Friday Five: DC Activities We Love

Friday Five: DC Activities We Love

We are back from California! It was a quick trip home to celebrate two of our amazing friends getting married. They turned a whimsical park in Berkeley into a magical, intimate setting for a wedding. Sparks, bubbles, and champagne flew! Will and I are so thankful we could make it.

It was also great to see so many friends. Several people asked us how the outdoor activities and adventures were in D.C., so I thought it would be important to share our favorite activities since moving here. Just because it’s a suit n’ tie city does not mean D.C. area folks don’t know how to roll up their sleeves every now and then. 😉

Roadtrips & Camping 

Living on the East Coast, where the states are not nearly as long as California, it feels so easy to drive from state-to-state. In September, we met up with one of my best friends and her boyfriend for a relaxing car camping trip in upstate New York. We also happened to be in wine country (hello, sweet ice wines and $3 tastings!). After exploring nineteen (!!) waterfalls in Watkins Glen State Park, we traded hiking boots for sandals and took in the scenic views and sweet wines in the gorgeous Finger Lakes Region.

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For next weekend, Will and I are planning a backpacking trip a little closer to home in Shenandoah National Park, 75 miles southwest of D.C. It’ll be chilly, but we’re excited to take in the views, explore part of the Appalachian Trail, and, if I can convince Will to carry a small cast iron skillet, make smoky campfire eggs, which is probably my favorite way to eat, um, everything.

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Credit: NPS/Neal Lewis

 

Tip: When car camping on a holiday weekend without campsite reservations, call ahead and ask if they have “reserve” or “emergency” campsites. Chances are high that they’ll have a spot just waiting for you!

Fall Colors

The leaves are changing colors in Georgetown, which only makes the cobblestone streets and row homes more charming. My heart does a happy dance every time I see a pumpkin on a doorstep or think about all the fall treats and activities, including apple picking, which I wrote about in this previous post. I’ll be hiking Great Falls (the Maryland side) this Saturday with friends, the perfect opportunity to see fall in full bloom before October ends.

My brother- and sister-in-law visited a few weeks ago and found the most festive doorstep!

 

Next weekend’s camping trip will also be scenic. Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive, the park’s main road, offers 105 miles of winding roads along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Walking portions of the Appalachian Trail parallel the drive too. Ah, if only we could have made this trip sooner!

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Credit: NPS/Neal Lewis

 

Watersports 

The Potomac River is a paddler’s paradise no matter your style of paddling! We store our inflatable SUPs under our bed and, on warm days, pull them out for paddleboarding on the Georgetown Waterfront. You’ll see boats, canoes, and kayaks on the water, and, for those interested in whitewater kayaking (ahem, William), head 20 minutes west to Maryland. You’ll find Class 3 rapids at Little Falls and Class 5 at Great Falls. Will has met so many — and occasionally professional/semi-professional — kayakers on the water. During one of our first weekends here, he took a two-day swift water rescue course, which is why, in the picture below, you’ll find him in the water instead of a kayak!

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Fitness

We love how active people are in D.C. Georgetown is home to more than 20 fitness-related businesses, including barre, yoga, gyms, and athletic stores. On almost any night, you can join a run club or take a free fitness class. On Wednesday mornings at 6:30 am, we like to run the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with the November Project. It’s a loud and friendly bunch that frequently chants, high fives, and hugs… a lot! Not from D.C.? Check out their website because they’re ALL over the states.

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Evening sunset from my run along the Georgetown waterfront

 

I currently help lead Sweat Pink DMV (that’s District, Maryland, and Virginia for you out-of-towners), a Fit Approach chapter that’s all about living an active life. We organize events, plan workouts and #sweatpink daily. If you’re in the DMV on November 17th, join us at 6:15 pm at Georgetown Athleta for yoga and our monthly Sip N’ Sweat! 

Hope this inspired you to get outdoors and be active this weekend!

xx
Courtney

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