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The Ultimate Girls Weekend in D.C.

Weekend in D.C.

This past weekend, one of my best friends came into town for a girl’s weekend. Before she arrived, I put together a weekend itinerary that was a mix of pampering, healthy day-time activities, noteworthy restaurants, and scenic cocktail locations.


12pm: Head to Georgetown for lunch at Café Milano followed by shopping

Café Milano is a well-known spot in D.C. to see diplomats, journalists, broadcasters, lobbyists, and entertainers.

Weekend in D.C. Cafe Milano

3pm: Manicures at Mimosa Salon in Adams Morgan

This is my go-to spot for a mani/pedi combination. I suggest you call ahead and make a reservation. Spoiler alert: they actually serve mimosas at Mimosa Salon.

Weekend in D.C. Mimosa Nail Salon

4pm: Snag at photo at Greenworks Florist

This flower shop is the all-around most darling spot to snag a photo in D.C. Greenworks is an insta-famous location that doesn’t get enough credit for its gorgeous flower arrangements.

Weekend in D.C. Instagram Spots

6pm: Pre-dinner drinks at St. Regis bar

If you like dark and sophisticated bars, the St. Regis is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink. The St. Regis recently poured 2 million dollars into revamping their bar and it truly shows. The ornate bar reminds me of restaurant you would visit in London or Paris.

Weekend in D.C. St Regis Bar

7pm: Dinner at Rare Steakhouse

Rare steakhouse is exactly what you’d expect for a steakhouse, and it follows the vibe of St. Regis Bar located only a block down the street. Rare was decorated elegantly with chandeliers, dark leather, and dim lighting. The service was kind and attentive and brought us complimentary champagne for my birthday. I ordered the Caesar salad, the 9 oz filet prepared medium, and a side of asparagus. The filet was tender and prepared to perfection! I haven’t been to many steakhouses in D.C., but I enjoyed my experience here and would definitely go back.

Weekend in D.C. , Rare Steakhouse

9pm: Drinks at Calico & Colombia Room

Both of these bars are located in Blagden Alley, which is literally an alley of unique bars and restaurants. Calico has an urban garden/backyard vibe with twinkle lights, lanterns, and lush herbs. Calico serves food and could be a nice dinner venue, but I think the post dinner scene is more fun.

Weekend in D.C., Colombia Room


11am: Take a class at 305 fitness

I HATE workout classes, but I LOVE 305 fitness! If the name doesn’t give it away, 305 is a Miami inspired workout class. The classes are not easy, but they are so much fun. You do not have to be a dancer to enjoy a class at 305.

Weekend in D.C. , 305 Fitness

1pm: Massages at Aura Spa

Aura Spa is connected to Vita Fitness, and I happen to love it because it is within walking distance from my house. It also has incredibly nice amenities to use before or after your service. Get there early to sit in the steam room and sauna.

Weekend in D.C. , Day Spa

3pm: Smithsonian American Art Museum

This museum has the largest collection of American art in the world!

Weekend in D.C., Instagram Spots in DC

4pm: Snag a photo in the D.C. City Center

Palmer’s Alley always has the cutest decorations that change each season. You’re also steps away from my favorite friends- Gucci, Dior, Hermes, and David Yurman.

Weekend in D.C., Instagrammable Spots in DC

7pm: Dinner at La Vie at the Wharf

This restaurant is chic, swanky, and pulls in a very well-dressed crowd on a Saturday night. I loved the ambiance, food, and back bar that looks a romantic patio garden.

Weekend in D.C., The Wharf

9pm: Drinks at Whiskey Charlie

Whiskey Charlie has been on everyone’s radar this summer. It is worth it to stop by for a drink and photo overlooking the river.

Weekend in D.C., Whiskey Charlie

10pm: Dancing at 18th Street Lounge or Tropicalia

You cannot end the night without a little bit of dancing! Head to 18thStreet Lounge in Dupont Circle or Tropicalia on U Street to dance your drinks before bedtime.

Weekend in D.C., Clubs in DC


11am: Brunch at Le Diplomat

There is no such thing as a visit to D.C. without dining at Le Diplomat. Brunch at Le Dip is my favorite because the French are all about their eggs! The restaurant looks just like the brasseries I visited this summer when I was in Paris.

Weekend in D.C., Best Food in DC

1pm: Walk by Meridian Hill Park

Take a relaxing stroll through one of my favorite parks within walking distance of Le Dip. From young families to hipster couples, you will see all types of people enjoying the afternoon. If you go in the evening, you can catch the drum circle and do a bit of dancing!

Weekend in D.C., Best Parks in DC

There are so many things to do in D.C. over the weekend! My itinerary barely scratches the surface of cool restaurants, events, and activities available. I can’t wait to continue to share some of my favorite things this city has to offer.




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