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Last weekend, we made a last minute decision to have a staycation in Washington DC. We usually (sadly) avoid DC with the kids for lots of reasons. It's pretty far when you still have a napping toddler, the kids don't like museums, it can be hard to get a reservation at a good restaurant, and it's expensive. I'll bet you are wondering if we made it? HA! Yes, and we enjoyed it too! Although I'm sure the other guests in our fancy hotel didn't feel the same, more on that later...
The first thing that we did was try to find a good hotel. The weather forecast was GORGEOUS and PARTLY AWESOME, so we wanted to stay within walking distance of the monuments and the mall. Not the suburban mall...this one. Lots of green spaces for the kids to run and easy access to all of the free Smithsonian Museums. (Oh, I just love a ( [free] museum.) I wanted to stay somewhere really nice with an indoor pool.
I found the perfect option, only a block away from the National Mall AND on Pennsylvania Ave, just a few blocks from the White House. Those hotels aren't cheap. In fact, they are usually crazy expensive, but I found a great deal with Groupon Coupons. You guys, I used a coupon for Priceline, from Groupon, and it made the hotel very affordable.
We arrived, and immediately set out for shenanigans. It has been a mild winter, but the kids have been cooped up since we got back from Disney. It was nice to let them run around in the grass!
As you can see, they have a ton of food trucks all around the National Mall, which made finding food for the kids a breeze. They are typically very affordable, but you will want to have some cash. Be sure to try one!
We made a reservation at my favorite restaurant (and even got a coupon via Groupon), which is also kid friendly, it's called Founding Farmers. They have amazing cocktails, and a very approachable farm to table concept. I just love it. We let the kids share a piece of chocolate cake and break all the manners rules. I, of course, took pictures.