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Guidebook for Washington

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Guidebook for Washington

Drinks & Nightlife
This whiskey bar convinced me that I like whiskey. Every craft cocktail is delicious, food from the scratch kitchen is tasty, and the ambiance is warm and pleasant. TIP: Ask for the milk punch. Just trust me -- it's amazing!
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Barrel
613 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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This whiskey bar convinced me that I like whiskey. Every craft cocktail is delicious, food from the scratch kitchen is tasty, and the ambiance is warm and pleasant. TIP: Ask for the milk punch. Just trust me -- it's amazing!
Head upstairs to the both hip and cozy lounge to order well made craft cocktails. You can also order from their menu of Chinese street food. This small bar can get crowded, but it's worth it! I love the atmosphere here.
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Copycat Co.
1110 H Street Northeast
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Head upstairs to the both hip and cozy lounge to order well made craft cocktails. You can also order from their menu of Chinese street food. This small bar can get crowded, but it's worth it! I love the atmosphere here.
German beer, sausage, and pretzels. The ingredients for a beer garten. The patio is covered in winter months.
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Biergarten Haus
1355 H Street Northeast
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German beer, sausage, and pretzels. The ingredients for a beer garten. The patio is covered in winter months.
One Eight produces the first whiskey in DC since prohibition. You can taste and purchase their handcrafted, small batch vodka, gin, and whiskey. Tasting room hours are Saturday 1-10pm, and tours are Saturdays 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30pm. They generally have a local food vendor on Saturdays, or you can bring your own food or order delivery.
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One Eight Distilling
1135 Okie Street Northeast
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One Eight produces the first whiskey in DC since prohibition. You can taste and purchase their handcrafted, small batch vodka, gin, and whiskey. Tasting room hours are Saturday 1-10pm, and tours are Saturdays 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30pm. They generally have a local food vendor on Saturdays, or you can bring your own food or order delivery.
This is a small batch, women-owned distillery and craft cocktail bar. Try their rye, bourbon, and vodka, and check online for their tour and tasting schedule.
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Republic Restoratives Distillery and Craft Cocktail Bar
1369 New York Ave NE
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This is a small batch, women-owned distillery and craft cocktail bar. Try their rye, bourbon, and vodka, and check online for their tour and tasting schedule.
Offering a variety of gins, Green Hat is open for tastings and tours on Saturdays from 1-4pm.
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New Columbia Distillers/Green Hat Gin
1832 Fenwick Street Northeast
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Offering a variety of gins, Green Hat is open for tastings and tours on Saturdays from 1-4pm.
The brewery is open each evening and has tours on Saturdays at 12, 2, 4, and 6pm. There are local food trucks most days, but you can also bring food along or order delivery.
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Atlas Brew Works
2052 West Virginia Avenue Northeast
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The brewery is open each evening and has tours on Saturdays at 12, 2, 4, and 6pm. There are local food trucks most days, but you can also bring food along or order delivery.
Supreme Core Cider
2400 T St NE
Bourbon and gin distillery. Open Wednesday-Sunday.
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Jos. A. Magnus & Co. Distillery
2052 West Virginia Ave NE
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Bourbon and gin distillery. Open Wednesday-Sunday.
DC's first rum distillery -- I swear this will change your opinion of rum forever! Cotton & Reed has a cool bar space and is located just across the street from Union Market where you can dine and do some shopping. Tours are Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There is a fee, but it covers a cocktail and rum flight. I recommend trying all of the rums they offer. I also highly recommend their spin on a pina colada!
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Cotton & Reed
1330 5th St NE
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DC's first rum distillery -- I swear this will change your opinion of rum forever! Cotton & Reed has a cool bar space and is located just across the street from Union Market where you can dine and do some shopping. Tours are Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There is a fee, but it covers a cocktail and rum flight. I recommend trying all of the rums they offer. I also highly recommend their spin on a pina colada!
You can try beers brewed on site in the tasting room. Right Proper also has a brewpub in Shaw (a good place for a little DC bar crawl!!!).
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Brookland Production House + Tasting Room
920 Girard St NE
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You can try beers brewed on site in the tasting room. Right Proper also has a brewpub in Shaw (a good place for a little DC bar crawl!!!).
This is definitely the DC beer! Free brewery tours on Saturdays. Cans, growlers, and pints for sale at other times.
