Union Station Day Trips from DC

YOUR NEXT DAY-TRIP IS MINUTES AWAY FROM 2M

One of the greatest things about living in at 2M is how close you are to seemingly everything! You’re walking minutes from various local markets, rooftop brunch locations, bars, hiking trails, biking trails, you name it! 

In a normal year, you would be able to jump inside of an Uber and in 4-6 minutes you can find yourself in the heart of museum row exploring the inside of some of the most treasured sites The District has to offer. 

Unfortunately, in this unforeseen year, our normal idea of traveling and social settings were brought to a screeching halt. Leaving waste to all of our Summer adventures.

But as we welcome the last weekend of the Summer season, all might not be lost. As a 2M resident, you’re also conveniently located ONLY 2 miles away from the popular Union Station! At this hub, you can easily escape to some of the most scenic and adventurous neighboring cities with a quick train ride. 

Below are some easy Labor Day weekend trips you can embark on from DC.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA 

The eventful city of Philadelphia is only two hours away from DC on the Amtrak. Once you arrive in Philly, you can begin your day trip with a visit to some of the most Instagram picture locations like the classic Rocky statue, or the popular, “Love” structure in downtown Philadelphia.

Once you’re done with your epic photo-shoot, you can pick-up an authentic Philly cheesesteak and head down to Philly’s re-vitalized waterfront to enjoy stunning views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

RICHMOND, VA

Cultural Richmond, VA makes for a nice weekend day trip! You can visit the historic Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and engulf yourself with some of the finest art displays in the country. Or take a stroll through Cary Town where you can dine at some of the exceptional outdoor restaurants.

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HARPERS FERRY, VA

A trip to Harpers Ferry will be just what you need to have a nice, laid back weekend with new scenery. The city sits between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, making it a popular location to swim, fish, or even canoe! They are also very vast mountain trails where you can enjoy more exciting activities such as rocking climbing and zip-lining. 

Above all, you will love Harpers Ferry’s stunning scenery will make this day trip worth it, no matter what you decide to do. 

ROANOKE VALLEY, WV

If you’re looking for a charming location to simply get away from the normal motion of DC city life, Ronake Valley is the perfect place. This area is positioned in the heart of Virginia’s breath-taking Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Once you’re done with your peace hike, the plateau at the top of the mountain makes for a perfect area to have a nice picnic, and enjoy some of the world’s greatest views. 

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St. Micheals, MD

Our residents who really enjoy being on the water will truly enjoy a day trip to St. Micheals. Known for its stunning sunset views, this small town offers a very intimate feel for everyone who visits. Set sail on an interactive, fun-filled boat tour around the bay while you enjoy a satisfying glass of local sourced rum and whiskey. 

A weekend trip on the water might be just what you need to relax and refresh. 

Top Running Trails in DC

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. 

Anacostia Riverwalk:

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.  

National Mall:

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:

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! 

Fall DIY Projects for your Apartment

There’s something about the Fall season that awakens the creative spirit; coming up with unforgettable customs at Halloween, creating the perfect meal during Thanksgiving, or decorating your apartment for the Holidays. Autumn seems to open up endless opportunities to craft something warm and special. What better way to take this artistic season one step further than to add in some fun “Do it yourself” projects.

Your apartment aesthetic will become the envy of all of the others with these easy to accomplish “do it yourself” Fall projects:

Sunflower Wreath

 

Allow your apartment door to express your Autumn excitement! The Sunflower wreath is the perfect décor if you’re looking to make a strong statement on your apartment door. Take a weekend and create something that your friends, family, and neighbors will admire all season long.

 

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Sweater Pillows

 

The fall season means sweater season. Instead of getting rid of your older sweaters as you purchase new ones, maximize them by crafting some cozy sweater pillows. This DIY project is guaranteed to add the perfect Fall look to your living room or bedroom.

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Decorated Toilet Paper Rolls

 

Spice up the look of your bathroom this season with festive Fall toilet paper rolls! Who said that your bathroom can’t match your Autumn excitement? Take a weekend and jump into this fun Fall DIY project

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Yarn Pumpkins

 

Pumpkins are one of the popular staples of the Fall season, but sometimes it’s a huge chore to have to maintain real one’s overtime. Eliminate that problem altogether with these easy-to-make festive yarn pumpkins! You will love the simplicity, yet stunning aesthetic that this DIY project will bring to your apartment.

 

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Yarn Candy Corn Cones

 

Your favorite Halloween candy comes to life with this fun Fall design. Your Yarn Candy Corn Cones (Say that 3x fast) will be the Fall envy of all of your friends and family. Place them in your window seal, dining room table, or even outside of your door for a stunning Autumn look!

