DC Fall Activities 2022: East Coast Contessa Reveals The Peak Agenda

“Travel means different things to different people,” Alexandra Booze tells STYLECASTER. “Travel can be around the world or exploring your hometown.” No matter where you go, no matter how near or far, “there are really beautiful things to see everywhere. Get out there and explore where you feel most comfortable.” Take DC in the fall, for example. The East Coast hub is always full of new pop-ups and museums, and we decided to let them know about their favorite things to do.

Well-versed in cultural pursuits, Booze is a full-time travel writer who you may know as the East Coast Contessa, her nickname you can follow on Instagram and her blog. It’s a difficult career to explain to your elderly parents, but if you had to try, it involves working with “a few different lifestyle brands, hotels, restaurants, tourism companies to provide them with media services, editorial and creative writing, photography and videography.” to offer, as well as presence in the social media.” Wearing all those hats and doing a lot of hustle, Booze gets the world to see.

That wasn’t her original career path, she explains. “I started in 2015 while living in Washington DC. I was looking for a side hobby to take my mind off a really stressful job in politics.” Booze decided to quit her government job and go to journalism school. “I loved photography and writing, so I thought Hey, why not start a blog? I think DC was then named the foodie capital of the US and I’m a big foodie so I created an Instagram account.”

It started small. “I started going to new restaurants every weekend, whether it was for brunch or dinner with my friends. Almost immediately, my food photos started growing. Almost a year later I was invited to my first press trip to Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, I started mixing my food content with travel because you really can’t have one without the other.”

That’s when she realized that she loved to travel. “I had missed a lot, but until then I was never really aware of it. Since then I have worked with more than 550 brands from the US and 46 countries. I lived abroad for two years, first in Czech Republic in 2018-2019 and in Spain in 2019-2020. Her exploration of Spanish wine country has been put on hold due to a certain pandemic, but while she’s back in the States (for now), Booze has plenty to explore in her home country and even her old stomping grounds.

“My favorite restaurant is called Fiola Mare. It’s an upscale Italian seafood restaurant right in Georgetown, right on the Potomac River.” The restaurant offers a new menu every few months, but Booze recommends the Seafood Tower and seasonal cocktails. Another restaurant she loves is The Diplomat, a French restaurant that Booze says feels “like stepping into a Parisian cafe, it’s really beautiful.” They have a really great burger and snails.”

For live music lovers, fall is a great time to beat the heat and visit the Merriweather Post Pavilion. “It’s like a little bit outside of DC, but it’s great for outdoor concerts.” Another option “if you want to stay in town and have a great concert in late fall, early winter” is the 930 Club. “A lot of top performers, like A-list celebrities, come there and put on shows for a really good price.”

With the transition from summer to autumn, there is a flawless outdoor mood. “Another thing I would recommend is a sunset cruise on the Potomac. It’s nice. It’s BYOB. There is a company called Yachtsy. They have these little mini yachts that you can rent with groups of 8-10 people. You can walk around the quay before boarding the boat. I think they’re two to three hours and you just cruise past the monuments and parts of the city and they take you back to the wharf.”

You can also visit the East Market. “It’s an indoor and outdoor market selling various artworks from local vendors, local foods and fresh produce from local farms. It’s really pretty, the trees are all around the market and they are changing and there is live music.

And of course there are the classics. “Capital Hill is beautiful in the fall, the capital and the trees and the apartment buildings and Senate buildings. The oldest operating government building in the United States, the Library of Congress is beautiful on the inside. Great for pictures!”

Whether you’re a novice traveler or a travel expert, a native of the East Coast yourself or exploring a new city, we could all use a little adventure.

“If you love to travel, you can start small,” advises Booze. “You can take road trips within your state or a domestic flight to a few states just to get used to the transportation part of traveling. See how it feels, then move on to more international travel and larger trips as you become more comfortable with smaller trips.”

Now is the perfect time to tick a few boxes on your bucket list.

Culture Edition Stylecaster Chase Sapphire

Photo: Weston Wells. Design: Sasha Purdy/STYLECASTER.

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