Well hello friends! Hope you had a wonderful relaxing or fun filled weekend and are ready for this Monday. I am coming off a fun but still relaxing weekend and I have plenty of highlights to share with you. As I mentioned in Fridays post, Tom and I headed into DC for the day/night for a much needed little getaway. We relaxed Friday night to prepare for an eventful Saturday filled with seeing the cherry blossoms, a Caps game, and many delicious eats.
We were both up early as Tom had to work an event up at school in the morning, so I decided to use the time to go for a long run to prepare for the 10 mile Cherry Blossom Run next weekend. This will be the longest race I’ve ever run, I’m nervous but excited. I didn’t track my miles, just ran for a little over an hour and thirty minutes. I stretched, ate breakfast, showered, then packed my bag for the night.
Staying in the City
We arrived at our hotel the Grand Hyatt Washington around 1:00 pm. The Grand Hyatt is within walking distance to the national mall, across the street is City Center DC, and only four blocks away from the Verizon Center, making it the perfect location for all the things we had planned. I also always like choosing hotels with a restaurant, bar, and fit club. The Grand Hyatt has two restaurants, Cure Bar and Bistro serves lunch, happy hour, and dinner. And Cabinet serves breakfast and weekend lunch. I was also told both restaurants can accommodate dietary needs and have vegan options, which I thought was great. While we didn’t have time to go to either because of our shortened stay, we did sneak a peak inside and at the menus which looked very tasty.
We were able to check into our room right away, set our bags down, and then head on out to be tourists for the day. The hotel atrium was absolutely stunning, perfect photo op.
Converse Shore Line Slip Ons
It was about a mile walk to the Washington Monument where we stopped to take a few pictures and then grabbed a bite to eat from a food truck. The DC food trucks have definitely taken off within the last few years, from gyros, Mexican, Indian, BBQ, fried chicken, ice cream, there was a type of cuisine for whatever you would be craving, not just hot dogs and soft pretzels. A chicken pita wrap totally hit the spot for both of us. It seems like many foodies wanting to open up their own places to serve food have found a sweet spot between mainstream restaurants and street eats, bringing a nice combination of both to the city. It could be that companies offering restaurant consulting in Washington DC have had something to do with it-business plans, revenue models, and whipping up interesting menus can be equally helpful for food trucks too!
With the really warm temperatures in February, then cooler more recently, the cherry blossom trees were only about 50% bloomed. Many of the buds died early or may not have bloomed at all. I have been previous years when the trees were much brighter, but the view and scenery never gets old.
It was a perfect Spring like weather day, partly cloudy and 70 some degrees so we decided to also walk over to the Lincoln Memorial and see the reflection pool before ending our tourist adventure.
After all that walking we both agreed a beer was well deserved. We stopped at Capital City Brewing Company for one of their seasonal drafts. And doesn’t beer taste so good after walking around on a warm day!
We headed back to our room and were treated with a nice surprise form the Grand Hyatt, chocolate and wine, which we enjoyed while freshening up and getting ready for the night.
Birthday Dinner and Hockey Game
Being my Birthday getaway I picked Pi Pizzeria (pizza of course) for us to eat dinner at which was just a short walk from our hotel. Pi Pizzeria has a great draft beer menu, featuring many local breweries. We enjoyed a deep dish South Side Classico and made our own thin crust with pepperoni and jalapeños. Both were so delicious I couldn’t pick a favorite, and we can’t wait to head back and try some of their other specialty pi’s.
After dinner is was a quick walk to the Verizon Center for the Capitals Game. We had both never been to a hockey game and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was entertained. Probably because they move insanely fast on the ice and several shots are taken on goal, making the game interesting. After a scoreless second period, the score was tied by the third, which made for an exciting final three minutes when the Caps came back and scored twice in a row to win the game.
Now it just wouldn’t be a weekend getaway without a little sweet treat. We headed to Milk Bar, and waited in an extremely long line to get milkshakes and a cookie. I had visited Milk last weekend with my sister and got the traditional cereal milk soft serve with crunch and sprinkles I shared on my Instagram, it literally tastes like cereal milk, so crazy. This time I got the crack pie shake which was chocolaty and super delicious and we split a chocolate cookie. We finished our shakes in the hotel atrium and then being full and exhausted decided to call it an early night.
Sunday morning started with some Starbucks coffee that was located in our hotel lobby. Another major perk of staying in the Grand Hyatt. We debated about what to do for brunch, as I initially wanted to dine at The Smith nearby, but we were both in the mood for something more casual. We drove a few miles over to my sister’s neighborhood in Capital Hill to try to get into Ted’s Bulletin. They had an hour long wait though, bummer. But then I remembered getting beignets when my parent’s were in town at a bakery nearby that also served breakfast sandwiches. So we walked to Bayou Bakery and after a little wait enjoyed biscuit bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, potatoes, and an order of beignets to share of course.
The rest of Sunday was pretty much just getting ready for the week. Meal prep, laundry, and I did a quick 30 minute yoga session to relieve some of the tension in my hips from all the running and walking on Saturday. Then we settled down for a movie at night. And that wraps up our fun little weekend, now I’m ready for a week of some clean eats and good workouts. Have a great Monday =)
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Thanks to Meghan and Heather for the Week in Review and Weekend Highlights link up. You can view other Weekend Highlights posts here.
Have you ever visited DC?
What was the highlight of your weekend?