Every year we go to a handful of Washington National baseball games. This year when the schedule was released we circled June 9 because it would be a bobblehead giveaway night. Not just any bobblehead, but a Tanner Roark bobblehead! Tanner Roark is Stephen’s favorite (or one of his favorite) Nationals player. (Tanner is one of the Nationals’ starting pitchers.)
The area around Nationals Park has been developing rapidly since DC will host the All Star game in July 2018. A new Hampton Inn opened just across the street from the park with a rooftop bar and rooms that overlook the park. There is also a brewery restaurant we have wanted to try for a while but every time we’ve tried to go before, it’s been super crowded.
So we decided to go to the game and make a night of it by getting a room down by the park and making reservations at Bluejacket for dinner.
Friday evening, we took the Metro down to the park and dropped off our backpacks at the hotel. We were disappointed with the hotel. We booked a room with a view of Nationals Park and while we could see the top section of seats of the ballpark, we were mostly looking at the parking garage next to the ballpark. The room itself was small (and I say that as someone who is used to DC-sized apartments) and when we asked for more pillows, they only brought us one.
We went up to the rooftop bar to check it out and noticed how many people were lined up to get into the park when it opened at 5 pm. We decided to go on and get into the park. We wanted to make sure we got our bobbleheads!
Once inside the park, we found a place to watch batting practice in the shade while enjoying a couple of drinks and a bag of peanuts. We had purchased the cheapest tickets for the game with the intention of never going to our seats.
We luckily picked a good weather night to go to the game. It was mid-70s with low humidity and there was a bit of a breeze. (After Friday, our temperatures are supposed to get up to near 100 degrees with lots of humidity so we really lucked out with the weather!)
We watched a couple of innings of the game and then headed to our dinner reservations at Bluejacket Brewery. Our food was really good. Stephen pretty much licked his plate clean and I wanted to do the same but I’m a lady! The ambiance of Bluejacket was cool; it’s in an old warehouse so there’s a lot of industrial-looking lights and furniture. We both said that we would go back to Bluejacket…I mean, Stephen only tried one of their beers and they have about 20 different ones so we definitely need to go back! 🙂
After dinner, we went back to the rooftop bar at the hotel. At this point, the Nationals were down 5-1 in the game so we just stayed for a little bit and then went to our room to turn in for the night.
Saturday morning we woke up, ate our free breakfast, and headed back home. Overall, we had an okay experience. I think the room and hotel were disappointing and the Nationals lost but we enjoyed Bluejacket and getting our bobbleheads!