Treat Yourself:  Sofitel Washington, D.C. Lafayette Square

Set in downtown on the corner of Layayette Square which borders the White House, this upscale hotel is close to all major attractions. Amenities include a restaurant serving French bistro cuisine, a chic lounge bar and a fitness centre. 

Affordable: Kimpton Donovan House  

This hotel isn't totally affordable but you can find great deals and I think it's worth it because this hotel has a rooftop pool with a beautiful lounge area overlooking Washington and a cocktail bar! This hotel also offers free breakfast to start each day right! 

DAY 1:

9:00am - Head to The Founding Farmers for breakfast!

10:00am - Cover the attractions (White House / Washington Monument / Lincoln Memorial) Rent bikes or walk around.

12:00pm - Lunch at GCDC (Grilled Cheese DC)  serving grilled cheese, fried dishes and charcuterie boards.

2:00pm - Tidal Basin - Rent paddle boats during the summer months. If you are visiting in April or May you might be lucky enough to see the Cherry Blossoms surrounding the basin.

4:00pm - Happy Hour at Boqueria Washington for a nice cocktail and some small bites before dinner! 

7:00pm - Dinner at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana I loved this restaurant's lively, upscale vibe serving Mexican tapas and amazing cocktail creations.

9:00pm - Wander through ChinaTown or plan to see a concert or sports game at the Verizon Centre! 


DAY 2:

10:00am - Morning special roasted coffee and pastries La Colombe Coffee Roasters

11:00am - Rent bikes and head to Georgetown, a historic neighbourhood, commercial, and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River. Take M St. NW from downtown Washington to get to Georgetown.

11:30pm - Shop on M St. NW - great boutique shops, high end brands and everyday American shops.

12:30pm - Lunch at Pizzeria Paradiso  This spot serves up signature pizzas with an extensive beer list in a cute brick-walled setting.

2:00pm - Grab a cupcake from the famous Georgetown Cupcakes  and head to the Pontiac River. Follow the store on Facebook to find a password each day for the free cupcake of the day.

4:00pm - Before Dinner or after dinner you should get drinks at Bar Deco If you visit D.C. in the summer I would highly recommend enjoying this spots rooftop patio. The interior is a former industrial site, with huge bars and wood grills and makes for a super fun night! 

7:00pm - Dinner at Carmine's Italian Restaurant for Southern Italian cuisine. Even though this is a chain the location in D.C. is beautiful, located in a sprawling 1930s-style dining hall.


DAY 3:

9:30am - Breakfast at Protein Bar for amazing smoothies and breakfast wraps! 

10:30am - Rent bikes and head down to the museums. Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Air and Space Museum - All along the National Mall

2:00pm - Wander around the Botanical Gardens and The United States Capitol

3:00pm  - With a variety of restaurants and quick food options Union Station is a great spot for lunch! Shopping in Union Station and surrounding area - cute shops, boutiques and trendy stores. 

7:00pm - Dinner at Estadio for tapas in a romantic lively setting!