Couples Trip to Washington DC

Back in February 2018, Matt had a work trip to Washington DC. It was close to my birthday, and some other co-workers were having their spouses fly up for the weekend, so we decided to make it a couples trip to Washington DC. 

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Several years back we did a family trip to DC and did lots of popular tourist things, so this trip was for us to hit some adult places. Matt had a couple ideas of places he wanted to visit. If you’re familiar with DC, I hope to share something new. 

What to See on Your Couples Trip to Washington DC

National Harbor

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Not in the heart of DC, but National Harbor is full of shops, restaurants, events, things to see and do, and places to stay. Also, site of the well known Capital Wheel. 

Glass of beer from Granite City Brewery in Washington DC on our couples trip

You could spend several days just in the harbor, but we chose to walk around a little, grab a quick bite to eat, and pop into Granite City Brewery. 

Off The Record

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Chosen by Forbes as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars” it’s located inside the Hay-Adams Hotel. The hotel sits on the site where the homes of John Hay and Henry Adams once stood. 

Off the Record has been the location for many meetings between lobbyists and congress members, with its’ close proximity of The White House. You can just imagine the conversations that must have taken place here. 

Martin’s Tavern

Owned by a 4th generation Martin, the tavern is the oldest family owned restaurant in Washington DC, and a landmark. We enjoyed reading all the Martin’s Tavern historical facts, most notably the booth where John F Kennedy proposed to Jackie. Also, the “Rumble Seat” which is a one sided booth JFK would sit and read the Sunday paper after Mass. There is also the Dugout room in the back, where Mickey Mantle would spend time. 

Couple sitting in proposal booth in Martin's Tavern Washington DC

There is a standing reservation for the JFK booth every Sunday. Lucky for us, there was some time, and they allowed us to sit there, have a drink, and take some pictures while waiting for our friends to join us. 

Where to Eat on Your Couples Trip to Washington DC

Old Ebbitt Grill 

One of the oldest restaurants in Washington DC, but sadly Old Ebbitt Grill is not in the original location, due to a fire. Still rich in history, and right by The White House, many presidents have dined here, including President Roosevelt. Even some of the mounts which adorn the walls were hunts of President Roosevelt. 

Our dinner began with oysters, barbecue pork belly sliders, and classic poutine. For the main dishes, Matt chose the veal chop, and I love a good filet. This place meets up to the reputation. 

We couldn’t say no to dessert, because the apple crisp sounded too good for me. As did the bourbon raisin bread pudding for Matt. 

Filomena’s Italian Ristorante

Chef making homemade pasta at Filomena's in Washington DC

Opening in the 1980’s, Filomena’s menu is inspired by the family roots in  the Abruzzi region of Italy.  When you walk in, you’ll find a big window to watch pasta making by hand.

One of the ladies we were with insisted we eat at Filomena’s because it’s one of her favorite places in DC. I can understand why. The food, and atmosphere are fantastic. Keep in mind, portions are very large, and you will definitely want to leave room for dessert. 

Paolo’s Ristorante

I guess you could say Italian cuisine was popular on our visit, but Paolo’s was top choice by our oldest daughter’s best friend, who attends Georgetown. Paolo’s is a fusion of Italian and California fresh, and I’d go back again. It worked out for us, because it was across the street from Martin’s Tavern. 

Where To Stay on Your Couples Trip

View of sunset from inside Gaylord National Harbor

We stayed at the Gaylord Resort National Harbor, which is just outside of DC, East of the Potomac River, in Maryland. If you are ever in the area of a Gaylord Resort, I highly recommend taking a walk through. We have been in three of them; Orlando, Nashville, and now National Harbor. They are each unique, and classy in their own way.

We still have a list of more places we’d like to visit on our next couples trip to Washington DC. We would love to hear your ideas, so please share them with us!

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55 thoughts on “Couples Trip to Washington DC

  • January 16, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Washington DC is one of my favorite places. We love Pi Pizza if you are in the area of the International Spy Museum or Ford’s Theater it is an easy walk.

    • January 17, 2020 at 11:15 am

      Will definitely keep it in mind for next time! I would love to go back.

  • January 16, 2020 at 8:15 am

    This looks like an awesome trip! I lived in Maryland until I was 20 so visited DC quite frequently. It looks like I need to go back now though. Thanks for the tips!

    • January 17, 2020 at 11:18 am

      What a great place to grow up and be able to experience all that history.

