Friday, July 15, 2011

Goodbye Midwest, Hello D.C.!

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This week, Christopher was offered an amazing job in Washington D.C. and we've decided to move there! I am on a dissertation fellowship for the next year, so this is an unusually flexible moment in my graduate career and I'm thrilled at the thought of writing my dissertation in proximity to the Library of Congress. It's bittersweet to leave good friends and an area of the country we've both loved so much, but we are both excited for the next step in our lives.
We're moving on very short notice and neither of us know the city at all so I would love any advice, suggestions, insight about living in D.C. if anyone has it. Do you know great neighborhoods to live in? Do you know any other humanities grad students who might need a dissertation buddy? What's the best bookstore in town?
Thank you so much for being the best readers on earth xoxo

141 comments:

Melanie's Randomness said...

Omg what a change!! Ohh best wishes!!! There is a blog called "Rockstar Diaries" and the charming lady lives in D.C. and posts all the time about awesome things to do there!! Have fun on your adventure!!

Melanie's Randomness

Angie said...

I am moving to DC from Oklahoma City next week. My husband is going to Georgetown Law. We are going to live in Rockville, MD for a year and then figure things out. I have heard the Silver Spring is nice too, and the commute from there is a little easier than from NOVA. It's exciting, isn't it?

KP said...

No advice, but how awesome! Good luck and good wishes!

Marisa said...

Hi Tania! This is exciting news. I'm a DC denizen and love it here. My hood, Mount Pleasant, is really adorable- farmers' market, independent bakery, lots of good Latino food, row houses, close to Rock Creek Park. Second Story Books is a great used bookstore in nearby Adams Morgan, and you should get a card and explore the massive MLK Library. Lots of neighborhoods have branch libraries (MTP does) and you can request books from other branches. Good luck with the move!

Whitney said...

DC is great fun. I know Capitol Hill is a good neighborhood - lots of good restuarants, etc. You'll be surprised at how small the city is when you start walking around it. The metro is clean and safe. There are LOTs of good universities around, so finding a study partner should be easy. As far as bookstors and the like, I'd say get on yelp.com. Good luck!

LPC said...

Heck, why not write your dissertation IN the Library of Congress? Congratulations, enjoy. (BTW, is your mother asking you when you're getting married? I'd probably do that to my kid, but maybe your mom is less annoying than I am;))

Anonymous said...

My favorite DC bookstore is Kramers Books and Afterwords at DuPont. It can get kinda crowded but is well worth it because this palce is not only an adorable bookstore but is also a DECLICIOUS 24-Hour cafe/bar/restaurant... my favorite brunch in DC. Can't beat that.

Maria said...

Congratulations on the move! I hope everything goes smoothly. :) Do you read Capitol Hill Style? Even if you don't work on The Hill, Belle is a gold mine of knowledge - I would highly recommend checking out her blog!

the other emily said...

YAY! That's so awesome! I have some friends who live in Adams Morgan and love it, so that's definitely worth checking out. And now I actually have a reason to look forward to the fast-approaching end of our European adventures. :)

Meg said...

That's exciting! Good luck with everything!

Allison said...

You will love D.C.! I interned there for a summer and loved exploring.

This was an excellent bookstore you might like to check out>> http://www.politics-prose.com/

There is also this amazing used bookstore near the Eastern Market where books line the walls from floor to ceiling..very fun to explore! http://capitolhillbooks-dc.com/chbooksdc/

Congrats on the move & new job for Christopher!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

oh my goodness, thank you for these suggestions! angie--congratulations, that's wonderful! and it is exciting (but a little scary, too :)
marisa--one of my very best friends from college is in DC for the summer and lives in mt. pleasant--i've heard incredible things about it! that's definitely one of the neighborhoods we've heard is a lot of fun. thank you!
maria--i don't, i'm going to check it out now.
and anon--thank you so much for the bookstore recs, i can't wait to check them out.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! Moving is such a pain in the ass, but it's also a great adventure! I moved from the Midwest to Seattle and back within a few years and it was exhausting. Best of luck to you.

k.rahn said...

I've spent minimal time in DC but it is such a fun place - it's such an inspiring place to be. Dupont Circle is definitely my favorite neighborhood to hang out in when I'm there. It's full of young people and lots to do. You should definitely check it out! Congratulations to Christopher on his job offer and good luck with your move!

C said...

Welcome to the nation's capital! I suggest hitting ask.metafilter.com and searching this topic - there are lots of great threads on this! Tryst in Adams Morgan is awesome for doing work, having a good coffee and awesome people watching. Also, dont't overlook living in the Clarendon neighborhood in Arlington - it's super close to DC, and a great 'hood for young folks. Good luck with the move.

Emily said...

Welcome to the east coast!! This is so exciting!
-Emily in Philly

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♥B said...

Wow! congrats on taking such a brave move :) You will only be a short train ride from NYC and so many other east coast lovelies! xo

With Love From Michigan

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Kelly said...

Congrats. Good luck with the move ... look forward to some outfit shots infront of the White House!

Kelly @
Elegantly Academic

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

Allison, that bookstore sounds amazing, thank you!

LPC--ha, I might end up doing that! and yes, my mother does ask about marriage :) but she knows christopher and i adore each other and are very committed to one another, and we'll figure out marriage when we're ready :)

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Chrissy (The New Me) said...

How exciting! I have no tips for DC, but I will be sharing your thrills by moving across the country. We're about to make the trek from Texas to North Carolina so I can start an MFA program in creative writing. I'm excited, even though I've never actually been in North Carolina. :)

Best of luck! I am sure you will have a wonderful time!

