Monday, July 22, 2019

Washington D.C. days 1 & 2

At the end of June, we hit the road to visit Baltimore and Washington D.C! We loved every minute of our trip and I highly recommend visiting both cities. I blogged about our Baltimore trip here and today am going to re-cap our first two days in D.C. 

We headed into D.C. in the morning to begin celebrating the birthday boy. Madden turned 3 on this day and our first stop was the National Zoo! He loves animals and we all couldn't wait to check out this zoo. I have to say this is the best zoo we have ever been to and definitely our favorite so far!

the birthday boy!

I love lions! 

When I went back through my pictures I realized I hardly had any of the zoo! Maybe that is the sign of a good day when we were having too much fun to even have our phones out?! :) 

After the zoo, we headed to Georgetown to check it out and then meet up with my parents (who had been on Chincoteague island for the weekend). We spent a little time walking around this beautiful (and busy!) town.

We popped into the cutest little gourmet grocery store called Dean and Deluca. It was so cute!

We all love a good cupcake and couldn't wait to try Georgetown Cupcake. The cupcakes were delicious but I do have to say that Sprinkles is still my favorite!

The birthday boy eating his birthday cupcake!

After Georgetown, it was time to check into our hotel. We stayed at the Washington Plaza and loved it! I found the hotel on Orbitz, and we got a good rate for four nights. The hotel is really pretty and updated. They have a pool area which was really nice to break up all the walking and the hot Washington afternoons. And everyone who worked there could not have been nicer! I highly recommend this hotel! 

We aren't ones to just sit around so after we checked in, we headed out to do some sight seeing before our dinner reservation. First stop- the White House!

One of my favorite buildings in D.C. I think its so beautiful!

After the White House, we headed down to check out some of the monuments.

Gabriella's favorite was the Washington Monument. She pointed it out from just about everywhere during that week. 

We introduced my parents to one of our favorite restaurants-Hill Country BBQ and it did not disappoint. We ended up eating here twice while on this trip. After dinner, we headed back to our hotel and this birthday boy was all partied out.

Day 2
We woke up ready to go again. On this morning, we had a tour of the Capitol scheduled for 10 AM so we headed towards that area with plans to also check out The Supreme Court and The Library of Congress. 

Side note: getting a tour to the Capitol was very easy! I did it all through our local Congressman's website and heard back almost immediately. We showed up to his office (in a building next to the Capitol) about 15 minutes before our scheduled time , dropped off our stuff, and then headed to our tour. Our tour was great! Manny and I toured the Capitol two years ago when we visited D.C. We had a private tour by a former Congresswoman and it was awesome! Our tour this time (done by an intern) was a little more generic but still great!

This guy was not into taking pictures the entire trip.

The Rotunda

We visited during 4th of July week (we actually left on the early morning of the 4th) and it was a great week to visit. We didn't find it to busy but my only complaint would be that they were setting up for 4th of July festivities (as you can see in the photo below) so I felt like it took away some from our photos. 

The Supreme Court

We ate lunch at Tortilla Coast and then split up while my parents drove to a battlefield outside of D.C. and we headed to check out museums! Our first stop was Starbucks :)

I ambitiously planned to see three museums during this afternoon and....we made it to one! We took the kids to our favorite D.C. museum-The Museum of Natural History- and they LOVED it! The animals in this museum are amazing and our animal lovers had the best time!

"Mom, wook a fish!" We let them pick something out at the gift shop and this guy wouldn't let go of his toys.

After the museum, we headed to dinner at Plan B Burger. We ate here last time we were in D.C and couldn't wait to go back. We had a great view outside and the food was amazing. My only complaint-they are way understaffed and service was VERY slow.

Dinner with a view. The Navy Memorial is right outside Plan B Burger. This memorial is special because my grandpa was in the Navy!

After this, we headed back to our hotel and called it an early night so that we could gear up for another busy day!

That's a wrap on days 1 and 2! I will be back on Wednesday for days 3 and 4!