I would get up and get a really delicious coffee from Via Umbria, an Italian specialty store in Georgetown. They have amazing croissants, the best ones I’ve had in D.C. so far. I would get a cappuccino and an almond croissant.
I love to be active. I take a lot of walks in Georgetown just because it’s close to where I am all the time. I would rent a kayak or a bike and head out to Great Falls Park. It’s beautiful and we’ve spotted many bald eagles there. I love to try to find bald eagles — they are all over this area.
I might be inclined to picnic in Rock Creek Park. I would probably bring baguette, cheese and some rosé. I grew up in New Jersey, so I’m really picky about Italian food. Pâtisserie Poupon has delicious baguettes and cheese.
The fact that you can just pop into a Smithsonian is such an amazing thing. I love the National Portrait Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the United States Botanic Garden, which is really pretty just to walk through. I would try to get to those three.
It would be nice to fit in a massage at Georgetown Massage and Bodywork. Thai yoga massage is my favorite. It’s a little different; it’s done on a mat and you wear clothes and it’s almost like passive yoga — they call it “the lazy man’s yoga.” The practitioner massages you, does a lot of stretching and they put you in these crazy yoga poses. It feels really good.
I also love flotation. I’ve only done it in Alexandria at Synergy Float Center. Basically, you just float and it’s super relaxing — I actually fell asleep. It’s like being in a big bathtub.
If I was in the city, I would probably go home and freshen up and say hi to my three cats. I love Olivia restaurant. The thing that stands out the most is they have a semolina cake that is drenched in rosewater and rose cream. It is so delicious. I think because of my aromatherapy background and love of essential oils, it speaks to me — it’s really floral and aromatic.
I love Blues Alley. I think it’s a D.C. treasure. It’s tiny and it reminds me of New York’s little jazz dive-y clubs. I saw Steve Gadd there not that long ago. He’s a very famous drummer. It was amazing having him in that tiny club, because we were sitting right behind him. We always pick the seats where we can see the drummer.