Yours Truly said...

Hooray! I moved to DC last summer and I absolutely love it :)

Columbia heights is near Adams Morgan/Mount Pleasant and is a pretty good and somewhat affordable place to live. DC is small and neighborhoods that are "transitioning" (read: gentrifying) are all crammed together. The result is that many neighborhoods can vary in character from one side of the street to the other. The most expensive places to live are probably in the Logan Circle/Dupont Circle areas, which are really fun for restaurants, yoga studios, furniture stores and the like, but again, are around $3,000 for a two bedroom :-/.

My advice: check out Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant, Columbia Heights, Cleveland Park (a little further on the redline, near the zoo). Try Eastern Market as well! It's a great area for farmers markets/flea markets/coffee shops. Might be harder to find an apartment vs. a house, but it's a really fun neighborhood.

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academic librarian said...

de-lurking to say congrats! (and I love your blog!!) - I did my undergraduate work in DC and worked there again right after graduate school(although I now work in Baltimore)...here's three recommendations:

Tryst - the best coffee shop ever for studying and people-watching: http://www.trystdc.com/

Second Story Books in Dupont Circle - LPs and books!
http://www.secondstorybooks.com/

Dukem Restaurant - for the best Ethiopian food in DC's Little Ethiopia (U Street corridor). You can't live in DC without trying it at least once! http://dukemrestaurant.com/

AM said...

I hope you enjoy DC! It is a fun place. My favorite neighborhoods are Columbia Heights, U Street/14th Street, Takoma DC and Takoma Park, MD (right next to each other), downtown Silver Spring (actually in MD but close to DC and metro-accessible), Mount Pleasant (cute but kind of far from metro), and Bloomingdale (again, nice but far from metro). As for bookstores, I like Second Story books (Dupont Circle- 20th & P sts) and Busboys and Poets (14th & V sts). For doing work/people watching, my favorite spot is Sticky Fingers Bakery, a vegan cafe/bakery in Columbia Heights on 14th & Park sts.

Kristin said...

Congratulations!! I moved to DC from the midwest almost 3 years ago and it has been a GREAT experience. I would definitely tell you to live somewhere close to a metro station. There are great areas in VA (Arlington, Ballston, Old Town Alexandria), in DC (Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights, Capital Hill, Cleveland Park, Friendship Heights...), and in MD (Bethesda and Silver Spring). This is definitely a great place to live if you study humanities! Best of luck!

WrongTeacup said...

I'm leaving the Midwest for DC as well! I start grad school at the end of August. I'm looking to live in Mt. Pleasant or Columbia Heights. I know quite a few people who have lived there and they've loved it. There are tons of twenty-somethings in that area and no shortages of things to do!

Adrienne said...

I live in D.C. and work at a university here. Hands down, the best bookstore is Politics and Prose on Connecticut Ave. Also, the Library of Congress reading room is stunning; I'm sure it will be a very inspiring space in which to work on your dissertation. Good luck with the move and I love your blog!

Eclectic Flair said...

CONGRATS to Christopher on the great job offer! How exciting! Can't wait to hear all about your new adventures in DC!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Lyndsay! said...

DC is a great city and there is nothing like the east coast. Enjoy it!

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Ana* said...

Congratulations!

Linda (little tin soldier) said...

Tania, this is so exciting! Best of luck in the move, Christopher's new job, and your writing!

I am a VA native and I am thrilled you are moving to DC. There are tons of neighborhoods (both city and suburb). Most of my friends who work in DC commute. Rent will be less expensive for you in the 'burbs like Alexandria, Reston, Fairfax Station. I have to echo a previous commenter and highly recommend living near a Metro station. The Metro will get you where you want to go because traffic is usually horrible on I-95, the Beltway, etc. Some DC bloggers I know are Rosa (rosalovesdc.tumblr.com), Tara (littlegirlbigcloset.com) and Angela (notesfromdressingroom.blogspot.com).

I hope this helps! xo

ssm said...

Congratulations! I've been trying to convince my husband to move from C-U and Seattle to DC for twelve years now, so I am green with envy right now.

Lauren said...

I can't believe you're coming to the DC area - soooo exciting!! I would recommend staying on the VA side of the city - just a personal preference :). I have a bias against Maryland - even though I have family there.

AND make sure you get out to the suburbs/countryside aka, Warrenton :). We have a great main street!

Also, be prepared for LOTS of traffic - it can seriously take 2 hours to go five miles sometimes...Metro will be your best friend, if you live in the city!

portlandize.com said...

Congrats! I also don't know anything about D.C., but looking forward to hearing more about it!

Deena said...

Congrats to you & Christopher!! I live in DC in a lovely little neighborhood called Glover Park, which is behind the Russian Embassy. It's an easy bus ride to Dupont (20 mins) and is full of leafy trees, cute dogs, and friendly people. It's not right on the Metro (2 miles to Woodley Park metro stop), which means rents are slightly cheaper than the neighborhoods which are right on the metro. I'd be happy to help you sift through Craigslist postings & such if you'd like a hand, and would love to meet up with you sometime to browse at a bookstore! Cheers!

bookwormss said...

I've never posted before but just had to chime in. I moved to DC from MSU three years ago and have lived in totally different areas of the city. I've lived in Adam's Morgan twice, H Street/NY Ave area, and Columbia Heights. I'd suggest looking in Mt. Pleasant/ColHeights/AdMo. All three of those areas are great and are very walkable neighborhoods and close to public transportation. I was fine living around H Street but wouldn't really recommend it for people not familiar with the city.

