DC-To-Do List ~ 2016 Edition

To Do List

Every year since 2010, I’ve been listing 10 things I *must* do in the district that year (check out the 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2010 editions.) Washington is a little bit like Paris in that even if you’ve lived there for a while, there’s ALWAYS going to be something you haven’t done yet. Whether it’s checking out a new restaurant that just opened (or has been around for a while) or finally doing that one super touristy thing you just haven’t done yet, like going to the top of the Washington Monument (which I finally did in 2014 and highly recommends everyone does at least once!) I keep a running list for Paris and one for Washington and try to keep it at 10 every year so that it is manageable. I obviously do WAY more than these ten things, but I think it helps to set goals and it’s also WAY more fun than the usual “I’m going to work out and read more books” New Years’ resolutions. Though I will eat healthier and read more books this year! I will.

So far, some of the items I’ve crossed off my DC-to-do-list have included: running the Cherry Blossom Miler, attending a concert at Wolf Trap (One Republic was really good!), walking through the historical congressional cemetery and take off at Gravely Point and attending an event at the French Ambassador’s Residence (which was tricky since it closed for renovations for a while!) Glad I crossed those off, but unfortunately there are a couple of items I’ve been carrying over for a few years including:

1. Sitting in on an oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court. How have I still not done this? It’s been on my list since 2010….

2. Sipping cocktails at the Columbia Room. To be fair, it closed for a bit. But it’s going to reopen, still very close to where I live so I will have no excuse now! That one is from the 2013 list, and I’d love to finally cross it off!

3. Catching a movie at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Also from the 2013 list, and I do still want to do go. The theater recently introduced wine nights on Fridays so I think this is a sign….

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

4. Dinner at Little Serow. I’m actually going to scratch that one off the list for good. To be honest, there are just other restaurants like Thip Kao and Bad Saint that are higher on my must-eat-there list right now. {August update: let’s trade dinner at Little Serow for dinner at Bad Saint since Bon Appetit magazine just named it the second best restaurant in America right now.}

5. Visit the Society of Cincinnati and Lars Anderson House. This is an item I added last year, so I haven’t been carrying it over nearly as much as some of the others, but I’d really like to get to this one this year.

The society of Cincinnati in Washington, DC

6. Watch the planes take off and land at Reagan National Airport from Gravely Point, from the 2015 list. 

7. Catch the Caps practice at the Kettler Iceplex. Also from the 2015 list. 

8. Meander through the lush grounds at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden.

9. Go on a hike in Rock Creek Park.

10. Have drinks at The Tombs in Georgetown.

11 (Bonus item.) Since there are so many items from previous list and little room for new one, I’m adding a bonus one: “Raise high” at a George Washington Colonials men’s basketball game. Confession time: I have never been to a single sporting event at my alma matter. Maybe it’s because I went there for grad school… though to be fair, I didn’t really go to any collegiate games of any kind when I was in undergrad either… I mean, why see the McGill Redmen when you can see the Montreal Canadiens you know? This is the year this changes!

Do you keep any kind of bucket lists, either a local one or one for travel? I was thinking of starting a US travel bucket list too…

One thought on “DC-To-Do List ~ 2016 Edition

  1. Pingback: Crossing Off Bad Saint From My DC-To-Do-List « French Twist D.C.

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