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.
The first thing most people do after entering their hotel room is unpack their bags. Farrah Skeiky heads straight for the cabinets. “Even when I go into a Days Inn, I open every drawer and touch every piece of printed media,” the 28-year-old Bloomingdale resident says. “I’m always curious: If you could choose anything to put in this room, what would you choose, Days Inn?” Skeiky’s passion for design comes through in her role as creative and culture manager for The Line in Adams Morgan. At the year-and-a-half-old hotel, she is responsible for photography and cultural events, a natural move from her last gig, where she handled photography and social media for several D.C.-area restaurants and bars through her company, Dim Sum Media. Skeiky works her love of food into her dream day, alongside some quality time with her dog.
I love starting my days at Calabash Tea Bar & Cafe in Shaw. I’m a big tea person, and I appreciate that they have so many different ways to engage in that in a way that’s very community-centric. I always feel really good when I get my day started there.
I’m the kind of person where you could leave me in a cafe or bookstore all day, check in on me, and I wouldn’t have moved from my pile of books. I would go to either Bridge Street Books in Georgetown or Capitol Hill Books. They’re both places where everybody who works there could spin you a million stories, or also just let you do your own thing.
If I am over at Bridge Street Books, I would go to Dumbarton Oaks. It’s one of the most peaceful, beautiful places I’ve ever been to in D.C. It’s a library, it’s a collection, and they have a really gorgeous garden.
After that, I would head over to Meats & Foods for lunch, probably to get a chicken lemon grass sausage sandwich. They always have gluten-free buns, and I think they have the best half-smokes in D.C.
I have a dog, Bruno, and he’s pretty great. After lunch we’d go to the small S Street Dog Park near Dupont. He’s kind of a total ham. We’d have a great time there, whether there’s one dog there or five dogs there.
Since we’re already kind of in the area, I would probably head up to The Line hotel because they have really solid dog treats at the coffee shop The Cup We All Race 4.
After that, I’d go to Lyman’s Tavern. I’m not a big drinker, so sometimes it’s more about playing pinball and catching up with people. I’ll always run into someone I know there.
I have many dream restaurants in D.C. as far as eating, so I’ll choose two. At Bad Saint I usually get ukoy, which is a sweet potato and carrot fritter with prawns in it. I love Little Serow when they do a seafood night because there are no substitutions, and I’m a big fan of their fish dishes.
Then I would end up at Black Cat to either catch a show or shoot a show. It’s one of my favorite places for music in D.C. I’ve been going there since I was a teenager, when I first moved to D.C.
I’d end my night at Gay Bash, easily the best drag show in D.C., at Trade. D.C. drag queens are some of the most creative people I’ve ever met.