Capitol Hill/Eastern Market is a great area as well. I'd avoid Potomac Ave Metro and anything east of there, especially since you're not too familiar with the city. Logan Circle/Dupont/U street is great but will be pretty expensive.

I absolutely LOVE living in DC (Adam's Morgan) because everything is so walkable and most of the NW neighborhoods are great. I literally am a 3-4 minute walk from Tryst and Second Story Books (mentioned above).

Please please live in the city and not NOVA/MD!

Deena said...

By the way--yes, it's very convenient to live by a Metro, but the buses here are great, too, and Metro isn't the only way to get around! Just wanted to pipe up and put it out there. Living in the suburbs can mean dealing with long waits for trains on the weekends. VA and MD are equally nice, though. :)

Kiki's Corner said...

That sounds super exciting :)

Wish you the best of luck :)

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Renee said...

congrats on the big move! as a biker, you're going to fall in love with the city... and i agree with the many others who are warning you to stay near to the metro!

-renee
www.bettycrockettrocknroll.blogspot.com

Jen said...

Congrats Tania! I live in DC for five years (college and one year of working) and loved it. I absolutely loved living in the Capitol Hill/Eastern Market area after college, it is a great neighborhood and a really cool part of town. I would also recommend looking at Adams morgan, dupont circle, Georgetown and if you are looking to live outside DC, old town Alexandria.

Alisha said...

Tania, that so soooo exciting! Congrats to you and Christopher!

Kayla said...

Huge congrats! It's gonna be such an exciting adventure!

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Jen said...

And you have to try chop't as soon as you get there, it is so awesome I can't even begin to explain it. Feel free to email me if you have any specific questions about DC and I'll do my best to answer-- DC has a special place in my heart and you will love it! My email is jennieclairejewelryatgmaildotcom

Laura said...

Ah! this just made my morning! I'm a DC native too. My rec is to stay in the city. Yes the suburbs are sometimes cheaper but Metro can be really sucky on weekends and driving is just not fun. Living in the city allows you to be in the middle of it all. It takes 30 mins to get into the city even from the close suburbs.

Anyway - welcome! DC is excited to have you!

gina said...

Congrats on the job and move!

DC is a great place. I lived there for a few years after college. My biggest piece of advice: live near a metro stop. Traffic is awful and the metro doesn't really cover the area as completely as in some other cities, so make sure your home is very very close to a metro station, otherwise getting around will be a real pain.

Adams Morgan is a fun place. So is the U street corridor. Arlington and Alexandria (right across the river in Virginia) are nice urban neighborhoods, even though they're technically outside of the city.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

i am overwhelmed with all your sweet comments and suggestions! thank you so so so much; i am deeply grateful for your well wishes and nuggets of insight.
academic librarian--thank you so much for de-lurking and the incredible suggestions; i can't wait to check them out.
wrongteacup--what program are you going to/where? that's so exciting!
linda, thank you! we are actually planning on selling our car when we get there because we are both such bicycle addicts, so it's good to get reinforcement that traffic is lame :)
deena--i would LOVE that! thank you so much; we should be in touch soon.
bookwormss--thank you for the suggestions; you are definitely echoing what my friends and family around DC have told us. we are planning on biting the bullet on rent and being in the city because commuting sounds like a pain and we both want to be able to ride our bikes everywhere and be in the middle of things. i am a city girl, so i can't help it. maybe we will run into each other in a bookstore?
jen--thank you thank you! you are so kind to offer to help! do you still live there?

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

laura--thank you! that comment is so sweet, it makes me more excited (and less nervous) to move knowing there are such sweet, wonderful people out there!

Carolina Girl in the City said...

Congratulations on the move! DC is wonderful. I would move back in a heartbeat. The best bookstore in town is certainly Kramers Books and Afterwards in Dupont Circle (on the red line). They also have yummy food and music/performances in the evenings.

My advice about which neighborhood to live in depends really on where Christopher is teaching/working and if you'll have a car. If yes to the car, then I might suggest living in NOVA or MD (or close MD on the red line) for parkings' sake. If no car, and you'll both be in the heart of DC for work/disserating writing, I would suggest Adams Morgan, Mt Pleasant, Columbia Heights, U Street, and Petworth. All are awesome NW neighborhoods. Petworth (where I used to live) is "up in coming" in the true sense of the phrase so some parts are much safer than others. But this is true of DC and all big cities in general.

Also, there are about a million awesome DC-area bloggers. You should definitely check some of them out if you don't already.

Congrats again! How exciting! Us East Coasters are pretty sure its the best :)

Lexie, Little Boat said...

congrats, tania! i am a little bummed you're leaving me just as i move back to IL, but super excited to hear about your DC adventures!

cogscipixie said...

Arlington, and the Del Rey neighborhood are really great places to live near the Metro (The BEST Metro in the country!). There are so many cute shops in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and Old Town Alexandria. Have a blast!

Hannah said...

Congrats!! I live in the DC area so this is quite exciting!! You obviously have been given a lot of advice, but I'll throw in my two cents:

First, definitely try to pick a place that is metro-accessible. This town is awful when it comes to traffic, and most of the drivers are jerks. Plus the metro is great.

I've lived here for 2 years. As I am also a grad student I can't really afford to live in the District, but if I could I personally would live somewhere a little more eclectic than the normal Adams Morgan or Dupont Circle. I have friends that have great apartments on U street and on Capital Hill.

If you decide to live out of the district I recommend Arlington (that's where I live) - anywhere near the Rosslyn/Courthouse/Clarendon area is pretty quick to get into DC. My boyfriend and I live near Rosslyn. It takes him about 20 minutes to get to work on the Mall, including walking. Honestly, it will take you longer than that if you live in Dupont Circle or Adams Morgan. Arlington doesn't have as much character as DC, but it's not a bad place to live either.

