Summertime Romance

Romance in the summer is the funnest of all. Dates can be filled with many activities. Those awkward silent moment you would normally have sitting at a table at a fancy restaurant while quietly chewing on your stake and thinking on what to say next to fill the baby elephant size void in the air. In the summer you have the luxury of arranging fun activities to do. Which is a great way to get to know each other, learn each other’s personalities, temperaments, “fun levels”, and simply have a good time without the heaviness of sitting and talking.

HW0_500847And we are here to facilitate your summer romancing. First you see a pretty lady that works at the office 2 floors down from you (you know this because you saw her riding the elevator and she gets off 2 floors below your floors, obviously) and think to yourself “I would like to get to know her” then you use your charm to get her name from the office’s front desk. next you call you call your trusted florist and arrange a same day delivery of beautiful flowers saying “hey saw you in the elevator this morning and wanted to know if you’d like to grab some lunch at the taco food truck tomorrow at noon” make sure to include your phone number and full name in the note so she can say “Um, yeah sure  but can we make it @ 12:30?” (most likely answer since people can’t say no to flowers) or “no, you are sweet and all but I’m married, but thanks for the flowers” (in which case you should be happy knowing that you made her day and next time to check for rings). And most importantly so she can google you and do some “social media stalking” to make sure you are not a nut case; a girl’s gotta protect herself. Flowers are a great ice breaker. They will promote happy feelings in whoever receives them, so, in our humble opinion, are a great way to seal the date.

HW0_65675 (1)The next day make sure you look you best and meet her at the location you both agree on, buy her the tacos and drink and sit at a nearby bench and get to know each other a little. Ask silly questions, talk about your favorite food trucks, enjoy the lovely day, do some people watching, then walk her to her floor and wish her a great afternoon. When you get to your office text her with a short not that you had a great time and hope to see her again. If she feels the same was she will let you know. If she doesn’t then she will let you know too. Because you sent her flowers to ask her out from the very start, she knows you are a nice guy, this is a good thing and highly likely that she will agree to meet you on a second date – unless of course you chewed you taco with your mouth open or smelled like sewer backing in the sun, in which case we suggest you don’t do that anymore, not even the best arrangements from the best florist can help you there.

HW0_352191Now that you have your second date and agreed to meet up on saturday afternoon you can plan a fun activity for you both to do. You can go to Treetop Adventure Course in rockville MD and show off your tarzan-esque skills ziplining through canopies of trees and man-made obstacle course. Or do a bit of scavenger hunting on The National Mall. This could actually be a great double date idea. Since this is your first official date part deux, you both probably would feel more comfortable if you had your buddies and their significant other tag along and make it a group outing. You can split in pairs and hunt for whatever is in your scavenger hunt list is like finding a Monet, the statue of a typewriter eraser, a moon rock, etc and taking a selfie with your finding. Person to fin all the items in your list first wins. Perhaps you can go to Art Jams for their Paint and sip date night where you can show off your creative side, sip on some vino and just have fun. You can tease each other about your brush strokes and stick figure level painting skills, peek at the other dater’s work of art, have fun light conversations getting to know each other more. Have a blast!

When the date is over and you all go back to your respective homes with a smile on your faces and think about how this all started with a beautiful arrangement of gorgeous flowers. Remember that flowers are not just at the beginning of relationship but the middle too. they are a great way of saying “Thank you for a great date” or “How would you like a repeat of our first date next week” or “I want to tell you that I love you but don’t want to scare you off too soon so here are some red roses to open the door to what’s coming”, “You are the love of my life”, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you” “We are married!”,”Happy anniversary”, “You are as beautiful today as the day I first saw you” and much much more! Flowers are the language of romance so don’t do romance without them.

