|Streets of Georgetown|
After brunch and brews, we headed to the artsy town of Alexandria to check out the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a massive three level art space and gallery shops. Alexandria is such a cute waterfront town, with a nice grassy park, a steamboat, and harbor to check out. King Street, the main street off of the Torpedo Factory is full of fashion and home decor shops, as well as some restaurants. It made for a great afternoon shopping, strolling, and looking at a variety of types of art.
|steamboat in Alexandria|
|King Street Alexandria|
Next, we headed to the eclectic neighborhood Adams Morgan, where the hipsters play, and you can find about any ethnic restaurant under the sun. We checked out a few rooftop bars for an afternoon beverage. There's a chill atmosphere in this part of town, with artistic graffiti all over the walls, and endless restaurants in brownstone buildings. This was another of my favorite areas to spend some time in D.C. For dinner, we went to the trendy and popular Greek and Turkish meze restaurant Zaytinya, which is backed by the fabulous restauranteur José Andrés. It's one of those places to see and be seen, for a late night dinner.
The following morning, we ate at the very popular brunch joint Founding Farmers. Well worth the hour plus wait. We frittered the last few hours in D.C. at the Smithsonian. You could spend days popping in and out of all the museums, but since we only had less than two hours to spare, we checked out the most iconic museum, the American History Museum. The exhibit that most caught my eye was The First Ladies. What an exquisite display of fashion from the 18th century to today, including many of the First Ladies' Inaugural Ball gowns. I could have spent a whole afternoon here soaking up inspiration and drooling over the amazing vintage dresses and accessories. Find photos and descriptions of the whole collection here. See some of my favorite dresses below.