Hello All! I hope you had chance to check out my Cherry Blossom Cocktail I shared last week! It was inspired by the enchanting bloom of its namesake, and created in anticipation of my trip to Washington D.C. to witness enchantment myself.
I have to say that I was not disappointed. I see why people journey from near and far to see the collection of trees, and participate in National Cherry Blossom Festival; celebrating the gift of over 3,000 Cherry Blossoms to our Nation's Capital from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo in 1912. The festival carries on for several weeks, with a host events ranging from reenactments and performances, to bikes rides and a parade. The city swarms with visitors from all around the world, and is abuzz with activity, staged with a gorgeous backdrop of beaming blossoms. You can read more about the festival here.
In all honesty, we didn't participate in much of the festival itself, but enjoyed strolling (read, squeezing) through the Tidal Basin, in all of its flowering glory. We also walked around several of the monuments in the area, and caught a few performances. Seeing the beauty of the trees first hand almost has to be enough, because trying to snap a photo of one without a hoard of people in the background (foreground, middleground) is absolutely impossible. I was able to capture a number of well positioned pictures, but not as many as I would have liked. Oh well. Having been there, and being able to see what I've only heard about, was truly an amazing experience.
For this trip we decided to stay a little farther from the center of the action, and chose a spot in the Dupont Circle area, which I would highly recommend. There are a number of great restaurants, bars, cafes, art galleries, shops, and clubs, all within a short walking distance. Friday afternoon we explored the area and wandered down to St. Arnold's on Jefferson for happy hour, and partook in a few libations, as well as some mussels that were absolutely outstanding! And for the price, you can't go wrong! We also made dinner reservations at Bistrot Du Coin; a little French cafe that is serving up amazing food, and is packed to the gills on a Friday night, so make sure to call ahead! For something a little sweet after dinner, pop over to Dolcezza for some sweet and creamy gelato. They are mixing up some interesting and delicious flavor combinations that you wont want to miss! But don't worry, they have some more traditional flavors if you're more of a fan of the classics. For an evening of fun and a few drinks, head to the Board Room. Here, you can mix business and pleasure. This bar is serving up 21 beers on tap, and has a treasure trove of classic board games to entertain the kid at heart with an adult thirst. If you're traveling to the D.C. area in the future, I recommend giving this neighborhood a try. There are several Metro stations nearby, where you can hop a train to get to your next destination, without missing a beat. If you're lucky enough to be there on a Sunday, you can stop by the Farmers Market for some fresh goods and maybe hear some sweet tunes (just don't try to take a picture of the orchids).
I wish we could have stayed longer, but I was certainly worn out from our adventures. I am also looking forward to our next visit to D.C.. Hopefully we can squeeze in a few museums, and art galleries next time, as well as some more delicious food! Any recommendations? Where are your favorite places to visit or eat?