Monday, March 9, 2015

To the Capital and Some Penguins

Last weekend ( As usual I am behind on my posts) I spent the weekend in DC visiting my friend Allie who was one of my sorority sisters in college. I always forget how much I love DC until I am there.  There are so many fantastic restaurants and neat areas to explore in and around the city.  Every time I visit I always say I need to get down there more often especially since it is (usually) less than a four hour drive from Pittsburgh. 

Friday night I arrived and Allie as usual had quite the spread of snacks and wine waiting for me. We spent the night drinking wine and catching up since I had not seen Allie since Christmas when she was in Pittsburgh. 

   On Saturday we got up and drove to Old Town Alexandria, VA outside of DC. I had never been to Alexandria before, but it is the most adorable town on the water and it is lined with boutiques and restaurants.  I didn't take any pictures of the city,but I pulled this one off of the Visit Alexandria VA webpage.

We had the best time exploring and stopped for lunch at The Wharf where we shared a shrimp and oyster po-boy sandwich.  

    There were so many great boutiques but my favorite was The Lucky Knot. We must have spent 45 minutes shopping in this Lilly, Southern Proper, Elizabeth McKay heaven.  It was a prepster's dream.  

I ended up picking up this oversized pearl necklace and lobster scarf.   You can also shop their boutique online.

    After exhausting ourselves at The Lucky Knot we came across Grape + Bean Wine bar and stopped in for a flight. 

  Once we were back in DC we drove around the monuments and came the across the prettiest sun set.  We decided to walk to the Jefferson Monument ( and get a few more steps in for Allie's Fit bit challenge). 

Allie and I were accidental twins all day in our matching winter toggle coats. 
After our walk we went back to Allie's and got ready for dinner.   When Allie lived in Pittsburgh we would always go out for Tapas.  It was our thing, so of course it was appropriate to pick a Tapas restaurant for dinner.  Allie took me to Estadio, a Spanish Tapas restaurant and the food did not disappoint.  We shared a bunch of small plates, and I did not have one thing I did not like.  It was also voted #23 of the top 100 restaurants in DC for 2015. 

     After dinner we met up with our friend Gillian.  The three of us were all in the same sorority in college so it was appropriate to take photos making three Sigmas with our hands.
On Sunday I woke up in DC to snow coming down pretty hard, I decided to get up and leave before it got worse.  The roads were horrible and my wipers kept freezing, it ended up taking me over five hours to get home. 
 DFH and I had Pens tickets for that night and I luckily made it back shortly before we needed to leave.

We had amazing seats that night, it is so fun watching the game from up close. 

It was such a fun and eventful weekend, I cannot wait to plan my next trip to DC.


  1. I went to DC a long time ago when I was in high school but I haven't been back since. It seems like I'm missing out because judging by your pictures there is so much to do there. Sounds like a fun trip with friends.

  2. Come Visit Again Soon! Cute Blog