One of my favorite things about living in DC is being able to play tourist. There are endless ways to explore the District and the surrounding areas. So when I was invited to attend the UPCFamTour and have the opportunity to check out some new-to-me spots in the City Center area, I jumped at the chance.
However, living in DC also means completely overwhelmed with choices. So much so that I often don’t get back to places I visit unless there’s a really good reason (ie Shake Shack burgers.) Now, when I visit a place in DC, I think to myself “why will I come back here again?” If the answer doesn’t jump right out at me, it means I probably won’t visit again.
With that in mind, here are the places we got to check out. Did they all pass my test?
Location: Fruitive 1094 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
We started out the morning at Fruitive, one of only two certified organic restaurants in DC and the first-ever certified organic fast casual restaurant in the nation. The menu features cold-pressed juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and the most delicious avocado toast I’ve ever tasted. Their ingredients are locally sourced, when possible, and always made fresh.
Why I would return: Charcoal limeade. I know it sounds gross, but it was delicious. Our group was definitely divided on this drink, but I love tart lime drinks, and the activated charcoal makes it the perfect drink after a night of indulging. If we were staying in the district overnight, this is how I’d want to kick off a day of recovery.
Location: International Spy Museum 800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
This was my first time visiting the International Spy Museum. I had no idea what to expect, other than knowing they currently house an exhibit featuring 50 years of Bond villains (swoon.) The museum is filled with interactive exhibits, perfect for children of all ages and adults.
Why I would return: This is going to require an entire blog post. Suffice it to say the time we had to explore the museum was not enough. My only wish is for the museum to host adults-only later hours every once in a while. It would make an amazing date night location, especially with the Bond exhibit, but the 7 pm closing time makes it a little difficult. Dinner, drinks, and then a bit of intrigue. Sounds perfect to me.
Location: HipCityVeg 712 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, this is the perfect lunch spot. The menu features fresh, innovative ingredients. The menu is 100% plant-based with 100% organic non-GMO soy ingredients. We tested several menu items, but the sweet potato fries and Asian side salad were my favorites.
Why I would return: While I most likely wouldn’t return on my own (I do not eat soy-based foods, which elimiates most of my protien choices), I would definitely bring our vegan family members to HipCityVeg when they’re in town. The food was delicious and they had a lot of variety for vegan diets.
Location: Tesla 909 H St NW #601, Washington, DC 20001
Tesla doesn’t have dealerships. They have showrooms. There’s no negotiation, no price haggling. You shop for your Tesla in the same way you’d visit the Apple store…you shop for the make/model/features you want and order. We had the chance to take the Model S for a test drive, and it was definitely a luxury experience. From the gorgeous interior, to the handling, to the auto-drive parking features. Tesla is really in a class by itself and it’s exciting watching their innovations take flight.
Why I would return: If Tesla ever produces a more affordable version of their Model X SUV, I’d consider the purchase. It’s a gorgeous vehicle and it can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is seriously impressive for an electric model. Here’s hoping the Model 3 sales go well and we see an affordable SUV line in their future. For now, we’ll just visit the showroom to admire the gorgeous cars and dream. Never underestimate the power of window shopping and it’s ability to inspire.
Location: Core Power Yoga 824 9th St NW a, Washington, DC 20001
We ended our day with a mini yoga session at Core Power Yoga CityCenter, one of over 150 Core Power locations (nationwide.) Core Power offers monthly memberships, drop-in classes, class packages, and military/student pricing. They offer several beginner classes and intense cardio yoga sessions. Be prepared to work when you come to Core Power Yoga. This is yoga where you’ll work up a sweat, and feel great because of it.
Why I would return: Core Power Yoga classes seem to be a little step out of the norm. The music, class structures, and alternative classes feel a little more modern and intense. The instructors leading our mini session mentioned a lot of their clients are runners or involved in other types of fitness activities, which would be a great fit for me once I start running again. It would be a great way to break up cross-training every once in a while.
Overall, I found some amazing new spots to visit when I’m in the district for the day. Thanks again for UPC for inviting me on this tour and to all of the locations for opening their doors to our group. I’ll have more information on some of these locations very soon!