We tried to get an earlier start to the second day of touring the city, but it just didn’t happen. Met some friends for coffee and a light brunch at Northside Social in Arlington. This place is pretty well known now by those in the Ballston to Clarendon corridor, but it’s a great local coffeeshop and place for light meals. Plus, in the evening, it’s a fun wine bar with great outside seating during the summer. I was worried when it opened it would be a bit too hipster, but it strikes a great balance, and is really lots of fun: great food and drinks, fun atmosphere, and great location.
After that, it was off to DC for our first pre-booked tour. We were off to the Library of Congress for their tour. Offered every hour on the half hour, I didn’t expect this to be nearly as cool as it was. However, I think it was one of our highlights of the entire weekend. Our guide (Clark) was excellent, the building is probably the coolest sight I’ve ever seen in DC, and it was an overall fantastic experience. We took the 11:30 tour on a Saturday, and showed up at 11:28 with no problems at all. No booking in advance, and it was a great tour. I’ll post a few pics here: