Category: Capitol River Front

Tacos, Tacos, Tacos – The Capitol Riverfront Ranking

We dare you to try and come up with a better food/drink combo than tacos & tequila. The mix of flavors, the accompanying guacamole, the fact you can eat them with your hands – everything leads to a euphoric dining moment. If you want to see someone’s true colors come out, ask them their favorite place to grab tacos. They’ll get defensive, protective, and potentially a tear in their eye as they describe the spot where they spend every Taco Tuesday. Lucky for us, Capitol Riverfront is booming with plenty of dining options featuring tasty tacos so you can try all of them and defend your pick. Until then, here’s our ranking of the best tacos in town.

#4 Taco City DC

This place is perfect for when you have an intense taco craving, it isn’t yet Tuesday, and you need tacos de pescado in your vicinity ASAP. The homemade corn tortillas are delightful and the options are seemingly endless. If you’re feeling adventurous, dabble with the Lengua taco. It’s an intriguing mix of radish, cilantro, onion, salsa roja, and beef tongue. Don’t knock it til’ ya try it.

Photo via IG @tacocitydc


#3 Agua 301

If you’re the type of person who sits at their desk day dreaming of being in Mexico, sipping on margaritas while looking out at the ocean, we hear you. While we can’t give you a vacay to Tulum, we do know a place where you can get served tacos and tequila while looking out to the water. And when we say water we mean the Anacostia river. Agua 301 is gorgeously designed and has incredibly tasty food. This place is great for a date night or when you want to order 3-7 decadent tacos to go and eat them all on your couch while binge watching Blue Planet, thinking about how you’re going to get to a Tulum beach.

Photo via IG @food_samaritan


#2 El Bebe

Honestly, you’ll probably want to go here just so you can say ‘El Bebe’ multiple times (** cue, “I studied abroad in Spain for a semester” comment**). This new Navy Yard restaurant is, dare we say, extremely cute and fun. The interior is stunning and features a cheeky neon sign with the words ‘Tequila, yes. You, maybe.’ El Bebe also has great vegetarian options like mushroom or cauliflower tacos.

Photo via IG @elbebetacos


# 1 Mission – Navy Yard

In terms of convenience, you really can’t beat walking downstairs to get to your tacos. Our ground floor neighborhood has an Instagram-worthy atmosphere, a house margarita (comes in pitchers for happy hours with friends) and has some darn good tacos. Our pick? The Buffalo Shrimp tacos – they’re subtly sweet and have a funky kick of blue cheese that pairs beautifully with a spicy margarita.


Our modern apartments in Capitol Riverfront are surrounded by some of DC’s best dining, bars, and entertainment options. It’s all up to you to explore. For more information on our Navy Yard apartments, contact us today!

Tackle Your 2019 Wellness Goals At The Capitol Riverfront

Finding the motivation to take a fitness class can be challenging at times — pair that with characteristically cold winter months in DC and it can feel like your own personal rendition of Mission: Impossible. That being said, we know that with 2019 taking off, finding new goals to go after can be an exciting part of the new year. While we can’t physically do the work for you (although that would be rad) we do happen to be in one of the best spots in the city to foster an environment of wellness so that your journey is a little bit easier.

Yoga with Realignment Studio

For the seasoned veteran or inspiring yogi — look no further than this grounding class every Tuesday and Thursday at the Rose Physical Therapy office. Realignment studio is a local, women-owned meditation and yoga studio where all levels of experience are welcome to explore the practice of presence.


This Pilates-based fitness class is one of the most challenging out there. You’ll spend the majority of the class on a machine that will use resistance and your own body weight to give you a workout like no other — seriously, you’ll be sore in places that you didn’t even know existed. Lights are dim, music is perfectly echoed throughout the room, and the comradery between your fellow fitness warriors will motivate you to complete the 50-minute class.

VIDA Fitness 

Although we have a fully equipped fitness center at 1221 Van, we understand that some people like to go to a designated gym for their fitness “me time.” Vida Fitness is a great option for those who like the option between a variety of classes, personal training, nutritional classes, and swoon-worthy locker rooms. Not to mention, it’s within walking distance and right near the Navy Yard Metro so you can go straight to or from work. 

Trapeze School

You know all the times you threatened to run away to the circus as an angsty child? No? Just us? Ok well anyways, here is your chance to try something completely different in the fitness realm. This fun Navy Yard establishment is ready for all levels of experience when it comes to flying upside down and trying to catch a small bar mid-air. You may hate it, you may love it, but we can guarantee you won’t forget it.


Meeting your fitness goals is always best accompanied by a holistic approach. If supporting yourself internally resonates with you, GNC is there for all your vitamin, mineral, supplement, and nutritional needs. You know you’re an adult when walking into a store filled with vitamins sounds like a fun weekend activity.

