Why? A Weekend in DC!

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I lived in DC for three years during grad school, so I love going back to visit my former home. It had been almost a year since a DC visit, so Matthew’s birthday present of a weekend in our Nation’s Capital was the perfect gift.

What We Saw

I tend to do a lot more sightseeing when in DC with Matthew. He makes me into more of a tourist in a town I know pretty well, which is a good thing. It helps remind me of all the amazing things to see and do in DC.

We checked out the White House…

…the National Cathedral…

…the Capitol…

…the Library of Congress…

…and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Lots of walking but we packed about as much in as we could!

Who We Saw

For me, visiting DC is first and foremost about catching up with friends. We grabbed coffee with a grad school friend, her husband, and their adorable baby.

We met more grad school friends for brunch and baby time on Sunday.

Sunday evening gave us time with my relatives from Silver Spring and Monday brought dinner with Kappa Delta gal pals.

Tuesday was lunch with my dear bridesmaid, Jen.

Talk about packing in as much as we could!

Where We Ate and Drank

Lauriol Plaza

There is something comforting about a favorite spot that is never less than completely packed. I have a lot of great memories of fun times at Lauriol Plaza and wanted to introduce Matthew to the tasty Mexican food and killer margaritas.

From enjoying the rooftop bar with its view of a cozy Dupont Circle neighborhood to stuffing ourselves with all the tasty food we could handle, this was a great dinner choice.

Mon Ami Gabi

The French know how to do brunch right. We loved our Bloody Mary’s and the mushroom soup was divine.

The tartine left something to be desired, but the profiteroles saved the day.


This is a classic DC restaurant with locations throughout the area. Their crab and artichoke dip and crab cakes never disappoint!


A Capitol Hill standard bar that I had somehow never been to.

They have a nice craft beer selection (I enjoyed a Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout and Bells Oberon) and a menu full of well-prepared American standards, like burgers and pizza.

Fino Ristorante Italiano

A tiny little Italian restaurant tucked amidst the shops and restaurants of M Street in Georgetown. We enjoyed classics like lasagna and chicken piccata, plus a gigantic appetizer platter with everything from calamari to caprese to mussels.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

This happened to be right next door to Fino Italiano and who am I to ignore fate when it hands me a cupcake?

Try the mocha…you won’t be disappointed!

La Tasca

When Jen suggested meeting for midday sangria before I headed back to Cleveland, it seemed the perfect thing to do! Nothing like sangria, tapas, and girl talk to end a trip well.

And with $8 off a pitcher of sangria and 2 tapas plates for $12, it was affordable too!

It was a perfect mini-vacation! Have you been to DC? What are some of your favorite spots?

5 Responses

  1. PLP

    I love how all the grad school gals are coordinated! You did pack a lot in, I’m impressed. Lauriol Plaza is key. And I love your hair 🙂

  2. Joyce Mariani

    You both look fabulous! Love DC…the Saturday market with the glorious flowers, organic veggies. DC’s just an eclectic city, full of culture.And oh: let’s not forget free concerts on the mall and the July 4th extravaganza.

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