 

Summer Hot Spots In DC

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HW0_372948We are deep into summer now and it is gooooorgeous out! Sure is is humid some days, sure we get a little rain here and there but we have to admit that our city is beautiful and vibrant in the summer. And since we don’t get these beautiful days 365 days a year, we need to make the most of these few days of perfection. AND take advantage of the warm days and go to all the outdoor cafes and rooftop bars, lounges, restaurants, and cafes we could possibly squeeze into these few months. Because , we at MyFlorist are good people (toot toot) and we love our customers, we’ve searched high and low for the best places to go and soak up some Vitamin D. Remember, all these places are great for socialising, family time, throw small celebratory dinners and parties, romantic dates or even networking for work. Remember, just because you are technically “working”, doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on the lovely summer.  There is a way to incorporate sun time and work time. And we’ve got the places for you!

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Our favorite top roof-top lounge/bar /restaurants are the DNV Rooftop lounge at the Donovan where there is a pool bar (yassss!!! so much yasss!). It’s located right on Thomas Circle and is open on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch from noon to 4pm, or go after work for happy hour from 4-7pm or enjoy the bar between 4pm to 1pm on fridays and Saturdays. Looking for something a little shmancy-er? How about the POV at the W Hotel on 15th St NW between F and E Streets where you can feel like a VIP with bottle service or host a small party. Restaurant Marvin (named after Marvin Gaye) on U Street Corridor right on 14th and U Street NW is another option for a great bar/restaurant for social time while still enjoying the summer warmth. And for good food and great view of Adams Morgan head on to the Roofers.

HW0_242773Sometimes you just want to sit down with your friends and family and enjoy your meal and great conversation while just wearing your shorts and flipflops. If you find yourself on 17th St NW between Riggs and P st NW (yes that’s 4 blocks), then you will have a choices of restaurants offering a variety of cuisine AND spacious outdoor sitting. Perhaps you want to play Bocce while you sip your Vino. Well then, Vinoteca is the right place for you (get the Who Dat Doggy, you must). Then there is the Tabard Inn in Dupont Circle. This place is a little oasis, so charming and so continental looking that you may feel like you transported somewhere out of DC. It’s a perfect place for a date, we promise. Of course there is the Georgetown area, with it’s river side restaurants like Sequoia or Nick’s Riverside Grill. But go to Farmers Fisher Bakers and get the fruity drinks like the Mai Tais and Scorpion Bowls and Daiquiris and… you get the point. It’s like going to a tropical vacation but not really. And it’s right on the river so you get to add that water element to the whole experiences. Win win win we thinketh.

So here you are. Go forth and enjoy yourself. Or not, it’s ok to POMO too. Speaking of POMOing (see blog directly below this) we are generous people so we are extending the competition for another week.

 

Our Favorite Summer Vacation Spots In The DMV

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Our Nation’s Capital has been a major vacation destination for many, many maaaany years thanks to the many museums, monuments and historical locations the city is #blessed with. However, we, the residents of the DMV, don’t really take advantage of the many fun things that our city offers. When was the last time you played tourist in the city? Have you seen all the monuments, museums, historical homes, and parks the area we live in offers? Maybe not. We take the fact that we live in the area for granted and  we put off the plans to visit for another day. Well, guys, “another day” is here. Let’s make this summer the summer we get to know our area better and enjoy what it has to offer. Play tourist, walk around and talk with an accent if you like and make it fun!

