Aggies on the East Coast

I used to watch Friends and think about the fact that Chandler and Ross were supposed to be college roommates. I remember thinking that when you were in college you were so old. My parents still speak often about college, and to this day their college friends remain some of their best (Hi, Mr. Naifeh and Mr. Thompson! How are you Salli Toussaint? Thanks for reading, Sally Parker!) So when I went to college my hopes were HIGH. My parents dropped me off and I met these people…

I went back through the vault that is my college photo albums to find a few throwbacks, but I got lost in the sea of theme parties! Back on topic…

My dear friends from college all decided to come visit for the weekend, and I could not have been more excited. It was the first time they all came out to D.C., so I was determined to make it the absolute best weekend ever. We texted for days on end, mostly because the time difference often meant having to pick up conversations after the east coast went to bed and and the west coast woke up again. As we figured out which friends would stay with which friends I casually mentioned that of course I would make breakfast every morning leading my best friend Maddie’s fiancé to text back “DIBS ON EMILY’S BREAKFAST HOUSE.” I now affectionately call it that. Seriously. Get ready for some great photos of Emily’s breakfast house come Christmastime.


I came through, too. I don’t know if there is anything on earth that I love more on a cold morning than cinnamon rolls out of a can. Is it because they remind me of childhood? Is it the icing? Regardless, it is a great way to spend a morning.

As soon as we had our fill of cinnamon-y goodness, we headed down to The Wharf.


The Wharf actually just opened up about two weeks ago, and I imagine we’ll be spending a lot of time here before the tourists take over! It starts out unassuming with sailboats docked, and you almost feel like you are trespassing! Just when you start to wonder if the hype around “The Wharf” was worth it, and that maybe you are in the wrong place, you stumble upon the dock that has enormous…swings!!

Seriously, I wanted to swing the second I saw these. I’ve always loved swing-sets, but these were next level. Maddie and I had the same idea, so we casually stood around pretending to be on our phones until someone jumped off and we could hop right on.


So. Fun.

They’re perfect for swinging with a best friend!


Or even a cute couple picture or two!



I could have stayed on the swing for days, but we had more to see! We hopped off and walked down the freshly paved streets. What is so neat is that while The Wharf is now open to the public, it is still really just getting started. There were a handful of restaurants open, but many still with “Coming Soon” signs. I can’t wait to see what becomes of this little downtown area.

What might they put down Pearl Street?


One thing is for sure, the “snack” of a lobster roll was definitely a good idea!


I was actually a little surprised to see that The Wharf includes an enormous outdoor fish market. While geographically I know we live near the water, it is easy to get caught up in the bustle of D.C. and forget where we are! It was lovely to be reminded that we are right near Maryland and crab cakes is what they do…



We stopped for a drink and some lunch at Brighton, a trendy, casual bar with outdoor seating. The sun was shining, the air was crisp and perfect for fall, and the company could not be beat!

We ordered a few glasses of rosé, and a beer or two, and Mike even teed me up for the perfect photo. It was very cozy, boy girl, girl boy. White Christmas anyone?

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If you find yourself in the DC area, definitely take some time to check out The Wharf! In the meantime, stay tuned for friends weekend part two, coming soon!

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