Washington, D.C. - from monuments to meetings

Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:02pm EST
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By Cassandra Garrison

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's not all politics and no play in Washington, D.C.

For business travelers like WeWork cofounder Miguel McKelvey, the nation's capital has plenty to offer the professional-on-the-go.

McKelvey frequently makes the train trip from New York City to D.C. to visit the company's two locations, both of which opened in 2014. WeWork provides creative office and meeting spaces for professionals to collaborate, but that doesn't stop McKelvey from venturing out to make the most of 48 hours among the nation's forefathers.

Cup of Joe and power breakfast: My idea of awesome coffee is melted Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream. I like a lot of cream and a lot of sugar. There's a place near our WeWork Wonder Bread factory location (641 S St. NW) in the U street area: Blind Dog Café (944 Florida Ave. NW). They make it strong there, but it's got a selection that is good for all kinds of coffee drinkers.

For breakfast, try the spin on the typical NYC egg and cheese - but with sausage and potato on a croissant.

Lunch break site-seeing: In business, it's so much about decision making and power systems. The White House has a lot of symbolism with regards to where history is created. Also, you could lose yourself in the cool stuff at The Smithsonian, even if you have just a couple hours between meetings.

Back to the office: Uber is pretty awesome in D.C. Sometimes, they are there within two minutes. The cabs often don't take credit cards, which is a hassle.

Dinner with colleagues: Every time I am in D.C., I go to Five Guys (various locations) for dinner. It calls my name. The company started in D.C. It's casual, great food. But it's not so business-y.   Continued...

The White House is seen after snow hit the Washington area December 5, 2007. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas