You work hard, like really, really hard at your job and after all of those long hours you put in, its safe to say that you deserve a vacation. But maybe you don’t have the time or the cash to travel to Tahiti to stay in one of those little huts on the water but you would like to relax, let loose, and forget about work for a while.

The DC Staycation On A Budget

We completely understand and that is why we have created the ultimate DC staycation, on a budget, that will make you feel like you are far far away from home.

Whether you are looking to have a wild weekend with your girlfriends or a romantic weekend with your husband/boyfriend, we have come up with some pretty amazing ideas that will have you experiencing DC in a whole different way.

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So put the world on hold, turn the ringers off, kick back, and let us do the planning for you

Where to Stay – Embassy Row Hotel

The DC Staycation On A Budget - Where to Stay

Embassy Row Hotel is hands down the best spot to stay in DC for your staycation. We know because we tested it out last weekend on our very own staycation with some of our best girlfriends. The hotel is absolutely stunning. The decor is on point, the staff is more than accommodating, and the best part is the rooftop pool! Their gorgeous rooms start at $215 per night, not bad for the luxurious digs.

The DC Staycation On A Budget

There aren’t many hotels in DC that have rooftop pools, so if you are looking to really feel like you have been transported out of the district, this is the place for you. The panoramic jaw-dropping views, beautiful blue salt-water heated pool, resort cabanas, and refreshing cocktails create an urban oasis for locals and out-of-towners.

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Not to mention, summer months in Washington, D.C. are more affordable and less crowded than other times of the year. Have a fur-baby at home that you don’t want to leave with a sitter? No need to worry, you can bring your pup along on your staycation– well that is if you want to.

What to Eat

Lunch/Brunch Options

Glens Garden Market: Perfect for a healthy lunch on the go or to stock up on some healthy and fresh treats for your staycation. This sustainable market is the only one of its kind, carrying all-local groceries, coffee, craft beer, and even has a wine bar.

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Everything they offer was either grown or created within the states of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In addition to their sustainability mission, they grow small businesses. In the 19 months Glens Garden Market has been open, they have launched 24 food businesses, pretty darn impressive.

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And the icing on the cake is that their chef, Travis Olson, recently joined the team after working as a Chef de Partie at Noma in Copenhagen (aka one of the top restaurants in all of the world). This is a market you will want to check out on your staycation and you must try The Margalo, it is hands down the best sandwich on the menu.

The DC Staycation On A Budget

Other options are Scion for $13 bottomless beermosas. Big Bear Cafe for a bacon bagel or a lox bagel, which will run you around $6. Also, you could check out Duke’s Grocery if you are into ridiculously good burgers and District Taco is always a solid option for yummy tacos.

Dinner Options

The DC Staycation On A Budget

Station Kitchen and Cocktails: Head back to the hotel after a day of being a tourist in your own city and enjoy tapas, light bites, and crafty cocktails at Station Kitchen and Cocktails. We enjoyed a beautiful meal at Station Kitchen all while listening to live music.

The DC Staycation On A Budget

A few of my favorite dishes were the steak tacos, korean caveman pops, street corn salad, and the shrimp. We also shared a huge mason jar of grapefruit jalapeño cocktails– one word, amazing. After dinner, head up to the roof for a few drinks and a breathtaking view before you hit the town.

The DC Staycation On A Budget

A few other solid dinner choices are Hank’s Oyster BarToki Underground for the best ramen in DC, and Founding Farmers never disappoints. If you are looking to make a night out of your dinner, head over to Roses Luxury for the ultimate dining experience. Just make sure you are in line by 4:30 pm.

Where to Party:

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Smoke & Barrel: Like whiskey and bbq? Then this place is your jam.

Biergarten Haus:  One of DC’s only legitimate beer gardens and this one is pretty authentic. They specialize in German cuisine and obviously, beer.

The Hamilton: Looking for a place to indulge in some live music? Head to this gorgeous venue for drinks, dinner, and live music downstairs.

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Rock & Roll Hotel: Head over to H Street to grab a drink, catch a live show and dance the night away in the old hotelesque looking bar. Good times will be had by all here.

Teddy & The Bully Bar: End your night at this little gem. They have a late night happy hour you won’t want to miss plus a late night snack menu that looks too good to be true. Try their lamb tater tots with harissa dipping sauce.

What to Do:

Jazz in the garden: Start your staycation off with some jazz in the garden performed by top Washington-area artists. During jazz concerts, the Pavilion Café offers a special menu of creative American cuisine and refreshments. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the Sculpture Garden but may be purchased at the café. The best part is that the admission is free.

Jazz in the Garden occurs every Friday evening May 22 – August 28, 2015, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

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Kayak or Paddle-board on the Potomac: You may not be at the ocean but you can do all of your favorite water sports in our nation’s capital! See DC in a whole new way by kayaking, paddle boarding, or canoeing your way through the city!

Boating in DC offers three boathouse locations: in Georgetown, National Harbor and next to National’s stadium. They offer lessons to help the novice get acquainted with the water, as well as rental boats for those who want to go it alone.

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Shopping at Eastern Market: End your getaway by exploring Washington DC’s original and premier food & arts market. Eastern Market is DC’s destination for fresh food, community events, and on weekends, local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts. Bring home fresh produce and meats for the week ahead and you won’t even have to stop at the store on the way home. Win win!

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