This travel guide is pretty overdo since I went to D.C. back in October but with the book launch and the holidays… I’m finally catching up and getting a few travel guides cranked out. Since you guys loved my New York City guide from September, I’ve decided to continue sharing where I love to stay, eat and shop while I’m on my work trips and vacations. So, be on the lookout for some more in the near future! Today we’re talking all about our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.
Not many know this about myself, but I actually lived in D.C. for a summer in-between my freshman and sophomore year when I was at school at Vanderbilt. I was working on Capitol Hill pursing a career in political science and human development. So this city actually holds a near and dear place in my heart. When I went back to D.C. for my book tour back in October, many incredible memories came back.
Washington D.C. isn’t your conventional vacation. However, it’s a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list! You don’t even have to be a history buff to enjoy the historic city. If you enjoy culture, art, architecture, or museums, this city is for you. Honestly just being American is reason enough for a visit. But not going to lie, I’m a HUGE Scandal fan and walking around has me feeling like I’m Olivia Pope.
The last time I was in D.C. was for my book tour like I said before, and we stayed at The Kipton Palomar, which I highly recommend. Ya’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Kimpton hotels, like I mentioned in my New York travel guide. Their hotels are modern, have a boutique feel and most importantly, very clean! They have an amazing restaurant, Urbana, by the lobby for dinner or even drinks. Their happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3pm-7pm… don’t forget that. And honestly, this is the only hotel I stay at and recommend to people so it’s the only hotel that’s on this list.
Food is essential for any vacation. It’s the one thing I plan in advance because there’s nothing better than eating at different restaurants all over the world. Here are a few of my favorites in D.C.
Le Pain Quotidien: Le Pain is my go-to for whatever city I’m in and we actually had a few meals here the last time we were in D.C. And if you end up staying at The Kimpton Palomar, there’s a Le Pain right down the street a few blocks. My go-to is the roasted turkey & avocado tartine. You can never go wrong here.
Bistro Cacao: This is a feminine French bistro. Hands down the best breadbasket in the country! The food is delicious and their interiors leave you feeling warm and cozy.
Whiskey Charlie Wharf: The Wharf is D.C’s newest waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment destination. When you’re in the city, the wharf is a MUST. But while you’re at the wharf, you have to stop by Whiskey Charlie’s. It is the perfect pre-dinner spot for some cocktails and lite bites. Best part of all is the view. It’s placed on a rooftop and has an incredible view of the city.
Zaytinya: This is a great spot for anyone who’s traveling on business or with a small group of friends. This is the perfect place to order an assortment of meals and then share them amongst yourselves.
Believe it or not… there’s some GOOD shopping in D.C. The last time we were there, I had an event at Room & Board and was in interior decor HEAVEN. The street it was just happened to be the hottest design neighborhood in town (just my luck). So it’s honestly the only area I got to shop in while I was there… so here are some of my favs on 14th street.
Room & Board: If you’re looking for some classy and timeless furniture for any style, you need to stop by here. I was actually in home decor heaven and stopped to take photos of everything that caught my eye. I’m not mad at the rooftop either… perfect for a photo op.
Salt & Sundry: This is the spot if you’re looking for elegant gifts or anything for entertaining.! They have everything from marble cake plates to baby bibs. It’s a must shop for when you’re in town.
Current Boutique: If you’re into the consignment scene, hit up Current Boutique. If you really dig some digging, you can find some designer gems for a reasonable price. They told me that there’s an emphasis of office friendly clothes (because D.C., duh) with options from DVF and Kate Spade.
Redeem: For those of you who aren’t into the Washington fashion scene, this place is for you. Think the complete opposite of Capitol Hill. They have edgy and trendy brands that will make you think you’re in Tribeca, New York.
Well, there it is! My Washington D.C. travel guide! Is there anything that you think I should add to this? What are your D.C. favs!? Let me know in the comments below! Can’t wait to hear from you!
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