after about five months of being locked up in my one bedroom apartment, a road trip was overdue. my aunt lives outside of Washington, D.C., only about a six hour drive from Cleveland. so I requested a few vacation days, ran it by my aunt & hit the road.
I stopped to try Primanti Bros. on the way, a staple in Pittsburgh. their "almost famous" sandwiches come with cheese, fries, slaw, tomato & your choice of meat (or eggs, in my case) on Italian bread. it's super comparable to Panini's in CLE!
I got to D.C. safely & couldn't wait to spend quality time with my aunt & cousin. we watched some movies, went on a few walks around the neighborhood & made homemade pasta. just the getaway I needed!
we spent one of our afternoons strolling through Georgetown, my favorite part of D.C. my cousin is entering his senior year of high school, so we walked around Georgetown University for a bit, so he could get a feel for the campus. they have so many beautiful & historic buildings.
fun fact about Georgetown: President John F. Kennedy has a lot of history there. he lived at 3260 N Street from 1951-1953, during which he met his wife Jackie & ran for senate. then, from 1957-1961 John & Jackie lived at 3307 N Street. this was during his 1960 presidential campaign & Kennedy went to his inauguration from this home in January of 1961.
learn more about the "Kennedy Walking Tour" here: georgetowndc.com/guide/self-guided-kennedy-walking-tour/.
after snapping a few pics at the Kennedy residences, we made our way to M Street. recognized as one of the best shopping streets in the country, M Street is full of adorable boutiques & eateries.
we were all in agreement it was time to stop for lunch, so we ordered a pizza to-go from Pizzeria Paradiso. more specifically, a 12" atomic pizza (with Paradiso tomato sauce, salami, hot pepper flakes & mozzarella). it was delicious - especially if you're a fan of thin crust pizza.
continuing our way down M Street, we passed Olivia Macaron. we stopped in & grabbed red velvet & blueberry cheesecake macarons. both were delicious! plus, so many cute photo opportunities.
meanwhile, I also placed a pickup order at Georgetown Cupcake. their gourmet designer cupcakes are baked daily with the best ingredients. my aunt, cousin & I each picked a flavor: mermaid vanilla, lava fudge & blueberry cheesecake. my favorite was the blueberry cheesecake! the cupcake had graham cracker crust, topped with vanilla frosting & a blue candy flower.
during our walk around town, we came across a couple of cool murals. there are even more that I didn't have time to see.
my aunt & cousin headed out of town mid-week to go check out a few colleges in Nevada. I made the trip back to Georgetown one afternoon to visit the Tudor Place Historic House & Garden. but first - I picked up brunch from a local black-owned business, Butter Me Up. I went with the staycation sandwich, it was the best brunch I'd had in a while! Tudor Place allows you to bring in food & drinks so I ate in one of the garden areas.
the Tudor Place Historic House & Garden is free to the public, however reservations for the garden are required & tours of the home aren't being offered at this time due to COVID-19.
when I arrived, I checked in & was provided a map of the fifteen different garden areas. it's really a beautiful place to explore & have a relaxing afternoon outdoors. as gorgeous as the gardens are, the home does have a history of slavery. I'd encourage you to chat with the workers on-site, as they're knowledgeable & are a great resource to learn more about the history of the home & garden. their website is a great resource as well.
while in Georgetown, I grabbed an iced coffee from Dog Tag Bakery. all proceeds support their veterans' programs.
I've visited D.C. many times before, but figured if I'm going to write a blog post about my trip I might as well spend an afternoon strolling the National Mall, taking pics & getting some steps in. I parked by the World War II Memorial & spent some time there, then around the reflecting pool before heading to the White House (which was blocked off for a press conference.)
& of course, I had to check out the Instagram-worthy murals around town...
I'm so glad I decided to take this road trip, it was way overdue. I loved spending time with my family & getting outdoors. I'm planning to head back to D.C. again in a few months, so feel free to send through any other social distancing safe recommendations in the D.C. area!
By: Alex Nemeth