Homeward Bound D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a bit of a second home for us. It’s where Neal grew up, where his parents still live, and where Margaret’s brother lives. Plus, the basic city plan was designed by French engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant, giving the city a uniquely more Parisian feel than anywhere else in the States. So…like Paris, D.C. is always a good idea!

This post is not dedicated to a single trip, but rather is a collection of some of our favorites sights from D.C. during the Spring (the best time to visit). Starting with the most regal place to stay (or at least to grab a great, classic meal and a stiff drink).

The Willard Hotel

In addition to lovely accommodations, The Willard houses quite a bit of U.S. history. The present structure has been at this famous location of 14th and Pennsylvania since 1901, but The Willard has existed at the site in some form since 1847. From February 4 to 27, 1861, the Peace Conference met at The Willard in an attempt to avoid the Civil War, and in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his “I Have a Dream” speech in his Willard hotel room days before his March on Washington.

Cafe du Parc has a wonderful outdoor dining area that is simply perfect for people watching on a pleasant Spring afternoon or evening, and Round Robin Bar is one of the most stately places for a cocktail.

The famous sights are well-known, so we won’t waste much time on those other than to share one of the great D.C. scenes.

Washington Monument

Rather, let’s focus on some of the less well-known, but equally deserving locales.

Just outside D.C. (and along the Metro line), Old Town Alexandria, also known as George Washington’s hometown, is truly charming. A crucial seaport during Colonial times, presently the area is more well-known for its beautiful architecture, charming boutiques, and waterfront recreation along the Potomac River.

Market Square

Isn’t there something so hauntingly beautiful about a historic cemetery…especially one surrounded by such luscious flowering bushes!?!

Next on the list is Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, tucked away near the banks of the Anacostia River. Filled to the brim with water lilies and wildlife, its known to be a bit of a photographer’s paradise.

Continuing on to an outdoor oasis in the heart of the city, Rock Creek Park offers 2,000 acres of breathing room, complete with hiking, running, and biking trails for D.C.’s avid outdoorsmen.

At some point, after all that time away from the crowds, you’ll have to head back to the hustle and bustle of the city, and what’s more tourist centric than Georgetown. Dotted with virtually every (non-couture) shop known to man, from the ornateness of the alice + olivia showroom to the nautical perfection of Tuckernuck, Georgetown is a shopper’s paradise. It’s also a pretty great place to grab a bite…and where better to go than Filomena, the below ground restaurant that has catered to almost every celebrity and musician since the 1980s.

Pictures can’t even do this place justice, as every course is more delicious and indulgent than the one before. Of course, you may need a stroll along the canal and do some stair work to stave off the inevitable food coma.

The Exorcist Stairs

Just don’t try to do it in heels.

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