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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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