Bridget said...

Wow--how incredibly exciting for the both of you! :)

I had a chance to see the Library of Congress for the first time this May, and my goodness, it was stunning. Just---incredible. The Hall of Gems at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is also top-notch, I highly recommend it.

Hannah said...

Oh, and I must second Carolina Girl's comment above...if you have a car keep in mind that a parking is an issue!! Even in the suburbs it can be an extra $100/month for a spot. Insane!

RaHow said...

I am moving there, too! My fiance got a job at the Department of Justice and will be moving there in October and I will be following in December!

Congrats to you and Christopher. It would be great to meet up when we get there!

Kaitlyn said...

Just wanted to say, you must be so excited (and I'm jealous!). I've never been to DC, but I did want to let you know one of my favourite bloggers, College Prep, goes to school at Georgetown in Washington. She blogs about tons of DC-related things, and you might find some tips and ideas in her archives/future posts! Her blog is www.thecollegeprepster.com. Enjoy the move! :)

Courtney Erin said...

I lived there for a few months a few years back while I was researching my dissertation at the Folger and I still pop back in to look at manuscripts every few months - it's a fabulous place!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

RK said...

Congratulations Tania! I can't offer much advice on DC as a Canadian but it looks like a fun place.

Mel said...

How exciting! I live in Boston, but I have so many friends who are flocking to DC. My good friend lives on H Street, and she recommends pretty much everything. Her blog, Dating DC, has some great reviews of places that she frequents. Shoot her an email and I'm sure she'd overwhelm you with suggestions!

Check her out here: http://datingdc.wordpress.com/

Good luck!

- Mel

Kendi Lea said...

Had my finger crossed for Texas, but DC is fine too.

This comment won't be helpful at all because I went to DC when I was in 2nd grade and in 8th on a school trip. I guess you can't live at the Natural History Museum, huh? Because that's the only thing I remember.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!

I love your blog but I don't think I've ever really commented before. Really admire your personal style. I've lived in DC my whole life and love it here.

There are a few local blogs you should check out:

www.dcist.com - THE major DC happenings blog

www.princeofpetworth.com - A neighborhood blog that does a "Good Deal or Not" Rental post about once a day. This is probably a great place for you to start looking for apartments and seeing what price ranges are reasonable.

In terms of apartment hunting: My advice is really think about Christopher's commute and maybe try it out before committing to a place. A lot of apartments will claim to be commuter/public transit friendly when they are really not, especially when you get out into the suburbs.

I've lived in three different apartments in the four years I've lived in DC after college (two one bedrooms with a now ex boyfriend and one two bedroom with a roommate) so I have a lot of experience in the apartment hunt (my personal preference is for older buildings on the outskirts of downtown with charm and sweeping floor plans -- they tend to be a little less desirable on the market than newer apartments because they often lack building amenities like gyms and usually have teeny tiny kitchens, but they are just fine for me)

I'm going to offer my email if you have specific questions - o w l e t t 2 2 (at) g m a i l . c o m

Raquelita said...

Congratulations to Christopher on the awesome job! Good luck with the move and embarking on a new adventure!

Anonymous said...

Best bookstore in town -- Politics and Prose, without a doubt.

http://www.politics-prose.com/

They have a speaking event every night or almost every night and are a wonderful independently owned book store.

Angela said...

No advice or suggestions from me... haven't been to DC since a family trip in 8th grade... :)

CONGRATULATIONS! What an exciting move for you two! :)

Whitney said...

I'm excited for you--and super jealous that you'll be that close to the Library of Congress!

I love DC and I think you will, too! I can't wait for you to post pictures!

SoFashionistica said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip! Be sure to fill us in on all the exciting new friends and adventures you have while living in D.C.!

Carolyn said...

Congratulations on the big move! I just relocated from NC to Chicago, so I completely understand it's an exciting (albeit stressful) time!

Do you by chance read Sydney's blog (The Daybook)? If not, she's an adorable fashion blogger and I think she and her hubby are gearing up to move to DC soon too!

Good luck, I'm sure you'll love it there :)

Elena said...

Congratulations! What an exciting change :-D I've never been to DC but have heard so many positive things about living there---sure you'll love it!

bookwormss said...

Oh, just wanted to add something in re: to biking. I bike to work from Adam's Morgan a couple times a week and it takes me about 20 minutes to go about two miles. (I work in the Treasury Department, right by the White House.)So biking in from the more northern parts of town is definitely doable.

The bus lines are also really great for getting you downtown.

Betsy said...

Congratulations! I'm no help with DC things, but I do know it's very fun to visit!

Evie said...

Congratulations to both of you!

Someone mentioned The Tryst -- yes, yes, yes. Best coffee shop ever. Also check out Kramerbooks & Afterwords - a staple among local book lovers.

Beware of all the cupcake places. They'll suck you in, and you'll never get out.

Get excited for all the bike trails in the area! The bike ride down to Mount Vernon is amazing, especially in the fall.

And are people working on scholarly articles eligible for the coveted dissertation buddy position? ;)

BernsB said...

CONGRATS!

I recieved my BA and MA in archaeology/anthropology/classics from GWU...you'll definitely find other hummanities buffs out there!

I stayed for grad school there for a reson!

The metro is one of the greatest things in the world, and biking is often easy. Having a car CAN be terrible sometimes. Think about your commutes when you pick a place. There are a lot of great litte neighborhoods in the district and in VA, too.

