Cherry Blossom Monument

D.C. Columbia Heights

Excuse the airBnB commercial to start this post…had we not had access to the cute little ground floor apartment in the Columbia Heights neighborhood through the house-sharing site, our  D.C. vacation experience would not have been quite so perfect.

Our little place is a couple of blocks from the metro, making it an easy 10 minute ride to the Mall. Along the main drag that separates Columbia Heights from neighboring hoods, we found a Target, coffee shop, and a funky, local liquor store.

Spring skies over D.C.

Part of the reason we always rent rather than hotel-it when on vacation, is for coffee in your jammies watching the city wake up and an end-of-day glass of wine or beer curled up on the couch.  Perfect book-ends to a day of adventure.

We had easy access to everything we needed to make a truly relaxing vacation.

From our front door, we were an easy walk each evening for dinner. We ate well, and had lots of great choices.

Cuban brunch at Mi Cuba Cafe. Carnitas, plantains, empanadaa, rice and beans washed down by real sugar colas and rich Cuban coffee.

We found a cool little pizzeria, Red Rocks, that served wood fired pizzas and served half-priced bottles of wine.  Try their sausage or six shooter pizzas.  Yum!

After an emotional day at the holocaust museum, Room 11 was a much needed retreat. Operating in a tiny-tiny house, packed with locals sharing conversations as diverse as the neighborhood itself, we enjoyed comfort food like homemade mac and cheese and grandma’s cheese crackers.

By the end of our short stay in Columbia Heights all four of us, including the kids, learned how to navigate through our adopted neighborhood. We’d smile at the walking dogs, peer into the beautifully restored brownstone and row houses, and chat about what could be around the next, yet to be discovered corner.

With the Capital in relief

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