Last month I took a quick two-day day trip to the #DMV (D.C., Maryland,Virginia) area where I sipped champagne, ate lots of great food and toured all the great sites Washington, D.C. had to offer.
It was the perfect time to visit the area, since the summer crowds were no where in site and the weather was a comfortable mid 50s.
My hotel of choice was the SpringHill Suites in Old Town Alexandria Old Town/Southwest. It didn’t take long for me to tuck my things away and start doing some exploring before the evenings festivities went underway.
The great thing about SpringHill Suites are all the “little extra” treats that made my stay that much better. My spacious room was fully stocked with goodies from Cakelove desserts. Some of the other “extras” included: specialty Paul Mitchell bath products, free WiFi, mobile check-in, complimentary breakfast, a 24-hour snack market, fitness centers, pools and hot tubs.
Thankfully, the SpringHill Suites concierge has a shuttle service that will take you to the closest metro line which is perfect if you want to explore the area like a true local. My first stop was historic Georgetown for an iced dirty chai from Baked & Wired followed by some window shopping before heading back to the hotel.
Every drink should come with sassy lingo.
When I returned I journeyed to dinner with a few of the other guest. We were treated to dinner and a champagne/dessert tasting by Warren Brown — founder and creator of CakeLove. His cake in a jar has taken D.C. by storm and the locals can’t seem to get enough. With four cook books under his belt and a laundry list of entrepreneurial and culinary accomplishments it’s no wonder Brown says pastry is his passion.
As the evening progressed we all went out for a night on the town. Starting with a trendy little bar and speak-easy called Jack Rose which features over 2,400 bottles of hand-selected scotches, bourbons & spirits. It’s the perfect spot for the bourbon lover in your life, whether its tasting flights or sipping on one of their many hand-crafted cocktails it’s hard to go wrong.
Above: The delicious cocktail I ordered called the Washington, D.C. which is Jack Rose’s take on an Old Fashion. Lets be honest, the bartender had me at grape fruit bitters (yumm).
We all had so much fun eating, drinking and laughing that we didn’t return to our rooms until well past midnight. The only thing that got me out of bed the next day was the thought of a nice big breakfast. The daily morning spread provided by SpringHill Suites was nothing to scoff at; there was so much to choose from but needless to say I went with the staples.
With a full belly I was all ready for our adventures on the ice rink. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve put on a pair of skates so my only goal that afternoon was to avoid falling to my death (haha).
Needless, to say I survived and there were no casualties but it’s obvious I’m going to have to practice a little more if I’m going to make it to the 2016 Winter Olympics (wish me luck).
After, skating we decided to head over to The Poste Brasserie, which is a unique restaurant-bar set in the original 1841 General Post Office. The historic building has maintained it’s old school charm while flaunting hints of a modern mystique. Attached to the restaurant is Hotel Monaco which is styled wall to wall with eclectic decor; but the art didn’t stop there. After we warmed up with hot toddies we went on an amazing street art tour around D.C.
A refreshing mint cocktail found at The Post Brassier, a refurbished post office that’s as old as the Founding Fathers.
Inside Hotel Monaco lobby where every room has an eclectic and fun color scheme.
Some of the pop art pieces seen on our street art tour.
To finish off the day we ate like locals at Old Engine 12, a restored 1897 fire house that prepares contemporary American cuisine. Due to early flights some of my fellow travelers had to leave early to catch their flights which meant they had to leave some of these delicious bits behind. Unfortunately, I had the tough task of finishing the meal, along with the rest of my cohorts (hard job but someone had to do it).
The experience was memorable and I intend to plan more trips back to the area, with a similar itinerary and another night with SpringHill Suites. I may add few other outings with the trip but overall if you use my itinerary as a guide, you will truly enjoy yourself. The best thing about this trip is it’s great for anyone: couples, girls trip, guys trip, these stops are sure to be enjoyed by all.