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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!

Penthouse Living #OnVan

At 1221 Van, our penthouse units provide the ideal Navy Yard home combining the best of both worlds: unbeatable views of Nats Park and ultimate luxury.

 

Host the perfect Taco Tuesday complete with chorizo tacos prepared on your stainless-steel kitchen island and the freshest ingredients from the nearby Whole Foods. (*Pro Tip* wash your hands after cutting jalapeños to avoid waking up at 2am feeling like you’ve dipped your hand in lava, just trust us.)

The penthouse balcony faces Nationals Park and stretches out around the entire unit for an amazing fan experience. You will feel like you are part of the Nationals faithful comfortably cheering just outside your living room.

The split-level layout of the penthouse allows for extra space and ultimate privacy. The bottom floor serves as an entertaining and dining hot spot while the top floor is arranged for perfectly tranquil relaxation.

Waking up each morning is that much easier when you are greeted by the amazing view of the ballpark. Bedrooms come equipped with walk-in closets and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in all the beautiful sunlight DC has to offer.

Our resort-style master bathroom will give you all the vacation feels. Sleek and modern yet comfortably warm, the bathroom features a double vanity sink and walk-in glass door shower. Starting and ending your day with a luxurious feel is how we like to live #OnVan.

For more information on our modern Navy Yard apartments, contact us today!

Where to Take Your Out-of-Town Friend

One of the best parts of city life is hosting old friends for a weekend of reminiscing and creating new memories. It’s the perfect excuse to be a tourist in your own city and hit up all the spots everyone is talking about. For your next pseudo city tour, we’ve rounded up our top 5 places in DC to bring your friends for a sites, bites and entertainment.

 

ARTECHOUSE

The interactive art gallery lives up to the hype. It seamlessly blends art and experiential design to create a dream-like atmosphere. With science, technology, and creativity all rolled into one, your friends’ jaws will surely drop. Did we mention there’s an onsite Augmented Reality (AR) Bar? Yeah, this place is a can’t-miss.

Tickets and schedule here. 

 

Bluejacket Brewery

There’s nothing like spending your weekend exploring some of the amazing breweries DC has to offer. Lucky for us, Bluejacket is a local staple that combines a unique industrial interior with amazing food and of course, beer. Lock down a spot in one of their tasting tours for an awesome experience for you and your friends. Did we mention their jumbo pretzel dipped in beer cheese?

Set up a tour here.

 

Mission Navy Yard

Tacos and tequila. Need we say more? If you don’t already know, Mission is the spot for all of your Mexican food cravings. If you’ve got a particular obsession with avocados (yes) then we suggest hitting their weekend brunch where you’ll be served bottomless guacamole and margaritas. Mission also just so happens to be our ground floor neighbor. Huge win.

Make a reservation here.

 

U.S. Botanic Gardens

If you need a break from the dreary DC winter, you’ll have to make a stop at the ever so dreamy U.S. Botanic Gardens. Enjoy the tropical greenery and forget for a second the succulent you failed to keep alive. DC’s not-so-secret garden is a perfect place to snap a photo for Instagram – just do a location tag search and you’ll see what we mean.

Find out more info here.

 

Washington Capitals Hockey Game

While we’re waiting patiently for our beloved neighbor, the Washington Nationals, to kick off their season, watching the Stanley Cup defending Capitals is a great way to spend your weekend. Hockey games in Capital One Arena have an electric atmosphere regardless of where your sitting. Grab a few tickets and rally your crew to cheer on Alex Ovechkin and the boys!

Snag tickets here.

 

Exploring our awesome city is so much more fun when you can play tour guide for your friends. Discovering all that DC has to offer is that much easier when some of the top places are right outside your door. After a long day of activities, there’s nothing better than putting your feet up in your perfectly situated apartment #OnVan. Contact us to learn about our available floor plans today!

 

 

Navigating D.C.’s Navy Yard

For the inexperienced D.C. residents, navigating the city can be quite overwhelming at first. You may find yourself asking which metro line you need to get on, where do you need to transfer, what neighborhood are you in, which way is north? The confusion can send anyone into a spiral, but luckily for our 1221 Van residents, they’re in the heart of it all and navigating the city has never been so easy. For those who are new to the area, we’ve broken down all the different ways to get from point A to point B and for those who are D.C. natives reading this, please bear with the newer folks as they learn to navigate the Navy Yard and the rest of D.C.

   

The Metro Train

Using the Washington, D.C., Metrorail system can be intimidating to the untrained eye but once you learn how to use it, navigating the District will be a breeze. While Ubers, Lyfts, taxis, the bus, and your friend’s car are definitely all options for getting around, there’s nothing quite as fast or direct as using the D.C. area Metro system. Luckily, 1221 Van is only a few blocks away from two Green Line Metro stops, making it easier than ever to stay connected to the rest of the city.

The Metro runs throughout the city and the neighboring suburbs of Virginia and Maryland. There are 6 ‘lines’ all with a coordinating color – Yellow, Green, Blue, Silver, Orange, and Red. The Waterfront and Navy Yard Ball Park Green Line stations are just blocks away from our doors, making for a no non-sense option for cruising on over to nearby U Street, the Shaw neighborhood, or transferring lines at Chinatown/Gallery Place and have access to all the Red Line stops such as Dupont Circle.

Having such close access to the public transport system will save you time, money, and headache when trying to figure out how to get to your next destination. It also makes exploring the city that much more fun when you know that the taking a cross town trip is just a quick metro ride away. If you’re still unsure about using the Metro system, have no fear. Just ask a friendly D.C. face but remember one important Metro etiquette lesson – NEVER stand on the left side of the escalator. DC locals use the right side for standing and let the escalator carry them to the top while the left side is meant for people who want to move a bit faster and walk (or run) to the top. Nothing says ‘tourist’ quite like someone standing on the left side of the escalator during rush hour.