You're going to have a great time!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

evie--yes, oh yes!! anyone tortured by writing would be a wonderful companion! i have such great writing buddies here, i know i'll need some writing company/kvetching when i get there. i would love love love to meet up!

emily witt said...

I'm just about to leave DC for a new job in San Francisco but I have loved living here. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as well. I actually volunteered at the LOC for a while and it is just as amazing collection. Here are my DC tips:

Best Neighborhood to live in: Mount Pleasant or Columbia Heights (If you want to increase your chances of getting a really nice place for not a lot of money though, I'd suggest looking in the H-St corridor/Atlas District)

Best Coffeeshop: Big Bear Cafe

Best Smithsonian: National Portrait Gallery (their exhibits are excellently curated and incredibly interesting in surprising ways.)

Best Restaurant(s): Oyamel (and really any Jose Andreas restaurant) and Rasika

Best DC-chain/lunch spot: Sweetgreen

Best hipster-by-day-yuppie-by-night-bar: American Ice Company

Best (and maybe only) flea market: Eastern Market

Best semi-arthouse-movie-theater: E St Cinema

I hope you enjoy DC! I'm sad to leave it but pretty excited for my next new adventure too.

Katy Rose said...

Tania - How exciting and nerve wrecking all at once. I can so see you fitting in with the DC vibe. And while I have friends that live there I have no idea about the good places to live. At least there are plenty of landmarks to work as background shots for your outfit pics. Good luck with all the move details. Can't wait to follow this new part of your adventure. - Katy

Malin Hu said...

I adore your blog and have been content to lurk around here, but, since this is now my fifth year of residence in the District of Columbia, I thought I would ramble about it for a bit!

I would echo all of the recommendations for Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant/Adams Morgan for somewhere to live: they're all very exciting neighbourhoods that are least within the realm of affordability, if still quite expensive (cost of living is expensive across the board in DC): I live in a studio apartment and pay ~$1100/month in rent. Living out in the suburbs, whether in Maryland or Virginia, can be considerably cheaper, but I have found that this is only a feasible option if you have a car.

As far as bookstores are concerned, Bridge Street Books in Georgetown is a wonderful place to spend both time and money, and it is only a few blocks away from shopping on M Street besides! Second Story Books and Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle are also lovely places to go.

Meagan P said...

I don't know DC, but I love that one of your need-to-know items is the best bookstore in town. A gal after my own heart! I hope you have a lot of fun trying them all & finding your favorite. bon voyage!

Mel said...

Congrats Tania!! What an exciting time in your life! I wish you the best with the move. And I hope you love DC!!

Mel

Alison said...

That's so exciting! My dad actually works at the Library of Congress -- it's an incredible place and you HAVE to go check out the reading rooms, they will blow your mind.

I just went to a reading at Politics & Prose a couple weeks ago and it was a really cool place, so I second whoever said that.

Also, if I actually lived in the city instead of an hour-ish drive away, I'm pretty sure I would never ever leave the (free!) zoo, but maybe that's just me.

kelsey williams said...

big things! congrats!!!

Gemma said...

That's wonderful news! Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

How exciting! Congrats!

Dee

Anonymous said...

Welcome to DC!! I currently live here and love it. Some of my favorite places to camp out and get work done include Tryst coffee house in Adams Morgan, Chinatown Coffee in Chinatown and the National Portrait Gallery atrium.

I've lived all over the city, capitol hill is one of my favorites and you can still find relatively affordable places to live by H street. Otherwise I'd say U Street, logan circle and Columbia Heights are the other fun spots to live. Lots to do!

Good sources of info are the DCist and We Love DC blogs

Best of luck with your move!

megannielsen said...

Since we've already chatted heaps about this i just want to say...

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!! so excited!!!

Also i just remembered , you should sign up for the DC FABB list so you know what blogger events are coming up http://dcfabb.wordpress.com/ and http://groups.google.com/group/dc-fashion--beauty-bloggers-dc-fabb

Kerri said...

If you don't already read Rockstar Diaries, you should check it out. Naomi and her family live in DC and she is always writing about different adventures they go on. I'm sure she wouldn't mind giving you some advice, either! Good Luck with your move. :)

MorningSprite said...

I live in DC and I love, love, love it here! I live in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA (Inside the beltway), and right next to Old Town Alexandria. Old Town has sweet antique stores, super cute consignment shops, and the awesome yarn shop where I work on the weekends.

I hope you love it here, and I can't wait to read all of your posts about fashion in the District!

Berni said...

That's awesome!! Congratulations and the best of luck to both of you! :)

Miss Bibliophile said...

How exciting! And what a perfect picture for this post!

just my style said...

Best Wishes! First time commenter... I just had to say that the pic in this post is perfection! What a greast keepsake for this new adventure in your lives. Best to you both!

Louise, For Sentimental Reasons said...

Oh my goodness I am so excited for you Tania! Also to live vicariously through your blogging because D.C. is my favourite city on earth!!! Good luck :)

Jeanni said...

This year's only gonna be my second year at AU there, but my recommendation is just get on the metro and explore, it's the only way to get out of your comfort zone and find the places you'll love. I love the area by Metro Center for just walking and enjoying.
Congrats to you both!

So Yeah So said...

I don't know much about DC because I haven't been since middle school, but this awesome blogger lives there. She's super smart and awesome.
http://www.oisercage.com/

Stephanie said...

Oh my word, how exciting!!!! I love DC and would move there in an instant! Can't wait to hear about the new adventure!

Halle said...