Whole Foods Market

Speaking of fun weekend activities…we all are guilty of getting a little too excited about roaming the aisles of Whole Foods and going for seconds on the free samples. Seriously though, having this magical grocery store come to Capitol Riverfront is a huge win. Although it can be pricey, if you’re strategic about which items you purchase there, your wellness goals can be exponentially supported though their fresh and organic choices.

No matter how you choose to accomplish your 2019 goals, 1221 Van and the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood have got your back. When it comes to resolutions in general, it’s all about consistency, not perfection. Experiment with some, or all, of the options above and see what makes most sense for you. And if none of these options suit your fancy, you can always head down to the K!CK Fitness Center #OnVan.

Summer in Navy Yard: 5 Spots to Check Out Now!

We may be biased but our Navy Yard neighborhood is one of the most vibrant and exciting places to be in D.C., partly because there’s always something going on and partly because we can get in on all the action first hand. Seriously, this neighborhood is constantly opening the next popular bar or restaurant and hosting some of the most anticipated events in the area – not to mention they’re always in walking distance of 1221 Van. Make this summer one to remember by taking advantage of everything that is happening in this growing area. We’ve outlined a few spots we’re most excited about below, so make sure to check them out!

1. Mission
The long awaited and highly anticipated opening of Mission happened on Saturday, July 14th right below 1221 Van. This bar features a two-story atrium and has all the tacos and margs you could ever need for Taco Tuesdays. Also, we should probably mention that they do an unreal brunch deal involving bottomless margaritas and guacamole. Is it the weekend yet?

2. Outdoor Movie Series
Although we didn’t have a Gal Gadot or Kristen Wiig sighting this summer when they were filming the newest Wonder Woman movie in D.C. (*sigh*) we can look forward to seeing one of our favorite superheroes on the big screen soon. The Outdoor Movie Series will be showing Wonder Woman at Canal Park on Thursday, August 9th at sundown. Gather a few friends and pack some snacks for a perfect early start to the weekend.

3. Kayak Tour on the Anocostia River
Living at 1221 Van means water-side living right by the Anacostia River. Celebrate the summer with an evening kayak adventure with Anacostia Riverkeeper. The tour group will meet up at The Yards Marina at 5:30pm and enjoy an hour and a half coast down the river. The first 10 people who show up will receive a free experience while anyone after that will pay $20. This unique and Instagram-worthy adventure (if you’re brave enough to take your phone on the kayak) will occur July 26th and August 2nd.

4. Truckeroo
The infamous pregame spot for Nat’s games, The Bullpen, will be hosting their monthly festival called Truckeroo on August 10th and September 14th. Truckeroo is an opportunity for you to try delicious food from some of D.C.’s best food trucks! Steps away from 1221 Van’s front door, there will also be live music, cold beer and drinks, and an array of fun games to add to the entertainment. Check out this iconic D.C. spot when you get the chance!

5. Chloe
If you haven’t tried out Chloe, one of the hottest new restaurants in Navy Yard from chef Haidar Karoum, you need to put it on your summer bucket list. This eclectic and travel-inspired restaurant has been getting praise since its opening. The décor and aesthetic are beautiful and the food is perfectly satisfying. Order a crisp white wine and enjoy a summer evening dining at one of the best spots in town.

Learn more about our unbeatable location and all that 1221 Van has to offer here and contact us to book your tour #OnVan.


Photo courtesy of Mission Navy Yard.

Take a Closer Look at Our Dog-Friendly Neighborhood

We know how much you love your pets. So do we. 1221 Van is completely pet-friendly and we always look forward to meeting your 4-legged roommates. For those moving in with dogs, it’s useful to get to know the neighborhood from a dog-owner’s perspective. Luckily for our residents, we’re always on the look-out for places around the Capitol Riverfront and Navy Yard to visit with your dog.

Pet-Friendly Green Spaces   

Our neighborhood is designed to be dog-friendly, with plenty of green spaces to explore with you and your pup just right around the corner. Now that it’s warmer out, exploring and meeting other neighborhood pets is one of the joys of living at 1221 Van. There’s nothing quite like the shared joy of owning a dog that gets people talking. To make sure your pup has all the right gear to explore, we recommend making a pit-stop at Unleashed by Petco. They’re stocked with all the right things to make for a happy dog, including free treats to take on your way out. Pick up a few toys or a new leash, then head over to Canal Park for an interactive play-space where your dog can roam amongst the dancing fountains. If you’re looking for something even more scenic, we suggest The Yards Park for a city escape with a view of the water. Sometimes all you need is open air and grass underfoot to get you and your dog feeling refreshed.

