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.
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.
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.
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.