Ditto on the Afterwords in Dupont - great chocolate cake late at night. Speaking of the Library of Congress, it's really easy to get a reader card there, so you should take full advantage of it. Go down to the lower level in the Madison Building and it takes 5 minutes. Definitely worth it, even if it's just to say that you have a library card to the Library of Congress.

Cat said...

Congrats to Christopher! I loooooove DC, and spent nine months there in 2008. I lived in the Tenleytown area (I went to American for the semester on exchange) and it's a great little area. There are lots of local restaurants (if you're ever in Tenleytown, check out Steak & Eggs for breakfast!). Friendship Heights is the next stop on the Red Line, and there is a nice shopping area there (J.Crew, Gap, Bloomies, etc...). It's a student area, so there are also bars and things. And probably lots of study buddies!

The Upper Northwest is wonderful, in my opinion. I had some friends who lived right behind the Hill--surprisingly, there were some dangerous parks, and even that close to the Capitol people got mugged at night. But I never had that experience in the Northwest.

As a few others have mentioned, Adams Morgan is pretty trendy. Lots of restaurants and bars.

A note on the Library of Congress: there are special requirements to be able to enter the actual library part. Since you're doing postgraduate research, you may qualify. But I seem to remember that you have to have evidence such as notes from your Professor, etc... or maybe they've relaxed some of that?

Good luck, and I hope you love DC!

Claire Girodie said...

You'll love it! It feels more like a group of big villages than a big city!
I am 30min north from Baltimore, and will be a grad student (MFA) at College Park in August ;D

christa said...

congrats tania! i hope it's a good move for you (like the actual traveling part). can't wait to see your dc style unfold.
enSTYLEpedia

Anonymous said...

Has anyone mentioned Busboy & Poets? They have spoken word nights/poetry reading, great food, coffee and drinks, and even a little bookstore. I think you would love it there! Several locations around the metro area, there is one on U Street & 14th and another one closer to Chinatown. Enjoy! xo

Catie said...

I don't live in DC, but I have to join the chorus in favor of Kramerbooks. On a visit last spring, the woman working at the counter struck up an awesome conversation with my boyfriend and I about Latin American literature and recalled the title of a book I'd been wanting to read based on the extremely vague description I gave her. The staff is very nice and very knowledgeable. And the brunch at Afterwords Cafe is to die for!

kristin said...

I, too, was going to suggest you hit up Naomi from Rockstar Diaries (also on twitter as lovetaza). People solicit her for advice regularly, and she always seems willing to oblige. I'm sure she wouldn't mind a few questions (or several) from you. Best of luck to you both -- and congratulations!

kristin said...

Btw, with which school was he offered a position?

Julie Del said...

How exciting!! Good luck with the move!

Julie Del @ J.Bird

Diana Smith said...

WOW how amazing! That sounds like so much fun to pack up and move! Good luck and safe travels!

Tiffany W said...

i got to American University in DC!
go shopping in Georgetown! and make sure you stop by Georgetown Cupcakes for the most AMAZING cupcakes.
Dupont Circle is fun
and Adams Morgan has the best ethnic shops! there's a tibetan shop there that is so cute!

Rose said...

Congrats and good luck in DC!

Kristin said...

That's so exciting! Can't wait to hear more about the new adventure! Best part of it is... NEW OUTFIT PICTURE LOCATIONS! lol. ;)

Mary said...

Bookstores: I live in Chicago, but a good friend of mine has been living and working in DC for a few years; every time I visit we hit up a new bookstore ...
I heartily agree with the nomination of Politics & Prose - extensive, homey, bright, with a cafe downstairs! Also, the oldest used bookstore in the US is in the n'hood of Capitol Hill (close to that awesome burger place ...). I can't remember the name, but it was a lovely two-story browse!

Deena said...

Sorry to be so comment-happy...but I also wanted to tell you about Capital Bikeshare: http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/ Good stuff!

Since you're from the Midwest and know how to handle winters (which are mostly pathetic here in comparison except during Snowpocalypses and such), if you end up living farther from a Metro station, you can always bike over. :)

Cheers, Deena
email address for helping you look through Craigslist, any advice re: DC I can help with, an open invite for you and Christopher to come over for a home-cooked meal when you've arrived: deena dot loeffler at gmail dot com

Good luck!

Allie said...

Congrats to your boyfriend, and how exciting you get to go, too! I am also moving to DC in August, and recently did the apartment search. My needs are very different from yours since I must have my car for my new job, but Eastern Market in Capitol Hill is where a lot of my friends live and it is so cute and walkable. Good luck with your apartment search!

tasty moog said...

congrats! capitol hill books has already been recommended, and go to belga cafe nearby for yummy belgian waffles!

let me know if youever take day trips to philly!

ps please excuseany typos as i am typing one-handed (fell of my bike yesterday, arm is in a splint).

tasty moog said...

pps: so glad to hear you are living in the city and getting rid of the car. NOVA sprawl is hell on earth.

ann's daughter said...

I second Yours Truly's neighborhood pics. And Arlington isn't all bad - I have lived on the Orange metro line on several occasions and, while it's a little bland to look at, it's a really convenient place to live.

As for books! There are tons of great used bookstores in the Eastern Market/Capitol Hill area, and I've also been known to browse through Kramerbooks several times and buy a few things while waiting for brunch. Politics and Prose can't be missed either. Enjoy DC! I love it here.

Amy said...

Congrats! I'm actually leaving DC for Texas soon, but I love your blog and I'm excited to see what you do in DC. :) I love your sense of style!

