On Thanksgiving weekend back in November, my boyfriend and I decided to go on a last minute road-trip to Washington, DC. And even though we only stayed for a couple of days, I have to say I was surprisingly impressed by everything the city had to offer (no shops included ladies).
WHERE TO STAY
We had a wonderful stay at Park Hyatt Washington. Our room was very nicely appointed and spacious (the unexpected upgrade helped a lot) and the staff extremely pleasant and accommodating. The concierge immediately provided us with a list of the top things to do and even though our time in the city was very limited, we managed to tick off a lot of them.
On the hotel's ground floor is located the award-winning restaurant Blue Duck Tavern, presenting seasonal American cuisine in upscale setting. We only took our breakfast there on Sunday morning and even though I have to admit we were not highly impressed by their offerings, the Belgian waffles were literally to die!
We had lunch at Le Diplomate as soon as we arrived on Saturday afternoon, a cute French brasserie on 14th Street, highly recommended by both our concierge and some friends who'd been there in the past. And for good reasons; the place was very elegant, with good ambience for young people and most importantly the food was exquisite; you need to try the mushroom soup and make sure you indulge on the bread, it's simply delicious.
Obviously the first thing to do in Washington is pay a visit to the White House, as well as a walking tour of the monuments and memorials. And that's exactly what we did right after lunchtime. Fortunately many of the major attractions are close together, so we walked to the White House first, then moved towards the Washington Monument, National World War II Memorial and left the famous Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pool for last. We did this tour during the evening and oh my, it was truly breathtaking. Too bad that both our phones were off and didn't manage to capture the moment.
Our day ended with a romantic dinner at Rose's Luxury, a tiny restaurant on 8th street, where we literally stuffed our faces in eclectic American tapas - yum! Be careful though, seating is available on a first come, first served basis, so you should be prepared to wait for a little while..but it's still so worth it!
After a 3-hour educational visit to the Smithsonian National Air & Space museum - a place I would highly recommend visiting and if you do, you need to try the flight simulator! - and the National Gallery of Art (a must-see for all art lovers) we found ourselves wandering around the city for a while, before we headed to Barcelona on 14th Street for a last Spanish tapas feast. Needless to say, the food was delicious there too (especially the warm chocolate hazelnut indulgent dessert).
If you live in NYC and looking for a fun weekend escape, Washington is one great option to consider. It's only a 4-hour drive and even if you don't have a car, you can always take the bus (!), which apparently is extremely comfortable AND has wi-fi onboard (yep, no kidding!). Are you still thinking about it?
- Nat x
If you've been to Washington, DC, please let us know your favorite places in the comments below!