Chilly day in D.C.

Joey Durkin, Managing Editor

A trip to D.C. is often underestimated in this area because of the city’s proximity to our everyday lives. People are even more dissuaded from spending time in the city because of the onset of cold weather. However, there’s plenty to do indoors and outdoors when the weather gets frosty. So bundle up, get some cash, grab a few friends and follow this itinerary for a chilly day in D.C.

Eastern Market, Le Pain Quotidien

Begin your day with a metro ride to the Eastern Market metro station via the Silver Line from the Whiele-Reston East station. The market is situated outdoors right across the street from the station. The nearest indoor spot is Le Pain Quotidien, a French bakery and coffee shop. Right outside is a long line of local vendors and stalls selling art, scarves, gloves, farm-fresh fruit, jewelry and more substantial food choices if the café isn’t enough. There are also some interesting looking locations scattered around, such as brick walls covered in street art, that are perfect for an Instagram photo op.

National Gallery of Art

The day continues with a short metro ride to the Smithsonian station either on the Silver, Blue or Orange Lines from the Eastern Market station. A short walk through the National Mall will bring you to the National Gallery of Art. Not only is there a wide array of paintings and sculptures both classical and modern in style to appreciate, but the museum is also kept warm in contrast to the cold winter air outside. In addition, there are many places to sit and reflect, some facing a particular art piece, others situated in fountain-populated foyers.

Late lunch at Potbelly

After walking around in the cold, having a place to sit, eat and be warm is welcomed. Because of its close proximity to the museum, Potbelly accomplishes the aforementioned criteria. This particular Potbelly is sandwiched- pun intended- between two buildings “Stuart Little” style. The service is quick and there is an upper level with extra table space to seat large groups.

Ice Skating at the Sculpture Garden

The final destination is the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, in which there is an ice-skating rink. Entrance fees for a two-hour session are $8.50 for adults and $7.50 for children, senior citizens and students with a school ID. Skate rentals are $3 for the session and locker rental is $0.50 with a $5 deposit, so plan accordingly and bring enough cash for the deposit. The rink is in the center of the garden, so skaters not only can enjoy the activity, but also can appreciate the sculptures and surrounding greenery. There is also a coffee shop on location if a break from the cold is needed. Conclude your day in D.C. with a walk back to the Smithsonian metro station and a final train ride on the Silver Line toward the Whiele-Reston East station.