We try to do something each year for our dating anniversary (the 8 years) and our wedding anniversary. This year we planned it around the Cirque du Soleil show Totem that is showing at the National Harbor. Seemed like an easy and quick getaway. Unfortunately, I forgot to take off the Sunday after the show to hang out in D.C., so we are going back in September to go to the International Spy Museum and the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (both Groupon deals!).
Old Town Alexandria is a pretty cool place! We had only been to a not-so-pretty area months ago to the immigration building, so this was a treat! I didn’t want to fill our time completely, but it ended up that way anyway. The one thing we planned on was eating crabs at Ernie’s Crab House, so we had a reservation at noon. We got there around 10:30am and had some time to deal with, so…we went cupcake shopping! Check out all the yumminess here. Tip for visiting Alexandria, go to the visitor’s center to get a 24 hour FREE parking pass for any 2 hour pay parking area. Frugality pays off, people!
Our eyes were about twice as big as our stomachs since we got 2 dozen crabs! Luckily, we were able to take them home and Sean made a wonderful crab sauce for pasta out of it! He’s so creative. So, cupcakes, then crabs, and then we headed to check into the apartment where we would be staying. Very nice place! The owner was actually out of town so we had the place to ourselves. That was nice since I rented The Hunger Games to watch and the big screen was in the living room!
After dropping our stuff off and changing, we headed to National Harbor. The Plateau, where the Cirque du Soleil show was set up, is not at National Harbor, but rather off that exit and parking for events is $15 in a dusty gravely lot. Instead, we parked at the Harbor and they had a shuttle going 1 hour before and 1 hour after the show and paid $11 in parking. Every bit counts. We were not hungry after those crabs, but we did have 1 cupcake at Cake Love that did not impress.
Totem was amazing. Pronounced toe-TEM. The show is in a huge tent but there is really not a bad seat except behind a tall person (yep, it happened!). The theatrics were great, talents were incredible, and the music was perfect. I can’t wait to go to another Cirque du Soleil show! If I knew about the one in Richmond, I would have gone. If all the shows were on DVDs, I would buy them all! If you get the chance (Groupon or Living Social deals!) please go see this show. I forgot to clap many times because I was so drawn into what they were doing. I’m sure my jaw was down the entire time. Go, please, go!
After the show we shared a very tasty Lobster Mac & Cheese in a hotel bar/restaurant with a drink each while we watched the sunset over the Harbor. While walking back to the car we saw a wine bar and decided to get a bottle to have while we watched The Hunger Games. That led to seeing Elevation Burger which Sean just HAD to have. I really wanted it too, but was far too full. They use organic, free-range, grass-fed beef that is ground on site. I will have one the next time we go!
A main reason why we stayed a bit was to let the traffic die down…I HATE traffic, especially in an unfamiliar area. We got back to the apartment and luckily found the spot we left that was the closest street parking I could find (silly cities and their lack of parking!). Then we had a really nice evening of wine, cupcakes, and The Hunger Games!
A very quick, but wonderful trip away. So glad we did everything we did and didn’t try to squeeze in more. We’ll head back up there again soon!