April 16, 2013 TravelDC in Spring Pin162 Share4 Tweet1 Reddit StumbleShares 167 Like any weekend trip, this one was over before we knew it. It was activity-packed, educational and busy. By the time we returned, I felt like I needed another vacation to just veg out. After arriving for a much-needed weekend getaway, we dropped our bags and headed to lunch around the corner from our hotel, basking in the warmth the whole walk there. Our patio seats were so refreshing after coming from chilly and drizzly Chicago — well at least until it started raining in DC. After lunch we headed down to ‘the mall’ and toured the Air and Space Museum per Rob’s insisting (just kidding, I wanted to go too). He was seriously like a kid in a candy shop though and even wore his NASA shirt. Love him. We walked back outside and were greeted with blue skies and sunshine so we walked to beautiful Capitol Hill, sat down & soaked it all in. We ate at the coolest BYOB Thai restaurant on Friday night, Thai X-ing, that was essentially someone’s house. We ate in the garden unit where all the dining tables were scrunched together and the family’s computer desk sat in the corner. It was intimate, unique and a really cool dining experience. It was also fixed priced, fixed menu, eight courses and absolutely amazing. The next day we spent a large chunk of the morning in the Newseum, where I was nearly brought to tears while going through the 9-11 exhibit. It was powerful, moving and crazy to relive all those feelings and emotions so many years later. They also had a JFK exhibit that had just opened and was also pretty incredible. P.S. How stunning was Jackie?? Lunch was spent with friends and the rest of the afternoon was filled with our own self-guided bike tour around more monuments and eventually the Tidal Basin where we got to witness the legendary cherry blossoms. We laughed that thousands of people purposely come to DC during the 3 week stretch of the cherry blossoms and we just happened to book out trip during the same time! On Saturday night, we ate some pretty spectacular gumbo at Pearl Dive before meeting up with some TCU friends that also happened to be in DC that same weekend. Sunday morning we biked from our hotel to Georgetown for brunch at Cafe Bonaparte — thanks to Brittney of Sweet Lemon Mag for all the great recommendations. Brunch was so tasty and Georgetown is about the cutest neighborhood I’ve ever seen! The trip was just what I needed after a few busy and hectic months, and of course made me want to start planning our next weekend getaway. I hope you everyone had a great weekend! Where we ate Pizza Paradiso, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Founding Farmers, Thai X-ing & Cafe Bonaparte. Where we Stayed The Fairfax at Embassy Row in DuPont Circle Suggestions Fly in to Reagan to save you time & make reservations at restaurants because the wait was always really long.