Going to visit your kids never gets old. For us. For them, of course, it is interminable. We made a trip to Washington, DC to see Child Unit 1, and as always had a fabulous time.
Now I won’t lie – taking a 55-foot long rig into DC is no prize, much less the roads in and around the capitol accommodating an F-350. We camped at Cherry Hill in College Park and got around town via Uber. The campground has regular bus service to the Metro, which would have been fine, but based on our limited time we chose Uber – worked great. The campground is excellent and well-maintained, although on the pricey side. Although, what doesn’t feel pricy these days.
Our daughter lives in a super-cute apartment in the capitol district with close access to the Eastern Market Station of the Metro, shopping, restaurants and whatever moves you. There may be cuter areas in DC but you couldn’t prove it by me – this area is very cool, walkable, and kind of like a cocoon with well-shaded streets.
Anyone who has ever visited DC knows that there is more to see than anyone could do in a year. While our primary goal was simply to spend time with our daughter, she toured us through the US Botanic Gardens, within steps from the US Capitol. These are just beautiful gardens in the most unlikely urban setting. Nonetheless, the gardens should be on your list for places to spend time.
One of the other highlights was a father/daughter dinner at a place called Rose’s. Let me just say – WOW!
We had seats at what is known as the chef’s table, which is essentially bar seating, only instead of facing a bar you are viewing the kitchen.
This is one fabulous restaurant, Michelin-rated each year since at least 2017. OMG – everything from the bread (biscuits) with fried chicken butter (SO good), to each of the entries, to the wine pairing and dessert – unbelievable. The menu is prix-fixe – you just choose your poison. Seated at the kitchen, we watched, with complete fascination, as every meal in the restaurant was being prepared. Such attention to detail!
We started with caviar over coconut sorbet (right?), followed by the pork and lychee salad, mushroom tortellini en brodo (freaking unbelievable), miso glazed short ribs, followed by Seth’s fancy fish camp – fried dover sole with caviar tartar sauce. Can I get an amen? Add a little (not little) baklava sundae, and I think we can pretty much say we rolled out of the restaurant.
But as good as the gardens and a couple of great meals, seeing our daughter topped it all.
On now to torture Child Unit 2.