Today I’m sharing Day 4 & 5 of my trip to Washington D.C from earlier this month. You can catch all that my Mom & I accomplished during the first 3 days here.
DAY 4 : SUNDAY
9:00am — Brunch at Farmer Fishers Bakers in Georgetown. I could probably write an entire blog post on just how incredible of a brunch this actually was. It was a culmination of the perfect aesthetic (you know I have a love of wood planks!) paired with an insanely wide array of good food. I might literally make a trip back to D.C. just to eat brunch at this restaurant again. It. Was. That. Good.
It was a rainy morning so we decided to head over to the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Something of this historical significance should be mandatory on everyone’s visit to Washington D.C. Plan on allowing yourself 3-4 hours to fully take in the museum & just be prepared for how truly somber it is to view the details of this tragedy up close.
The sun was shining by early afternoon so we walked over to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. All I wanted to see what some dinosaurs and dinosaurs, amongst many of other animals, I saw. We didn’t spend too much time here as we were ready to rest our feet and have a glass of wine. We choose a nearby restaurant, Elephant & Castle, to put our feet up for a few minutes.
Next up, we took another Uber back to Georgetown so we could walk up & down M street which is filled with tons of shopping and plenty of restaurants. We browsed a number of stores, did some light shopping and ended up grabbing an early dinner at Paradiso Pizzeria. It was an easy pick because (A) I love pizza and (B) they had a gluten free option on the menu. I paired it with a delicious cider and was as happy as can be.
We mistakenly headed back to the hotel to relax for an hour or so before we found a great bar to watch the Sunday night football game (the Packers were playing). The problem was, we got settled in and didn’t have the energy to head back out. Needless to say, it was a very early night in!
DAY 5 : MONDAY
We had an early afternoon flight back to Wisconsin so we had breakfast at the hotel, checked our bags in with valet and grabbed the free shuttle over to Arlington National Cemetery. This was also a favorite stop on my D.C. trip and I’m really glad we were able to fit it in to our schedule. We paid the extra money to have access to the on/off trolley where the wonderful guides share some insider information on the history of the cemetery. Being able to pay respect to the Kennedy family and thousands of other veterans is an incredibly humble opportunity.
It was a privilege to be able to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. We were there at a time when they had two wreath presentations and the ceremonial rituals are really beautiful to watch. I would say this is a definite must to be on your list to see!
One of the stops on the trolley tour takes you right outside the cemetery gates where we’re able to take a short walk to view the Marine Corps War Memorial with the infamous statue of the flag raising at Iwo Jima. I must say, it is absolutely massive and breathtaking at how much detail was included to depict the historical scene during World War II in the Pacific.
That was the final stop of our amazing trip to Washington D.C. We were carted off to Reagan Airport where I waved goodbye to the all the monuments that I so graciously had the opportunity to see up close & personal. It was a trip I’ve always wanted to take & I’m glad the memories were made with my Mother by my side. Peace out D.C. until next time!
Hope you’ve been inspired to view the city for yourself in the near future!