From Lauren Levine. Email her at lauren[AT]borderstan.com
Isnâ€™t it peculiar how this city is practically dominated by young professionals (and over-pampered dogs) and yet thereâ€™s no one making fun of our strange and highly predictable ways? Well move aside, baby boomers, foreign diplomats and anyone with a mortgage (ages 30 to 55).
Generation Y is here to stay in the District and boy do we have problems.
If youâ€™re a young professional living in the District, and especially one living in Borderstan, like me, youÂ areÂ probably a perpetual host.
But, if youâ€™re also like me, having a visitor is quite a double edged sword. You’re excited to see them but exhausted at the thought of entertaining them for a few days.Â Parents may visit you every six to 12 months, and assuming youâ€™re an underpaid, low-level staffer or, worse yet, an intern, you canâ€™t go wrong with nice restaurants and non-Smithsonian museums (Newseum? $20? Ugh).
A Friend in Town?
Having a friend in town, though? Thatâ€™s a completely different story. Whether or not you care to admit it, youâ€™re in it to impress them with your awesome post-college lifestyle. I recommend:
- The ultimate mall tour â€“ we both know that you canâ€™t afford a $50 hop on, hop off bus tour, let alone a $75 segway tour. So I recommend lacing up your sneakers and doing Laurenâ€™s ultimate walking tour: a full day of bonding while being an excellent tour guide. Plus the walking will make you feel less guilty about the eating and drinking!
- The nightlifeÂ â€“ Most importantly, with a friend visiting, you have to show them a good time. You donâ€™t want your visitor to think you have anything but the most vibrant social life. To show off your 15 to 25 friends all in one venue, I recommend American Ice Company (â€ślook how hipster and trendy I am now!â€ť), Buffalo Billiards (â€śHail to the Redskins! I think thatâ€™s what all the locals sayâ€¦â€ť) or Lost Society (â€śDonâ€™t you just love how DC has rooftop bars?â€ť).
- Late night eating â€“ Iâ€™m both ashamed and proud to admit that my friends usually remember this best. Whether itâ€™s Amsterdam Falafel, Jumbo Slice or Benâ€™s Chili Bowl, thereâ€™s a lot to show off in and near Borderstan.
- Old Town Alexandria â€“ Gosh this place is perfect for visitors. Thereâ€™s amazing food, cute one-of-a-kind shops and itâ€™s great in all seasons.
- Mount Vernon â€“ DC residents all too often forget that our cityâ€™s namesake lived just down the road, accessible by car, bike or boatÂ â€“ ideal for a political/history nerd.
- The National Arboretum â€“ 8 out of 12 months of the year, pack up a picnic (or some Taylor Gourmet sandwiches to go) and head over to our nicest park. Take fun photos among the Capitol Building columns!
- Great Falls â€“ Too crunchy for typical tourist stuff? Great Falls National Park is a quick drive away, and even if your visitor isnâ€™t up for a hike, you can get instragrams views of the falls without having to walk more than 100 yards from your car!