jefferson hotel dc

Jefferson Hotel DC

My husband and I are obsessed with nice hotels — probably because we’ve accidentally booked stays at some really nasty ones in the past. Like the time we booked a one-night stay at a chain hotel near the London airport and a bunch of ladybugs dive-bombed from the hallway ceiling and smacked me in the glasses as I screamed bloody murder. Or that time in Colorado when we needed a place to crash after driving all day in an attempt to make it to Arizona in a timely fashion — ’cause when is a cross-country road trip ever a good idea? That hotel, though. The towels and sheets were yellow, and I sat there attempting to solve the puzzle… were they supposed to be a shade of yellow or had they turned yellow after many years of use? Who knows, but I used Malcolm as a pillow and didn’t shower the […]


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sunday supper at the jefferson

Sunday Supper at the Jefferson

I always enjoy sharing tips when it comes to restaurants and accommodations in DC. Even though we’ve just moved back to the area after being all over the place, I still have my go-to restaurants and hotels whether it involves an impromptu date night or weekend staycation in the city. Last month, B and I had to opportunity to experience Sunday Supper at The Jefferson and I’ve been suggesting this dining experience to everyone who will listen. The Quill at The Jefferson has a swanky, but relaxed vibe and the food is phenomenal. Oh, and the cocktails, too. Yep, you should try one a few of those. I can honestly say that they have some of the best drinks in DC (and I went to a lot of happy hours while working on the Hill). If you’re unfamiliar with Sunday Supper at The Jefferson, it’s the most affordable high-end dining deal […]


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a stroll through georgetown

While Jodi was here visiting a few weekends ago, we went on a stroll through Georgetown on our way to have brunch at J Paul’s, and also because we wanted to find Baked & Wired cupcakes and Sweetgreen frozen yogurt. Because clearly all great weekends are centered around food. That’s what I think, at least. Not only does this area have plenty of restaurants, pubs, cafes, and stores, but there are tons of brightly-colored rowhouses to drool over. I think this will be the next area we move to. ;) Have you ever visited this area?


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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 […]


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dc cherry blossom festival

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 […]


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the ritz-carlton in washington, dc


Washington, DC holds a special place in my heart. It was the first place I moved upon graduating from college with a degree in political science, and it was on the Hill where I started the only internship that had ever excited me; I felt like I was doing something to make a difference (even though constituents screamed at me on the phone… details). My internship turned into a full-time job in another office and I fell even more in love with The Federal City. I also fell in love with my husband there (hey, Brandon! *waves*). On our way from Florida to Massachusetts, we decided to spend a night in DC so we could walk around my former place of employment, stroll along the Mall with our dogs, and enjoy some of our favorite restaurants… Zaytinya, that would be you. We also decided to get crazy and book a […]


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inauguration 2009

In January 2009, I was a naive intern working on Capitol Hill. I had just graduated from college the month before, and decided to move to Washington, DC because there’s not much you can do with a political science degree in the Midwest. OK, you can do other things, but I wasn’t interested. I wanted my life to be like the show ’24’ {I’m currently forcing B to watch every episode from the beginning with me, by the way}. One day, the Congressman’s Chief of Staff {whom I adored because we wore the same dark OPI nail polish every day} passed me a small white envelope that contained a bright yellow ticket. An Inauguration ticket! I was so excited. I lived in an intern townhouse directly in back of the Capitol Building, so I woke up on Inauguration day, put on an absurd amount of layers, and found the line for […]


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