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  • As we’ve mentioned, we as residents don’t take the time to visit the many wonderful things that the city has to offer but many of those beautiful things are also usually overlooked. Yes we all know about The Monument and Lincoln and Jefferson Memorial but did you know there is and FDR memorial on  a 7.5 acre land? Or that when you sitting in traffic in Logan Circle either driving or taking the 54 bus, that there is a guy on a horse in the middle of that roundabout? That’s General George Henry Thomas if you’re interested. If you find yourself on 22nd St NW and Constitution Ave NW you can find good Ol’ Al (as we like to call Albert Einstein ’cause we are cool like that) sitting with a book looking pensive. If you take a stroll down Water street SW admiring the boats and yachts docked at the various marinas and yacht clubs you will find yourself at the Titanic memorial. Yes, that ginormous ship that buttheaded with an iceberg. Aaand you will find a statue dedicated to the men who sacrificed their lives to save the women and children in the ship. The fun part of this statue is that it is standing like that scene from the movie when Rose and Jack spread their arms and felt like flying. Exactly like that. We know about the Vietnam  Veterans Memorial, but do we know about the Vietnam’s Women Memorial. How about the George Mason Memorial where Mr Mason is sitting on a bench admiring the little fountain in front of him right on East Basin  Dr SW and Ohio Dr SW behind the Jefferson Memorial. And did you know there is an Air and Space museum in Virginia? These are just a few of many that many don’t visit but now you can.HW0_533036
  • You are at home so you are saving money that you’d have otherwise spent on travel and lodging. This means you get to splurge on other touristy things that you wouldn’t normally do. Like the Big Bus Washington DC Hop-on Hop-Off tour or The Washington DC By Moon Light Night Tours or go up the Washington Monument or take a day trip to Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Just do completely touristy things like you are new to the area knowing that when your adventure is over you get to go home and sleep in your own bed  and not worry about how clean the TV remote is (because you know exactly how “clean” it is).
  • Take advantage of the summer festivals around the city. Summer and BBQ go hand in hand and this weekend June 25th and 26th you get to enjoy the Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle. Droooool…. And every Friday this summer you can head on to the Fairgrounds and take advantage of all the food truck foods Truckeroo brings. Double drooool….. If you love music (who doesn’t right?), check out the Maryland Music Festival at the Merriweather or see what’s happening at the Wolf Trap in Vienna VA this summer.
  • We are a florist, so anything to do with flowers is like heaven to us. So it’s not a surprise that this is one of our favorite destinations, the Botanical Gardens. They offer guided tours and exhibits. But nut just that, friends. They also have concerts. We suggest you go to their website and see what they have going on. Such fun!
  • For some family fun, head on to the Tyson’s Corner area for some happy times and create great memories with your family and friends. This July you can head onto Jones Branch Drive for the Slide the City Slip and slide water party event. Or take the Silver Line to the Tyson’s Corner Metro Station where Cirque du Soleil will be end of July and most of August. And while you are in the area come visit us!

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So here you have it. You don’t have to venture too far to vacation and you really should take advantage of the city you’re in. We live in lively, vibrant, diverse metropolitan area, we should absorb it all and enjoy it. Plus, it’s good to know a little bit more about our city than tourists do, don’t you think? And all these place are right within our delivery area!!! (see bellow for map)

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Springtime Fun Around Washington D.C.

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HW0_581741There is something very special that happens in our area once Spring springs. Many events spring along with it and we can’t wait to partake and enjoy the lovely weather and our lovely DMV area. Most of the event are planned outdoors, so it’s perfect to shade all the winter gloom we’ve been under for the past few months and soak up the sun while enjoying the newly springing blooms outside.

Here are some of our favorite event that we hope you will get to enjoy to, we know we plan to:

