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, Georgetown Massage and Bodywork founder Alison Alleva and more.


Hill East residents Nole Garey and Andy Whitehead would spend time with their daughters and indulge in their creative pursuits on their Dream Day. (Sweet Root Village) (Lauren Anderson/Sweet Root Village)

Nole Garey and Andy Whitehead, both 37, met in 2005 during a class about global terrorism while in graduate school at The George Washington University. Garey describes getting together with her now-husband as a “total D.C. thing,” but their lives have since taken a more creative turn. In 2010, Garey left the State Department to focus on her design and lifestyle blog, ohsobeautifulpaper.com. Whitehead works at the Department of Defense and also has a following on his cocktail-focused Instagram feed @liquorary. On their dream day, the Hill East residents would spend time with their daughters, ages 4 and 6, and indulge in their creative pursuits.

Garey: We want to go outside and let the kids run around. One of the places we love to go is the National Arboretum. We go to see the magnolias in bloom. They have the wonderful azalea hill that we can explore and wander around the trails.

Garey: Then we would pack a picnic and go eat at the Congressional Cemetery.

Whitehead: It’s tourist-free because nobody knows about it. We don’t have a dog because we can’t stick one into our rowhouse, but my kids are obsessed with dogs … and there are tons of dogs that they can play with. It’s much less morbid than it sounds.

Garey: Then we would go up to Union Market. My two favorite shops in all of D.C. are up there. Salt & Sundry has such a wonderful curated mix of local designers, globally sourced goods, amazing tabletop items. And SHELTER has some of the most beautiful jewelry and also an amazing candle selection. We like doing dinner at Union Market because we can all get whatever we want.

Whitehead: There’s that Ethiopian place Gorsha that does the bowls. We tried to introduce the kids to Ethiopian but they didn’t bite, so we don’t get to eat it too often.

Garey: We’d get a babysitter for the kids. The ironic part about being married to someone who is really into his cocktails is that it’s really hard to find a place to get him to go out for a drink.

Whitehead: Copycat Co. does really interesting stuff with flavors. Whoever is in charge of that bar program is a quiet genius. And Cotton & Reed, they are making rum, [and] they’re making great drinks, but they aren’t necessarily going for very fruity rum drinks. They have a very sophisticated kind of palate. It’s a really playful kind of atmosphere. They have a disco ball and don’t take themselves too seriously.

Garey: We’d go see a movie at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market. We’re fans of pretty much everything.

Whitehead: One of the things I miss the most after having kids: You just do not go the movies as much.

Garey: We would add Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab. I’m particularly partial to any sort of cantaloupe or melon.

Whitehead: I really like chocolate hazelnut.

Garey: Which feels like is a pretty good representation of us in general, because I tend to like light and fruitier and Andy likes darker, more rich flavors.