Weekend Getaway to Washington, D.C.

March 29, 2016

This weekend Nick and I took a spontaneous trip to Washington, D.C. This is the 2nd time we have visited the city together since 2014, and the 3rd time I’ve gone. Something about the history of the city combined with the metropolitan vibe and amazing food make for the perfect combination in my book.

Since I have Friday off, we took the day to drive up to Fairfax to meet our friends for drinks and dinner. We tried this delicious French/Mediterranean pop-up called Requin in their neighborhood and absolutely loved it. While the portions were small, the food was packed with so much flavor. The drinks were delicious too! After dinner we made our way into the city and arrived at Hotel Palomar, our HQ for the weekend. The hotel was gorgeous and was the perfect setting for our weekend getaway. We loved being only a 5-minute walk to the Dupont Circle Metro station (and a 5-minute walk to the Krispy Kreme… yum!)

Requin Pop-Up, Fairfax, VA, Mosaic District

(Cheese + fresh honeycomb + crostini = HEAVEN)

Hotel Palomar - Washington, DC(I’m not sure why I only took a photo of the bathroom and not of the whole hotel room, but alas.)

Saturday we hit the ground early and trekked up to the National Zoo before the rain came. We got probably 50% of the way through the zoo before it started drizzling. Unfortunately that meant that many of the animals (most the big cats) were hiding from the rain in their caves. However we were still able to catch a glimpse of many of them, and the tiger was even playing a game of echo with a kid roaring at him, which was immensely cool to see/hear.

Selfie at the Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

(Cousin to The Observant Turtle, of course.)

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

Smithsonian Zoo, Washington, DC

After spending a few hours at the zoo, we ventured back down towards our hotel and grabbed a quick lunch at Panas. The empanadas were pretty tasty and the guac was among the best I’ve had. Props to you, Panas! This former temporary Texan appreciates a good guac. (Panas is located just around the corner from the Dupont Circle Metro station.)

Then we hit a snag (or three). It was raining so of course everyone wanted to take advantage of the indoor museums. Our next stop was derailed because it seemed that everyone wanted to go to the Holocaust Museum. So instead we ventured over to the Washington Monument. Apparently you have to secure tickets for this three months out (oops). We eventually decided to head over to the Air and Space Museum and after a 45-minute wait (ugh) we finally got inside. The museum was cool, but nothing really to write home about, but that’s just me! I definitely enjoyed some of the other museums more. Plus by this point, my feet were hurting so badly that all I wanted to do was sit down.

Washington Monument, Washington, DC

After a few hours at the museum, we took the metro up to our hotel and rested a bit before dinner with Betsy and her husband Jon. They chose a yummy place in their neighborhood called Mama Ayesha’s. I’ve never really been to a restaurant like this one before, and I’m so glad that I finally was able to have food like this! I fell in love with halloumi cheese and pickled okra. This combination of food was one of my favorites of the weekend and I wish I could find something like it in my little corner of South Carolina! (I highly recommend it if you are in the Adams Morgan area of DC. It’s about a 7 minute or so walk from the Woodley Park Metro station.)

The evening ended with drinks at Betsy and Jon’s, laughing about movies and politics and books. I can’t think of a better way to conclude the whirlwind of a day we had!

Sunday was our final day in DC, and a short one, as we needed to get on the road back to SC. We took the Metro from our hotel down to Fairfax and met up with our friends from Friday night and had brunch at Ted’s Bulletin. Everyone always raves about Ted’s so I knew we needed to try it out. I really enjoyed it, but wish I would have gotten something less “breakfast-y” so that I could have really experienced what everyone else loves! (Brunch is always super hard for me anyway because I don’t like eggs, which is like 98.48238423% of breakfast dishes anyway.)

Ted's Bulletin - Fairfax, VA - Mosaic District

I really enjoyed our drive back to SC, as we went the “scenic” route through the mountains of Virginia. Overall it was a great little weekend getaway and despite all of the walking, I actually felt pretty relaxed at the end of it all!

Where are your favorite locations for weekend getaways? Have you ever been to Washington, DC?

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