25th Birthday in D.C.

“God bless these 20 somethings!”

Just a little background info before I jump into the trip…….

This song, particularly this line, has been replaying in my mind for about a week. I’m not sure if this is something everyone experiences, but when it really hit that I was turning 25 I said, “Oh Lord, what do I REALLY want to do with my life.” It honestly gave me a lot of anxiety. I had to remind myself of everything that I’ve accomplished so far and how blessed I truly am. For year 25, on this journey we call life, I’m looking to make a major career change and travel more.

Now, let’s talk about the trip……

The Broccoli City Festival was my initial purpose for going to the nation’s capital. Little did I know tickets would sell out so quickly. Then the resale values, I was not about to play with these people 😒. But my plane ticket had already been purchased and I heard there’s a lot to do in D.C., plus I’ve never been so why not just explore the city.


I flew from Memphis to Baltimore with Southwest Airlines and we drove down to D.C.


We stayed at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel. It’s relatively close to everything, maybe a 10 minute drive, and there’s a strip of restaurants a block over. The hotel is absolutely beautiful. The flowers and gold accents are breathtaking. I wasn’t aware until the last day, but the hotel is rich with history.

Places to Eat

  • Mai Thai authentic Thai cuisine: located in Georgetown, this little place had the strongest margaritas I’ve ever had LOL! But the food is great. You get a nice-size portion for your money.
  • The Hamilton: located in downtown D.C., the atmosphere is really relaxing. I like the artwork displayed around the restaurant. The sushi is made to order and it’s half priced for happy hour. You also get a nice portion of food. The bread is extra hard so be careful LOL.
  • The Italians Kitchen: located on the strip by the hotel, hands down the BEST pizza I’ve had so far. We crafted our own with chicken, spinach, and roasted mozzarella.
  • Busboys and Poets: several locations, but we went to the one in Takoma. This is the one restaurant I probably would’ve been upset if we didn’t get to it. It’s a true millennial atmosphere. Fast paced, coffee, books, lounge chairs, artwork, live bands, trivia. Basically, I loved every second of it. My eggs were a little cold, but it was super busy so I’ll give them a pass. -Did you catch the connection to Langston Hughes?-

Things to do/see

We visited the typical tourist sites: National mall, the White House, the monuments, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, downtown D.C., Howard University, and Georgetown.

I’m so proud to be able to say I’ve seen and been inside the National Museum of African American History & Culture. It’s really a two, three day adventure to see everything in detail. The museum did not water down our story at all. And I was even more proud to see so much Memphis history #Choose901.


HORRIBLE!!! Be prepared to Uber/Lyft or walk to your destinations. Parking ranges from $8-$15/ hour. At the hotel parking was $45/night. So next time we’re definitely going to Uber/Lyft to and from the airport. Y’all probably like “duh, girl!” But I didn’t think it was THAT bad.

Overall, I really enjoyed myself. I saw so much in a short amount of time. I spent this weekend with some of my closest family and friends. They made this birthday one to remember.

“Hoping my 20 somethings won’t end, hoping to keep the rest of my friends. . .Good luck on them 20 somethings!”

2 thoughts on “25th Birthday in D.C.

  1. Kia Smith says:

    I love DC! Such a beautiful city. I went in 2015 and me and my friends randomly partied on U Street, ate at this bomb jerk restaraunt called Andrene’s (spell check) and just enjoyed ourselves. I need to make it back to see the museum. Happy birthday, hope you enjoyed!


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