GIVEAWAY, Discount & Review: Weekend in DC with Marriott #StayDC

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For many of us, the bachelorette party weekends are less frequent than yesteryear, but our needs for girls’ getaways with friends are still strong. Far-off exotic locales beckon and we chat with our pals about “someday” going away without the spouses and kids, but to quote The Smiths, “How soon is now?” I think a fab pre-New Year’s Resolution for all of us hardworking moms is to grab our girlfriends and book a weekend or even an overnight in the best city in the world, Washington, DC.

This weekend three busy friends and I took off for the Washington Marriott Metro Center for 24 hours of recharging and revelry. It was a fitting getaway to celebrate with Jennifer, who is soon moving overseas; Melissa, a sociologist in need of a well-deserved break; Tammy of who has a girls getaway on her 50 Before 50 List; and me, who is always looking to review an experience for the blog (and carouse with friends.)  There was no need to book expensive flights or pack heavy bags. We simply jumped in a car in Silver Spring and in no time were downtown for a kid-free #StayDC getaway exploring the capital’s world-famous offerings.

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Before our stay I made sure to register for Marriott Rewards, which gave us access to so many benefits and started me off earning Marriott Rewards Points to use towards future stays. We enjoyed the ease of line-free mobile check-in through the Marriott Mobile app as well as free in-room WiFi.

The Marriott concierge and social media team knew this weekend was super special for our crew, and they surprised us with champagne and Georgetown Cupcakes waiting for us in our adjoining rooms. Always suckers for the bubbly, we immediately began our celebration.


After getting ready to go out, with as many costume changes, makeup touch-ups and accessory audits as you would expect, we snapped some pics in the Marriott lobby. We sure looked different than our usual work-from-home and soccer mom selves (and wondered if our disguises were convincing.) We jumped in a cab for our first stop, drinks at The Gibson.


This speakeasy style bar and lounge was deliciously dark and a sophisticated beginning to our kids’ meal free evening out. We ordered craft cocktails of gin and vodka, with Prohibition Era touches like bitters, cordials and absinthe. I had the “Bye Felicia” and it was too strong for me to quickly wave her away.

Our next destination was dinner at Tico DC. Hibiscus margaritas, small plates of haute Spanish- and Mexican-inspired food like tacos and pressed chicken, and hilarious conversation made the night shine. We were way too full for dessert, but splurged anyways on a chocolate gelato banana split and the Tico’s Cookie Plate (with cold milk.)

After all that food, and let’s face it — years of hokey pokeying in toddler music classes — we needed a night of real dancing. We headed to the basement of Café Saint-Ex which is known for a DJ spinning dance hits, a great vibe and no cover. The dance floor was already crazy at merely 10:30 p.m., perfect for a group who had been up since the dawn for kids’ sports. We re-found our moves and shook our bods to songs both from current radio and our childhoods (which may have been playing ironically as “oldies’… but no matter.)tico-dc

Later we left Kanye, Mariah and most of Georgetown’s senior class downstairs and headed back up to the first floor bar for a refresher round and grade-A people watching. As the clock struck one we called it a night, and savvily hailed a cab (fittingly, a minivan) to head home to the Marriott Metro Center. Upon arrival back at the room, the pizza order of days before was scrapped for the gifted Georgetown Cupcakes. There was talk of putting on comfier shoes and walking to the monuments, but that too was abandoned for the responsible removing of makeup, applications of eye creams and donning of actual pajamas before diving into the sleep of the almost-debauched.


The next morning we slept in until a whopping 8 a.m. and then headed down for a beautiful brunch in the Marriott Metro Center’s Fire & Sage restaurant. Made-to-order omelettes, breakfast sandwiches and sweet and savory offerings made for a decadent morning. We did not have a chance to jump in the gorgeous indoor pool or take in one of the museums within walking distance, but we vowed we would be back in 2016 for spring shopping and a show at one of the nearby theatres.

You have to book a getaway at a DC Marriott this winter — or any Marriott hotel — thanks to this amazing limited time offer:

Black Friday, November 27 through Cyber Monday, November 30, Marriott is offering 25 percent off hotel rates on stays occurring between December 11, 2015 and January 17, 2016. Discounted rates are available at over 2,000 participating hotels and resorts across 11 brands in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

And Marriott Rewards members get an extra 5 percent off, making your stay a whopping 30 percent off! 

To access this awesome offer, you have to book your hotel stay through (where customers always receive Marriott’s best rate guarantee) and use promotional code 39B if you are a Marriott Rewards Member or promotional code 444 if you are not (but do it, it is totally free to join!) 

Advance purchase is required and non-refundable. Terms and conditions apply.  


And one lucky reader will win his or her own

two-night weekend #StayDC at the Marriott Metro Center!

You could give this gift to your love or best friends for the holidays!

To WIN enter the Rafflecopter below! The winner will be randomly selected from all entries.

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Disclosure: I received a one-night stay at the Marriott Metro Center for myself and my friends, as well as a gift card to use towards our night out, brunch at Fire and Sage, and other special Marriott touches. I also received the opportunity to give away a two-night stay to a lucky reader. No additional monetary compensation was received for this post. 


  1. My amazing husband for sure! In 17 years never gone away alone.. it maybe time!!

  2. This is exactly the sort of local get away I was just about to look into

  3. Ooh, my friends and I usually do two weekend away a year, and this would be a fun one!

  4. Definitely my husband! What a great giveaway 🙂

  5. I’d bring my husband – would be fun to take a staycation together!

  6. Ashley in MD says:

    I can’t decide…part of me wants to take my husband, but since we’re already having a kid-free getaway this winter (yeah!) I think I’d make it a girls’ weekend instead.

  7. I’d bring my best friend for a fun girls’ night out (or two)!

  8. JESSICA MCFADDEN! You do the BEST reviews–I want to go anywhere you go, eat anything you eat, and basically follow your lead from now until I’m old and grey. You rock. I TOTALLY hope I win this for a Girls’ Weekend to DC this spring to celebrate my 40th!

  9. I’d use it for my parents when they come to visit so they’d have a comfortable place to stay. City apartment living doesn’t come with a lot of space!

  10. My sister for a girls get away…or maybe a romantic get away with hubby… hmm

  11. I would take my husband! wow what a great giveaway!

  12. Rachel Travis says:

    I would take my mom and foster daughter 🙂

  13. I’d take my daughter and her friends so they could have a Fab sleepover…thanks for the great content and awesome giveaways!

  14. If I won, I would take MY HUSBAND AND SON with me on a #StayDC getaway?

  15. I’d take my husband for sure since it’s been a while since it was just the two of us on a getaway!

  16. Sarah Grosjean says:

    It would be SO hard to choose – moms’ getaway or taking my husband to celebrate our anniversary. 🙂

  17. My husband – we’d use it to visit family in the DC area

  18. I would love to win this for a “moms” getaway weekend with a few of my closest friends!!

  19. If I won I would use this for a date weekend with the husband

  20. I think my kids would love a staycation like this! Plus there is no one to watch them! 🙂 So I would bring them, and my husband.

  21. Either a birthday getaway with my girlfriends or a surprise overnight staycation with my hubby! Either would be great.

  22. I would take my hubby, we have not been away together alone since our honeymoon!

  23. Love seeing this. Looks like a great time was had by all. Sad I missed the contest, but thanks for sharing.

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