TRAVEL | A DC #STAYCATION WITH A DAILY SOMETHING
Rebecca and I took a mini staycation in the city last weekend and enjoyed every moment of it. We were excited to stay at the Westin in Georgetown after the recent launch of their wellness program. When we arrived in the city, we were floored by our views from our (multiple!) balconies, the cleanliness of the room and how cozy the beds were. Exactly what you want when you check into a hotel, right? We were pretty satisfied. We explored the room and then set out for dinner.
We started the weekend with a beautiful walk into Georgetown and stopped for dinner at Il Canale. The service was amazing and the owner, Joe, came and spoke to us a few times about the authenticity of his business, his love for food, and the purpose behind eating well. I don't think I've ever seen someone display such romance toward their food but he did it just right. We enjoyed select meats and cheeses before our meal and that alone was enough to leave us satisfied. For our main course, we had pizza and not just any pizza, but authentic Italian pizza made in a wood-fired oven. Rebecca had the Margherita and I had the Diavola. It is safe to say we are both quite happy with our decisions. The walk back to the hotel was perfect for a summer evening in DC. When we got back to the hotel, we played pool, talked, and jumped right into those beds.
The next morning, we stayed in bed a bit before waking up and going to The Caucus Room for breakfast. We filled up on yummy omelets, pastries, and Counter Culture Coffee. The Caucus Room offers french press, too... I found that so charming. As I am, after all, a pilgrim for amazing mornings, we made sure to take our time enjoying our food and each other's company before beginning the hustle of a day in DC.
After breakfast, we went on a long walk through Georgetown. We walked up Wisconsin Avenue to Book Hill Park and also visited the grounds of The Old Stone House, the oldest preserved building in DC. Before long, it was time for lunch so we headed to one of my favorite DC spots, Kafe Leopold. You will notice that this whole weekend was heavy on the food and we are 100% happy about that.
Pro tip: If you're at Kafe Leopold on a hot day looking for a silly time, drink the Elderflower Martini or their special Cucumber Refresh. Out of this world drinks for a sticky summer day. We started with Hibiscus-Gorgonzola Crostinis which were, hands down, the most amazing appetizer I have ever had. It was our first time eating hibiscus and guess what? Into it. After our salads, we happily dove right into desserts. Macarons, a Napoleon, Sachertorte, and apricot gelato. We died right then and there and went straight to food heaven. The service was amazing by our server, Hannah, and the manager Chantelle was such a delight. We were so fortunate to meet so many great people on this trip!
We went back to the hotel after lunch and got some work (see: napping) done. We were so full and were only two hours away from our dinner reservation. We laid in the heavenly beds and before we knew it, it was time for Founding Farmers.
What can I say about the farm-to-table, locally sourced, and all around perfect brand that is Founding Farmers? Everything from the fried green tomatoes, ranch popcorn and pickled vegetables to the perfectly cooked filet, mint watermelon salad, cedar planked salmon and vegetables were just absolute perfect. They're truly onto something here. For example, the french style beignets were so ridiculous, we couldn't stop from eating them immediately once arriving to our table. They didn't stand a chance.
The next day, we woke slowly. We had breakfast delivered to the room and we took our time eating it. I'm not kidding when I say the beds are heavenly... so heavenly that we set the breakfast trolley between our beds and ate breakfast in bed. It was perfect. A pot of coffee between the two of us, seasonal fruit, eggs. Once we eventually started the day, we went to Eastern Market and Union Market. We explored the flea market at Eastern Market and the one item I wanted wasn't for sale. Rebecca did find some adorable stacking rings which I may have to go back and purchase myself. ;) They're just too cute. At Union Market, we enjoyed a stop into Salt & Sundry, lunch at Red Apron, and a pickle + kimchi haul from No. 1 Sons. Union Market is probably the best one stop shop in all of DC. The best food, coffee, and shopping in one amazing factory space. Of course, while at Union Market, we went to Dolcezza Gelato for push pops because it would be criminal if we didn't.
The weekend, as a whole, was one for the books. Being with one of my best gal pals in a beautiful space in a beautiful city leaves little room for any complaints. From the wonderful hotel to the delicious restaurants and the scenes of DC, we were blessed to have such a great weekend. I think I'm ready for my next one... who's with me?