Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Where to Stay Warm in D.C.


We had an unseasonably warm day during the inauguration. Then, all of a sudden, a chill descended upon the land. The Iceman not only cometh; he came, he saw, he conquered us all.

I'm saying it's cold, people. It's very, very cold. Someone please come over and be my human blanket.

Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to have fun and stay warm this winter, and I'm here to provide you with some ideas.


There are just as many Lululemon-ed up, yoga-mat-carrying women sipping chais each Sunday morning as there are lawyers in this town, so I won't spend too long defining Bikram Yoga for my readers. What you need to know is A) it's an hourlong class, B) it's done in a 105-degree room, and C) you will sweat. You will sweat out every drop of water in your body and then some. You will sweat until you go inverted.

Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill

Not all yoga studios are equipped to accommodate the heat needed to perform the workout, so here are three you can go to:

Bikram Yoga Dupont, 1635 Connecticut Ave. NW, 4th Floor

Bikram Yoga Tenleytown, 4908 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 2nd Floor

Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill, 410 H St. NE

You'd be best served to bring a towel and your own yoga mat, if you have one. If not, they rent them out, but... they get stinky. Consider yourself warned.


I love that Lou Lou Boutiques are popping up all over the district -- I own multiple pairs of earrings, necklaces, headbands and other assorted accessories from this shop. And as luck would have it, the stores are currently selling their scarves for 40 percent off.

Lou Lou scarves
Click here to find the boutique location closest to you.

FOR OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES THAT AREN'T TOTALLY FREEZING: Bonsais, butterflies and the Botanic Garden

Living in a city that plays host to much of the Smithsonian Institutions is awesome, especially on a day that's so cold a certain blogger has to keep blowing warm air onto her frigid fingertips so she can finish typing a blog post on where you should go to stay warm in D.C. Three particular exhibits that you should definitely check out if you want to see a bit of green while also not turning blue:

The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the Arboretum, 24th and R streets NE

The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Ash
The Arboretum, which is totally worth the ZipCar rental on a more balmy day, also houses this collection of bonsai trees in a temperature-controlled museum. It's a lovely little expedition into masterful gardening, and you won't freeze your ass off while you're there.

The Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Ash
The Butterfly Pavilion is a gorgeous, serene little hideaway in the normally bustling Natural History Museum. It's warm and full of beautiful little butterflies -- and in fact, click here to see the amazing photo album of close-up butterfly shots that my friend Rebecca so graciously allowed me to use in writing this blog post.

Make a note that you do need tickets to get into the pavilion, and they'll run you $6 each.

The United States Botanic Garden's tropical room

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Ash
It doesn't matter how cold it gets outside, the tropical room of the United States Botanic Garden is always an oasis. Humid like a warm hug, it will wrap you up in warmth the moment you walk in, curling your hair like a day at the beach. Love it. Give in to it.


OK, OK, I'll admit this one's not really a revelation. When it comes to chocolate in the District, no one does it better than Co Co. Sala, and we've definitely covered it in this blog before. But it always bears repeating because, hey, chocolate! Ain't nothin' wrong with that. And Co Co. Sala's hot chocolate selections don't disappoint -- you can choose from a variety of flavors including peanut butter and salted caramel, or spring for a flight of three. Mmmmmmm.

One last thing before I go -- I've written most of this as tongue-in-cheek, but there are some real risks to how cold it is outside right now. If you see anyone on the street struggling, please call the Hypothermia Hotline at 1-800-535-7252.

Now, go get warm.

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