Travel/Adventure

This Is How To Be A Tourist In Your Own City

Hey Cuties,

Last week I tramped around the city for the UPC Family Tour with my fellow local influencers.  This tour was a chance for us to get to know some of the local businesses in our own city. We had schedule times to meet with the management and they even had some special things for us.  It gave me a chance to check out businesses I wouldn’t usually experience. Our tour took place in the City Center/Chinatown area of downtown Washington, D.C These are all fun places to visit in D.C.

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Fruitive: 11th St NW & Palmer Alley, Washington, DC 20001

Our first stop was Fruitive in the City Center, they are the First Certified Organic Fast Casual Restaurant in North America.

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Avocado Herb Toast

Avocado Herb Toast: Flax & Spelt Bread, Avocado Basil Pesto Mayo, Oregano, Salt & Pepper – This is their most popular item on the menu.

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Fruitive: Free Plants

While we were there Fruitive was celebrating their 5th birthday.  They opened their original location in Virginia Beach.  In honor of the celebration, they gave away plants. I took home a red bell pepper and another plant with purple leaves. I have no idea what it is, but you know my daughter is all about growing things.

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Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004

Our second stop on the tour was the Spy Museum, I had never been before. They have a lot of amazing activities going on and I was simply unaware.  We met with the marketing team and then enjoyed a complimentary experience at the Spy Museum.  Did you know you can spend the night at the Spy Museum? Operation Secret Slumber is designed for children 9 to 13 years old. You check in at 7 PM on Saturday and leave at 10 AM on Sunday.  If the Spy Museum wasn’t enough they also have Spy Camp. The camp is for agents 10 – 13 and it last a week. They even visit the FBI office, that is something the public hasn’t been able to do since 9/11. If you have a 15 to 18-year-old looking to enhance their spy training they can volunteer at the camp.

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You can even crawl through the air ducts.

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Spy Goodies

They sent us home with some spy gear. Then I purchased these dope lip socks in the Spy Shop.
How could I leave them there when they were branded just for me.

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The Group

This was the crew, old friends, and new friends.

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Hip City Veg: 712 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Hip City Veg is 100% organic with non-GMO soy ingredients. All of their salads are made with organic leafy greens, and they source local whenever possible. Their food shows up fresh every morning, and at the end of the day, the kitchen scraps are composted.

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We sampled some of their vegan sandwiches.

We also had The BFG Smoothie, I was apprehensive about eating vegan and such but the smoothie was good. It is a blend of fruits and greens smoothie made with organic leafy greens, apples, bananas, and seasonal fruit.

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Organic Soy Ice Cream

You can’t have lunch without dessert.

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Tesla: 909 H St NW #601, Washington, DC 20001

Tesla is the king of the electric car, their mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.  Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers in Silicon Valley who wanted to prove that electric cars could be better than gasoline-powered cars. With instant torque, incredible power, and zero emissions. Tesla body is aluminum, not metal so no corrosion. Your motor will last about a million miles. You can design your vehicle put down a $2,500 deposit and get your order started. They don’t haggle prices and it usually takes about 3 months to create a custom car.

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Battery Life: If you charge up your battery for about 20 minutes, you will gain about 150 miles. To get a full charge it will take about an 1 hour 10 minutes. If your battery is running low while driving your GPS will route you to the nearest charging station utilizing Tesla’s SuperCharger Network across the United States. It will tell you when to stop based on where you’re going and how long you need to charge. The battery life last depending on the size you get is about 275 miles of range and in Model S about 335 miles. Total battery life is about 10 to 15 years depending on how you use the car. ie: commuter or wide open country roads. Solid for 200,000 miles, slight decrease after that.

Model 3 is coming out, it goes into full production in July.  It is a 4 door five-seat sedan, it is a little bit smaller than the Model S.  This vehicle has a year and a half wait-list for this vehicle now based on the pre-orders. Base price $35,000.

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Tesla Key

All Tesla keys are a miniature Tesla car, that is so cute.

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17 inch vehicle display

I won’t bore you with the details but the driving experience was incredible. The car pulls itself out of the parking spot for you so you don’t struggle to get in when the jerk beside you parked too close.  It will also back itself up into a parking space because of said jerk. How dope are these doors?

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Corepower Yoga

We wrapped our day up with CorePower Yoga, they are the largest privately held chain of yoga studios in the United States.  CorePower Yoga offers a variety of heated and non-heated yoga class styles, including classes that utilize weights and other equipment to build strength.

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Relax : Relate : Release

I was so excited to do my first yoga session. We took off our shoes and headed inside of the studio.  It wasn’t hot but it was warm and although I wasn’t dressed for this I was all in. Our instructor guided us through an abbreviated class session. It was so relaxing, it was motivational, it was positive and so soothing. Even the aroma in the room changed, I was ripe for a nap after class. We were gifted sessions in our goodie bags and I will be back. Matter fact I’m off to schedule my next class right now. This is just what this 37-year-old body needs.

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Some of our new friends had to leave so this was a ladies only session

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Have you been to any of these places? Chat with me in the comment below or FBIG or Twitter.

