Malmaison

Coffeneuring Ride 6

WHERE: Malmaison [3401 Water St NW Washington, DC 20007, (202) 817-3340]

www.malmaisondc.com

WHEN: Sunday, 6 November 2016

WHAT I DRANK: White chocolate mocha, with ham egg and cheese croissant breakfast.

WHY GO: Hip, urban adaptive reuse of an industrial warehouse on the Georgetown waterfront. French cuisine and espresso shop.

HOW FAR: 20.5 miles round trip (Strava link)

Can’t avoid a perfect day like this to get out on a bike! Friends had planned a ride on the C&O Canal to see the fall color, and were meeting in Georgetown for coffee first, so I jumped on board the bandwagon.

Malmaison is a French restaurant with an espresso shop inside. They serve brunch on weekends, and open the coffee shop early just for people like us, who need a quick fix before the day’s adventures. Formerly an industrial warehouse, the interior is spacious and bright, with inviting lavender sofas.  We chose our drinks and treats, a white chocolate mocha and egg sandwich for me, and shared stories of yesterday’s Cider Ride. Our bikes were all locked to sturdy racks across Water Street, next to the Georgetown waterfront park.  The staff were friendly and gracious, and the atmosphere was elegant and relaxing.

The bike gang was planning to ride 13-ish miles out to Great Falls, a short gravel ride with high impact for scenery and fall color, but likely to be quite crowded at the other end. I chose to peel off at Fletcher’s Cove boat house, but not before we’d taken a few selfies and captured the smiles. On my way back I rode the C&O Canal into Georgetown.  I love the interaction of the historic canal with an urban cityscape.  After I made a quick detour to see Mile 0 (often the most difficult milestone to find), I stayed on the DC side of the river to make my way back home.

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~ by pasadenagina on November 6, 2016.

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