Walking – A Pedestrian Friendly Navy Yard

Not a fan of the sometimes crowded Metro cars? Opt for the greener choice of transportation and take in the beautiful neighborhood scenery as you make your way by foot. Whether you’re planning to have a picnic with friends in Yards Park, or are taking a stroll along the Capital Riverfront, the Navy Yard is one of the most pedestrian friendly areas with plenty of sidewalks and bike paths. Enjoy the restaurants, retail and nightlife in and around the ballpark and Capitol Riverfront without having to spend a dime on getting there. Not sure where to go first? Check out our neighborhood page here for a full list of go to spots in the area that are just a quick stroll away from the front door.

    

Bike (or scooter if you’re into that)

Bikes and scooters offer the convenience of getting around the city quickly, are environmentally friendly, and are a fun alterative to a car or Metro. If you’re itching to take a bike ride around the city, the Navy Yard is home to plenty of bike trails and Capital Bikeshare spots (the closest being at the corner of N and First St. in Navy Yard) that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. For more information on the other bike share spots and trails through the area, click here.

    

Whether you’re walking around the neighborhood by foot, exploring the city from your bike or scooter, or taking a cross town trip to visit another D.C. neighborhood, there are transportation options for every destination when you live at 1221 Van. To learn more about our ideal location in the ideal city and ideal ways to get around to your favorite destinations, click here.

A Day in the Life #OnVan

Enjoy the views of Nationals Park from the rooftop of our luxury DC apartments

Living #OnVan presents you the opportunity to live the life you always imagined in Washington, D.C. Our apartment is contemporary and chic in a laidback atmosphere all while providing the amenities you desire. Every day at 1221 Van offers a new way to connect to the community and live your best life. No two days are the same when living in the heart of Navy Yard. Whether you’re having a relaxing weekend in or hosting your friends for a weekend filled with adventure, here’s what you can expect when you get to call 1221 Van home.

9:07am: (For the morning gym buff) – You wake up with no alarm in a sun-filled room looking out to the Nat’s stadium. Grabbing your yoga mat, you head downstairs to the state-of-the-art K!CK Fitness Center for a rejuvenating yoga session in the studio. The studio is fully equipped so that you can achieve an energizing workout or restorative yoga session at any time of the day.

11:15am: (For the weekend brunch enthusiast) – Now that you got in your morning workout, you’re ready to take on the rest of the weekend. It’s time to indulge and replenish and luckily, brunch plans at Mission are just a hop, skip and jump away (literally underneath the property) when you live at 1221 Van. Cruise on over to the bottomless margarita and guacamole go to weekend brunch spot and munch with your crew for a moment before planning the rest of the weekend festivities.

2:41pm: (For the book worm in us all) – After chowing down with your brunch buddies, it’s a good time to take a moment to breathe and let your body settle for a bit. You take that new book you can’t put down and bring it up to the rooftop to relax and finish that chapter (or three) on our luxurious lounge chairs overlooking our infinity pool. Taking in the surrounding views of D.C. (did we mention our rooftop deck is spacious, open, and covers 3 out of the 4 sides of our building?) and the cool breeze blowing on the high-rise building, you can’t help but doze off for a bit.

4:11pm: You’re suddenly awakened by a splash from one of your friends who just arrived at the pool deck and realize just how hot the summer sun is in that moment. You quickly hop in the crystal-clear, perfect temperature, infinity pool giving your skin the refreshing dip it needed. As you towel off, you you stand in awe of the gorgeous D.C. views seen from every angle. To your right, the Anacostia River is glistening and directly due south, the Nat’s Stadium is the perfect summer backdrop.

6:20pm: (For the hostess with the mostest) – Those margaritas from brunch earlier are starting to call your name again. You decide to take full advantage of the rooftop’s lounge and the fully equipped wet bar and mix up a few cocktails for your friends who are joining you in the weekend’s festivities. Outside, the grill station is just starting to heat up, which happens to be the perfect meeting spot for an evening BBQ. With our large stainless-steel grills built into outdoor counter space, and oversized lounge chairs, you’ll have plenty of space to food prep and relax comfortably. As you lounge on the couches and enjoy your freshly grilled meal, you watch from above as the National’s stadium begins to fill up.

7:05pm: (For the Baseball fanatic)-  It’s game time. Everyone gathers by the rooftop stadium seats that are perfectly positioned to look right down home plate so that you’ll never miss a pitch. Crowd cheers are heard, laughs are had, and memories are made. It’s the perfect summer night.

9:32pm: As the air starts to cool down, our gas fire pits start to call your name and invite you to get cozy with your friends. Our rooftop has a resort-style lounge with couches spread out throughout the deck with personal fire pits, making any evening special, and tonight is no different.

10:24pm: (For the competitive friend) – The bets are on. You and your friends get into a competitive game of pool while taking advantage of the beautiful billiard table in the lounge and end up playing a few games while enjoying the nighttime city lights coming in through the windows. You hit the last shot to win the game and victory is yours. As you get ready to call it a night, you begin to plan your day ahead and appreciate the fact that the options are boundless and always #OnVan.

Everyday can turn from ordinary to spectacular in the right environment and with the right company. 1221 Van is the perfect setup to be both a relaxing escape and an exciting social community, any day of the week. Our extensive list of amenities combined with our ideal location across from Nat’s stadium makes for a unique space in the heart of Navy Yard.

Come see for yourself, you’ll be happy you did. Learn more about living #OnVan here and schedule a tour here.