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DC Brau
3178 Bladensburg Road Northeast
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This is definitely the DC beer! Free brewery tours on Saturdays. Cans, growlers, and pints for sale at other times.
Sightseeing
World class museums. Moving monuments. Open green space. I'm always happy to play tourist myself and visit the National Mall. Check the museum websites for the current exhibits, and don't be surprised if there is a festival happening. All museums on the Mall are free admission. TIP: On hot summer days, soak your feet in the Sculpture Garden fountain.
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National Mall
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World class museums. Moving monuments. Open green space. I'm always happy to play tourist myself and visit the National Mall. Check the museum websites for the current exhibits, and don't be surprised if there is a festival happening. All museums on the Mall are free admission. TIP: On hot summer days, soak your feet in the Sculpture Garden fountain.
The National Gallery's collection is both impressive and accessible (and free). The East building holds the modern art collection, and the West building holds art from the medieval period through 19th century. When you visit the West building, be sure to say hello to Ginevra -- she's the only da Vinci painting in the United States! An underground passage connects the two buildings. It also has a really nice museum store.
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National Gallery of Art
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The National Gallery's collection is both impressive and accessible (and free). The East building holds the modern art collection, and the West building holds art from the medieval period through 19th century. When you visit the West building, be sure to say hello to Ginevra -- she's the only da Vinci painting in the United States! An underground passage connects the two buildings. It also has a really nice museum store.
Two centuries of Washingtonians rest here while neighborhood dogs romp above them. This historic cemetery is the final resting place for the likes of J. Edgar Hoover and John Phillip Sousa (his Marine Corp Band plays concerts here now) as well as many Congressmen. The grounds fell into neglect, but thanks to the K9 Corp, the cemetery is again beautifully maintained and safe for visitors. The K9 Corp is comprised of hundreds of locals who pay an annual membership for the ability to walk their dogs off leash in the cemetery grounds. Be ready to be greeted by some happy pooches! TIP: The cemetery offers tours and educational programs. Check the Events page on their site for more info.
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Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street Southeast
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Two centuries of Washingtonians rest here while neighborhood dogs romp above them. This historic cemetery is the final resting place for the likes of J. Edgar Hoover and John Phillip Sousa (his Marine Corp Band plays concerts here now) as well as many Congressmen. The grounds fell into neglect, but thanks to the K9 Corp, the cemetery is again beautifully maintained and safe for visitors. The K9 Corp is comprised of hundreds of locals who pay an annual membership for the ability to walk their dogs off leash in the cemetery grounds. Be ready to be greeted by some happy pooches! TIP: The cemetery offers tours and educational programs. Check the Events page on their site for more info.
Food Scene
Union Market offers a selection of food and shopping like nowhere else in DC. Gourmet food vendors offer everything ranging from local oysters to handmade cheese to gelato to dosa to waffles to BBQ and much, much more! Small shops and pop ups sell home goods and more. Some restaurants offer seating, but it can be at a premium. TIP: Take your time to walk around before you pick where you want to eat. Better yet -- try a few things from different vendors.
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Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
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Union Market offers a selection of food and shopping like nowhere else in DC. Gourmet food vendors offer everything ranging from local oysters to handmade cheese to gelato to dosa to waffles to BBQ and much, much more! Small shops and pop ups sell home goods and more. Some restaurants offer seating, but it can be at a premium. TIP: Take your time to walk around before you pick where you want to eat. Better yet -- try a few things from different vendors.
DC has an amazing food scene, and Rose's Luxury is among the best. I have to admit, I was upset when I saw Bon Appetit named it the best new restaurant of the year because then everyone knew about our amazing local spot. Everything is delicious, and the service is impeccable. Go with a group and share plates so you can try as much as possible! TIP: Rose's doesn't take reservations, and everyone knows this is one of the country's top restaurants. This means you have to line up early to get a table for the night. Some people even hire "professional" line standers.
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Rose's Luxury
717 8th Street Southeast
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DC has an amazing food scene, and Rose's Luxury is among the best. I have to admit, I was upset when I saw Bon Appetit named it the best new restaurant of the year because then everyone knew about our amazing local spot. Everything is delicious, and the service is impeccable. Go with a group and share plates so you can try as much as possible! TIP: Rose's doesn't take reservations, and everyone knows this is one of the country's top restaurants. This means you have to line up early to get a table for the night. Some people even hire "professional" line standers.
