ask Allison about
burgers • art galleries • museums • viewpoints • fine dining • steakhouse • pizza
What are the Washington DC spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Georgetown, Nats Park or Capital One Arena.
Do’s and don’ts in Washington DC: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Our Metro used to really work, now not so much, skip it. Our Bike Share system throughout the city, Uber or lyft, and the open top hop on hop off tour buses are great way to get around. D.C. gets safer by the year, redevelopment has brought back China town and South East to very up and coming areas, with some of our newest and best bars and restaurants.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
If I am going out for drinks, paying for myself it will be around $40. Doing dinner with my husband usually costs us $80-$100
Which Washington DC shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
I love that we have a Rent the Runway location in D.C. I did my bridesmaids dresses there, and devotedly shop their clearance sale where you can get awesome designer pieces for 70-80% off the original retail. Whenever friends ask what I'm wearing or where I got it, It's usually a rent the runway piece that I own.
Your all-time favorite musicians:
The Beatles, there are four of them, so I'll stop there, not too many people qualify as "musicians".
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
The Mall is best for the Day, because the museums close at 5! Enjoy the mile long stretches of grass and fountains, surrounded by free museums and monuments! Everytime I have a visitor who has never been to D.C. they always say being at the Mall is like being in a movies, because so many films and TV shows are set here, or shot here for at least part of the story. Nighttime scenes are spread out all over the city, Penn Quarter is great to catch a game, U Street is full of Hip bars and rooftops, Georgetown is a pedestrian mall on the waterfront, Dupont Circle is where all the bars and Clubs are.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Cedar is an under the radar spot for date night.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Washington DC?
Jumbo Slice is the classic answer, I would wonder if anyone has ever answered this question differently. Where I am from however, is famous for 24 hour Korean BBQ, if you can Uber into Virginia, it is worth it.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Do the Museums, specifically the National Museum of Art, because it has a tunnel to connect the East and West wings, so you never have to venture out in the cold. They have a great food court too! Afterwards, why not embrace the cold and Ice Skate in the Sculpture Garden. Concessions offer over priced cocoa and wine, or get an uber and head to Proof, a whiskey bar that will definitely warm you up.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
The Point of View rooftop Bar at The W Hotel. This spot offers views of the White House and Washington Monument. Show up before dark to skip the lines up in the elevator and enjoy the sunset! It's so impressive, all the cocktails here will be at least $12.
Your go-to brunch spots:
I love Medium Rare, Founding Farmers, Ted's Bulletin, Local 16.
Which local creators do you admire?
I am a Wale fan, our local Rapper. I am a big fan of Jose Andreas, our local chef and restauranteur. I am the number one fan of my husband Grant Paulsen, who hosts the mid-day sports talk show on 106.7 and hosts a number of other sports themed television shows around town.