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The Hayes Adams Hotel

whatsarahknows  // weekend in DC - The Hayes Adams Hotel

I love NYC, but escaping for a weekend getaway is the best! This past weekend, James and I took the train down to D.C. to meet up with my parents for a fun weekend. We took an early morning train on Friday and were able to check into our hotel just before noon. I picked to stay at The Hay-Adams, which has the very best White House view and is a Renaissance-style mansion built in 1928. The hotel is sophisticated, elegant, charming and has one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in! James and I dropped our bags in our room and headed out to meet my parents for lunch in Georgetown.

il canale restaurant Georgetown  | pesto pasta

il canale restaurant Georgetown

We met my parents at Il Canale an Italian restaurant in Georgetown, that has amazing Neapolitan pizza! We split a bunch of salads to start and I dug into a pizza while James enjoyed their pesto pasta. Il Canale was the perfect spot for a casual lunch and afterwards we took a much needed walk around Georgetown to burn off our delicious meal!

whatsarahknows // weekend in DC - The Hayes Adams Hotel

whatsarahknows  // weekend in DC - The Hayes Adams Hotel

whatsarahknows  // weekend in DC - The Hayes Adams Hotel

 

The Hay-Adams hotel was perfect, we loved everything about our stay! We had a gorgeous room that overlooked St. John’s Church and also boasted a beautiful fireplace. I love hotel bathrobes and I snuck in some quality bathrobe time before drinks and dinner. An added bonus of the Hay-Adams is that it has a excellent bar, Off the Record. A great spot for both pre and post dinner drinks, I am speaking from experience here. This is a cozy and clubby basement bar with great political caricatures lining the walls, delicious stiff martini’s and a totally cool vibe. 

Off The Record | Bar in the Hayes Adams

Off The Record | Bar in the Hayes Adams

 

{Martini’s at Off the Record}

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Dinner Friday night was at Rasika where we had an incredible Indian meal. We had more outstanding cocktails, and the food was phenomenal high end Indian in a very cool setting. Some of the menu highlights were the cauliflower bezule, crispy spinach, garlic naan and well pretty much everything we ate. Highly recommend this spot and it may be the best Indian spot I have ever been to.

{image via Washingtonian}

We ended the incredible weekend on a very high note with an amazing meal at Fiola Mare. The restaurant is located on the water in Georgetown and the views alone make this a place to visit. Thankfully, we arrived before our reservation and got to sit in their bar and sample a few of their cocktails, which are basically works of art. I had two of the Don Giavoni which is the beautiful drink with the orchid you see below. The bartender made a bespoke cocktail for James based on a flavor profile James gave. The interior style of the restaurant is modern, the menu is italian with a very heavy seafood slant and everything we ate was out of this world! I managed to snap a few pictures on my iphone but for the most part we were all too busy having fun and enjoying the food to take pictures.

foila mare  //  cocktails  // whatsarahknows

foila mare  //  cocktails  // whatsarahknows

foila mare  //  cocktails  // whatsarahknows

 

foila mare  // whatsarahknows

foila mare  // whatsarahknows

foila mare  // whatsarahknows

 

Quick train ride, lots of culture, great hotel and fantastic restaurants – what more could you want? We all had the best time and I personally can’t wait for my next trip to DC. Would love any recommendations from y’alls favorites in the area.

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