DC Adventure Ho!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

At the start of 2009, I wrote about my DC wishlist, all the restaurants I want to try in the city. In six months, I've knocked exactly six measly places off said list. To be fair, if I'd checked out all of these places in six months, I'd be subsisting solely on Easy Mac & cans of beans. This week, though, as I read through the newly discovered DC Concierge blog, I'm reminded just how many things I want to do & see in the District that I've not yet gotten around to because I am either A) too tired/lazy, B) too broke or C) unable to convince others to join in the fun.

So I've been compiling a mental list & have come up with the following:

  • Listen to jazz in the Sculpture Garden, even though I'm not actually a big fan of jazz (just seems like something I should try)
  • Return to Artomatic to explore more than two of its nine floors of creative genius
  • Kayak on the Potomac, even though I'm wildly afraid of water
  • Go paddle-boating in the Tidal Basin, even though I'm still wildly afraid of water
  • Picnic in Rock Creek Park because I'm obsessed with picnicking but never do it (OK, except when I organized one last month!)
  • Check out a free performance on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, which I rarely want to go to because it feels far away but really want to go to because the shows are free, cultural & every single weeknight
  • Attend a show at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre's Pay-What-You-Can Night
  • Sit under the stars at the Rock Creek Park planetarium, though I will probably cry because sometimes stars do that to me (& now that I've admitted that, no one will ever agree to join me on this one!)
  • Go inside the Washington Monument, which I haven't done since I was a kid, though this requires the dreaded early-morning wake-up
  • Shop at Eastern Market, where I have shamefully never been & which also requires an early-morning wake-up
  • Get inspired at a Busboys & Poets open mic night, though it will probably inspire me to attempt to be artsy, which is not usually a successful endeavor
  • Go on an embassy tour, despite reports that they're a tourism frenzy
Seriously, it's time to start being a little more adventurous. No more Big Hunt & Paragon Thai. Now accepting suggestions for additional activities to add to the list - & friends with whom to do any & all of them! I promise to stop being tired/lazy, though I can't make any promises to stop being broke.


  1. Dude. I am totally down for all of this.

    You have yourself a fun-buddy...Since I'm new to the city, it'd be awesome.

    Especiall the picnic.

    Just sayin.

  2. AWESOME and inspiring list, much better than restauranting. Not sure about the Rock Creek part though... So many cool things to do in D.C., there've gotta be some takers to join u! (p.s. you'll love verification -- it's "emoty")

  3. I discovered something amazing a few weeks ago: Eastern Market is open and still bustling late in the afternoon! No early wake up required.

  4. Screen On The Green? You know you'll end up at one anyways...

    I've been to a Wolly Mammoth PWYC staged reading and it was fun, you just gotta realize it's a very avant garde theatre company.

  5. At this point in my life, I will probably cry at the Rock Creek planetarium too, so I might be the perfect companion if you want to put up with the sobby side of me.

    And you definitely don't have to like jazz to enjoy Jazz in the Sculpture Garden... it's often too loud to really hear anyway. ;)

  6. Jazz in the sculpture garden is awesome... and depending on where you are, you can't really hear the music anyway, so all you can really do is just focus on the booze and conversation!

  7. If you need a date for any of these, let me know. Jazz in the Sculpture Garden is a lot of fun, Eastern Market is cool though I've not been since the fire, and the tidal basin is actually a lot of fun. Gah, now I want to go play in DC.

  8. I love the list, seriously. This is a rare comment devoid of sarcasm. But I have to make sure I echo the Screen on the Green idea. We all need to be there each Monday.

  9. You really don't have to get up early to go to Eastern market. And I have two additions for your list: go to the Black Cat (way more of a hipster haven than the Rock & Roll Hotel), and go to a FREE concert at Fort Reno this summer.

  10. FFFFFFFF. You look like Boxxy.

  11. LOVE THIS LIST. and will totally accompany you on any of them if you need a buddy! i've never been up the washington monument. shame.

  12. *raises hand while saying, "ooh, ooh! pick me!"*

  13. You could also go to flea markets, pick berries and go to an amusement park or zoo.

    I would totally go with you to that Planetarium and will not judge you for crying. The universe is beautiful, why not cry? :)

  14. Great list and thanks for the blog and Twitter love!! Add the Hirshhorn AfterHours to your list, if you haven't been already. Our amazing contemporary art museum stays open late with bands/djs and cash bar. Next one is July 24th. Be there!!! xoxo


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