As soon as I walked inside from our dog walk, it started pouring outside. I opened up the windows so I could listen to the rain, made myself a cappuccino, and now I’m ready to dive into this D.C. travel blog! It’s easier to write on a Friday afternoon when it’s gloomy outside and cozy inside.
A few weeks ago, Kyle and I headed up to Washington D.C. to visit one of my best friends, Meighan, and her boyfriend, Ed. It still breaks my heart that she doesn’t live in Charlotte anymore, but luckily D.C. isn’t too far of a drive, and we have some more trips planned soon. 💜
The weekend flew by way too fast. We did get super lucky with 80-degree weather in D.C.! I’m excited to share a few places we ate and all of the photos from our weekend. The city was filled with blossoms! 🌸 🍒
We left around noon on Friday and made it to Washington D.C. around 7 pm. We headed to The Hamilton Hotel, which is where we were staying for the weekend. We chose this hotel because it was in the heart of Downtown D.C. It’s a quick walk to the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, Museums, restaurants, and other historic landmarks. I’ve been to D.C. many times because my brother used to be stationed there, but we would always stay in the Alexandria area, so it was cool to stay in a new spot.
After getting checked into the hotel, we walked over a few blocks to meet up with Meighan at Fig & Olive for dinner!
Fig and Olive is a Mediterranean-style restaurant focussed on fresh seasonal foods that are sourced locally. I ordered the shrimp & salmon salad but had the shrimp replaced with extra salmon. I used to love shrimp, but I get a bad reaction to it every time I eat it, which is so sad. The salad had Scottish salmon, avocado, marinated fennel, arugula, heirloom tomatoes, and a citrus dressing. The meal was delicious, light, and exactly what I was in the mood for.
We all split a dessert tasting platter. I was excited about the apple sorbet in the corner! The dish came with four bite-sized desserts: chocolate obsession (whipped truffle ganache, chocolate obsession cake, raspberry & chocolate glaze., seasonal sorbet, crunchy praline, pot de crème), seasonal sorbet (which was apple), crunchy praline and pot de crème (milk & white chocolate crème, meringue crisp, hazelnut praline.)
All of the food was fantastic! ♥️
Later in the evening, Kyle and I walked back to the hotel, and headed straight to bed! All of the driving had us exhausted.
Early morning, Kyle and headed to some stores pick up a few things. I forgot to bring my sandals, and I really wanted a sunhat since it was going to be 80-degrees and we were going to spend most of the day outside. I did not want to deal with any sunburns!
Right across the street from our hotel was a Le Pain Quotidien. I know some of you may be wondering why I’d go here even though it’s a chain and I’ve been here so many times, but I love this place. Every time I go to D.C., I always stop here for their incredible coffee and delicious food. Whenever there’s a Le Pain Quotidien, I’m stopping in! This was the first meal I had after running my first half marathon, and it’ll never get old!
Kyle and I had breakfast here together early in the morning. I ordered the avocado toast on their nut and seed bread, a fresh bowl of fruit, and a pot of coffee. I’m telling you, their coffee is to die for! This breakfast was the perfect way to start the morning 🥑
This is going to sound silly, but I usually do not like to wear straw hats because I think I look like a scarecrow or a detective, but I finally found a straw hat that fit and looked cute! I can’t wait to wear this hat all summer long. The hat is the Packable Straw Panama Hat from the Gap. Since we were going to be out riding scooters, I didn’t want to carry around my big black purse. I decided to use a convenient backpack from Target. It held my camera, water bottle, wallet, cell phone, and a ton of other random things. I loved that everything was easy to find and it wasn’t filled with useless pockets. This backpack is going to be going with me on all future trips. I wish I would have had this at Disney instead of my giant bag.
The dress I’m wearing is actually from the Loft. It’s called the Ikat Tie Wast Flare Dress. I bought it almost two years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite purchases. I’ve worn this dress so many times, and I never get sick of it. I bought it for $70 back in the day, and it’s now only $25 at Loft right now! I saw that they had only a few sizes left, but I wanted to share just in case you were looking for it. I also saw one very similar one to this dress here.
Kyle and I hopped on some scooters to meet Meighan and Ed by the White House. I’m telling you, scooters are the way to go in D.C.! The scooters were so fun to ride, and a great way to see everything!
The whole city was filled with blossoming trees ♥️ I couldn’t get enough of it!
Shoes: MIA platform sandal. They come in so many different colors, and they are the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn! The soles of the shoes are squishy and comfortable! I’d rather explore a city in these over tennis shoes. My mom has them in black and brown, and I borrow them all the time!
Around 2 pm, we headed to Flower Child for a light lunch. I was so excited to try this place out because we are getting on in Charlotte! Eek! We stopped here on our way to Georgetown with our scooters.
I ordered the Organic Kale salad with Scottish salmon on top! It came with pink grapefruit, chopped kale, organic apple, black currant, smoked almonds, and an apple cider vinaigrette. Everything was delicious!
After lunch, we headed to Georgetown and grabbed coffee and dessert at Dog Tag Bakery. I love this bakery because it gives back to the veterans. I also want to mention how friendly they were in there! They made you feel as if this was your local coffee shop at home and you’ve been in there daily. They were so kind! ♥️ 🇺🇸
From the early hours of each morning, our bakery is mixing up batches of handmade baked goods while providing valuable work experience for veterans, military spouses and caregivers.
The Dog Tag Fellowship program combines education with hands-on experience to create a living business school, building a bridge to employment and helping veterans and military families find fulfillment in their professional and personal lives.
Make sure to stop in there next time you’re in D.C.!
I had a coconut milk latte with an extra shot of espresso and a delicious gluten-free macaroon!
We took a stroll around the Georgetown shops and then walked around the gorgeous Georgetown campus. It was breathtaking!
Later in the evening, we met back up with Meighan and Ed and had dinner in Old Town Alexandria at Virtue Feed & Grain. This is another one of my favorite spots to eat in Alexandria! I’ve mentioned it a few times in my older D.C. posts.
We started with some red wine and their nacho platter.
When I saw “baby kale” on the menu, I had to go for it. I’ve been eating baby kale nonstop since trying it for the first time on my Disney trip. I ordered the baby kale & apple salad with grilled chicken. It came with gala apples, golden raisins, roasted peanuts, and sweet mustard dressing. The salad I order usually come with cheese, but I always have them leave it out. I think this one had feta as an option.
We spent the rest of the evening drinking wine and then taking a walk around Alexandria before heading out! I told Kyle if we ever had to move to D.C. in the future, we’d have to live in Alexandria! I love it there. 💜
Meighan and I were supposed to run our three miles on Sunday morning, but it was pouring so we grabbed a coffee and decided to head back to Charlotte. Luckily, Meighan was in Charlotte the following weekend, and we managed to hit our three miles together! (read about it here!)
I hope you guys enjoyed the photos from our weekend in D.C.! 💜
Have a great weekend!
Questions for you!
- Would you like me to create a travel guide with all of the places I’ve eaten at in D.C.?
- Are the trees blossoming where you live?
- Have you ever been to Washington D.C.?