Friday, my friend and I are hopping a plane to Washington D.C. for a three-day weekend. For me, D.C. is one of those places that I always say I’ll get to but never do because it’s so close. Since I’ve already been a few times, I’ve covered the traditional must-see’s and -do’s of our Capital, including some awesome branches of the Smithsonian and Newseum (my fave!). This time, we’re looking to spend the weekend as if we’re D.C. residents, taking in the more everyday sights, tastes and sounds.
Day 1: Travel Day/Explore By Foot
We’re flying because it’s a short trip, and didn’t want to risk the majority of our time being spent in a car or on public transportation. We booked an Air B&B this time around, so we’ll be staying right in the heart of Thomas Circle. My friend who lives there said we got lucky: it’s a fun, “hip” neighborhood. Ha! He’s hip, I’m not, so we’ll see how that plays out.
Anyway, once we arrive midday, we’ll get settled and explore our little hip ‘hood for the weekend.
Night 1: Happy Hour/Dinner
There’s a chance we’ll meet our friends of happy hour when they get out of work, and we’ll have to go for dinner. I haven’t made any reservations anywhere, because I’m looking forward to discovering new places (as a local would). Of course, if you know of anywhere we should try, please don’t be shy!
Day 2: Saturday Brunch/Up-for-Anything-Social
So the friends we’re visiting got engaged while I was in Charleston a couple of weeks ago. I’m so excited for them, and happy the timing worked out that now we can celebrate with them while we’re in D.C. He’s responsible for planning our brunch, so I’m not sure where it will be, but I’ll let you know when I know 🙂
Aside from that, our plan is to take the day as it comes! We’re supposed to have beautiful fall weather this weekend.
Night 2: Dinner
Again, we’re planning on winging it, location-wise. I’m hoping the Thomas Circle area has a lot to offer, including coffee shops and breakfast places. Ordinarily, I would be Googling like crazy trying to make definitive plans, but I’m trying to take a step back and experience D.C. firsthand. This is a different type of mentality for me, but since I’ve been there before and will go back again, I don’t feel overwhelmed to do everything this time around.
Day 3: Little More Exploring/Travel Day
We booked a nighttime flight back to New York for maximum time on our trip. We’ll use this day as we would a Sunday in New York – to relax, maybe grab a coffee with a friend or two, maybe be roped into watching football. We will see! I plan on dressing comfortably, as this will be a travel day that ends with me in a shower and then bed.
Any non-traditional must-see/must-do’s in DC? Leave them in a comment here, please & thank you!