It’s about an 11 hour drive from Atlanta to DC, and we got into town late Friday. A little directional mix up landed us in north east DC, which I would not recommend visiting. Luckily, all 3 cars had someone with GPS, so we found our hotel in north west DC pretty quickly once we realized what had happened. *whew*
Saturday was just mind blowing. I wish I’d gotten a chance to walk around and shop, but there just wasn’t any way that could happen. Luckily, I had awesome neighbors! Shannon was to my left, and the amazing Jennifer Nelson from Home Sweet was to my right.
I took notes on the awesome things that happened but of course now I can’t find them, so here are a few personal highlights from memory:
- Meeting Mary of Herban Lifestyle, Rikkianne, one of the heads of Team Eco Etsy, and Danielle Brigida from the National Wildlife Federation
- A mother coming to my booth with her little boy asking if he could pick up my lucky cat. I keep a little lucky cat on the table, and he apparently spotted it from several booths away and shouted, “KITTY!” How could I deny him?
- People asking me to autograph their copies of Lunch Bags. I was a bit taken aback by this – it was so flattering! I’m blushing just typing it out!
- Grabbing drinks and Ethiopian food after the show with the Atlanta crew and some of my favorite Portland crafters. If you’re ever looking for good, vegan food in DC, I highly recommend hitting up one of the Ethiopian places in Adams Morgan! I’ve gone to two different ones now, and they were both fantastic.
It was a super quick trip; we headed back to Atlanta first thing Sunday morning. I’m already looking forward to next year! DC is becoming one of my favorite towns. It would be fun to be able to have a more leisurely visit there someday!