Some great neighborhoods to live in are Van Ness, Cleveland Park, American University Park, Glover Park, around the Cathedral, and Columbia Heights. This is a nice little neighborhood description (http://www.washingtonpost.com/real-estate/neighborhoods/index.html) And if you're going the criagslist route don't trust it when they say that places are close to the metro, look it up on google maps or something.

My favorite bookstore is down in Eastern Market, I don't remember what it's called. But I've gotten a couple free books from the owner, he gets most of his books from Estate Sales and the store has books EVERYWHERE.

Good luck in DC!

S.E.Minegar said...

Are you jumping from IN to DC?

Sarah said...

Congratulations on the job and a flexible dissertation schedule! I'm a child of the NOVA suburbs, not the city itself, so any of my suggestions wouldn't be as cool as the previous commenters. BUT I will say welcome to the area - it's a great place and I hope you love it here. My folks are native Chicagoans, but have come to embrace their Washingtonian life.

Laura said...

Hi Tania,
I've been in the DC area for 8 years and LOVE it. So glad you're coming! I have lots of housing advice, but rather than put it all here, please e-mail me if you want to hear it (laurad(dot)mail(at)gmail(dot)com). A lot of the neighborhoods mentioned already are fantastic, but also pretty pricey. If you are willing to share your housing budget maybe I can give more specific advice. Also, what sort of housing situation are you looking for (apartment, group house where you and Christopher share a bedroom and then share the rest of the house with others, or house on your own—which is totally possible if you go just a bit further out of the city).

Other need-to-know info: second/vintage clothing shops! Suzie Creamcheese in Georgetown, Mustard Seed in Betheda, Black-Eyed Susie’s in Columbia Heights, Frugalista in Mt. Pleasant …just to name a few! And, of course Goodwills all over the place (best ones are in Arlington and Bethesda, I think).

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

tasty moog--i'm with you. i think some people prefer more space over a long commute, but i am definitely the opposite. plus i hate having to own a car, i secretly can't wait to get rid of ours, if we can.
laura--thanks for the secondhand info! i'm excited to check out your suggestions.

e. said...

I live in Alexandria and I LOVE it, but wouldn't recommend it to anyone without a car. The Old Town area is very cool, but overpriced IMO. Also, I wouldn't recommend Alexandria if you want the artsy, cool vibe. Adams Morgan is a cool area and so is Cleveland Park. The Capital Hill area is very up-and-coming as well. Arlington is chocked-full of young professionals and SLIGHTLY less expensive than living in the district. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT live in deep Southeast unless you have a death wish. Best of luck with the move!

Emma said...

I'm not from there, but I wrote a story about a foodie-inspired vacation to DC, and my favorite spot to write about was Comet Ping Pong. It's a pizzeria-slash-ping-pong-palace and it's supposed to be delectable! And locally-sourced/green/sustainable, so that's fun too.

You should meet up with Sydney of The Day Book...she and her hubby are moving to that area too!

(And congrats to your BF on the new job. That's so exciting!)

kb said...

moving to dc? welcome! it's wonderful. i've been here for about 5 years and lived in 3 different areas. each has been wonderful in its own way :) ps. the library of congress does awesome tours if you get a chance to go!

rice! said...

welcome to DC!! i am a (masters) student here in DC in library science!
neighborhoods:
-mount pleasant
-adams morgan (certain parts)
-shaw
-columbia heights

minerrva said...

Hi there,
I'd like to put in another plug for Del Ray, Alexandria. It's inside the Beltway and close to a Metro station (Braddock Road) so you can get into DC easily.
And you can get a two-bedroom for cheaper than in DC proper. Plus there are more older townhouses with cute porches/patios/backyards. Del Ray and nearby Old Town Alexandria have good coffeeshops to work in (Misha's in Old Town, St Elmo's in Del Ray). I've been finding good deals at a consignment shop in Old Town called Currents Boutique.

Also I am a humanities prof (English lit) living in the area, so if you have academia-specific questions feel free to contact me.
minerrvas at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I recently visited DC and fell in love with Founding Farmers in Foggy Bottom (so delicious and fantastic cocktails-- I'm obsessed with their fried green tomatoes), and the cupcakes at Baked and Wired in Georgetown. Good luck on your move!

CC said...

Welcome! All these kids have way trendier suggestions than I can offer (I live in the 'burbs because of my job, and the hubby commutes by bike to the metro to get to DC). Rent is significantly cheaper away from the city, but traffic is a beast! We hang out in Bethesda/Silver Spring a lot. I hope you manage to find a cute place that suits your nerdy needs!

Kate said...

How exciting! You can TOTALLY do it, even on a short time frame.

I'm a social science grad student from CA who also just moved out here for a (funded) year of dissertation research - if you need another writing buddy to keep you honest/working, I'd love to volunteer!

I'd echo the ColumbiaHeights/Petworth/Mt. Pleasant chorus. I'm in a short term silver spring sublet, and it just doesn't have any character or much walkability, and it's too far to bike into the district regularly. I lived in Alexandria for a year after college, but want to stay in the district this time around. In Alexandria, Del Ray and Old Town are both much more bikeable to DC along the bike trail right by the Potomac, but I'm looking for a house share in the city.

Some good coffee shops: Filter, by Dupont, Qualia in Petworth, and Peregrine Espresso by Capitol Hill. I'm still exploring best places to work while still being caffinated/wifi'd. I also have a long, long list of cheapish food places I want to check out.

My email is kate.blakeley@gmail.com is you want to get in touch.

Kate

Erin said...

