For as long as I can remember my Mom and I have wanted to see Washington D.C. and all of the historical sights that go along with it. I am not sure why, but I never had a school trip that went to D.C. (that seems to be how most people have been) and in the back of my head I always wanted to go, but never really made it happen. Finally, this summer, I told my Mom that we were going to go so that’s exactly what we did!
Where we stayed?
I was so fortunate to get to work with the Melrose Germantown Hotel to review their property for my website. I can’t emphasize enough how awesome this hotel was and how perfect the location was to all of the sightseeing that we did. Melrose Georgetown is location kind of in between Georgetown proper and the White House area, so you are centrally located to be able to walk to so many places.
From the second we checked in we were in awe of how beautiful the interiors of the hotel were. There is a very chic but small bar to the left and then to the right is the hotel restaurant, Jardenea. We stayed on the 6th floor and had a lovely view of the Foggy Bottom area of D.C. from our huge window.
We were so lucky to get to eat at the hotel restaurant, Jardenea, and we had one of the most delicious meals we’ve both ever had. Seriously, my Mom and I were so pleased with the meal and we both talked about it for days after. We both got the salmon with creamed corn and summer salad and we shared a side of the brussels sprouts, which I am still dreaming about.
We also had breakfast in bed one morning and we both had such delicious things – I had the oatmeal which was topped with grilled bananas and a fruit tray and my Mom had French Toast that she says is the best French Toast she’s ever had!
Overall the hotel was excellent and the location couldn’t be beat. If you are looking for a centrally located hotel in D.C. where you can walk to almost anything, the Melrose Georgetown is your hotel!
What we did?
One of my favorite things to do on any trip is to just take the first day to wander around and get my bearings. The night we got in we put on our tennis shoes and walked all around to see where most things were located. We also walked to the White House for some quality people watching and photos (this was the one night that we were actually able to get pretty close to the fence for a picture).
I scheduled our hop on hop off tour with the Big Red Bus (they are a national chain, most notably in NYC). We did the red and blue loops on the double decker busses on our second day so we could sightsee without having to walk all around. We were able to see the White House, the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and tons of other sights from the busses. I will say that the busses were a little disorganized and we had one great tour guide and one bad one.
Friday night we went on one of the best bike tours that I’ve ever been on which was the Monuments by Moonlight bike tour with Fat Tire Tours. If you all have followed me for a while you will know that I absolutely love the Fat Tire Tour company and I have been taking their tours since 2005 when I studied abroad in Paris, France. I try to always take one of their bike tours every place that I go. The monuments by moonlight tour was so interesting and it was amazing to see them all lit up, which was a stark contrast from how we had seen them earlier in the day.
On our last day we decided to just do some leisurely walking around Georgetown because the area was so cute and there were many adorable shops on the streets. We ended up stopping by Baked + Wired which was the most recommended place for me to go in Georgetown by all of you all. We also stopped by Laudree to get my dad some macaroons (he’s obsessed with their macaroons). We decided to walk to Georgetown University to see the school and walk the grounds. I got a Georgetown sweatshirt (bc I’m weird like that) and then we made our way back to D.C.
Where we ate?
Filomena Georgetown – authentic Italian
North Italian– quick bites close to our hotel
Flower Child– healthy options near our hotel
Baked + Wired Georgetown – best cupcakes and lattes!
Favorite parts of trip?
Honestly, every part of the trip! I was so surprised at how much I loved D.C. and I can’t wait to go back. I think it would be beautiful in the fall when the leaves turn or in the early spring when the cherry blossom trees bloom. Overall everyone was very nice, people seemed intellectual and “cool” if that makes sense, and I just really loved the vibe.