My hubby and I just had a weekend getaway in Washington, D.C. This was my third or fourth time in DC, however my first time as an adult; this was my hubby's first time so it was new for both of us. As we drove through the streets of DC, we couldn't get over how scenic and picturesque this city really was - there were trees everywhere! I noticed the buildings had some color... lots of reddish brown. There was even an occasional roundabout which had a very European feel to it. I didn't quite feel DC to be overwhelmingly crowded which was nice at times. From the perspective of someone who hangs out in NYC a lot, I just wasn't used to the cleanliness and fewer crowds. But I have to say the biggest difference between the 2 cities were the drivers. The drivers don't honk like crazy in DC, in fact I don't think I heard anyone honk even once. It was relaxing walking through the streets of DC, the drivers were strangely calm even when in traffic, it was weird, but in a good way.
Based on my sister's recommendation we stayed in Georgetown which is essentially a quaint little college town with a stretch of bars, restaurants, and shops located on the fashionable M Street. My husband and I resided at The Westin Grand, Washington D.C. which is an elegant hotel conveniently four blocks from all the restaurants on M Street (Georgetown) and about a 20 minute walk to the White House. The bathroom at the Westin was nice and spacious, however the walls were thin. This was more of a problem in the morning since some guests love slamming doors. Other than that though, the hotel offers a great location and your American standard luxury.
Here are some pictures of The Westin Grand, Washington D.C...
Outside of the hotel & lobby
Guest Room - Westin has the best beds (Heavenly Bed)
The Westin Grand, Washington D.C.
The Fairmont, Washington D.C.
The Park Hyatt, Washington D.C.
The Ritz Carlton, Washington D.C.
The Renaissance, Washington D.C.
The Marriott, Washington D.C.
The Westin Washington D.C.
During the day we walked around the hotel and I observed how clean this city was. In addition, I loved the hint of color on the buildings and the greenery that surrounded us. Washington DC truly is a beautiful and charming city!
OMG, look how wide the sidewalks are!
At twilight we strolled on M Street (Georgetown). The lampposts added so much character and illuminated the street.
Georgetown sort of reminded me of a cleaner and less populated version of Manhattan's trendy Soho district. The only difference is Soho has the cheap as well as the expensive boutiques, whereas Georgetown has the big brands and designer stores. I don't recall seeing cheap stores though.
Of course I researched my restaurants before heading to DC, and I gave my husband some options on where we could eat. Based on Rachael Ray's recommendations we both decided to eat at Zed's Ethiopian Cuisine which was an authentic experience we truly enjoyed. Zed's is popular among politicians, such as, Senator Hilary Clinton and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Here is my review on this charming restaurant.
Once we returned to the hotel, I took the liberty to order us some room service, some dessert - I know, I'm sucha pig when I eat out. Luckily, they had one of my favorite's, the Warm Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream... YUM! It was so good, but man, Applebee's still rocks the best Triple Chocolate Meltdown Brownie with Hot Fudge & Ice Cream for merely $6. Can't beat the price or taste!
The next day we headed to the Downtown DC area where all the government buildings were. I selected another recommendation by Rachael Ray, Teaism, however to my dismay this place was closed. See, this is the kind of thing you wouldn't typically see in New York City, that just wouldn't happen on a Sunday afternoon. I was really excited to try Teaism, oh well, maybe next time. So anyway, I went down my list and selected yet another Ray Ray recommendation, the Old Ebbitt Grill, an American establishment that is over 150 years old. I personally thought this place was slightly above average and offered a good variety of entrees. Again, look for my review coming soon!
After lunch my husband and I went sight seeing for a few hours. We were fortunate to have perfect weather, clear blue skies, and only 75 degrees.
The White House or Obama House... I thought I may have gotten lucky enough to see him. High hopes!
The Washington Monument
The Capitol - we saw this from far.
The Lincoln Memorial - we saw this from really far.
We skipped the free museums and other historical sites due to lack of time and exhaustion. I know this is a city that I'll keep visiting over and over again so I didn't feel too bad. After touring the city, we headed home but I requested my hubby to take me to Baked & Wired for a cupcake, he unwillingly agreed. My wish is his command! Just kidding! Aren't the cupcakes so adorable? Careful though, looks may be deceiving. Here is my review on Baked & Wired.
Teaism - Coffee & Tea
Old Ebbitt Grill - American
Clyde's at Georgetown - American
Zaytinya - Turkish/Greek/Lebanese
Oyamel - Mexican... supposedly Michelle Obama's favorite Mexican, I missed this too.
Ooh's & Aah's - Soul Food
Baked & Wired - Bakery/Coffee
Amsterdam Falafalshop - Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
Overall, it was a fun weekend with laughter, a little shopping, quite a bit of eating, and some history. You should know that when I travel, my trips are focused more on food and restaurants which makes traveling a whole lot exciting for me. We each have our reasons why we love to travel... some love to sight see, others love to party, others love to shop, and people such as myself love to EAT! Washington, D.C., is a clean, well laid out city that offers charm, character, culture, and color - the four C's. 🙂 Oh, and I forgot, clean, too!
TELL ME: Have you been to DC? What did I miss? Where do I eat next time? 🙂