1. Flow Yoga Center
What a beautiful space and what great teachers! This was our first yoga stop in D.C. We were made to feel like we were part of the community the minute we walked in. The space was bright and spacious, and it was in a really cool historic building. The class was so great! We didn’t want to leave, so we hung out with the students after class for some tea.
2. Past Tense Yoga
Past Tense was the quintessential cosy neighborhood studio. They offer classes for all levels and different workshops during the year.
3. Eastern Market: Arts and Food Market
This place was awesome! The fruits outside are fresh and endless, and we were quickly drawn in by the sweet aroma of freshly baked pastries and the variety of options. I love going to markets when I travel, and I really enjoyed visiting the Eastern Market—you rarely visit a historic market that still has a neighborhood feel. FUN FACT: The Eastern Market has been open since 1873, and it’s a cultural destination for visitors from around the world. TIP: You can get samples from every single tiny market inside of this building.
4. Yoga Heights
Yoga Heights is a cut above the rest. This incredible studio thrives on really connecting to their community and trying to be inclusive. They have strong working relationships with community groups and non-profits, highlighting their programs and providing support. They often provide incentives to students who are active in the community and civic engagement.
5. Vinyl and Vinyasa (Special Saturday Morning Events)
The first Saturday of each month, come out and get your zen with instructor Mary Mbaba (@mary2thegame). Third Saturdays are led by Arnyell (@soulshantiyoga). Instructors lead yogis through an All Levels Vinyasa Flow with music selections from DJ Chalant (@DJchalant). If you’re lucky enough to be in D.C. during one of these events, you must attend! Afterward, stick around for a complimentary mimosa by the bar.
6. Ford’s Theatre
This was on my bucket list! I always wanted to visit the Ford Theatre after watching countless Travel Channel episodes and History Channel specials on President Lincoln. We got to see Ragtime and had an amazing time! I was really impressed with the venue and cast. The theater is very intimate, so there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. They have special rates for students who want to support the local arts and culture scene.
7. Lincoln Memorial
We got to see the Lincoln Memorial at night, and it was a beautiful structure to experience in the moonlight. The statue is way bigger than I thought and incredibly surreal in person. There’s a small shop on the ground level where you can buy souvenirs, and the views of the city are absolutely epic.
8. District Doughnut
Treat time, this was Brant’s doing. That being said, there’s something special about a doughnut shop that knew every person’s order before they ordered. These doughnuts are definitely lighter than the usual doughnut, less sweet, and delicious! District Doughnut is located in the backstreets of Georgetown. The traffic is one-way here, so I recommend parking on M Street and walking to enjoy the beautiful neighborhood.
9. The Wydown Coffee Bar
If you’re a coffee fan, this is the BEST place to get a cup or two. I opted for the Almond Latte, because I’m determined to have one in every city I visit. The ambiance, the character, the coffee bean art on the walls, the music, and the space really give you a sense of the culture in D.C. When you think of a neighborhood coffee shop, this is definitely the spot.
10. The Library of Congress
This place is a bookworm’s dream world! As an avid reader, this by far was my favorite place we visited in D.C. I do love libraries so I’m a bit biased, but this place is absolutely stunning. The walls are decorated with excerpts of famous books and paintings of scenes. There are sculptures and beautiful art, and the architecture is extremely intricate and impressive.
Thank You, MINDBODY
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