Last updated on Nov 17th, 2020 at 04:31 pm

Is there anything as exciting as a weekend in a foreign city with girlfriends? I think not.

Last month Bridget McNulty was lucky enough to head to the US for 10 days, which included a weekend in Washington DC with two close girlfriends.

It’s a weekend that I’ll be thinking about for many months to come…

First things first: where to stay in DC?

There are a number of different neighbourhoods around the city, all with their own charm. We chose Dupont Circle because it has a relaxing residential feel (tree-lined streets, beautiful homes) but is still an easy walk away from all kinds of fabulous restaurants, bars and nightlife.

We had a fantastic tapas dinner at Barcelona – the cocktails were wonderful, the food was abundant and delicious, and the vibe was great.

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Then it was an easy stroll back to our hotel, the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle. It was just exactly what we needed – two giant queen beds in a comfortable room with a lovely bathroom and a small kitchenette (very helpful when you want an afternoon snack or a morning nibble before you head out to explore the city!)

The Carlyle. Image: Cris Molina


They also offer in-house dining at The Riggsby, their club-style restaurant, and were so welcoming from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. The hotel has a free wine hour (yes please!) and free coffee and tea in the morning, and it’s perfectly placed to explore Dupont Circle and, a few minutes drive away, the rest of DC.

The Riggsby. Image: Cris Molina

So what do you have to do while in the nation’s capital? As far as I’m concerned, two things:

  1. Baseball
  2. Museums

That might seem like an odd combination, but baseball on a Saturday afternoon – complete with hot dogs, beer, loud music and that whole glorious American experience of a live ball game – is one of my favourite things to do in the US.

Image: Bridget McNulty

Shelling roasted peanuts, watching the players hit home runs, looking out for the kiss cam… It’s like an American movie come to life and I love it

On the other end of the culture spectrum, the museums in DC are extraordinary

Whether you’re checking out American art at the Smithsonian or finding out all about rockets at the National Air and Space Museum, visiting the Holocaust Museum or the National Portrait Gallery, there is definitely a museum to match your interest. Strolling from one museum to the other along the National Mall, soaking up the cherry blossoms and popping into free world-class museums. What’s not to love about Washington DC?

It’s a simple recipe, but one that I think will last a lifetime:

close girlfriends + great food + a comfortable place to sleep + fun + culture = one happy weekend!