It’s good to play the tourist in your hometown from time to time. This past weekend we had a close friend from college come in for a visit, and so my husband and I took the weekend off from stress and chores and home maintenance and went out to play with our daughter and our friend. On Saturday we went up to the Maryland Renaissance Faire, which is a longstanding tradition for my husband and I, and something that our friend loves too. Our focus has shifted now that we are attending with an almost three year old and so this time around instead of browsing the market stalls we focused on playgrounds and elephant rides (yes, we rode a real elephant – which is cool no matter how old you are!) and flower crowns. On Sunday we went into downtown D.C. and discovered two new places.
The first find was a restaurant, Hill Country Barbecue, located in downtown D.C.
My husband and I have been looking for a barbecue restaurant that we think is
good after moving from San Antonio, TX a few years ago. As you can imagine our
standards are pretty high, but Hill Country Barbecue did a great job. Their
brisket was just right and served with white bread which is the classic way to
do it. The german potato salad was cool and tangy and the pinto beans had just
the right amount of heat. Their sausage wasn’t quite to my taste (a
little too greasy, but I will definitely try the jalapeno cheddar sausage next time) and the tea was way too sweet but overall it felt almost
like being back in San Antonio (minus the friends we miss…) The restaurant décor
felt very “cowboy” and the service was friendly and prompt. We will definitely
be heading back there, particularly on an evening when there is live music. Which, from their schedule, looks like almost every evening during the week!
|Hill Country BBQ 410 7th St NW DC|
Our second find was The National Building Museum (http://www.nbm.org/), which is not new at all
|Central Hall, National |
It’s easy to get caught up in the “busy-ness” of life. Many times our weekends are filled with errands and chores with a little fun crammed in around the edges. Which is not a terrible thing; life requires a certain amount of maintenance and part of living well is learning to enjoy the daily routines and duties as well as the fun. It’s lovely, though, to step back for a weekend and focus on enjoying time with people I love. Whether it’s riding an elephant with my friend, sharing barbecue with my husband or getting lost in blocks with my daughter, sometimes it’s great to just be a tourist at home.