WOW, time really flies by doesn't it?! This week marks THREE years of living in Washington, D.C. and starting my first "real world" job. I cannot believe it. In some ways, it still hasn't sinked in yet that I live nine hours from where I grew up and that DC is now considered my home (although Rocky Top will ALWAYS truly be "home sweet home to me"). On the flip side, I finally feel like a Washingtonian and DC has never felt more like where I'm supposed to be. I LOVE it here!!
Whenever I'm back in Tennessee, talk to friends from college, or travel somewhere outside the District, people ask me all the time "why is DC such a great place to live?" Once I get over the whole "I can't believe you don't already know why" feeling, I break it down to them as to why I love this city and don't foresee leaving anytime soon (sorry Mom!).
It's the perfect mix of the north and the South // You'll be hard pressed to find someone who loves the South more than me, so when moving here three years ago, let's just say I was a little skeptical. However, after living in New York City for a few months and growing up in the South, I can honestly say that DC is the perfect mix of the two. You have your "big city" feel, while still maintaining the Southern charm. And, we are technically below the Mason Dixon line and Southern Living Magazine still features our city on the reg.
It's extremely diverse // Even though DC is not a state, and is honestly only a few miles wide and high, it is made up of so many different areas and neighborhoods. You have your sports area (and my hood) the Navy Yard, Glover Park is where all the college kids dwell, your extremely wealthy area and where all the good shopping is in Georgetown, the best place to go out is on U Street, we have a Chinatown and a plethora of other great areas too! DC is extremely diverse both culturally and demographically. We have people from all over the world who live here. I've never met so many people from so many different places in my life!
You'll never get bored // If you're bored in DC, then you obviously aren't trying to acclimate yourself. There's so much to do... everything from sightseeing, to dining at some of the best restaurants in the country, brunch on the weekends, shop in Georgetown, attend beer or wine festivals, visit the Embassy's, hangout on a rooftop pool, go to a Nats game, etc. The options are literally endless!
Very centrally located // Want to get away for a weekend? Annapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Dewey Beach, Outer Banks, Virginia Beach... all are within a half days drive from DC. Not to mention numerous wineries or breweries in the surrounding areas, as well as Snowshoe Ski Resort only a short drive South for some great winter skiing!
So much to do that is free // Even if you're not moving here, this is a great reason to visit! Most of the museums, attractions, monuments and tourist hot-spots are FREE!!! There are also plenty of festivals, parades and events that won't cost you a dime!
Everyone is in the same boat // Generally speaking, most people move to DC right out of college. The "young professional" population is invading DC and for good reason. This city really caters to the twenty and thirty somethings. Everything from awesome happy hours, weekend brunches, and events that we'd find appealing.
For that very reason, there are so many people our age to meet! Most people move to DC not knowing anyone. I only knew my best friend Ashton! Now, I have so many amazing friends and various groups of friends as well! Another great thing, is that generally those who move here are very outgoing. So there's always someone willing to hangout or do something!
There are so many reasons why I love DC! We'd be here all day if I could list them all. These are simply the highlights (I may be a little biased too, shhh). It's still crazy to think that I've been here three years. I've had the time of my life and am so thankful for all the friends and memories I've made along the way! Thank you to everyone for the constant love, support and friendship!! Here's to three more years and a wonderful future in the city that I love!!!
Thinking of moving to DC? Email me!! Happy to answer any questions you have or chat more about this wonderful city!