4 Things You Need to Do during Cherry Blossom Season in D.C.

Have you ever wondered how to fully embrace cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C.? It’s one of the busiest times of year in the area, and the perfect time to do any and everything you can before the blossoms go. Strolling, or being stuck in foot traffic, around the Tidal Basin is a given. Indulging in the cherry blossom-inspired food and events are some things that you must consider to fully experience this special time of year. Peak bloom is April 1, which means at least 70% of them will be fully bloomed on that day. You definitely want to partake before it comes to an end!

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This time only comes once a year, so this is the perfect time to explore! Check out my list of things to do in D.C. to compliment your cherry blossom viewing activities. Note: This time of year brings a LOT of traffic to D.C. area. Driving times are based on low traffic times. Expect some traffic patterns to change and a lot of tourists.

  • Visit the Cherry Blossom Pub pop-up – This pop-up has been super popular since its beginning. It tends to be super busy after 6:30 pm, per their FAQs page. They have cherry blossom-themed drinks and ramen. It’s located near the Shaw-Howard University metro stop, which isn’t super close to the Tidal Basin. It’s about 30 minutes by metro and 15-20 minutes away, if you’re driving. Street parking is available. (Shaw) 1843 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 
  • Munch on cherry blossom dessertsAstro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken – Cherry Cheesecake doughnut. This Astro location is about a 10-minute drive or a 15-minute metro ride from the Tidal Basin. 1308 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
    • District Doughnut – A cherry blossom doughnut made up of vanilla bean dough, cream cheese glaze, and cherry pie filling, topped with crumbled pie crust and cream cheese drizzle. The Wharf location is about a five-minute drive from the Tidal Basin and about 12 minutes via metro. (The Wharf) 5 Market Square SW
      Washington DC, 20024. 2 other locations on Capitol Hill – Barracks Row and in Georgetown.
    • Baked & Wired – A cherry blossom cupcake made up of vanilla cake with maraschino cherries in the batter topped with a cherry buttercream. (Georgetown) 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Washington DC 20007
  • Sip Rosé at the Watergate Hotel on the weekend. – Until Sunday, April 14, the Watergate Hotel offers cherry blossom-themed afternoon tea on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu includes Veuve Cliquot Champagne Rosé and cherry blossom macarons. Reservations are required. The hotel is 26 minutes from the Tidal Basin via metro and eight minutes by car. 2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
  • Learn about Japanese culture at the Japanese Street Festival. – Formally known as Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival is an opportunity to learn more about the culture and traditions through food, performances, and art. This part of 7th St. NW is about six minutes away, if you’re driving, and 25 minutes by metro. Pennsylvania Ave., NW between 3rd and 7th Streets.

Check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc.’s official 2019 event guide.

Until next time.

That’s SoCal: Day 5

I had no clue what this day would be like. Most of our trip was chill and spur-of-the-moment. We had the urge to have a picnic in the park that morning, which didn’t work out. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, but it was still fun. I was with some of the most amazing people I know in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, so how could I have a bad time? We walked to a park and just chilled out and talked. It was nice. I got to see so many beautiful things on the way there: homes, trees, flowers, etc. It felt like time was moving so slow, which was great because I didn’t want the trip to end.

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Slight tangent, I wanted to post an awesome picture of one of the houses near the park. It doesn’t have the address or house number. But it felt weird to possibly post it, so I just want you to know that there were some beautiful houses out there.

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It was kind of weird seeing palm trees at a park. I’ve always associated them with beaches, but I quickly learned that that’s not the case, at least, in San Diego. I have this random obsession with them, which I think came from being excited about this trip.

We were blessed with another beautiful day, and I’m glad I got to spend time outside without worries.

We planned to have a bonfire at Mission Beach that night. I was so excited! I’ve always wanted to do that. It has always seemed like a fun thing to do. Little did I know, things wouldn’t go as planned.

My friends got on a roller coaster, and I decided to wait in the longest line ever for some ice cream. It was worth it though! I had the best Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream ever, so I couldn’t be mad. Do I wish the line was shorter? Yes. But I guess their ice cream is so good that they have a line like that. Waiting that long made me wonder how people wait in a line out the door at Georgetown Cupcake. Haha.

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We headed to the beach with our bonfire supplies. I couldn’t wait to experience it. We searched and searched and searched. None of the bonfire spots were available. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed. I had been looking forward to this experience all day. We stayed on the lookout for people leaving so we could get a spot. We put a blanket on the sand, kicked off our shoes, and enjoyed each others’ company. Eric and I tossed a baseball back and forth. There were great conversations. I was loving this night despite the people were being stingy with the bonfire spots.

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Day 5 was an amazing day, and I was excited to see how Day 6 would be.