5 Things to Do in DC (That Aren’t Monument Hopping)

Distance from Monmouth County NJ: 4 hours

DC is a great city to escape to for a quick weekend destination. It’s not too far, the monuments are free, and most of the museums are free. Below I listed a few things I enjoy doing in DC that I think would make your experience in the city even more memorable.

See a play at Ford’s Theatre

Not only is the theater, itself, absolutely beautiful, but the shows are great. Last year we got tickets to see A Christmas Carol and it was honestly one of the best nights out in DC we’ve had. Further, it’s home to one of the most important events in American History. Enjoy a show in the historic theater while sitting across from Lincoln’s booth. It’s an experience you will not forget.

Visit downtown Georgetown 

Georgetown is one of my favorite areas to visit in DC because there is so much to do. The restaurants are fabulous, the shopping is phenomenal, and it is a pop culture heaven. Martin’s Tavern is a great place to eat, and definitely one to visit if you want to see where JFK proposed to Jackie. Ladurée is also amazing, especially if you’re a Francophile. Who doesn’t love visiting Kate Spade, or Lilly Pulitzer? Oh, and if you love horror movies, make sure to visit the end of M Street and see the famous Exorcist steps from the 1973 film.

Visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 

I’m a graduate of CUA, so the Basilica holds a special place in my heart. However, it’s an amazing and beautiful display of architecture that even non-Catholics would enjoy visiting. It’s the largest Catholic church in the United States, one of the top ten largest churches in the world, and has hosted three popes. It’s very beautiful, and definitely worth a visit if you’re in DC.

Take a wine tasting class

While I was a student at CUA, I had the fortune of watching Brookland’s Monroe Street flourish into a pretty cool little area. Chic apartment buildings were built, lined by small urban boutiques. Wardman Wines was a new shop on the block, and it was one of my favorites. Not only is their selection impressive, but the staff is helpful and friendly. The shop also hosts wine tasting classes for about $20. They’re really informative, fun, and you definitely get your money’s worth.

Have a Walrus Platter at the Old Ebbitt Grill

The Old Ebbitt Grill is a DC classic, and definitely a restaurant you want to try if you’re in the city. The Walrus Platter is their raw bar selection, and it is phenomenal. Be sure to hit it up during happy hour, for it’s half price. Nothing is better than enjoying oysters on the half shell accompanied by a Hendrick’s gin martini. Stay for dinner while you’re there. I recommend the crab cakes because they are the best you’ll ever have. Pro tip: get the peach or apple cobbler for dessert. OMG.

Bonus tourist tip: stay at the Hotel Lombardy

The Hotel Lombardy is beautiful, elegant, not too expensive, and right in the heart of DC. Make sure to stay for the breakfast, too. The breakfast may be a little expensive, but it’s definitely worth it. I recommend the spinach and egg-white omelette, and a fresh squeezed orange juice.


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