For a special take on a getaway weekend, we thought it be fun to highlight our recent trip to Washington DC. No, this isn’t a guide for a typical scenic tour of our nation’s capital. We have never been accused of doing anything “typical”, and we embrace that fact. Instead here are some non-typical and interesting things you might want to enjoy in Washington, D.C.
Experience the Gold Treatment
For our trip to D.C., we got to experience the gold level treatment. At the Fairmont in D.C., we stayed on the Gold Floor. It is a private level of the hotel with its own lounge serving an amazing complimentary breakfast and treats all day long. Really I could have just stayed there all the time for the food, but the service is what made it so special. The attention to detail and level of service is beyond compare. Don’t believe me, just ask for a simple cup of coffee and see what happens.
Shhhh There Is a Disco Going On
The next non-typical experience you need to try in D.C. is to head over to the Embassy Row Hotel Rooftop. There you will find the quietest disco in town. Not because they play the music really low, but because you have to wear headphones to hear the music. Yes, this disco comes with an awesome view of the city and the ability to take off your headphones to actually have a conversation with someone. My favorite part is the headphones have 4 different music tracks to switch to if you aren’t digging a song on one of the channels. It was fun and definitely not your typical disco.
Explore the Parallax Gap
D.C. is known for its many museums and galleries of all kinds, but for something unique that blends art and architecture go to the Parallax Gap exhibit at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Fascinating displays with dynamic perspectives are mounted on the ceilings of the Grand Salon. Walk the length of the halls to see the drastic changes in the appearance of the exhibits from different angles. This exhibit will be on display until February 11, 2018, if you miss it there is sure to be another amazing exhibit to see there!
Into The Hive
Another non-typical exhibit found in D.C. right now is the Hive. Located in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum, this exhibit built entirely of wound paper tubes rises to a height of 60 feet. This exhibit creates both intriguing designs with the light as well as provide a chamber to hear echoing sounds that can be made from within the hive.
In the Hive exhibit. This girl was fascinated by the music she could make in some of the tubes. What are they made of? Thick paper tubes!💜 . . . . . #RoarLoud #artexhibit #IloveDC #travelgram #gangstudio #bloggerstakethecity #contemporaryart #MyDCcool #museum #hiveDC #DC #travelpics #exploremore #instatravel #instagood #traveldeeper #femaletravelbloggers #GLT #contemporaryartist #Washington #thehive #tripadvisor #discoveramerica #amazingplacestovisit
Tip: Be sure to journey to the upper levels to see the structures from above.
Get outside for some art!
Take a stroll through the outdoor Hirshhorn Museum on the National Mall at the corner of 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue. The National Mall is great to see so we recommend you stop by for a visit and the Hirshhorn Museum is right there- without the crowds! Wander through, have a picnic and add your wish to Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree! The best part – it is free admission!!
Stop for a Sip
Not sure how many of you have ever been to a rum tasting, but it was a new one for us…so we of course did it. Stop by and visit D.C.’s first Rum distillery, Cotton & Reed, and learn how these two friends went from working with NASA and the aerospace industry to making rum. Of course you need to sample the product and maybe select a signature drink to try.
Innovation Meets Art
Artechouse needs to be seen to be believed. This digital art space has interactive displays bringing real world and virtual worlds together. The beautiful imagery created by Computer scientist Adreien Mondot and graphic designer Claire Bardainne responds to touch, others to sound and is an experience not to be missed in a non-typical tour of D.C.
Fill Up and Sink the Titanic
All the exploring worked up an appetite. We got the chance to fill up and recharge at the Hill Country Barbeque. They have a great bbq with mouth-watering selections. What could top that….dessert of course! We visited one of the finest Italian restaurants in D.C., Carmine’s. Besides the obvious delicious Italian cuisine, they have the non-typical dessert that is worth the trip. Get the Titanic for you and a few friends to indulge in a sinful ice cream and chocolate creation to die for.
Enjoy Washington, DC your way!
Although our trip to D.C. was not the usual sites, sometimes those are the best experiences. Never be afraid to march to your own beat and take a chance. Keep Calm and RoarLoud.
Our stay at Fairmont Washington DC was discounted and our upgrade to the Gold Level was complimentary. Our visits to Cotton and Reed rum distillery, Carmine’s Italian Restaurant-DC, Hill Country Barbecue, Artechouse, Embassy Row Hotel’s Silent Disco and the Hive exhibit at National Building Museum were complimentary. Thank you to our sponsors and Washington, DC Tourism for their hospitality! As always all opinions are honest and our own.
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