A Non-Monument Filled Weekend in DC

DC is a really fun city to visit, talk some politics (or not because I hate talking politics), and see all of the classic American monuments we have grown to love. However, after having seen all of the typical DC hot spots, I was ready to explore some new areas on my most recent trip to the city.

A former manager of mine (way back from 2013 when I first started working) and now just really good friend, recently bought a new condo in the Logan Circle area in DC, so I took a weekend trip to see her. 
I had visited her before so she planned a fun filled weekend, this time monument free. 

The first night we went to dinner at a place right down the street from her called Estadio.

I loved the ambiance of this place and the food was amazing. It felt very authentic, so much so that I had a friend DM me who at glance of my insta story thought I was in Spain! (I wish!) 
We had the mushroom croquettes, flank steak, patatas bravas and flourless chocolate cake.

The next morning we took it slow, meal prepped some quiche and ratatouille for the dinner party she was throwing that night and then headed out to enjoy the glorious weather. 

I downloaded the Capital ride Share bike app for the weekend and highly recommend doing this if you’re visiting when the weather is nice. Its $2 for a half hour ride, or you can pay $8 for the entire day. 

The first (and accidental) stop on our bike tour was at a house that is painted like a watermelon. If you like fun wall art this is a cool place to stop and take a picture! 

The second stop on our ride was at the City Center DC. Although the stores at this mall are a tad (ok a lot) out of my price range, it’s a really cool spot to walk around, grab a coffee and do some window shopping. They also update the decorations for different times of the year. Right now they have fake leaves for fall, but I saw pictures during the cherry blossom festival where they had pink and white lanterns, and in the summer they had blow up beach balls. Google the mall and you can see all of the fun decorations they have put up over the years! 

Thee third stop was to the Building Museum. This place is GORGEOUS! It’s free to walk around the main area and then they have changing exhibits that you can pay to go into. Its a must for a photo opp when you’re in the city. 

After almost 3 hours of bike riding, we were thirsty and ready to head back to her place to get ready before company came over. To quench our thirst we stopped by Share Tea in China Town and YUM! I forgot how good bubble tea is! I got the Mango and Passion fruit (light sugar) tea with bubbles and couldn’t recommend it more! This tea place has stores all over so if you have one in your city (or happen to go to DC) I would highly recommend it! 

Back at her place, we had a wonderful dinner with some of her friends and then headed out to see the famous Bens Chili building and grab a drink!

On Sunday before I took off back to Jersey for work, we grabbed coffee at La Colombe and walked around Logan Circle before heading for lunch and mezcal margaritas at Provision No. 14.

Per some recommendations, I also picked up some sweet treats for my aunt and uncle at Ted Bulletin (they have homemade Pop-tarts in a bunch of flavors that are delish and super cute!) and stopped by a plant shop, because why not.

Thanks for stopping by! 


  1. Robert
    October 2, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    Wow what a life you live.
    Take care

    • Kirsten Elizabeth
      October 3, 2019 / 7:00 am

      Haha I do don’t I 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  2. Karen Beukema
    October 3, 2019 / 6:37 am

    What a fun trip. You take beautiful photos.

  3. Kirsten Elizabeth
    October 3, 2019 / 7:01 am

    It really was! Thanks Karen! Hope you’re doing well!

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