Spring break is coming up quick, and that likely brings back memories of fun trips and time away from school in your younger years. Many people travel during this mid-winter period, often escaping the cold weather for warm, tropical breezes in southern parts of the country or taking trips to explore aboard. Those vacations might not be for everyone, though, and sometimes staying closer to home can be a better fit.
Whether you’re short on funds, can’t get enough consecutive days offs, need to stay in and study for midterms, or just feel like being closer to home for spring break 2019, a D.C. staycation can have all the elements of a great vacation — without the money, time, and stress involved in traveling.
What to Do During a D.C. Staycation
One of the great things about Washington, D.C., is that it truly has a little bit of something to offer everyone. Its diverse neighborhoods and cultural scenes, food and drink options spanning multiple genres and ethnicities, historical sights, and indoor and outdoor activities can give you a whole world of experiences in just a few short hours. Residents and visitors can go running by renowned monuments in the morning, brunch at a hot food spot in an adorable neighborhood, check out museums in the afternoon, and hit a spa for relaxation before a sporting event or night out with friends — and that’s just day one.
Here are some great options for D.C. staycation fun. Even better, you might not have to drive to of them because the public transportation system can take you just about anywhere!
Relax and Unwind – You’ve Earned It
Most people escape the cold to shed job or school stress or get away from the dark, winter days. They often equate relaxation with salty air and lapping waves, but it doesn’t take much to recreate that same relaxed feeling. D.C.’s many neighborhoods have you covered.
We might not have sun, sand, and waves this time of year (though D.C. does have beaches along the Potomac River, and is within just a couple hours’ drive of the Atlantic Ocean), but the area is home to plenty of day spas and salons. These professionals offer massages, hair and facial treatments, manicures and pedicures, tanning, and more, giving you all the pampering you need to shrug off your day-to-day routine and thoroughly enjoy your staycation.
Move Around and Be Active
It might be fun to be lazy a few of the days that you’re home, but nothing recharges the brain and relaxes the body quite like good exercise. Lucky for D.C. residents, the region has plenty of indoor and outdoor opportunities to get them up and moving!
For those who like to spend a little time outdoors, even in the winter, Rock Creek Park spans 1,754 acres and features 4.4 miles of biking and pedestrian trails. It was designed to give summer and bundled-up users alike the perfect, “peaceful refuge” from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and getting into nature might be just what you need to let go of your stress.
If being indoors is more your thing, consider checking out a yoga class. Many D.C. area studios and groups often offer pop-up, free or low-fee classes for drop in, and yoga is great for twisting out toxins, removing built up tension, refreshing and renewing, and taking a break from the daily grind. Want something more aggressive? Go for a run past the monuments and museums near the National Mall, or stop by a local gym to spend some time with cardio equipment, free weights, weight machines, classes, and more.
Get Lost and Find Culture
Most people know about the monuments, memorials, and museums — the Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Building, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Memorial, legislative buildings, National World War II Memorial, White House, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, and National Museums come to mind — and those are all great to visit (many of them for free!) during your D.C. staycation. The region is also home to several hidden and off-the-beaten-path gems, however, some in the same vein as the above, and others that will completely surprise you. A few of our favorites include the George Mason Memorial, National Arboretum, President Lincoln’s cottage, the Exorcist Steps from the 1973 film The Exoricst, the Mansion on O, and the Postal Museum (trust us on that one — we wouldn’t steer you wrong!).
Cheer Your Heart Out at a Sporting Event
Did you know that Washington, D.C. has sports teams for just about any fan? We’ve got professional and semi-professional baseball, basketball, football, soccer, hockey, and tennis, not to mention several collegiate teams nearby that would love to have your support. We’ll even have a Rugby team by 2020. Check out any of these teams during your staycation for a fun sports-focused outing, or mark your calendars for when their seasons start up again:
- Winter: NHL: Capitals, NBA: Wizards, WNBA: Mystics
- Spring:MLB: Nationals, MiLB: Bowie Baysox, MiLB: Potomac Nationals
- Summer:MLS: DC United, NWSL: Spirit, Tennis: Kastles
- Fall: NFL: Redskins
- Collegiate: American University,Catholic University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, University of Maryland, College Park
Make Merry While Supporting Local Food and Drink Establishments
If you’ve ever wandered around a D.C. neighborhood, you’ll already be aware that food and drink spots are in abundance here. Stop by the food scene and night life on 14thStreet in Columbia Heights for everything from great breakfast and brunches to bakeries and a happening night scene, or wander around any of the other neighborhoods (like Dupont Circle) to sample the local fare. D.C. also plays host to a number of mobile food trucks with plenty of options from all around the world, meaning you won’t go hungry during your staycation extravaganza.
For more information about living or finding your perfect apartment in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood, contact DARO Management Services. We have multiple properties — on Rodman Street, Massachusetts Avenue, Connecticut Avenue, R Street NW, 16thStreet, and Lamont Street — and we’d be happy to walk you through our available units. Give us a call at (202) 363-2255 to get started find your new home today.