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  1. Alli Smith

    What a fun day! I’m wanting a bite of that avocado toast and I think it’s so cool that they gave away plants as part of their 5th birthday celebration. I’ve heard great things about the Spy Museum and I’d love to take my grandkids. I need to plan a trip to D.C.

  2. Chelsea

    Mimi, you are killing the game right now. You are everywhere! I would have loved to do something like this. I live in the DMV and still haven’t made it to Fruitive yet. This avocado toast has me whipping out my calendar, okay!? Glad to see you are doing so well. I’m sure we will run into each other again in the near future. 🙂

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks, Chelsea, there is always so much going on in the area. You would love Fruitive, they have a lengthy menu as well. I will certainly see you around the city.

  3. Eileen | yesmissy.com

    Looks like you had so much fun! It’s great getting to know local business and supporting the community!

  4. Danik

    It sure does looks like you enjoyed your fun day out. That avocado toast looks super yummy 🙂

  5. Katie Kinsley

    Someone drives a Tesla to drop off their kid at school; it is such a cool looking car. I would eat avocado toast every day if I could!

  6. Claudia Krusch

    I love to have a stay cation and explore the city I live in. There are so many fun things to do here that I have never had the chance to check out.

  7. Pam Wattenbarger

    The spy museum looks so cool! I want to visit there when I make my way back to Washington DC someday.

  8. Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    It’s funny when you really check things out, you find so many things you haven’t dome in your own city.

  9. David Elliott

    Ok I have to say that I absolutely love the idea of spy camp. I would love going in there. And crawling through holes. But my daughter would love it more.

  10. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I haven’t been to any of the places there. I have visited DC but only for a short period where we hit the zoo and some of the museums. It sounds like you had a fun day.

  11. Ayushi Arora

    This is so good, the food has been making my mouth water, there is so much fun activities to do, and what could ever be greater than having some great food!

  12. Latoya @ Life and a Budget

    The Spy Museum sounds like so much fun. Where was stuff like this when I was a kid?

  13. rika

    I love visiting new places, be a tourist! I have never been to Washington DC.

  14. Jilly Spellman

    Looks like you had an awesome time. I live in Chicago and it so big anytime we go out and about we always discover something new even though I have lived here for over ten years.

  15. Dawn McAlexander

    There are a few tours around my town, too. I should take them. I would feel like a tourist if I did that. It would be pretty cool too!

  16. Rebecca Swenor

    This sounds like it was a fabulous time on the tour for you all. I would love to go to the Spy Museum. It seems like so much fun. Thanks for sharing these awesome places in Washington D. C. area.

  17. Sarah Bailey

    What an amazing sounding day, I am so with you sometimes it is well worth becoming a tourist in your own city.

  18. Jennifer

    I love Avocado toast! It is so healthy and very delicious. I know I’d for sure visit Frutiive! Tesla would be another great place for my family and I to visit. My husband and son love Tesla! We got to see a Tesla on display at one of our city malls and it was just beautiful!

    • MimiCuteLips

      I totally understood why Avocado toast was their most popular item on the menu.

      Go visit Jennifer, they let you do test drives.

  19. Kita

    I haven’t been to DC but it is definitely on my list and I will reach out to you for the deets on where to go and what to do.

  20. Kasi

    Looks like you had a really fun day! I need to try out HipCityVeg and Fruitive!

  21. Jennifer G

    What a fun day! The food looks great and I am willing to bet you had a really great time visiting with everyone. I have never been to DC but perhaps it’s time?

  22. Terri Beavers

    Now this would be something I’d love to do with my BFF’s. The appetizers look divine and I’m loving the choice of veggie for the free plant.

  23. Stacie

    I love everything about this tour! Well, except that spy camp tunnel thing you were in. I can’t do small spaces like that. No ma’am!

  24. Jonna

    This was so cool. Next time I’m in DC I’ll have to check some of these spots out. And I was thinking the Fruitive here in Virginia Beach was a branch off of the DC one; I didn’t know that ours was the first. I’ve never been but now I’ll have to make that trip. I was also surprised at the base price for a Tesla. It’s way more affordable than I thought.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Jonna check them out. I know you’ve been working on your eating and what not. You might like them.

      Yes girl I was shocked as well, that is the ONLY Tesla in that price range.

  25. Shirley Martinez

    This is exactly how i feel when I have multiple events in the city

  26. Ramona

    It sounds like you had a fantastic time, Mimi. I’ve only been to DC once for a one-day conference. I need to make a return trip to explore more of the city. The Tesla stop sounds like fun as does the Spy Museum. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  27. Candice

    What an awesome tour! I would have been so geeked about taking home some plants lol. Yeah, that avocado toast and sandwiches looked yum but to get to drive a Tesla?! What??.

  28. ShaBree

    Girl!! I know you had lottttts of fun! There’s always so much to do if you open your eyes to see it. That avocado toast is on my list for my next D.C. visit.

  29. Tione

    Wow! These are some really cool places to stop at….

    I have never been to DC before though.

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