  • Most of the event in the spring, or rather the month of april, revolve around the Cherry Blossom festivities on the National MAll. SO wear your comfy shoes and take part in one (or several or all) the happy event taking place. One of which is the Blossom Kite festival, taking place on april 2nd at the national mall where kite enthusiasts go to fly a kite. you can join of sit back on the grass and watch the happy little (or huge) kits fly in the wind. Then there is the International Pillow Fight day even taking place on April 2nd at the national Mall too. How fun is that?! you can use the pillow to sit on afterwards to enjoy the lovely weather. Win win we think.HW0_646216
  • April is also the Smithsonian jazz appreciation day. GOsh, we do love us some Smithsonian! They do have some of the awesomest event around town. Go to their website and get the various locations and dates you can enjoy some of their fun events. you simply must.
  • THere are also some film festivals planned in DC, Virginia and MD with showing of movies/films of various genre. some outdoor some indoors (perfect during the april showers). Go here to see all options.
  • SOme of the events are culturally educational. allowing us to explore various culture’s food, music, art, etc. The Around the World Embassy tour is a perfect way to learn about our neighbors and cultures across the oceans and seas. Many embassies participate in this event bringing us information and entertainment that show us that we are similar in many ways than not. Go here to learn more and get locations for events.
  • PHW_586479Japan gave us the bonsai trees in the National Arboretum, the cherry blossoms we get to enjoy every year and sushi among many other things. and on April 16th they give us the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. You will see  performances on three stages, martial arts demonstrations, interactive exhibits, food from many japanese restaurants and product from japanese vendors. Seriously, why wouldn’t you want to be there to witness this majestic culture. Really, why?
  • National Harbor Food and Wine festival is another must. Taking place April 23-24 right at the water with live music, over 100 wines, spirits and beers, wood tasting. Be there or be square people. There is a lot that can be missed, this is not one.
  • DC Funk parade on U Street Corridor is another favorite with its live performance, workshops, artists, food and so so so much more. This fun funky party is taking place on May 7th and guys, IT’S FREE! Can’t beat that!
  • And we would be doing a disservice if we didn’t share our absolute favorite. The National Cathedral flower mart on May 6-7. Here you get to  witness gorgeous displays of flower arrangements produced by embassies and international designers, you get to tour the Cathedral grounds and see the beautiful landscapes and perennials, there is musical entertainment, gourmet food and various activities for children and families.HW0_207648
  • Lastly for our health enthusiasts, or rather Yoga enthusiasts, we do not want you to miss out on the GINORMOUS D.C. yoga week where many studios offer discounted or free sessions and finish off with the exclamation point where over a thousand yoga loves of various stages of experiences gather at the national Malls near the Vietnam Memorial and  practice yoga. Namaste.

There you are! You have no excuse to not go out and enjoy the festivities of the season. You want to enjoy the sunny days before you get in the hot, humid, oppressive DC summers. We will bring you more summer fun in the near future, but so now we want you to make the best of the rare short-lived spring dais we get in our area. Because you are our customers, and we love our customers!

Winter Fun in The DMV

 

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Yes, old man winter is officially here. We’ve been spoiled so far with perfect weather, but now, it looks like Mr Winter is on the job “wintering”. And this means that we have to find some fun activities we can get into while keeping ourselves warm.

It is January, and that means that we are officially in the Playoffs season of football. We think this should be a national holiday, but it’s not BUT no one is stopping us from celebrating it like it were. Yes, the Redskins are in the playoffs, yes we never saw it coming. Yes, we are happy. And, yes, they better go all the way! We must celebrate our home team for all the W they will give us. There are many bars around the city we can go to so we can share our enthusiasm for our team. You’ll be indoors away from the cold, you’ll cheer all the touchdowns and commiserate with fellow fans for all the bad call the refs make.

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While we’re in the sports theme, and while it’s January and you are still enthused about your new resolution to be more active, workout more and stay fit, we that indoor sports are a fun way to keep our blood pumping and keep warm while getting trim and fit. indoor volleyball, indoor basketball, bubble soccer (soccer played with each player inside a bubble, such fun) and many many more. This fun activity will help you socialize, make new friend (especially if you are a new transplant to the area), help you drag yourself out of you hibernation and keep you healthy. A win-win-win we think.

Maybe you have penguin skin and you just don’t get cold, maybe you don’t mind outdoor activities in the winter, maybe you like the “crisp” air and may possibly have a polar bear in you blood. maybe you’ll enjoy the Ice skating rinks around the DMV. All strategically located in the hot and happening neighborhoods in the area. hop on the Silver Line and swish, twirl and make some lazy figure eights on the ice at the Tyson’s Corner mall. Or take the blue or yellow line to the pentagon city mall and do some fancy spins and flips or take the red line to downtown Silver Spring and slide hand in hand with you beau.

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Going to the MANY and FREE and FUN museums we have is another great idea for fun in the winter time. You will be expanding your knowledge, doing something fun with friend, family or a date aaaand getting out of the house to anyanything other than shuffling around in your socks. The Natural History museum and the Air and Space museums are perfect if you plan on taking the young one. Loads of interactive displays and activities to delight everyone. Who doesn’t like ginormous dinosaurs and hanging airplanes? Right?

