WEEKEND GETAWAY: WASHINGTON DC
Last weekend Edward and I headed on a little getaway to Washington DC. He had never been, and I had been many years ago and didn’t really remember the city. I really needed to recharge my batteries, so I took Friday off from work, and we drove off right after breakfast.
We checked into our hotel around 4PM, and got ourselves situated (this means Edward took a nap after driving for 4 hours). I had a cuppa tea, looked through Instagram, and then around 5PM we headed for some sightseeing at the US Capitol Building. We walked down the museum mile to the Lincoln Memorial as the sun went down and all the lights came on. Very pretty, and Edward had wanted to see the memorial at night, so that was perfect. After all the driving and walking we went back to our hotel and had room service.
We slept in and went to brunch around 11AM at Le Diplomat (1601 14th St NW), which I had been recommended by a friend. I went for the Norwegian Eggs and Edward had the traditional Poached Eggs. I loved the food, and the staff was so nice! After we decided to go for a long walk (we had to burn off the food, you know!), so we walked to The White House to play ultimate tourists. Unfortunately you can’t get really close to it anymore, and there were four fences in front of us, which kind of took from the experience. But oh well, we were happy to see it.
Around 3PM we were headed for the Smithsonian Mall to be even more cultural. Most of the museums in Washington DC are free, which is just amazing if you want to visit more than one. We visited the Natural History Museum and the National Air & Space Museum – both very cool! We also really wanted to check out the Spy Museum, but ran out of time as they all close around 5PM.
The weather was so sunny and warm, so we decided to walk back to the hotel (which resulted in very sore feet, but definitely good exercise). We changed into evening wear and headed to Morton’s Steakhouse for a lovely dinner. I had craved a good steak with jumbo shrimp and a good drink, and Edward was kind enough to ask me out for a romantic evening (I think he was craving a good steak too, haha).
After way too much delicious food and a surprise Chocolate Fondant for dessert, we drove (I think we could’ve rolled) home to the hotel to hit the pool and hot tub. Such a perfect evening!
For this weekend getaway we used Hotels Tonight to find good last minute deal on hotel stays, and the Hilton Hotel ended up having the best deal. Sunday morning was all about snuggling and having a bit of coffee and breakfast before hitting the road.
We had one last pit stop at New York St. because I had seen some lovely colorful buildings, and we went for a short walk around the area.
It was such a nice weekend, and although I could use way more time away from everyday life, it was just enough to recharge and forget about stress for a while. We could probably have used a few more days discovering the city (and also talked about just staying), but we’ll just have to come back.
I hope you guys enjoyed this longer “diary”-style post with travel tips and spots to visit. I definitely enjoyed creating it for you!!