THE NINE'S DO WASHINGTON D.C.

We’re back from a great trip! I was so happy to tag along to DC on Mr. Nine’s business trip. Being the first trip to DC for us both, we were able to stay on a couple extra days and soak in as much as we could. We were blessed with phenomenal weather and being a lover of all things political science and government, this proud American girl sure was excited! Let’s get to it as I of course included “9” things I loved from our trip to Washington. 

1. Lunch with Rachel 
It is so fun to meet fellow bloggers you follow in real life because you feel so close to them already. I was so lucky to have a wonderful lunch with one of my favorites: Rachel from A Blonde's Moment.
Much more to come on Rachel when I feature her as a Friday Favorite Blogger Feature. If you don’t already know her, she’s the best! Our lunch was at a great place Rachel found called Farmers and Distillers and it was delicious. In fact, Mr. Nine and I went there the next morning for breakfast where I had the best creme brûlée doughnut. 
Rachel and I
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2. Gelato & Kate Spade 
I had the rest of the day to explore while Mr. Nine was in meetings. Near the hotel was an upscale shopping area called City Center DC. When I saw they had a Kate Spade, I was so in. What a delight it was. Darling items, super sweet sales ladies, a serious discussion with them and some fellow patrons about her death. Plus, I splurged and bought the CUTEST Pineapple Jumpsuit . I’m taking it on our upcoming family vacation and I’ll make sure to get a photo shoot in it. I treated myself to some of the best gelato I’ve had since Italy while I was there too at a great gelato and coffee shop called Dolcezza. 

The dressing room was beautiful and the DRESS so cute but it was too big and they didn't have a smaller size. Still so excited to share my Jumpsuit soon.

3. Fig & Olive 
In the same complex I had been in for shopping, was a restaurant called Fig and Olive. Since the restaurant we wanted didn’t have any time slots that worked, we decided on this one. It was great food that was satisfying but didn’t cause you to feel stuffed. The Crostini's On focaccia were delicious.  


4. Capitol
Probably the most beautiful building in the entire United States. I was in awe. We were lucky enough to have a private tour via our state representative and the intern tour guide was a Notre Dame student, which was awesome. The House was in session so she gave us tickets to sit in on the workings of the House and we got to see several House Representatives speak. My favorite part, our photo with the statue of my favorite President, Ronald Reagan. 




5. Tortilla Coast
Hello deliciousness!! This amazing Mexican Restaurant was a recommendation from Rachel and it was sooooo good. A short walk from the Capitol building and the perfect place for our lunch before starting our 25,000 step trek for the day to all the sights. The Stars and Stripes margarita Rachel suggested was so good!!! 



6. National Archives
Again, a great recommendation from Rachel as she is a fellow political science nerd like me and knew I’d love it. I sure did! The archives house the Original documents that shaped our Nation; the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. It was such an honor to view these documents in the Rotunda. No photography was allowed but we did snap these hilarious photos in front of the massive 37 feet doors. We look so small, lol. 


7. Washington Memorial
This Memorial is the first one I saw when we made our way in to DC from the airport. It is so majestic. Unfortunately, due to deterioration from weather it was closed and a fence surrounded it but so amazing to see and it was, at one time, the tallest structure in the World. 

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8. WWII Memorial 
Honoring the 16 million who served in the US forces, this is a beautiful memorial completed in 2004, in between the Washington Memorial and the Reflecting Pool/Lincoln Memorial. I loved how each of the states was represented and the beautiful fountain in the middle. The Lincoln Memorial at the end of these sights was cool too but it was quite crowded so we didn’t stay long. 


9. Arlington National Cemetery
We were going to go to Mount Vernon on Saturday but wanted to take a water taxi but due to time constraints and our flight in the afternoon, we decided to go to Arlington instead and are so glad we did. We saw the grave sites for the Kennedy family and all the soldiers who grace this cemetery in death. It is amazing and we were able to witness several wreath laying ceremonies and when we crossed our hearts and Taps played, we both got teary eyed.

