Living at 2M Street puts you minutes away from the top DC running trails
The Spring weather is beginning to provide consecutive sunny days, and the timing couldn’t be better! After a couple of months of being cooped inside of your apartment home, we know that our residents are just craving to enjoy a sweet, refreshing breath of outside air as often as they can. This might mean finding a weekend to explore some of the scenic, foresty parts of DC. What better way to accomplish this than a mind-clearing walk or run on one of DC’s various running trails? If you’re a person who already loves a good outdoor run or a person who’s looking to start incorporating outdoor running/walking for the first time, DC’s trails are perfect for a person of any experience level. So get your best tank top, shorts, and running shoe combination and get ready to break a sweat because we’re going to overview some of our favorite running trails in DC.
Rock Creek Park:
Rock Creek Park is one of the most popular locations to enjoy a nice weekend jog. And this is for a good reason! Their paved, mostly flat roads make Rock Creek Park a pleasant and comfortable experience for all runners, walkers, and bikers. If you’re looking for a location to escape the hustle and bustle of normal DC life, Rock Creek Park is the ideal place to take a step back to enjoy some of the sweet, calming nature sounds.
The 20-mile long Anacostia Riverwalk trail located in Capitol Riverfront DC is an excellent location for individuals who enjoy mesmerizing views of the Anacostia River during their run. As a runner, this allows you to get the best of both worlds. You can capture all of your fitness goals, as well as achieve your peace of mind by cooling down while you take in 360-degree views of the unblocked views of the District.
It’s every runners’ dream to punch in a mile or two in at the famous National Mall. If you’ve ever been to the Mall as a tourist, you know that you can easily spend hours exploring and taking pictures. But as a runner of The National Mall, your fitness goals are right at the palm of your hands. Jog down the long, paved walks of the Mall then sprint up Lincoln Memorial steps only to be rewarded by breath-taking views of the National Monument.
For the best National Mall running experience, start your run early in the morning. This morning run will allow you to enjoy some peaceful isolation time.
Mt. Vernon Trail:
The Mount Vernon Trail is a prime location for runners! This isolated 18-mile trail winds alongside the Potomac River, and offers some of the best-uninterrupted views of Washington, DC’s skyline. While exploring The Mount Vernon Trail, runners will have the opportunity to experience different wooded areas, parks, and historic neighborhoods, such as nearby Old Town Alexandria.
Embassy Row caters to the runners’ that don’t mind taking on a new running challenge. The terrain of this running trail is elevated. This uphill factor puts your running experience to the test and adds another layer to your workout.
Once overcoming that obstacle, the reward for runners’ is very much worth it. The Embassy row trail features some of the most gorgeous, grandest, most historic homes you will ever see. Runners’ will also pass by countless embassies, over Rock Creek Park, and by the US Naval Observatory.
There are so many running trails you have access to as a DC resident. Take advantage of this Summer season by testing the limits of running skills!
Living at 2M puts the fun and convenience of NoMa DC right at your fingertips! But we understand that for a lot of our residents, your number one furry companion is usually right there hoping to enjoy some of the fun right along with you. If you think as we do, identifying businesses that are pet-friendly is always at the front of your mind.
Wonder no longer because NoMa has your back! To help you quickly identify these pet-locations, our 2M team has come up with a list of our favorite pet-friendly restaurants/bars in NoMa! Who said that your pet couldn’t enjoy the life of one of DC’s most exciting neighborhoods right along with you?
We hope you enjoy this list! If you identify any other pet-friendly restaurants in NoMa, please comment below.
Inspired by the beer gardens of Germany, Wunder Garten has quickly become a neighborhood staple where friends and families gather. With a carefully designed selection of German and Craft Beers, and a well-regarded wine and liquor program, Wunder Garten provides a welcoming and relaxed outdoor experience. They’re open year-round in a climate-controlled pavilion. Stop by for a beer, and join them for annual celebrations of traditional Bavarian events, including Oktoberfest, Frühlingsfest, and Winterfest.
