After driving eight hours in the rain, we had made it to D.C. around 3:45 AM (hence the no sleep photo above.) I was exhausted, but super excited at the same time. I love D.C. so much because there is so much to do and see. It was my friend Becca’s first time in D.C., so we hit the important spots! We drove up on Thursday night after Becca got off work, so we could start our day out early on Friday.
I usually go to Misha’s when I’m in D.C., but my brother and Karlee have been telling me about their new favorite spot, Killer ESP. I decided to change it up and try it out.
The coffee shop was super cute and cozy. I loved the brick wall with all the artwork and the rustic tables.
They also had local pastries, small eats and gelato.
I ordered a flatliner with skim. (4 shots of espresso)
The creamy espresso was mouthwatering. I’m very upset that I went there and I wish I had never tasted their coffee. It was THE BEST espresso drink I have EVER had and I’ve had A LOT of coffee drinks in my lifetime. The espresso was strong, smooth and rich with flavor. I’ll never have a better espresso drink…until I go to D.C. again.
Karlee and I decided to walk Becca down to the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria.
Of course, it’s not like us to NOT stop and take pictures with cool random things.
Alexandria was super cold when we got there. Coming from 80 degree weather, I was not ready for that.
What’s a trip without a coffee pic? or 100 coffee pics…
I loved making Karlee and Becca nervous. They were determined I was going in.
And then a good one finally 🙂
I can’t wait to go back in three weeks! The waterfront is so much fun during the warmer months. I love having wine by the boats.
We hadn’t had breakfast yet, so Becca and I decided to split lunch at Virtue Feed & Grain. We wanted to do little small snacks and meals around D.C.
We ordered the Virtuous salad. It had baby kale, seasonal apples, avocado, roasted pumpkin seeds, blueberries, and pomegranate vinaigrette. We also had guacamole hummus dip, which was really good!
The salad was so fresh and I loved the pomegranate dressing. I don’t know why I don’t make kale salads more. I always stick to romaine lettuce, but I need to change it up. It’s sold at all the farmers markets down here.
One thing I love about D.C. is that everyone takes pride in their flowers. The fall was gorgeous with all the big mums on porches and now all the spring flowers are blooming. Everything is just beautiful in D.C. and I’m mesmerized every time I’m there.
After lunch, we headed to the Metro to meet my brother at the Pentagon for a tour. It was my first time seeing the 9/11 memorial and it was beautiful. If you get the chance to visit D.C., make sure to take the time to stop.
After we spent hours at the Pentagon, we headed to Georgetown. I wanted Becca to see as much as she could in three days! We will be going back again in three weeks for a bike meet up (I’ll blog about that at the end of this post) and she’s coming with! She couldn’t get enough of D.C. and I’m like that every time I’m there.
The Exorcist stairs…
Georgetown reminds me of Hogwarts.
I was blown away at how beautiful the campus was. Georgetown is apparently a huge party school too…we walked through streets of house parties. Of course, we looked a bit too old to party hop 😉
We decided to walk down to Baked and Wired for more coffee and a treat. You can’t go to Georgetown without going to Baked & Wired! We will do the Georgetown Cupcakes next time.
Georgetown reminds me of France.
I ordered a quad skim latte. It was a REALLY good latte, but again…KILLER ESP ruined everything for me.
Becca got a Dirty Chai and said it was amazing!
We also split a gluten-free blondie…it was heaven in your mouth! I’m already craving another one.
We took our coffee by the water and people watched.
After our coffee, we headed to the metro to meet my brother for dinner. Karlee is a nurse and had to work the night shift.
Before dinner, we stopped at Murphy’s pub for a beer. I ate here the first time I ever went to D.C. and they have great food!
For dinner, we went to Red Rocks. If you want good woodfired pizza…this place is it.
We all split a little Caesar salad before pizza.
One pizza had onions and roasted red peppers. The other pizza was half cheese and half pineapple/jalapeño. This pizza was dangerously good. Limiting yourself is super hard.
I slept like a baby on Friday night.
After my morning run on Saturday, I cleaned up and got ready for the day.
Karlee had the day off to explore with Becca and I. We jumped on the metro and headed to the Eastern Market.
