Blagden Alley: La Colombe

Happy Snowy Friday! I know this post is past overdue. I love waking up to snow and a cup of coffee.  City living for me is the best and I wouldn’t have it any other way. DC has so many places to explore and places to eat. Whatever you’re in the mood for I’m sure you’ll find it. In the next blogs to come, I will be bringing you to some of my favorite spots in my city.

I want to start with coffee, just because if it wouldn’t of been for this particular incident, I’m not sure where I would be lol.

I remember the first time I went to Blagden Alley; I mean like how could I not? It was February 2014 and I was at work looking at social media, Instagram to be exact (what! like you don’t do it!) and saw a post that Todd Carmichael would be attending the grand opening for his coffee shop in DC. I’ve watched his TV show Dangerous Grounds and now Uncommon Grounds… if you love coffee you’ll understand. Anyeways, it was literally like 3 blocks from my house, how awesome I thought! I didn’t hesitate to ask if I could go home early and luckily enough, I was able to.

As I walked down to the alley, I began to question myself, but sure enough, once I glanced up I saw the coffee shop sign, and continued my journey. The main entrance to the alley is in fact this  beautiful coffee shop. I walked in and they were showing their Dragon Brewer (one of the oldest ways of making coffee in the world) it was beyond cool! The shop inside is beautiful and not your typical coffee shop. I love the fact that it has no wifi, (sorry kiddos this place actually forces you to enjoy one another’s company) you can actually come in and enjoy your surroundings. After I purchased my first cup of La Colombe coffee I continued to admire the inside of this shop, eventually after I fully indulged my craving, I proceeded to walk out front, and none other than the coffee God himself, Todd Carmichael was now standing in front of me! (Freak out moment to say the least) we made small talk and I even got to ask a few questions about his show and of course asked for a picture. That was my very first Blagden Alley experience.

Please share your favorite coffee shop and why?


Best of DC

Happy Friday Friends!

I want to give you a taste of what I have coming up on my next blogs. I want to share a few places (some new) that we’ve been enjoying the past few weeks. Most of you know I enjoy DC dining and spending time with friends. And of course when friends come from out of town I love to show them the best places for happy hour, best cocktails, and best eateries according to me!

So please follow me on IG for sneak peeks.

President Woodrow Wilson House

Happy Friday!!

The Woodrow Wilson House is a historic home located in Kalorama- Embassy Row neighborhood. The Georgian Revival style home was built in 1915 and is where Woodrow Wilson retired after he left office in 1921.  He lived there until his death in 1924, and Mrs. Wilson continued to live there until her death in 1961.

President Woodrow Wilson bought it in the last months of his second term as President of the United States as a gift to his wife. Mr. Wilson insisted that his wife attend a concert and when she returned he presented her with the deed to this S Street house.

The home was opened for the public in 1963.

Tickets are $10 (seniors are $8). I would recommend finding deals on Groupon, I got a pair of tickets for $9.50.

My Favorite DC Hidden Gem #3

Happy Friday Friends!

I recently visited President Lincoln’s Cottage, formerly known as Anderson Cottage. It was built between 1842-1843 for George Washington Riggs (a wealthy DC banker) who then sold it to the federal government in 1851 for the purpose of building a home for veteran soldiers. This 1842 Gothic Revival-style mansion is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in the Petworth neighborhood.  This home stands on 251 acres atop the third highest point in Washington. 

This gem of a place was opened to the public February 19, 2008 and where Lincoln lived approximately a quarter of his presidency, he lived with his wife and youngest son, Tad. President Lincoln would ride every morning to the White House and returned to the home every evening.  He made some of his most critical decisions that defined his presidency in this home and where he drafted the preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.

This hour long tour is an interesting, informative, and engaging experience where you get an intimate glimpse into the life of Lincoln. Even though the cottage is nearly empty,there’s a few well chosen pieces, a reproduction of the presidential desk that is now in the White House, a rocking chair and a few sofa chairs for guests to sit on. So for those coming with the hopes of seeing it fully furnished may leave a bit disappointed. I usually prefer something to look at, so I can imagine it as it was when President Lincoln lived there, but to my surprise it wasn’t hard to imagine!  It was pretty impressive to walk the rooms and peer through the very same windows that Lincoln knew.  I also imagined the stress and turmoil he must of felt during the civil war.  

 It’s a must see tour for those that enjoy history. Again, for someone with a short attention span like myself, this was an amazing experience as the museum did an awesome job focusing on Lincoln’s leadership and private life in this place.

The home was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 7, 1973, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 11, 1974.

Tickets are required for this tour.

