Scrapbook: Virginia / Washington, DC

If you read Bre’s post last week about her trip to Bahamas and Miami, you would know that after the sun and surf, she went to DC to visit her parents. Since I was going to be off island visiting Canada at the same time, we figured it would be fun to meet up in DC for a few days to enjoy some golf, and of course, lots of shopping!

While shopping was a priority, the first item on the agenda was a round of golf. It’s only the second time I’ve played on a public golf course and outside of Barbados. Learning to golf in the Caribbean has left me very spoiled, and I think my standards are way too high now! We decided to play at Greendale Golf Course, and since neither one of us brought our clubs we had to rent some. While the golf course was nice, I can’t say the same about the rental clubs. My driver actually had a dent in it! I blame the lousy clubs for my lousy game that day 😉 Despite my horrible game of golf, we had a ton of fun. 

Greendale GolfAfter golf we had some blog work to do, so we did that while Bre’s parents made us a lovely dinner and we had a quiet night in.  We had to rest up for all of the shopping we were about to do!

The following day it was absolutely pouring rain, so we did what most people would do on a rainy day, we went to the mall. I scored a bunch of new outfits for tennis and some new golf clothes, and I even found a dress for my dinner in England! I would call that a successful day!

Shopping Bags

Dinner that night was at the Chart House restaurant, which is right on the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria. We started with some crab tater tots (if you’re near Maryland, you have to order crab) and coconut shrimp. Dinner was beef medallions, shrimp stuffed with crab (yes, more crab!), and mashed potatoes. Everything was delicious! Dessert was the largest piece of key lime pie I’ve ever seen. It was more whipped cream than pie, but that’s no crime!

Chart House, 1 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA

Chart House

The sun was shining bright the next day, so we decided to go back to Old Town for some shopping. But first, we stopped at Panera Bread – a first for this small-town Canadian! After breakfast, the first item on our shopping list was new running shoes for Bre. There are so many choices! With that sorted, we popped in and out of the beautiful boutiques and shops, picking up some fun items along the way. If you’ve never been to Old Town, you should definitely add it to your list. It’s a shopping haven, tucked into a beautiful colonial setting. 

Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA

Old Town Collage

Old Town Alexandria ShopsWe had a few items left on our shopping list, so we went back to the mall. After a few more hours, everything on our shopping list was crossed off and we were hungry! We decided on the The Cheesecake Factory for dinner, mainly because it was the only restaurant that didn’t have a one hour wait. I must admit, this was the first time I’ve had dinner there and it was pretty good. It was definitely the largest menu I have ever seen, and of course, dessert was fantastic.

Sadly my mini-holiday had to come to an end. On my last day we spent the morning in DC touring around all of the monuments. The first and only time I was in DC before was for a high school trip 19 years ago! Yes, I was in high school that long ago. Ouch.

Washington DC MonumentsFor lunch we headed to Georgetown and had a delicious meal at Sequoia. They had the best blueberry mojitos and lobster guacamole. But our absolute favorite was the roasted corn and cotija cheese casserole. I could have eaten an entire tub of that! We ate it so fast I didn’t even have a chance to take a picture of it!

Sequoia, 3000 K Street NW, Washington, DC

Sequoia RestaurantMy last stop on the way to the airport was at Macy’s. I had one last thing to buy – a new suitcase! The one I brought with me was completely overstuffed from all of the shopping. I’m not kidding! Picture Bre and I in the parking garage rearranging my suitcase and packing up my new one, lol! Always an adventure 🙂

I had an amazing time exploring a new city with a great friend. I’m back in Canada for a few more days, spending some time with my family and enjoying the cooler weather. I still have some more shopping to do as well. It’s a good thing I have a spare suitcase tucked away at my mom’s!

Have you ever been to Washington, DC? Do you prefer a mall or small boutiques?




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      I would suggest going to Old Town Alexandria if you can. It’s not too far from DC, and you could spend an entire day there shopping and eating! If you’re going to see the main tourist attractions in DC, see the monuments first thing in the morning when the crowds are quieter and it’s nice and cool to walk around. Schedule lots of time if you want to hit any part of the Smithsonian, and wear comfortable shoes!

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