I’m a little embarrassed to say, that I’m knocking on the door of being 30 years old and I’ve never been to Washington D.C. Just like everyone else, I’ve learned all about our nations history in school and it’s a place I’ve always wanted to go, but had never been until last week. I had the honor of joining a friend of mine, who’s husband serves as a Congressman, to the First Lady’s Luncheon with Melania Trump.
**Now I’m not going to input my political views in this post at all and hope that you can keep that to yourself as well. No matter who it is, it’s a big job and it’s a honor to be invited to such a prestigious event.**
Getting to experience D.C. and finally seeing all that I had been wanting to see since childhood was such a dream come true. To think of all of the history that has taken place there is hard for me to even conceive. Here’s a little about our trip!
When we arrived, my friend had arranged for us to take an escorted tour to the top of the dome of the Capital Building. This is something that is only done through arranging with a Congressman and you have to be accompanied by them. Y’all… if you ever have the opportunity to do it… you MUST! You start at the ground floor and climb up 18 fights, inside the dome to the outside top overlooking the National Mall. We were ABOVE where the Inaugeration is held. Its so cool to take certain stops at the base of the dome and look up and then the next time you come out your at the very top of the dome looking at the painting on the ceiling almost close enough to touch. We continued all of the way to the top where we walked outside and saw the view. We walked around the entire top of it and saw the whole city. It’s just so breathtaking…. and if you’re afraid of heights… and apparently I am, it literally takes your breath away. I say all of that to say, once you go up… you must come down. As I was climbing the steep steps up, I realized we must walk them back down. White knuckles all of the way down, but we made it… and gosh I’m so thankful I was able to be part of such an amazing experience.
Here we GO!
From the first tier of railing… Look up there below the mural… we go there next… EEEK!
From the TOP! The view was breath taking.
That’s the ONLY part of the Capital we didn’t climb!!
Coming off of the high of seeing the top of the Capital, we then took a tour of the whole building. From the Congress wing to the Senate wing and everything in-between, there’s just so much history to absorb. To hear how it was all once set up and how it has evolved over time is worth taking the tour. Also, side note, if your ever go, there’s a little and I mean closet of a market in the Congress side… stop and get the gummy bears, the best I’ve ever had, and not just because I’m pregnant.
After a day of travel, “hiking” and touring we went to the Trump Hotel for a drink and apps before dinner. Like I said, no matter where you stand, it’s a beautiful place to have a drink!
The Shrimp Cocktail… YUMM
In a city with so much to do, it’s hard to know where to start. So we decided since we were with a D.C. native we would ride bikes (we rented from Capital Bikes bike share) down the National Mall, past the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, through the War Memorial to Georgetown where we had lunch.
Georgetown has a beautiful area called the River Front Park were there’s a variety of restaurants ranging from any type of cuisine that you could be savoring. We chose Nick’s Riverside Grill which was great for a group, they had a little bit of everything! Check out their menu here.
If you’re looking to do a little shopping while you’re over there, they also have a fashion district on Main Street and the streets off of it where you can find anything and everything. (Here is a list of all the stores) I found this store called COS and fell in love!! There aren’t many of them and they’re owned by H&M! LOVE LOVE LOVE! You must check them out when your there… or here online. I bought this dress here
That evening we attended a welcome reception hosted by the Republican Congressional Spouse Club Spring Reception in the Library of Congress. Getting to wander around this beautiful building and be among some of the women who support those who make decisions that impact our everyday lives was such an honor. Paul Ryan also made an appearance to say hi and take some photos!
We had drinks following at the W. Hotel rooftop bar called the POV! And what a view. HERE
The view of the White House
Finally, the big even was Thursday morning where we attended the First Lady Luncheon. It was an event filled with so many impactful people who work hard everyday to make a difference in our country. There were performances by Jesse James Decker and Lauren Alaina, which were both show stoppers and honoring the wives and children of those who serve our country. It was such an honor to attend!
D.C. has so much to do and I wish I had time to do so much more. I’m already planning to go again and this time hit a couple of tours visit the Smithsonian and the International Spy Museum and wherever else the wind blows. Here’s a great website to find out all you need to know about D.C.
One of my favorite breakfast places… yummy pastry selection and the breakfast was to die for was Farmers & Distillers!
Where are some of your favorite D.C. spots??