gal’s guide: what to do on a weekend trip to washington dc

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

Over Labor Day weekend, Kenny and I decided to head off to Washington, D.C. I forgot just how beautiful (and clean!), the city was. I’ve rounded up a few of my fave places to see, things to do and where to eat from the trip for a perfect weekend getaway in D.C. Next time we go back, we’re planning around cherry blossom season. Scroll down for our picks on what to do on a weekend getaway to Washington D.C.

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

Where we stayed: Since Kenny had some Mariott points, we had a decent pick of hotels around the city but ultimately ended up at the Mayflower Hotel right in downtown, super close to Dupont Circle. The location was perfect – close to restaurants and historic sites but an easy ride (Uber or Metro) to museums and Georgetown. Fun fact: we didn’t find out until we arrived that the hotel used to host inaugural balls and high profile politicians. If you love history and glam, I highly recommend this hotel! Next time, I would love to stay in Georgetown.

Where to eat: If you’re a foodie (guilty), you have to visit D.C. We were so surprised at how good the food was at every restaurant we went to and not to mention, how many other places looked/sounded equally as delicious. We got so many great recommendations on where to eat in the city and unfortunately, didn’t get to check them all off of our list. But here are the places we tried, and loved:

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

All Purpose. No surprise here on this choice since we’re pizza-obsessed. We split a chili-honey pizza + caesar salad (and a spritz for me!) and loved all of it. I also loved the aesthetic – brick walls, rustic beams, colorful tile floor.

Bareburger. Went here for a quick bite for dinner our first night. This place has endless options if you’re vegetarian or vegan!

Founding Farmers. This one is a bit of a D.C. staple for breakfast. I got the veggie scramble and it was yum. What I love most about this place? It gets its supplies from hundreds of family farms.

Old Ebbitt Grill. Another D.C. staple/must-eat-at. It’s close to the White House so definitely a bit of a tourist trap but the food does not disappoint! Think pub food with an upscale feel.

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

Filomina. This was probably one of my fave restaurants that we went to. Filomena is located in Georgetown which is charming to begin with but basically, you walk downstairs and step back in time to old school Italy or maybe, just your grandma’s home. It’s real authentic Italian food (there are “pasta mamas” who make the pasta fresh). Although it is a bit on the pricier side – it’s also more elegant side so totally worth it for a special occasion or just because! Plus, at the end of your meal – you get a complimentary drink of Sambuca or Amaretto.

Farmers Fishers Bakers. Also owned by the same sustainable, farm-inspired Farmers Restaurant Group who own the Founding Farmer. It’s located right on the waterfront in Georgetown and I highly recommend the tacos!

Other recommendations we received but didn’t have a chance to try: Le Diplomat (another D.C. staple), The Dabney, ANXO for local ciders and tapas, Chez Billy Sud, Jaleo for fun tapas, drinks on the rooftop of the Graham Hotel in Georgetown, The Salt Line, Fiola Mare, Iron Gate, Ted’s Bulletin, Chaia Tacos (vegetarian and vegan) and Martin’s Tavern (where JFK proposed!)

What to do: 

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

Monuments and memorials. This one pretty much goes without saying. They’re gorgeous during the day but even more spectacular at night (and calmer). I couldn’t get over the view from the Lincoln Memorial looking at the Washington Monument.

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

Museums. We stopped into the Holocaust Memorial Museum (which is a Smithsonian so it’s free) and it was so touching and somber. I highly recommend if you’re a history buff. If pop culture is more your thing, be sure to check out the Newseum which gives voice to free expression and covers the evolution of news and media. Plus, the views from the terrace of the Newseum are killer.

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

Botanic Garden. If you’re a wannabe green thumb, this is the place for you. One of the sections of the garden even has an elevated walkaway so you literally feel like you’re floating among plants.

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

Georgetown. To say I’m in love is an understatement. It has a very London-esque vibe so obviously I love it. From colorful row houses to Georgian-style homes to classic brick facades. Just take your time and stroll around down by the canal, pop in and out of the numerous stores and eat lots.

What to do on a weekend getaway to washington dc

National Cathedral. A must visit if you’re into architecture! It reminds me so much of Notre Dame.

Arlington National Cemetery. Another iconic (and mind-blowing) D.C. site.

What we’d love to do next time: Grab donuts from District Doughnuts or Astro Doughnuts, visit the Air and Space Museum, visit Archives of American Art and the African American Museum (which is brand new and has a long waiting list), rent bikes and bike around D.C., take a cruise around the Potomac, get drinks at the top of POV at the W, visit during Cherry Blossom season and try more of the restaurants, obviously.

What would you love to check off on your weekend getaway in D.C.?!

Cheers,

Tash

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