The point is, just because it is winter and cold outside, doesn’t mean that you need to lock yourself at home wearing your onesie, drinking hot coco and binge watching shows on netflix for the next 3 months. All we are saying is that you can still drink your hot coco and wear you warm onesie (onder regular cloth) and be outside having fun. No one said that outdoor fun is reserved only for the warmer months.

10 Summer Must Dos

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It’s July y’all! Which means we are in the heart of Summer! Aren’t you happy?! We are! What’s not to love about this summer month. We love it even when it rains because the rain is warm and refreshing and waters our plants without us having to do it. The only complaint we have is that summer doesn’t run for the whole year, which means we need to enjoy it and make the most of it while we can.

Here are a few things that we suggest you do to fully enjoy your short lived sunny season.

  1. Catch one or two or 15 outdoor movie at the various parks around town. Find the listing, there is one almost daily.
  2. Go to the beach. Duh, right? You’d be surprised how many don’t. It doesn’t have to be the ocean, find a lake, a river, a pond, something.
  3. Grill everything and anything. How many opportunities to you get to fire up your grill and eat some deliciousness out in the open? And it’s healthy because you are not using fatty oils to fry anything, just your proteins and veggies neanderthal style, therefor maintaining your summer bod.

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  4. Play a tourist in your own city. Go to all the monuments and parks and museums. Some of us only explore our city when we have out of towners with us. This time lets do it for us.
  5. Take the mundane task of “working out” out doors. find yoga instructors that teach in the parks or go biking and running on actually roads. None of that stationary machinery needed when you can soak up some sun and delight your eyes with gorgeous views.
  6. Go to an outdoor concert or music festival and dance to your heart’s delight (this will count as working out too if you do it right)
  7. Road Trip!!! Nothing beats a summer time road trip. it doesn’t have to be a long distance one. Just a day trip to a part of your state you’ve never been too.
  8. Kiss your honey in the summer rain. It looks so romantic and fun when they do it in the movies right? So why not?
  9. Go camping. Find a campground somewhere fun or do it in your backyard. No backyard? do it on your roof top, balcony, living room…just sleep anywhere but your bed.
  10. Learn something new. Like how to hula hoop, a new dance, a new recipe, to juggle, it really doesn’t matter what just have fun with it.
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The important thing is that you enjoy this beautiful fun season. But don’t forget to hydrate. All living things need water…drink up! While you’re at it hydrate your plants, they are alive too, they have feelings, they’ll remember the day you forgot to water them (we think).

Fun Ways To Celebrate Your 4th Of July Weekend

HW0_474725You’ve done the fireworks at the National Mall, and the parades and the Capitol 4th Concert, and the long trips to the beach and the crowd and the endless walking in the sun and heat and you just want to do something different and fun this year; away from the large crowd that mill around our Nation’s capital. Well we have some ideas for you. You can bring all the fun out there, closer to home. You can get together with your friends and family and have a fun weekend.

First, compile a list of fun party music that you know you and your guest will enjoy and have fun to or find a pandora radio station that you know will deliver the good music. This will serve as a soundtrack to your party. Next plan several games that you can play outdoors and indoors that both the younger (if you know children will be there) and the older guests will enjoy and participate in. Our favorites and games everyone can participate in easily are cornhole, bocce, ring toss. If you want to bring some of the traditionally indoors games to the outdoors you can play twister on a larger scale in your lawn, or life size checkers, and giant janga. And to keep cool in the hot july day and especially fun for the kids and the young at heart are water balloons (or water guns) fights, dunk buckets, and water slides if your yard allows.HW0_430699

Make sure to keep yourself and your guests hydrated this holiday weekend; as you can see this summer is a scorcher. Water is essential not only to play in or with but to drink. And in the summer holidays ice is also essential to keep our drinks and ourselves from becoming too warm. For alternatives ideas for ice made of water, we suggest cubing some watermelons and freezing them. This way, your delicious drinks (for both the adults and the kids) won’t be too watered down with plain old ice. You can also try making frozen juice cubes. They are fun to look at and delicious. Just don’t forget to drink lots of water; like the flowers we work with, we humans need lot of H2O.