This tiny ramen place is one of DC's top restaurants. That means it can get crowded so make a reservation or order delivery or carry out. Vegetarians - fear not! There is food for us here, too!
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Toki Underground
1234 H Street Northeast
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This tiny ramen place is one of DC's top restaurants. That means it can get crowded so make a reservation or order delivery or carry out. Vegetarians - fear not! There is food for us here, too!
You're in for a treat at Indigo! You might see a line stretching out the door. Don't be deterred. The line moves quickly, and the wait allows you to consider the menu written on a chalkboard. They erase items as they sell out for the day. You place your order and pay at a window then find a seat. In nice weather, head to the patio where the neighborhood gathers under strings of lights and morning glories. Enjoy a beer or some wine while you wait for your food. Then settle in and relax for the night - the food comes quickly, but the atmosphere is so nice that you won't want to leave! TIP: Even if you eat meat, the vegetarian options are not to be missed. And, save room for a mango lassi!
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Indigo
243 K Street Northeast
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You're in for a treat at Indigo! You might see a line stretching out the door. Don't be deterred. The line moves quickly, and the wait allows you to consider the menu written on a chalkboard. They erase items as they sell out for the day. You place your order and pay at a window then find a seat. In nice weather, head to the patio where the neighborhood gathers under strings of lights and morning glories. Enjoy a beer or some wine while you wait for your food. Then settle in and relax for the night - the food comes quickly, but the atmosphere is so nice that you won't want to leave! TIP: Even if you eat meat, the vegetarian options are not to be missed. And, save room for a mango lassi!
A good option for pizza delivery to the apartment. I don't understand why the yelp reviews are unkind. The pizza is pretty good, and delivery is a plus.
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Al's Gourmet Pizza
1382 East Capitol Street Northeast
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A good option for pizza delivery to the apartment. I don't understand why the yelp reviews are unkind. The pizza is pretty good, and delivery is a plus.
Everyone loves biscuits and fried chicken (as well as salads, sides, and milk shakes)! They even have some options for kids. Local ingredients and southern hospitality. Closed Mondays and open for breakfast and lunch all other days. Drive thru service on weekdays.
Mason Dixie Biscuit Company
2301 Bladensburg Rd NE
Everyone loves biscuits and fried chicken (as well as salads, sides, and milk shakes)! They even have some options for kids. Local ingredients and southern hospitality. Closed Mondays and open for breakfast and lunch all other days. Drive thru service on weekdays.
Delicious small plates! It's a little hipster, but that's H St for you. The menu is written on chalk on the wall. I have definitely become part of a couple's date while they are trying to eat, and I'm trying to narrow my choices down. :-) Everything I've tried here has been incredibly good, and four plates is more than enough for two people. The papa al pomadoro is delicious. Tip: Save room for dessert. It's hard when the entree course plates are so good, but it's worth it!
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Sally's Middle Name
1320 H St NE
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Delicious small plates! It's a little hipster, but that's H St for you. The menu is written on chalk on the wall. I have definitely become part of a couple's date while they are trying to eat, and I'm trying to narrow my choices down. :-) Everything I've tried here has been incredibly good, and four plates is more than enough for two people. The papa al pomadoro is delicious. Tip: Save room for dessert. It's hard when the entree course plates are so good, but it's worth it!
Handmade, small batch candies made and sold in our nation's capital. If you need a quick (and yummy) gift to take home, consider the chocolate covered Oreos decorated with DC landmarks, stars and stripes, or a donkey or elephant. (They also make a special design for Cherry Blossom and other seasonal events.) They also sell ice cream, pastries, and coffee from a local roastery.
The Capital Candy Jar
201 15th St NE
Handmade, small batch candies made and sold in our nation's capital. If you need a quick (and yummy) gift to take home, consider the chocolate covered Oreos decorated with DC landmarks, stars and stripes, or a donkey or elephant. (They also make a special design for Cherry Blossom and other seasonal events.) They also sell ice cream, pastries, and coffee from a local roastery.
Just a few blocks away, Loaf is open for breakfast and lunch (breakfast only on Thursdays). Grab coffee, tea, craft soda, pastries or a full breakfast to start the day. There are also a variety of sandwiches for lunch.
