A lot of posts lately and not a single word about DC. For shame. To be clear, I do live here and I love it.
Of an evening, I may just happen upon a gorgeous night view of the Capitol. Regardless of what goes on inside the building, it’s lovely from the outside.
There’s a lot to complain about in regards to DC living – the traffic (I don’t really drive though), the high price of rent and real estate (oy), the politics, and so on. But I’m of the belief that the pros outweigh the cons. DC is full of culture, friendly people (just ignore the assholes, they’ll leave soon enough), some decent sports teams and a plethora of delicious food and drink.
You’ve got the Yards Park by the Nationals Stadium. Go Nats! (I’m really not into baseball, but I’m trying.)
We were here for a game the night Tom found out he got the Brazil job. Good times.
Indeed, one of my favorite things about the district is just walking around. It’s a small “city” so if you’re determined enough, you can walk pretty much anywhere. I’m always finding new memorials, cool alleyways or murals on my walks with the dog or to the gym or library.
^ The Exorcist stairs in Georgetown – creepy and a good workout!
And don’t even get me started on the food scene. Keeping up with it could be a full time job, and could cost a person a year’s salary in a few weeks if you let it (I don’t, but it’s not easy). What are some of my favorites?
The Partisan (pictured above – possibly the best place to drink wine in DC right now), Dino’s Grotto (eat at the bar at happy hour, get the meatballs), Sona Creamery (so much cheese, great Pacific NW wine list), Lupo Verde (risotto perfection), Iron Gate (so romantic), Corduroy (get. the. tuna) and so many more.
Then there are the bars. All the kinds of bars. Whiskey bars. Beer bars. Wine bars. Cocktail bars. The ever popular beer garden, such as the new Sauf Haus in Dupont Circle with pretzels three times the size of your face. (Dacha is another good one, get it while the weather doesn’t suck.)
There are plenty of places to hear great live music: the iconic 9:30 club, Black Cat, and even a synagogue.
You can catch a world-famous broadway play at the Kennedy Center, or see a locally-produced show at the myriad of smaller theaters in the district, like Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth and Keegan Theatre.
Or you can hang in your overpriced apartment and with your adorable dog and husband.
Had to. He doesn’t even look real he’s so cute, am I right?
All this is to say, DC is pretty awesome. I feel lucky to live in a city that’s a vacation destination of it’s own, so that even when I can’t travel I still have much to explore in my own backyard.