dumbarton oaks in georgetown

Have I mentioned that I’m completely in love with spring in DC? Probably a few times. Even though most of our time last weekend was spent cruising along the Tidal Basin and taking photos of the monuments surrounded by cherry blossoms, thanks to Jodi’s research before leaving Boston, we also decided to check out Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown. Now, I had never even heard of this place before which is probably somewhat pathetic, but I was pleasantly surprised and thought that it was completely worth the visit. Many of the flowers were in bloom, including the brightly colored Magnolia trees, and they even had a section of the garden called “Cherry Blossom Hill”. We sprawled out under a canopy of trees and petals rained down on us the entire time. What a magical experience!

For those of you who don’t know, Dumbarton Oaks is a historic estate located on 32nd Street in Georgetown. It was the residence of Robert Woods Bliss and his wife Mildred Barnes Bliss, and they had quite the collection of artwork and books. And of course, the garden is spectacular.

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Now, if only our yard looked like this! Have you ever been?

dc cherry blossom festival

The DC cherry blossom festival is here and the beauty of everything makes me realize how lucky we are to be back home. Washington, DC is the place I moved to straight out of college, the place I started my career, and where I met my husband so it holds a special place in my heart. I’ve always had a soft spot for the monuments and the stunning Capitol Building, and when they’re surrounded by colorful blooms? Even better.

My friend Jodi visited over the weekend which was great timing because her company helped take my mind off of the surgery I had on Friday, and she scheduled her trip perfectly around peak bloom for the blossoms. I figured I’d be out of commission because of pain, but when cherry blossoms are involved, you get out of bed, dammit! It was a great excuse to get moving again.

We took a stroll around the Tidal Basin and really enjoyed everything the National Cherry Blossom Festival had to offer. Plus the weather couldn’t have been better. We didn’t watch the parade because we were too mesmerized by the blooms against the Jefferson Memorial and it was such a wonderful and relaxing time.

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Amy from Club Narwhal is a blogger and writer living in Detroit. She has mad photography skills (seriously, I’m jealous of her food photography abilities), and writes about travel, delicious recipes, her favorite books and more. She also creates wonderful printables for her readers. One of my favorites is this¬†Eleanor Roosevelt quote about doing the things you think you cannot do. And of course this one about cake, because duh… cake.

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