An Adults-Only Getaway to Washington DC.

Drinks at Scion in Washington DC

An Adults-Only Getaway to Washington DC.

Washington DC is only a short drive away from where I live, yet in all of my trips to the capital of the United States, I was either a child or a chaperone on a field trip. Which is why, I jumped at the opportunity to take an adults-only getaway to the city, one that would include an entirely different side of the capital, including great friends and a few cocktails.

Drinks at Scion in Washington DC

Where We Stayed:

Located only a few blocks from Dupont Circle, The Palomar is in an ideal location. The area has a great neighborhood vibe, and there’s lots to do in the direct vicinity. We were lucky with a beautiful weekend, which allowed us to walk around and soak up the sun, while familiarizing ourselves with the area. The Palomar is also within walking distance to the White House and National Mall, and there’s a metro station a few blocks away.

The hotel had everything one would want including free wi-fi, as well complimentary tea, coffee, and hot chocolate in the morning, and wine in the evening hours. Of course, Craig, Lauren, and I took advantage of both the coffee and the wine. We also found plenty of time to lounge around in the robes that always make a stay at a Kimpton hotel fun.

Enjoy Hotel Palomar in DC

Where We Ate:

On my last two visits to Washington DC, my meals consisted of boxed lunches, a BBQ, and hibachi, all while helping to make sure one hundred eighth graders were taken care of. This being said, I had no idea what the restaurant scene in the city was like, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Having just recently fallen in love with oysters, I couldn’t wait to check out Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. The food and drinks were delicious, but I have to say that the undersea vibe was my favorite part. It may have even inspired me to sing a glorious rendition of The Little Mermaid’s Part of Your World with my own makeshift oyster shell bra.

Another cool spot was ChurchKey, where we indulged in samples of beer and small plates of food. I love having the opportunity to sample what I’m eating and drinking, so small plates and cups are right up my alley. There’s also a bar upstairs where our party continued after dinner.

Of course, there also has to be a brunch stop when I’m traveling, and luckily, Scion was located right across from the hotel, and we headed over for bottomless brunch. The food was excellent, as was the service with making sure our drinks were always full.

Where We Drank:

I’ll admit, testing out Washington DC’s local watering holes was what I was most excited about. In all the times I had been in the capital, I had never stepped foot inside a bar. For someone who loves trying new cocktails and beer, I couldn’t wait to see what the bar scene was like.

One of the first places we had a drink was Le Diplomate, and although it was crowded, we knew that was a good sign. We found a spot next to the bar and ordered a few cocktails. As the food passed us by, however, I knew that one day I’d have to make my way back there for dinner.

On our second night, we knew that we wanted to find a place in town to watch the sun go down, and the rooftop at P.O.V. was the perfect spot to do just that. With views of both the White House and the Washington Monument, it was nice to see what the city looked like from above, especially with a drink in my hand. My only advice would be to get there early to make sure you can find a space to sit.

The last bar we visited while in DC was Russia House, though I am not sure there are words to accurately describe the experience. It has several floors, and although it’s a large venue, it feels rather intimate. We headed to the top floor for martinis and the dance floor, and although the lower levels are a bit quieter, we were looking for a dance party, and we found it.

adults-only Washington DC

This little adults-only getaway to Washington DC was exactly what I needed, and it was so nice to take a trip in my own country. So often, I overlook what’s nearby in search of far off locales, when there’s so much to see just a few hours away. Not only did this trip give me a different taste of the capital, but it also allowed me to have quality time with a few of my favorite people, which is exactly what any weekend getaway should do.

During this trip, I was a guest of Hotel Palomar. As always, my opinions are my own.

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Comments (10)

  1. Happiness Wherever

    The rooftop terrace at POV seems incredible- that view!

    I’m planning on seeing DC this summer, it’s nice to get ideas of things to see other than the obvious monuments.


  2. Tim

    A beautiful city that I will be traveling to later in the year.

  3. Lance | Trips By Lance

    I’ve done an adults trips to D.C., although we stayed in my friend’s parents’ house in Alexandria. But it wasn’t hard getting into D.C., and old town Alexandria is awesome. That was 13 years ago. I’ve been wanting to get back, although I don’t think I’m in line for an adults-only trip anytime soon. We’re saving those trips to cooler spots (sorry D.C., but you are too educational for these parents!)

  4. Traveling Ted

    Never been to the nation’s capital. I will need to rectify this one of these days. When I do, I will remember these great food, drink, and stay suggestions.

  5. Anna from The Blonde Banana

    Will have to visit DC and check out all these places…. I have family that lives 45 minutes out of the city so every time I’ve gone it’s always been hitting up a few tourist sites and then off to the burbs to stay with them. I’ve been planning to actually visit the city and hang out there forever but somehow it never happens!

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  7. Craig Zabransky

    Ah, what a wonderful weekend… love the photos you chose too… One of the power trio, one of the robe at the Kimpton and one at sunset…. nicely done.
    Stay Wandering in the US too, Craig

  8. Heather

    We live in DC, and Pearl Dive is one of our “go-to” places for good food–I’m a huge fan! So glad you enjoyed it. We just tried Le Diplomate…the food was great, so definitely put it on your list of places to go if you return. I could go on and on about restaurants here these days, the DC food scene has really improved 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      I absolutely loved the food and drink scene in DC. Really impressed with the offerings and would love to go back sometime soon. 🙂

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