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3 Easy Spring-Cleaning Tips for your Apartment

January and February are a thing of the past, and March is officially on the calendar! Along with warmer weather and cherry blossom season, the time to begin your spring cleaning is here. For renters’ this is an exciting opportunity to get a fresh jump on sprucing up your apartment in the front end of the new year!

We know that cleaning and organizing your apartment sounds fantastic, but we also understand that it requires time and energy that a lot you reading this might not have an overabundance of in your everyday lives.

For this reason, we’ve decided to overview three time efficient cleaning tips to make getting your apartment clean super easy just in time for the spring season! 

Tip #1: BREAK-DOWN “THE BIG 3” CLEANING TASKS 

 Cleaning your apartment can be broken down into what we call, “The Big 3” – The kitchen, the bathroom, and the bedroom. These are generally the areas of the apartment that are used the most and are going to take the longest to clean; this makes it super important that these areas are addressed first. Studies show that cleaning at least 1 of these three areas make the most visual difference in the cleanliness of your apartment.

Cleaning is already exhausting enough as it is, don’t make it any harder by tasking yourself with cleaning every closet, nook, and cranny inside of your apartment in a single day. If you’re short on time, break down the significant 3 areas of your apartment as you see fit, and tidy up accordingly.

Tip #2: CLEAR THE CLUTTER

 A big factor in organizing your apartment home is knowing when to part ways with additional materials that create clutter; this means trashing the mountain of junk mail, old receipts, and even older grocery lists laying on all of your counter surfaces.

Doing this is a fast and effective way of cleaning your apartment when you’re in a time crunch. You will quickly find that having less clutter makes your apartment home feel more open and most importantly cleaner.

So, say goodbye to clutter, and hello to spring clean!

Tip #3: SMELLS GOOD, LOOKS GOOD.

 The smell of your apartment home matters when it comes time to freshen up. We all know that it’s unsettling when your apartment is a disaster area, but it’s even worse when the smell of your apartment matches the look.

Instead of adding insult to injury, try adding in a scent like a candle, a scented plug-in, or an essential oil diffuser to your cleaning process when you’re short on time. In no way are we saying a clean smell makes up for a messy apartment, but the aroma of your place goes a long way when you don’t have hours to deep clean your apartment.

Cleaning will always be a process, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a difficult process.

Welcome to March, and happy spring cleaning! 

Share-A-Bag DC

Join Us In The DC Share-A-Bag Initiative!

Beginning on June 7th, 2M will be participating in the Share-A-Bag pilot, led by the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). Share-A-Bag DC will give residents and visitors to NoMa access to free, reusable bags. Bags can be left for others to use at the exchange kiosks as well. Bags are simply returned to the kiosks once participants are finished using them. The kiosks will be in various locations throughout the neighborhood, 2M being one of them.

While the $0.5 bag fee has decreased the use of single-use plastic bags, they are still clogging our waste streams and trash traps. The DOEE has decided to launch the Share-A-Bag pilot to see if easy access to reusable bags will motivate consumers to utilize them more frequently.

What You Need To Know:

When: June 7th – June 30th
Locations:
1. DOEE Headquarters | 1200 1st Street NE
2. REI | 2 M St NE
3. Hyatt House | 33 New York Ave NE
4. 2M | 2M St NE
Bags: 16×4 Heavyweight Canvas Bags

As a LEED Gold Building, efforts to create a more healthy and environmentally sound neighborhood are very important to us. Whether you use a free bag or leave one for someone else, any participation will make a difference. Join us in the Share-A-Bag Pilot to help reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in NoMa and the District of Columbia!  

2M Street Achieves LEED Gold Designation

We are so excited to announce that 2M has achieved LEED Gold Designation! What does that mean for you? Let us explain:

  • Green label certified paints and finishes
  • Energy Star appliances
  • 182 Rooftop solar panels
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Two water cisterns for rainwater harvesting
  • Two electric car charging stations
  • Just blocks away from the nearby Metro stations

Read more about this exciting achievement and what it means for our residents…

We are so proud to announce that our apartment community has succeeded in achieving LEED Gold designation from the US Green Building Council! LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The US Green Building Council set up the LEED system to measure the environmental sustainability of buildings. To receive certification, the building must go through a rigorous application and review process.

There is a wide range of sustainable features that contributed toward this achievement, including a green roof, a rainwater harvesting system, a rooftop solar array, Energy Star appliances, energy efficient lighting, and green label-certified paints and finishes. Being located just two blocks from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station, three blocks from Union Station, our easy access to transit and resident’s ability to take advantage of reserved bike parking and electric car charging stations adds to the eco-friendly nature of our community.

Thank you to all of our residents for choosing 2M and contributing to a more eco-friendly future for all.

Click here to read more about the green features at 2M.