If you have a free day, you should devote some time to the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington DC - there is so much to see and do (not to even mention, eat). If you are a tea lover, then you must check out Teaism and try their green tea, 'Dragon Well', it's awesome. If you want to start your morning French style, then check out PAUL Bakery & Patisserie at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and prepare to become addicted to their pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant). Take your croissant and latte to walk around and view the lovely architecture that the Penn Quarter in DC has to offer. If you are really interested in finding out more, venture over to the District Architecture Center and learn more about the buildings that comprise Washington DC.
Locals and tourists alike go mad for cherry blossom season and it inspires cherry blossom cocktails, races, parties, and much more around the Washington DC area. The Cherry Blossom's peak date has changed. Now, it's from April 3-6 and that new date may throw off travelers with pre-existing reservations, so if you've held back, make your reservations now! Even though the cherry blossoms may not be in full bloom when you arrive, you can enjoy yourself (if you're from out of town) and, if you're a local, you can entertain your visiting guests, family, and friends with a ton of fun and downright quirky activities. There are so many things to do such as going on a photo safari and learning how to shoot your camera in manual mode, finding a morning walking activity led by a park ranger or a nighttime lantern expedition, you may want to spend all your time at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and check out all the activities, the list goes on and below we have a list of fun activities to do.
The Washington DC Cherry Blossoms have a history worthy of a novel and have been gracing the Washington, DC area for over 100 years, starting in 1910. Although things did not always go according to plan while procuring the trees, it lends to an interesting story. In 1906, Dr. David Fairchild returned from Japan with seventy-five cherry trees and commenced to plant the trees around his residence in Maryland. The trees took to the soil and did quite well in the area and this spurred Fairchild to donate trees to DC area schools for the children to plant. Eliza Scidmore helped negotiate with First Lady Helen Taft to get donations of the cherry blossom trees to plant around the Tidal Basin. As luck would have it, the Japanese consul was in New York at the time and heard of the proposition--he was of the mind to offer 2,000 cherry blossom trees and on December 10, 1910 2,000 trees arrived from Japan to be planted in DC.
The weekend, and St Patrick's Day in Washington DC, is over. People have shamrocks still painted on their faces today at work, right? Your co-workers have also been remarkably "sick," but you've seen their Facebook photos and they don't look like the flu bug bit them. In fact, they look well enough to have done a green beer keg stand followed by updates of "whiskey shots are amazing" on Twitter. You know they don't really have the 24-hour flu, just a hangover. You're so over that scene, so you think, "What else is there to do now that St Patrick's Day in Washington DC is over?"
Well, here are a few fun and pretty chilled-out activities for you and your kids that do not involve green beer, packed and sweaty bars, or shots (we can't promise you won't have a green shamrock painted on your face, that part is up to you).
St. Patrick's Day in Washington DC is here; in fact, some die hard fans of the holiday have been celebrating all week and have been preparing their perfect green outfits for Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday. Green shamrocks everywhere, basically. This is one of the more alcohol-based holidays that we have and why not make the best of it when from 4pm Sunday through 4am Monday SoberRide is offering free taxi rides (up to a $30 value). Free taxi rides? Well, there's your chance to leave your car at home and be responsible while you do car bomb shots to your heart's delight.
Pubcrawls.com is doing their famous three-day pub crawl once again and it's only $30 for 3 days, too! The Friday pub crawl is happy hour related, but Saturday and Sunday's crawls last all day. The drink specials include $1 domestic drafts, $2 domestic bottles, $3 well drinks, and more. Check them out on their website.