For our lodging, as opposed to paying something like $200 a night for a hotel room, we went onto the website AirBnB, searched for rooms in DC during the time we would be there, and booked something for less than $100 a night! If you've never heard of the website, it allows people to post listings for a spare room/house/trailer/whatever to those visiting their city and AirBnB handles the logistics of communication and payment. There are many checks into both the renter and rentee's backgrounds and all of the communication goes through AirBnB website. We read a plethora of reviews prior to choosing the room we did and they were a great help in helping us narrow down the choices. Overall, we really enjoyed our first experience!
Our hosts were Stefanie and Taylor and they couldn't have been nicer! Even though they were moving that weekend we were there, they made sure we had everything we needed and helped us with our touring. They live really close to a Metrorail stop so it was very convenient for getting to the attractions we wanted to visit. We stayed in their spare bedroom and bathroom and also had access to their kitchen, which was great for breakfasts!
|The bed was so comfortable!|
If you recall, I mentioned when we first got back that we now have a close connection to a former presidential candidate. Well, apparently Taylor worked as Newt Gingrich's financial manager for his 2012 presidential campaign. Though the campaign did not go so well, Taylor is still working for the Gingrich's as the CFO of their company. So that was cool-- regardless of one's politics it is neat to know someone who literally works for a former presidential candidate!
We also ate really well. I'll spare you more text and just give you the food pictures :)
|Our first dinner was at Old Ebbitt Grill-- SO GOOD|
|Appetizer of the pork belly tacos|
|My crab cake|
|Matt's pork chop|
|Our amazing dessert- chocolate chip bread pudding|
|Our deep dish pizza from District of Pi Pizzeria|
|When we visited Georgetown, we ate at Clyde's. I really enjoyed this salmon salad.|
|Our peach crisp, made with locally-sourced peaches|
|Before we left for the airport, we enjoyed Sunday brunch at Founding Farmers|
|My Crab Benedict. Yes I took full advantage of having |
fresh seafood available to me
|Matt enjoyed his Whipped Blueberry Butter Pancakes, with a side of sausage. |
These pancakes were definitely amazing- very light and flavorful!