Travel Guide: Washington D.C.
We meant to get to DC early evening on Friday to get settled in and take in the city, but after several travel hiccups we both arrived around 7:30 on Friday evening. Leaving just enough time to check in to the hotel and grab food.
CHECK IN AT EATON HOTEL:
I was lucky enough to score an awesome deal when booking my room at the new Eaton Hotel and Workshop. This boutique hotel has some really cool elements such as a rooftop bar, a speakeasy, a coffeeshop, and a restaurant.
The mid-century modern rooms have amazingly comfortable beds, a hip vibe, and the coolest bathrooms. They even have record players in the room as well as tarot cards in the bar.
We were craving Mexican and took a little walk down the road to MXDC. It was only a few blocks away from the Eaton and had a variety of options with reasonable prices (considering most restaurants in the area were a little too posh and expensive for my dive bar tastes)
After dinner we wanted to check out the in-house speakeasy, Allegory behind the walls of the library in the Eaton hotel. This place gets PACKED! (We didn’t even get to check out the rooftop bar on Saturday because the line wrapped around the entire lobby)
But we got a seat at the bar and tried several of their signature cocktails.
BRUNCH: AMERICAN SON
American Son is the restaurant attached to The Eaton and was the easiest choice for breakfast in the morning. They also have an in-house cafe that offers a variety of pastries and coffee options. (all which are also served at American Son)
I snagged some eggs Benedict and a homemade english muffin before bundling up to tackle a cold DC day.
Even though it was freezing we bundled up and took a stroll through the National Mall and even though we were headed towards The White House (which I realized I had only seen from the back) I was actually smitten with the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It reminded me from something out of a Wes Anderson movie and definitely overshadows The White House.
I had seen photos floating around of a gorgeous botanical garden and was delighted when we found out it was totally free to come inside and check it out. The tropical temperatures were just what we needed to thaw out from our walk and check out all the exotic plants. This was also a great photo opportunity.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART:
Then we took to the Art Museum (which is totally free) to check out all the great pieces of art and get out of the cold. We only walked through 1/4 of this giant museum before we got hungry.
ASTRO CHICKEN AND DOUGHNUTS:
I always look for donut shops when I go out of town. It’s right next to thrift stores on my list of great finds. When I stumbled up Astro Chicken and Doughnuts. That’s right - there is chicken between those doughnut buns and it is DELICIOUS.
They offer a variety of specialty donuts and of course their regulars. Our favorite was the PB & J and the Chocolate Candy Bar
BRUNCH: FOUNDING FARMERS
Our final brunch of our girls weekend was at Founding Farmers, a cute and famous brunch spot on all the must visit lists. This simple eatery offers all the classics, from eggs, toast, and meat options, to waffles, pancakes, and french toast.
Take a step outside of Downtown DC and take a walk around Georgetown. We visited on Sunday morning but i would suggest swapping this for Saturday. In the morning most of the shops were closed so we just walked around checking out the amazing architecture and maybe even Zillow-ing some of the price tags of the houses. During the winter months the Dumbarton Oaks has free admission to their garden grounds from 2pm-5pm. Something I was sad I had to miss but will put on my list for next time.
I wanted to grab some lunch before heading back on the road towards home and so we stumbled upon Union Market. This up and coming neighborhood features one of the Top 5 food halls in the nation. This bustling hall has a variety of food options as well as several store fronts. From sushi, to sandwiches, donuts, tea, vegan options, and more. It truly has everything you’d ever want. There was even an airstream serving “hot cocktails”
And yes we sampled a few of District Donuts signature flavors.