Dumbarton Oaks

Having a parent come to town is always awesome – it means you’re going to eat well, probably get some new clothes, and can write off classwork to do cool things without feeling completely guilty.

I had heard of Dumbarton Oaks before, but really didn’t know anything about it.  Believe it or not it’s probably about seven or so blocks North of the heart of M street, but when you get there you feel like you’re in the middle of the country.  No sirens, no noise, no commotion.

The estate is huge, but it’s the grounds that are really worth seeing.  They’re gorgeous – perfect really.  When we were there, the trees were just starting to change with full foliage peaking within the next week or so if I had to guess.  I don’t know if it’s just me getting soft or being wildly stressed out with midterms, but walking around that afternoon was calming…even uplifting as bizarre as that sounds.

As we walked, I saw two people (they looked to be around my age – maybe a little older) sitting on one of the benches reading a book.  It just seemed rich – a complete luxury to absorb yourself in a book and escape the horrible realities of life.  It’s probably going to be awhile before I can crack open a book for pleasure, but going there to read for a course sure as hell beats going to the bowels of the library on campus.

So – if you live in DC or come to town (which you totally should because it’s the best city on the East coast), stop by Dumbarton Oaks.  Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and the experience is 100% worth it.  The hours are a little weird (they open at 2:00pm on the weekends) so make sure you check in advance to see when you can get in.

PS:  Pictures were taken on VSCO (the app is awesome).

-Dean

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