 At the Tomb of the Unknown Solider 

We also saw the Whitehouse on Trump’s birthday Thursday, saw where they were filming some scenes for Wonder Woman 2, accidentally went in the Senate chambers area where we weren’t supposed to be, got in trouble for standing too close to a portrait at an art gallery (we’re such rebels) and saw the Presidential helicopter take off, not sure if it was Marine One (Trump) or Marine Two (Pence). We were really surprised not only how pretty everything was but how expansive the city is. We logged over 75,000 steps in 3 days. Trust me, we were so tired each night but so happy seeing one of the greatest cities in the Nation! 

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xoxo


55 comments:

  1. What a great trip! You guys got to see so much! And I'm so glad you made it to Tortilla Coast! Aren't those margaritas the best?! And that donut! I told my husband we have to go back to that restaurant! And yay for the Reagan statute!! I'm so glad we got to meet up and so glad you had a great trip! Have a great start to the week, Andrea!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  2. You saw so much during your trip and I'm so happy that you and Rachel got to meet up!! Lots of great food, seeing the sights and learning all the history - what more could you want! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  3. You had a wonderful trip! We went to DC when our kids were young - probably 9 years ago and had a great time. We loved the tour of the capital and my boys had a great time in all the museums. I'd love to go back. We went to Mount Vernon but missed the cemetery. Our nations capital is so beautiful and is a must see for everyone!
    I cannot wait to see you in your cute jumpsuit! Perfect for you my pineapple lovin' beauty!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  4. What a fun getaway! SO many wonderful and historic sites and that yummy food! Meeting up with a fellow blogger is always wonderful!

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  5. I would love to do the same trip you shared here today! My husband has spent time in Washington DC but I haven't. It looks fun and seems important..plus with that many steps you can eat whatever you want! :)

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  6. Ahh I wish I could have seen you while you were visiting! Fig and Olive is one of our favorite restaurants and you really had a great weekend as far as weather here!! Glad you had so much fun!!

    Rosy Outlook

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  7. It looks like you guys made the most of your time there! What a fun trip. I went as a kid, but it would be interesting to go again as an adult!

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  8. So awesome. We want to take the kids to DC!!

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  9. We went to DC over April vacation and hit some of the same spots. I was enthralled with the National Archives as we had an amazing docent who filled us in on all the fun details.
    Thanks for sharing your adventure!

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  10. You've brought me back memories of my weekend in Washington a few years ago. I felt so safe on my own and a lovely city. Hot though in July. We have a Kate Spade in London and I was equally excited to find it. Yes, for meeting fellow bloggers.

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  11. What a fun trip! Tagging along on a business trip is the perfect way to travel - time for the two of you with a little solo time too. Looks like a great trip!

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  12. I love DC!!! Tagging along on business trips is always a great idea! So fun you got to meet a fellow blogger! You're looking cute as always in all these photos!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  13. It looked like such a great trip! You do get your steps in there, don't you. It is such a clean and beautiful city with so much to do. We still haven't done the Capitol tour, the National Archives or Arlington so they are on our list for future trips. You both looked like you had a great time and I love all of your cute outfits. Thanks for sharing your trip and recommendations!

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  14. What a fun trip & yay for getting to meet another blogger! I was just thinking on my road trip home how fun it would be to go on a road trip where I also get to meet all of the bloggers I follow along the way. LOL way to be a rebel in the nation's capitol! I still really need to make it to DC & am still surprised that I've made it this far without having been considering I spent 5 years in college majoring in social studies education & the past 6 years teaching social studies...the first 3 years being government!

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  15. What an amazing adventure, Andrea!!! I haven't been to D.C. since I was little (I think I was 6?) when my momma was getting her citizenship. It's definitely on my bucket list, and I think when our boys are older, it's a must-do. Also, how fun that you got to meet up with Rachel!!! I love your outfits, as per usual, and I'm so excited to check out this pineapple jumpsuit you found! Happy Monday, sweet friend!

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  16. I've always wanted to visit DC & just take in all the history.
    You look so stinkin' cute in your black dress & comfy black shoes. Classy every day!!!!