  • January 16, 2020 at 8:35 am

    You listed some places that sound really cool! I have never been to DC, but my husband has talked about wanting to take me! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • January 17, 2020 at 11:23 am

      You are welcome!! It’s a fun couples town!

  • January 16, 2020 at 9:08 am

    It sounds like fun and a totally different type of Washington DC trip!

    • January 17, 2020 at 11:25 am

      It was for sure!! Happy we had already done most of the “tourist” places

  • January 16, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I NEED to go to DC and try all the food!

    • January 17, 2020 at 11:46 am

      There are so many great places to dine!!

  • January 16, 2020 at 11:31 am

    The Gaylord sounds awesome! I lived in DC for a year and I was so sad to move! I loved it so much!

    • January 17, 2020 at 11:52 am

      I love all the Gaylord Resorts!! They’re so different!

  • January 16, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Looks like a great trip! I haven’t explored DC yet I’ll have to keep this in mind when we go.

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Hope you get the chance to visit! So much history!

  • January 16, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    My husband I LOVE to travel to D.C.!

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      I would love to go back!!

  • January 16, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Great ideas, ou made me hungry with all this good food!

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      We definitely dined at some petty wonderful places!!

  • January 16, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    What a fun trip! Filomena’s looks awesome, and how cool that you could watch them making pasta!
    Thank you for sharing, maybe one day I’ll get to visit there myself.

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:41 pm

      I thought it was a nice touch too. To watch your pasta being made!

  • January 16, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve heard that Gaylord Hotels are amazing. Sounds like a fun time for couples or for anyone really who loves to eat…cuz that’s my jam

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      For sure!! Hubby and I love great dining!

  • January 16, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    The food looks delicious! I haven’t been to DC for awhile, maybe it’s time to go back!

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      For sure a place to visit more than once!

  • January 16, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great time and that STEAK! AMAZING!

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Food was amazing!!

  • January 16, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    fuN! I am a big fan of DC and we just did National Harbor a couple weeks ago. Really cool place!

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      Ooooh, I hope you share about it!! Would love more insight on the area since our visit was short!

  • January 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    My husband and I are always looking for couples trip ideas and I think you just inspired meet put DC on the list!

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Yay!! I hope you get the chance to make it happen!

  • January 16, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I would love to go to DC for a couple’s weekend. All that history at Marin’s Tavern, that is certainly a must-stop location.

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      Fun!! I agree, such a neat place!

  • January 16, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    I’ve been to DC on family and work trips but never just a couples trip…sounds fun (I love DC!). And I must try Filomena’s…yum!

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      Yes, you should go!! You will love it!

    • January 17, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      You are welcome. I hope they are helpful!

  • January 17, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for the tips on this couples’ tour.

    • January 17, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      Happy to help!!

  • January 18, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Oh I haven’t been to the national harbor in years! But I remember how much fun it was – and how much it was unlike other parts of DC. Now I so want to try Filomin’s!

    • January 19, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      I would love to head back to National Harbor!

  • January 18, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    We love Old Ebbitt Grill, they had awesome Oysters Rockefeller. When did they burn down? It’s been ages since I’ve been

    • January 19, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      The original burned down many, many years ago. Not recently. My hubby loved the oysters too!

  • January 18, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    This looked like a great trip! DC has a lot to offer!

    • January 19, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      I agree, DC has so much to offer!!

  • January 19, 2020 at 8:30 am

    My son and I stayed at the Gaylord in National Harbor for one night last summer. It was on our way back from North Carolina. We loved the area. We walked around, took some photos and had a great dinner. As for DC, it is a great place. I would love to head back, perhaps to run a race, this year!

    • January 19, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      That’s right!! What a fun place to run a race!

  • January 19, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    We enjoyed DC as a family. Would love to do a couples trip. Sounds fun!

    • January 19, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      We are hoping to go back ourselves!

  • January 21, 2020 at 8:55 am

    I love the idea of a couples getaway! Not every getaway has to be to a beach or tropical island.

    • January 22, 2020 at 10:08 am

      Exactly!! Personally I am not a big beach person.

  • January 25, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    It has been many years since I’ve visited D.C. Our last couples vacation was to Boston so D.C. is definitely doable. We are so comfortable with Philly day trips. It is about time we venture out to a new city to explore. Thanks for sharing your visit!

    • January 30, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      Philly must be fun!! My husband has been there, but I still need to get there.

  • February 2, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you for the tips. I will pick some of them to fit in my kid’s itinerary.

    • February 3, 2020 at 11:02 am

      Martin’s Tavern would be a cool place for kids to see. And National Harbor!

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