Ready for Winter?
Staying indoors when you’re in a bustling city can give you cabin fever, especially when it’s cold and snowy outside. You don’t have to wait for the Cherry Blossom Festival to get out and enjoy yourself, though – put on your favorite knit hat, grab a scarf, a friend, and come see what DC has to offer this 2019 winter!
Ice Skate Through History
Bring your skates – or rent a pair – and enjoy ice skating underneath twinkling Edison Bulbs at the National Mall. Plus, pair your outdoor fun with a visit to one of the museums of the Smithsonian, warming up and viewing breathtaking, modern art at the Hirschhorn Gallery.
Maybe you’re a history buff? Well, visit the Air & Space Museum and stand in awe at priceless bits of national history!
Maybe you’d prefer something a little more unique? Grab your jacket and head over to the Watergate Hotel to ice skate on their gorgeous rooftop patio. But don’t worry, you can keep warm with a tasty treat or hot toddy from The Top of the Gate right nearby!
Go Shopping Outdoors in DC
Enjoy an afternoon shopping with friends at one of several shopping malls. You may find something to liven up your apartment, or maybe a gift for a special someone.
If you’re looking for something special, The Downtown Holiday Market has unique, handmade gifts you won’t be able to find at a big box store. Plus, there are plenty of stands for a warm cup of hot chocolate or a delicious snack.
Either way, take advantage of DC’s reputation as a melting pot and visit the Heurich House Museum’s German Christkindlmarkt. If that’s not enough Scandinavian fun, venture over to the House of Sweden in Georgetown for even more of an adventure!
Dine out in DC, Cozy Style.
It’s time you took a break from cooking in your apartment and take your date or #squad out to one of Washington DC’s many delicious restaurants.
Many condos and DC apartments don’t have a fireplace, but these delicious restaurants will do just the trick!
We recommend trying Maydan. Maydan is ranked America’s second-best new restaurant by Bon Appetit magazine. Here, grab a bite of delicious North African and Middle Eastern fare, cooked in an exposed brick kitchen for that sweet, homemade taste. Handcrafted cocktails at Maydan are also intriguing, as they’re enhanced with the local spices of cardamom, paprika, and sumac.
If you prefer a more traditional winter nosh, then try Gaslight Tavern off U Street. It’s a throwback to the speakeasy days of the Roaring Twenties and features a roaring fireplace in the glassed-in patio, specialty cocktails like the Sidecar, and delicious winter comfort food like braised short ribs and poutine.
Celebrate Chinese New Year!
If you missed the fun of ringing in 2019 in DC, get out of your house and try one of these exciting Chinese New Year’s activities. With a diverse population in our nation’s capital, many of these feature authentic props, music, and, of course; delicious food & drink!
Have Fun With a Girls Night Out & Warm Cocoa
Don’t stay inside your apartment watching Netflix with your friends, take a girls night! Bundle up in your favorite, coziest sweater and enjoy a delicious (adult!) hot cocoa instead.
Masa 14 offers Cocoa Under The Stars, a hot chocolate bar on their rooftop patio dining area. Enjoy peppermint candy, gourmet marshmallows, and even a shot of Bailey’s or Kahlua to spice up your treat!
You can also grab some friends and go visit the National Gallery of Art, followed by some spiked hot cocoa over at Pavilion Café. The outdoor seating is a perfect setting for cozily sipping on hot cocoa and people watching or simply enjoying a great conversation with friends.
Pitango Gelato takes warm, rich hot chocolate to a whole new level. Their bittersweet cocoa mix has almost the consistency of warm pudding, made with traditional sipping chocolate from Torino, Italy. With six locations throughout the DC area, it’s definitely worth leaving your apartment for, and no excuses about it being too far!