Coming in hot 2.5 months later, here is a recap of our trip to Washington DC in May 2019! Stephen had never been to DC, and I’d only gone for conferences and had never seen the sites. So we took a Friday off and a made a weekend out of it!
Friday May 3rd
We had an early morning flight from Atlanta (with an empty seat in our row!! 🙌🏻) and landed at Reagan around 9:15 AM. After taking the Metro into the city and dropping our stuff at the hotel, our first stop was breakfast!
We went to Farmers and Distillers, which was a quick walk from our hotel, and had a delicious brunch!
We walked/Metro’d the entire trip, clocking in 24+ miles walked in three days!
We spent the rest of Friday exploring! We first walked to The Newseum and spent quite a while taking it all in. Then walked around to see some of the government buildings and just appreciating the beautiful weather.
We stayed in Chinatown and headed back over there for an early dinner at Taco Bamba and dessert from Milk Bar before settling into the hotel for an evening of our guilty pleasure: cable tv.
Saturday May 4th
So many museums and activities to do, so little time! It was hard to prioritize what we wanted to see on this trip, but I think we did a great job of squeezing a lot into one weekend.
Saturday started with brunch at Ted’s Bulletin at their Capitol Hill location, and then spent some time walking through the neighborhood and the Flea Market at Eastern Market.
It was still relatively cool and overcast, and a beautiful neighborhood to walk around in.
Next we headed back to the National Mall to see the monuments!
We walked the Mall and got to see many monuments, along with all the other tourists. We eventually made our way over to see the White House, and they had just happened to clear everyone away from the gates, so we got a pretty solid view.
Before visiting the Museum of National History we had a lovely charcuterie lunch at The Hamilton, aka one of my favorite ways to eat lunch.
The Museum of Natural History was very educational! I think my favorite exhibits were about epidemics and illnesses and how they spread (so interesting!) and then these colorful minerals, of course.
And we also learned that I am as tall as an elephant leg (!!!), so that’s cool I guess.
Saturday night we met up with a friend of Stephen’s at a bar called 12 Stories in the Wharf, which had a great view at sunset and as the night arrived.
Sunday May 5th
Sunday was our last day in DC, but our flight wasn’t until the evening, so we still had plenty of time for activities! The only damper on the day was the never-ending rain, ugh. But we still walked all around, and only ended up mildly soggy 🙃
More exploring near our hotel for breakfast at A Baked Joint and stopping in to peek around a bookshop.
This was a casual breakfast, but SO tasty! Stephen got a breakfast sandwich on a biscuit, we shared some quiche, and I got a fancy toast made on BLUEBERRY sourdough.
On the docket for Sunday was the National Museum of American History, and if we could fit it in, the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum.
I didn’t know exactly what to expect at the National Museum of American History, but I LOVED it! It’s a conglomeration of history and pop culture and they had Julia Child’s actual kitchen, and it was all amazing.
A final meal in Chinatown, where our hotel was located, at the suggestion of Stephen’s local DC friend. Word of mouth recommendations are the best!
This was arguably the most photogenic visit on our trip! 📸
Eventually the time came to head out, so we left the museum, grabbed our bags from the hotel, and took the Metro back to the airport. We were tired (and so were our feet!) but so happy with our great weekend in DC!