Last fall Luke and I took a trip to Washington, D.C. It was Luke’s first visit and my second. I was at The Hay-Adams in 2015 for their 4th of July celebration when I lived in New York and while that trip was absolutely amazing, nothing could have prepared me for my time with Luke at The Hay-Adams this time around. All thanks to their fabulous hospitality!
The view from our room was classic D.C. It faced St. John’s Church.
St. John’s is the oldest church in the city of Richmond, Virginia, built in 1741. The Church Hill district was named for it. It was the site of two important conventions in the period leading to the American Revolutionary War, and is famous as the location where Patrick Henry gave his memorable speech at the Second Virginia Convention, closing with the often-quoted demand, “give me liberty, or give me death!” The church is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
One of my favorite things about The Hay-Adams, apart from its beautiful decor, is the location. Directly after our arrival (and after hours of traveling from LAX) we threw on workout clothes and were off to explore. First stop: The White House, which is literally steps away from The Hay-Adams.
It’s always fun to travel with Luke because regardless of whatever historical brochure you may have in hand, his brain is better! My trivia champ.
Photographs from an event that took place the evening of our arrival on Top of The Hay. There is no better view in Washington!
I enjoyed spending time with The Hay-Adams Pastry Chef, Josh Short. His presentation of their treats are simply stunning. We were welcomed with a decadent 3 dimensional white chocolate White House. Below were his welcome amenities for inauguration week.
Burrata, beet and citrus seasonal salad at The Lafayette. Divine!
Directly overlooking Lafayette Square and the White House, The Lafayette is a famed restaurant in Washington, D.C. featuring a light-filled dining room and carefully prepared menu of upscale contemporary American cuisine.
One evening in D.C. we decided to see the monuments by night. I had only seen them at night from Top of The Hay on the Fourth of July so to see them up close and with Luke was amazing.
Perhaps our favorite thing we did while staying at The Hay-Adams Hotel was taking their classic cruisers out for a spin one morning. We called down the night before and the concierge worked hard to make sure the bikes were ready for us by morning. Incredible service.
It was very chilly so the wind on the bike was sharp at first but once we were off and enjoying the monuments I forgot about the cold. It ended up being such a charming way to see the city. I loved peddling behind my husband of nearly a year, taking in the beauty that surrounded us and the history we were now apart of. Not a moment I will soon forget.
After exploring D.C. by bike we had breakfast at The Lafayette and shared their Oatmeal Soufflé. Oh my.
P.S. we STILL crack up at my helmet hair–except, I didn’t wear a helmet. HA!
After breakfast we went to as many museums as time allowed. It was the perfect morning which turned into the perfect day.
To end our trip we enjoyed mocktails and appetizer’s at Off The Record, the bar at The Hay-Adams before heading to dinner near by. *I will add other restaurants to this post once I remember them.
This weekend Luke and I were reminiscing with family about our travels during our first year of marriage. Luke was quick to say how much he loved Washington, D.C. and that he can hardly wait to get back to The Hay-Adams.
I could not agree more. 🙂