Washington D.C: It’s not a state, it’s a state of mind.
Reciting the national anthem with a restaurant full of patrons is an amazing way to jump-start a day trip to the nation’s capital. That’s exactly what happens every morning at Chick and Ruth’s Delly in Annapolis. With a healthy dose of patriotism (and corned beef hash), we set out for D.C. on our seventh day on the road.
Just a little over an hour later, we found ourselves on a Bike and Roll tour of the National Mall. Words really can’t do justice to standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King delivered his “I have a dream” speech. We saw so very much, yet had time to walk around and really take in what we were seeing. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was another landmark not to be forgotten.
Despite being in the capital city of the United States, lunch at Zaytinya gave us a taste of Turkish, Greek and Lebanese food. We shared many small plates of Mediterranean yumminess and then set out to learn more about the history of journalism and world news at the Newseum. 500 years of noteworthy headlines and a photo exhibit of Pulitzer Prize winners left us not only more informed than we were before, but inspired as well.
Just a cab ride away is the über-cool boutique-filled neighborhood of Georgetown. Sure, we could’ve shopped till we dropped, but after a little window-shopping we found ourselves relaxing over coffee at a cozy local bakery called Baked & Wired. Good call!
Later that evening, we had dinner at a bistro called Café Deluxe. It was sophisticated enough to be fitting for the nation’s capital, yet relaxing at the same time. The lamb shank with garlic spinach mashed potatoes with herb just might have had something to do with our glowing review.
And then there’s the time-honored tradition of a nightcap at the W Hotel’s rooftop bar. The nighttime view of the nation’s monuments were even more dramatic from the posh comfort of red leather couches. We ended the day with an amazing night’s sleep at the Loews Madison Hotel where we were treated as if we were the president himself. Could there be a better way to wrap up a visit to Washington, D.C.