Thursday, April 5, 2018

An Afternoon in Adams Morgan

March 24, 2018

I made the mistake of going into D.C. on the day of the March For Our Lives demonstration. An estimated 500,000 people were expected, and naively I thought that going up to Adams Morgan (AdMo for short), a neighborhood in NW D.C., wouldn't be a problem because I wouldn't be anywhere near the Pennsylvania Ave... completely forgetting that everyone from out of town still had to get into the city and they would all be taking the same metros as me. So on that Saturday morning, packed into a metro car with out-of-towners, I made my way up to AdMo for a day of checking out all of the AdMo spots that have been on my list forever.

I started at the Line Hotel, a brand new hotel housed inside an old church that also has a coffee shop, a bar, and a large lounge area on the first floor. It's absolutely stunning -- if I ever wanted a staycation in D.C. I would stay here. From there, I made my way down 18th St., stopping in at Songbyrd Record Cafe for a ginger hot chocolate (I've been told the blackberry pie is a winner, so a tip for next time), Tryst for a late lunch and some spiked coffee, Idle Time Books (where I finally found a copy of du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek), and Meep's for some vintage hunting. AdMo is a prime area for hole-in-the-wall food finds, and there were many, many places I missed that I need to go back for.

One of the things I love most about D.C. is true of all big cities -- all the little neighborhoods with their own charms and local favorites. Spending a day just in AdMo without trying to hit any other neighborhoods not only saved my feet but also gave me the chance to really enjoy wandering through the streets without rushing. I know most people like to hang around the Mall when they visit D.C. because that's where all the famous sites are, but for those who have been to D.C. a few times and have seen all the touristy things I'd highly recommend picking a few neighborhoods out of the way of the main downtown district and seeing more of the real D.C.

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