Dog-Friendly Dining

After a couple hours of play, a snack and a drink are a much needed treat for you and your pooch. Bring them along with you to one of the Navy Yard’s dog-friendly bars and restaurants. For a casual, cool atmosphere we love The Brig – it offers classic bar food and drinks all while being totally cool with your 4-legged guest in their outdoor seating area – we recommend stopping by for their “Yappy Hour.” When the weather is just right, nothing can beat Bardo Brewing. The hip and trendy riverfront brewery lets you sip on local brews al-fresco with ample grass for your pup to graze while you play a game of corn hole. Who knows, your dog might want to get in on a game as well. It doesn’t get much better than that.

We know how important your pets are and we’re happy our pet-friendly neighborhood has places where you can both explore and enjoy spring weather. Learn more about all that the area around 1221 Van has to offer here and contact us to book your tour #OnVan.


Rooftop Season #OnVan

Enjoy the views from the rooftop of our luxury Ballpark District apartments

With sights of cherry blossoms and sunny days in the forecasts, we’re rejoicing over the signs of spring. We’re looking forward to stowing away our parkas and embracing DC during its most beautiful season. For us at 1221 Van, this means we’ll be spending plenty of time at our rooftop celebrating the warm weather.

The Perfect Pregame
Around here, the start of baseball season is always a cause for celebration. Luckily for us, you can’t beat home plate views of a Nats game. From our rooftop, you can see straight into Nat’s Park, which makes it the ideal meet up spot before heading to the game. Can you imagine a better backdrop? Witness the excitement for yourself and check out this season’s schedule here. Additionally, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting resident events on our rooftop— a great way to meet the people that also call 1221 Van home.

Outdoor Living
There’s nothing like warm weather to bring friends together. DC lights up in the spring with outdoor activities and people jump at the opportunity to be outside spending with friends. We love how social our 1221 Van community is and we like to think of our rooftop as the congregation spot. Some of our favorite things are grabbing a group of our friends for a mid-week barbeque using our grilling station or meeting up for a weekend happy hour at our bar. No matter what you do, our rooftop makes a great venue for any of your get-togethers.

Sunday Funday
Having a pool, especially an infinity pool, automatically gives you weekend plans. It’s not just about the amenity, it’s part of our lifestyle here at 1221 Van. Our idea of a perfect end to the weekend is waking up and going for a dip or heading to the lounge chairs and basking outside with a good book. You’ll feel immersed in the city through the rooftop’s incredible views of the District and the monuments. Music, a good book, views, and sunshine – this all makes for a laid-back weekend and we’re all about it.

No matter how you choose to use our rooftop, 1221 Van makes it easy for you to live the life you want in the Capitol Riverfront – one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods. Check out our rooftop for yourself and contact us to book your tour #OnVan.


How to Cozy up #OnVan this Winter

Unwind with a good book in one of our luxury Navy Yard apartments

Winter temperatures call for some time indoors. When you live at 1221 Van, you have the option to spend some quality time in one of our spacious apartments as well as an entire neighborhood at your fingertips with a plethora of places to visit. Take a look at some of our winter recommendations for things to do, whether it’s spending the day in our apartments or venturing out into the Capitol Riverfront and beyond.

A weekend at home

Sometimes a low-key weekend is just what we’re looking for. Unwind from a long week in one of our spacious homes, where you can have a Netflix marathon or catch up on some reading. Maybe you had a New Year resolution to read more or maybe you’ve had the latest page-turner on your nightstand waiting to be binge-read. Nevertheless, our apartments allow you to spend the day in comfortably and conveniently with plenty of other amenities you can enjoy just within the property. Find out more about our apartments and amenities here.

Coffee or Hot Chocolate?

The Capitol Riverfront offers a variety of food and drink options that are difficult to pass up. In the winter, we’re big fans of grabbing a cup of joe or hot chocolate at some of our favorite nearby spots. Philz Coffee offers a full-service coffee bar and an exceptional ambiance where you can sit back and relax. Looking for something a little sweeter? Satisfy your craving at Ice Cream Jubilee, where you can grab a decadent hot chocolate or a gracious scoop of ice cream because ice cream is a year-round treat in our opinion.

Relax with a cup of coffee at Philz Coffe by our luxury DC apartments

Restaurant Specials

‘Tis the season to experience the best of DC dining. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you can find plenty of special dinner menus around the city. Plan a romantic night on the town at one of DC’s iconic date night spots like Central Michel Richard, where you can indulge in a uniquely curated menu for two. Looking to try something new? Ranked by Eater DC as one of the city’s best new restaurants, Bresca is offering a special tasting menu that’s decadent and romantic. If you’re looking to stay within walking distance, Ana at District Winery is offering a beautiful menu with a wine pairing that’s sure to round out your meal.

Make the most out of your winter this year and explore the many options you have when you live #OnVan. Explore more of our neighborhood and contact us to book your tour of your dream home at 1221 Van.