Travel with ABD: A Guide to Washington D.C.!

I'm a bit of a nomad, having been born in Colorado followed by living abroad for a time. However, many of my formative years were spent in the greater Washington D.C. area and I absolutely love returning for weekend visits to see childhood friends. Since I don't get to spend much more than a weekend visiting the capital these days, I made a quick guide for the must do items when you're only passing through! 

STAY //

W Washington DC Conveniently located just off the Mall, this posh property is nothing short of amazing. The Smithsonian Institute and the White House are both in close proximity! 

Hay-Adams Hotel Known for its iconic rooftop view of the Lincoln Memorial, this historic property is a DC area staple for lodging and events alike. 

Image: Barnes Vanze

Image: Barnes Vanze

SHOP //

M Street // Georgetown This bustling shopping district has amazing store inside a old buildings with stunning architecture! All SaintsAnthropologie, and Rent the Runway all have outposts along M Street. If you need a pick me up after all your shopping check out the original Georgetown Cupcake, or local favorite Baked & Wired

Politics & Prose My older sister is a serious bookworm so I've tagged along on many a visits to this DC area staple! Sidenote: Their cafe has an amazing London Fog Latté! 

Image: Washingtonian

EAT // 

Union Market A curated collection of artisan food shops, Union Market is a great destination with so much to offer.  

Sweetgreen I know this is a chain with outposts in other cities, such as NYC and LA, however, I will proudly boast that Sweetgreen has it roots in the DC area! A lunch time staple during high school and beyond, I absolutely love their artisan salads, fresh bread, and tart frozen yogurt! 

Busboys & Poets A restaurant, theater, and bookstore, this establishment has a lot to offer. Their vegetarian selections are extensive and delicious as well! 

 
Image: Smithsonian Institute

Image: Smithsonian Institute

VISIT //

There is certainly no shortage of amazing, and mostly free, museums in the D.C. area. Having visited most the Smithsonian's multiple times I can say with certainty that all of them are worth you time. However, with a shorter amount of dispensable time, there are a few that are musts! 

National Gallery of Art

Hirshhorn Musuem & Sculpture Garden

National Portrait Gallery Located in Chinatown, across from the Verizon Center, this is the perfect place to spend the day before catching a concert or sporting event in the evening! 

Next on my list to visit the recently opened African American History Museum


If you're looking for even more ideas I love these other DC guides from The Everygirl and EcoCult! Enjoy visiting the nation's capital! 

3 Wardrobe Staples for the Transition to Fall

I absolutely love when the mornings start to get crisp and it is time to change out my summer wardrobe! With cooler months upon us, today I am sharing 3 wardrobe staples for the transition to fall. 

Long-sleeve Maxi Dress

A long-sleeve maxi can make a gorgeous bold statement, without being too formal or rigid! 

Two of my favorite are this bold orange Free People maxi and this rust Ceret Maxi at Anthropologie

Image: Nordstrom

Image: Nordstrom

A Signature Blazer

While I love cardigans and chunky fall sweaters, it is nice to have a few crisp blazers on hand! I especially love this fluttery, feminine take on a staple blazer. The splicing at the sleeves creates a gorgeous cape-like finish! 

Suede Booties 

Once winter hits I pretty much live in leather riding boots, however, during the next few transitional months shorter booties are amazing! 

I love these Grey Notched Slip-On Booties from Express, as well as these leather booties from UO

In the Kitchen with ABD: The Perfect Cheese Board

As a self-proclaimed wine and cheese aficionado, I love the chance to invite people over for an evening of gathering together and connecting over a perfectly constructed cheese board! Truly, there are few things in life that are better than the perfect cheese board. Enjoy a few tips and ideas for your next soirée! 

Variety

I like to serve a variety of cheeses from the four main flavor categories. Offering 3 to 5 cheese selections is a good rule of thumb for your cheese board. It is also a great idea to include various types of milk: cow, goat, and sheep. 

Additionally, for your guests who might be feeling a little less adventurous, try to include a more common cheese, like cheddar or swiss. 

Aged: Aged Cheddar, Comté, Gouda
Soft: Camembert, Boursin, Brie, Goat
Firm: Manchego, Gruyere, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack, Provolone
Blue: Gogonzola, Stilton , Roquefort
Image: Perry Vaile

Image: Perry Vaile

Accoutrements

The cheese pairings are a crucial component to the construction of your cheese board! It is a great idea to include something sweet, such as figs or grapes, as well as a salty element, like prosciutto or pistachios. I always love to include honey, olives, pickles, and crackers on cheese boards I create. 

Image: Erin McGinn

Image: Erin McGinn

Personalize It

If you are vegetarian and won’t be serving meats, consider some delicious crudités! Smoked salmon is also a great alternative to meat if you prefer fish.