A few weeks ago I was craving a little escape from Florida and decided it would be a good opportunity to visit my cousins in D.C. These are the same cousins who joined me in California earlier this year. I’ve been to D.C. many times (mainly when I lived in the northeast) but it had been five years since my last trip, which was strictly a college tour. Side note: I never even applied to the schools but just had to see them. Why didn’t I put University of Hawaii on the list?
I’ve seen the Smithsonian’s, monuments and done all the touristy stuff (a few times) so I was pretty content just hanging out with my cousins and doing smaller activities. Here are some of the highlights from my visit…
Walking around Georgetown
M Street, the main street in Georgetown, is awesome. So many shops, boutiques and restaurants, both brand name and local specialities. M Street is home to the original Sweetgreen and to Georgetown Cupcakes, which had crazy long lines at all hours of the day. The below picture isn’t M Street (I didn’t take one!) but instead along the waterfront on our walk to dinner one night.
I took walks every morning (my ankles were feeling the cobblestone after a few days) and wandered through the Georgetown campus too. I did a summer camp at Georgetown in high school so it felt weird to be on the other side of college now.
We walked through Union Market, which is an artisan pop-up market. It reminded me of Gansevoort Market in New York.
Trying new workout studios is always fun for me so I’m including it on this list :) I forgot to add these pictures to yesterday’s post but my cousin and I joked that we thought we had a “solid core” before class. Nope. Not a chance.
A mid-afternoon stop at Tidal Basin for snacks and reading. That’s the Jefferson Memorial across the water. And yes, I’m obsessed with that bag of mine.
Phantom of the Opera at the Kennedy Center
One special event was attending a show at the Kennedy Center. The building (inside and outside) is really beautiful and elaborate. The show itself was fantastic! I knew a lot of the songs from the movie.
Running around The Mall
A definite highlight from my trip was running through the city. I talked about it yesterday but it was really special to be out by the monuments before the tourists. This first picture is funny because I’m not smiling at all…couldn’t get in place and pose before the self-timer went off.
Jazz in the Garden
Friday night we went to Jazz in the Garden (in the Sculpture Garden) and I would totally go every week if I lived there. So many people on blankets, drinking sangria, eating appetizers, listening to fun music.
We did some cooking at my cousin’s apartment (we both have food intolerances) but ate out for a few good meals. We went to Fig & Olive for dinner one night, which is in an upscale outdoor mall/neighborhood called City Center.
I had to go to Sweetgreen for a quick lunch.
And then to the Blue Duck Tavern for brunch on Saturday.
I got a few good smoothies too, one from Whole Foods post-run. I make it a point to visit the Whole Foods in every city.
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An atypical D.C. trip maybe, but a fun few days nonetheless. A special thanks to my cousins for being great and welcoming hosts :)