Colonials Weekend is the perfect excuse to get off GWorld and explore the fancier options that the District has to offer.
With your parents in town, spice up your usual weekend repertoire with these pricier locales and activities.
If you want to stock your mini-fridge:
Dean & DeLuca
3276 M St. NW
Stocking up on snacks can drain your wallet, so ask your parents to take you on a shopping spree at Dean & DeLuca. Located a short walk from campus in the heart of Georgetown, this upscale shop has an endless amount of prepared foods and gourmet groceries. Spice up your study session with snacks like chocolate-covered pretzels, which are sold by the pound, and house-made candies like gummy peaches. Don’t forget their original “Snacks On The Run” ($80 for a set of 12), which are the perfect pick-me-ups between classes, but come with a price tag that doesn’t fit in a college budget.
1101 25th St. NW
Though Trader Joe’s is affordable, it’s not on GWorld, so students that live on campus tend to avoid the store. But with your parents pushing the shopping cart, you have an excuse. Along with your usual eggs and cereal, ask your parents to replenish your snack stash with Joe Joe’s – the store’s all-natural take on the Oreo – or gluten-free movie theater popcorn. Start up a healthy routine while your parents pick out the produce to last you the next couple weeks or ask your parents to chip in on some $5 wine for your next wine Wednesday.
If you want a family excursion:
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
With $24.95 tickets, the Newseum is less accessible to college students than free Smithsonian museums around the city. But the Newseum’s interactive exhibits make it a must-see when someone else will pay the tab. Bring your family to the Berlin Wall Gallery, which displays the largest unaltered portions of the Berlin Wall in the country, or the NBC News Interactive Newsroom, where you and your siblings can pretend to be TV reporters. On the way out, you and your parents can buy matching merchandise to commemorate your weekend together.
Taste of D.C. at Audi Field and Fieldhouse D.C.
100 Potomac Ave. SW and 1901 First St. SW
For a mix of flavor and fun, drop by Taste of D.C., an annual food festival that highlights more than 65 local restaurants on Friday and Saturday. Entry to the event is free, but attendees purchase foods through packages, like the $50 “food package” that provides front-row seats at the main stage, where DJs like Julian Rivera and vendors like Sprinkles Cupcakes and GW-favorite Captain Cookie will entertain festival attendees. With your family in town, you can leave Taste of D.C. with a full stomach and wallet.
If you want to give your parents a taste of D.C. cuisine:
2525 M St. NW
Nobu is a sushi lover’s heaven, but maintains the high prices of most M Street locales – but you can kick off the weekend with a nice meal if your parents are around. Try the Friday lunch menu, which offers combo specials on sushi and sashimi assortments ($42), along with chicken teriyaki ($32) and other non-fish plates for the picky eater. Sushi is a luxury opportunity that you can’t often find minutes from campus, but if your parents tag along, you can get your fix of spicy tuna and albacore sashimi that would usually gouge your wallet.
1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW
For a nearby restaurant that has attracted the Obama family, Rasika’s ritzier Indian dishes will steal the show of your Colonials Weekend. Known for its upscale atmosphere and consistent richness of classic dishes like chicken tikka masala ($19) or Hyderabadi lamb biryani ($20), Rasika will satisfy your parents with spicier fare. Save up on a three-course meal with their pre-theater menu ($37), which serves naan and rice with a dinner plate like salmon tandoori, along with an appetizer and dessert before 6:30 p.m.
If you want to shop:
M Street in Georgetown
This iconic shopping street has a mix of high-end and low-end stores, but save Forever 21 and H&M for another weekend and focus on stores like Aritzia, Free People and Urban Outfitters. Since winter is approaching fast, take advantage and stock up on boots and coats at the North Face and Dr. Martens, located on the iconic shopping street, and Patagonia, located right off of M Street on Wisconsin Avenue.
Metro Center has an array of clothing shops and restaurants all within a few blocks, with easy access to the monuments and museums. While on your way back from a tourist adventure, take a detour to score bargains at Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth and Macy’s, or restock your basics at Uniqlo. Invest in a post-midterms face mask from Sephora to rejuvenate and keep moisturized from the brisk weather. The central location means you can convince your parents to partake in a quick shopping trip by conveniently passing by this area.