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  17. I love DC. The buildings are so photogenic! Glad you enjoyed!

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  18. Gosh, there's so much to see and do!! I can't believe you did all of this in such a short time!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  19. I'm so glad you had such a fun trip! There is no place quite like DC, especially for us Poli Sci/History nerds ;) Everything there just gets me! I LOVE Fig and Olive! Everything there is just to die for! And you look gorgeous, as usual, your whole trip! Happy Monday pretty mama!

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  20. Such a fun trip, it's the best when we can tag along on work trips isn't it? And yay for meeting up with Rachel, and those Kate Spade dressing rooms are the best! <3
    Green Fashionista

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  21. Oh that sounds like such an amazing time! I've never been to DC and have always wanted to go. My dad is a veteran of the Vietnam war and recently got to go with some other vets to see the sights... he said it was amazing. Too funny that you guys got in trouble for standing to close to a portrait :)

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  22. What a great trip for you both!! You did get some perfect weather and I love seeing all of that sunshine. How fun you got to meet up with a fellow blogger! I can't wait to see you in that jumpsuit. There is a Fig and Olive in NYC too and I have always wanted to eat there but we haven't been yet. I'm so glad you had a great time!! Sierra Beautifully Candid

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  23. Loved seeing your pictures...the food makes me want to go there!

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  24. Chris has never invited me to tag along on any of his work trips. Rude! Just kidding. :-) I am glad that you had a nice time and that the weather was nice. There is a Fig and Olive here too but I've never been there. Anyways!! Have a great day and I am looking forward to seeing that fab jumpsuit on you too! :-)

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  25. What a fun recap of a fun trip! I don't like margaritas, but that one looks SO good! You have the cutest travel outfits too!

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  26. Looks like you guys had a blast and tons of yummy food! So happy you got to meet Rachel! I'd love to meet both of y'all -- y'all are the best!!

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  27. A blogger meetup is always so fun! You crammed a good bit in, DC has so much to offer and so much history! That Mexican looks amazing and I cannot wait to see that pineapple jumpsuit!

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  28. You are making me want to go back to DC so bad. Love that you shopped Kate Spade and that pineapple dress. swoon!!!

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  29. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I've always wanted to go there. Those pictures of you two in front of those massive doors looks like they've been photoshopped or played with in some way. Too funny!

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  30. I am so jealous you were in DC - it is such an amazing city - and to get a tour of the Capitol too! All that Italian food looks great, plus great coffee, plus shopping - a dream! So cool that you got to meet another blogger too. Love the huge door photo - I love big doors too (haha that sounds weird but we just wouldn't build them like that now would we). You mentioned in another post you were nearly 50? Is that true?! You look sooo young with your fridge pulled back - I need your skin and makeup tips ASAP :) Please don't say it's 'good genes', I hate that haha!

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  31. I have never been to Washington DC, but my husband went back when he was in H.S. I would love to go there someday, so much to do!! Wow, you really enjoyed some good food, gelato... a creme brûlée doughnut?! YUM! And, that pineapple jumpsuit was so worth the splurge! I hope to tag along on some of my husband's work trips someday when the kids get older.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  32. Sounds like you had an amazing trip! Cant wait to see the pineapple jumpsuit. How cool was that to see the White house! And it being Trumps bday. I laughed at you guys being rebels. Oh an its really cool you got to meet up with a blogging friends. I have a couple that live close to me that I just know I will run into someday.
    Lisa

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  33. What a fun trip!! When are you coming down south??? Haha! I love love love that pineapple jumper you got! SO CUTE! All the food and drinks you have look so yummy. Sounds like you did DC right!

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  34. What a great trip and look at all the delish food

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  35. LOL @ Da Capital. Sounds like you and the Mr had a blast exploring all the monuments and eating amazing food. Even better you got to fit in lunch with a fellow blogger and some shopping! Love all the outfits you picked out for this trip and so happy to hear you had a blast!! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  36. We went to DC when I was in 7th grade and I LOVED It. I told Chuck I want to take the kids. All the museums and history is so great. I adore all the pics of you and Mr. Nine. Fig and olive sounds so good and I can't wait to see your jumpsuit. What a wonderful trip, love seeing it all!

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  37. Oh. My. Goodness! I am so darn jealous of this entire trip! And I love Mr. Nine's smile, btw! I'm jealous of Rachel, I'm jealous of the history, the sites, and that great looking margarita! Glad you had a wonderful time in our Nation's capital. I'm so glad to be an American!

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  38. What a great trip! I've been twice but it's been a while but not sure I could get Hubby to go again. Looks like you had a great time and how neat to meet a blogging buddy. Now, you need to plan a trip to NE Louisiana and we'll put you up in our private guest suite and show you a good ole Louisiana time. :o)) Happy week sweet girl!

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  39. This just makes me happy to read. We have so many fun memories in DC. Growing up and living in Richmond until 2010 we made many a trip to DC. Kent and I would go just for the day when we were dating. Arlington Nat'l Cem is just one of the neatest places ever. So amazing. The Capitol tours are so cool too. We still haven't been on a White House tour, but I want to one of these days. You of course looked darling every single day and how exciting to meet Rachel. I can't wait to meet our sweet Kellyann this Sunday!!! This is a big year for meeting blogging friends.😉 XOXO

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  40. OMG!!How fun! I can't believe you met up with Rachel - I love her too! I yet have to visit DC! It looks beautiful! Great pics and your trip sounds SO FUN!
    XOXO,
    Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.com

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  41. What a great time you two had! And that good!!! Delicious!

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  42. How lovely to visit such a stunning place AND me a fellow blogger. You and My Nine looking absolutely adorable Andrea. Thanks for sharing. Jacqui Mummabstylish

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  43. What a great trip! I love Washington DC! Can't wait to take the kids one day...hopefully they'll appreciate it as much as we do!

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  44. DC is such a pretty city! You guys look like you had a blast!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  45. What a fantastic trip! B and I went back in 2010 and there was so much to see and do I feel like we didn't have enough time to see it all. I'd love to go back!

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  46. Wow, what a great trip! I need to go back to DC for a visit. Like you, I love all things history. You look adorable in every shot!! And how fun to meet up with a fellow blogger! Love that!

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  47. How fun!!! I got to meet Rachel in NYC. She is the sweetest. I love that you all fit so much in while you were there. I have only been once and it remains one of my favorite trips ever.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  48. WOW!! What an absolutely incredible and super memorable trip you enjoyed!! DC is on my bucket list and I will be referring back to this post when we do plan a trip there someday as you certainly saw this historic city right!! Hooray also for a blogger meet up, fantastic food, fun shopping, and for turning your hubby's business trip into an opportunity to explore and enjoy such a momental place!! Love it and am oh so happy for you! Thank you for sharing! I so enjoyed hearing and seeing all the details of your adventures!!

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  49. What a fun trip! I absolutely love DC! It's a quick trip from Philly so I've been there a bunch and it's just amazing. So much history and beauty and the food is great!

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  50. I was just sitting here doing the math on how long it has been since I have been to DC and I decided I didn't want to share that number! Back when we would go it wasn't as nice as it is now. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time! xo

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  51. It looks like y'all had the best time on your trip, and I love that you got to meet up with Rachel! I swear everything looks so close on a map for DC, that you don't realize how far apart everything actually is!

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  52. How fun and exciting to have a trip to visit and see DC. I love your outfits and the food looked and sounds so good. I enjoyed looking at your photos and you and your husband are so cute together! :)
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Julie

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  53. I have always wanted to go to DC and now Brayden keeps asking too!! We need to get there and I'm bookmarking this post!

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  54. We loved Washington DC when we visited a few years ago. Sadly, the Capitol building was being restored / renovated / painted (not sure which) so it was covered and we weren't able to visit. But we did see pretty much everything else!
    It looks like you had a wonderful time!
    Hugs
    Suzy xxx

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  55. Your photos make me miss DC. I used to live just outside of it in Virginia for 9 years. I loved being able to visit all those places.

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