Post # 1
My Fiance and I are visitng DC in the middle of march so I thought I would look to the locals to find the must see places!
Maybe some offbeat attractions and some of the best (hole in the wall places) to eat?
Post # 3
By no means a comprehensive list, but there were a couple of similar threads in the last few months:
I can’t narrow it down to the best-of off the top of my head, haha, but those should give you a start!
Post # 4
How long will you be here for? The cherry blossom festival starts end of March but the trees will already have started to bloom before that – http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/
Post # 5
We will be there till the 14th. That would be so awesome to see the cherry blossoms!!!
Post # 6
Check out the local boards on Chowhounds.
Post # 7
Wait…the trees might be in bloom by mid-march?
I would LOVE that – getting married on the 20th and I always figured it would be later in the year
Post # 8
@HoneyBear: Okay – here’s the deal: While you’re here, PM me and we can go out for Amsterdam Falafel. It’s AMAZING! 🙂 (and in my neighborhood, haha)
Post # 9
Ohh awesome…. I have never had falafel. Its a date!
Post # 10
@HoneyBear: omg you are missing out on falafel – its amazing!!
Post # 11
Definitely take advantage of all the “foreign” food. D.C. is such an international city, that’s where it really shines. Some of my favorite things:
*Getting drinks at the quirky Tabard Inn (their food can be hit-or-miss, and expensive to take the risk on). They make a great Pimm’s Cup, though, which is a perfect spring drink. It’s a favorite for locals, in a good location, and full of character.
*Getting late-night cocktails at The Gibson. They’re craft cocktails made with all kinds of interesting things and combinations. My Fiance and I like to play a game: we each order for the other, pointing to the menu for the server so that we won’t know what the other ordered for us. Then as we sip, we try to guess what the drink is. It’s very fun.
*On Twitter, I follow LobsterTruckDC, which is a mobile unit selling crazy-good lobster rolls and whoopie pies. Their Twitter feed tells you where they’ll be parking each morning, almost always near a Metro stop. It’s kind of fun to play treasure-hunt like that.
*If you’re really into beer, ChurchKey is a really good bar for hard-to-find craft beers, and pretty popular.
Post # 12
LOVE Amsterdam Falafal – SO not weight watchers friendly, but deeelish.
I’ve on a Founding Farmers kick, too – we had NYE dinner there and it was fabulous – one of the best cocktails I’ve had in DC.
Post # 13
@jindc: Love FF. Where is this Amsterdam Falafel of which you all speak?! Sounds yum!
Post # 14
My fav restaurant is Cafe Atlantico in Penn Quarter… different and delicious!
As for attractions, I would recommend the National Museum of the American Indian. This is a newer Smithsoniann museum (meaning it is free!), and it is often overlooked. The space is beatiful, the collections are amazing, and even the museum cafeteria is awesome (you can try Native American foods from different regions)!
The Hirshhorn sculpture garden is lovely in nice weather.
Also, the DC Independent Film Festival will be running March 3-13th… I don’t think they have announced any details yet, but something you may want to look into later.
Post # 15
Amsterdam Falafal is on 18th Street – right next to the Black Squirrel – in Adams Morgan. We NEVER go to AdMo (we used to eat at the black squirrel until the bouncer assaulted my FH because I didn’t have ID with me – and we don’t drink, so it shouldn’t have mattered…but…)
we should have an Amsterdam Falafal meet up!
Also – CoCo Sala has an AMAZING and sinful fixed price brunch – I HIGHLY recommend it. you might need a nap after but it’s so good.
My favorite DC restaurants: Dino in Cleveland Park, Bibiana in Metro Center, Rasika in Pen Quarter, Firefly in Dupont Circle, Founding Farmers in the “west end” Can’t go wrong with any of them.
Also, I can request a tour of the Pentagon for you guys if you want.
Post # 16
You can check the National Park Service website for cherry blossom festival dates, but it is 2 weeks – usually the last week of March/first week of April or the first two weeks of April, depending on how cold the winter is (this winter has been unusually cold for DC, so it will probably be on the later side). I have found their predictions (in 7 years in DC) to be very accurate. The first week is delicate pink buds and fluffy pink flowers on the trees, the second week (the beginning of the second week is considered “peak”) is very fluffy white flowers on trees and a blanket of white petals on the ground.