In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District.
Kate Goodall believes D.C. is the perfect city for creative people working to make the world a better place. To give those folks a leg up, the English-born entrepreneur in 2017 co-founded Halcyon, an organization that provides residencies, mentorships and financial support for emerging artists and social entrepreneurs. She also launched an arts festival last year called By the People, which aims to spur productive conversations among regular D.C. citizens. As is typical for Goodall’s projects, By the People is expanding — the 2019 edition will run an entire week and include even more sites than last year’s weekend-long festival. She gets only 24 hours for her D.C. dream day, but she’s filled it up with her favorite spots in her adopted hometown.
I’m a total massage addict. There’s an amazing hidden gem of a massage place, Georgetown Chiropractic and Massage Center, on Prospect Street. The [managing practitioner’s] name is Pavel [Mitryaev] and he’s a dream worker. So I would start with a massage, even before breakfast.
Then I’d go get a coffee at Baked & Wired, which has some of the best coffee in D.C.
I would probably take a hike in Rock Creek Park. I love that there’s access to nature in the middle of D.C. I see tons of different turtles and all sorts of creatures there. I love the hidden spots, like the place where they took all the Capitol stones and just left them in a pile. And there’s another place I stumbled upon once, an old street with lampposts and tarmac that’s being reclaimed slowly by nature. I am a big believer in spending a little time in nature and what that can do for your soul.
I would probably get a juice — Jaco Juice & Taco Bar on Wisconsin Avenue is really good. I also really like Korean and sushi, so I might go to KoChix and get some Korean drumsticks or some bibimbap. My high-end love is Sushi Taro, which I still think is the best sushi restaurant in D.C.
Partially because of my work but partially because I just love museums, I would probably check out an exhibit. A couple of my recent favorites were the Titus Kaphar one at the National Portrait Gallery and Rachel Whiteread at the National Gallery of Art. But I like finding more obscure galleries, too. I think IA&A at Hillyer is a hidden gem; Transformer too.
I have two sons, and I do drag them to museums eternally, but they’d probably rather go to the magic playground at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School. It’s got a zip line and a really tall wooden structure and a slide that goes so fast you can shoot out at the end and land on your butt. It’s built for adults and kids, and is open to the public in the [evenings], and all day when the school’s not in session.
Union Market is always a nice place to hang out. I love the food hall — there’s so much range. You can get juice and coffee and tacos from three different places. What’s the Korean place with the tacos? TaKorean — I love that place.