Address: 1101 First St. NE Washington DC, 20002
Uncle Chip’s Café
Uncle Chip’s Cookie and Dessert Suppliers’ mission is simple: to provide its customers with an irresistible, one of a kind cookie that can be enjoyed just about any time, anywhere. That’s why they only use the finest ingredients and deliver across the country.
Enjoy the classic home-town feel of Uncle Chip’s Café in NoMa DC.
Address: 1514 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002
Peregrine Espresso sets a standard of quality coffee with friendly service in the District for all customers who walk in their doors. Many of their amazing baristas have competed at regional and national Barista or Brewers Cup competitions to continue their coffee education and inspire excitement at all of their shops.
You and your pet will surely enjoy your time at Peregrine Espresso!
Address: 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
St. Anselm is an American tavern devoted to the pleasures of grilled meats and great ingredients simply cooked.
While steak is a specialty, Chef Marjorie Meet-Bradley’s creativity doesn’t stop there. Delicious food, eclectic wines, and classic cocktails set the tone for a great experience. Paired with friendly service in an unpretentious setting adorned with offbeat décor, dining at St. Anselm is the total package.
Address: 1250 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
We understand that your pet is a part of your everyday lifestyle. These NoMa businesses make it easier for you to be able to enjoy all of the perks of living in one of DC’s most popular neighboorhood right along with your number one companion.
Valentine’s Day in NoMa
The Day of love is right around the corner! Instead of scrambling, trying to find a location to make dinner reservations. Take a deep breath, relax, and take a look at our top restaurants that are ideal for date night! Living in NoMa DC offers you some great date night restaurant locations that will make this a day one to remember.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to try out some of the restaurants that are new to the fast-growing NoMa neighborhood. If you enjoyed our “Valentine’s Date Night in NoMa” Blog, you are in for a treat with a lot of fantastic new establishments coming to the area since then.
Here’s a list of our top Valentine’s Day restaurants in NoMa.
(Tap the restaurant names to visit their websites)
Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Lily and the Cactus blends Modern American cuisine with those from the Southwestern United States and West Africa to introduce a new category of dining to the Washington, DC area. They believe that their product quality, excellent customer care, and diverse staff will provide an unparalleled dining experience to the neighborhood of NoMa!
This American style restaurant location is the perfect mix of romance and a lovely laid-back evening.
Address: Inside the Hilton Garden Inn, 1225 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Masseria’s innovative Italian tasting menus sing with touches of coastal cultures and feature a satisfying range of his signature cuisine. Fresh hand-crafted La Paste along with freshly prepared Pesce and inventive Carne dishes comprise the rustic yet refined progression of courses.
Visit Masseria for a refreshing taste to match an elegant evening.
Address: 1340 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Great Laotian food is no longer half a world away. Inspired by the bright, vibrant, and pure flavors of Laos, this restaurant brings quality Laotian cuisine directly to NoMa. Their love for Laos can be found in everything they do, from the food we serve to the decor in our dining room. This is Laos in Town!
Look no further than Laos in Town for a unique but tasty style of cuisine for your Valentine’s Day night!
Address: 250 K St NE, Washington, DC 20002
This brand new restaurant on M St NE is the talk of the town. Their mission is to provide excellent food prepared with the freshest ingredients while engaging ourselves wholeheartedly into the community, one oyster, one person, and one neighborhood at a time.
Grab some fresh Oysters at King St. for your Valentine’s dinner plans.
Address: 22 M St. NE Washington DC, 20002
NoMa is one of the greatest destinations in DC to make unforgettable memories, but if you’re looking to explore other areas for the Day of Love, H Street also offers excellent food options and activities!
The last couple of months Summer have swiftly passed by, and the last call for Summer activities is ringing loud and clear as August appears on the calendar. As the sunny season begins to wind down, it’s only right that you begin to cash in on your Summer last “oorahs”.
