Weekender: Capitol Hill

Weekender: Capitol Hill

Posted by Carlee Benito on

While Jake (the intern) was climbing mountains in Utah and throwing away money in Las Vegas, I was across the country spending my spring break in my hometown, Pittsburgh, and in the lovely city of Washington DC.

Capitol Hill may be one of my favorite places in the world. Aside from its charming colors and beautiful architecture, the Hill is chalk full of cute little shops, cafes and markets. Every visit I hit up Eastern Market–a market where you can find anything from produce and flowers to wooden furniture and soap. It’s basically incredible.  

Some people like drinking coffee while shopping, others enjoy it post-shopping. Port City Java sits right on the corner of Eastern Market, fulfilling the caffeine needs of their visitors. It’s small, it’s cute, it’s fast, what more do you need?

During this time of the year, it is usually pretty busy with tourists visiting for the Cherry Blossom trees (which are so beautiful). I went to Eastern Market on Saturday and Sunday morning–Saturday was crazy busy with shoppers and Sunday was so peaceful and quiet. As much as I love the city, the relaxing Sunday morning atmosphere was much needed.

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Be prepared to drop some major cash on art. It is always so hard to pass up handmade jewelry or prints. These local artisans are wildly talented. This visit, I bought a hand painted Turkish bowl and a Nantucket print.

The food market is bustling with people ready to buy lunch, meats, produce or flowers. Personally, I enjoy the outdoor food vendors, specifically the pretzel guys. These pretzel gods have perfected the soft pretzel and fresh lemonade…Auntie Annes< pretzels guys.

This is so adorable and genius. Hey kids, take notes.

Now it’s back to reality. Here’s to cramming, major FOMO, and zero motivation. Only one month until graduation.


Until next time,

Claire, the new girl