Washington D.C., our nation’s capital, a quick 4 hour trip from NYC is a refreshing weekend getaway from the city. With its historic architecture, restaurant scene, culture and slower pace it is always a treat for Erica and I. Also, with our cousin living in D.C. we always have a tour guide. The warmer temperatures in D.C. gave us a spring preview along with D.C.’s colorful row houses and blooming trees and flowers. See below for Marge & Mary’s D.C. recommendations for a weekend away.
Day 1, Morning: Le Grenier
First stop was brunch at Le Grenier, a quaint French Bistro in the H street district. Their slogan ‘French on H’ fits the description with a perfect mixture of authentic plates, French waiters, charming decor and atmosphere complete with French music.
Day 1, Noon: Union Market
Second stop is a trip to the Union Market where we peruse the eateries and shops. The location was originally an outdoor market that sold fish meat and dairy six days a week, which is fitting for its purpose now as a place to gather and try new local eats.
We enjoyed trying products from Follain, a distributor of all natural, USA made products for skin, hair, and body. Another shop we divulged in was Salt & Sundry a home decor, gourmet food and lifestyle boutique. You can check out their other locations or purchase online at Salt & Sundry.
Day 1, Afternoon: Botanical Garden
To cap off a great first day in D.C. we could not miss the United States Botanic Garden. The botanic garden houses luscious ferns and palms contrasted by cacti and small cloche arrangements. Our visit inspired us to create mini greenhouses in our NYC apartment.
Day 2 Morning, Eastern Market
For day two, we decided to start the day out fresh with a visit to the farmer’s market at the Eastern Market. The market established in 1873 is open all year round to provide local fair and flea. In Marge and Mary style the interior of Eastern market is painted a pretty-pale pink.
Photos courtesy of dc-easternmarket.org.
Day 2 Noon, Brunch at Ted’s Bulletin
Ted’s Bulletin, famous for their homemade pop tarts is a popular place for locals and visitors to brunch. They have several locations in DC. Coming from Eastern Market, the Capitol Hill location was the one we visited. The atmosphere is art deco. The menu is American fare with a twist. A perfect example of this is their peanut butter bacon Pop-Tart which we of course ordered.
Pop-tart photo curtsey of thrillist.
Washington D.C. is known for its beautiful spring cherry blossoms bordering the Tidal Basin. We were about a week early during our visit for peak bloom but still got to catch the early bloomers. The trees are situated near the Jefferson Memorial which is our favorite D.C. monument because of its classic Roman style architecture.