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How to spend the perfect fall day in Washington, D.C.


In the same way that every person has that one color, or garment, or angle that really accentuates their best features, great cities have a perfect season —one that demonstrates a city’s full range in a span of just a few months. Some would argue that, for New York, that season is spring (after the melt-off, before the heat). Others can make a compelling case for summer being Los Angeles’ best time. But there’s no point in disputing it: Washington, D.C. wears fall like no other place can. 

But don’t just take our word for it! Ask the members at i5 Union Market by Common and they’ll tell you the same thing–although Common’s attainable rates and bevy of amenities and conveniences (like WiFi, household essentials, and a business center) means the living in D.C. is good all year long. Still, a D.C. fall, with its temperate weather and vibrant autumnal tones, feels like it could be straight out of a storybook. 

With so much to do and see, there are a million ways to spend a perfect fall day in D.C.–but here’s how we like to do it. 

Wake-up walk

Start your perfect fall D.C. day with a morning cuppa from Sweet Science Coffee. Within walking distance of i5 Union Market by Common, Sweet Science’s seasonal sips will have you feeling fall’s full effects. Sit and savor a honey sesame cappuccino, or fuel up for an early-morning Cyclebar spin class. After your ride, spend your post-workout bliss perusing art, stationery, and candles at Shop Made in DC before grabbing a bagel and heading back to Common. 

Hit the trail

Flanking i5 Union Market on the east, the Metropolitan Branch Trail is a walkable, bikeable, or skateable trail which runs parallel to the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. The trail is tree-lined, but on perfect fall days, there’s plenty of sun to soak up. Metropolitan Branch Trail stretches eight miles, but the Capitol Hill and Brookland neighborhoods are accessible for those who want to stop and explore along the way. 

Dinner and a show

The NoMa neighborhood–in addition to being home to i5 Union Market by Common — houses some of D.C.’s best dining, including the Michelin-starred Masseria and low-key rooftop restaurant Hi-Lawn. Surrender to Masseria’s tasting menu when you’re feeling fancy, or nosh on some onion dip at Hi-Lawn…pretty much any other time. No matter how you dine, follow your meal with a special showing at legendary independent theatre Angelika, which is showing exclusively screening the works of Alfred Hitchcock through the month of October–for those looking to get into the fall spirit

Nightcap at Common

The best way to end a perfect fall day spent strolling, spinning, and shopping? Lounging on the rooftop at i5 Union Market by Common. Nestle up with a glass of red wine, or a hot toddy on the chillier fall nights, and gaze out over the District while you plan out your next perfect fall day. 

Members at our Washington, D.C. homes have unfettered access to all that D.C. has to offer. Explore i5 Union Market by Common and see why Common is the best way to live in the District. 

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