Hello from my new favorite place—my balcony! I originally was going to write one post about my balcony, inclusive of the furniture I went with and how I hung string lights on the railing, but it was getting to be really long so I decided to break it into two posts.
Last summer, one thing I really craved was outdoor space of my own. Because of the pandemic, my building’s beautiful rooftop remained closed for the majority of the warmer months, but I was falling in love with spending a ton of time outside because of my daily walks through Dupont Circle. My sister and cousin—who also live in Arlington—got balcony furniture last year and we ended up spending so many wine nights out there. It was so fun and made me want a balcony of my own. (Funnily enough, my first apartment in Arlington had a balcony and we never used it; if I could turn back time!)
When I was apartment shopping in Arlington last summer, the number one thing on my “must have” list was a balcony! In addition to the white kitchen, part of the reason why I fell in love with this apartment was because it’s balcony is huge and much larger than most other balconies in the neighborhood—some that I walk by barely fit two chairs.
Since I moved into this apartment in late September, most of the patio furniture had long been picked over. I also knew that I had maybe a month of good balcony weather left, and I didn’t want to buy new furniture for it to sit out on the balcony all winter before I had the chance to really use it. So, I decided to start looking around for what I might want—and found these Opal House Britanna Patio Club Chairs at Target. They were sold out, but I set a restock alert. I got an email in February with good news—the chairs were back in stock!
Last weekend, Canopy by Hilton in North Bethesda invited me and my sister for a staycation—we had a great time and stayed up way too late watching rom com reruns while drinking brut rosé. (Truly my dream evening!)
Before the pandemic, I traveled often for work and stayed in hotels at least several nights a month. Since our world was turned upside down, I’ve only stayed in a hotel a handful of times—and let me tell you, it was so fun to check into Canopy and take full advantage of the hotel life. (Like…how can I get room service at my apartment?) And since I am still working from home full time, sometimes on weekends it’s hard to leave the office behind—so a change of scenery was much appreciated.
If you’re also craving a staycation and based in the DC area, Canopy is the perfect option for you—it was a short 30-minute drive from my apartment in Arlington. And once you arrive, since the hotel is located in the heart of Pike & Rose, you can just park your car and walk to anything your heart desires: amazing retailers like LL Bean, Blue Mercury, Sephora, West Elm, fast casual and sit down restaurants, and even a dog park with a bar. (You may remember that I went to Pike & Rose last month to enjoy brunch on the Pinstripes rooftop.)
TGIF! As of today, DC restaurants can be open again at 100% capacity—and I am so excited for them. Since I am fully vaccinated and most of my friends are, too, I’ve been eating out a lot more and am excited to share some of the places I’ve been wining and dining at lately around the DC area—there are so many good ones on the list!
Since we have a lot to cover today, I’ll jump right into the restaurant reviews, and I’ll be back at the end of the summer with another DC Dinner club roundup. You can read past dinner club posts here—I’ve reviewed restaurants of all cuisines and price points across the DC area, so I hope it’s helpful!
Ok—I am obsessed with The Point, which is Fish & Fire Food Group’s newest restaurant. Located in the heart of DC’s newest waterfront destination, Buzzard Point, it’s just a few blocks away from Audi Field and Nats Park. Their amazing patio overlooks the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and it was so nice to enjoy unbeatable sunset views with the fire pit going and a glass of rosé in my hand. (The inside of the restaurant also offers an insane panoramic view, so you really can’t go wrong no matter where you sit!)
We started off with the crab doughnuts and hush puppies, and I am not exaggerating when I say those hush puppies were the best I ever had. For dinner, we split a mixed green salad, the crab cakes, and the smashburger—so, basically, my dream meal. We all but shut their patio down—this was such a fun spot to be and I can’t wait to get back.
The Point DC invited in for a complimentary meal, but all opinions are my own. This place was AMAZING and I think it will quickly become one of the hottest restaurants in DC this summer because the views are unbeatable and the food is great—not to mention its proximity to Nats Park and Audi Field. Read more “DC Dinner Club: Spring 2021”