Food is also important. You will be burning a lot energy running around with all the fun activities, so you’ll need your fuel. You can BBQ some burgers, hotdogs and chicken (the usual suspects) or you can make it fun and interesting by adding items that you wouldn’t normally think of. Think BBQed pizza, kebabs, quesadillas, shrimps, instead of your usual chicken breast or legs try the wings. You can grill some fruits like Pineapples and peaches to make them sweeter for a healthy dessert or to add to your ice cream sundaes.

HW0_409541The important thing is to have fun this weekend. You are celebrating the Nation’s independence and freedom, so go ahead and freely laugh and enjoy one another. Explore new ways to celebrate each other and make lasting memories. It’s not about planning too much and working anxiously to have the perfect party. Rather, it’s to enjoy the day and everything it offers freely.

Happy 4th!!!!

Summer Party Decorating Ideas

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Now that we’ve done our spring cleaning and our homes and yards look spotless, it’s time to throw some funtabulous parties to show them off. This is the season for the bridal showers, engagement parties, barbecue parties, pool parties, “it’s awesome out side so let’s take avantage” parties, “warm weather is entirely too short so let’s enjoy” parties, “we’ll have a party because we wanna” parties. Any reason is a good reason for a party, right? Right!

When planning a party we need to think of a theme and color palettes that matches the occasion to help us better choose our decor and accessories. Disposable (or reusable, let love our planet) plates, cups, napkins, utensils, table cloth or covers, balloons, hats, sashes, banners, confettis, favors, and centerpieces. Now, we can help you with any centerpiece questions you may have and will try to address them today.

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First, being that it is warm out, we understand you want to take your parties outdoors, or even partially outdoors. Here is where your choice of centerpieces will be decided. How warm is it outside? A lovely 72 degrees or a balmy 95? Is the area covered and air conditioned or open with plenty of sunshine? Of course, if you’re having your party outdoors in the open in a 90 degree weather, you do not want to have centerpieces with fresh cut flowers. Instead, we suggest beautiful potted flowering plants. You get the flowers and you won’t see them wither as the party progresses and you get to have pretty plants once the party is over (you can use them again so whoop whoop) or you can give them away to your guests as a gift! Our favorite plants that are perfect for centerpieces are: African violets, Hibiscus, Begonias, Kalanchoes, Azaleas and Cyclamen. These plants are easily found in small sizes making them the perfect centerpiece plants. You can choose beautiful rustic tiny pail buckets, or pretend you are in a vineyard in Tuscany and put them in earthy terracotta pots or class them up with fancy ceramic containers. And you can find them in a variety of colors to match your theme.

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If your party is partly indoors or in air conditioned area, you can tie in the decor and theme outside and follow thru with more plants or decide on fresh cut flowers in the same colors of your plants. The best part is that there are many colors, shapes and sizes fresh cut flowers come in. They can also be designed in any size. you tant tall arrangement that you want to put in the foyer of your house? You want long hanging ones you can drape over the mantle of your fireplace? You want the tiny arrangement with a few flowers to brighten up your powder room? Or perhaps you want to sprinkle around your living, dining and kitchen area, beautifully designed pave arrangements in modern cube vases? Everything you desire is only a phone call away. Call your florist and tell them what colors you want your flowers to be and where you want to put them and they will create designs that will make your heart sing, do cartwheels, backflips, hula hoops, the running man, the water sprinkler, and the cha-cha all at the same time.

You may not think that having flowers for your party is unnecessary. We think that when you look back at the pictures, sure you will laugh at the memories of the people, but, there, in the background, will be the beautiful flowers that will bring whimsy to the photo. Trust us, we know that we’re talking about.

