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, the BYT’s Svetlana Legetic, Story District’s Amy Saidman and more.
For someone who founded a newsletter and brand called Girls’ Night In, Alisha Ramos sure has a lot of places she wants to head out to on her dream day. But the D.C. resident of four years stresses that the ethos of her company, which shares and creates stories on the benefits of self-care, can accommodate time spent wearing real pants. Take GNI’s latest project: a series of book clubs that have spread across the U.S., gathering women once a month to discuss a shared book. “We keep book clubs on the smaller side to not overwhelm; it’s not meant to be a networking kind of event,” says Ramos, 28. “It’s more of an event to encourage real connection and conversation with other women you probably never would have met.” A perfect day for Ramos is similarly chill: “I think the theme of this whole thing will be that I love quiet spaces. Imagine that!”
I love savoring the quietness of the morning. I would walk to this new spot I recently discovered called Seylou Bakery on Ninth and N streets, and I would get a coffee and a kale and cheddar scone. It’s a really serene, beautiful space. Their baked goods are so amazing.
I’d walk over to my other favorite coffee shop that I basically live at, called Slipstream. I’d meet up with a friend and share tea and catch up. I’ve found that the environment is really great for me to focus. It’s less quiet than Seylou, but I kind of like that because having the buzz around me helps.
I would go down to Dupont and stop by Kramerbooks, my favorite bookstore. I would browse their fiction section. I’m easing into more nonfiction reads, so I’d see what’s there. I picked up our book club pick for March there: [Kayleen Schaefer’s] “Text Me When You Get Home.”
For lunch, I would go to Bluestone Lane, that new coffeehouse near Georgetown/West End. They do a really good brekkie board: It’s basically a yogurt granola thing on one side and then an avocado toast on the other side. [Bluestone] is connected to the new public library there [West End Library], which is also really beautiful.
One spot around that neighborhood that I think is a hidden gem is Dumbarton Oaks: It’s a museum and a research library. My minor was in medieval history and they have a really great Byzantine library and research collection. And they have a beautiful garden with amazing cherry blossom trees. It’s just a really peaceful and beautiful spot to walk around.
I love shopping, so I would probably pop down to M Street for some window-shopping. I love this newish store called & Other Stories. They have the best retail displays. I love that they have a mix of beauty and home goods in there too — I’m also a big beauty and skin care junkie. That would be dreamy.
Thinking about dinner, I have so many places that I love, it’s so hard to pick one. I’ve been meaning to check out Pineapple and Pearls. I would take my boyfriend with me and have a lovely romantic dinner.
Then maybe a nightcap at Harold Black in Eastern Market. It’s a speakeasy, so it’s upstairs from an Italian restaurant, and you have to do the whole “knock on this empty wall” thing and then it opens. It’s really dark and cozy and very small, but they have really amazing cocktails.