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Best of DC Blogs: What to Follow When You're New to Town

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016

If you're planning to be in DC for business for a month or more, it would be a good idea to do a little research about the city you'll be calling home. Guidebooks are great, but they don't give you the up-to-the-minute insights that you can get from a blog. Fortunately, DC has a number of blogs that will help you get an immediate understanding of the city, whether you're looking for fashion tips, a great new restaurant or something fun to do on the weekend. Let's look at some of the most helpful blogs by DC residents.

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General News and Overview of the City

These blogs offer a DC-centric point of view for the news of the day as well as detailed guides for all the events the city has to offer. 

DCist — This blog is an offshoot of Gothamist, a New York-based blog of similar tone. They provided a (nearly) comprehensive look at the news, local hotspots, and events that residents of our nation's capital will find interesting. It's an impressive collection of information, and you're sure to find something that will intrigue you.

FamousDC —  In addition to the day's top news, FamousDC also offers detailed guides for DC residents, ranging in topic from "Late Night Eats in DC" to "Sightseeing for Politicos: Where to Spot Your Favorite Congressman."  They also feature beautiful photos of sites around the city, so you can get a good feel for the wonder of DC without having stir from your apartment.

Food and Culture

DC is a foodie's paradise, with hundreds of different eateries offering everything from high-end dining to back-street dive bars, and anything in between. DC also attracts a number of hot music acts as well as fun festivals for the whole family. 

Washington DC Eater — This blog offers a deep dive into the DC food scene. There are reviews, maps, and even a neighborhood guide, so you'll be sure to find something delicious no matter where you decide to settle for the duration of your trip.  

 Thrillist — The DC branch of this site is a tremendous resource for food, drink, and fun of all types. It covers a ton of events in addition to offering fun lists like "The Best Breakfast Sandwiches in DC, Ranked" or "We Rounded Up All 119 BYOB Restaurants in DC (Because We Love You)."

Going Out Guide — The Washington Post's Going Out Guide is a great rundown of everything happening in the city on any given weekend. They offer restaurant reviews as well as a feature called '$20 Diner', in which they provide a rundown of DC restaurants where you can dine for less than a Hamilton.  

 DC Style is Real — This is the place for those seeking a slightly more upscale guide; they offer an extensive guide to the arts in DC, as well as award-winning dining. 

Neighborhood Blogs

If you're looking for a really specialized view of the city, one that focuses on a neighborhood level, blogs are the way to go. 

PoPville — This blog is curated by the man Thrillist called the "Lord of Local News," and it shows. Dan Silverman's on-the-ground reporting about events that concern DC's neighborhoods is a must for anyone eager to embed themselves into their environment. There are a ton excellent photos as well as valuable information, such as a recent parking PSA for neighborhood folks. 

The Hill is Home — A blog all about the Capitol Hill neighborhood, The Hill is Home was established in 2009 and is staffed by residents of the neighborhood, who write about relevant news as well as neighborhood-centric events. 

 Family Friendly Fun

Sure, you're in DC for business, but with a corporate apartment, you've got plenty of room for your family to visit! Take advantage of DC's amazing monuments and museums as well as some of the other sources of family fun, which can be found in these blogs.

KidFriendly DC — This blog is a tremendously useful resource for anyone looking for something cool to do with kids. Whether you're looking for a new fun source of everyday play or a special event, this blog has you covered. 

Free in DC — This one isn't necessarily restricted to families only. It's a huge source of free or low-cost cool things to do in the DC area. Interested in trying meditation? They've got a free class at the Georgetown library! In the mood for a free foreign film? The Embassy of Finland has you covered! 

 Hopefully, these blogs will help you settle into your new temporary home; now, you just have to decide which restaurant or event you want to try first!

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