Three weeks from today we’ll wheels down in Copenhagen…so I guess it makes sense that we’re starting to get a little sad for DC. While we couldn’t be more excited for all the new adventures ahead, summer really is the best time in DC- there’s a certain monsoon lushness around here that really (really) makes it feel like a summer season, the city explodes with young go-getters looking to make their mark during their internships, and life moves outside – outside concerts and exhibits and food festivals…
As we wrap up our time here, I turned to Melanie Lytle, a fantastic girl I met through travel blogging who runs My Friend in DC – a service that tailor-makes guidebooks for your visits or time in DC. Have friends visiting? This would be perfect – especially for those “I don’t know exactly what I want but I want you to find it” types… Since she’s the resident pro of who, what, and where for the city, she’s sharing a bit today about her picks for the city and for the summer, and just exactly how she fell in love with this on-again, off-again city of ours!
- Indoor Mini Golf at the National Building Museum: Through the summer, you can escape the heat to air-conditioned comfort and play one of the National Building Museum’s two mini golf courses, which were designed by architects and inspired by the built environment.
- Jazz in the Garden: Every Friday night, seemingly the entire 20-30s population of DC is at Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden. Bring a blanket and enjoy a pitcher of sangria and a meal from the Sculpture Garden Café while listening to live jazz at the National Gallery of Art’s stunning Sculpture Garden. Arrive early for the best picnic spots.
- Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music at the National Gallery of Art: ‘Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes,’ now open at the National Gallery of Art, is a stunning and grand show you don’t want to miss. Even if ballet isn’t your thing, you’re going to find plenty to intrigue you: ambitious Igor Stravinksy compositions; scandals; ceiling-lifting, avant-garde sets; large-screen films; and artsy and colorful fashion (Picasso, Matisse, and Chanel designed some of the costumes on display).
- Le Diplomate: The first few months at new restaurant Le Diplomate on the 14th Street Corridor have been fantastic, and Washingtonians are thrilled to have a great French restaurant in the spirit of New York’s Balthazar for themselves. Be sure to make reservations well ahead or be willing to wait 1-2 hours. I assure you, it’s worth the trouble to sit down with a bottle of wine over a tray of oysters, a house-made baguette, and their lavender roast duck. With large windows open to the outdoors, it is a lovely people-watching spot too.