Two weekends ago, John and I took off Friday to drive to D.C. for a friend’s wedding. The 9 1/2 hour drive from Atlanta actually felt shorter than our 7 hour drives to Orlando probably because it was a scenic route (and we didn’t hit any traffic!). We spent the weekend with Andrew, our good friend from middle and high school. John and I haven’t been to D.C. together, and since I had such a blast on my trip to D.C. last year, I was very excited for our trip!
The wedding wasn’t until late Saturday afternoon, so in the morning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before heading out on a run. The weather was sunny and beautiful, so Andrew lead us on a run from his apartment in Arlington to Georgetown. We crossed over the Key Bridge and saw the Washington Monument from the Potomac. John and I had never seen Georgetown’s campus before, so it was fun to explore. It happened to be Alumni Weekend, so we accidentally joined a tour group as we headed to check out the business school.
We then headed to downtown Georgetown and stopped for a quick lunch before going to Baked and Wired. On my last girls’ weekend in D.C., we went to Baked and Wired, so I knew I had to go back for the delicious cupcakes! (They make gluten free and regular ones, and have awesome coffee… a win-win-win!)
It was then time to get read for the wedding, which was in the rolling hills of Leesburg, VA. The wedding was for Tom, a Wheaton basketball teammate and close friend of John’s. The ceremony and cocktail hour were both outside, and it was perfect weather for a wedding! We then headed inside for the dinner and dancing… a lot of fun! It was wonderful to catch up with other Wheaton folks too.
On Sunday, we headed downtown with Andrew to meet up with our friends, Aysha and Shannon, for brunch at a tapas style restaurant, Estadio. It was a lot of fun catching up and laughing over delicious food. (You can click the photos to see them larger.)
We spent about two hours at the restaurant before Aysha, Andrew, John, and I walked to see the monuments. Along the way we stopped at a farmer’s market and got homemade lemonade ginger popsicles – yum! We started with the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial (a favorite of mine!), and then headed through the Korean War Memorial to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which neither John or I had seen before. The sky made our pictures look like postcards, it was so blue and gorgeous!
From there we said bye to Aysha before continuing onto the FDR and Jefferson Memorials. We ended our walk at the National Mall – and food trucks – before taking the Metro to Andrew’s church that evening. We were going to do a museum but didn’t have time after the 5 miles of walking… so we’ll just have to make another trip back to D.C.!
After church, we enjoyed a nice dinner at a Mexican restaurant near Andrew’s apartment, then woke up early on Monday to drive back home. Another fun weekend in D.C.!
For more exciting things to explore during a weekend in D.C. take a look at this post- Travel Journal: D.C. Adventures