A Weekend in Washington D.C.
You know what they say..."When in Washington..."
Okay, so maybe nobody says that. But Brooke and I recently went on a weekend trip to Washington DC, a city we have both been to several times, and wanted to experience the city like the Washingtonians do. So, we enlisted the help of some local experts; my brother, Dylan, and his girlfriend, Joy.
We had plans with other friends on Friday night, so our non-touristy touristing really began on Saturday. We had a slow start to the day, but at around 1:30 we finally made it to brunch (can it still be called brunch when it is well into the afternoon?). Dylan and Joy took us to Tryst, an unassuming cafe that doubles as a bar in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington DC. After awkwardly finding a table towards the back of the "seat yourself" chaos, we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Check out more about our meal here.
Next up was Union Market, which happened to be hosting an arts & crafts festival, known as the Crafty Bastards Festival. They had three giant tents filled with unique and entertaining vendors. Weaving through the aisles included stops at tables stocked with ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and various knick-knacks. Some of our favorites included a table selling coasters adorned with misheard lyrics (starbucks lovers, anyone?) and the Kramerbooks table where we spent a few minutes flipping through books such as "The Feminist Activity Book" and "The Book With No Pictures."
After all three tents had been duly explored, we made our way over to the Georgetown neighborhood. We made a pit-stop at Baked & Wired for a sweet treat. Baked & Wired is a popular bakery in DC that prides themselves on innovative recipes paired with handcrafted espresso drinks. We knew it would be delicious as soon as we saw the line...which was out the door and down the block! It went quickly though and proved worth the wait. The inside of the restaurant was eclectically decorated and filled with unique local artwork. The back wall was reserved for customers to showcase their artwork (as long as it was drawn on a napkin). I enjoyed the "Bakedwich" which is vanilla ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies and rolled in chocolate chips (basic, I know, but you can never go wrong with this). Brooke got a German Chocolate Cake cupcake that was full of coconut, and Joy got the Unicorn Dreams, which was vanilla cake and colored frosting.
We needed to walk off the sugar rush, so we roamed the streets of Georgetown, which really challenged my wallet. The quaint streets are lined with every store you can possibly want or imagine. We were trying to maintain some semblance of a budget, so we only made a few stops into Paper Source (a weakness for Brooke and I) and Lush (a weakness for everyone).
Once we felt sufficiently exhausted, we headed back to my brothers apartment about 40 minutes outside of DC. We ate dinner, napped, and began to rally for the night. The original plan was to hit some bars and nightclubs in DC, but after much deliberation we decided to go out in Arlington instead. Dylan and Joy suggested Clarendon, so we googled some bars and were on our way! Look for an upcoming post about Clarendon...
We slept in the next morning then decided on brunch (again). There were no brunch places right near Dylan's place, so we had to branch out a bit further. We happened upon an Eggspectations, which was one of our favorite breakfast places from our trip to Montreal last Spring! We decided it was fate and we had to eat there; it was every bit as delicious as it was in Canada.
After eating ourselves into food comas, it was time to begin the four hour journey home. It was a successful trip to DC and thanks to Dylan and Joy we got to see many new parts of the district! We will definitely be going back again.
Until next time, Obama.
1309 5th St, Washington DC
Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St, Washington DC
1609 Village Market Blvd, Leesburg VA