The Hill Cafe
101 15th St NE
Just a few blocks away, Loaf is open for breakfast and lunch (breakfast only on Thursdays). Grab coffee, tea, craft soda, pastries or a full breakfast to start the day. There are also a variety of sandwiches for lunch.
This is a great neighborhood spot to grab a snack or light meal. Try the basil lemonade, too!
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The Pretzel Bakery
257 15th St SE
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This is a great neighborhood spot to grab a snack or light meal. Try the basil lemonade, too!
Jacob's has good food and coffee and is a really lovely 20 minute walk from my apartment through Capitol Hill. You can also take the bus, which picks up at the end of my block and drops you one block from the coffee shop.
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Jacob's Coffee House
401 8th Street Northeast
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Jacob's has good food and coffee and is a really lovely 20 minute walk from my apartment through Capitol Hill. You can also take the bus, which picks up at the end of my block and drops you one block from the coffee shop.
Parks & Nature
If you need a break from the city, check out Lincoln Park. Surrounded by stunning row houses, the park is full of locals playing with their dogs, watching their children play in the small playgrounds, or relaxing on a bench or blanket. You'll also see two prominent statues in the park: the Emancipation Group featuring Abraham Lincoln holding the Emancipation Proclamation before a kneeling black man who was modeled after Archer Alexander, the last person captured under the Fugitive Slave Act. The second portrays Civil Rights Activist and Educator Mary McLeod Bethune and two young black children.
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Lincoln Park
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If you need a break from the city, check out Lincoln Park. Surrounded by stunning row houses, the park is full of locals playing with their dogs, watching their children play in the small playgrounds, or relaxing on a bench or blanket. You'll also see two prominent statues in the park: the Emancipation Group featuring Abraham Lincoln holding the Emancipation Proclamation before a kneeling black man who was modeled after Archer Alexander, the last person captured under the Fugitive Slave Act. The second portrays Civil Rights Activist and Educator Mary McLeod Bethune and two young black children.
Are you a rower visiting DC? Consider contacting one of the community rowing clubs that call the Anacostia Community Boathouse home. Don't be surprised if they invite you to join them out on the water for practice!
Anacostia Community Boathouse
1900 M St SE
Are you a rower visiting DC? Consider contacting one of the community rowing clubs that call the Anacostia Community Boathouse home. Don't be surprised if they invite you to join them out on the water for practice!
Walk or bike this trail to take a break from the city and see how DC is reviving nature and community along the Anacostia River. Travel along the river to the Fish Market, Nationals Park, Yards Park, Historic Anacostia, RFK Stadium, the National Arboretum, and 16 communities between the National Mall at the Tidal Basin and Bladensburg Marina Park in Maryland.
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Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
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Walk or bike this trail to take a break from the city and see how DC is reviving nature and community along the Anacostia River. Travel along the river to the Fish Market, Nationals Park, Yards Park, Historic Anacostia, RFK Stadium, the National Arboretum, and 16 communities between the National Mall at the Tidal Basin and Bladensburg Marina Park in Maryland.
You'll find acres of trees, shrubs, and plants to give solitude and make you forget you're in the city. The arboretum is free, and pets are welcome on leash. While you're there, check out the amazing bonsai collection. If you're lucky, your trip may even coincide with the annual garden fair, bonsai festival, and orchid show. Look for the columns in the meadow. It's not an ancient temple (or bad scenery left over from your high school prom pictures circa 1998...). These Corinthian columns were originally part of the Capitol building. TIP: Pack a picnic lunch. There is no food at the Arboretum, but you can pick up chicken and biscuits from Mason Dixie nearby.
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United States National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
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You'll find acres of trees, shrubs, and plants to give solitude and make you forget you're in the city. The arboretum is free, and pets are welcome on leash. While you're there, check out the amazing bonsai collection. If you're lucky, your trip may even coincide with the annual garden fair, bonsai festival, and orchid show. Look for the columns in the meadow. It's not an ancient temple (or bad scenery left over from your high school prom pictures circa 1998...). These Corinthian columns were originally part of the Capitol building. TIP: Pack a picnic lunch. There is no food at the Arboretum, but you can pick up chicken and biscuits from Mason Dixie nearby.
Shopping
The market building holds a variety of vendors, including butchers, seafood, produce, and flowers. The real experience, however, is the farmers market and flea market on the weekends. Buy local seasonal produce and dairy, flowers, art, jewelry, home decor, furniture, soap, and more. TIP: Come hungry! If you eat inside the market, go for the buckwheat pancakes. There are more options from vendors behind the market, clustered on North Carolina Ave, including sweet or savory crepes and vegan dishes.
