36 Hours in Washington D.C.

IMG_1275A couple weekends ago Dave and I went to Washington D.C. for one night. I’ve been to Washington D.C. before as a kid on a class trip but not as an adult. Dave had never been there before so it was pretty important he goes. As an adult, it’s of course so much better. I didn’t realize how far spread apart everything was and how much there was to see. It was overall a nice trip and I discovered Georgetown which was a very lovely neighborhood filled with shops, restaurants, and bars. We were able to see a lot in only 36 hours, however, there still is so much to see. Check out my post, link in bio to learn where we stayed, what we did and where we ate.


We stayed at Georgetown Suites in Georgetown, just a few miles away from all the monuments. Despite arriving early to the hotel, we were able to check in right away. Our room was larger than I am used to especially when compared to staying in NYC. It came with a kitchen and walk-in closet. It was like staying in our very own apartment! Georgetown is a very nice neighborhood with shops, restaurants, and bars. Everyone I saw was either dressed up; nice suits and pretty dresses or in athletic wear – I noticed a lot of the people there were very active, jogging throughout the neighborhoods and city.

We were only one block away from the Potomac River. We walked towards the river and there were some really fancy restaurants including Farmers Fishers Bakers and Sequoia. They were serving buffet brunch, but we were only looking for something light to hold us off until dinner.


The restaurant we went to for a light breakfast was 1310 Kitchen & Bar. I ordered the Bacon & Eggs and Dave ordered the Everything Bagel & Smoked Salmon. The food was delicious and had the perfect proportions!


We then took an Uber into D.C. to see the monuments. We saw the Lincoln Memorial, walked along the Reflecting Pool to see the World War II Memorial and then Washington Monument. We also went into the Smithsonian National Museum which is a must!


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We went to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park which was a lot of fun and free!


After the zoo, we managed to walk to a neighborhood and we found this restaurant called Smoke & Barrel. We both ordered the Class BBQ Brisket Sandwich and it was delicious. It came with a side of choice, so I ordered the Jalapeno-Cheddar Grits and Dave ordered the Pork BBQ Baked Beans. Sides were just as delicious and such a nice treat!


18th Street NW is bustling with many bars and restaurants. One place I would not recommend is Rebellion. I had the worst service there and was charged $26 for one Patron Silver Margarita.


If you walk further down 18thstreet you’ll come across Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro. They offer happy hour from 4-7pm every day. We had arrived just in time, 10 minutes left until happy hour was over and I ordered a margarita which was $5. It was way better tasting then Rebellion was. There was no wait and they have a really nice outdoor seating section. We didn’t eat here but the food sure looked good! I will definitely be coming back to this place and I recommend for you to check this place out if you go to Washington D.C.

IMG_3053.jpgAfter our drinks, we stumbled upon the L. Ron Hubbard House who was the creator of Scientology. We ended up taking an Uber Ride back to Georgetown for one final drink at J.Paul’s before heading to bed.


Day 2/See:

The next day, we checked out of the hotel and drove into D.C. Parking is free on Sundays. We saw The White House and took pictures of the nearby Statues.IMG_3092IMG_1235IMG_3114

We walked to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial for some pictures.


We grabbed lunch at Buredo. I ordered the Sofie’s Kiss and Dave ordered the Beatrix. Both were very yummy and were out first sushi burritos!


Definitely check out the Renwick Gallery which is currently showing artwork from Burning Man.

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Travel Tips:

  • Bring comfortable shoes – you will be walking everywhere! Saturday, we walked over 10 miles and Sunday we walked 5 miles
  • Parking is $22 daily and free on Sundays
  • On Sundays, restaurants near The White House serve a buffet brunch until 4PM which makes it hard if you just want to eat a Lunch
  • When visiting The White House, get there at 9:30 am right before the gates open to take pictures outside of The White House near the gate
  • Sequoia and Farmers Fishers Bakers serves expensive brunch but there are many other places you can go to get a good brunch without paying over a $100 on breakfast for two which include 1310 Kitchen & Bar and Martin’s Tavern. I really wanted to go to Martin’s Tavern since it was John F. Kennedy favorite place to eat breakfast and has so much unique history to it.
  • The best part about D.C. is that all the museums and monuments are free

That was our trip and I will definitely be coming back to Washington D.C. There is just so much to see and do. I can’t wait to come back and explore Georgetown a bit more and go to some neighborhood restaurants and bars.

If you’ve been to Washington D.C., please share your favorite places, restaurants, bars and must-see attractions in the comments below. During my next trip, I will be sure to check them out!

Xo Ariel

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Hello! Welcome to my corner of the web! This blog is a place where I can share all my favorite things in food, fashion & travel. My name is Ariel and I am a 29 year old who works at a marketing company. I am married to my best friend David and we have two dachshunds. As I am new to blogging you won’t find I have a niche. I am passionate about food, fashion and travel. Here you’ll find me testing new recipes, reviewing products and visiting new places. XoXo Ariel

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