I'm back! And better yet, with a great travel post for you. Last weekend, I took a trip to the capital of the United States, and it was beautiful. The famous cherry blossoms are currently in season, so the city was jam packed, but pretty nonetheless. Below are some stunning photos and my itinerary for the weekend, to help you if you plan on travelling soon. Enjoy!
Driving into the city, we took a stop at Union Market to get some lunch. Union Market is basically a warehouse filled with lots of small local vendors. I got an Indian crepe from dc dosa, pomegranate kombucha from Craft Kombucha, and some ice cream from Trickling Springs Creamery (pb & j and maple bacon flavors!) At the front, there was seating outside as the venue can be partially opened, making it a great spot during the summer.
After, we headed to check into our hotel, the Grand Hyatt. It is very centrally located, about a 15 minute walk from the National mall. From there, we walked to the Natural History building of the Smithsonian, and spent the next few hours wandering around. If you didn't already know, the Smithsonian is a museum free of charge, and definitely a must-see on a trip to D.C.
From there, we walked over to the Washington Monument to take some photos. There was a bunch of cherry blossoms around the area too, and are currently in season, so we took a bunch of photos there also.
Next, was to see the white house. It is possible to view both the front and the back, but the back is a much larger space to view and take photos.
Lastly, we stopped for dinner at a Spanish tapas place, Boqueria. This is a branch off of the three locations they have in New York. The best dishes I got were the lamb meatballs and the nutella churros.
Started off the morning with some doughnuts at Astro. The line was out the door, but it was worth it. I split the salted caramel, Crème brûlée and cherry blossom donuts. The Crème brûlée donut was out of this world good, a must-try if you visit.
After, we took a cab up to the Lincoln Memorial. Although very busy, the view was beautiful
From the Lincoln Memorial, we walked down to the waterside and started the long journey among the blossom filled walk to Jefferson memorial. The view along the way was absolutely stunning. If you plan on going to Washington D.C. definitely check if you are going when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, because it's what made the trip for me.
Next, it was time for lunch at the oldest restaurant in D.C, Old Ebbitt Grill. The food here was good, but the atmosphere is what you go for. With velvet booths and old decor, it really looks like the oldest restaurant in the capital Although, make sure to book a reservation if you decide to go, as it was extremely busy.
After lunch was a trip to the next Smithsonian museum, the National Air and Space Museum. Filled with old planes, this building is a great stop to waste some time. A must-see for those who love anything about planes and space.
Since it was getting late, we took a cab over to Georgetown to walk around. Not only is it a great stop for food, Georgetown is super cute with colorful town houses and old street lamps in this hilly neighborhood.
The breakfast stop today was at a Belgian place 15 minutes from the hotel, B Too. Their specialties are the creative waffles. I got a cornbread waffle topped with pulled pork and sunny-side up eggs. A great morning stop for those Belgian lovers. A 5 minute walk away is Ted's Bulletin. a bakery specializing in their homemade pop tarts.
The rest of the day was spent wandering around more Smithsonian museums, as it was rainy outside. We saw the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, and American history at the National Museum of American History. Both were worth the line outside because they had some interesting exhibits inside. The must see is the cars exhibit in the American History museum.
Lastly, we walked to dinner at Rasika, an Indian restaurant. If you love Indian food, then this place is a great option. I ordered the Chicken Makhani and was stuffed after.
The last stop on the trip was for breakfast at Founding Farmers, a place dedicated to simple yet great food, I ordered the Strawberries and Creme French Toast, and it was probably the best French Toast I have ever had.
That concludes this travel post to Washington D.C! I hope it helped you plan for your next trip, or was at least a good look at what it's like. Let me know in the comments any of your must-dos from Washington DC, or if you want to visit. Have a great week!
Graced with a four day weekend, I happened to be in Boston, and had an enjoyable time. Therefore, I decided to show you my weekend itinerary, as to help you if you want to visit. Take a peek even if you don't plan on it, because it has some great pictures!
1. Day 1
Wake up was around 9 am at the Westin Copley Place, and took a quick walk over to Thinking Cup, on Newbury street. Breakfast was a small coffee/bakery shop that served hot breakfast sandwiches and pastries. I got a sandwich that was like a healthier, fresher, yummier version of a McMuffin and a chai latte. From there, it is very convenient to walk down Newbury, the famous shopping street in Boston. It has all the fancy stores, along with department stores. From there, I hit Boston Public Garden, which is gorgeous to walk around. Here are some pictures of it on the extremely cold day:
After walking through the park, you hit Charles Street, otherwise known as the old Newbury. Filled with small cute shops with adorable hanging signs, it was hard not to go into everyone of the stores. The ones I did stop in though were Tatte, J.P. Licks, and Beacon Hill Chocolates. I know, I know, they were all food related, but all amazing! Tatte is like the Thinking Cup, except with a wider menu for breakfast. Since I had already eaten, I picked up a few pastries for later, including a pistachio tart, Nutella cookies, and a meringue (all delicious!).
Next, I happened upon J.P. Licks, which I probably wouldn't have entered that early in the morning without a recommendation from my parents. I got the fresh banana flavor in a kiddie cup, because I'm a sucker for anything flavored banana. It was some pretty amazing ice cream. Overall they have some amazing flavor ideas, and I would definitely put it on your list. Next up was Beacon Hill Chocolates, in which I got a few flavored ones for Valentine's Day. My favorites were the lavender, green tea, and bacon flavored chocolates.
After picking up many delectable sweets, I took a trip to the New England Aquarium. Since I hadn't been to one in a while, I thought this one was pretty good. The animals were so cute, especially the penguins. Here is a little montage of my favorite shots.
To finish off the day, I took a 10 minute walk over to Boston Beer Works, a great place for some food on the cheaper side. Plus they had sweet potatoes, my favorite!
Since this day happened to be Valentine's Day and a Sunday, practically every single breakfast place was booked. That is why I ended up at the Cheescake Factory for a late breakfast. After, I took a walk across the street to the Boston Public Library, which is similar to the famous one in New York if you've ever been. The inside is a piece of art, with a grand staircase when you enter, and art covering the walls and ceilings.
The next stop is great if you have young kids: the Museum of Science. The building is filled with interactive exhibits, a perfect activity for keeping a kid occupied, and they learn at the same time. On top of that, there are many free shows throughout the day that are instructed by museum workers. Of you are older, I wouldn't recommend spending the day here, as there are other places to occupy your time.
After spending the afternoon here, I went out to a lovely dinner at Tapeo, a Spanish tapas place. The small plates were lovely, and perfect for people who love snacking and trying everything on the menu. Rice and beans, goat cheese, and cold cuts were among some of the dishes served.
Before heading home, I took a breakfast stop at The Friendly Toast, a great breakfast place if you want to try something new. They take regular diner breakfast dishes and change them. For example I had pancakes, but with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and bananas incorporated with them (my three favorite things!).
That was the itinerary from Boston, I hope you found it helpful if you live near there or plan on visiting it soon. How was your weekend? Did you have a long one like I did? Let me know if you've went anywhere recently in the comments below, and other places you would like to see an itinerary for. I hope you have a great rest of the week, and you'll hear from me soon.
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