Let’s just start with the elephant in the room here: it’s practically fall and I’m just now writing about spring break. I know, I know. I’m terrible. But our little trip to D.C. was decidedly not terrible, and it doesn’t deserve to go unnoticed just because life got away from me the past few months. My belated blog posts should have their own category at this point. Forgive me?
Way back in April (think back to pollen season), we spent a few days in D.C. with Wes’s family. The weather was perfect, the city was bustling and full of activities, and of course the food was fantastic. Here’s the skinny (which I was anything but after all that good food) on our trip. I tend to be detail-oriented by nature, so I’ll try to spare you every single thing we did and instead share my favorites!
I swear, there are enough activities in D.C. to fill every waking moment. Whether or not you’re a history buff, you have to appreciate the many museums the city has to offer. But there with so many museums it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of which to visit or where to spend the most/least time. Hands down, my favorite museum was the Newseum. I’ve been to D.C. many times in the past, but this was my first visit to the Newseum. I’m going to be honest—I didn’t think I’d enjoy it very much. News? I don’t really like to watch the news. I’m not a fan of politics. This was so much more than just that, though. I could have spent hours alone in the room that housed the front pages of newspapers dating back to the 1500s. I also loved the Pulitzer Prize winning photographs exhibit. There’s something about seeing history in the faces of people that is so raw. There were several points where I was moved to tears. In short, don’t write this museum off. It is a bit more costly (around $22 for an adult, but less for youth/seniors) than some of the other attractions, but—pro tip—your admission actually is valid for two days! If we had realized that, we would have planned to spread out our visit to be able to fully appreciate all that there was to see.
If you are wanting a little escape from the “big city” feel, Georgetown is a great alternative! A short drive or bus ride from D.C., it boasts beautiful views of the water and, of course, exceptional shopping. My mother-in-law & I did some damage at Lululemon where I got to use my new instructor discount. We enjoyed the perfect lunch outdoors—more about that below!
To state the obvious–visit the monuments. You’ll be glad you did, and your waistline will thank you later for all of the walking.
Take a sunset stroll around Capitol Hill. We absolutely loved staying in this adorable little neighborhood. It had that nice blend of quaint (it’s one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in D.C.) & big city which I tend to gravitate towards (I’m all about balance). We ended up taking a little sunset walk around the neighborhood while we were trying to take a few family pictures and it turned into one of my favorite things we did.
It was really hard for me to separate the “to do” and “to eat” portions of this list. Embarrassing, but food certainly serves as an activity for us on family vacations! There are dining options galore, but here are a few we tried and loved.
Enjoy tapas at Estadio. I love a good tapas restaurant—we order a variety of things from the menu and everyone shares! It’s a leisurely way to enjoy dinner with food items coming out at different times and plus, you’re able to taste so many different things.
Have lunch al fresco at Farmers Fishers Bakers. Their view of the waterfront park is so quaint and I loved the tuna! We had perfect wine-sipping weather, too. It’s vacation—you’re allowed to indulge at lunch!
If you know me, you know that I don’t go many days in between taco sessions. Finding delicious Mexican food (varying levels of authenticity are okay with me) is always a priority when I’m on vacation. Or at home. Okay, it’s just a priority. Period. Check out Oyamel for a little lunch spot (or dinner) after a visit to the Newseum! The margaritas were fantastic and my tacos were top notch.
I always toe that line between comfortable and cute footwear when I’m traveling. On the one hand, I don’t want to have blisters (who does?) but I’m also not willing to just give up on the idea of fashionable footwear. I purchased a pair of floral print Keds from Anthropologie for the occasion. Mine were more appropriate to spring, but I love this pair for fall! You’ll also be proud (or will judge me harshly) for walking over 10k steps in these adorable wedges. For the height of the heel, they are surprisingly comfortable. I will be honest and say I didn’t intend to wear them ALL day (I was thinking we were just going to brunch…we know what happens when you assume) but they served me well. Layers are always a good idea while traveling, and I loved pairing this Z Supply dress with a sweater to add a little warmth and another dimension to the outfit. I don’t know how you feel about the jumpsuit trend, but I hopped on that wagon this spring! I’m not looking back—they’re so fun! The trend is sticking around for fall, so here’s one that I have my eye on. Fun skirts were also on my list of versatile pieces. There are so many new styles for fall—but I have my eye on this velvet beauty.