Monday, July 10, 2017

4th of July Weekend in Washington, D.C.

I live in Washington, D.C. so making plans for the 4th of July is a bit different for me. I steer clear of the National Mall and try to enjoy D.C. sights that are a bit further removed from all of the crowds.

This year for 4th of July weekend I had the absolute best time exploring wineries, golfing, visiting Mt. Vernon, and catching a baseball game.

The weekend started with a beautiful (albeit HOT) Friday afternoon/evening with one of my dear friends at Bull Run Winery. We had made the plans to visit a few weeks prior and fortunately the weather was beautiful for us and we spent the afternoon eating cheese and crackers and downing a couple bottles of wine.

For those of you that haven't been, Bull Run Winery is only about 30 minutes from D.C. and is located in the historical Bull Run Battlefield park area. When you arrive you can do tastings or you can simply purchase bottles of wine and snack foods to picnic or enjoy inside. We always plan it so we can sit outside, but the atmosphere is great either way!

My Dad arrived Saturday morning for a father/daughter weekend because he hasn't actually come down for the 4th since I've lived here. Usually my Mom and cousin come down for a girls weekend, so I had to tailor the agenda a bit to be more fitting for him.

Saturday we visited Mt. Vernon which is located about 15 miles south of D.C. in Alexandria. It is a beautiful estate with mostly all of the original and preserved buildings of the plantation that George and Martha Washington lived on.

Sunday morning I booked a tee time for my Dad to play a round of golf. I ended up booking at East Potomac Course. For those new to D.C. I would recommend it because it has stunning views of the monuments as you gold. However, you can definitely tell that it's a public course as it isn't kept as well as others, and there are definitely better public courses if you drive out to the Virginia area. Still, we had a blast!

Sunday afternoon I had planned on taking my Dad to Stone Tower Winery because it's been on my list of places to go for a very long time. On our way there we realized a friend of mine and her fiancΓ© were actually at Bull Run Winery (flashback to Friday) so we spent another afternoon there. It was great seeing my friends and meeting Justin's (the fiancΓ©) family before the wedding.

Monday I had to work, but the final event with my Dad was for Monday night to attend a National's Game and see the post-game fireworks. The Nats ended up winning and it was a blast!

After my Dad left on Tuesday morning (the actual 4th of July) I took a quick nap and started decorating/cooking because I had decided to host about 10 friends for a BBQ before Fireworks. We had such a good time eating hot dogs and drinking champagne (because, why not?).

All in all I had the absolute BEST 4th of July weekend surrounded by family and friends and I can't wait for the million other things this summer has in store for me!

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