My Favorite DC Hidden Gem #2

Hello Friends! 

Here is another hidden gem I didn’t even know existed. The Heurich House Museum, also known as the Christian Heurich Mansion or Brewmaster’s Castle. The 31-room mansion was built from 1892-1894 for Christian Heurich, a self-made businessman who immigrated from Germany to America in 1866.  Heurich was recognized as Washington DC’s most successful brewer and a generous philanthropist.

In 1872, Christian Heurich and a partner purchased the Old Schnell Brewery and Tavern that was located 20th Street NW between M and N Streets. He soon was able to buy out his partner’s share and expanded his facility. In 1892, a fire caused by an explosion from the malt mill swept through his facility; this was the third fire since 1875. In 1894 he decided to build a new and larger fireproof brewery by the Potomac River at 26th and D Street.

During the same time he was building his new brewery, he also had a large mansion that was built in Dupont Circle.  The mansion was the first fireproof house in the Washington, DC, built out of reinforced steel and concrete. The house incorporated the most modern technology of its time. Some features include full indoor plumbing, circulating hot water, heat, a central vacuum system, elevator shaft, pneumatic and electric communication systems, combination gas and electric lighting fixtures, and if that weren’t enough, he also found time to incorporate 15 carved fireplaces (even though none were ever used). 

Heurich lived in “The Brewmaster’s Castle” until his death in 1945, at age of 102. Two Heurich grandchildren then purchased the home and helped establish the non-profit Heurich House Foundation that operates the museum today.

HH Museum provides Private Tours, Event Rental, and School Tours.

*The public tours are free but a donation of $10 per person is suggested.

*The Castle Garden is open to the public Monday– Friday from 9am -5pm.

*For the beer fans I recommend the “History and Hops”, a monthly tour where visitors can have a beer while learning a bit of history and touring this  amazing house.

What would you recommend a tourist to do in your city?

My Favorite DC Hidden Gem #1

Hello September and Happy Friday!

Just in case you didn’t know, I have a fairly short attention span! So to keep my focus and be entertained, things need to be interesting and unique. When it comes to  museums (I know sounds boring already but stay with me folks) I have a few I enjoy, but some I just wander around like I’m lost (which is frequent).  Here in Washington DC, the most known places always consist of long lines, huge crowds and lots of tourists. I thought I had visited all the museums until recently. The boyfriend and I have visited a few places that I didn’t know were here or even existed. DC has many things to offer and plenty of things to do. So we have made it our goal to find those interesting places here in our own city.

Let me tell you about my first favorite gem, the Anderson House- The Society of the Cincinnati, also known as Larz Anderson House. This is located in Embassy Row in the DuPont Circle neighborhood.  I have passed by this house so many times and never knew what it was.

The Anderson House is a beautiful 10,000 sq ft, fifty-room Beaux Arts mansion built between 1902 and 1905 at a cost of nearly $750,000, mansion included a walled garden, tennis court, and three-story carriage house and stable. The mansion was outfitted with the latest conveniences, including electricity, central heating, telephones and two elevators. It was a winter home to Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and wife Isabel Weld Perkins, an author and American Red Cross Volunteer; in order to entertain American and foreign dignitaries and the capital city’s high society.  Among guests who attended these posh events in the grand ballroom were Presidents Howard Taft and Calvin Coolidge, General John Pershing, Henry DuPont and members of the Vanderbilt family. For 32 years, Larz and Isabel Anderson were among the most popular hosts in the capital.

When Ambassador Anderson died in 1937, his widow donated the Anderson House and much of its original furnishings to the Society of the Cincinnati, of which Larz had been a devoted member for more than 40 years.  Anderson House has been the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati since 1938 and was opened to the public as a museum in 1939. The library of the Society is housed here, and it serves as important historic collection of letters, manuscripts, media and publications from the Revolutionary period.  Anderson House has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The best part of this hidden gem… The docents (fancy word for tour guide) are outstanding and the tours are FREE. Donations are also appreciated.

General LibraryIsabel LarzDiplomatic Uniform



OOTD: Black & White 

Summer is here which also means, hot days!  Those days also mean dressing cute and trying to stay as cool as possible. No matter what season it is I seem to always choose black and white colors. Yes! Black is not a summer color but I love it! My closet if filled with majority black and a few pinks, blues, and of course whites.

I have gone shopping with the idea of not buying any black clothing, also argued to myself (who doesn’t talk to themselves!?) about not purchasing a certain color.  Guess what wins all the time? Yup! You guessed it, black. 

 I simply love the elegance of black but also its versatility and how easy it can transform from day to night. 

What is one of the colors that you always seem to favor?



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