A couple of months ago Apartmentguide.com asked to team up and for me to share some of my favorite places in DC, so here they are. For the original post click here. If you’re looking to rent an apartment or move they got you. They help you find everything from military apartments to luxury.
Enjoy. Xo, Frase
DC is a popular destination with entertainment, arts, clubs and unique neighborhoods everyone wants to live in, or at the very least be seen in on a Friday night. The wealth and diversity of options grows every year. After living in DC for eight years, coming back to the city after a year away gave me the last two years to discover the best of this beautiful city all over again
I love the DC standards (the National Mall, U and 14th Streets, taking in a performance at The Kennedy Center, strolling through Rock Creek Park, etc.). To me, it is the lesser known places that really make DC stand out in my mind so here are my favorite places and activities.
Monroe Street Market:
This is one of my new top spots. This up-and-coming development features a unique twist: it’s anchored by the Arts Walk, a string of over two dozen individual artist studios including vintage shops, custom leather goods, painters, sculptors, photographers and jewelers. A veritable cornucopia of local creators for you to visit as you walk through.
Not to mention the many events –live music, a Farmers Market and an Artist Open House – held throughout each week. Don’t forget to stop in for a bite at the numerous dining options, too. If you love buying local, this is a new “must-go” destination.
Monroe Street Market
625 Monroe St NE
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens:
Opened to the public in 1977, this estate once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, she transformed her home into a museum to inspire and educate. From Russian and French art and artifacts; to a to die-for collection of Faberge Eggs; to the beautiful landscaped gardens and natural woodlands that feel so peaceful and secluded – Hillwood Estate is a quiet escape that can make you forget the hustle-and-bustle of DC.
$18 per adult may seem like a lot since there are many other beautiful locations with vast art collections for no cost at all – but it’s worth the fee.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue
DC Improv is a great spot to catch the most famous comedians performing stand-up routines –you’ll notice posters and autographed pictures decorating the walls of the lobby as you descend into the main room that sits 285 people and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. A full bar and menu allows you to enjoy dinner and drinks, in addition to laughter.
Beside the great comedians the Improv also offers Open Mic Nights, Happy Hour Trivia and a Comedy School. Attendees will learn how to write sketches, or craft a 5-minute stand-up routine, or delve into the art of improvisational comedy.
It’s the improv class that made me fall in love with DC Improv; these classes are perfect no matter what field you’re in because the beauty of improv is that anyone can be funny – even your boring co-workers!
Visit www.dcimprov.com for details on all of its events and offerings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington:
Relaxation is not usually the first thing people associate with Washington DC. However everyone knows that meditation, mindfulness and finding balance in life are important, and living and working in DC requires an outlet to relax. The Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) — a spiritual community that teaches and practices Insight (Vipassana) meditation in the Washington, DC metro area – serves that need.
There are so many options for programs, workshops, classes and retreats, and many of them are free and open to the public. I suggest looking into the Wednesday night meditation classes at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation (RRUUC) in Bethesda, MD.
Led by IMCW founder and senior teacher Tara Brach, each week’s 90-minute-long meditation features a new theme about life, interacting with others and self-love, and is a combination of guided meditation and dharma talk. This class will leave you feeling spiritually calm and ready to conquer the world.
Tara is well-respected in the meditation community and her classes are very popular – 250-300 people attend each week, so arrive early to secure your seat. Admission is free (a $10-$15 donation is encouraged). Unfortunately, the RRUUC is not Metro-accessible, so plan ahead (bus, taxi, Zipcar, Uber, etc.)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington
Coming to DC to see all the tourist attractions is great for a vacation but when you live here, all the best parts surface. Live, love, laugh and get a chance to relax in one of the greatest and most historic cities in the United States with these tips and don’t stop there–explore so much more and discover the rest of DC for yourself.