Last Wednesday morning, Rob and I woke up bright and early to take Henry to my mom for the rest of the week. We had big plans! :)
Our flight had a slight delay so we enjoyed a fun lunch at a fun restaurant called Arepazo close to the airport--and where I lived when Rob and I met. I had fried plaintains and a chicken tostado. It was SO delicious and such a great start to our trip.
Our flight was pretty uneventful, which is always a huge positive. After we got our bags, we boarded the Amtrak from BWI to DC. My best friend from college lives in the Dupont Circle area and I was so excited to get to spend some quality time with her on our vacation!
When we got to her condo, her husband was home and showed us where we could put all of our stuff. They have a new bassett hound puppy that Rob and I both fell in love with and loved on until Mary Scott made it home. The four of us went out to dinner at a really fun tapas restaurant. The food was amazing and we had the best time carrying on together. We were at dinner for a couple of hours which was such a fun way to start our trip together!
On Thursday morning, Rob and I decided to go to a local Mexican restaurant for breakfast and it was SO amazing! I had huevos rancheros and it was so so delicious!! (Are you starting to see all of the good food we ate on our trip?? :) )
After breakfast, we headed to the Holocaust Museum by the National Mall. I have been to the museum before, but Rob had never visited. It was still so interesting and sobering to see. After that museum, we went to the American History Museum. This museum has some fun things like the First Lady's dresses, history of American food, and some of the first cars. Mary Scott met up with us at the tail end of this tour and then we walked back to her condo. We stopped for a quick shopping trip on the way where I got Henry a super cute pair of skinny navy corduroys at Zara. I love their little kid's line! We also stopped for a snack at a really cool bar called Lincoln's Bar. I really wanted to take some pictures in here, but it was just too dark. The entire floor was covered in pennies! So fun.
After we got back to Mary Scott's, we got ready for dinner and a special tour Mary Scott had arranged for us!! Several years ago, Rob and one of his friends made a big trip to DC to celebrate Rob's law school graduation. One of his favorite restaurants of the trip was called The Bombay Club. This was Rob's only real request when we were in DC and it did not disappoint. Evidently this restaurant was one of Bill Clinton's favorites when he was president. There was a piano player and the food was just excellent!
After dinner, Mary Scott had a connection with a friend to THE WHITE HOUSE!!! We got to go on a personal tour which was so amazing. We weren't allowed to take pictures except for a few spots and this is the one that turned out the best---Rob and I in the Press Room. We had about .5 seconds to take this picture before Secret Service shut down everything for the night, so we were pretty much running across the room to get a picture!
Friday morning Rob and I woke up at 10 AM which was SO much later than what we had expected to, but honestly it was so amazing! I had really wanted to visit the Spy Museum, but because we woke up later it wasn't going to happen.
Instead we went for a fun brunch at Ted's Bulletin which is a sister restaurant to the Lincoln Bar we went to the previous day. This restaurant was themed like the turn of the century and had AMAZING food! Rob even got a homemade pop tart with his food. This is one of the few times that I was really cursing my Celiac's, because it just looked amazing!
After brunch, we hopped on the Metro to Reagan Airport to rent a car. We had all of our stuff with us and it was a surprisingly easy trip with our luggage. We rented a Dodge Charger and Rob was in heaven driving it around--it's hilarious to me how much he loves cars. :)
We visited the Udvar-Hazy Space Museum, which was so cool. Rob was really giddy because planes are totally his thing. This museum had the space shuttle Discovery which was awesome to see. Rob and I both couldn't get over how it seemed to be made out of styrofoam and didn't seem THAT stable. It wasn't a solid thing like a car or a plane, which was so weird. Then again, I'm not a space engineer so that's why they didn't solicit my opinion. ;)
After the museum, we headed towards our hotel by the wedding venue for the next few days. DC traffic was pretty rough, but our hotel was so convenient to get in and out of. They had valet and it was so awesome to be able to jump in and out of the car so easily.
For their rehearsal dinner, our friends had decided to have a big picnic and invite everyone that wanted to come spend time together to meet at a park. Rob and I didn't look at the directions beforehand, and realized way too late the picnic was right by my friend's condo. Unfortunately traffic was SO bad that we didn't make it--we just sat in traffic for such a long time. I was really bummed, but we did get to see Obama's motorcade. I am pretty sure he waved at us. ;)
I was in kind of a bad mood after being stuck in the car for so long, but I quickly changed my tune when we met up for dinner with some of our other friends and their new baby!! Isn't he so cute? He was pretty much in love with the fans at the restaurant which cracked me up. He was so light and snuggly--I miss Henry being a newborn!
Saturday was Rob's birthday AND the big wedding day! We had breakfast in bed at our hotel which was SUCH a fun treat and great start to the day. After breakfast, we got ready and headed out to sample a few wineries. We went to three, but one was way nicer than the others and had better wine, for sure. They also did a tasting menu with the wine which was something we had never seen before (even in Napa!). This winery also had a food truck and so we ate lunch there. The food was delicious and it was just an awesome day to spend together. :)
We came back to the hotel and got ready for the wedding which was held at an old amusement park outside of DC in Glen Echo Park. I wasn't for sure what to expect, especially when we found out the wedding was going to be in the Bumper Car Pavilion, but it was really fun!
This picture is a little crazy because of the lighting, but I still love it. :)
Sunday morning we met up with a friend for brunch before heading back to the airport. While we were gone for five days and four nights, it just seemed like such a short trip! I was excited to get back to Henry, for sure and he was really excited to see us. He spent most of Sunday evening loving on me and giving me hugs every time he saw me. Love those moments with him!