Stars and Stripes

I believe summer is the best time to take roadtrips. The warm weather allows for light packing and long nights out on the town. Courtney and I took a bus from NYC to Washington DC to visit our friend Steven this past weekend. Although we didn’t arrive until 11pm on Friday night, we took full advantage of the evening by meeting up with my friend Scott at some local DC bars.

Since Courtney and I had both been to DC several times before, we decided we didn’t want to partake in the typical touristy activities. We ventured about an hour away from DC to Delaplane, Virginia to visit Delaplane Cellars. It was a gorgeous winery with stunning backdrops of rolling hills and long rows of vineyards. We started off the day with a tasting consisting of several house made wines. We spent the next several hours out on the patio enjoying our bottle of wine and soaking in the beautiful view.

We woke up on Sunday morning and spent some time shopping at the Eastern Market. I’m a huge fan of flea markets because you can always pick up the most unique items for a small price. After Courtney and I purchased some new goodies, we explored the food section of the market. Since we didn’t have a refrigerator nearby, we settled for some South Carolina peaches which were easy to tow back to the city with us.

We had originally planned to have an afternoon picnic but since the temperatures broke 90 degrees, we decided lunch at a quaint little Italian place was a much smarter idea.

Since our bus didn’t depart until dinnertime on Sunday, we had some extra time to kill in the afternoon. We stopped for frozen yogurt and strolled through Chinatown. I had heard amazing things about the National Museum of American History. I didn’t even realize it but my mom told me I had been to the museum as a child. It was so cool to see some iconic historical memorabilia while visiting. On display was the original Kermit the Frog, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, and an original 1980’s Apple computer. There was also an exhibit of the First Ladies’ inauguration gowns.

Afterwards we made a quick pit stop to see the Washington Monument. We couldn’t leave without seeing at least one historical landmark. Thanks to Steven for being a great tour guide! DC is definitely one of my favorite American cities.

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