Walkable City: AU Park/Spring Valley

Photo by Lee Stalsworth | Katzenjammers Arts Center

When there’s downtime, or a free day, we love to go on walkable adventures. Knowing that so many treasures are steps away makes this place feel more like home. Walks heal many hurts, open our eyes to the changing seasons and connect us with those we love. And, having a destination often helps lure us outside. Below is one walk that might delight:

Stop one: Compass Coffee. Our drinks of choice are the nitro cold brew and the latte. Kids (and this adult) might also splurge on a chocolate croissant. The doggie tie-up stations out front lure four-legged friends and their owners, and free dog biscuits keep them coming back. Taps of fizzy and still water, provided with glasses hydrate after a run in the neighborhood. Remote workers are welcomed. 

Stop two: American University Museum at the Katzen. American University bustles with students and education. A little treasure beckons with brightly colored metal sculptures on the piazza off Massachusetts Avenue. The art museum is free and open to the public with rotating exhibits of contemporary art and art history from Washington DC. Even a ten-minute spin through this space opens up the mind and is a salve for busy lives. 

Stop three: Wagshal's Market. A quick dinner pick-up for a night at home leads us straight to Wagshal’s Market, our neighborhood market and delicatessen. Our favorite go-to’s are crab cakes or the hamburger mix for the best grilled burgers around. We have yet to find a better crab cake. It broils up perfectly every time. Asparagus and a twice baked potato or a box of rice pilaf round out the meal. 

Extra Credit: Millie’s. If you need a little walk post-dinner, the ice cream window at Millie's scoops up delicious frozen cones and welcomes kids and dogs to their bustling patio. The coffee ice cream is a family favorite.