Romance In The Fall

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Weather is changing, colors are changing, and our wardrobe choice is changing. We are holding on to our loved ones a little tighter both because we heart them and because we could use the heat. Some autumn days can be so cold that we need to snuggle up to keep warm. And for that reason we shall call autumn the snuggle season.

There are many opportunities that the fall offers to indulge on some snuggle time while enjoying our wonderful city. D.C. offers so many places you can enjoys while admiring the breath taking changing colors of the leaves. There are numerous parks you can take a lovely stroll in and take in the scenery. Roosevelt Island, The National Arboretum, Rock Creek Park, and The National Mall are some of the parks we like where you can enjoy nature and people watch and walk the trails hand in hand.

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Many restaurants and cafes still have outdoor sitting available, and our city is blessed with establishments with out-door sitting, take advantage and park your cabooses at the tables and enjoy a hot beverage and share a tasty meal together. The cooler air will, again, give you a reason and an opportunity to sit close to each other.

Some fall days are nippier than other. On those days you can plan your romantic dates indoors. You can snag a couple of tickets to the Kennedy Center to one of the fantastic performances they have lined up this season. Evita anyone? A dinner and a movie date would also be perfect in the cooler evenings. A hot meal in the tummy and a rom-com on the silver screen is a cure to any rainy, windy, chilly day.

All we are saying is that, if you were looking for an excuse to cozy up to your honey without being too obvious, then the cool autumn air is providing you with one. Grab it with both hands (ha! pun!). While at it, grab yourself some out of this world arrangement of the all the colors of a pot of jewels (see two blogs down) and set up an even romantic-er mood by presenting them to her.

 

 

D.C. Garden Inspirations

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Since spring has sprung and you may be itching to go out and get your hands dirty in your gardens, be it the size of a pot or the FedEx field, you might be looking for inspiration. Well, we will help you find said inspiration while helping you discover the city’s hidden gems for an outing on a lovely spring day. We generally don’t associate a metropolitan city like D.C. with perfectly manicured gardens or acres and acres of land comprising exotic gardens and woodlands open for the public to explore, but they do exist. And if it rains, as it is known to do in the spring, remember that all these locations have indoor gems to be enjoyed. Here are some of the gardens for you to visit during the warm spring days:

  • Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens located near Howard University is, in our humble opinion, D.C.’s jewel box. It sits on 25 acres of land; 13 acres of which are dedicated to the beautifully maintained gardens that complement (dare we say even rival) the mansion and its extensive collections. Once thoroughly overwhelmed by its breathtaking rose gardens, orchid greenhouses and waterfall and the equally breathtaking interior of the mansion, you can rest your feet at their charming cafe. We also suggest you visit their calendar for their many events throughout the year.
  • The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is our runner up for the District’s well hidden treasure with a beautiful interior of the main church and a glorious serene garden with over 1200 plants, herbs, and flowers including many different kinds of roses on 40 acres. They are open Monday through Sunday for select hours, so be sure to visit their website for their times.
  • Sitting on 444 acres of land is The National Arboretum, where you can find various trees, herb and flower gardens, bonsai museums, the Capitol’s original columns, and much much more. You can walk or bike on the trails or drive to the various spots or just sit on one of the many benches along the trails to explore the various flora and enjoy the scenery. The National Arboretum is open to the public Friday through Monday and it is right on New York Ave NE.
  • The Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens is another gem that offers guided tours through the gardens where you learn the history of the century old trees, plants and flowers including a Japanese tea house on 5.5 acres. They also offer a “Tea and Tour Package” where they treat you to a traditional Victorian tea and delicious accompaniments. When you leave this delicious experience and you still feel like you need more gardens in your day, remember you are a stone throw away from the historic Dumbarton Oaks, home of yet another of D.C.’s exquisite gardens.

Some of us apartment or condo dwellers, however, may not have an outdoor space to garden, or we may not have the desire to go out and ruin our manicures in the dirt. Well, we suggest you bring the already beautifully arranged (by someone else) gardens in a dish indoors. We can help with that too.