A D.C. Rooftop Pool With a View

Wednesday brought the opening of the Embassy Row Hotel‘s rooftop pool and lounge. Located a block away from Dupont Circle’s metro stop, the hotel offers a beautiful sight of Washington, D.C. Whether you are visiting for a dip in the pool or to enjoy a cold beverage, this rooftop provided a breezy atmosphere to relax and enjoy the city. The roof is complimentary to guests of hotel, but seasonal memberships are available (Capped at 20, members have unlimited access to the rooftop, plus one free guest per visit and exclusive discounts for hotel rooms. Membership is $500 for the season.). Additionally, day passes can be purchased for $25 at the front desk. But entrance is free for those who can wait until 5pm or later.

The rooftop hours of operation
Everyday: 7am – 10pm

Drink & food hours of operation
Monday – Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11am – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 8pm

Below are snapshots of what you can expect. Feel free to click any of the images for a full-sized view.


Photos not exciting enough? Here’s a tilt shift video taken that night as well:


The Beauty of Maine [in Photos]

Mike and I just returned from an amazing week-long New England road trip. The impetus for the trip was a family member’s wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. But a wedding is always a good excuse for a longer vacation, especially for two travelaholics like us!

We were staying with my aunt’s friend, Brett, outside of Boston for a few days. Since he didn’t have to work on Sunday, he offered some ideas for a day trip we could all do together, one being Maine. I’ve always wanted to go to Maine. In fact, Mike and I had even talked about starting our RTW from there. “Maine?! But isn’t that far,” I asked. Apparently not. Brett said it would be a short drive and make a perfect day trip. The three of us got into his SUV and spent the day on the road. Brett, the amazingly kind and generous host that he is, ensured we saw it all by taking Mike and I to some of his favorite southern Maine spots.

Mid-October was the perfect time to visit because the autumn weather is a little cool and the leaves are turning brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow. Between the coastline, lighthouse and lobster roll, I had the perfect first visit to Maine. Thanks, Brett!

Welcome to Maine Sign

Welcome to Maine!

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Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market

Thai tacos

Thai tacos. A delicious bite-sized dessert. The exterior is thin and crispy and tastes like a fortune cookie. The inside consists of sweet fluffy cream and fried strings of egg yolk.

Chinese Buns

Chinese steamed buns.

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