“Benefit from the vibe.” You are not the one one invited to stay by the Thompson Washington, DC lodge’s motto. So can also your pooch. Not solely is the property itself tremendous pet pleasant, it is surrounded by loads of open inexperienced areas within the capital metropolis’s revitalized Navy Yard which can be simply made for romping for the 2 (or extra) of you.
After a quick opening earlier than the pandemic shutdown, the Thompson DC has simply reopened for actual. It is buzzing now and nonetheless has that new automobile scent. Your canine could not recognize the trouble, however NYC-based agency Components and Labor Design has given the lodge a refined, but distinct nautical look in applicable homage to its location on the Anacostia River.
All of it begins proper off with a crusing rope motif at reception and continues all through the foyer and ever upward. Rounded edges to the night time tables and darkish wooden furnishings, in addition to different parts similar to wall sconces and clocks, distinctly counsel ship design proportions. If you’re engaged on the fold-down desktop in your room, consider your self as in a ship’s cabin—however a properly snug one. The rooms’ floor-to-ceiling home windows will entice Fido to lie within the doggy mattress and luxuriate in staring out on the river, whereas tucking into the swag treats that comes as a part of the property’s Paw-fect Escape Package deal.
With a protracted darkish wood desk that some visitors use as a distant work spot on one facet, and low-slung furnishings in numerous colour schemes on the opposite, the foyer feels extra den-like informal than formal lodge. On the Thompson Bar Room, which takes up its entire heart, Spot is welcome to lie at your ft when you sip cocktails with nautical-themed names.
If you know the way to learn them, a panel of wood flags on a wall within the property’s just-opened lobby-level restaurant spells its title, Surveyor. A surveyor in a navy is one who makes certain every part is shipshape. Surveyor’s drinks are all named after nautical knots—the place else have you ever ever sampled a brummel splice cocktail of Jim Beam black, Punt e Mes vermouth, Angostura bitters, and hickory smoked cherry? Along with his Southern roots, Chef Brian Hatfield has constructed a consolation meals menu that features dry aged pork chops and a garlic butter NY strip steak.
Drinks on the Rooftop on the Thompson are named after elements of a ship as properly. And who would guess that ordering a spinnaker cocktail means gin, sherry, honey and lemon? With wrap round terrace views to what are actually two separate bars with completely different vibes, the Rooftop provides you a panoramic sense of the magnitude of the still-operating Navy Yard. And the sunsets at this prime riverside venue are insane. Whilst you’re up there, a Thompson 15% off of daycare service with District Canine Navy Yard will come in useful to rearrange a companion for Rover.
If you and Fido do enterprise out of the Thompson doorways, you are a fast jaunt away from Yards Park that was designed a dozen years in the past by panorama architect M. Paul Friedberg. Positive, there’s a bit of canine run there, however the park correct is full of pooches all day. And the Anacostia Riverwalk makes for an excellent trek or jog with the canine. As does a lot of the entire space known as The Yards, with good-looking new residences, many with a definite Bauhaus/warehouse aesthetic to them.
You may discover historic plaques throughout, together with for the 1913 Foundry that stood at Yards Park and equipped metal for the navy weapons. And and not using a marker, you’d by no means guess that right this moment’s glass industrial constructing with the favored Due South restaurant is the unique post-WWI Lumber Shed Constructing.
The Navy Yard usually is chockablock with eating and almost all venues have outside seating the place Fifi is welcome, whereas most cafes and retailers have canine bowls out entrance as properly. Steadfast Provide DC is a well-liked design store that even serves a month-to-month puppuccino. The large Blue Jacket brewery and restaurant has a spacious patio in entrance, as does The Salt Line restaurant throughout a pedestrian bridge.
As you cross that bridge, you go previous town’s pink brick O Road Pumping Station, a sublime 1905 Beaux Arts constructing erected again when even utilitarian buildings have been issues of magnificence. Its adjoining new inexperienced HQO water headquarters is fairly cool in its personal proper. If Rex is intrepid and open to a doggy backpack journey, an intensive bikeshare program will allow you to cowl extra terrain previous Nationals Park baseball stadium or all the way down to admire the arched spans of Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge that opened final yr over the Anacostia River.
If you and your little Lassie are worn out and able to bunk down in your Thompson Washington DC ship cabin, you may discover turndown treats by the Vienna, Virginia chocolatier Cravings for Chocolate. Simply do not depart any out to your four-legged roommate to get into mischief when you snooze.