took me a minute (or 15) to figure out what I wanted but the tots, that was a done deal as soon as I heard about them. I ended up going with the Pennsylvania chicken pot pie and hubs went for the shrimp and grits, both highly recommend by our server. It was pretty chilly and rainy outside so our choices really hit the spot. Unlimited coffee and all kinds of quirky Lincoln inspired decor make this place worth a visit if you're in the hood.
So there you have it, the highlights of our trip! You can also find any and all of my travels on instagram under the #MWLtravels tag. If you're familiar with DC or have been before, let me know of any must do, eat, drink or shop places in the comments for my future trips because you know I'm already scheming the next one...
***Today I am thankful for my first ever trip to DC... believe you me, it won't be my last either!***