It Feels Like Home to Me!

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!

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pink pearl said...

You go to Dewey Beach?! That's my favorite place in the world, and yes it is a D.C. haven for 20-somethings!

Unknown said...

Hi Kristyn! I have been following for a few weeks now but just realized I've never commented! I'm a Baltimore based blogger and moved to Baltimore from a country town in Delaware three years ago! I have a soft spot for DC since I have family there. I'd like to move to DC eventually especially because I'm there at least one weekend a month! I love this post and the photos are gorgeous!!

Primp & Proper said...

I've actually never been, but have plenty of friends who have gone! Hoping to make it up there sometime this summer!! May need your tips for traveling to Dewey!!

Primp & Proper said...

Hi Megan!! Thanks for reaching out and for following!!! I love Baltimore and really enjoy getting up there as much as I can! You definitely should consider moving here and if you ever want to grab coffee/drinks when you're in town next, let me know!! Thanks again for following :)

katie // a touch of teal said...

Woohoo! Congrats on your 3 year anniversary! We will have to do Mexican again soon to celebrate!

Primp & Proper said...

Thanks friend!! YESS! We definitely must! I miss those margs + friend time already!! Xo

Dana said...

Congrats on your 3 year anniversary! I must say, as much as I love New York - I had a great 4 years in VA/DC. Couldn't get enough of the happy hours and brunch ;)

Dana | Pink Champagne Problems

Rachel said...

Life in DC sounds fab! I haven't been since I was a kid but my boyfriend and I are planning a trip there soon!

Primp & Proper said...

Thanks Dana!! NYC is a close second for sure :)) must get up there soon to visit!! Xo

Primp & Proper said...

It definitely is Rachel!! Let me know if you all have any questions about DC or want suggestions on places to visit/eat! Have a great weekend!

Kate Greer said...

As another Tennessee/Georgia girl who just moved to DC a few months ago - I'm quickly falling in love with DC! We should meetup!
xoxo - katestylepetite.com

Primp & Proper said...

So glad to hear Kate!!! We definitely should! I always love meeting fellow Tennesseans here in DC :))

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