This past weekend, I booked a last-minute trip to DC to meet up with some girlfriends. To my surprise, a round-trip ticket from South Florida was only $130, so this was an opportunity I simply could not pass on.
DC is definitely among my top favorite five cities to visit for the obvious—monuments and history—but did you know DC has a pretty exciting up-and-coming music and arts scene? Here’s a three-day itinerary for the city that’s a bit different from your fifth grade, Safety Patrol visit.
The trip actually began with “Evening One.” Since this was a very unplanned getaway, my flight was a quick, hour-and-a-half from Miami, leaving at 8pm and arriving at DCA by 9:30pm. I took a short Uber ride from the airport to the hotel, where my girlfriends were anxiously waiting. We got dressed to impress and headed to Marvin, a hip bistro on 14th Street, named for Motown artist, Marvin Gaye. On the rooftop, we found a swanky beer garden where we sipped on some cocktails while listening to some very chill and funky music. Later, we headed to Opera—no, not the classical music kind, but a very chic lounge in the heart of DC, where we danced the night away to top 40’s, hip hop and R&B. Finally, we closed out the night with a quick bite at Surfside in Glover Park. There’s nothing more fulfilling than a late-night conversation with your girlfriends over some scrumptious tacos. (We were really just tipsy, and they were delicious.)
We slept in till about 10:30am, waking up with enough time to get ready and head to a fabulous brunch at Founding Farmers. At this uber-popular restaurant, everything is pretty much made in-house, from their refreshing sodas to their “Hangover Hash.” All the ingredients come from over 47,000 family farmers across the country. The food there is mouth-watering; it’s no wonder it’s a mega-popular place to eat. Where better to have all-American cuisine at its finest than in the nation’s capital? Then, we headed to Ozio’s, a premiere martini and cigar bar, for some signature cocktails, good music, and chill vibes on their rooftop patio. Later in the afternoon, it was back to the hotel for a quick nap and decompressing. In the early evening, we made our way to Rosebar on Dupont Circle for some dancing with beautiful people and charming hospitality.
On this day, we got a fresh, early start with some yoga on the National Mall green and took advantage of the sights by snapping pictures at the Lincoln Memorial and National Monument. After, we headed to the MLK Memorial for some peaceful meditation and views of the Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin. In the afternoon, after visiting the Founding Fathers, we couldn’t resist returning to Founding Farmers, our new favorite DC eatery. Around 6pm, we made a quick pit stop at a day party at The Gryphon and then headed to Fedex Stadium to watch the Raiders vs. Washington Redskins game, where we cheered on our favorite team over some nachos and cheese and staple beer.
The saying is true, time flies when you’re having fun, right? This weekend was a refreshing and much needed break from the long workweek. After experiencing this getaway, it’s easy to see why DC has become such a hot spot for millennials. Leave me some comments what are some of your favorite spots in DC?