Wow so many comments already but I had to drop by and say hello! I grew up near DC and now live closer to Baltimore (MD)... I second the Silver Spring folks - great place to live. Also, I have a friend who lives on Scott Circle and that seems to be really centrally located! You'll love it I'm sure! I've always wanted to live in DC, just never had the chance to :)

Good luck and happy packing!!

karissajoelle said...

Yay! I love D.C.!

Sorry, I don't have time to read all the comments, so I'm sure all my recommendations have already been mentioned, but then you'll just know they're really great, right? :)

Kramerbooks & Afterwords is my favorite bookstore...mostly because it has the most wonderful cafe with the best flourless chocolate cake in the world. It has this cute little spot where you can look over the bookstore and it's all just so great. Politics & Prose is also a lovely little bookstore.

Make sure to get to Eastern Market often.

There's a street in Adams Morgan with the most incredible stretch of ethnic restaurants. Just the best. Maybe 18th St.?

There's really nothing better than sitting with a book under a tree on the Mall in the spring.

You are moving to such a wonderful city and I'm a little jealous I'm not doing the same again! Enjoy!

C said...

a million years ago I lived near Adams Morgan..it was transitional then, but now probably more $$$...I would figure out where you need to commute TO and find a place to live that way. Driving and parking right in DC during the work week is a pain. It is great to have the Metro (and Metro buses) and to be able to go to the National Gallery; the Smithsonian, the Zoo...glad to hear from your commenters that Kramer Books is still there...it was good a million years ago too. Winter will be milder...though lately there is sure a lot of snow everywhere.

Daisy Parade said...

I go to D.C a lot because my sister lives in the area. Whenever I stay down there, I actually stay in Virginia. Usually Alexandria. It's absolutely beautiful there and not a bad drive into D.C. The are a ton of great restaurants and shops.

When you're in D.C, make sure to head over to the Newseum! It's lovely. Don't be afraid of the touristy attractions. D.C has a lot to offer!

Chrissy said...

NOVA's great, but the commute is awful. I'd aim for living in DC. Some close friends live in Capitol Hill/Eastern Market, and they love it.

Definitely check out Capitol Hill Books! Quirky and crammed with all sorts of used books...it's an experience more than a bookstore, but you have to try it.

Welcome (when you arrive) to the area!! :D

aimee said...

Wow, so exciting! I've lived in DC for the past 8 years and it's awesome. I recommend living on Capitol Hill, or in Mt Pleasant or Cleveland Park. Be as near to a metro as possible. Also, I work at the Library of Congress if you need any research help!

Sam said...

Best bookstore in the city (and it's a used bookstore, too!) - Capitol Hill Books, right by Eastern Market (amazing neighborhood). It doesn't have any of the frills and gimmicks of all the other used bookstores in the city. It's just an old rowhouse, owned by a cranky and hilarious man, filled to capacity with books. Every single crevice is stuffed with books, including the bathroom (the foreign language section). You'll find some amazing stuff too (a signed book of Ray Bradbury poetry for $10, a sci-fi novel written by William Shatner).

Lily M said...

Hey! I'm a student at the University of Maryland, and I go into DC all of the time. DC is really amazing, and there are so many great places to visit there, from Columbia Heights to Chinatown to U Street. The metro is the main form of transportation there; it's a godsend, extremely clean, and will take you pretty much anywhere you need to go. Definitely check out Georgetown (Foggy Bottom metro stop), the home of Georgetown Cupcakes and an overall really neat shopping/dining area. Awesome bookstore right outside of the Dupont Circle metro stop, but there's nothing like just taking your computer and doing work inside of the National Gallery of Art. DC is such a treasure, congratulations and enjoy

hanner said...

this is my first time to this blog (just stumbled upon it... from i don't know where?) but my husband and i moved to capitol hill from northern VA last year and haven't looked back. there is a time and a place for suburbia and i hope it's not now for you! i interned at the LOC (i just finished my master's in museum studies at GW) and it's fabulous. lots of great resources in the city for a grad student, and the museums are free and top-notch. good luck!

Caitlin said...

I'll also be moving to the DC area in the fall as part of a fellowship in which I'll be working in Congress while collecting dissertation data (I'm a PhD candidate in Poli Sci). I'm very anxious about the move and hoping everything goes smoothly so I can only imagine what you're going through given the short notice of your move. Best of luck!

Vivian said...

Your moving to my city! How great! I've seen that someone has mentioned Kramerbooks and I just want to step up and reiterate it is the best! They always have good books out and many of them. And it has a cool bar restaurant attached to it. My friends and I have spent many a night hanging out at the bar and its always great b/c if they're running late you can spend time wandering around the bookstore and whats better than that?!
In my opinion Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan are the coolest neighborhoods to hang out in oh and Columbia heights... such good food! And they're all walking/ short biking distance to each other and easy to get to on the metro.I'm so excited my city is getting such a cool person. I hope you like it!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

Caitlin--let me know if you ever want to grab lunch around the Capitol someday--I'm going to be down in the L of C a lot!
Aimee--Yes, I would love your help! What's the best way to get in touch?

And thank you all so so so so so much again for all your suggestions. I made up a giant spreadsheet of all the cool places and have been checking them out bit by bit. I am so grateful for your help! XOXOXOXO

Ade said...

i am just aching to leave my current grad school city for DC.. and i LOVE all the suggestions and positivity in this thread. makes me super excited all over again :)

Ade said...

Oops.. and: one of my absolute *favorite* DC things I've found online is the WaPo SceneIn series where Alexandra Garcia goes to different neighborhoods and profiles the style scene. These videos blow.me.away. They're impeccably filmed and I think they're totally fun to get an idea of some different neighborhoods!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/artsandliving/scene-in/

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