We went to breakfast at Le Pain Quotidian. It’s right on the corner as you enter the Eastern Market. They’re all over D.C.
They have the freshest foods and so many healthy options. The coffee was amazing too! I love when a breakfast spot has great coffee.
I ordered the 2 egg scramble with a spring salad and fresh fruit.
We had fun trying all the jams and spreads. There were so many on the table. My favorite was the hazelnut.
Karlee ordered the avocado chia toast.
The Eastern Market was really cool for art and souvenirs.
This painting was my favorite. Every time I go through art, it makes me want to start painting again.
The market had tons of fresh produce, local dairy and meats.
We picked up some fresh fruits and veggies before heading back to Alexandria. The honeycrisp apples were to die for!
I also stopped at CVS to pick up some granola snack bars, face wash and icy hot for my knees! We walked 22 miles in three days.
We headed to the Smithsonian Natural History museum after dropping off the produce.
Becca was in heaven at the museums. She studied anthropology.
After the museum, we headed to the monuments to do all the touristy things!
My favorite walkway is between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
It’s important to walk up the Lincoln Memorial steps without looking out until you’re at the top. Once you turn around and see the view…it becomes a special moment.
Thinking about all the people who have walked or sat on the Lincoln Memorial steps gives me the chills.
The Almond & Coconut Nut bar was super delicious and a perfect snack for on the go! You can find the Gold Emblem Abound brands at CVS. CVS makes healthy lifestyles super convenient with all of their healthier options 🙂
This cozy basic black & white stripe shirt is from my collection 🙂
We headed to the White House after walking around some of the monuments.
We had to stop and feed the duckies first.
They were so cute and ate right out of our hand.
I still think the White House is much bigger in movies and photos…
We can’t just take a normal picture…
After doing all the touristy things, we headed to Columbia Heights for dinner with my brother and his friends at Meridian Pint.
My brother had been telling us about this restaurant for weeks. Apparently, they have one of the best veggie burgers in D.C. and since Becca and my brother are vegetarians, we went there!
We started with wine and nachos. They had guacamole, cheese, beans, fresh baked chips and sour cream. These nachos are now in my top favorite for nachos.
They had so many yummy options on the menu and a lot of vegetarian options. They topped their burgers with coleslaw, jalapeños, tomatoes, lettuce, and Sriracha. I have to admit, I had a bite and it was pretty good. I would have just went with lettuce, ketchup, and mustard.
I had a house salad with homemade falafel. Their falafel was awesome! 🙂 I also had a couple glasses of Malbec.
My brother and Karlee were so precious…I always have to capture moments like this.
It was so rainy on Sunday morning, but we wanted to go out for breakfast before heading back to the Carolinas.
It wouldn’t be a D.C. trip if I didn’t end it at Table Talk for breakfast.
We all had coffee and split cantaloupe and fresh strawberries.
I ordered bacon and eggs. I’m not a huge home fries fan, but I knew my brother would eat them.
We walked down to Killer ESP so I could get one of their heavenly drinks before we left town.
This is going to be my first stop when I get back!
Speaking of coming back…I want to meet you all next time! My really good friends at Revolution Cycles will be running a guided tour around the monuments and dinner. I will be coming up for the event and hope to see you guys there! It was such a blast the last time I did the monument tour. The views are breathtaking and the bike ride is so fun!
We headed back to the Carolinas around 2pm. We hit some crazy storms but made it home safe:) I bought a MisFit juice and a Kate Bakes bar for an easy road trip lunch.
We also snacked on some CVS’s Gold Emblem Abound Mixed nuts! These were super delicious, inexpensive and the perfect road trip snack.
We made it back to town around 9:20 pm.
I dropped Becca off and picked myself up a Chipotle salad for a late night dinner. I always get lettuce, light beans, light rice, light cheese, extra stir fry veggies, pico, corn salsa, and guacamole.
My parents dropped Grumples off at my place before I got home and I was so happy to see him! 🙂 I had such a great weekend!
It was an exhausting weekend and I had the time of my life!
Questions for you?
- What is something fun you’re going to do this month?
- Do you enjoy all the walking while you’re on trips?
- What is for dinner?