hi friends! we got back from our short d.c. trip and had the most fabulous time. seriously, it is definitely the highlight of our mini travels for 2017.. let’s be honest. we basically hopped on the plane, got to baltimore pretty tired after a full week prior and sort of winged it. got some great suggestions to jump start my planning from friends.. and it was go go go for the 2.5 days we were there. here is a photo journal of our trip with some tips & reflections at the end! definitely looking forward to our next visit to d.c. and the rest of our mini jaunts lined up (hawaii, portland, santa barbara) over the next few months. happy traveling friends!


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tips & travel notes:

1. infinity mirrors – at the hirshhorn museum (a smithonian museum on national mall) .. entry is free but you need a ticket to get into yoyoi kusama’s exhibit. they release them currently every monday and they sell out quick! you can also wait in line the morning of but those tickets are usually limited to around 300 tickets/day and people started lining up around 530am on friday and waited until 10am! about 1/2 of the line didn’t get tickets… so heads up! also, it will take 3+ hours if you want to go in every mirror room exhibit.. there are lines to get inside so be prepared for that! each mirror exhibit allows for your group (usually 2-3 people at a time) 20-30 seconds each depending on the exhibit. a good tip we got from a museum docent was to head in and see some of the back exhibits first where lines are shorter and then wrap back around to see the first 2 exhibits (the most popular!)

2. eats – there are so many good eats and we really only got to sample a bit but i definitely would recommend rasika for indian food! SO SO SO good. definitely try to grab res as the restaurant was at capacity the entire time we were there and with res we got seated right away! we also really liked founding farmers d.c. on pennsylvania.. ummm the corn bread is AMAZING. just do it. get it. you won’t regret it! portions are HUGEEE here so be ready to chow down. lol. we also had dinner at B too in logan circle for dinner and we really really liked the btoo mussels there! really good flavors.. good bread.. and it was fun to walk around afterwards! *** highchair notes: rasika – no high chair, no boosters; founding farmers – had both, so did btoo! ***

3. national portrait gallery – there is a beautiful glass covered atrium inside where you can take a minute to rest up and step out of the weather… its really beautiful inside and lots of open space/spots to chill.. if your walking by, it’s a good spot to take a break with your little!

4. i highly recommend walking as much as possible.. d.c. has gorgeous historical architecture and every building we walked by really was beautiful. sometimes we’d metro to a spot (like when we went to the kennedy center and needed to get there fast to see the ballet!) and then would walk back at a more leisurely pace.. obviously dc is a city so be aware of your surroundings and check to see if neighborhoods you are crossing through are safe .. but we really didn’t have a problem on our trip!

we had such an amazing weekender there!

things we did:
1. white house (no tour)
2. national mall
3. natural history museum
4. hirshhorn museum – infinity mirrors exhibit
5. national portrait gallery
6. kennedy center – ballet across america (curated by misty copeland/justin peck!)
7. founding farmers d.c.
8. rasika (indian!)
9. b too
10. shake shack
11. logans circle
12. national gallery of art sculpture garden
13. oyamel (tacos!)
14. pitango gelato
15. metro rides!
16. walk walk walk & look around!


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