Explicit Travels // Washington D.C.

In the midst of my busy schedule with class and work, there was spring break -- a week off from almost everything and the perfect opportunity for me to just take it easy again. While many people opted to go somewhere warm and tropical, I wanted to just stay somewhere close. I ended up making three separate trips to three different cities with different groups of people. Undoubtedly, on my list of planned agendas include a getaway with my best girlfriends. 

Because it has been unreasonably warm winter, my girls and I decided that we could catch some early spring blossoms in Washington D.C. We only had time to go for two days and one night, which isn't the longest of time, but I was super excited to go with my 2 best gals. Also, I was in 5th grade the last time I was in D.C., which will forever remain a blurry memory. I was far too young to remember anything and take anything to heart so I was really glad I would be making another trip down there. I instantly fell in love with the city and I'm even considering another trip down there when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom (all talk for now though). 

Here are some travel tips if you're planning to go to D.C.

There are a few options you can take if you're trying to go to D.C. Driving down would probably be the most convenient option if you own a car, but please remember that D.C. traffic is spiteful. 

If you're opting for public transportation instead, you can take either a bus or take the Amtrak. If you're not low on time, take the bus. It takes about an hour and half longer than the train, but you'd be paying only a third of the price. I ended up paying about $38 round trip for the bus, which is pretty amazing if you ask me. The 5 hour car ride sounds horrendous, but it actually went by really quick with some nap time and work in between. 

Once we got to D.C., we ended up walking or ubering a lot of the time. The city decided to close the metro system on the day we arrived. (Just our luck..) So our only option was to Uber everywhere. Can I please take a moment to applaud how amazingly cheap their Uber fares were though? A 20 minute ride to Georgetown from Union Market was only $15, split between 3 girls. We were astonished. I can't even imagine how much that would be in NYC. If you want to live like royal for a few days and have your own personal care, take the uber. It made the trip so much easier and relaxed because we didn't have to figure out the transit system for a mere 2 day trip.

Although our trip in D.C. consisted of one night, we booked an Airbnb in Capitol Hill. There weren't a lot of cheap options but I think we scored in terms of location. Despite how disheveled I was after our early morning bus ride to D.C., I was already blown away by how pretty D.C. was. The weather was amazing; the sun was shining. I instantly fell in love, starting with all these colorful houses. Each house was painted with different colors -- pink, blue, green, white, yellow. Think maybe Cobble Hill or Williamsburg with colorful houses. It also reminded me of the Painted Ladies in San Fransisco (although I've never been) or Nottinghill in London. I could definitely see myself living in one of these apartments. 

Georgetown was another cute neighborhood I definitely recommend you taking a trip to if you ever find yourself in D.C. Like Capitol Hill, the houses were all painted different colors and everything was just so cute. I also had the chance to meet up with an old friend who was kind enough to show us around the University as well as M Street. Along our little guided tour, we fell in love this particular little street. I should've taken a better mental note of what this street was called, but if you're really looking to find it, this street is around the corner from from Baked & Wired (read all about my ignited love for cupcakes below). 

I actually don't have a set location on this either, but these are pretty magnolia trees that we found almost everywhere. If you go to D.C. at the end of March to mid-April, you will not miss the cherry blossoms. I'm sure they will be in full bloom around that time. Because we went a little earlier than Cherry Blossom season, we ended up finding a few cherry blossom trees here and there.

In terms of food, we had some pretty amazing meals. 

Founding Farmers - We had brunch here because of the good reviews they had. I didn't really expect much because of poor appetite, but this meal may very well be one of the best meals I've had in a long time. I got the sausage and mushroom gnocchi and I am floored. It was a bit sweet, a bit spicy. The sausage was seasoned so well and the gnocchi was so soft and chewy. I am dreaming about this meal still!! Take me back with you please. 

Left: Baked & Wired
Our friend who showed us around Georgetown recommended us to make a trip to Baked & Wired because he said these were like crack. Apparently, they beat Georgetown cupcakes any day, and he is sooo right. I've never been a fan of cupcakes but these cupcakes were so good! I got the strawberry cupcake, which was recommended to me. The cake had bits of strawberry in there and the frosting was so frothy and light. I'm officially a cupcake fan, or should I say Baked & Wired fan? 

Right: Hank's Oyster Bar
After our first day of exploring, we decided it was the perfect time of happy hour. We made our way to Hank's Oyster Bar with only 10 minutes to go before happy hour ended. We frantically ordered everything we craved and it was just a good time. I stuffed down 15 oysters, ate a fish taco, and had other sides. No shame in the amount of food I eat sometimes. Do what you love -- and what I love is eating.

I couldn't ask for better girlfriends to explore this beautiful city with me. We had such an amazing experience. It was full of laughs, real talk, and good memories. Cheers to lifelong friends! 

Stay tuned for my travel blog and outfit posts!


1 comment :

  1. Aww this was such a cute write up, I love your tips and recommendations on driving and food places.


    COFFEESLAG Spring Pantone Colors