Adventures in Washington, D.C.

Adventures in Washington, D.C.

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The big house, DC

We jetted off on a quick family weekend to a cousin’s wedding party in Washington, D.C. last weekend. I used to laugh when people talked about jet lag for cross-country flights, but man does that get real as you get older. Here is where we stayed, what we ate, what we did, and generally our judgmental attitudes about it all….enjoy.

The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan

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The Line Hotel used to be a church, DC

Upside: The lobby/restaurants/bar used to be a church and they carefully implemented original pieces throughout the design and dΓ©cor from the organ pipe chandelier, to the updated pews utilized as benches outside of the elevators. Thoughtfully appointed with a mid-mod feel with antique touches, unique and trendy. Very clean and staff was awesome.

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The Line Hotel, DC
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The Line Hotel, DC

Downside: Since it used to be a church, it’s acoustics were designed for quiet hymns, stick a hundred hip, young people in there and it seemed to always be at a moderate to serious roar in the main area (very quiet in the rooms as they are in a separate building.) Another downside was being brought back to mourning my beloved childhood bunny rabbit, as his fur pelt happened to be draped across the desk in the room, unexpected and unappreciated.

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Organ pipe chandelier, The Line Hotel, DC

Who this place is for: If you are under 30, wear glasses you don’t have a prescription for, and want to be seen on the scene, this is the place for you.

Who this place is NOT for: People over 30, people prone to migraines, people looking for either casual/unassuming accommodations or elegant/classic accommodations, or people who have or have had pet rabbits.

🌎🌎🌎.5 (of 5) on the GOA globe scale.

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The Diner in Adams Morgan

There for: Dinner

Upside: Stamped tin roof, great prices and unique atmosphere.

Downside: Again with the noise, you’ll begin to see a theme in this neighborhood. Don’t go on a Friday night, slow service.

Who this place is for: The same young, hip people that stay at The Line, and like Ariana Grande music.

Who this place is NOT for: People who don’t like Ariana Grande.

What to get: Chicken and French Toast- A twist on a classic.

🌎🌎🌎.5 on the GOA globe scale.

Tryst in Adams Morgan

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Tryst, Adams Morgan, DC

There for: Breakfast two days in a row.

Upside: Sitting in front on the second day, much earlier was a significantly improved experience. Interesting theming and charm.

Downside: Went later in the morning the first day and sat in the back, could not even hear each other/ourselves along with incredibly slow service.

Who this place is for: People who like to go places to read/study things, but not really because it’s too loud.

Who this place is NOT for: People who like to have conversations.

What to get: Any Frittata, way good.

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Tryst, Adams Morgan, DC

🌎🌎🌎/5 on the GOA globe scale.

Atlas Brew Works in DC

There for: A private wedding party

Upside: Great for an event, plenty of space, but still felt cozy and warm. Great service and many beer options.

Downside: Some great light, dark and IPA beer options, but not a lot as far as reds/ambers/browns which we prefer. Assume the beer menu is always changing.

Who this place is for: Craft beer fans.

Who this place is NOT for: People who only drink Coors or wine coolers.

What to get: District Common which is a California Common or American Stout

🌎🌎🌎🌎.5/5 on the GOA globe scale.

Legal Seafood in DCA Airport

There for: Lunch

Upside: Not only awesome for an airport, but in general, awesome. Great food and service.

Downside: Other people were there.

Who this place is for: Seafood lovers.

Who this place is NOT for: People with severe shellfish allergies.

What to get: Anything with Maryland crab.

🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎 on the GOA globe scale.

Narwhal Exhibit in the Natural History Museum

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Narwhal exhibit at Natural History Museum, DC

Upside: Narwhals, the unicorns of the sea are finally being appreciated for their amazingness.

Downside: There was not a live Narwhal there.

Who this place is for: Narwhal lovers, preschool field trips and Arctic conservationists.

Who this place is NOT for: People who hate animals and non-believers (dad/husband).

🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎 on the GOA globe scale.

Must See Right Now:

  1. Holocaust Museum’s exhibit lining the reflection pool by the Lincoln monument. Never forget.
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    Holocaust Museum’s Exhibit, DC
  2. Newborn baby Lowland Gorilla, Moku, at the Smithsonian Zoo! Take your uber/trolley to the top of the zoo if you have kids or any trouble with climbing, it’s quite a steep climb from bottom to the top.
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    Baby Moku at Smithsonian Zoo, DC

I’ll leave you with this Public Service Announcement:

Don’t be this guy-who puts his seat as far back as possible, on a 3 hour flight, in bulkhead with many more feet of leg room than anyone else just cause you can. That is all.

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Thanks for reading if you made it to the end and didn’t jump ship halfway through!

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African American History Museum, DC

-GOA

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