In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District. See previous dream days from Mayor Muriel Bowser, BYT’s Svetlana Legetic, D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum and more.
From the day they met, Alex Perrin, 34, and her husband, Chris Perrin, 37, have been working as a team. At first, Chris was Alex’s personal trainer; they married three years later, and now the pair have a 16-month-old daughter, Mak, and a dog aptly named Burpee. The couple, who have coached at various studios, noticed that D.C. lacked the type of workout they prefer: a team-based boot camp class married with high-intensity interval training. So they opened Cut Seven, a fitness studio in Logan Circle four blocks from their Shaw home. “We wanted to create something that would fill that void,” Alex says. The health-conscious duo are breaking some rules for this itinerary. “Calories don’t count on our dream day,” Alex says.
Alex: We would start our morning with some Swing’s Coffee at home in our Chemex, and then we would head to our studio and do heart day, the hardest class of the week.
Chris: It’s our cardio day. We rarely get to take it together. If we couldn’t work out at Cut Seven, we’d do yoga at Flow Yoga Center.
Alex: On our way home, we’d stop by The Coffee Bar and I’d get a whole milk latte.
Chris: I’d get decaf, and definitely something to eat.
Alex: Once we get Mak and Burpee from home, we’d go to the C&O Canal trail. Burpee is super agile and loves to run across the rocks, so he’d lead the way. At one point, we’d sit down and enjoy the view of the water and take it all in.
Alex: Then we go straight to Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar in Bloomingdale. We love their rosé cider, grilled asparagus and pan con tomate.
Chris: And we would have a Secret Service car taking us to all these places. We could run all the lights. But after that, we’d walk around the neighborhood. The weather will be not too hot, not too cold.
Alex: In the evening, we’d go out just the two of us. It’s rare that we get those date nights. We’d head over to Acqua Al 2 in Capitol Hill for some Italian and sit outside. We’d actually start at their speak-easy, Harold Black, for some cocktails. I’d get something refreshing, maybe with vodka or cucumber.
Chris: I’d probably have a Sazerac or an Old-Fashioned. At the restaurant — we’re vegetarian — I’d probably have them make me a bunch of stuff. Just bring everything to the table, and whatever we don’t eat we’ll take home.
Alex: We’d then go to Rocket Bar and play games and I would kick his ass.
Chris: Right. We’ll see. We’d do a mini Olympics, with darts, shuffleboard, pool and Skee-Ball.
Alex: We’d then head to Arlington and go to Bakeshop. They have the best desserts and are open late. We’d get homemade ice cream sandwiches. My favorite is a molasses cookie with lemon ice cream.
Chris: I’d probably get one of those Oreos in a Blanket. It’s an Oreo baked inside a chocolate chip cookie. And I’d get an ice cream sandwich.
Alex: We’d end the night at the Tabard Inn, and we’d eat our dessert in front of a fireplace and spend the night there.