When you’re not booking that last Summer flight, or planning one more beach trip. We have you fully prepared for some last Summer “oorahs” right here in NoMa DC
Here are 3 last-minute Summer “must-dos” in NoMa DC:
Freshfarm Farmer’s Market Trip
The Freshfarm Farmer’s Market has grown to be a popular NoMa DC gem. Every Sunday at CORNER OF 2ND & L STREETS NE residents have their selection of fresh produce from local farms and artisans. There is only 1 more Sunday left until the close of the 2019 Farmer’s Market season. Come by Freshfarm and take advantage of conventional and certified organic vegetables and fruit, mushrooms, pasture-raised meat, cheese, eggs, fermented foods and pickles, smoothies, popsicles, artisan sweet and savory baked goods and breads, fresh pasta, prepared foods, jams and sauces, locally roasted, directly traded coffee, locally distilled spirits, flowers, bouquets, and plants.
2019 Outdoor Summer Movie Series
The NoMa Summer Outdoor Movie Series has had another successful year! If you haven’t been, or simply desire to go again, August is your last opportunity to watch a film on the lawn this season. Grab a chair, a blank, and some snacks and check out one of these movies on the big screen before the Summer season ends.
Remaining Outdoor Movie Line-up:
August 7: Cool Runnings
August 14: She’s the Man
August 21: Best in Show
Feel Good Fridays
They are only 2 more “Feel Good Fridays” left this Summer. Stop by NOMA-GALLAUDET METRO (N STREET SIDE) or THE CNN PLAZA and start your Summer morning off right!
Remaining Feel Good Friday Dates:
The jackets, sweaters, and wind breakers are being put away, and the tank tops, shorts, and sunglasses are coming out to play. Summer is that you? The season for exciting trips, and memories is here, and we can’t wait to see what everyone’s favorite season is going to bring. Before you book up all of your summer fun in different places, make sure you make room on your calendar for some summer time adventures right here in NoMa. Washington DC as a whole has its summer perks, but NoMa DC especially has a way of truly making the resident summer experience unforgettable. Get ready, because you are in store for three whole months of exciting, community-focused, neighborhood events that are sure to have something for everyone. So, in the words of summer, “Jump in, the water’s warm!”
Let’s jump into the 2019 NoMa Summer Screen Series line-up.
2019 NOMA Summer Screen Series
Summer in NoMa means the start of the 12th annual, highly anticipated, “NoMa Summer Screen Series”. Every Wednesday starting June 5th, NoMa residents are invited to the lawn on the corner of First & Pierce (1150 First St. NE) to enjoy a movie on the BIG SCREEN. – Bring a cozy blanket, a few friends, and A LOT of snacks as we enjoy the beautiful summer evenings watching some cinematic favorites.
This year’s Summer Screen theme is, “Who’s Got Game” – Jump into the excitement as NoMa Bid features some of your all-time favorite sports-related movies. Get ready to laugh, cry, or scream when we take a memory lane kicking off with these 4 movies for the month of June.
You haven’t seen these movies on the big screen in a long time.
June 5th: “The Karate Kid” (1984)
June 12th: “Love & Basketball”
June 19th: “Moneyball”
June 26th: “Rudy”
Wunder Garten’s highly anticipated Après Ski Party is just around the corner! Here’s a list of activities you can look forward to from a Noma’s biggest winter party weekend.
Festive Ski Outfits
Cozy Fire Pits
Snow Ball Toss Competition
DJ Dance Party
RSVP For Après Ski Event
Join Wunder Garten over two weekends (Feb 7-10 and Feb 14-17) for the annual Apres Ski festivities. Come dressed in your comfiest ski gear and join us for a great line up of apres ski-themed sweets-making activities, a ski-themed snow globe, fire pits, s’ mores, costume competitions, snowball toss competition, DJ dance parties on Saturday and more!