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Eastern Market
225 7th Street Southeast
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The market building holds a variety of vendors, including butchers, seafood, produce, and flowers. The real experience, however, is the farmers market and flea market on the weekends. Buy local seasonal produce and dairy, flowers, art, jewelry, home decor, furniture, soap, and more. TIP: Come hungry! If you eat inside the market, go for the buckwheat pancakes. There are more options from vendors behind the market, clustered on North Carolina Ave, including sweet or savory crepes and vegan dishes.
Getting Around
With Orange, Blue, and Silver Line trains passing through this station, you never have to wait long at this station, which is the closest to the apartment. These lines can take you straight to the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, National Airport, and the shuttle to Dulles Airport. You can also easily change to other lines at key hubs like L'Enfant or Metro Center. TIP: There is a surcharge of $1 per trip for paper tickets. Consider buying a daily pass or Smart Trip card.
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Stadium-Armory Station
192 19th Street Southeast
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With Orange, Blue, and Silver Line trains passing through this station, you never have to wait long at this station, which is the closest to the apartment. These lines can take you straight to the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, National Airport, and the shuttle to Dulles Airport. You can also easily change to other lines at key hubs like L'Enfant or Metro Center. TIP: There is a surcharge of $1 per trip for paper tickets. Consider buying a daily pass or Smart Trip card.
It's easy to get around DC with Capital Bikeshare stations located throughout the city. You can purchase a single ride or passes that are good for one or more days or longer. TIP: Helmets are not provided. Be sure to bring your own to protect your noggin! TIP: Biking in the city is no joke! DC is getting better with bike lanes, but there can be a lot of traffic. If you are not experienced biking in a city, please consider other forms of transportation for high traffic places like the downtown area.
Capital Bike Share
200 Oklahoma Ave NE
It's easy to get around DC with Capital Bikeshare stations located throughout the city. You can purchase a single ride or passes that are good for one or more days or longer. TIP: Helmets are not provided. Be sure to bring your own to protect your noggin! TIP: Biking in the city is no joke! DC is getting better with bike lanes, but there can be a lot of traffic. If you are not experienced biking in a city, please consider other forms of transportation for high traffic places like the downtown area.
The Orange, Blue, and Silver Line trains pass through this station, which is one stop away from the apartment and on the way to the National Mall. TIP: You can get off at this stop for the Harris Teeter grocery store, a CVS, and Trusty's bar.
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Potomac Ave Station
700 14th St SE
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The Orange, Blue, and Silver Line trains pass through this station, which is one stop away from the apartment and on the way to the National Mall. TIP: You can get off at this stop for the Harris Teeter grocery store, a CVS, and Trusty's bar.
This station is two stops from the apartment in the direction of the National Mall also on the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines. Get off at this stop to visit the market (especially on Saturdays and Sundays), Trader Joe's, Yes Organic Market, restaurants and bars on Barracks Row, and CVS. You can also walk down Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks to the Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress.
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Eastern Market Station
701 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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This station is two stops from the apartment in the direction of the National Mall also on the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines. Get off at this stop to visit the market (especially on Saturdays and Sundays), Trader Joe's, Yes Organic Market, restaurants and bars on Barracks Row, and CVS. You can also walk down Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks to the Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress.
Essentials
Nice selection of prepared foods and cookies!
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Whole Foods Market
600 H St NE
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Nice selection of prepared foods and cookies!
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Giant Food
300 H Street Northeast
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This grocery with an in-store pharmacy is conveniently located one Metro stop away at Potomac Avenue. Stop by here for essentials on your way home from sightseeing.
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Harris Teeter Pharmacy
1350 Potomac Ave SE
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This grocery with an in-store pharmacy is conveniently located one Metro stop away at Potomac Avenue. Stop by here for essentials on your way home from sightseeing.
This grocery store is located two Metro stops away at Eastern Market. Trader Joe's is especially good for frozen and boxed food that can be prepared quickly in the microwave or toaster oven.
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Trader Joe's
750 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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This grocery store is located two Metro stops away at Eastern Market. Trader Joe's is especially good for frozen and boxed food that can be prepared quickly in the microwave or toaster oven.