A Guide on Guides for D.C.

Posted on Friday, Nov 02, 2018

Moving to a new city can be intimidating. Finding cool things to do, your new favorite restaurants and the bar your roommates look forward to meeting at for happy hour are all things you can do to help adjust and find your place. D.C. hosts all these options and more – but it’s important to know how to stay informed so you can act like a true local.
 
I’ve combed through the interwebs so you don’t have to – check out the online resources I’ve pulled together to experience the best of D.C.:
 
Foodie:
  • DC Eater is so easy to navigate and find exactly what you’re in the mood for – even if you didn’t know before searching. The website sorts by neighborhoods, type of food, as well as an assortment of ‘Top Hits’ and ‘New favorites’ lists that satisfy all tastes.
  • DCFud is a very local blog that is by foodies, for foodies. The writers seem like best buds, and you’ll want to eat and drink with them, too! They serve up great tips for locals and visitors alike.
  • Thrillest DC is a sub blog under the umbrella brand of Thrillest. Local guides and foodie lovers list and itemize trendy food trucks and seasoned favorites across all DC neighborhoods. If you’ve used Thrillest in the past, their DC Foody section will not disappoint! But also check out their entertainment section for must see bucket lists!
 
Things To Do:
If you and the roomies are on the hunt for weekend events and happenings around town, have no fear! D.C. makes sure to openly blog about it.
  • DCist releases a ‘To Do this Week or Weekend’ list, well, weekly! I often find awesome events to attend  ~sometimes even for free!!~ They also stay trendy on entertainment and local news and foody things  – who else loves one stop blogging?!
  • Do This - Washington City Paper lets you search by date and/or categories like comedy, dance, file, museums and so. much. more. With tile squares leading the way, it’s visually easy to find your interests.
 
Staying Current:
News travels fast in D.C., good, bad and otherwise. Here are some quintessential guides to stay up to date on who said what, administration updates, and a local feel good story.
  • The Washington Post is a nationally read and subscribed daily newspaper, but it’s 2018 so of course there is a website! These articles are the latest in politics, with a focus on national administration. Working on the Hill, you’ll be expected to be well versed on ‘the Post’ during water cooler chats.
  • Popville has a specific emphasis on neighborhood happenings and news across D.C. Community members often write their own announcements and stories for posting providing a realistic look into ways of life if you’re considering migrating near the capital. Their articles are written like chatting with a friend with personal references and opinion, so why wouldn’t you take a recommendation from your new BFF?!
  • News - Washington City Paper is the direct spot for breaking news information, but there are also sports, podcast and columns sections to organize your commuting catch ups.
And if you’re still hunting for the perfect lunch at the best location, international classic sites like TripAdvisorYelp, and Culture Trip are always a safe bet.

Elyssa Buntzel
Peace Corps - Office of Gifts and Grant Management
Washington, D.C. | fall 2018