I would love to give a shout out to ALASKAN AIR for allowing Taylor and I to fly Seattle to D.C. RT for $10 each! (well… + miles). Best credit card decisions we ever made.
We both escaped work early on Friday afternoon and arrived in D.C. in the evening. I was so excited since this was my first time to our capitol! Taylor’s brother, Colin & sister-in-law, Kara, both live in Arlington – just three miles from the National Mall. They picked us up from the airport and we grabbed burgers, shakes, and made our way to their place since we knew we would have a packed weekend of sightseeing.
On Saturday we brunched at Founding Farmers and then walked all over town. Did you know that D.C. is only 68 square miles (109 sq km)? Super small. We tourist-ed around throughout the day. It was quite underwhelming when you have a president like Trump and want to cry inside due to the fact that the future of our country is currently in the hands of an ignorant millionaire TV star. Any-who, we saw the white house and really, it’s just a house. I thought the building next to it, the Eisenhower Executive Office was much prettier.
We saw all of the memorials, went to the Library of Congress, snuck into the Capitol right before it closed, and exhausted ourselves as we were go-go-go. We had dinner at Ted’s where they serve homemade pop-tarts and fried chicken. Then we made our way to the water front for drinks and to meet up with more friends. It was a late night after a jam packed day. We ended up at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown where JFK proposed to Jackie.
On Sunday we woke up and Kara made us some lovely quiches for breakfast. We decided to drive down to Mt. Vernon to see George Washington’s estate. However, we had to wait for over three hours for a tour so hopped back in the car and drove a few miles to his distillery where he made his famous whiskey. He profited immensely from this and after he died no one could keep up. It was a great tour to see the ins and outs of making whiskey. Did you know that aged whiskey is dark and un-aged is clear due to the barrel it is sitting in? The longer it soaks the darker it gets because it is soaking into the wood.
That afternoon we grabbed lunch and walked around Old Town Alexandria for a few hours. And then, my most favorite part – we feasted that night at a restaurant in D.C. called Lincoln. The food, the art, the atmosphere – it was amazing. It was nice to sit and chat for a few hours and really slow down and enjoy everything. We all had small plates that were shared and must have ordered at least 15. It was PERFECTION.
Early Monday morning, Taylor, Colin, and I woke up early to run. We ran from their house and made our way to the Washington Monument up toward the White House. It was really nice to be up before anyone and see everything before the tourists popped out. Post-run, Taylor and I walked a few miles around and he showed me where he used to live and hang out just blocks from the White House. He was an architecture resident in 2013 for eight months and worked on The Renwick Gallery. Later we met up with the crew and brunched at Busboys & Poets.
We spent a few hours in the afternoon at the Arlington Cemetery. It was a really humbling experience to see the vastness of the grave sites and memorials. My favorite part was the women’s memorial that showed the history of women in the military in the U.S. We walked around for a few hours and saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Robert E. Lee’s house, and Kennedy’s grave. Did you know there were 17,000 graves in the cemetery immediately after the Civil War? And since the 1860’s there are over 400,000 people buried in this cemetery. I am so thankful for those who fought for our freedom in this country and hope that we can continue to live freely and work to make the world a better place.