Last weekend, J and I took a long weekend to go to Washington D.C. for the 4th of July. We’d never done the 4th at the Capitol before, so I was really excited to see what it would be like. Plus, D.C. is in my “Top 3 Favorite Cities,” so I never turn down a chance to go! As usual, it completely delivered and was a fantastic vacation!
We got in early afternoon on Thursday. Of course, this was also the evening when Hurricane Arthur was supposed to make landfall further south, so we were expecting rain and wind in the evening. As soon as we arrived, we hopped the Metro to get to our hotel, where we checked in and dropped our stuff, before heading out for some lunch and sightseeing. Greek food at Zorba’s Café was on the menu (my favorite), and after stuffing ourselves full we headed for the Newseum, which was a fantastic time! After our trip through the Newseum, Arthur had made land, so we hurried back to our hotel to hang out there.
Our hotel, The Topaz, was perfect! A few blocks from three different metro stations, and a few blocks from Dupont Circle, put it in a really great spot to explore pretty much anything we wanted. Plus, every evening from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, they had a happy hour with free wine (all you can drink), in their bar area. Their menu was also pretty inclusive of lots of tasty treats, and we had room service the first night (due to Hurricane Arthur’s landfall and J and I’s unwillingness to venture out in the downpour). Overall, the room was nicely furnished and large, and the location really made this a great choice for us.
Friday was the 4th, and the weather was gorgeous. We left early for breakfast at Founding Farmers, then did a tour of a few Smithsonian buildings, before heading to the Capitol building for our tour. It was short, but super interesting and informative, and after that we headed back to our hotel to get changed and to grab our picnic gear for the concert and fireworks on the Capitol lawn. We made our way there and picked a spot, and basically hunkered down to wait for the music and fireworks. The concert was fantastic (with a special appearance by The Muppets!), and the fireworks were absolutely amazing. Surprisingly, the Metro was easy to navigate after the show, and we made it back to the hotel in record time.
Saturday was another beautiful day, and we slept in. We grabbed brunch first at a fantastic restaurant/bookstore owned by a German gentleman called Kramer Books, then headed over to the Basilica to see the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Obviously, it was more for me than for J, but he stuck it out all the same. After that, we headed over to the Nationals Field to an MLB game: Nationals vs. Cubs! It was a shutout, and such a great time! We headed back to the hotel after, and basically passed out, because we had an early flight the next day.
Much like all our other trips to D.C., we had a fabulous time. There’s something about that city that absolutely draws me in and refuses to let me go…I have such a desire to move there, its indescribable! J loves it too, so I’m hopeful that one day we’ll be able to relocate and live our lives there, at least for a short while. Until then, I’ll have to make do with more amazing trips and sightseeing, and hopefully that will tide me over until the real deal comes along. Until then, I can dream!