It’s the summer in DC: our work days are shorter, the weather is warmer, and if that isn’t enough motivation to finally let loose on the weekends, we don’t know what is. If you don't have any plans yet, we’ve rounded up the best ways to drop the boring routine and upgrade to the weekend you know you deserve. And don’t worry if you’re picky about how you like to spend your free time -- we’ve created the guide with options every type of person: from spa junkies to boat bums, this list has got you covered. Check it out below!
1. For the wild card in any friend group
It’s a Friday night, and you want to let loose. Well, we have everything you need for a crazy night out. First, check out famous comedian Tony Roberts, performing at DC Improv. Check out some of his past work here. Afterwards, hit up a rooftop bar for some drinks with a view. Plus, we live here, so do we really get to be tourists that often? Now, with drinks at the POV lounge, you can sip on vodka sodas while relaxing at the perfect place while having an amazing view of the monuments. If you’re still in the mood to party, head to the 9:30 Club for their Drop Electric & Tone Night. Doors open at 8:00 PM -- get ready to get electric.
2. When bottomless brunch is music to your ears, but you hate waiting for a reservation
Finding the best place to brunch with your friends during the warmer weekends can be tough. Between dealing with lines out the door and finding a place you haven't already tried -- the struggle of been there, done that. We’re already over it. Thankfully, we figured out a way to kill the brunch game in a new, exciting way...why not get out on a boat for the day? Before you say, wait a second, this seems really complicated -- trust us, it’s really not. Boatbound, like an Airbnb for boats, allows you to rent a boat from a local and split the cost with your friends so it doesn’t break the bank. Instead of waiting for your reservation, you can rent everything from a luxury yacht to a powerboat. The best part: you don’t have to have a boating license. Captain optional, so the mimosas can stay bottomless.
3. If you love the spa, but hate the cost...
It’s practically an unwritten rule at this point that Saturdays are for the girls. With all the stress of the week, our skin is in dire need of some R&R. We have the perfect plan to help you set up the perfect at-home spa day so that you can detox, rejuvenate, repeat, all day long.
Firstly, let’s just establish the cardinal rule: baths are highly underrated. Light some candles, dim the lights, and grab a glass or wine or a good book. And, not only can you soak up all the soothing warmth and moisture your body needs, but you can exfoliate and add essential oils or bath bombs to get more out of it. We recommend Fig + Yarrow Pink Love Salts for their ability to relieve sore muscles and the fact that they are made only using natural botanicals and earth elements. You’re guaranteed to leave the bath with supple skin and a smile on your face. Afterwards, try a skin mask or two. Charcoal is told to suck out all the buildup in your pores, whereas snail essence has been shown to have restorative properties, as well as improve plumpness and youth. We recommend the ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (a fan favorite) and the It’s Skin Prestige D'escargot Sheet Mask. When all is said and done, wrap yourself up in a fluffy, warm towel using a towel warmer. We promise, it’s the little luxuries in an at-home spa day that make it feel like you’re really treating yourself. Lifehack: If you’re with your friend, put on some bathing suits and place towels under the crack in the closed door. If you run the bath, and then turn on the shower, it will seem like a steam room.
4. Get away for the weekend at Homestead Preserve.
If you can’t beat the DC humidity, don’t worry -- we understand the struggle. That’s why we recommend getting out of the city with your girls and heading to Homestead Preserve, VA. For nature lovers everywhere, this is the perfect stateside destination to escape to. With tons of activities and things to see, your weekend can be entirely outdoor or indoor focused. We recommend you stay at the River Farm home, because of its private access to The Jackson River. It also comes complete with a fire-pit, swimming-hole, family garden, horse stables, and much more. It sleeps 10, so grab your girlfriends for the sweetest of escape. To help plan your vacation, we’ve included a few things to keep you entertained.
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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